The Primus Micron is a gas powered lantern with a mantle. Every now and then, a mantle requires changing. It isn’t difficult, but can be a mystery to those new to the process.
It takes a little care and knowledge to fit and burn off a new mantle correctly, but it is not too onerous or frequent a task. If taking the Primus Micron on trail, it is prudent to carry a spare mantle or two. They only weigh 2g each so that is no hardship. This is a task that needs to partly be carried out outside, with plenty of ventilation. A windless day will aid things greatly though one of those cannot always be guaranteed.
I reviewed the Primus Micron gas lantern in a previous post. That was the model 2213, with steel globe surrounding the mantle. There is a very similar model 221633 with a glass globe surrounding the exact same mantle. Other small gas lanterns such as the Brunton Lucy Lantern, Bulin BL300-F1 and F2, Coleman F1, GoSystem Mini Lite, Kovea Firefly and others all have similarly small mantles that will at some point require changing. The mantle I have used below is a small double tied pattern mantle, equivalent to the Primus part number 730800. Look for mantles that are thorium free.
This has been part of a series of blogs looking at small lanterns suited for lightweight backpacking, or for use in the home and elsewhere:
- BRS-55 Dream Candle, a gas-powered candle
- Light diffusers- small silicone shades that create a 360° spread of light
- Montbell crushable lantern shade, converts a headlamp beam to a 360° spread of light
- Nitecore ML21 magnetic lantern for attaching to Nitecore 21700 series HPi batteries
- Nitecore NU25 headlamp, lightening the headband
- Olight Obulb, battery-powered 360° LED globe lantern
- Primus Micron gas lantern, with steel globe, an ‘almost’ unbreakable gas light for plenty of light and heat in camp
- RovyVon Aurora A5x Red, what was probably the best handheld ‘glow-in-the-dark’ keychain light there is for backpackers, until…
- RovyVon Aurora A5R, third generation handheld ‘glow-in-the-dark’ keychain light (2022)
- Silicone light diffusers
- Sofirn BLF LR1 2.0 lantern. The best battery powered lantern available. Not for backpacking though
- Sofirn BLF LR1 Mini, smaller and lighter version of it’s big brother
- UCO Candle Lanterns, old school light and heat
- UCO Candle Lantern accessories
- UCO Candle Lantern- servicing
- USB-A LED lantern– minimal 360° lighting in a small tent
- USB LED lights– there is nothing lighter, nothing smaller!
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