Best Lanterns for Camping | Ultimate 2018 Guide

In Buyers Guide, Camping Gear by J. PenneyLeave a Comment

Firstly, here at Simple Tenting, we focus on tent camping the most. The article may refer to why and how a specific lantern can be used when camping in a tent, however, these are still the best camping lanterns for any type of camper!

When it comes to camping in a tent, having easy access to light is essential. During the long and dark nights, as a camper I know I want something reliable. I am looking for a bright, durable, and easily portable lantern. The best lanterns for camping do not require expert knowledge, it is the users own preference. I came up with various categories of different camping lanterns that would be perfect for your next camping trip.

Let’s get into some lanterns right away, take a look at the best lanterns for camping of 2018 through a quick graph. Then below all of this is the start of the HUGE LANTERN LIST.

LanternBest Known For?Our RatingAdvantagesLumensRead MorePrice

CORE 1000 Rechargeable Lantern
Brightest Lantern5/5- Bright light
- Long lasting battery up to 256 hours of use
- Includes output charger
1000Jump to Review

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Tough Light LED Rechargeable Lantern
Most Durable4/5- Easily handle drops
- Up to 200 hours of continuous use
- Use for any activity
400Jump to ReviewSee on Amazon

MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 – Inflatable Solar Light
Most Compact4.5/5- Inflatable and collapses to 1 inch (Fits in Pocket)
- Solar powered
- Waterproof
- 18 hours of continuous use
150Jump to ReviewSee on Amazon

Coleman Premium Dual Fuel Lantern
Best Fuel Lantern4/5- 2 mantle lighting
- Durable Glass
- Case protects very well
- Life lasting quality
700Jump to ReviewSee on Amazon

ThorFire Collapsible LED Camping Lantern Hand Crank
Unlimited Light4/5- Great Price
- Crank option provides user with light at all times
- Great for power emergencies
- Collapsible for packing
125Jump to ReviewSee on Amazon

I spent countless hours and days creating this Ultimate Camping Lanterns List below. The list is split up into categories that divide the lanterns into their best use.





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Best Battery Powered Lanterns for Camping

 1. Etekcity 4 Pack Portable LED Camping Lantern with 12 AA Batteries

The Etekcity portable LED Camping Lantern is one of the best camping lanterns you can buy. The LED lighting gives off more than enough light, and it is adjustable, which is perfect to have in or outside of your tent. What is exclusive and unique about the Etekcity lantern is the strong durable plastic. The lantern is actually made of military grade plastic, which means it can handle lower and higher temperatures ranging from -67°F to 257°F  (-55°C to 125°C). The military grade also means it has gone through additional inspection operations.

Another interesting addition to this lantern is the magnetic base. It is perfect for connecting on to metal objects above you to provide lots of light. Plus don’t be afraid of rain since this lantern is water resistant, just don’t take it swimming.

The Etekcity Lantern comes in multiple packs of Two Lanterns or Four Lanterns. This is great for a couple or even the whole family!

Bulb TypeLED
Weight3.45lbs
Dimensions7.2 x 7.2 x 6.8 Inches
Batteries Yes – 12AA
Continuous Use12 Hours
Best Used ForCamping & Emergencies
Hanging Tent Light✓  (Need This – Carabiner)
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2. LE 1000lm Dimmable Portable LED Camping Lantern 

The LE Dimmable Portable LED Camping Lantern is another great battery powered lantern for camping. LE stands for the brand name “Lighting EVER”. The company only wants to create high-end lighting for their customers.

The unique feature for this camping lantern is the 4 available light modes. They include:

  1. Low Light White – 700Lumens
  2. High Light White – 1000Lumens
  3. Dim Light Warm – 300Lumens
  4. High White Flashing – 1000Lumens

The light modes are great to choose from when in need of bright lighting or a night-light dimmer for hanging in the tent. If in an emergency, turn on the flash to be spotted in the wilderness.

