Primus Steel Micron Lantern
Primus Steel Micron Lantern
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From Sweden’s Primus, the compact Micron Lantern provides the light and warmth you need without taking up much space. The EasyTrigger ignition system allows for quick and easy lighting, and the stainless steel mesh globe improves durability while keeping weight to a minimum: 4.4 ounces, to be exact ... Read More

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Scatr
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Jan 10, 2019
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I just received an email saying my lantern has shipped (1/10/19) well ahead of the expected ship date of 1/22/19. I'm excited because I didn't expect to get it before a campout planned for next weekend, now it's looking like I'll have it. Thanks Massdrop.
Jan 10, 2019
kaxixi
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Dec 29, 2018
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What's the purpose of such a lantern?
Dec 29, 2018
shoop
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Dec 31, 2018
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For me, I wouldn't bring an LED lantern when backpacking. I bring a headlamp (great for keeping your hands free when you need light), and a single-AAA LED light that is super small, and I can tie off to the roof of my tent to provide some soft light for getting ready for bed, etc. I have some Black Diamond LED lanterns that I bring car-camping, but I just can't justify the weight or bulk when backpacking (headlamp and small flashlight/torch cover my needs for light). This Primus lantern really is a luxury item for me when it's going to be COLD and can't have a fire (Southern California mountains). It just creates a nice ambiance and gives off some comforting heat. On a related note, I've seen some people discussing the Bulin alternative to the Primus. I bought one (as I was waiting for my Massdrop order for a Primus to be filled), and was mildly impressed with it. Ultimately I returned it and waited for the Primus, and I am glad I did. Night and day difference in build quality. And light output seems greater with the Primus, probably due to the more open mesh around the mantle.
Dec 31, 2018
kaxixi
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Dec 31, 2018
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I see, this is helpful, thanks.
Dec 31, 2018
Leoi
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Nov 5, 2018
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There's a typo in the description. It should say "1892"
Nov 5, 2018
stevodotorg
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Sep 20, 2018
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This vs Primus EasyLight Lantern?
Sep 20, 2018
Tasselhoff
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Mar 16, 2018
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You have to pre-burn the mantles on these things don't you?
Mar 16, 2018
premiumwater
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Dec 7, 2017
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Wow I can't believe they put something up I requested...buy buy buy!I
Dec 7, 2017
xdmkii
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Dec 5, 2017
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What's the runtime on a 220g cart? How does this work in the cold (near or below freezing)?
Dec 5, 2017
Some time ago, I found a claim that the Primus lantern runs 6-12 hours on a 220g canister. In short, from my personal experience with one since then, it all depends how dim you run it but I think that range is stretched too long. More light/heat=higher consumption rate. I've never tried running a new canister for duration testing. The mantle is the same as those on propane lanterns, only smaller, and is not affected so much by colder temperatures as the canisters are. Low temp use depends on the canister blend. I haven't used mine below about 35°F. Really I prefer the quiet of my candle lantern to the hiss of these, but mantle lamps produce more light.
Dec 6, 2017
Alex6705
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Dec 5, 2017
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What kind of canisters does it use? Does it use my little isobutane cans that fit my jetboil stove?
Dec 5, 2017
Dec 6, 2017
DavidinKenai
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Dec 5, 2017
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"a pioneer in outdoor cooking since 1982", yet they equipped a 1953 expedition? You might want to proofread that copy.
P.S. Primus was established in 1892.
Dec 5, 2017
guy.regev
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Sep 6, 2017
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I got the lamp and it works nicely. It was provided with only one mantle. After first use, would it survive a backpacking trip or crumble? Can I expect to easily find replacement ones on a trip in New-Zealand?
Sep 6, 2017
I had the same concerns about the mantle. That prompted me to set right out researching replacements. It turns out that the Coleman #51 made for their compact lanterns also fits this Primus. I bought some on Amazon.com at a pretty reasonable price. However, after several trips I have not yet had to replace my original Primus mantle that came with the Steel Micron. The steel cage and the storage bag and some thought put into where to pack it have protected it just fine. That said, and given their low weight/bulk, I wouldn't want to go out without a couple spares.
