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?

All of similar 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.

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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  • They share your email with other companies

    I decided not to buy this offer for two reasons, neither related to the product itself.

    1) Their privacy policy says they'll share your email address and billing information with other companies.

    2) They don't show that credit card information is secured online, nor do they accept PayPal to assure security.

    I don't want to supply all my personal information and credit card info on the Internet. I'll buy a similar product from a supplier who charges more but accepts PayPal.

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


  • Must be a scam

    • By Bill Scott,
    • Texas,
    • Nov 20, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered one of these things 3 weeks ago and haven't heard a word since. The website is gone and there is no way on the order confirmation to contact them. I have not seen their commercial on TV lately either.

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


  • 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


  • Total scam

    • By Pat,
    • Montreal, Quebec, Canada,
    • Nov 27, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    This review is in regard to the ordering process itself and not the lantern, which may or may not be a stellar product. I wouldn't know because they never sent me anything.

    So I ordered this lantern from the "Canadian" website back in September. Radio silence until mid-November until they sent a postcard (From a US PO Box address no less) saying they're going to be shipping the lantern on the 23rd of November. You can return the card to cancel but you have to provide a signature. Like I trust this company with my signature.

    And funny how a deluge of spam e-mail, junk snail mail and an unauthorized transaction on my credit card showed up not soon after the order was placed. My credit card has since been canceled and replaced so good luck to this company trying to get a payment from me.

    If they STILL send me the lantern, I'll be returning at their cost.

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


  • Commercial is misleading.

    • By Michael,
    • Jacksonville, FL,
    • Mar 30, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    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


  • The worst buying experience

    • By Tom Sclafani,
    • 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


  • Don't waste your money!

    • By PM,
    • Florida,
    • Mar 4, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    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


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

    • By Marc E Webb,
    • Virginia,
    • Jun 25, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    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


  • Far from durable

    • By Shawn Smith,
    • Madison, WI,
    • May 24, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    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


  • Scam

    Ordered the 1st of Nov. and I still have not received. Tried calling and the line is always busy. Tried to track order number and says it does not have a record of that number. Do not order from them.

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


  • 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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