This is a Japanese made lantern that runs on Butane fuel; made by SOTO which is one of my favorite outdoor brands. A few years ago I stumbled upon this product, had it imported from eBay and have been using it ever since. Luckily purchasing these in the US is a whole lot easier.
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:: SOTO ST-260 Butane Lantern Review ::
Materials : stainless steel construction, legs, break resistant mesh
Measurements : 5” tall 3.5” wide plus the fuel canister 4.25” wide at the legs
Weight : 9.5oz with storage bag
Cost : $75 off of Amazon
Includes : Lantern, Storage bag, 3 mantels
Output : This information I haven’t been able to get a solid answer on; I’ve seen claims that this is comparable to a 80W light bulb on the highest setting. At the highest setting, I’ve ran this for over 3 hours. At a toned down level it will go a lot longer. I’ve gotten over 6 hours with varying intensities.
Mantels : These lanterns use the ST-2601 Mantel; these come in 3 packs and I was able to locate those on Amazon and ordered some. You likely can use mantels from other companies such as coleman as well if you had to.
Shipping : When purchased from Amazon, it’s going to take some time for the product to arrive as it has to come from Japan. It is not as far as I know available in the USA so it has to be imported.
I purchased mine off of eBay a few years ago and now, they are available on Amazon which makes these even simpler. Talking about purchasing from Amazon, the listing calls this the Shinfuji regulator lantern; Shinfuji is the parent company of SOTO.
This lantern features a regulator which allows for constant performance even when the fuel is cold – without the regulator the lantern would burn less bright in cold conditions.
The regulator also provides some safety; if the unit falls over while ignited, it won’t flare up which is important.
Review Pros :
Very well made product – has a great feel and weight to it.
Fuel efficient – I’ve ran this
easy to use
Fairly compact design
Puts off a good amount of warm light – brighter than the Coleman NorthStar which is also a great lantern
The company does make larger lanterns if you need more light
Puts off plenty of light for a small seating area and table.
Puts off a lot of heat and in fact, I have seen some Japanese camping videos with people cooking on top of these with a grill stand
Produces a very warm and comforting light
can be used in a variety of situations; home, cabin, vehicle, in tents and so on
Replacing the mantels is quick and easy
The Soto mantles last a very long time; I’ve been using this one for 2.5 years
Review Cons :
The storage bag offers virtually no protection – a hard case would make more sense
No way to hang this so light is limited to what it is sitting on
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