This lantern is also water resistant, so take it out and the rain with no worries.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness300-1000Lumens
Weight1.03 Lbs
Dimensions3.7 x 3.5 x 7.2 inches
BatteriesYes – 3 D
Continuous Use12-25 Hours
Best Used ForCamping & Emergencies
Hanging Tent Light
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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3. Hillmax LED Camping Lantern 

The Hillmax LED Camping Lantern is a small and very portable battery-powered camping lantern. There are different lighting levels; high, medium, and low warm. Great for keeping your lantern running for longer periods at a time.

The white material which surrounds the light is there to prevent direct lighting from reaching your eyes. Sometimes a super bright light can get annoying in the tent… I would always recommend a light with multiple light levels.

You can’t go wrong with the Hillmax LED Camping Lantern, it’s just so easy to use at such an affordable price.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness100Lumens
Weight0.45lbs
Dimensions 3.4 x 3.4 x 5.2 inches
BatteriesYes – 2 AA or 3 AAA
Continuous Use60-100 Hours
Best Used ForCamping, Backpacking, & Emergencies
Hanging Tent Light? (Need This – Carabiner)
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4. Northpoint Vintage Style Copper Hurricane Lantern

The Northpoint Vintage Style Copper Hurricane Lantern is a fancy but super affordable battery-powered camping lantern. The vintage look is quite appealing, it looks as if you are carrying a piece of history around.

I love the look of the Copper color, however, there are 17 colors to choose from! Take a look by clicking here.

If you are the type of person who likes to glamorize the campsite, then you may have just found your next camping lantern. The unique and minimalist look is perfect for staying in style.

In addition, the aluminum creation is very durable and will stay strong through any ordinary camping trip. Pack it up in the car and head off to the campground.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness150Lumens
Weight1.05lbs
Dimensions4.6 x 4.6 x 9.8 inches
BatteriesYes – 2 D
Continuous UseMultiple Hours | Depends on Usage
Best Used ForDecor, Camping, & Emergencies
Hanging Tent Light?
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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5. Brightest LED Camping & Hurricane Lantern – Battery Operated Blazin’ 500

 The Blazin’ 500 Brightest LED Camping & Hurricane Lantern provides campers with a simple and easy going lantern. Just by flipping this lantern upside down, you get an instant hanging light. This is great while tent camping, the light provides easy vision inside which is great for games at night.

This lantern is durable, it can handle rough use and intense weather. The Blazin’ 500 is water resistant, so no worries when left in the rain.

It is said that this lantern provides better output than some higher up brands like Coleman and Northstar. The lantern offers a low, medium, high, and strobe option. With its small and compact design, you can’t go wrong choosing the Blazin’ 500.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness500Lumens
Weight0.93lbs
Dimensions7 x 4 x 4 inches
BatteriesYes – 3 D
Continuous Use140 Hours
Best Used For Camping & Emergencies
Hanging Tent Light?
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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Best Rechargeable Camping Lanterns

1. UCO Sitka 500 Lumen Camping Lantern with Extendable Arm

 The UCO Sitka 500 Lumen Camping Lantern with Extendable, in my opinion, is easily the best rechargeable camping lantern. The lantern can provide the perfect light for games, small table projects, or just any regular needed lighting. It has an extendable arm which lifts up from 12.5 inches to 26 inches. See extension by clicking here.

If you like being in style, the leather carrying strap definitely looks trendy. I find the overall look the Sitka lantern has a more modern look than most lanterns on the market. Also, what is a great addition is the 2 USB plugins installed in the lantern where you can plug your phone in for a decent charge. It is said that on a full charge it can charge your phone twice!

The lantern is powered by a rechargeable 6600 mAh Li-ion battery. This provides roughly 5 hours of extremely bright light and said to give 70 hours of dim light. Which is considered very good because this lantern provides very bright light for a long duration.

However, if you are the type of person who just constantly forgets to recharge items before your trip you’re better off going with their sister model, the Sitkas Battery Powered Extendable Lantern. It takes 6 D batteries and weighs an extra 2 lbs.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness500Lumens
Weight2.2lbs
Dimensions7 x 6 x 12.5 (26) inches
Battery6600 mAh Li-ion
Continuous Use5-70 Hours
Best Used ForGames, Table Light, & Other Camping Activities
Hanging Tent Light?Χ
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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2. Supernova Orion Ultimate Survival Rechargeable LED Camping Lantern and Power Bank

The Supernova Orion Ultimate Survival Rechargeable LED Camping Lantern has a neat retractable design. By pulling the top and bottom away from each other, the lantern extends and the light can show. It is a compact design, perfect for packing up and taking minimal space on your next trip.

