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Black Diamond Voyager Review



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Overall avg rating 3.8 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: May 24, 2015
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Pros:  Versatile, Bright, light modes, easily hung
Cons:  unstable at times, hard to open sometimes, flashlight mode has low distance
Manufacturer:   Black Diamond
Review by: Devin Chance and Audrey Bayless ⋅ March 16, 2015  
The Voyager is the middle man between the Editors' Choice award winning Black Diamond Apollo and the Top Pick award winning Black Diamond Orbit. At five lumens less than the Apollo, and only four ounces heavier than the Orbit; the Voyager is an extremely versatile product. It is the only one we tested that combines the direct light of a flashlight with the 360-degree light pattern of most lanterns.

New Version Update - March 2015
The Voyager has received an upgrade in terms of lumens. Keep reading for more details!

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

The Older Version of the Voyager vs. The Latest Version of the Voyager

The Voyager has received an upgrade in terms of lumens. When both the lower and main LED lights are on, the latest version of the Voyager now boasts 140 lumens. The following reflects information given directly to us by Black Diamond.

"The changes are mainly increased lumens. This was done by moving the LED position within the housing and changing the globe to have better refraction". --Black Diamond, Director of Lighting

Performance Comparison


The light quality of the Voyager is magnificent. It has just the right amount of light for all your camping adventures, unless you looking for a super bright model to illuminate the entire campsite, the Voyager will get the job done. When we're camping, we try to use artificial light as little as possible, so that we can feel submerged in nature as much as possible. If you're in a large group and need a light that will provide the light for everyone to be doing separate tasks, or if you need a super bright light for emergency situations then look into getting a brighter model. The brightest option we tested was the General Electric ChromaLit 3D, then our Best Buy award: Rayovac Sportsman was next down the line.

Ease of Use

This lantern, like all of the other Black Diamond lights we tested, was very easy to use. It did take us a little bit longer to get the hang of due to the second flashlight on the bottom, but that's expected with more light modes. The flashlight mode really set it apart from the others. It made walking with it much easier than with the others. When we were walking with the other contenders, we were constantly getting beams of light in the face, making it harder to see where we were going. The Voyager's flashlight on the bottom allows you to direct the light preventing any from reaching your eyes.

Just like the other Black Diamond models, the voyager has two metal hooks on the top that when combined around an object like a branch, allow the light to hang without falling off.

The base has a pretty small diameter, which makes it a little hard to postion at times. If you know your going to be in very rough uneven terrain you may want to consider getting the Editors' Choice award winning Black Diamond Apollo due to the fact that it has legs with rubberized tips, allowing you to position it in some pretty funky spots.


The Voyager has above average durability. Like all the Black diamond products we tested, the Voyager uses well made, strong materials. We had no issues with it while testing it. Water resistant to splashing-IPX4.


The Voyager has some cool features that set it apart from the others. It has two lights that can be turned on either individually or in tandem. The first light is a normal 360-degree light pattern, while the second light is on the bottom and acts as a flashlight. There are also metal hooks on the top for easy hanging, and a rubberized base for stability.

Best Applications

The perfect in-between of the Apollo and the Orbit. If you want a light that will be brighter than the Orbit for backcountry endeavors, and lighter than the Apollo then the Voyager will accomplish that. It is one of the most versatile products we tested and also works great in groups. We recommend it for all types of camping.


The Voyager costs $40, a fairly average cost for a lantern. You get exceptional durability and it will probably last you for many years if you take care of it. Keep in mind that this is a lantern that does a good job in just about any situation, however, if you need one that does a great job in a specific situation then you can check out how the other competitors scored in our ratings section.


This versatile lantern is able to fit just about any need. It excels for people who don't really have a specific use for it. It is great for camping; it can be bright when needed, or dim for mellow reading in the tent. It can hang on trees, and help guide you in the dark with its flashlight mode when you're walking.

Other Versions

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Black Diamond Apollo
  • 200 Lumens
  • Editors' Choice pick for best overall lantern
  • Ideal for camping and front country activities
  • great brightness to runtime ratio (50 hours runtime)

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Black Diamond Titan
  • 250 Lumen
  • Brightest Black Diamond Lantern
  • Power Meter
  • runs on 4 D Batteries

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Black Diamond Orbit
  • 105 Lumens
  • Available NRG recharge kit
  • Superlight weight
  • 50 Lumen flashlight mode on bottom of lantern
  • Flashlight allows for greater light around and below the lantern when hanging

Devin Chance and Audrey Bayless

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   May 24, 2015 - 10:20am
Natty Bumppo · Skier · Buffalo, NY
I purchased the 70 lumen voyager and have used it for 6 nights so far. The lantern has good brightness and throw. The light is a neutral/cool color.The lantern dimmer is great and easy to use. Battery life seems very good. It ran for 30-40 hrs with no issues on 4 old rechargeable AA batteries. The only downside is the flashlight is useless.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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