Friday Gear Report: 4/22/11

by Aaron Frankel on April 22, 2011

in Friday Survival Gear Reports

I don’t often get excited about survival gear – anymore. When searching for products to talk about for the Friday Gear Report it’s typically the most boring part of my week, “Oh gee, another blue survival widget. Ho hum… ” However, this is one of those rare times in recent memory I actually became giddy while looking at a product.

I have spent the last six months looking at vintage pressurized lanterns. Sure, Coleman lanterns work, but what about style and quality. When I look at them I don’t think the person that designed them or the person that made them cared about what they were making. I see no passion and lack of passion produces a blah outcome.

Have I ever mentioned I am a little OCD?

Recently, while browsing some of the sites that sell vintage pressurized lanterns like Petromax, Hipolito, Aida, and Geniol I stumbled upon a US company that is bringing back the Petromax brand and improving on it.

Meet the new Petromax

BriteLyt Petromax Pressurized LanternFounded in 1998 with the idea that the world needed a better pressurized lantern, BriteLyt takes the Petromax brand to new heights.

How does one improve on a pressurized lantern? For starters you make them the old fashion way – with quality and customer satisfaction in mind. Then you make them better by improving the efficiency. Next you design and produce a whole bunch of relevant accessories like: cook top attachment, heater attachment, wire mesh guard that can replace the glass, a valve that can take a bicycle pump instead of pushing over and over and over on a built in tiny pump. You offer it in Brass, Nickel plate, and a military matte finish. You create a metal case that can protect and hold it all. Finally, and most importantly, you make them truly multi-fuel!

When BriteLyt says multi-fuel, they mean multi-fuel: all Jp fuels, White Gas, Mineral Spirits, Charcoal Lighter fluid, lamp oils, Coleman fuel, Gasoline, E85 Gasoline, Kerosene, Diesel, Biodiesel, Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol – requires attachment). Conversely, the best you can get out of other lanterns are duel fuel – Coleman fuel and Unleaded Gas.

How durable are these things? Eddie – of BriteLyt – told us:

I had one out in a Florida Hurricane. Took 40 mile per hour wind and rain with a reflector on – no problem. They are very sturdy. If a part does break or wear out, replacement parts are very inexpensive. The replacement parts and new parts we sell will always work with older models. We always keep being fair to the customer in mind. No over blown prices to fix what you have already paid for and no making it so you have to buy a whole new one just to get an upgrade.

How bright are they?

A single mantel BriteLyt Petromax Lantern has approximately the same output as 4 – 5 double mantel Coleman Lanterns. Using one of our new stainless steal nozzles ($24.99) will increase that output further by 10 – 20%.

I was also informed that Stock is low now, but BriteLyt expects to start shipping again in a month or two. Right now they are running a discount for people that preorder.

UPDATE ***** BriteLyt Lantern ***** UPDATE 5/16/2012

It’s sad when we have to retract almost everything nice we had to say about a product or company. We ordered a lantern from BriteLyt (without letting them know who was ordering it) untlimately it ended up being a pretty miserrable experiance. And it would seem they were misleading–if not flat out lying–about whether or not PetroMax was still producing lanterns.

When we ordered one to test and review we were told there was a three month wait. Five months later we sent in an inquire as to when our order would be shipping. We received back a reply stating it would be another two to three months. This reply with out explanation or even an apology.

In a follow up email we requested that our original order be refunded. A response was received several days later telling us we would need to contact another person at the company. Not, “We’re really sorry about the delay–here’s what’s going on–is there anything we can do to make it better?–not even I’ll forward your request to the right department and we’ll get right back with you.”

Begrudgingly we then sent an email to the person indicated. Within two days we received an email letting us know that our order had been refunded–and they had. But still no apology–no nothing.

We would have loved to have given a positive review of this company and product. We really wanted it to be as advertised. But in the end all we’re able to review is just how crappy BriteLyt is.

If you’re looking for a lantern of this type we would HIGHLY recommend to look elsewhere.

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kevin November 2, 2011 at 1:58 am

any news on those new products?

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2 Aaron Frankel November 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

Last I heard the new products were due in March or April.