The lantern has multiple battery options:

  • 1 Lithium 18650 Battery
  • 2 Lithium 18650 Batteries
  • 3 AA Batteries

Or you can choose to use them all for maximizing power! Also, the batteries are included which prevents you from going on a battery hunt and tearing up every little place in the house…

Having a 5200mAh power bank is beneficial. When camping you do not always have the power to charge up your smartphone, however, with neat inventions like this you have the ability to USB charge anything! Or if you need to charge the lantern, plug in a micro USB and you’ll have light.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness180Lumens
Weight0.87lbs
Dimensions4 x 4 x 6 inches
Batteries1/2 Lithium 18650 & 3 AA
Continuous Use24 Hours +
Best Used ForCamping & Emergencies
Hanging Tent Light?(Need This – Carabiner)
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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3. Tough Light LED Rechargeable Lantern

The Tough Light LED Rechargeable Lantern is definitely the most durable lantern on our list. The name explains itself, it is a tough lantern. It can handle a 5-foot drop without any damage, meaning most any accident the lantern will be ok. Weather doesn’t scare the Tough Light, since it is water resistant the rain won’t cause any damages. 

It holds its charge better than any lantern on the market. Without any use and after one charge, your lantern will be good for up to 9 months. So charge it twice a year and you’ll have an emergency light available for you at all times.

The lantern can provide its users with up to 200 hours of continuous use, that is unbelievable. In addition, there is a 6000mAh battery and it holds a charging port perfect for any small USB device. Charge the lantern with a simple micro USB charger, 2 Cables are included.

The Tough Light Lantern is built with military grade materials, to stay extra strong. Though with it’s durable design it still only weighs at 1.3lbs, easily made for portability. One huge plus is that the lantern includes a mini hook to hang up anywhere you’d like.

3 Colors Available

Bulb Type LED
Brightness400Lumens
Weight 1.3lbs
Dimensions3.5 x 3.5 x 7 inches
Batteries6000mAh Li-ion battery
Continuous Use24-200 Hours
Best Used ForEverything & Anything
Hanging Tent Light?
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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4. CORE 1000 Lumen CREE LED Rechargeable Camping Emergency Lantern

The CORE 1000 Lumen CREE LED Rechargeable Camping Emergency Lantern is one of the brightest lanterns on the list. With 1000Lumens this lantern can reach up to 16 meters of light when on high setting. That is a lot of vision at night!

There is an outport charger available as well, being able to charge an iPhone up to 2.5 times. You can charge much more, such as Bluetooth speakers, headphones, fitness trackers, small cameras, etc.

With a center lighting design, the CORE Lantern provides light in every direction. Great for playing games, or hanging at the picnic table having a midnight snack.

Charge the lantern using a Micro USB charger which is included. In the base of this lantern, there is a mini charger cable holder but there is room for other small emergency items. For example a lighter, matches, and even a pocket knife.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness1000Lumens
Weight1.42lbs
Dimensions4.2 x 4.2 x 7.2 inches
Batteries5,200 mAh | 2 Li-ion
Continuous Use6.5-256 Hours
Best Used ForCamping
Hanging Tent Light?(Need This – Carabiner)
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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5. SUBOOS Gen 2 ULTIMATE LED Rechargeable Tent Lantern

The SUBOOS Gen 2 ULTIMATE LED Rechargeable Tent Lantern is easily the best lantern to hang inside of your tent. It is made exactly for that reason, there is a hook included in the purchase. Connect it through the tents hook and you now have a ceiling light. Read a book, play a game or anything you’d like to do!

The price is perfect, just pick either blue or black and you’re set. Pick one of the 3 power options of low, medium, and high. There is also a red light option for emergencies.

