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Apollo Lantern

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Completely redesigned for better, brighter in-camp illumination, the fully rechargeable Apollo features 250 lumens of glare-free light and charges handheld electronics via USB.



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Whether you’re cooking on the tailgate, playing cards in camp or sorting gear in the tent, the Black Diamond Apollo Lantern provides 250 lumens of bright, glare-free and fully adjustable light. The Apollo runs on either its internal rechargeable lithium ion battery or standard alkalines, and the lantern also charges handheld electronics via an external USB port. The redesigned housing features a collapsible double-hook loop for hanging in the tent or on a tree, as well as folding legs for setting on a table. Strobe and dimming modes allow for custom lighting, and a power meter displays for both alkalines and the internal rechargeable battery.

  • QuadPower LED with 250 lumens (on max setting) enclosed in a diffuser globe for bright, glare-free light
  • Runs on internal rechargeable lithium ion battery (2,600 mA hour capacity) or 3 AA batteries
  • USB port charges handheld electronics (cord included)
  • Power meter displays for both alkalines and internal rechargeable battery
  • Strobe mode and unique dimming function for adjustable brightness
  • Collapsible, double-hook hang loop and redesigned folding legs for multiple lighting options

Tech Specs

Tech Specs

Lumens :   250
Weight With Batteries :   344 g (12.1 oz)
Max Burn Time :   24 H
IPX Rating :   4
Batteries :   3 AA (not included)



  • Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide Select 2018
Apollo Lantern is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great with good design features Used this while car camping and hiking in Utah. It provided good bright light. I like that it uses a rechargeable batteries backed up by some regular batteries. I really liked it for car camping and wonder a bit about using it for hiking again. Although not that heavy everyone has head lights already that seem to last forever these days. The fold out feet work very nicely to give the light some height off the ground. The top hooks make hanging it easy. It is certainly bright enough and can be dimmed for longer battery life. I will be curious to use it this winter in snow caves or huts as i think it will be very good for that.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great update from the old version Black Diamond replaced for free and with out question my faulty earlier version of this lantern with this model. That process was surprisingly painless and I was psyched to get this new cooler model unexpectedly. I thought they had sent me the wrong version initially because it is a slightly different form factor. It's a great improvement over the older model. The built in rechargeable battery is what I wished the older version had and it's really nice that you can also use store bought batteries in a pinch.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bigger, Heavier and Not Bright First off, I notice that the website now calls this a 225 lumen lantern which is 25 lumens LESS than previously advertised and how my instructions describe it. I guess I'm not the only one who has discovered it isn't as bright as expected. I'd call it a 125 lumen lantern at best. Oh it is cool and all and I guess rechargeable batteries are an improvement to some folks, but it isn't bright and it is MUCH bigger. I have two of the old version Apollo (2015) which were rated at 200 lumens and one is EXTREMELY bright while the other is less so. Both are WAY brighter than this lantern and a lot smaller. Bottom line, if you want bright and can live withOUT rechargeable batteries... ...get the old Apollo.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible battery I've had pretty much all the Black Diamond lanterns, and several headlamps, and each one has been engineered better than the one before. The new Apollo is solid, and a nice step up from the previous one. First off- the battery is incredible. With the AAs _out_, my lantern has been on low for 70 hours and still going. It is the best thing I've ever seen for earthquake backup here in California. Waterproof, spark proof, hangs up or sits on ground, and lasts forever. If you are backpacking, the Zip is a better choice unless you are in a group. For us, camping out of an old Westfalia far from anywhere, it is great inside, or outside, where we usually are. I'm hoping that the next version will be a little brighter on high, but it is adequate for two people reading under the stars. My only other suggestion is to have a green or red LED option like with headlamps. Currently, four and a half stars.
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid midsized lantern This lantern is a great design but it’s probably a little bit big for backpacking and a little bit small for car camping. Which makes it perfect in my opinion for adventure motorcycle camping. The light is sufficient for a picnic table and more than enough for the inside of a medium size tent. The fact that the light shines out of the bottom helps illuminate table space and shine down when hanging from a tent The lithium battery life is great and the addition of AA batteries makes it perfect for long trips as well. The legs and hook work perfect and overall it is a great design. The only con is that it could have a little more light for its size but overall I am happy with the product.
Date published: 2020-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for camping, a little heavy for hiking Charges fairly quickly. Will slowly loose charge when stored, but you can leave it plugged in. Works great for car/tent camping; nice diffuse light, pop out stand, pop out hooks for tent lantern loop. Easy to change the modes. Good for a couple nights with the integrated rechargeable battery. Haven't used it enough to run down a set of AA alkaline batteries in it yet. For camping, it's definitely a bit bulky and heavy. I'd much rather use my storm for that. Would be OK if you are two-person hiking where one has the tent and the other has some extra space and weight allowance.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Someone did their homework on this lantern I sits with the legs folded up, with the legs down it becomes very stable on uneven ground, and the light is dispersed from all angles except the top. It also works well hanging. Being rechargeable is a great feature since it can be charging while enroute to a camping spot. The "memory" of turning it on and having the brightness at the same level as when it was turned off is a nice feature, as is the "Lock" feature to keep it from accidentally being on. This one deserves the "Black Diamond" brand!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lantern This lantern is a must when guiding big groups. I used to have a Moji XP, but I have switch to the Apollo and I am very pleased. First, more lumens = more light and yes, the Apollon gives you a lot of it! Also, I love the fact you can only use the integrated battery on short trips and that you can use batteries for longer trips. At first, I felt the legs would be a problem or would be fragile, but after a couple of use guiding, I am surprise with it's durability. The legs are a good option when working on a shelf or table, and the hooks are amazing for hanging under a tarp while cooking. So far, I think this lantern is well suited for guiding groups and is a good option for personal trips if weight is not an issue.
Date published: 2018-03-02
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