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3 Kevin December 9, 2011 at 1:57 am

I checked their website and didn’t see anything new, so I emailed them. They mentioned the lanterns would be 90% USA made, but did not mention their stoves.This is their reply, to my question about new products and videos to go with them. “Hello,Yes we will show them and 90% of the parts will be made in the USA, this will be the best and only USA lantern made.
Thank you and God Bless!!
BriteLyt
9516 Lake Drive New
Port Richey Florida 34654
ph:727-856-9245

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4 Aaron Frankel December 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm

The BriteLyt stoves are sold as an accessory to the lanterns: Stove

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5 Mr Smith December 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

http://www.petromax.nl/petromax_tale/petromax_myth_qa.html

They are most defiantly not multi fuel

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6 Aaron Frankel December 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Howdy Mr. Smith,

That is an interesting link, but even the information provided is inconclusive and incomplete. The author of the original post has yet to fully provide details and saw his tent catch on fire from the outside…

By “exploded” I mean there was a loud “Whooomp” sound and the entire tent (a large tent) was temporarily consumed in a large ball of fire.

The author of the post never replied stating if his was a BriteLyt or Butterfly. I could also find nothing else on the web from people saying they had similar experiances. To say that these “are most definitely not multi fuel” would be a stretch without more information to back up that post from 2001.

All that being said, I would use extreme caution and care when using any combustion based lantern.

There is a warning at the bottom of the post, dated 2001, that people should read if interested in these lanterns.

[DISCLAIMER] We get nothing and are NOT associated with BriteLyt in any way other than this article.

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7 Chris September 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

As an FYI, ANY lantern that has a pressure bleed off screw on the filler cap should NEVER be used with anything more flammable than oil based fuels (Kero, Lamp oil, Kleenheat). The Petromax lanterns have a non-return valve fuel shut off system. Lanterns designed for gasoline or whitegas, coleman fuel have what is called a positive shut off, or more technically a rising cone valve. When the valve is screwed shut, the lantern cannot push past the positive shut off valve.

The German instructions will contain a warning on the Petromax lanterns:

Nur für Petroleum

That means ONLY for Petroleum, Petroleum is German for Kerosene.

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8 Aaron Frankel September 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

All great information, Chris. Thanks!

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9 Chris June 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Let’s talk about Britelyt’s stoves. I purchased a matt gray model a couple years back and ran 4 times with diesel. It worked flawlessly. On a recent picnic I used coleman fuel and had the crap scared out of me. The braze around the filler neck had cracked or failed and the darn thing shot a fireball 4 feet into the air. I was lucky I had a fire extinguisher in my truck.

In contacting Britelyt I was told that I needed to send it in for a tank replacement, of course I would have to pay shipping plus the replacement, then shipping back to my house. A stove that has been used 5 times total now would cost me more that $70 for a really dangerous manufacturing defect.

Im’ just a bit peeved at the quality of this stove and cannot recommend it to anyone at this point. 5 uses and it’s basically scrap metal now.

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10 Robert Horwitz July 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

Well I had always thought about purchasing a couple of Petromax/BriteLyt Lanterns. To tell you the truth they are so nice looking you would think that they should be sitting on a Pedestal in a Museum rather than hanging from a tree. I was thinking Cordon Bleu Safari here I come. My only problem is when I went to their Web-Site repeatedly over a period of approx. six weeks the shipping date never changed on any of their products. 90 to 120 days. I phoned the company. I could not get a specific shiping date. Well I’m getting on in years and I figured if I pre-ordered them I may not live to see them arrive. So always having had good luck with Coleman products I ordered three of their NorthStar Lanterns and I’m calling it a day.

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11 Chris July 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Britelyt seems to be perpetually out of stock on their lanterns and stoves, and I know they are not that popular. I had a buddy ship me 2 German Petromax lanterns from Germany, made in German in 1965. They are new and in perfect shape. He even put them in a couple military transport boxes made of Aluminum. If you can get the real thing, get an older Petromax, made in Germany, not Hong Kong.

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12 Chris July 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

For those of you that want to get a REAL Petromax lantern made in Germany, here is a link: http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&twu=1&u=http://hytta.de/petromax/petromax-828-350%2520HK,828.htm&usg=ALkJrhggmufYAl4-8n-4ahQ9RQcMpdzgTw

They have kerosene brass stoves and a whole lot more.

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13 Richard August 6, 2012 at 5:49 am

@chris, I tried to order from the company you mentioned and they do not ship to the US. that what they said in an email to me. Do you live elsewhere?

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14 Diana Draper November 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

O.K. Let’s see if this message gets posted to all you good folks, as, apparently, the last one was deleted. Hmmmmm…..