The light offers a 65-foot radius, basically, it can light up every tent on the market. While only having one battery left you can still use this lantern, only less power is available.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness280Lumens
Weight0.6lbs
Dimensions4.3 x 4.3 x 1.9 inches
Batteries5200mAh | Two 18650s
Continuous Use6-18 Hours | Red Emergency 125 Hours
Best Used ForTent Lantern & Emergencies
Hangable Tent Light?
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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 Best Solar Camping Lanterns

1. Thorfire Camping Lantern USB Rechargeable Solar Powered

 The Thorfire Camping Lantern USB Rechargeable Solar Powered is a very compact solar camping lantern. It is extremely easy to use, just leave it in the sunlight throughout the day and you’ll have light at night.

The compact extendable design makes perfect for lightweight travel. It takes up no space at all when car camping, and little space in a backpack.

The Thorfire lantern can be charged in more than one way:

  1. USB Rechargeable
  2. Solar Charged

This works best for starting your first camping night with a full charged lantern from home. Then during the rest of your adventures, keep the light outside to charge. The simplicity is very helpful.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness63Lumens
Weight0.44lbs
Dimensions3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches
Battery1800mAh
Continuous Use8-24 Hours
Best Used ForBackpacking & Camping
Hanging Tent Light?(Need This – Carabiner)
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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2. SUAOKI Collapsible Clover Style 18 Led Camping Tent Lantern

The SUAOKI Collapsible Clover Style 18 Led Camping Tent Lantern is a unique lantern for camping. It has 3 folding bars, each includes a LED light, and on the opposite, a solar panel.

The bars fold up and become smaller than an iPhone, which is easy for packing up for a trip. Takes up minimal space, while providing you with lots of light when properly charged daily.

If you wanted, charge the lantern up in 3.5 hours with a micro USB. The available options are convenient, at home plug it in, or outside exploring, place it down for the sun.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness100Lumens
Weight0.4lbs
Dimensions6.3 x 2.4 x 2.2 inches
Battery680mAh/3.7V Lithium
Continuous Use2-4 Hours
Best Used ForCamping Tent Light
Hanging Tent Light?
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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3. BioLite SunLight Solar Powered Lantern

The BioLite SunLight Solar Powered Lantern is a super long lasting solar-charged lantern. It can last up to 50 hours when on a dim light setting. Great to place in the tent for a night light. Also, turn on the red night vision to see best during the darkness.

The lantern is very portable because of its compact size. What I like about the BioLite is the ability to easily strap it on your backpack and let it charge while on the move. Providing you with light after a long day of hiking.

I love this company because a portion of every BioLite sold they re-invest into helping families in India and sub-Saharan Africa. They deliver cooked meals and energy for thousands and more! That is for a great cause and I am sure many people are grateful for the help they provide.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness100Lumens
Weight0.21lbs
Dimensions3.4 x 3.4 x 0.9 inches
Battery750 mAh rechargeable
Continuous Use50-4 Hours
Best Used For Camping & Hiking
Hanging Tent Light?
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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4. LuminAID PackLite Nova USB Solar Inflatable Waterproof Light

The LuminAID PackLite Nova USB Solar Inflatable Waterproof Light is a blow-up lantern. Easily charge this lantern in the sun by placing it in a location that direct sun rays can reach it.

This lantern was actually an investment product from the show shark tank. Where investors put money together and help promote and produce a product. So we know it must have some value.

It is a different style camping lantern. The inflatable design enables easy packing, perfect for backpacking and any type of camping really. The top left corner has a mouthpiece to blow up the device. When blown up the surrounding white material lights up from the inside light.

It is solar chargeable and USB chargeable. Pick what is easiest for you!

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness75Lumens
Weight0.31lbs
Dimensions1.4 x 7 x 5.5 inches
BatteriesNone Required
Continuous Use24 Hours
Best Used ForCamping & Backpacking
Hanging Tent Light?
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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Ultralight Backpacking Lanterns

1. MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 – Inflatable Solar Light

The MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 – Inflatable Solar light is the best option for backpacking. When backpacking you want to be extra light, and your gear must be compact. The lantern is super lightweight at 0.275 lbs, and it is inflatable so it deflates to a flat shape. This makes it easy to include when packing up your gear bag, take a look at it when it’s squished.

