The Nitecore LR50 is an innovative rechargeable camping lantern, offering 250 lumens of diffused white light in the highest setting and can be powered by two 18650 lithium-ion batteries as recommended, or with one 18650 lithium-ion rechargeable battery in an emergency. Two or four CR123A non-rechargeable lithium metal batteries can also be used as a back up.
Lithium-ion 18650 batteries can be recharged inside the lantern via the included micro USB cable. Simply pop open the dust cover on the bottom of the lantern and insert the micro USB in the lantern and the standard USB into a computer or the mains using a suitable adaptor. While charging a blue light in the tip of the lantern will slowly flash and once charging is complete it will turn solid blue. The LR50 can also be used as a power bank, which will use the power from the 18650 batteries to charge external devices by inserting the charging cable of your device into the standard USB port of the lantern which is also located on the bottom. The blue indicator will slowly flash to show the external device is being charged.
Utilising nine high CRI LEDs (CRI ≥ 90) with a colour temperature of 4000-4500 K, the LR50 has an extreme colour rendering capability with the light profile resembling natural sunlight and therefore reducing eye strain while providing a vibrant and detailed view of objects.
Three brightness levels as well as SOS and beacon are available and are operated using the dual control buttons on either side of the lantern. The buttons have the same functions and have to be pressed together to turn it on, which helps prevent accidental activation of the lantern. To turn the light on press and hold both buttons until the low mode is activated. Once on in low mode, either button can then be single pressed to cycle from low to mid and high. Short press both buttons to turn the light off.
Beacon and SOS are accessed from off by holding both buttons down until the lantern cycles through low, beacon and SOS, and then release the button at the desired output. Location beacon can be activated by pressing and holding both buttons while the light is on, which will turn the light off and the blue location indicator in the tip of the lantern will flash once every two seconds to indicate when the lantern is. This function can be turned off by activating the lantern and then turning it off as normal.
A handy feature of the LR50 is the multiple illuminable direction function which allows you to change the degree of light that is emitted from the lantern. While the light is on, press and hold either button to cycle through the directional settings in the order of top, one side, one side + top and full illumination. This function has a memory recall, so the directional setting last used will be remembered next time it is turned on.
A blue indicator will display battery voltage each time the first 18650 battery is installed. For example if the voltage is 4.2 V, it will flash four times then pause and then flash two more times. The power indicator will also flash to show remaining battery power when either button is short pressed with the light off. Three flashes is +50%, two flashes is below 50% and one flash is below 10%.
The base of the lantern incorporates a powerful magnet, allowing you to attach the LR50 to metal surfaces for hands free use, or using the metal hanging hook that is stowed underneath the lantern it can be hung from a range of places.
Power bank function
Directional lighting options
Dual switch design to prevent accidental activation
Location indicator function
Magnetic base and metal hanging loop
Built-in power indicator
High: 250 lumens; 10 hours run-time; 24 m beam range
Mid: 65 lumens; 22 hours run-time; 12 m beam range
Low: 6 lumens; 100 hours run-time; 4 m beam range
Beacon: 250 lumens
SOS: 250 lumens
Tested using 2 x 3500 mAh 18650 lithium-ion batteries under laboratory conditions with all the illuminable directions turned on. The data may vary in real world use due to different battery usage or environmental conditions.
Type: rechargeable LED lantern
Operating Modes: High / Mid / Low / Beacon / SOS
Luminous Flux: Up to 250 lumens
Beam Distance: Up to 24 m
Lamp Type: 9 x white CRI LEDs
Batteries Required: 2 x 18650 lithium-ion or 4 x CR123A lithium metal
Run Time: Up to 100 hours on low
Dimensions: 119.8 x 57 x 30 mm
Weight: 110 grams
Body Colour: Black
Body Material: Durable PC materials
Environmental: Water and dust resistant to IP66 standard
Impact Resistance: 1 m
Warranty: 5 years
Regulatory Compliance: CE / RoHS
Packaging and Contents
Supplied in retail packaging and includes:
Nitecore LR50 LED camping lantern x 1
Micro USB charging cable x 1
Spare O-ring x 1
Manual x 1