Sorry, guys! Hate to disappoint you, but, the “Petromax” lanterns purchased from Stuga-Cabana, may say “Made in Germany”; however, buyer beware. Some of these lanterns are being thrown together from old parts, that weren’t made in Germany. Don’t forget guys…….The German factory was destroyed by the Russians. O.K.????

And, by the way…..To all those peaved, due to the delay of the manufacture, we do sincerely apologize for the delay; however, we will not apologize for the fact that we do not, and will not sell product that does not pass our strict safety & quality guidelines.

Seriously, guys……..As much as this product costs, would you really want us to compromise??? I don’t think so. As aggravating as it may get, due to this delay in manufacture (Lord knows I’ve lost all patience……it’s out in the ozone, somewhere), that, in itself, is no reason to sell inferior products, just to make a quick sale. Not on my watch!!

Diana

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15 greg December 17, 2012 at 5:04 am

Too bad Diana can’t seem to fulfill orders.I’m at TWO YEARS and still waiting for my prepaid order to be sent.I could have done a heck of a lot with the $650.00 I’ve had tied up with these frauds.
Mill and Mine supply in Tenn sells amazingly similer lamps for less than a quarter of the price Britelyt is charging.
Yep they own the rights to the name Petromax but they sure don’t seem to be making many lamps.I’d love to know how the military contracts are doing……..

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16 Mike December 17, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Well Greg I didn’t make it to two years but it’s been at least a year and a half from when I placed my order. The communication with Diana was always cordial so I continued to be patient when she repeated the strict safety and quality guidelines story. The last communication was that she hoped to ship in November. I work for a manufacturing company and I’m surprised that she’s able to remain in business without shipping lanterns for this long. I really wish I knew what the issues were but she won’t be specific so I finally requested a refund this past week. Similar to other posts here it was a quick refund and end of story. Hopefully she’ll change her website to quit saying lanterns ship in a few weeks to just not available. That way when they finally are available she could say ready for immediate shipment and I’d consider placing an order if she really could actually ship one. Until then I’ll continue to check her site and here to see how this saga goes but I’ll be looking elsewhere for a quality lantern in the meantime.

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17 Richard August 6, 2012 at 6:40 am

Disregard… I see you had them shipped through an intermediary. Should have read your other posts.

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18 Chris September 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Richard, try Stuga-Cabana, they stock Petromax, Optimus, and other high quality lanterns
http://hytta.de/petromax/petromax_lampen_ersatzteile,index.htm

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19 Chris September 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

And yes they ship to the USA, I have ordered from them before. Just send a note when you complete your order and they will send a pro forma invoice.

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20 Richard October 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Chris,
Thanks!! I ordered 2 lanterns from them. However, I could not get them to agree to ship to USA. Luckily I have friends in the UK and they sent them there. Shipping was alot of money, but I am pleased with the lanterns. I need to order a few parts now, especially the air pump adapter, but again, I can find it everywhere online, but the minute you put USA as the destination, they will not ship. Any Ideas? BriteLyt in my opinion is a scam that is using the fact that they registered the name Petromax with the USA and now constantly threaten lawsuit against anyone selling that name in the US but them. It is a real shame, because they are REALLY nice lanterns I received from Stuga-Cabana!

If I can’t get the Air Adapter or the double tie adapters and some spare parts for down the road, I will have to take real good care of hat I have. Ideas?

Richard

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21 BillyBobJoe August 16, 2012 at 3:21 am

Thank you for this post. I couldn’t agree with you more.
I was growing concerned as to why my order, placed in January has still not shipped in August of 2012.
While I did not cancel my order, I did request additional replacement parts to be sent free for use in an older, vintage lantern.
While I did consider canceling my order, the reality is that if this lantern is as robust as they claim, it will be an invaluable source of illumination at night. Something of such versatility and utility should not be slapped together haphazardly. The potential for danger is too great.

Your decision to cancel your order is definitely understandable, as I have considered the same.
I have decided instead to offer the company more time on production. At the same time, I have conveyed through email, a great disappointment in their lack of communication.

I am hoping my decision pans out as wise, If not, I’m out a good chunk of change.
If so, I’ll be using a lantern countless times more valuable than Coleman’s dual fuel model.
Yes, Coleman is a great company, and this post is not intended to put them down. Especially considering Coleman ships today, while BriteLyt is non-existent.
In my waiting since January, I have spent $20 at Target for the propane version in the cute yet ugly little green plastic case.

