So, in yesterday’s post I shared my new favorite Easter Ham recipe, and how to smoke it on the Traeger.
What I didn’t mention was that an equipment failure at a critical point in cooking, almost FUBAR’d the whole thing!
Just before it was time to start glazing this beauty, I had a dark moment…literally. The ballast failed on my overhead lights (above my Traeger), plunging my carport/BBQ Studio into utter darkness.
When I needed to see what I was doing most, this is what I was looking at…
Just before full panic set in, I remembered that I has just received an Orion LED Camping Lantern to review. I was saving it for our family camp-out in July, but this seemed like an opportune time to bust it out.
The Orion is compact and feels solid while still lightweight. It’s packaged with everything needed to get it up and going fast, including 3 AA batteries and 2 lithium ion batteries (for maximum operating time and flexibility.) The Orion also functions has a built in “Power Bank” that can be used to charge phones, tablets, or any other handheld device so that you are never left without power (cables also included.)
It took about a minute to unpack and load the batteries…and none of those annoying little screwed on battery covers either, the whole top and bottom unscrew easily, making loading the batteries super easy. Being a guy with big thumbs (and lots of them) I REALLY like this feature!
Anyway, back to the Easter Crisis of ’15…
The Orion Lantern telescopes open (so the bulb is protected when not in use), and fires up automatically.
The metal handles made it easy to hang from a handy hook, and as you can see, this little powerhouse gave more than enough light to cook by and, unlike uni-directional bbq lamps, it lit my entire cooking area, including my prep table.
And, just like that I could see my masterpiece once more…and Easter dinner was saved! (Insert wild applause here.)
My rating: A solid 4 Stars
By the way…if you want to get this recipe, click here.
Sooo, it looks like I’ll be ordering another Orion Lantern for camping season, because THIS one is staying in my BBQ box for the next time I need a great back-up light to cook by.
Burnin’ Love BBQ
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Here are some specs from the product website:
The Orion Ultimate Survival LED Lantern and Power Bank by Supernova is the most versatile survival tool available and features both a stunningly bright LED Lantern and a built in Power Bank.
✔ 180 Max Lumens Lantern for camping, emergencies, hiking, and more
✔ Built in Power Bank charges phones, tablets, or any other handheld device so that you are never left without power
✔ Easy On/Off Operation by simply opening and closing the lantern
✔ Compact and retractable design for easy storage and mobility
✔ Operates on either 3 AA batteries (included) or 2 lithium ion batteries (also included) for maximum operating time and flexibility
✔ Brushed gun metal finish makes the Orion as durable as it is beautiful
The Ultra Bright LED Lantern component has 4 different modes of operation:
- Flashing Red
*Disclaimer: while I occasionally receive products, including the lantern used in this review, free from the vendor. I am under no obligation, real or implied, to provide a positive review, in return. The opinions put forth in this post are strictly my own, and are in no way influenced by how I obtained this product.