Even though the lantern is so small, it is also durable. It can handle the harsh environments that a backpacker will come across. It is 100% waterproof, and submersible. Take it swimming if you’d like!

A great feature for this portable and compact solar light is the adjustable strap, you can hang it from almost anything! Perfect for inside your backpacking tent and hanging it above your head for some extra light at night.

The lantern includes 11 bright LED lights, which is amazing for the size. As a frequent camper, I recommend this lightweight lantern for everyone!

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness150Lumens
Weight0.275lbs
Dimensions5 x 5 x 4.2 inches
BatteryNone
Continuous Use18 Hours
Best Used ForBackpacking
Hanging Tent Light?
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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2. Ultra Bright 200 Lumen Mini Camping Lantern

The Ultra Bright 200 Lumen Mini Camping Lantern is one of the brightest mini camping lanterns on the market. It provides us with 200 lumens of light while being smaller than the palm of your hand.

This lantern is easily charged with a USB charging cable. When backpacking it is important to not run out of light, that is why you need solar power camping gear, check out our article on the best gear. If you have a mini solar power bank you can charge USB lanterns with no problem.

The available lighting options include: low – 20 Lumens | medium – 100 Lumens | high – 200 Lumens

Small is needed as a backpacker, it makes the portability option available. This lantern is perfect for backpacking and other activities that size matters. Grab the mini camping lantern and enjoy your travels.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness20-200Lumens
Weight0.25lbs
Dimensions2.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches
BatteriesNone
Continuous Use6-36 Hours
Best Used ForBackpacking
Hanging Tent Light?
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3. LE USB Rechargeable LED Camping Lantern

 The LE USB Rechargeable LED Camping Lantern is certainly the most high-tech ultralight backpacking lantern. It is easily charged, and it even includes an outport charge option. Charge small devices like a phone or even a camera.

Its brightness is one of the highest for a hand-sized camping lantern. Furthermore, the lantern is durable being able to take falls and tumbles during extensive explorations. I truly love this little light, you might pay a small amount more for this light but you get so much more. Quality is the best, power bank is included, bright 280 Lumens light, how much more could you even ask for?

The green charging cable just straps around the light for the convenience. Just under the + on top of the light is where you plug in a USB charger of some sort. It is ultra small fitting in your palm and easily your pocket. This is a great pick for a backpacker, you can’t beat a techy-compact design.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness140-280Lumens
Weight0.39lbs
Dimensions3.1 x 2.9 x 2.8 inches
BatteriesLithium P. Installed
Continuous Use5-11 Hours
Best Used ForBackpacking
Hanging Tent Light?
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Best Gas Lanterns for Camping

1. Coleman Premium Dual Fuel Lantern with Hard Carry Case

The Coleman Premium Dual Fuel Lantern with Hard Carry Case is an easy fuel lantern purchase. The lantern offers a high brightness setting of 700 Lumens. This provides plenty of light at the campsite.

Durability is one of the highest concerns when buying a fuel type lantern. Fuel is more dangerous, it is very flammable and when surrounded by trees and bushes you need to be careful. The Coleman Duel Fuel is built by one of the most reliable camping brands known. This lantern is most definitely trustworthy and durable. The hard case prevents the lantern from smashing and causing a mess when in transportation.

This lantern runs on Coleman Liquid Fuel or unleaded gasoline. It is an all season lantern which is great in colder times of the year. Sometimes bringing battery powered lanterns in cold conditions kills the batteries quickly, but not with fuel!

Overall, this lantern is a great fuel option if that is what you are looking for. Coleman lanterns like this are known to last up to lifetimes. I recommend that the owner be responsible due to risks of fuel lanterns.

Bulb TypeBurning
BrightnessUp to 700Lumens
Weight1lbs
Dimensions16 x 14 x 6.8 inches
FuelColeman Liquid Fuel
Continuous Use7 Hours on High
Best Used ForCar Camping
Hanging Tent Light?X
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2. Stansport Small Hurricane Lantern

The Stansport Small Hurricane Lantern is a perfectly sized fuel lantern for camping. It has a stylish look and is very easy to use, it is funny because many people actually buy this for the decorative purposes.