Oct 1, 2017
Todzki
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Oct 1, 2017
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Like seenypaul - I’ve been very surprised at how well the mantles hold up, I have two very similar lanterns from brunton and Coleman which go through a few trips without needing to be replaced. With that being said, they weigh nothing so a couple spare is just good insurance.
Oct 1, 2017
OrCohen
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Aug 6, 2017
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Would this work to heat a tent from the inside in -5 degrees Celsius? Any idea on how this will compare to the BRS-55 lantern which has no mantle? (I'm sure the light will be dimmer, but I'm specifically interested in heating)
Aug 6, 2017
OrCohen
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Dec 8, 2017
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I got a different product that is basically a gas candle. It doesn't warm up anything then my hands when I put them over it, but it'll be enough to make me a bit more comfortable at cold nights before going to sleep. I don't worry about CO poisoning since it's too weak, I'll be using it for less than an hour, and in a two layer tent.
Dec 8, 2017
Tdominguez
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Nov 4, 2018
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What portable CO detector do you have?
Nov 4, 2018
it-man
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Jun 5, 2017
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Would be good to get one of the larger lanterns.
Jun 5, 2017
Greatdane
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Jun 5, 2017
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So, for those that have gotten in on this before, how does this lantern handle wind with that mesh "globe"?
Jun 5, 2017
I've used in light-moderate wind a bit with no impact other than causing the cable hanger to swing more than I was comfortable with, prompting me to take it down to set on a table instead. The mesh is actually pretty good at cutting wind anyway, this screen is probably in the neighborhood of 50% free area. Also mantle lanterns don't really have a flame at the mantle itself. It is inside the mantle - in essence another layer of protection from wind extinguishing it, albeit fragile protection. I prefer not sitting around in windy conditions anyway and would use my headlamp rather than this when more mobile. If used as a supplemental heat source also, you would want to have some sort of windbreak to preserve the heat anyway.
Aug 3, 2017
it-man
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Mar 16, 2017
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Drat, missed this, how much did this drop for?
Mar 16, 2017
ribo
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May 9, 2017
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$35
May 9, 2017
@DannyMilks I have an open question posted four days ago on which I tagged you. Can you please confirm that this lantern does not come with the hard case mentioned for the glass globe model by another user and instead comes with a nylon stuff sack? That is what I think I am seeing in your pics and is what is shown in the video review. Follow-up because the pic isn't clear on the sack, if that's what is included, is it drawstring, or buckle as shown in the video? One additional question regarding mantles, which were discussed but not listed in package contents on Massdrop. Just one included with this purchase?
Mar 11, 2017
DannyMilks
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Mar 11, 2017
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Indeed, the lantern comes with the soft case with drawstring closure, and not the hard case that someone else mentioned in regards to the glass globe. The lantern with the glass globe is noticeably bigger (see picture below, which also illustrates the lanterns hanging, another question that has popped up in this discussion). I believe this comes with one mantle. We will update the specs on Monday to include all of this info as it is pertinent. Thanks for the good questions @seenypaul
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Mar 11, 2017
wildrnesxperienc
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Mar 7, 2017
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Thanks so much Danny. I saw that ship date, but I wasn't clear enough. I meant- how do we know how much shipping will be? How much will it cost? Thanks!
Mar 7, 2017
DannyMilks
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Mar 7, 2017
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Ah, to see the shipping cost you'll have to actually join the drop and enter your shipping address. I wish we could estimate it for you in an easier way but we have members from all over the world. Thanks.
Mar 7, 2017
DannyMilks
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Mar 7, 2017
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Hey everyone - thanks for the questions and sorry that we didn't provide all the info you needed to help you join the drop. I'll try to answer everything at once here.
People like a lantern like this because it is really warm and it has a very pleasant glow, unlike most LED lanterns. It also is compact and using the super popular compressed fuel cartridges that most people are using these days.
