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PETROMAX”  History. Max Graetz (1851–1937) was President of the firm Ehrich & Graetz in Berlin, which developed the lamp, and also the primary designer.

He had wanted to create a lighting system fueled by paraffin (paraffin is Kerosene)paraffin in the US is a wax , which was then a new product. … The name Petromaxderives from “Petroleum” and “Max Graetz”.

lanterns were designed and developed by Adolf & Max Graetz, who were appointed managing directors of their family business (Ehrich & Graetz) in 1889. From their efforts arose the most powerful & reliable lanterns in the world at the time ( Petromax lanterns run on kerosene only) 

These three items gave the German army the benefit of heat, light and a way to prepare food with the use of some types of fuels like kerosene, diesel fuel.

He had wanted to create a lighting system fueled by paraffin, which was then a new product. Graetz invented a process to make a gas out of paraffin; it has a very high caloric value and could make a very hot blue flame.

Graetz then designed a pressure lamp, working with vaporized paraffin. To start this process, the lamp was preheated with mentholated spirit (denatured alcohol), in later models with an integrated blow torch called “Rapidstarter” running from the paraffin tank directly.

In a closed tank, paraffin was pressurized with a hand pump. The heat produced by the mantle was then used to vaporize the paraffin, which is mixed with air and blown in to mantle to burn.

Around the year 1916, the lantern and its name started to travel around the world. The name Petromax derives from “Petroleum” and “Max Graetz”.

The design was such a success that it still is being used to this day. The name Petromax has become synonymous with paraffin pressure lamps in many countries.

The design of the lamps was later used to create a cooker based on the same principles. But today is made in China.

All of the Petromax lanterns, stoves and heaters used today, (Made in China)by the general public worldwide, are known to be some what reliable and easy to repair. With the same use of kerosene as the fuel.


Today’s  state-of-the-art CAD engineering  the BriteLyt XL

No matter what they say BriteLyt XL is not like  any other lantern made see for yourself.

BriteLyt XL lanterns run on a variety of fuels.. All JP fuels,Kerosene,mineral spirits, citronella oil, gasoline, Bio-diesel, diesel fuel, & almost every flammable fuel available on the market, and the NEW All Alcohol lanterns coming soon.

The new BriteLyt XL family of lanterns also breaks the old rule that high-powered lanterns can only burn Kerosene. We spent much time perfecting our new lanterns to burn virtually any combustible liquid fuel you may have available.

BriteLyt XL lanterns used by the US Military today (Army Tested). The BriteLyt XL lantern has a problem free life if a little tender loving care is bestowed upon it yes a Lifetime.

Only BriteLyt XL: Starting with our state-of-the-art CAD engineering approach we set out to design a lantern that fixed the current lantern issues within the marketplace. Thicker brass, heavier assembly and no need for soldered joints are just a few of the improvements we’ve made. HEY!!! IT’S DARK OUT THERE!

Need More History/Facts? Petromax, Aida, Geniol, and Hipolito lanterns are basically the same 829’s run 500HK or 500CP at approx: 350 to 400 watts and see all there and other lantern Open this page to see FLAWS on these lanterns

Not the BriteLyt XL lanterns see now the only multi-fuel lantern system

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