Fenix CL26R Rechargeable Lantern

Max Lumens: 400
Modes: 8
(34 customer reviews)

$80.00 $59.95


The Fenix CL26R Lantern is a multi-directional, lightweight camping lantern. Powered by a rechargeable 18650 battery, this lantern delivers a max output of 400 lumens—plenty of light to illuminate your entire campsite. A unique feature of the lantern is the multi-directional lighting modes—three brightness levels of 360° light, a front light and two brightness levels of down light. Unique heat distribution allows for outstanding cold performance. Extremely durable and rain-resistant this lantern a perfect camp companion.

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Max Lumens: 400
Modes: 8



Diameter: 1.9” (49mm)
Height: 3.8” (97mm)


4.1 oz. (116g) excluding batteries


One 18650 Li-ion battery (included) or two CR123As


One ARB-L18-2600 rechargeable Li-ion battery, charging cable, key chain, spare O-ring


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Note: The abovementioned parameters (lab-tested by using one Fenix ARB-L18-2600 rechargeable Li-ion battery) may vary between different environments.

Additional Features of the Fenix CL26R

  • Multiple directional lighting
  • Wide-range beam diameter
  • Excellent cold-resistant design
  • IP66 rated protection
  • Dual modes design: 6 white output levels, 2 red output levels
  • Electronic reverse polarity protection to protect from improper battery insertion
  • Top magnetic absorption and tripod socket for effective light fixation and light source control
  • One-switch control


Press and hold the switch for 0.5 seconds to turn on/off the lantern.

Mode Switching

The white light mode is selected by default each time the lantern is turned on.
In white light mode, doubleclick the switch to enter the red light mode, and then double click again to return to the white light mode.

Output Selection

White light: Click the switch to cycle through Low→Med →High→Front→Down 1 →Down 2
Red light: Click the switchto cycle through Red light →Red Flash.


Operation:With the lantern switched off,remove the dust cover to reveal the charging port, and plug the Micro USB end of the USB cable into the lantern’s charging port, then connect the other end of the USB cable to a USB power adaptor.
Charging Indicator: The indicatorsnear the switch willdisplay charging status. Four indicators willremain constant on when the battery is fully charged.

1. The normal charging time is about 2.5 hours from fully depleted to fully charged with the light off.
2. Only Low output can be used while the light is being charged, but charging time will be prolonged.

Battery Level Indication

With the light switched off, single click theswitch to check the battery status. The battery level indicators will display the battery status for 3 seconds.
One light on: critical, 0% – 25%
Two lights on: poor, 26% – 50%
Three lights on: sufficient, 51% – 85%
Four lights on: saturated, 86% – 100%

Low-Voltage Warning

When the voltage level drops below the preset level, the first indicator flashes to remind you to recharge the battery. To ensure normal use, the lantern will not turn off automatically and will work till the battery level runs out.

Usage and Maintenance

  • Disassembling the sealed head can cause damage to the lantern and will void the warranty.
  • Fenix recommends using excellent-quality batteries.
  • If the light will not be used for an extended period, remove the batteries or the lantern could be damaged by electrolyte leakage or battery explosion.
  • Recharge the light timely when the battery level is critical, for future use.
  • Recharge a stored light every three months to maintain optimal battery performance.
  • Replace the dust cover when charging is complete to ensure waterproof and dustproof performance.
  • Long-term use can result in O-ring wear. To maintain a proper water seal, replace the ring with an approved spare.
  • Periodic cleaning of the battery contacts improves the lamp’s performance, as dirty contacts may cause the lamp to flicker, shine intermittently or even fail to illuminate for the following reasons:
    A: The battery needs replacing.
    Solution: Replace battery (ensure battery is inserted according to the manufacturer’s specifications).
    B: The threads, PCB board contact or other contacts are dirty.
    Solution: Clean the contact points with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol.

If the above methods don’t work, please contact your authorized distributor.


This camping lantern is a high-intensity lighting device capable of causing eye damage to the user or others. Avoid shining the camping lantern directly into anyone’s eyes.

34 reviews for Fenix CL26R Rechargeable Lantern

  1. Corey L. (verified owner)

    Have purchased numerous lights, lanterns, chargers, batteries, etc… Exceptional product as always. Bought these as Christmas gifts, Family saw mine and wanted the same thing. Santa is on his way with lights this year!

  2. James Teasley (verified owner)


  3. Corey L. (verified owner)

    Excellent Lanterns for their size. This is my third order of these. Now the whole family has them. Will order again in the future!

  4. slimm2 (verified owner)

    I recently purchased two of these lanterns for around the house. I received them and I was very skeptical after seeing how small they are. Upon charging them up (which I used a solar battery bank to charge and it worked great) I went through all the different light modes that they have and they performed flawlessly.. These lights are by no means the brightest light I have ever used but I was not expecting them to be. Both lights functioned without any issues! In my opinion based on my little time using these lights, they are utterly amazing. To have something this small put out the amount of light it does and function the way it does once again speaks volumes for this product and company. I have ordered other products from this company since the beginning of the year, (Fenix PD36R Rechargeable Flashlight, Fenix ARB-L21-5000U Rechargeable Battery, ARB-L18-3500U Built-in USB Rechargeable Battery, Fenix HM65R Rechargeable Headlamp, Fenix ARE-A4 Battery Charger × 2, Fenix 18650 Rechargeable Batteries ARB-L18-3500U ×2) and I will continue to order more in the near future! You make an excellent product. Keep up the great work!

  5. sang ki l. (verified owner)

    Size is small but light is so bright and powerful!!

