About TacLight Lantern by Bell & Howell

The TacLight Lantern by Bell & Howell promises to deliver twice as much brightness as an ordinary lantern; so bright, fact, that it can be seen up to two nautical miles away.

On top of this, we’re told that the TacLight Lantern is “military tough” and built to withstand the elements, including heat resistance, water submersion, and freezing temperatures. In the commercial, it even survived gunfire!

From a size perspective, the Lantern’s housing slides, which allows it to collapse down smaller than a smartphone (this sliding action also allows you to adjust the brightness), while bringing total weight in at less than a pound. We’re told its genuine Bell + Howell COB LEDs are smaller, brighter, and more energy efficient than regular LEDs, making it ideal for power outages, camping and hunting, working on the car, and more.

TacLight Lantern totally sounds like something that could come in handy in all kinds of situations, right? But before you buy, you want to learn as much as you can. The good news is that if you need information, you’ve come to the right place!

Are There Any Must-Have Features for Tactical Lanterns?

We’ve investigated several popular ASOTV tactical flashlights recently, including TacLight (the originator), Atomic Beam USA, and Shadowhawk X800 Tactical Flashlight. All of these flashlights share many of the same features, such as sturdy aluminum housings, multiple modes, and adjustable beams.

But what designates these flashlights as “tactical”? Since they’re typically used alongside a firearm to quickly sweep an area and/or stun an attacker, all the features we just discussed might be logical guesses.

But what we’ve learned during our research is that it’s all about the lumens (how light power is measured). At a minimum, to be classified as tactical, a flashlight needs to put out 60 lumens, with no holes or dark spots. Some, however, put out 800 lumens or more.

What’s the point? There are two:

  1. Currently, it seems that there isn’t a formal “tactical lantern” product category, so we’re unsure if what we’re seeing here is just marketing hype, or the manufacturing breaking new ground. Either way, there are no standard features for a lantern to be classified as tactical.
  2. Even if we were to use the same specifications found on a tactical flashlight, we’re not told how many lumens Bell & Howell’s COB LEDs put out. In fact, we’re also not told about TacLight Lantern’s exterior construction, or if it has multiple modes. We know the brightness can be adjusted, but there’s no mention about the beam.

Given all this, we remain unsure what exactly TacLight Lantern’s tactical designation is referencing.

Are There Any Other Lights Like TacLight Lantern?

We already mentioned that TacLight Lantern seems to be in a category of its own, but if you’re looking for a tough, rugged, take-anywhere flashlight, you certainly have options.

To see what we mean, type the phrase “magnetic lantern,” “collapsible lantern,” or “survival lantern” into you favorite search engine and you’ll find plenty of other lanterns that might deliver the same ruggedness as TacLight Lantern. Obviously, none of these will be designed identically or deliver all the same features in one package, but the point is you have options.

What about from a price perspective?

How Much Does TacLight Lantern Cost?

One TacLight Lantern is priced at $19.99 plus free shipping. You’ll be able to purchase a second at checkout for an additional $6.95 fee.

All TacLight Lantern orders are automatically upgraded to the deluxe option at no charge, which features a magnetic base for hands-free use.

TacLight Lantern comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H, as well as a lifetime guarantee. In order to request one, customer service can be reached at 855-721-3332.

Comparatively, you’ll find other lanterns in (more or less) the same category that fall anywhere between $8 and $60 or more.

Where Are All the TacLight Lantern Customer Reviews?

The HighYa team aims to bring you these reports as soon as products are released, which generally leaves very little time for any customer feedback to accumulate. As such, there weren’t any consumer reviews for TacLight Lantern at the time of our research.

The good news is that we’ve written about several other Bell & Howell products over the years, including microBrite, Solar Charger, and Ultra Bulb. Overall, these seem to have an average rating of about 2 stars, with common complaints claiming that they didn’t work well (or at least as advertised), while more than one also referenced business practices (overcharging orders, difficulty getting in touch with the company, etc.).

