Nite Ize Radiant 314 Lantern Review

Nite Ize Radiant 314

The Nite Ize Radiant 314 rechargeable lantern is a simple and yet high quality lantern that met and exceeded ever test and every bit of criteria we gave it.

It’s combination of bright light, calm yellow light, light weight, small packing size, ease of use, and extra features touched on everything a camper should want and made it one of our absolute favorite rechargeable lanterns.

It is most comparable to the Black Diamond Apollo, but is brighter, costs less, and is easier to use. If it had the Black Diamond’s folding legs, it would have gotten a perfect score.

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Overview of The Nite Ize Radiant 314 Rechargeable Lantern

Editor’s Rating34/35
Brightness★★★★★
314 – 16 Lumens
Battery Life★★★★★
5.5 – 96 hrs
Weight / Size★★★★★
10 oz – 7.92 x 3.86 x 3.86″
Durability★★★★★
Features★★★★
Offers device charging
Ease Of Use★★★★★
Overall Value★★★★★
Price$44.95
PurchasePurchase at REI

Pros

  • Bright 314 lumen light
  • Long battery life
  • Low packing weight
  • Can charge devices such as phones
  • Incredibly easy to use and intuitive

Cons

  • Bright white light is a bit hard on the eyes in the dark (but a orange/yellow light is offered)

Editor’s Opinion

While it doesn’t have the “cool” factor like the Goal Zero Lighthouse or Lighthouse Mini, the Nite Ize Radiant 314 has absolutely everything you could want in a rechargeable camping lantern. It is light and small enough to bring on any trip and the 96 hours of run time on low will easily last you an entire 2 week camping trip without question.

Purchase

You can purchase the Nite Ize Radiant 314 rechargeable lantern at REI.

About The Nite Ize Radiant 314 Rechargeable Lantern

Nite Ize Radiant 314

Brightness

At 314 lumens on it’s brightest setting, the Nite Ize Radiant 314 gives off enough light to light up a small campsite without a problem. Inside your tent, or around the campfire the 16 lumen low setting provides just enough light to find what you need.

On the amber setting, the Radiant 314 gives off 23 lumens and is perfect for those times where you need light late at night or in the middle of the night and your eyes can’t handle the bright light.

Battery Life

The Nite Ize Radiant 314 really shines when it comes to battery life. Most campers rarely if ever need to keep their lantern on it’s brightest setting and prefer to get the most out of their batteries by keeping their lanterns on the lowest setting possible.

The Radiant 314 offers a great 96 hours of run time on it’s lowest setting. Of all the lanterns we tested, this was the 4th longest lasting.

Battery / Charging

When it comes time to charge the Nite Ize lantern, it charges in roughly 3 hours using the included micro USB cable. The 3 hour charge time is great and means you can get in a quick charge if you happen to have power for only a short time.

Weight / Size

In many lanterns, the more lumens of brightness you get, the bigger and heavier the lantern gets (and battery life goes down). However, the Nite Ize Radiant 314 was the smallest and lightest of the traditional lantern shaped lanterns that I tested.

To get a smaller and lighter rechargeable lantern, you’d have to go with either the BioLite Sunlight or the Black Diamond Remoji.

It weighs a light 10 oz, and measure in at 7.9 x 3.8 x 3.8 inches, making is light and small enough to pack along for nearly any camping trip.

Durability

The build quality of the Nite Ize Radiant 314 feels every bit as solid and sturdy as my other 2 highest rated lanterns for durability, the Goal Zero Lighthouse 400 and the Black Diamond Apollo.

Features

The Nite Ize Radiant is a rather simple and basic rechargeable lantern, but there are a few nice features that campers will appreciate.

First, the Amber/Yellow light is a great feature that is easy on your eyes in the dark of the night. This light makes getting up and turning on the lantern much easier than it is on many other lanterns.

Another great feature, which you can find on many of the rechargeable lanterns, is the ability to charge other devices such as your phone.

Lastly, a simple clip at the top of the lantern makes hanging the light incredibly easy either in a tent or on a branch.

Ease of Use

Nite Ize really did well on their design of the Radiant 314 controls. A single button controls all of the lanterns lighting functions.

A single click turns the lantern onto it’s brightest setting, two clicks sets the light to medium, and three clicks in a row puts the lantern on it’s lowest setting.

A single click after the light is on, simply turns it off.

To turn on the amber light, click and hold the button at any time (from either the off position or one of the other settings).

Nothing more to it.

Overall Value

With a price tag of $44.95, I believe that the Nite Ize Radiant 314 rechargeable lantern is one of the best valued rechargeable lanterns on the market. It offers a well built lantern with all the features you want and reasonable price point.

Final Opinion

The Nite Ize Radiant 314 is the perfect do it all rechargeable lantern. Take it on a tent camping trip, a lightweight backpacking adventure, winter camping, hammock camping, glamping, RV camping, or keep it in your home for a back up / emergency light.

Purchase

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