  6. anthony c. (verified owner)

    Perfect light for camping. Throws quite a bit of light for outside the tent and the lower setting are perfect for inside. USB rechargeable is so convenient since phones, bluetooth devices, flashlights, and more are all same.

  7. van van pender (verified owner)


  8. Preston S. (verified owner)

    Excellent lantern. The light this lantern can offer is not proportional to its size. It’s compact enough to fit in a cupholder while still being bright enough to light up an entire room on high. Lighting modes are more than adequate, love the down light and directional features. The magnet on top support the weight and makes it very convenient to hang it.

  9. Philip Dodd (verified owner)

    This is a cool little light. It surprisingly puts out a lot of light and it’s diffused enough not to be irritating. I was really happy to find that one end is magnetic so it can be placed on the ceiling of my ford transit when we are “living in a van, down by the river”.
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  10. Guy L. (verified owner)

    Once again, Fenix has exceeded my expectations with the CL26R lantern. It casts light campground wide or more focused if you want. Not only is it tough but strong and it is a great, small sized light. Great for a camp light or a go bag.

  11. reggie (verified owner)

    I love the light just a bit to small wish it was bigger

  12. Darin Pugh (verified owner)

    These are mighty good. Fairly inexpensive when you see how well they’re made and what they can do for you. We bought three, charged ‘em up quickly, and took ‘em camping. You get more than good lighting, after our youngest dropped a lantern into a wine glass, we found out they’re durable too.

  13. Justin (verified owner)

    Great camping light. Very powerful and battery lasts surprisingly long on a single charge.

  14. JOSE R. (verified owner)

    Literally good for everything

  15. Michael Sergent (verified owner)

    Exactly as described, very solid,VERY bright when needs to be. I built a solar setup with 12v charging panel to keep this and my phones etc. ready when I am in the mountains (at least 1 or more nights a week).

  16. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I needed a light for a room with no light and this little lantern is a perfect solution, I gives me plenty of light for the room, I take it camping and whatever adventures that call for a lantern. The directional thing is pretty cool too.

  17. Zachary (verified owner)

    This a fantastic small lantern. Incredibly well engineered. I at first was concerned about getting the battery in and out of the device. I was surprised to find that the lid is magnetic and just lifts the battery out. A simple but well thought out design. Fenix puts thought into their products and that really makes them a great choice and well worth the price.

  18. Tommy

    Great light, just wish they kept the glow in dark power button like the older CL25R

  19. Alan S. (verified owner)

    TrtyjIt’s small and bright but the color temp is like 6000K. No warmth at all. It definitely made as A tent light and when hung in a tent the light from the bottom is real good Quality is 3 or 4 stars but I’m sending it back.

    If your backpacking you might find it to be just perfect. But in an established camp the bright 6000K light is just to much. It’s definitely a backpackers light due to size and output. Now that being said if you van get the CL30R model it it simply amazing.

  20. Karin (verified owner)

    Nice bright light

  21. Arthur L. (verified owner)

    Unfortunately, this stopped working after a few months, and I haven’t received any response from the company about honoring the warranty.

    • Dianne

      Warranty has sent you an email. If you haven’t received it I would check your spam folder.

  22. Wesley S. (verified owner)

    Compact, light, and bright. I’d recommend it to anyone.

  23. James H. (verified owner)

    Another quality fenix product. Light may be small, but it is bright or any other level of light you need. I bought several for Christmas presents, buy it , you won’t regret it !

  24. James H. (verified owner)

    Great light, quality construction, Fenix products are top notch.

  25. Tom S. (verified owner)

    I purchased this lantern to try it out and I’m completely amazed by how bright and well constructed it is for such a small piece of gear. My fellow gear enthusiast purchased one as soon as he saw me give a demonstration. It is that impressive! I also own a UCO Pika lantern that also acts as a flashlight. Although the UCO’s flashlight is brighter than the one on the Fenix CL26R, the fact that the Fenix allows for different modes of brightness (as well as 2 red light modes) and can run on the same rechargeable 18650 batteries that my 2 Fenix flashlights do, means that this lantern will make the cut when packing for my next lightweight backpacking adventure!

    The one thing Fenix could do to improve this lantern is to add lumens to the flashlight mode. Not a showstopper as this piece of gear is designed to be a lantern first, but since they have already introduced the flashlight on the bottom of the lantern, they may as well make it a more useful option (as it stands, the lumen output is quite dim)

  26. Bill (verified owner)

    Absolutely brilliant in design and execution.

  27. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great little lantern. Brighter than expected.

  28. mitch c. (verified owner)

    Nice light, small in size but puts out more light than expected.

  29. Michael W

    For utility uses only, I’d give it 10 stars. You can see and navigate with ease no matter how dark your environment is. The power source is great, you can carry extra 18650 batteries to slap in if you need to. You don’t have to take an extra charger — the lantern can charge the 18650’s from a USB power source – I haven’t tried to charge it yet from my solar panel but shouldn’t be a problem.
    The size is great!

    For relaxing camping, it only gets 4 stars. The light is so bright it borders on harsh. It definitely needs another level of brightness between medium and high — it’s missing that “Goldilocks” zone for comfort camping. It also needs tint warm up, at least a +1 or +2 of yellow, and a tad higher CRI.

  30. Steven N. (verified owner)

    Amazing light

  31. RANDY B. (verified owner)

    Unique, nice form factor, and very powerful for a multi-directional lantern. Classic Fenix excellence.

  32. Ronnie (verified owner)

    Great light and love the recharge option

  33. David (verified owner)

    A nice small handheld unit. Puts out great light levels. Use a 3500 mAh cell for best runtimes. Nice overall build quality.

  34. David Olson (verified owner)

    very nice but could have longer battery life

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