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Black Diamond Voyager Review

Versatile for both adults and children, the Voyager is an excellent lantern across the board.
Black Diamond Voyager
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Price:  $40 List | $29.96 at MooseJaw
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Pros:  Versatile, bright, adjustable light modes, easily hung, works as a lantern and a flashlight
Cons:  Unstable at times, hard to open sometimes, flashlight mode has low distance
Manufacturer:   Black Diamond
By Valentine Cullen ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 31, 2016
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The Skinny

The Voyager is the sibling of our Editors' Choice Award-winning Black Diamond Apollo. It's an extremely versatile combination of a 140-lumen lantern and a 50-lumen flashlight that can fit into your pocket. It is the only contender we tested that combines the direct light of a flashlight with the 360-degree light pattern of most lanterns.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison

The Voyager in lantern mode.
The Voyager in lantern mode.


At 140 lumens in lantern mode and 50 lumens in flashlight mode, the light quality of the Voyager is magnificent. It has just the right amount of light for your camping adventures, unless you looking for a super bright model to illuminate the entire campsite. If when camping, you try to use artificial light as little as possible to feel submerged in nature as much as possible, this might be the perfect product for you. It is bright enough to cook or play cards by or do almost any personal task. You can also fit it into your pocket and use it as a flashlight where it does a great job illuminating the path. However, if you are in a large group and need to provide light for everyone to do separate tasks, or if you need a super bright light for emergency situations, then check out the Coleman Northstar. It is the brightest option we tested. If you are looking for something with a nice soft low light that doesn't take any batteries or fuel to power, check out the MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0.

Ease of Use

The Voyager is a favorite with the kidlets. It's easy to switch between lantern and flashlight mode and fits easily into smaller hands.
The Voyager is a favorite with the kidlets. It's easy to switch between lantern and flashlight mode and fits easily into smaller hands.
This lantern, like all the Black Diamond lights we tested, was very easy to use. This one was a favorite amongst the kidlets because it is so small, light, and easy to operate. To operate you unscrew the bottom and snap in four AA batteries. Pushing the power button once turns on the lantern; if you hold the button down it dims the light until you let go. Pushing the power button again turns off the lantern. When you push it a third time the flashlight part of the light turns on and it also has a dimming option if you hold the power button down. There is a third option as well. It takes a double click on the power button to illuminate both the lantern and the flashlight modes at the same time. There is also a small light above the power button that shines green when the batteries are fresh and red when they are about to run out.

The flashlight mode really set it apart from the others, making walking with it much easier. 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 it from reaching your eyes.

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

Black Diamond Voyager
Black Diamond Voyager

The base has a pretty small diameter, which can make it a little hard to position at times. If you know you're going to be in rough uneven terrain, you may consider getting the larger Editors' Choice Award-winning Black Diamond Apollo that 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.


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. This product also conveniently offers the Black Diamond NRG2 Rechargeable Battery Kit, that is sold separately.

The Voyager hangs easily just about anywhere.
The Voyager hangs easily just about anywhere.

Weight/ Size

The Voyager measures 4.5" tall when in its closed position and 6.25" in open position with the power button exposed. With the metal clips up it adds another inch. The base is 2" in diameter and the top is 2.5". By our calculations, it weighs half a pound with four AA batteries installed. Light and compact, the Voyager can easily fit into most jacket pockets and can even fit in the back pocket of jeans.

Best Applications

If you want a light that will be brighter than the MPOWERD Luci for backcountry endeavors, and lighter than the Apollo, then the Voyager will do the job. We loved its flashlight mode and it the fact that it can fit into most pockets. 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. With its good durability, it will probably last for many years. This is a lantern that does a good job in many situations. 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 rating section.


This versatile lantern is able to fit just about any need. It is great for camping, can be bright or dim as needed, can hang on trees, and can guide you in the dark with its flashlight mode. We became so attached to this little light that when we misplaced it once or twice we nearly had a panic attack at the thought of having to do without it.

The Voyager in flashlight mode.
The Voyager in flashlight mode.

Valentine Cullen