How easy is it to use? Well, under the glass component, there is an oil holding area. Simply just put standard lamp oil inside and it is ready to go. Light the wick and now you have a working lantern.

This is easily the simplest camping lantern you will find on the market in my opinion. There are 2 different sizes, the 12 Inch version and the 8 Inch version.

Bulb TypeBurning
BrightnessNA
Weight1.3lbs
Dimensions12.3 x 7.5 x 5.5 inches
FuelStandard Lamp Oil
Continuous UseApprox 48 Hours on A Full Tank
Best Used ForCar Camping
Hanging Tent Light?X
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 3. Coleman Northstar Duel Fuel Lantern

 The Coleman Northstar Dual Fuel Lantern is known to be one of the most durable fuel powered lanterns. It has extra metal guards to protect the glass of the lantern. The overall design is made for a long-lasting lifetime.

A great feature this lantern has compared to other gas-fueled lanterns is the clickable lighting ignition. Without the use of matches or a lighter, if you place a AAA battery inside, you have an ignition switch. This is a great way to keep open flame from outside the lantern.

The fuel lantern is powered by 2 pints of Coleman Fuel or unleaded gas. Pour in through the gas labeled compartment, and flick the ignition to turn on. In addition, there is an adjustable knob to increase and decrease the amount of light.

Click here to see the available carrying case for this lantern on Amazon.

Bulb TypeBurning
BrightnessUp To 800Lumens
Weight5.55lbs
Dimensions16.1 x 8 x 7.5 inches
FuelColeman Fuel
Continuous Use7-14 Hours
Best Used ForCar Camping
Hanging Tent Light?X
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

Best Waterproof Lanterns

1. Energizer Waterproof LED Lantern

The Energizer Waterproof LED Lantern is the perfect waterproof lantern. It can withstand any type of weather, and its light lasts for hundreds of hours. With 4 Energizer max D batteries, it can run up to 350 hours on low.

The design of the Energizer lantern is very durable. the roundness creates a difficult way for the lantern to take direct damage. This prevents hard bumps, drops, and scratches.

Its easy carrying handle is perfect to carry out in the dark during late walks or nighttime bathroom breaks.

There is a unique feature included in this lantern, it folds upwards. This fold provides light all around, perfect for placing in a tent. Choose from low, medium, and high lighting.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness500Lumens
Weight1.25lbs
Dimensions4.6 x 3.3 x 7.7 inches
Batteries4 D
Continuous Use50-350 Hours
Best Used ForEmergencies & Camping
Hanging Tent Light?(Need This – Carabiner)
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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2. Satisure Portable LED Camping Lantern

The Satisure Portable LED Camping Lantern the perfect waterproof lantern. It is mini, compact, and just so easily packable. There is not much to worry about when your lantern can fit into your pocket.

This lantern is super small but still has the ability to outport charge your phone and other small devices. The charging bank provides 5200 mAh.

The built-in magnetic base is a perfect addition to connect to any metal surface. For an example, pretend your car breaks down at night, easily connect the light to the hood of your vehicle and it instantly provides you a night light above your head.

An IP65 waterproof rating means it can handle being underwater at low pressures. Take it night swimming or anything, just it can’t go too deep!

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness24-196Lumens
Weight0.35lbs
Dimensions3.14 x 3.14 x 2.36 inches
BatteriesLithium Included
Continuous Use100 Hours
Best Used ForHiking, Camping, & Backpacking
Hanging Tent Light?
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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3. OUNIER Camping Lights IP68 Waterproof Lamp With Powerbank

 The OUNIER Camping Lights IP68 Waterproof Lamp With Powerbank is not totally considered a camping lantern. However in my eyes, this thing is perfect for camping trips and so much more.

The light is waterproof and tested to be submerged up to 32.8 feet. This is great for everyday swimming and almost any pool. Basically, I am saying you will have no water issues camping with this light.

