Petromax Lanterns Original



Original Petromax Kerosene Lantern only see above.

“PETROMAX” 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.

Designed by the Germans since the early 1900’s, these pressurized lanterns were invented to be the most reliable, easiest to use, and capable of operating on 2 fuels (i.e…..kerosene, diesel.).

However, following the Russian invasion of Germany at the end of World War Two, the Graetz family was left with virtually nothing, thanks to the Soviet expropriation of the main plant in east Berlin along with the family estate at Ostprignitz Brandenburg, and compulsory Soviet management of the factory in Bregenz.

Thus, in 1947 brothers Erich and Fritz Graetz, along with three other workers, initiated the beginnings of a new production line in a vacant barracks located in the Westphalian Altena (West Germany).

While the original company had always been family owned, this new company, under the name of “Graetz KG” (Graetz, Limited ), was funded with investment money (stock sales) from the public. They also made the lanterns in Portugal factory called Casa Hipolito  lanterns also made called Hipolito and many Aida lanterns were made there.

       Petromax (GERMAN REG’D) not made in Germany MADE IN CHINA  see lantern above. 


When we set out to create our new line of industry leading lanterns (BriteLyt XL) we left no part overlooked. Every bit of our lantern’s operation and construction has been American engineered to be the best available and in a world of low prices and low quality, we have set the bar for high powered, liquid fueled lanterns.

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

From heavier, more durable materials to a complete re-engineering of many key systems we have been able to offer you a product that we are proud to use ourselves! (Viton rubber)

Perhaps the most unique feature is our ability to burn more than just Kerosene or Gasoline. With the ability to burn bio-fuels and other affordable and readily available fuels, BriteLyt has set itself apart from its competition. (i.e…All JP fuels,kerosene, diesel, gasoline, Bio-diesel, mineral spirits, charcoal lighter fluid, lamp oils, etc)

We invite you to take a tour of our new lanterns and see for yourself how much time and effort has gone into producing the King of all Lanterns. the NEW BriteLyt XL.

BriteLyt XL lanterns
American engineered BriteLyt XL

BriteLyt XL all fuel lantern Above Buy a BriteLyt Now

See copy versions

Original Petromax™ 500CP/HK

Coleman Northstar™

BriteLyt™ 500CP


15.75″ 15.95″ 16.25″
Diameter 6.7″ 7.81″ 6.7″
Weight 5.3 pounds 4.98 pounds 6 pounds
Tank Capacity 1 Liter 0.95 liters 1.65 liters
Burn Time 8-10 hours 7-14 hours 8 – 25 hours*
Illumination 400 watts 200 watts 10-550 watts*
Warranty 2 years (limited) 5 years (limited) Lifetime (limited)
Fuel(s) Kerosene, Paraffin Oil (EU) Coleman™ Fuel, Gasoline Kerosene, Diesel, Gasoline, White Gas, Biodiesel, Mineral Spirits, Paint Thinner, Lighter Fluid, Lamp Oils, Coleman™ Fuel, all JP Fuels, Citronella Oil, Plus Many More!

Only BriteLyt has the multi-fuel lantern patent BriteLyt Patent

BriteLyt use by the US Army

BriteLyt in the US Army

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