Obviously, TacLight Lantern is a completely new product and the company could have revamped their approach to customer service since many of these reviews were written, so this certainly doesn’t mean you’re sure to experience the same. Given the commonality of the complaints, though, it might be worth keeping in mind.

Is TacLight Lantern by Bell & Howell Right for You?

There are dozens of different personal factors that go into choosing a new lantern, such as:

  • Are you looking for something small and compact, or bulky and rugged?
  • Is weight a factor?
  • Do you need a specific run time? What kind of battery are you interested in?
  • Is there a certain light output you’re looking to achieve? Do you prefer illumination or soft, warm light?

… and many more—none of which can be answered by anyone other than you.

However, although we didn’t test TacLight Lantern firsthand, based on the commercial, it appears to be unlike anything else out there. So, if you’re a flashlight/lantern aficionado, then this factor alone might make it purchase-worthy.

With this said, we’re still not sure exactly how TacLight Lantern is “tactical,” other than the fact that it’s springboarding off the immense success of the original TacLight. If you feel like giving it a shot (no pun intended) though, you’ll get free shipping and a 30-day refund policy if you’re not satisfied.

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58 Customer Reviews for TacLight Lantern by Bell & Howell

Average Customer Rating: 1.4
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5 stars: 2 4 stars: 1 3 stars: 3 2 stars: 5 1 stars: 47
Bottom Line: 10% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Commercial is misleading.

    • Jacksonville, FL,
    • Mar 30, 2017

    They show a rugged, supposedly metal construction lantern. What it is, is plastic. And cheap plastic. After only a couple of uses, the top sliding part is so loose it slides open if laying on its side or carried by the handled, and when placed it will slide shut without enough tension to keep the upper part open for light, much less adjustable.

    I can't help but roll my eyes seeing them pulling one out of a fire or being smashed by a falling crate on the infomercial now. You can find four for $20 on Amazon by Gold Armour that look identical, but that put out 300 lumens and actually feel sturdier. (I am not affiliated with either company, just tossing out a better deal I found if people want this style lantern).

    Beware of the TV version; it's junk. The one I got wasn't even the "free upgraded magnetic deluxe version" either.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    The worst buying experience

    This is the worst buying experience I've ever had. I did the upgrade for $6.95 for the 2nd lantern, however, it never came. I've had to call every week for three months.

    I would never recommend this product or how they perform their business practices. Also, if you want this product, you can get it at Bed Bath & Beyond. Nothing but a nightmare.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Poor quality

    • North Andover, MA,
    • Mar 15, 2017

    It has less light than a small candle, and the springs don't hold batteries tight.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 11 people found this review helpful

    You get what you pay for

    I happened to see one of these at a Walgreens for $14.95, and I kind of bought it on impulse.

    Do I believe it could withstand the punishment depicted in the infomercial? Absolutely not. It is constructed of the typical cheap plastic found in a product of this price range. On the upside, it seems very bright, and the light pattern is distributed pretty well, with just some small vertical gaps between the LED panels. Also, it does collapse to a fairly small size when not in use.

    All that said and done, I believe it is worth the 15 bucks I paid for it. Anyway, I have 30 days to play around with it and can return it to Walgreens for a full refund if I choose.

    By the way, you can find a lot of the "as seen on TV" products at Walgreens and I myself would only purchase one this way. Just in case anyone is wondering, I am not affiliated with Walgreens in any way, I just happen to purchase some of my prescriptions there.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 18 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money!

    • Florida,
    • Mar 4, 2017

    This product is by far the worst encounter and experience I've had. Should any other person tell you otherwise, they are liars.

    The product claims to withstand being in water, extreme heat and even being frozen (BS!), but the product could do none of the things the advertisement claimed it could.

    Below were the tests I performed.

    1. Water: I submerged it in water, and it leaked into the "glass" and would likely rust out any metal components (had to trash it after the last test).