It comes with standard lighting modes: Low – Medium – High – SOS

The power bank function holds a 5200 mAh, so charge up most devices through a USB cable charger. Plus, the light has a magnetic connector, so connect it to metal places when applicable.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness350Lumens
Weight0.44lbs
Dimensions10.6 x 1.4 x 1.4 inches
Batteries3.7V included
Continuous Use72-140 Hours
Best Used ForCamping & Swimming
Hanging Tent Light?(Need This – Carabiner)
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Best Lantern Flashlights for Camping

1. BioLite PowerLight Dimmable Lantern, Flashlight, and Power Bank

 The BioLite PowerLight Dimmable Lantern, Flashlight, and Power Bank has everything you want all in one. It’s a lantern for the tent, a flashlight for the night hikes to use the “bathroom”, and last but not least a power bank to charge up.

As a lantern, the light can reach up to 33 feet. As a flashlight, it can reach up to 328 feet. You won’t have any difficulties seeing at night anymore with this light.

It is a very versatile light, enjoy taking it on many camping trips. Just charge it up with a micro USB charge cable and you are set.

The power bank can charge a GoPro when camping up to 3.5 times. That would come in handy for any blogging adventurer!

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness200-250Lumens
Weight0.46lbs
Dimensions2.2 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
BatteryRechargeable
Continuous Use72 Hours
Best Used ForCamping, Hiking, & Emergencies
Hanging Tent Light?(Need This – Carabiner)
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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2. IRuiYinGo Rechargeable Solar Lantern Flashlight

The IRuiYinGo Rechargeable Solar Lantern Flashlight is a great asset to have camping. It switches from lantern to flashlight within seconds. Have it hanging in the tent, then take it out for a night walk.

I really like the design of this lantern. I find it looks modern and sleek and would make my campsite look pretty cool.

The lantern is charged by an AC plug. But if you are away from a power source, do not worry. On top of the lantern, there is a solar panel, and it will charge up from the suns energy. AC charge takes 3-4 hours, while solar charge takes 6-8 hours. This product is recommended not to be overcharged, to prevent product damages.

It is very lightweight and a great help when going on a camping trip. It is very easy to use, just by the press of a button you have a super bright lantern!

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness250Lumens Est.
Weight0.76lbs
Dimensions3.34 x 3.34 x 5.3 inches
BatteryNone Required
Continuous Use12+ Hours
Best Used ForCamping & Emergencies
Hanging Tent Light?(Need This – Carabiner)
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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3. LE USB Rechargeable Camping Lantern 2600mAh Power Bank

 The LE USB Rechargeable Camping Lantern with 2600mAh Power Bank is a wicked looking flashlight lantern. It is perfectly designed, as LE (Lighting EVER) always does an amazing job creating lights. They provide the camping world with unique top quality lights.

This design creates a very versatile light, it can be a bright lantern and super bright flashlight. The flashlight’s beam can REACH UP TO 492 FEET. This would be a form of cheating in spot-light I think? Also, the easy handle is great for comfort on your hands, which comes in handy on long walks.

If you didn’t notice, the thin yellow/green line near the back of the light is actually a USB charger connected to the lantern. Easier for people who do not have unlimited room. It is hidden within the lantern, just pop it out and its ready to charge whenever.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness250-500Lumens
Weight0.95lbs
Dimensions6.6 x 3.2 x 3.5 inches
Battery1 Lithium ion
Continuous Use3-6 Hours
Best Used ForFlashlight & Camping
Hanging Tent Light?(Need This – Carabiner)
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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Best Hand Crank Lanterns 

1. AGPtek 5 Mode Hand Crank Dynamo 36 LED Rechargeable Camping Lantern

The AGPtek 5 Mode Hand Crank Dynamo 36 LED Rechargeable Camping Lantern has 5 CHARGING METHODS:

  1. Crank Dynamo
  2. AC Adapter
  3. 3 x AA Battery
  4. Solar Powered = 6-7 Hours
  5. Car Adapter

Having a variety of charging options is super convenient as a camper. But what is worth noting is how this lantern is super good for the environment. It cranks for light or takes in natural sun rays. It doesn’t need to use man-made energy to charge if you don’t want to.

