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The chances are that the battery has failed. The age of the device would indicate that the battery is probably NiCd - these batteries have a memory effect that means after a while the battery thinks that "fully Discharged" would be the state that is the most usual for the charger to be used most often. You will need to open the device to get the battery out to find the part number. You will then be able to order on from an online retailer.
There are several different models of the Swiss Gear rechargeable lantern. On most though, you can remove the top portion of the lantern and check the lighting element inside. In most cases the elements can be removed and replaced. I have a dual filament lantern and from experience I know that every so often you may have to go buy a replacement light piece. If the lantern has been bumped or even just strapped to the outside of the pack while walking, it's possible for those elements to become loose and need repositioning or replacement so do check that. I'm sure that it should be unlikely your charger is malfunctioning unless you left it plugged in for some very extended period of time, in which case I would say the light would be more likely to burn out. But definitely try that and if that doesn't work the battery pack on the lantern itself may have an issue in which case you can always get a replacement.