Camping is undoubtedly seen by all that enjoy it as a great way to escape from the trappings of modern life. However, we are sure you will agree, there are some luxuries, that are important to pack for a camping trip, as they can transform an okay camping experience into a memorable and comfortable one. one such luxury is light.
There is nothing especially comforting or memorable (in a truly positive way anyway) about trying to find your way out of the tent and into the wilderness in the dark, almost breaking your neck tripping over roping and guy lines. If in your head you have this glorious vision of your return to nature being peaceful, tranquil and relaxing – take away the luxury of lighting at night or when visibility is poor (as it often is if you are deep in a dense forest or woodland are) and it is far from relaxing, tranquil and peaceful.
This is why we would always recommend that along with everything else you need to remember to take you take some form of lighting camping. Even if it is just to illuminate your surroundings a little better when the natural lighting solution provided by the open skies goes out when night falls. The go-to lighting for camping has been for a long time, the humble and reliable flashlight. We do definitely agree that flashlights are essential for camping.
As great as flashlights are, however, for getting you to the toilet and back to your camping grounds in the middle of the night, they are less practical for other applications. They are just not as effective as an LED camping lantern on those days when visibility is poor and you are stuck in your tent until the rain stops, trying to read or play a card game or two. In this situation and many others like it, you need something a bit more robust and versatile, like a camping lantern.
With some of the best LED camping lanterns, you are able to light up more space than you can with a flashlight. Because of their design, you also aren’t stuck holding a camping lantern or trying to wedge it in a weird position to get the directional light pointing the right way, which is often the case with a flashlight.
So when it comes to camping lanterns, you may be wondering how you decide which is best. Well, this is tricky, given the sheer variety available. However, with this post, we hope to make it a little easier, by outlining our top 5 best camping lanterns.
|Dimensions||4 x 4 x 7.2 inches|
It is fair to say that the first on our list is one of the best camping lanterns available when you consider the multitude of great reviews from customers. Interestingly, you can choose to buy a variation of the model that runs on 3 x AA batteries, or if you prefer, one that runs on 3 x D batteries. If the choice of batteries makes any difference to the performance we’re not entirely sure, but it’s something to bear in mind when adding the item to the basket.
Now down to the nitty-gritty. The Siege portable camping lantern is capable of producing light 540 lumens bright when it is on its highest setting, thanks to the 4 extremely bright LEDs. Streamlight’s camping lantern is set apart from other bulb lanterns because it has three different settings. We’ve already covered high, but the medium produces a respectable 275 lumens, while low only provides 55 lumens.
Although the low and medium settings obviously produce less light, they will help to extend the life of the battery. Streamlight have really designed a thoughtful lighting solution, that can help when you are stuck in an emergency situation. The Siege features a red trouble light with the option for it to blink out a pattern that reads SOS.
Despite being feature-packed, this lantern has very simplistic controls and is therefore still really easy to use. To select any of the four settings above, just press the same button the relevant number of times.
Streamlight’s The Siege LED lantern is also kitted out with D rings on the bottom and top of it, allowing you the flexibility to hang it in a variety of directions. So, if you are looking to use it as a light to cover the whole of your tent you can; while on the other hand if you are looking to focus light more on a specific spot, you can flip it and remove the shade.
With all of the above and the price taken into consideration, this is a camping lantern that is worth investing in.
|Power Source||USB Charger/Port|
|Weight||3 oz (excl. battery)|
This is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the coolest variations on the traditional camping lantern, that we have seen so far. We also challenge anyone to say the name out loud without cracking a smile. There is more to the Luminoodle LED light rope than a silly name and quirky design. Although it has been bundled with other camping lights that resemble what most would call lanterns, the Luminoodle is not really something we consider to be a lantern at all.
The Luminoodle is a series of LED lights on a transparent rubber-coated and waterproof string, If you weren’t already perking at the name, the waterproofing probably has started you off. After all, not every camping trip out in the wilderness is going to be blessed with perfect sunny and dry weather. So you really need something that can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at you.
Thanks to its very flexible design, you can either use the Luminoodle as just a series of lights on a string and drape them over branches, around walkways or around the doorway to your tent; or you can use put the lights into the included nylon bag to create a makeshift lantern for when you need a portable lighting solution.
It is easy to attach the lights to virtually anything using the rubber ties provided. Now we know what you are probably thinking – a gimmicky light like this can’t possibly produce a bright enough light. However, the Luminoodle actually produces around 180 Lumens and thanks to the lithium-ion rechargeable battery allow you to get around 6 hours from just one charge. You also have the option to use your own USB charger, meaning you can extend the life with a larger capacity battery charger.