    2. Freeze: Oh it froze, and it took time for it to thaw before rendering any use. It's plastic and made from China.

    3. Heat resistant: Nope, it melted (trashed).

    Save your money and dignity. You're the only hope we have left to save mankind because these people will rip you off!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Mar 23, 2017

      Alan Davis

      I seriously doubt that you actually performed the tests you describe or for that matter, even purchased one of these lanterns. As soon as you take one of these things out of the box, it is readily apparent, that it could never even come close to withstanding this kind of abuse, and still function.

      So why in the world would anyone try the things depicted in the commercial is beyond me. Don't get me wrong, but it is blatantly false advertising to make these claims. Common sense dictates that for $15 you are never going to get a lantern of the quality shown in the commercial.

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Don't bother, definitely a scam.

    There are a lot of red flags. They first and foremost get your credit card info. THEN they keep asking you to add this and that for more money. For example, upgrade the strength of the flashlight, but you're buying it because it is already strong (or so you thought).

    On TV it says you get two for $19.99 and with free shipping. When you are ordering, you find out you're paying $31.99 for two flashlights.

    I will go to my credit union Monday morning and stop payment on this thing and be more careful next time.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Beware

    • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Feb 16, 2017

    I ordered two of these lights on November 21, 2016, and have yet to receive them. After four phone calls to them over the past three months, all I get is how they are out of stock and don't know when they can complete my order. You also have to deal with the reps and their "don't care" attitudes. The struggle is real, so BEWARE.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 20 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Terrible service

    • Missouri,
    • Feb 11, 2017

    I ordered this back in October as a Christmas gift for my dad.

    I moved the 1st of November and called with the new address, but they finally shipped it one January 31st, but it's going to the wrong address. I called TacLight Lantern, and a gentleman said he changed address. Well, he didnt, so I called this morning (February 7th) and told the lady that shipping is going to the wrong address. It's now here, in St Louis, and I was told that it is getting shipped back to TacLight Lantern and I have to do the process all over again.

    They have terrible service and always give the runaround, and they tell you what you want to hear to get you off the phone. I wouldn't recommend ordering from this company, again, they have TERRIBLE service.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Not what I purchased.

    Two days after putting nice Duracell batteries in, the lantern I used first quite nicely fried one of the LED bars at the top, causing noxious fumes. We're talking regular Duracell AA batteries.

    So, I have a couple of Chinese lanterns that you can put in the sun or charge with a hand crank generator and lithium batteries for half the price, and I have had them for years. I've been waiting for these lanterns since November. I was supposed to get one up-armored deluxe model and one basic one. Also, I would like to ask who sends a paper contract after the time of sale stipulating that all legal action be done through arbitration? We're talking about $20 products?

    I have a good cause for a lawsuit, but it's not worth the piece of crap I ordered. I'm a military veteran, and this is the kind of crap that gets people killed with the advertising they put on TV. The first one in two days loses a light bar and melts one of its top light bars while it's sitting on my bed! That's not exactly a deuce-and-a-half now is it? I will be calling about the refund when I can wake up during the day.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Misleading ad

    • Olympia, WA,
    • Feb 8, 2017

    The ad said you get two for $19.99. When I went to order and filled out my information, it said I was only getting one, so I never hit "place order." Well, somehow the order went through and I got an email that said a package was being mailed.

    I called their customer service to complain, saying that I never hit "place order," and she said if I didn't want it, I can just not accept the package as "return to sender." When I asked about the "buy one, get another one" offer, she explained that you have to look at the little print on the bottom, and it explains you have to order another one and they only charge you shipping of $6.95 for the second one.

    It was misrepresented because it is not "buy one, get another one" and the advertisement makes it sound like it. I am sick of these advertisers that pull this crap. I will probably have to wait six months to get my money back! And you better bet I am going to pay extra to track that package going back because if I don't, they will say that they never got it back.

    Do NOT order this light, or if you do make sure to read the little writing below your order.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Bait-and-switch

    I ordered ten TacLight Lanterns with the magnetic base. They took weeks to get here, and when they arrived, none of the ten I ordered had a magnetic base.

    I called their customer service they said, "We have a No Exchange Policy," even though it was their fault. They were willing to take them back BUT at my expense. I will never do business with them again.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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