Reviews You Can Rely On

Streamlight The Siege Review

This little lantern is tough and versatile, and its waterproofing makes it a good option for lighting needs on a boat or kayak
Streamlight The Siege
Siege AA with magnetic base
Credit: Siege
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:  $35 List | $28.60 at Amazon
Pros:  Durable, packed with features, water resistant, floats
Cons:  Can't fully adjust the amount of light output, limited to four settings, small
Manufacturer:   Streamlight
By Ben Applebaum-Bauch and Valentine Cullen  ⋅  Apr 12, 2019
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more
68
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#9 of 20
  • Brightness - 45% 6.0
  • Durability - 20% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8.0
  • Features - 10% 7.0
  • Weight - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Streamlight The Siege earns its place as a durable and waterproof lantern. We think it is super useful for car camping, power outages, or tucking away in your car for winter emergencies. Its handy features — including white and red mode settings, hooks on both ends, waterproofness, and a magnetic base — make it stand out. It's not awesome for large groups but there is still a ton to enjoy about this pocket-sized wonder. Because it floats and is waterproof, we like it especially for boating and water sports.

Compare to Similar Products

 
Streamlight The Siege
Awards   Best Buy Award   
Price $35 List
$28.60 at Amazon
$26 List
$22.99 at Amazon
$20.00 List
$19.95 at Amazon
$16.96 at Backcountry
Compare at 2 sellers
Check Price at Amazon
Overall Score Sort Icon
68
69
68
59
57
Star Rating
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros Durable, packed with features, water resistant, floatsSuper bright, three light tones, dimmable, rubberized base, affordableAffordable, several light tone settings, 360-degree kickstand, clever sundialCompact, lightweight, inexpensiveCompact, lightweight, inexpensive
Cons Can't fully adjust the amount of light output, limited to four settings, smallHeavy, not waterproof, lacks USB output, poor battery lifeNot submersible, no USB outputNot very versatile, no legs or standDurability questions, limited brightness
Bottom Line This little lantern is tough and versatile, and its waterproofing makes it a good option for lighting needs on a boat or kayakA great option if you're looking to keep a lantern stored in the closet for emergency outagesA lightweight, compact, and versatile lantern that is not rough on your bank accountA simple, easy-to-use, quality light for individual useThis super-compact lantern/flashlight combo is convenient for a glove compartment or emergency kit
Rating Categories Streamlight The Siege Lighting Ever Camping BioLite SunLight Black Diamond Moji UCO Leschi
Brightness (45%)
6.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
5.0
Durability (20%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
4.0
Ease of Use (15%)
8.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Features (10%)
7.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
Weight (10%)
6.0
5.0
9.0
9.0
10.0
Specs Streamlight The Siege Lighting Ever Camping BioLite SunLight Black Diamond Moji UCO Leschi
Weight (with batteries) 9.14 oz 14 oz 3.4 oz 4.37 oz 2.47 oz
Rechargeable? No No Yes No No
Manufacturer run time (hours) Low: 37 hrs
High: 7 hrs
12 hrs Low: 50 hrs
High: 3 hrs + 4 hrs reserve mode
Low: 70 hrs Low: 4 hrs
High: 2.5 hrs
Lumens 200 1000 100 100 110
Size (inches) 2.4 x 2.4 x 5.4 3.7 x 3.5 x 7.2 3.35 x 3.39 x .91 3 x 3 x 2.5 5.2 x 1.3 x 1.3 in
Number of batteries 3 3 1 3 1
Battery type AA D Rechargable Li-Ion AAA AA
Waterproof rating IPX7 IPX4 IPX4 IPX4 IPX5

Our Analysis and Test Results

This tiny but tough lantern stands up to heavy use. It has a handle at the top and a carabiner at the bottom so it can hang it from either end. It's waterproof, floats has great impact resistance, as well as magnets that can secure it to other magnetic surfaces like a car hood or refrigerator.

Performance Comparison


Streamlight The Siege lantern - this little lantern is an all-around hit.
This little lantern is an all-around hit.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Brightness


The polycarbonate globe/cover casts a nice non-glaring light. It is removable if you need it to be extra bright and concentrated (though this also makes it uncomfortable to look at directly, so if you take the cover off, we recommend hanging it overhead). It puts out 200 lumens on high, 100 on medium and 50 lumens on its lowest setting. In red mode, its a gentle 0.7 lumens in both the non-flashing and flashing SOS mode. The red mode is useful if you need to illuminate an area while also keeping your eyes adjusted to the darkness. We liked to leave it on at the campsite at night so when we were finished visiting friends down the way, we had a beacon to guide us home in unfamiliar campsites. The highest setting is pretty bright for such a small lantern but it is not very diffuse — you get a lot of light up front, but the shine radius isn't huge.


