As with their Moji above the Black Diamond Zip is a compact and budget-friendly camping lantern that is suitable for those who don’t require or want an array of technological features. Its basic design makes use of four AAA batteriesand comes with 150 lumens of brightness, and comes and a glass globe that gives nice ambient lighting and comes with a practical and collapsible loop on the top to hang from a tree branch or within your tent. The real standout feature of the Zip is its “flashlight” mode that creates the perfect 100-lumen beam that can illuminate a particular location or object around camp. The possibility of switching between flashlight and lantern modes is an important feature from our experience and provides the Zip an edge when compared to Moji above and the BD Volt below.
What is it that makes the Zip placed in this article? Apart from being on the dim side with 150 lumens, the lantern is pretty basic in its features set. It’s not rechargeable through USB and doesn’t have integrated charging ports, or solar panels with just one button that allows access to every mode. The product itself is somewhat basic and cheap-looking particularly when placed against modern and sleek alternatives such as BioLite’s AlpenGlow series. The flashlight is a nice addition and it’s not a bad thing to know that Black Diamond nailed the weight and price factor too.