1) the long cable from both sides is to hang the lantern, could be from a tree branch, a pole, or a cord strung between two trees. @Woodythehiker
2) This uses compressed gas canisters (iso-butane cartrige), like those made by Primus, MSR, Snow Peak, JetBoil, Kovea, Etc. @Penandink
3) Primus advises against using this in a confined area with no air flow. But I'm sure you can find people who have used this safely to warm and dry their tent with proper ventilation. @RustyBridges
4) Kovea does make an LPG adaptor to use devices like this and top-mount stoves with a propane canister (like the green Coleman ones found in every sport and hardware store) @ribo
5) Mantles are made by Primus and are very affordable, though you shouldn't have to replace them too often. @Paul321 says that you can used Coleman #51 mantles too. @G-Deuce
6) Estimated ship date is March 31, which is stated at the bottom of the product description page. @wildrnesxperienc
I looked through a bunch of videos about this lantern and haven't found anything *great* but here's one to check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36RREcJfCtU
Mar 7, 2017
Paul321
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Mar 7, 2017
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Oh that (big sniff) was a tough (big sniff) video to watch (sniifff) The reviewer does state it's a "great" lantern
Mar 7, 2017
RustyBridges
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Mar 7, 2017
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Thanks Danny, this is a great move from Primus, these kind of lanterns totally bring me back to my childhood, camping with my father, what a great Idea to modernize it
Mar 7, 2017
Woodythehiker
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Mar 7, 2017
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That long cable coming from both sides of the Lantern, is that to hang it up in your tent? We need info
Mar 7, 2017
neujersey
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Jun 4, 2017
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Jun 4, 2017
OrCohen
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Aug 7, 2017
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That's fake news https://backpackinglight.com/cooking-in-a-tent-caffin/
I'll use it in a tent, but I think the cable is too long for that, and generally it's safer on the ground
Aug 7, 2017
Todzki
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Mar 7, 2017
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I have the original with the glass globe, it's a solid piece and always has a place in my bag, especially now that my Coleman Xponent lantern has gone extinct.
Mar 7, 2017
Todzki
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Mar 7, 2017
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I'm pretty adamant about storing it in the included hard case, I'd say I get two trips out of the mantles. I consider it a luxury item (I mean really, ya don't need it!), so I just deal with the costs.
Mar 7, 2017
Thanks. It looks to me like this drop just comes with a nylon stuff sack - not a hard case. @DannyMilks can you confirm that please?
Mar 7, 2017
wildrnesxperienc
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Mar 7, 2017
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Noob here but how do we know what shipping will be?
Mar 7, 2017
RustyBridges
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Mar 7, 2017
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Not enough info or pictures, how does it work, what kind of fuel, is it safe in a tent?
Mar 7, 2017
xdmkii
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Mar 6, 2017
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Can you cook on top of it?
Mar 6, 2017
Colinsdad
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Mar 6, 2017
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It would seem to me that one could get standard Coleman mantles to work. There's other places to get propane adapters, rather than just automatically defaulting to Amazon! Google is our Friend! ;-)
Mar 6, 2017
ribo
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Mar 6, 2017
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Looks like some people also use this to use with propane tanks: https://www.amazon.com/Kovea-LPG-Adaptor-Small-Silver/dp/B00CFPISZW/ (almost as expensive as the lantern)
Mar 6, 2017
ribo
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Mar 6, 2017
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Would be nice to see a photo of it ... lit.
Mar 6, 2017
G-Deuce
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Mar 6, 2017
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Looks like it is designed to sit on an isobutane cartridge. My question: Is that a proprietary hard to find mantle or can I use a universal coleman mantle I can buy anywhere?
Mar 6, 2017
Greatdane
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Mar 6, 2017
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Proprietary mantles. You can get a three pack on Amazon for $6.45.
Mar 6, 2017
Penandink
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Mar 6, 2017
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What is the fuel source? Is it Butane?
Mar 6, 2017
ribo
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Mar 6, 2017
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Mar 6, 2017
Greatdane
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Mar 6, 2017
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Fuel source is isobutane/propane canisters.
Mar 6, 2017
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