Streamlight The Siege lantern - this tiny contender stands up to the competition, shining alongside...
This tiny contender stands up to the competition, shining alongside other top performers (left: USD 30 Day Duro Glow, middle: Black Diamond Apollo)
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

It takes three AA batteries with run times of 7 hours on high, 15.5 hours on medium and 37 hours on low for the white LEDs, and 192 hours in the red mode and 298 hours on flashing SOS mode.

Durability


The Siege is tough because it is buoyant and waterproof. It has a moisture IP (ingress protection) rating of 7 (out of 8), which means that it is waterproof when it is submerged up to one meter. It is constructed from durable polymer plastic and is rubberized at the top, bottom and midsection. The textured rubber also provides an excellent non-slip grip. Streamlight claims that The Siege is impact resistant up to 6.5 feet. We dropped it from five, six and seven feet onto hard-packed dirt just to make sure. The lantern survived unscathed without any scratches or signs of impact other than a little bit of dirt.


Streamlight The Siege lantern - the magnets on the bottom are actually quite strong.
The magnets on the bottom are actually quite strong.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

The light cover is the most brittle portion of the exterior casing. Even so, we never had an issue with it.

Features


This product has high, medium and low settings on white mode and low and SOS strobe in red modes. To switch from white mode to red mode, simply hold down the power button. It has a handle at the top that enables it to hang from a tree branch and a sturdy, retractable carabiner on the bottom for suspending from a rope or cable. The carabiner is made from metal which we found to be very sturdy. The outer globe/lid comes off which provides a concentrated stream of light. It has some safety yellow highlights against an otherwise black case, which just makes it easier to spot in low light.


Streamlight The Siege lantern - handle on top and carabiner clip on bottom deployed.
Handle on top and carabiner clip on bottom deployed.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

The Siege is waterproof up to just over three feet and it floats — a pretty cool feature if you happen to be using it for boating or fishing. This product has a recessed power button that prevents it from accidentally getting turned on if it gets tossed around in your camp box or trunk. The power button also doubles as a battery level indicator. It changes color from green, to yellow, to red to flashing red to let you know when the lantern is about to run out of power.

Streamlight The Siege lantern - it looks like it's sitting on a rock, but actually it's bobbing...
It looks like it's sitting on a rock, but actually it's bobbing around like a cork. We think flotation is a pretty sweet feature.
Credit: Valentine Cullen

The magnets come in handy too. This model is a great addition to a vehicle emergency kit. If you have to change a tire in the dark, or just need to stick it to something metal to be able to keep your hands free, you can have the satisfaction of knowing that the light is not going anywhere because the magnets stick very strongly.

Streamlight The Siege lantern - the magnets hold it to a car very securely and the light is bright...
The magnets hold it to a car very securely and the light is bright enough to change a tire in the dark.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Ease of Use


This light is a breeze to use. To change the batteries, simply unscrew the bottom, place three AAs inside and screw the bottom back on. The battery lid has a teardrop-shaped center post that slides into the middle of the battery compartment to help you orient the cover correctly, which is especially helpful when you have to screw it back on in the dark.


Streamlight The Siege lantern - the three aa batteries are really easy to replace and the rubber...
The three AA batteries are really easy to replace and the rubber grip on the battery cover makes opening the compartment super simple.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Weight


This product weighs just over half a pound with batteries installed. It measures up at just under 5 1/2 inches tall and a couple of inches wide, meaning that it is small enough to fit into a jacket pocket. We really like its size-to-brightness ratio.


Streamlight The Siege lantern - this light is compact enough to fit into a cargo pocket.
This light is compact enough to fit into a cargo pocket.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

Value


We think this product is a great value, especially if you need a lantern for a variety of uses like boating or fishing before or after the sun is up. It is less expensive than a handful of other models and offers the durability to back up the investment and we love how many different uses we found for it.

Conclusion


This product is a sturdy little workhorse. We love that it is waterproof and floats. When we tested its durability by dropping it from a height, it didn't let us down. It still works perfectly after we put it to the test with all kinds of abuse.

Ben Applebaum-Bauch and Valentine Cullen
You Might Also Like

Ad-free. Influence-free. Powered by Testing.

GearLab is founded on the principle of honest, objective, reviews. Our experts test thousands of products each year using thoughtful test plans that bring out key performance differences between competing products. And, to assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No cherry-picked units sent by manufacturers. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing and comparison.

Learn More