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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65 Consumer Reviews for TacLight Lantern by Bell & Howell

Average Consumer Rating: 1.4
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Bottom Line: 11% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 7 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Damaged lantern - no return instructions

    The two lanterns arrived today; one was intact, the second one was broken. No return instructions or packing slip was included with the lanterns.

    What am I supposed to do with the broken lantern? Where is the contact information, where do I send the broken one? Will they send a replacement?

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

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  • 9 out 13 people found this review helpful

    TacLight Lantern

    Everyone has their opinion about the TacLight Lantern and no matter what negativity is out there, what satisfies you is what counts. I purchased the lantern a few months ago, and I really like it because it is a handy device to have around the house. It helps me cut down on my electric bill because I use the lantern at night in my bedroom and other areas around the house versus using my house light. My bill was averaging $140.00 per month, and now since I have the TacLight, my bill has decreased to $87.00 per month. A couple of weeks ago we had storms roll through Dallas and lost power, and the TacLight provided us with the light we needed until the power was restored.

    The only suggestion I would have for the TacLight is to install a permanent rechargeable battery like cell phones where you can plug it in for recharging. This would be a great improvement and could bring in more willing customers.

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

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    • Oct 11, 2017

      In Win

      If the "permanent rechargeable battery" dies before the product itself, you are still left in the dark. I still prefer store bought batteries. They are easier to replace than a fixed rechargeable. Most people don't realize that a portable car battery can be an alternative main power source. Use an inverter to power or recharge those items like a battery charger that normally would plug into an AC outlet.

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  • 27 out 28 people found this review helpful

    Beware of TacLight ordering tactics

    I was considering ordering a TacLight Lantern as seen on TV and when I googled, I found their website and was putting the information in when I decided to go check out some reviews. I saw negative ones and that the same light at other stores is less expensive so I decided not to order online, back paged and wiped out my name, address, credit card info and exited out of the site.

    Two days later I was checking my bank account and there were two charges deducted for $31.33 from them. I called the number on my bank's site, and the lady tried telling me they were shipped yesterday and that I would have had to call her to cancel. I told her I NEVER COMPLETED the order process, NEVER clicked the "submit" button so WHY did they place the order anyway? She kept telling me when they arrive, return them and I would be credited.

    I see it says 2-4 weeks for delivery, are they coming by a slow boat from China? I told her I would report them for committing fraud that the process was NOT completed and they should NOT have kept my banking info when I deleted it and NEVER hit the submit or place order button. So beware; this company is unscrupulous if not engages in criminal behavior!

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

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  • 15 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Misleading advertising

    • Palm Harbor, FL,
    • Jul 11, 2017
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    I just received my order of two lanterns. I paid $5.95 for two extra sets of batteries. The advertisement does not state that batteries are not included. You are lead to believe that the lanterns come with batteries, and you are buying extra sets of batteries. Wrong! No batteries come with the lanterns.

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

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  • 23 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Do not attempt to order. They will steal your money.

    • Virginia,
    • Jun 25, 2017
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    I didn't even press the submit order button and over two days they pre-authorize my account twice and still sent the order. I decided not to order it because of all the questions they were asking and deals they were offering.

    I called customer service, and the first lady hung up on me so I called the second time and that lady was rude, and I finally got to talk to a supervisor, and she was totally rude. They said it was a live order, so they shipped it anyway. They won't refund any money until you ship back the product, which I can understand, but why charge someone for something they didn't even order?

    I wish I read the reviews first. This is a total scam and customer service is horrible. They are trained to steal your money. I said I was going to shut down my accounts so they can't get the money and the supervisor said "Thank you" and then hung up. I needed the $56 they free authorized my account for, and they didn't give a crap. I even explained I had a family death yesterday and that I couldn't handle any more stress, and they still didn't give a crap.

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

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  • 21 out 21 people found this review helpful

    Far from durable

    • Madison, WI,
    • May 24, 2017
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    I bought it from Menard's Madison West. The first day they were bright, but seemed cheap. It fell six feet with a magnet on the door. The bottom cover broke, and the lights don't work. This product is not military grade or tactical at all. This is junk. I am out $19.95 plus tax. I would give it zero stars.

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

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  • 23 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Used for only ten minutes

    I was so tickled to get this last Christmas, but it lasted ten minutes. I got several more as gifts and hope they don't have the trouble. A piece of junk. Now we are under a storm watch (tornado), and I always felt like I could grab this when the power goes out.

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

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  • 33 out 33 people found this review helpful

    Commercial is misleading.

    • Jacksonville, FL,
    • Mar 30, 2017
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    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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  • 30 out 31 people found this review helpful

    The worst buying experience

    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Mar 22, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    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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  • 24 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Poor quality

    • North Andover, MA,
    • Mar 15, 2017
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    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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  • 21 out 24 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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