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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 | $23.97 at Amazon
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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 Ben Applebaum-Bauch ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 19, 2018
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Our Verdict

The Voyager is the sibling of our Editors' Choice Award-winning Black Diamond Apollo. It's a versatile combination of a 140-lumen lantern and a 50-lumen flashlight that can fit into your pocket. It is lightweight and durable. We think that its compact size makes it a good choice for kids.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison



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

Brightness


At 140 lumens in lantern mode and 50 lumens in flashlight mode, the light quality of the Voyager is wonderful. It has just the right amount of light for camping adventures with a partner. If you try to use artificial light as little as possible when camping, this might be the perfect product for you. It is bright enough to use to cook or play cards. As a flashlight, it does a great job illuminating the path ahead.


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 emergencies, then we would recommend the BioLite BaseLantern XL or the Coleman Northstar. If you are looking for something with a beautiful low light that doesn't take any batteries or fuel to power, check out the LuminAID PackLite Max.

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, is very easy to use. This one is a favorite amongst the kidlets because it is small, light, and easy enough for them to operate. The battery compartment is in the bottom; unscrew it and snap in four AA batteries. Pushing the power button once turns on the lantern; holding it down dims the light until it is released. Pushing the power button again turns off the light. When the power button is pushed a third time, the lantern goes into flashlight mode, which also has a dimming option if the power button is held 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.


It is sometimes difficult to walk with many of the other contenders because the light shines back in your face. The Voyager's flashlight mode makes it an excellent choice for taking on the move.

Like many of the other Black Diamond models, the Voyager has two metal hooks on top than enable it to hang from an object like a branch or a clothesline.

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 on 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.

Durability


The Voyager has above average durability. Like all the Black Diamond products we tested, it is manufactured with well-made, strong materials.


Features


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, 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. 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


This lantern is great for kids, as well as for car camping. 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 for small groups.

Value


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.

Conclusion


This versatile lantern can 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.


Ben Applebaum-Bauch