UCO Lumora Lantern Review

Hey All! I’ve been on the hunt for some good home survival lights mainly for interior area lighting but also generic flashlights. I found UCO’s Lumora and one of its coolest features is that it’s both a flashlight and a lantern! The Lumora also runs on 4xAA’s, which AA is my preferred home survival battery type so I picked this one up from amazon here.

Beam Profile

The flashlight beam pattern is more of a spot and there are some beam artifacts in the corona (just outside the hotspot), and the edge of the side-spill area have dimples from the hanger hardware. Overall, it’s OK but likely not for enthusiasts,

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Quick Specs

  • 180 Lumen
  • 4xAA batteries
  • XP-G CREE LED, bright white with a hint of blue
  • Body comes in blue or green
  • Dimensions—open: 8.0″ high x 2.5″ diameter (20.5 cm x 6.5 cm)
  • Dimensions—closed: 5.5″ high x 2.5″ diameter (14 cm x 6.5 cm)
  • Weight (w/o batteries): 4.8 oz. (137 g)
  • – See more at: http://ucogear.com/lumora-led-lantern.html#sthash.XYJji3sZ.dpuf

Use Interface

Here is a quick video review which also demonstrates the user interface.

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Affordable
  • Dimmable light and blinks when it hits max and min output, nice touch
  • CREE LED
  • Large and hi-viz on/off/dim button
  • Extendable legs
  • Has an o-ring for sealing out mositure (IPX6)
  • Easy user interface

Cons

  • Slight audible buzz due to LED brightness level/dimming feature
  • Button is covered when in “flashlight mode” but prevents accidental turn-ons
  • Metal hangers are a little tricky to use and only work so-so
  • Extendable legs have sharp corners
  • No mode/brightness memory

Observations

  • Beam spot has some some shadows from the cutouts of the head
  • Lantern part is not detachable (newer or other models may be able to)
  • Plastic construction, but planned on being an indoor light anyways
  • Screw mount seems superfluous

Wishes

  • Wish this had a permanent ring attachment
  • Wish the hangers were pointed
  • Wish the buzzing was just a tad softer

Overall, I’m happy with the buy for it being more of a backup or emergency light for when the power cuts out. If you are looking for something more sturdy I’d suggest checking out Nitecore’s LA10 lipstick sized lantern, which has 135 lumens, runs on 1xAA, and closely doubles as a flashlight.

Thanks for reading!

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