It provides an outport plug to charge your phone and other devices. Output = DC 5V/1A

The AGPtek Lantern is extremely durable, there is steel surrounding the lanterns lighting area. This protects the plastic and the actual light itself. No need to worry about this lantern breaking easily, it’s tough and ready to last. The operation life expectancy is 100,000 hours… Crazy.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness120-240Lumens
Weight1.78lbs
Dimensions5.5 x 5 x 10.5 inches
Battery3 AA
Continuous Use12- 20 Hours + Crank
Best Used ForEmergencies & Camping
Hanging Tent Light?
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE

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2. ThorFire Collapsible LED Camping Lantern Hand Crank USB Rechargeable

 The ThorFire Collapsible LED Camping Lantern Hand Crank is an ideal mini lantern for camping. You do not need to remember to place it on the charge before your camping trip. Just crank it and have light. Crank lanterns are perfect for camping with no electricity. This lantern is a no-brainer when it comes to decision time. No need for batteries!!!

You can have the ThorFire act as a lantern, or squat it into a mini flashlight. It is an all-around camping light, the compact size makes it easy for all types of camping. The light fits in your pocket so you can’t complain at all about it taking up to much room.

I like that you can crank for one minute and end up with 40 minutes of light. It all depends on how much you crank it, just click here to read how much cranking is required.

In addition, they are super affordable so these are great to buy in multiples to place around just in case of an emergency. Place some at home, the cabin, or anywhere you might be in need.

Bulb TypeLED
Brightness30-125Lumens
Weight0.37lbs
Dimensions3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches
BatteriesNone
Continuous UseUnlimited Crank
Best Used ForEmergencies, Offgrid, & Camping
Hanging Tent Light?(Need This – Carabiner)
PriceCLICK HERE TO SEE PRICE 

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Considerations

Amount of Light – Lumens

Having a bright camping lantern is certainly important when making a decision. That is why I ensure these chosen lanterns give off enough light to keep you satisfied. Keep in mind though, the brighter the light the more energy used, which uses more battery.

For each lantern, I included the number of lumens it produces. What are lumens? Lumens are a simple way of measuring the brightness of a light. When the number of lumen increases, the brightness of light does too. This article includes lanterns with lumens from 20 all the way to 1000. We see many lanterns with multiple light modes, this is to prevent running out of battery power.

Durability

Durability is also important when choosing a camping lantern. Yes, a lantern isn’t super expensive, but buying 15 different ones can add up over time. I recommend buying a lantern that is tough, so you won’t have to replace it every camping trip. The lanterns throughout the list are designed for harsh camping conditions.

Continuous Power

The ability to last through the night is key. Regardless of which type of lantern you choose, it’s important to ensure that they are capable of staying on for multiple hours. In the list of lanterns above, I listed how many hours each lantern can stay on continuously through one charge. The time can vary from a low light setting to a high light setting, obviously, a lower light will last longest.

Pick a Lantern Type

There are various types of lanterns you have the option to choose from. Depending on which type of camping you do, choosing the right type of lantern that meets your needs is a decision you’ll have to make.

Let me explain why certain camping requires different lanterns. Pretend we have Bob the backpacker, and Chris the car camper.

Bob is hiking up mountains, through mud, rocky terrain, you name it. He is going to want to pack as light as possible, so he doesn’t lose all of his energy from over-packing. This requires a lantern that is smaller, lighter, and overall just easy to carry. Furthermore, he does not want to carry extra batteries or heavy fuel. Bob is looking for a solar powered lantern or a long-lasting battery operated lantern.

While Chris has all the room in his car to place his lantern, batteries, fuel, and so much more. Chris has an easier decision since he can pick any type of lantern he wants. He doesn’t need to worry about size and weight because it is just a matter of taking it out of the car. However, there are still things to consider when needing a lantern for tent camping. It is always convenient to have a lantern hanging above your head in the tent, so picking a portable and light lantern is a great pick for everyone!



Best LED Camping Lanterns Conclusion

I hope my huge list of the Best Camping Lanterns of 2018 has helped you find exactly what you were looking for. I have put hours, days, and even weeks into making this list the best as possible. A camping lantern should last more than one trip, the lanterns I like to include are durable and tough. Camping is a great activity, the outdoors becomes your home, so you need top quality gear to get through it all. Pick a lantern and have a bright day!

 

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