It wasn't that awful.
Decades after the fact, I'm still getting used to rings have a charge spent by use, and not an infinite charge that only exists for 24 hours... But all that with the batteries and rings running out was ridiculous.
I still remember thinking when Hal went insane, started killing Lanterns and wearing their rings "The rings channel his will power, multiple rings shouldn't make him any more powerful... Although insanity could multiply his will power, but that's neither here nor there."