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Lander Cairn – Accessory Review

Lander Cairn – Accessory Review

The Lander Cairn Is Shining The Way For All Other Lanterns

The hideous white glare of the typical camp lantern is something akin to creating a scene from a refugee camp, not forgetting the hordes of bugs that come travelling from miles around for a kamikaze nose dive in your face.

Well, we have seen the light, pardon the pun, and it’s come to us in the form of the Cairn. An ingenious little lantern that has a couple of nifty tricks up its proverbial sleeve.

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The Cairn from Lander, a mesmerising little gadget.

First Impressions

There are few brands, although I can think of one right now (sounds like schnapple) who are masters of creating things we thought we’d never need, but now there is another; a lantern called the Cairn.

Whereas other products often clutter our lives with needles things, the Cairn has brought a marked degree of pleasure to our camping activities. The Cairn is a thing of beauty and as soon as you hold it in your hands, you’ll be charmed, just like we were.

The Cairn is not only a lantern but also a power bank for charging external devices, is incredibly versatile at setting different lighting moods, robust and durable for the outdoor lifestyle and just looks bloody great!

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The Lander Anchor System. You can hang the Cairn pretty much anywhere you like. Photo:©Richard McGibbon
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Are you charmed yet? Photo:©Richard McGibbon

Features

The Cairn, made by the brand Lander,  is first and foremost a lantern, but it does have another pretty cool feature, and that’s being able to charge other electronic devices. Admittedly, this will reduce the number of hours you get out of the light but at least you’ll be able to make that important phone call or group selfie if need be.

Variable Dimming

The Lander Cairn features a 300 lumen LED light with a fully adjustable dimmer functionality, designed to fit into any setting, be it dusk, late night or the early morning. The LED light creates an intimate soft glow for smaller spaces and all the way up to a super-bright light that floods the entire campsite.

Changing the brightness is easily achieved via the dimming feature, which is integrated into the power button. Simply press and hold and the light dims and brightens, then release when you get to your desired brightness.

From low light to 300 lumen intensity. Photo: ©Richard McGibbonFrom low light to 300 lumen intensity. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon
Hang and forget. Photo: ©Richard McGibbonHang and forget. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon
A light in the dark. Photo: ©Richard McGibbonA light in the dark. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon

Battery Life

Lander claims that you will get around 2.5 to 3 hours on full brightness (300 lumens) , and we agree that is pretty accurate. We got around 2.5 on a very cold night in the Blue Mountains but on other warmer nights, we got a little more out of it, which was expected.

But 300 lumens is very bright, you would probably use only half that (150 lumens) for the majority of campsite use, and lower still when in the tent. You can expect to get about 6 hours + out of the device if you are solely using it at 150 lumens and not using it to charge any other devices.

When you hit the 3-hour limit (at 300 Lumens), it doesn’t just shut off completely, it reduces the brightness to around 10 lumens and can continue at this brightness for about 10+ hours. Admittedly, 10 Lumens isn’t bright, but it’s certainly better than nothing. The Cairn takes about 2 hours to charge from flat to full.

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The Cairn is rechargeable and can also charge other electronic devices. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon
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The Cairn powering up a smartphone. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon

External Device Charging

The Cairn is a re-chargeable unit thanks to the built-in 3300mAh battery and is also equipped with a 2.1 amp USB charging port to power external devices.

When the Cairn is at full charge, you can juice up your smartphone to about 75% and still get around an hour’s worth of light at 300 Lumens. This could provide a solution to an urgent problem when in the bush and your phone is out of juice.

The Cairn is perfect for lighting up larger areas of the campsite. Photo: ©Richard McGibbonThe Cairn is perfect for lighting up larger areas of the campsite. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon
Light and small enough to hang on the tent. Photo: ©Richard McGibbonLight and small enough to hang on the tent. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon
Set to low light for more intimate areas. Photo: ©Richard McGibbonSet to low light for more intimate areas. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon

Adaptability

The Cairn can be mounted pretty much anywhere you like with the Lander Anchor System, an innovative multi-axis reflective nylon cord. Simply choose your preferred spot and hang away – this is the definition of ‘set and forget’ technology.

The Cairn has two cord sections on each side of the light, one with a plastic T bar piece on one end. You simply loop the T bar through the other loop of the cord which creates the hanging system. I found it really handy when setting up camp and organising the gear in and around the tent.

Durability

There’s nothing more annoying than worrying about your tech when in the great outdoors. Thankfully, the highly functional Cairn is P65 rated for water and dust resistance, protecting it from splashes and downpours.

However, we highly recommend you do not fully immerse the device. We did this out of curiosity and it killed it. So as Lander has stated, it’s water-resistant, not waterproof. On the other hand, it can handle a fair bit of rain splashing over it.

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The Cairn is P65 rated for water and dust resistance. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon

Specifications:

  • Equipped with an integrated 2.1-amp USB charging port to power devices.
  • Variable light dimming and strobe modes (including SOS pattern)
  • Multi-axis anchor system with reflective nylon cord allows you to hang the light wherever you need.
  • Waterproof Rating: IP65
  • Bulb Type: LED
  • Max Light: 300 Lumens
  • Avg Run Time: High: 10hrs; Low 40 hrs
  • Batteries: Rechargeable lithium ion
  • Rechargeable: Yes
  • Dimensions:  19.8 x 12.7 x 5.5 cm
  • Weight: 284 grams

Where to Buy/Price

Price: Lander Cairn Rechargeable Lantern and Power Bank RRP $79.95 

Avaialbe at most good outdoor retailers, bricks and mortat or online.


Conclusions

  • 9/10
    Light Attributes - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Battery Life - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Durability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Features - 7/10
  • 10/10
    Aesthetics - 10/10
8.6/10

Summary

The Cairn is a great innovation to the traditional lantern with the added benefits of additional features such as an external power charging solution. It’s also a tough little nugget and is not afraid to get dirty or wet.

The Cairn wont replace our head torches, but what it does offer is a way to set the mood at the campsite. There are times when you need the whole camp illuminated, so having a device that can be adjusted to cater for different times as the sun sets to when the stars come out is quite a good idea.

It’s an impressive little device that has certainly been a talking point at campsites, and yet it may have of been a trick of the light but whenever we get the Cairn out, we’re sure we see flashes of envy across the faces of other campers.

Jason Lorch

Author: Jason Lorch

Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I’m also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).

I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience first hand, the natural wonders that surround them.

So, pump up those tyres, don your favourite boots. Grab a mate, a partner, a pet… and head out into nature. But tell us all about it when you get back.

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