For $36.49, I'd buy two eaches $9.97 fluorescent lantern from Walmart, their
house brand "Ozark Trail". Use the rest of the money to buy Raoyvac D
My experience with LED lanterns, the light pattern is really not very even.
How's yours? Are you pleased with it? Didn't mean to rain on your parade,
but my experiences are different.
Christopher A. Young
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Here's a good alternative to candles:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
We bought one of these over a year ago and keep it plugged in and charging
up all the time. It got its first use for Sandy and did very well; nice and
bright and very convenient. Besides the wall charge, it can also run off 3
AAA bateries or you can charge it up with the generator crank on the side.
We're going to get a couple more for the next hurricane.
The only thing I wish I'd done to prepare was to check the drainage system
by my wife's greenhouse. It was clogged with leaves so we ended up with a 3"
puddle in front of the door; since my boots are 6" that wasn't a problem,
just an annoyance.
I start my generator on the first weekend of every month and run it for
about five minutes, just so it doesn't rust. (I changed the oil last
weekend, figuring that it might get heavy usage during the storm.) Depending
on the season, I'll also start the snow blower or garden tiller at the same
time to make sure they're ready for action.