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22 Chris September 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

BillyBobJoe,

The lanterns are being made by Santrax( or an affiliate) in Hong Kong. Britelyt merely adds a couple parts to the lantern to call them made in the USA. The 90-120 day back order listing has been on the site for over a couple years. I suspect that either the manufacturer has stopped production of the lanterns, or Britelyt has some money problems and can only get the lanterns from the manufacturer COD, or prepayment.

I’ve ordered parts from them, some times they come in a week, some times in a month with no communications, or response to communications by me. Back in 2005 I ordered 4 lanterns. 1 for me, 1 for my son, and the other 2 for my uncles. They came quickly in about 4 days via UPS.

The Petromax lanterns are still very popular in Germany and Europe. They are built like a tank and only require minimal maintenance. They are basically a design from the 1920′ to 1930′s and have not really changed much. Once you have a good thing, don’t mess with it.

Ebay is a ripoff for lanterns. Find a camping store or outfitter in Germany that ships to the USA. You will get what you order with no supposed lead times of 90-120 days.

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23 Don B October 27, 2012 at 7:37 am

Why would you write such a glowing article about a company/lantern when you NEVER saw or used one??? You led people into probably buying a piece of junk with this very misleading piece and then comeback ONE YEAR later to tell the truth. You have lost at least one reader with poor reporting

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24 Aaron Frankel October 27, 2012 at 9:07 am

Howdy Don. Our Friday Gear Reports are about what’s new or what we’ve found. They’re not hands on reviews. And they are never written as hands on reviews. Reviews are clearly marked as such.

Also, the truth, at the time, was what I knew about the product and the company. Turns out, that was bad information.

The product may or may not live up to the article. But the company didn’t. And as soon as I did know the the company wasn’t worth dealing with, it went up. As it turns out, that was some time later.

Good luck on your journeys, lost reader.

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25 Curt October 30, 2012 at 10:30 am

I’ve got a Britelyt 150cp matte lantern I bought second hand, its older and doesn’t have the stupid American flag badge on them. I’ve ordered parts a couple times for a different lantern through Britelyt. As another poster said their shipping is spotty, they’ve got a minimum shipping charge too so if you order something small like a washer you get hit with a $5 charge for $2 in shipping. There is basically no communication from them.

My Britelyt lantern is actually EXCELLENT, it starts easy, runs good, makes no smell, and is quiet economical on fuel. Its too bad the company SUCKS.

I also agree with the other poster, your initial “review” sounds almost like an ad for Britelyt. Egg on your face…

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26 Dan November 1, 2012 at 12:39 am

I’ve been following this for quite sometime. I restore these lanterns and the man who wrote the article about the explosion is 100% correct. do not use them with gasoline or white gas or coleman fuel. A hole in the mantle is all it would take to melt the lead seals and release explosive vapor. They should use kerosene or diesel only. The German army will tell you the same thing.
Dan

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27 Aaron Frankel November 1, 2012 at 1:38 am

Thanks for the heads up and clarification, Dan. As long as you’re here and someone that repairs lanterns, is ANYONE making a comparable lanterns to the real PetroMax lanterns? And in particular also shipping to the US.

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28 Daniel Steffen November 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Hey Guys,

im from Germany (so please forgive for my poor english) and stumbled across this Blog and the discussion about Petromax.
Hence I’m from Germany I’ve good infomation and access to real Petromax.
Since 2007 Petromax is again assembled in Germany and the german treademarkrights and productions plants are held by Pelam International Ltd. The parts com from different subcontractors, but for qualityreasons final assembling takes place here.
BriteLyt registered the trademark for the US 2006 cause none else owned it at this moment (American Lamp Supply Co. owned the name previous but let the rights expire). I don’t know anythin about their production.
BriteLyt and Palem/Petromax don’t work together or manufactur for each other. Actually it’s rumoured they filed lawsuits against each other.

Most improvements BriteLyt claims for them are available here too or were invented here (the only thing not avaiable here seems to be the glas replacement by wire mesh). So MultiFuel capabillity comes with a replacement nozzle and needle plus air intake regulator (some guys were able to dim the lamp on this way), the safetyhazard of gas is solved via baffle and cookingadapter was used here a long time ago already.
Because BriteLyt drowns you in lawsuits if you try to sell Petromax in the US the only thing you can buy from inside US is their lamp. Why EU sellers won’t ship to you? I don’t know.