So if you were always worried about the fact that battery powered lanterns often use a lot of charges, you don’t need to worry about packing hundreds of spares, because you can recharge the battery with an electrical outlet or even using your car.
|Power Source||3 x AAA Batteries|
|Dimensions||4.9 x 3.5 inches|
|Weight||9.3 oz (excl. batteries)|
Affordable, practical and lightweight are 3 terms that could be used to describe the Etekcity LED camping lantern. It runs on 3 AA batteries and on full power will produce light for a total of 12 hours. In contrast to other battery-powered camping lanterns, this one can be adjusted very precisely, making it more like a gas-powered model. To adjust the brightness and amount of light emitted, you can simply turn the top part, (where the bulbs are installed) and collapse it into the lantern’s base, blocking out some of the lights.
This light actually consists of 30 LEDs that are placed into groups of 10 between 3 different faces, giving you a full 360 light solution. When you collapse the top part into the base and fold the handles into the sides, you transform the lantern into a more compact version.
Undoubtedly, the most attractive selling point of this lantern is that it is actually a pack of 2. Meaning you can have one that you can use at your tent, while the other can be used when you have to go to the toilet or go exploring during the darkness of dawn or dusk.
|Power Source||3 x D batteries|
|Weight||9.3 oz (excl. batteries)|
With a surprisingly powerful brightness rating, Supernova’s Ultra Bright LED camping lantern will provide 500 Lumens, enough light for your campsite. It can even be hung from the top of your tent, either up the right way or upside down. Why? Hanging this camping lantern upside down can help to produce a more focused light, meaning you can light a specific area of your tent. If you want to focus the light, even more, you can remove the cover from in front of the bulb too. This is great if you are reading or playing cards or a board game.
This lantern also benefits from featuring an emergency light option – flashing it in pulses.
Amazingly, the 3 x D batteries that power this beauty give you bright light for a full 3 days. This means that, as you won’t be using it during the day very much at all, you will actually get around 5 to 6 nights worth of light. Think about the possibilities though, as you are unlikely to run it continuously throughout the night, every night. So with just one set of batteries, you could have light for an entire camping trip.
Camping Lantern Review Summary
There you have it, our top 5 best LED camping lantern picks. We hope that the above helps you to find the best one for your needs and requirements so that you can have the best and most comfortable camping experience possible. Further to the above, before you go and pick a camping lantern, we wanted to give you further help with choosing the best product. The specification of a camping lantern can not only help you to determine if it is the right lighting solution for you, but if it is a good camping lantern in general.
Below are some key aspects to consider.
Think About How It Is Powered
While you will notice that there are various kinds of power options for camping lanterns, you have probably noted that the only ones we’ve covered are powered by a battery (be in lithium-ion or conventional AAA and D batteries).
One major plus point for battery-powered LED lanterns though is the fact that you can place them virtually anywhere and do not have to worry that it might get tipped over or set something on fire – something that can’t necessarily be said about fuel-powered lanterns. This means if you prefer a night-light while you sleep or are camping with younger children that do, you can keep a battery powered lantern on all night without any worries or concerns.
Another distinct advantage is the fact that fuel powered lanterns are not as flexible in how you can place them or hang them, compared to battery-powered options which can be hung upside down, on their side (depending on their design) or simply the right way up.
Brightness – Lumen Count
Before we go any further, if you are not familiar with lighting and brightness, you may be wondering what lumens actually are. Basically, the brightness of the light is measured in lumens. Therefore, the higher the lumen count, the brighter a light is.
Lumens are an important number to pay attention to as newer bulbs, like LEDs for instance, do not need as much wattage as older bulbs to produce the same level of light. As such, they can’t be similarly labeled. This is useful when you are comparing fuel-powered lanterns and bulb-based alternatives, like LEDs, as fuel-powered models do not use any wattage, but still produce light.
Other Factors To Consider
Some camping lantern models out there feature handy and practical hooks that allow you to hang them from branches or the top of your tent, while other manufacturers and models do not have them at all.
There are even some battery-powered camping lanterns that have hooks located on the bottom that means you can turn them upside down to hang them. With these models, you often have the option to remove the cover as well. This helps you to focus the light towards the center of your tent, or well, just about anywhere at all that you need more light. Having this option is handy for reading books or playing games.