Yes, if you use only a few of the light pods at a time, it will increase the duration of the batteries in the main unit.
If you pull the individual units slightly off the base, they won't light up when you turn the base on. Otherwise, you can pull the individual units off the base and turn them on and off individually which is how we mainly use them. We only put them back on the base in the morning for storage and charging.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
- Sahuarita, AZ
Yes, and if the charge on one unit is depleted it will not turn off the whole lantern.
Yes the 72 hour use time is with all four banks on. When attached to the base, it's an "all or nothing proposition" - when detached - each panel will last approximately 1 and a half hours each.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
- Central Virginia
1. Yes. 2. Yes it will extend the time. 3. Yes they can be independently operated on the home power source.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
- Las Vegas, NV
Only if you remove other units that you prefer not to be turned on. I have not left the entire unit on for an extened period of time so I'm unable to answer the usage question.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
- Fayetteville, GA
I have never tried leaving it on for 72 hours. However; I have owned this lantern for over a year with regular use, and I am still on the original set of batteries. 72 hours seems reasonable to me for all 4 banks. It seems logical that less banks would extend run time further. Banks cannot be turned on/off individually when attached to base unit. If you want less than all four panels to light, just remove the unwanted panels and the remaining ones will light via the base on/off button.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
- The Adirondacks - NY