If you really want one of this lamps I can help you with shipping, but its not cheap (around 40 bucks to my freinds in canada, US won’t differ much).
Here’s the shop of the manufacturer: http://www.pelam.de/index.php?language=en

Regards from the old world ;-)

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29 Joe January 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

All: I have had a Lamp on order for 13 months. same old story. So today I entered their address into Google maps and had a look at the street view. It shows a run down old trailer in Florida. This is a scam. I hope I can get my money back.

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30 Dennis Deckmann February 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I have two of the lanterns, a large one and a small one. The first of the small ones I received was defective in that the filler cap was stripped out and would not get tight letting fuel run out freely and not pressurize. The dealer I bought it from exchanged it for a good one. It looks like they have some sort of issue going on. Wonder how their supposed government contract is affected by this? Apple Maps and Google Earth show the same run-down dump a previous poster mentioned. I think the ownrs are getting up in age and too hard-headed run their business anymore and too backwardbto pay to have someone else do it for them. I like the lanterns that I got but doubt hat I will buy more because of the price, spotty avaibility, and shoddy control. I believe the majority of the problems center around Diana and her inability to communicate with pople in a courtious, professional, and truthful way.

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31 Russell March 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

Guys – Come on! When the orders aren’t filled by Diana for two and three years, don’t you think there’s something really wrong? There’s always an excuse, and this BS about a government contract – how convenient. She’s scamming, and doing a decent job of it. All the BS about improved fuel systems and tanks………. Get yourself a German lantern or even a Chinese lantern – a Chinese lantern is better than no lantern. SCAM.

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32 Curt April 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

Does anybody still have an order outstanding with BriteLyt? They’re now saying they’ve got a “new and improved” version out, well the pictures are out anyway, they’re saying April 2013. Oh wait, its almost May 2013…

I’d be interesting to see if anybody actually gets one.

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33 Ben April 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I placed an order with them since july 2011 for a lantern with attachments .they have not delivered until now.
Every two months or so I write them about my order. they just push the delivery date out two or more months with implausible stories and excuses continuously.
actually I don’t want my money back at this point; I want the product after I received this message from them “We have finished our new upgrades and will start shipping in the end of April and in a few weeks will show our new lanterns and stoves on the web site”

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34 Aaron Frankel April 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Ben, you are more patient than I am. But if it ever shows up please let us know how it is.

It’s such a shame that they have created such bad will in the community. It looks like it could be a great product. I had personally already decided I wanted to buy six of them for storing in different places. However, even one is a no go at this point.

If I see someone actually get one and like it I may change my mind about ever giving BriteLyt a single cent. But at this point they’ve jerked so many people around, so hard, for so long, that they have NO integrity in my book. And in the books of many many others.

But like I said, please update us here in the comments thread if you ever get yours. We’re all curious to know.

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35 Terry July 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I ordered a BriteLyt 500CP back in September of 2012. Have yet to receive it. Emailed the company in May to ask where it was and same as others here, just got a BS answer about production delays and should be shipping soon. Asked for a finer time line than “soon” and was told “should” be shipping in June. June came and went and nothing. Emailed them again and asked for refund and NEVER received a reply. Filed a complaint with Florida Better Business Bureau and Florida Attorney General’s Office.

BriteLyt is nothing more than a SCAM. Or at least that is how they are making themselves look. They DO NOT communicate. DO NOT BUY FROM THEM.

I have a Petromax Lantern from Germany and have had no issues with it beyond normal maintenance. Buy from http://www.pelam.de if you still can. I ordered and received parts from them before and unless they have changed their policy, you should be able to buy a lantern from them.

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36 Terry July 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Sorry, I should have checked the Germany site http://www.pelam.de. It seems as though they no longer sell to United States. US is no longer listed in their Country list.

Too bad. I received my parts from them very quickly when I ordered from them. But it was several years ago. Diana Draper must be spending the pre-order money she’s receiving to tie up legitimate businesses in litigation.

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37 Terry July 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Okay, just to keep current on what I’ve been told in a phone conversation with Britelyt is, in a nut shell… That due to litigation, Britelyt has to manufacture their own lantern. Approximately two years of back-orders to process…. in the mean time… Moving their entire operation, setting up new servers and website, setting up new assembly and processing warehouse, new website.

