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Streamlight The Siege Review

This little lantern is tough as nails, magnetic and floats
Siege AA with magnetic base
Top Pick Award
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Price:  $27 List
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 Valentine Cullen ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 19, 2018
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RANKED
#3 of 13
  • Brightness - 35% 7
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7
  • Durability - 10% 8
  • Features - 10% 7
  • Weight - 20% 8

Our Verdict

Streamlight's The Siege earns the Top Pick Award for its sturdiness and durability. We think it is super useful for car camping, power outages, or tucking away in your car for winter emergencies. It has some very handy features as well. It has three settings in a white mode, two settings in a red mode, can hang from both ends, and is waterproof. If that wasn't cool enough, it also floats and comes with magnetic feet that make it awesome for van camping or sticking to the hood of your car if you need to tinker around.

The Siege takes three AA batteries, so if you're looking to go solar, check out the LuminAID PackLite Max. It's not as bright but it floats as well.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

This tiny but tough lantern stands up to heavy use. It has three white lighting modes: low, medium and high. If you hold down the power button, it turns off the white LED and turns on the red ones. The red LEDs have two modes; on and flashing SOS. You can hang it from both ends with its sturdy carabiner style clips or via the notch on its handle. It takes AA batteries that are easy to load. It's waterproof, floats and it is also impact resistant. We dropped it from seven feet without a scratch. We suspected the magnets might fall out, but they didn't.

Performance Comparison



This little lantern is an all-around hit.
This little lantern is an all-around hit.

It's smaller than many other contenders, but this lantern performed very well in the durability and features metrics.

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 we recommend hanging it overhead this way). It puts out 200 lumens on high, 100 on medium and 50 lumens on the 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 nice beacon to guide us home in unfamiliar campsites. The highest setting is pretty bright for such a small lantern and is not very diffuse. The lowest setting, on the other hand, does put out a nice soft light.

This tiny contender stands up to the competition  shining alongside other top performers (left: USD 30 Day Duro Glow  middle: Black Diamond Apollo)
This tiny contender stands up to the competition, shining alongside other top performers (left: USD 30 Day Duro Glow, middle: Black Diamond Apollo)

It takes three AA batteries and Streamlight claims that it has a run time 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.


Ease of Use


It is easy to change the batteries in this product. Simply unscrew the bottom, place three AA batteries inside and screw the bottom back on. The bottom/battery lid has a teardrop-shaped center post that goes into the middle of the batteries to help you orient the cover correctly. Streamlight calls it a "keyed battery door that facilitates battery replacement in the dark."

The three AA batteries are really easy to replace and the rubber grip on the battery cover makes opening the compartment super simple.
The three AA batteries are really easy to replace and the rubber grip on the battery cover makes opening the compartment super simple.


Durability


The Siege is tough, reliable, 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 of a durable polymer plastic and is rubberized on the base of the body, the sides of the top, and on parts of the bottom that don't have the carabiner or magnets. It doesn't tip over and it can stick magnetically to any metal surface. Streamlight claims that The Siege is impact resistant up to 6.5 feet. We dropped it from five, six and seven feet onto rocky 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.

The magnets on the bottom are actually quite strong.
The magnets on the bottom are actually quite strong.


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 sturdy carabiner style hook on the bottom that is spring loaded so it snaps back into place very securely. The carabiner style hook is made from metal so it's tough and not flimsy at all. The outer globe/lid comes off to expose light for increased lumens when hanging upside down. The handle has an interesting notch in it which allows it to hang from a horizontal rope, wire or branch and it also folds down ergonomically against the rest of the body when in the down position.

Handle on top and carabiner clip on bottom deployed.
Handle on top and carabiner clip on bottom deployed.

The Siege is waterproof up to just over three feet and it floats — a pretty cool feature that we tested nervously. It proved to be absolutely true.

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.
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.

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.


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. Our word of caution here is that you should keep it away from the screens of any small electronic devices that you might have nearby. It will also attract unwanted passengers at times (think keys, paper clips, and twist ties).

The magnets hold it to a car very securely and the light is bright enough to change a tire in the dark.
The magnets hold it to a car very securely and the light is bright enough to change a tire in the dark.

Weight/Size


This product weighs just over half a pound with batteries installed. It measures up at just under 5 1/2 inches tall, meaning that it is small enough to fit into a jacket pocket.

This light is compact enough to fit into a cargo pocket.
This light is compact enough to fit into a cargo pocket.


Best Applications


This product is great for boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or any activity that happens in our around water. It's also great for car camping and RVing. It would be great for any camping trip where rain is in the forecast. This product would also work well for someone who is very tough on their gear.

Value


At $27 we think this product is a steal, especially if you need a lantern to take boating with you past sunset or participate in activities like fishing before dawn. It is less expensive than its award-winning counterparts like Black Diamond's Apollo and Zip, and it offers the durability to back up the investment.

Conclusion


This product is a sturdy little workhorse. We love that it is waterproof and floats. We were a bit nervous about dropping it into the water and onto cement from seven feet, but it didn't let us down. It still works perfectly after we put it to the test with all kinds of abuse. We dunked it, dropped it and used it a lot. It hangs from the handle easily, can be clipped onto something by the carabiner on the bottom, has lots of different lighting options, floats and fits into your pocket.


Valentine Cullen