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The UCO Tetra

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So, I've been using the UCO Tetra rechargeable lantern now for several months and a bunch of camping trips.  First of all it surprised me that it arrived fully charged, which is not a huge deal, but it was handy.  Because I typically camp with more of a "backwoods/bushcraft" approach, the idea of a rechargeable lantern was not very appealing.  However, I do often go out for only two or three days at a time, so I decided to give I a chance after it was recommended to me.  I found that this little light would hold it's charge through a three day camping trip.  I used it whenever I wanted it and didn't really take any special precautions to prolong battery life.  When I was building a fire or shelter after dark, I put it into the "lantern" mode and hung it from a branch while I worked.  At night, I hung it inside my shelter where it was easy to get to.  The on/off switch is made of a glow-in-the-dark material which was pretty easy to spot in the dark.  Once again: handy.

Because I was in Special Forces, I became very familiar with the idea of carrying 100lbs of "lightweight" equipment.  However, to be fair to this little light, it is a featherweight.  I couldn't tell the difference in my standard pack when I added this little gem.  The weight to benefit ratio was definitely in favor of keeping this tool.  Again, this wouldn't necessarily make the cut if I were planning to go out into the backwoods for a two week trip, because it would eventually become unusable gear if I didn't have a way to recharge it.  However, for a short hiking/camping trip, I really like it.  Plus, I have only been talking about it's functionality as a light.  You can also plug in any appliance that charges from a USB port and pull from the rechargeable battery to your other device such as a phone or GPS.

The only problem that I've had with it, was the little badge that had the company emblem on it came unglued about the second day that I had it.  No big deal.  A couple drops of super glue and it was glued back down.  Not that it affected the light in any way, it is essentially just a sticker.

The bottom line is that now that I have thoroughly evaluated the light, I've decided to start carrying it for sale to our clients.  In case you didn't know, I test EVERY item that I am considering selling BEFORE they make it onto the website.  If I test a product and I don't feel like it lives up to my standards, I don't sell it.  Period.  I've had people ask me why our retail line is so limited.  That's why.

I hope you enjoyed this little write up.  Look on the website soon for the Tetra lantern.  I think you'll like it. 


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