I informed Britelyt that if this is the case, communication of these details (legally possible) must be given to at least the current customers with orders. The lack of communication and delivery time delays has everyone losing trust in the company. Which is hurting them for present backorders and many more possible future sales. A lot of people have been more than patient and a reasonable and proper explanation would go a long way to regaining customer trust and not bashing them. (Guilty as charged)

If the link to the photos and information sent to me in May 2013 are a true and accurate look and operation of the new lantern. It should be an extremely nice lantern to have.

So, if this is all true and comes to fruition ….. I’ll let you all know when and if the fat lady sings and my lantern shows up at my door before September of 2013. I will also come back and formally retract any earlier belief’s in statement of the facts.

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38 Dennis Deckmann July 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

I ordered my lanterns from a reputable, stocking, dealer. I received my order in a week or so. Like I mentioned one was defective and the dealer promptly replaced it at NO COST TO ME. You know, I’m starting to feel sorry for the dealer, he’s most likely now stuck with a defective item that he can’t sell, can’t fix, and a supplier that does not communicate other than to make empty promises and threats. Hopefully the folks that end upnwith the company will be more interested in selling and DELIVERING product…

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39 Chris July 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm

So the delivery date is September 2013? All I know is if Britelyt blows this date for delivery of backordered lanterns, there will be hell to pay in the PR department.

It’s really sad when a company has to litigate to keep a product out of the US market, a product made in Germany which is the original Petromax lamp. The constant pushing of the delivery dates is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. There has to be either money issues or litigation issues causing this delay.

The other issue is that the constant bs and delays are harming the brand of Petromax and/or Britelyt. Think of how many people wanted a lantern and have been burned with bs delays and non delivery from Britelyt? People tell others about their negative experiences with a product 9 times more than if they had a positive experience. Britelyt is only screwing themselves in the long run.

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40 Chris July 21, 2013 at 6:59 am

Ok Folks, Found a stocking dealer in Sweden that will ship to the USA, I bought some parts from them and they are reliable. Fogas.Se. Here’s the google translate page: http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fogas.se%2F

They have 150 and 500 HK Petromax in both brass and chrome, they even have an Optimus (Swedish manufacture) 1350 which is a 350 HK (cp) lantern.

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41 Mike Y July 23, 2013 at 8:51 am

I just canceled my order with Cris. I had ordered a 150 lantern in June 2012. Last I spoke to Diana they had arrived and were shipping them out in May 2013. I inquired yesterday and was told by Cris that the 500 lanterns were backlogged and shipping, but the 150′s were still be tooled up and expected to ship in Fall 2013.

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42 Bret July 28, 2013 at 2:17 am

I have a 60′s vintage Aida express 1500 that has been kept alive with Britelyt parts. I have ordered from Britelyt in the past and they have always came through for me since 2007. However, lately it seems that the fellow that owns Pelam is trying to run them out of business. That is too bad because before all this nonsense began they always tried to keep their customers happy. I sincerely hope that they are able to straighten this mess out and get their business back on track.

As far as I know, most of the lamp parts that make up any new Petromax lamp sold anywhere are made in China. There are some special improved parts that are made in the US but that is it. The tooling to make these lamps has been in China since the 80′s and that can’t be helped. You should blame the guy that owned Geniol for that one. Santrax of China is the manufacturer of the parts. Because the Chinese make them quality control is poor and both Britelyt and Pelam must get most of the normal parts from them and then assemble their lamps out of the good parts. It is a process and people sometimes make mistakes.

I suspect the ownership of Santrax has changed hands and somehow Pelam now has the upper hand. That is unfortunate. Britelyt is a woman owned US business that is the sole source for parts for both old and new Aida style lanterns and new Aida (aka Petromax) style lanterns. If she is able to pull it off, the new lantern and improved parts will hopefully change people’s minds regarding Britelyt. To Diana and her family I wish all the best.

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43 JIM ROBERTS RN August 5, 2013 at 3:57 am

The Lanterns look sturdy. I am reminded of Edwin Armstrong (Inventor of FM radio) and the perpetual issues which marred his product and reputation. I hope the issues are fixed as the new design looks like an heirloom. Jim Roberts RN

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44 Greg October 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Hi guys just checking back to let you know that we rare at 3 years and no product and no refund on a $650 order.
I did get an email in September that said all back orders had been shipped. I call bullshit.I still have not got mine.It is now October 21 2013. Funny how a company that so vigorously defends it’s copyright and patents on a nearly 100 year old design can’t seem to ship any of that product.This is why many companies will not ship to the US.It is an abuse of our trade mark system. They are fruadulent in saying that lsmps have been US produced.The reality is in my opinion that they were reworking lamps from Santarex and because of a few add ons calling them US made.My guess is that they either tried to block Santarex from importing while still demanding to be supplied with product from them , or they were as slow to pay suppliers as they are to ship product.
So if they ever produced product “in house” or they are doing so now; where is the product? Where are the shipments?
My being patient has simply resulted in my being swindled.

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45 Rivard December 14, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Well I received my long awaited lantern from Britelyt and the quality was unbelievable. They finely delivered something outstanding in the lantern world. Has any other persons received the new lantern yet.

Thanks
Rivard

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46 Chris S December 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm

IT ACTUALLY ARRIVED TODAY!!!! I have to say that I never do write ups or reviews, but I have to make an exception on this lamp. I also waited for literally 2 and a half years to receive my 500CP XL. To say that I was angry is a serious understatement. I have NEVER waited this long for an order..completely rediculous on the wait time!!! I must have spoke to Diana on the phone at least 10 times to do the quarterly check in and it was always the same line that everyone has heard. It became a source of pride for me just to stay the stupid course and hang in just to do it.
The lantern: I got the nickel plated 500 CP with the top reflector and carrying case.

I have to admit that the quality of the nickel plating, thickness of metal used, and overall construction is outstanding. Upon removing the pump, it appears very well made and much better than many of the colemans I own, but it is very fickle and isn’t nearly as smooth as other pumps.

Glad I also purchased the EZ Pump adapter…actually I wouldn’t know how it worked because its garbage. The threads don’t properly line up with the lantern threads and unless I want to crossthread and risk damage, I don’t plan on even trying it. It wouldn’t work anyway because the valve is defective on it and it would spew air from the tank anyway once under pressure.

I opted to run the lantern on white fuel to compare it to my Northstar on the same fuel. The lantern fired up and burned as advertised and had no issues, except it would have been nice to have the ****ing EZ pump!! Once heated and running, I fired up my ten year old Northstar and it was literally twice as bright as the 500CP. I know that it will be better with kerosene, but I was still not impressed with the output at all. As far as the carrycase, don’t waste your money. It isn’t padded and will only protect it from light scratches. Now I have to build or find an adequate case for this thing.

I have to admit that I am an avid camper in all conditions and I am not afraid of buying quality equipment that lasts and has a low failure rate. Although the overall construction appears good, I don’t think this ticket is worth the price of admission. If the multifuel option is important to you, go for it.

If I were to do it all over again, I would cancel my order (wasn’t worth the bullshit)and buy an additional Northstar.

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47 Rivard December 23, 2013 at 6:07 am

Chris did you keep the lantern box it was shipped in as mine was marked Lantern storage box and it fits into the lantern case to protect it? Works well to keep the lantern protected in the bag.

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48 Paul January 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I ordered the 500 cp with reflector in February 2012 and still haven’t received it. I too would check periodically to get an eta and was told 3-4 months. I called the first of December 2013 and was told it would ship on Dec. 10. On Jan 2, 2014 I called Britelyt and was told there had been a quality control issue with the reflectors and they would check with the shipping department and get back to me today; Jan 3. When I received no callback I again called and was told that the entire shipping department had the flu and I would need to call back on monday. It’s probably good that I live over 3000 miles from Florida.I will let everyone know if and when I receive a lantern.

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49 Paul January 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm

After several more phone calls I finally received my lantern. I have to admit , the quality is top notch and I am very impressed with the quality and performance of the light.

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50 Brady February 1, 2014 at 7:30 am

I just wanted to respond about the BriteLyt 500CP lantern. I waited over a year and they exceeded all my expectations. I understand the company is being run by new management thank god and it seem they have their act together. The Launtern is nothing like I’ve ever seen before. Even my old orginal petromax is a far cry from the quality of the new one. It’s bigger tank and much more solid. The new lantern is a completely new design. I’m glad to see a US company standing up for quality and not junk products like cheep Colman and Butterfly lanterns. This lantern is super bright and well worth the money for Light, heating and cooking. The EZ cooktop is awesome!

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