Camping Lantern Buying Advice

Camping lanterns have advanced since their beginning. Today there is a wide selection of lanterns with new options that provide incredible brightness and exciting features such as multi-color illumination modes USB ports that power your devices, and solar panels that can charge your lantern in the field. The designs range from basic and compact models to high-tech options with powerful performance as well as Bluetooth compatibility.

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Camping Lantern Comparison Table

LANTERNWEIGHTMAX LUMENSBATTERIESRUN TIMEUSB PORT
BioLite AlpenGlow 50013.8 oz.500Rechargeable (USB)5 hoursYes
Black Diamond Moji3 oz.100AAA (3)13 hoursNo
LuminAID PackLite Max8.6 oz.150Rechargeable (USB/solar)3-5 hoursYes
Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro2.4 oz.150Rechargeable (USB)170 hoursNo
MPOWERD Luci Lights11.3 oz.100Rechargeable (USB/solar)5 hoursYes
Goal Zero Lighthouse 6001 lb. 1.6 oz.600Rechargeable (USB/solar/crank)2.5 hoursYes
Black Diamond Zip3.3 oz.150AAA (4)12 hoursNo
MPOWERD Luci Outdoor4.4 oz.75Rechargeable (USB/solar)6 hoursNo
Coleman Powerhouse4 lb. 10 oz.800None (liquid fuel/gas)5 hoursNo
Goal Zero Crush Chroma3.2 oz.60Rechargeable (USB/solar)3 hoursYes
LE LED Camping Lantern14 oz.1,000D Alkaline (3)12 hoursNo
Black Diamond Apollo12.1 oz.225Rechargeable (USB) or AA (3)24 hoursYes
Ledlenser ML69.9 oz.750Rechargeable (USB)4 hoursYes
Lander Boulder1 lb. 7 oz.350Rechargeable (USB)300 hoursYes (4)
Nite Ize Radiant 31410 oz.314Rechargeable (USB)96 hoursYes
Coleman OneSourceUnavail.1,000Rechargeable (USB)2 hoursYes
Lander Cairn Mini3 oz.150Rechargeable (USB)100 hoursNo

Best Overall Camping Lantern

1. BioLite AlpenGlow 500

Weight: 13.8 oz.
Max lumens: 500
Batteries: Rechargeable (USB)
The model we like the most of their line-up is called the AlpenGlow 500, which combines the impressive output of 500 lumens with a well-organized options, including an inbuilt loop that can be used to hang the lantern in your camp, an built-in USB port for charging devices such as your smartphone or tablet, as well as a variety of different color options, from warm to cool white to a delightful “fireworks” feature. Overall it’s a great lantern. AlpenGlow is sleek and modern well-constructed, with a thoughtful design and powerful enough to be the sole light source at camp.

BioLite does sell the cheaper and lighter AlpenGlow 250 , but we think most campers will find the added output of the 500 model worth the price and weight penalties.

Pros
  • Excellent combination of output
  • Light modes
  • Tech features
Cons
  • Expensive and could be a little more user-friendly

Best Budget Camping Lantern

2. Black Diamond Moji

Weight: 3 oz.
Max lumens: 100
Batteries: AAA (3)
The design is simple with only 100 lumens of brightness (compared to BioLite’s 500) and the use of AAA batteries, however it’s affordable, light (3 1 oz. ) and compact, which is the essentials that campers require in the form of a lantern. Because of its low weight and bulk it also has the ability to do double duty for backpacking trips in situations where space is at a limit.

Pros
  • Light
  • Compact
  • Very affordable.
Cons
  • Lacking in brightness compared to many designs
  • No rechargeable battery

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3. LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Power Lantern

Weight: 8.6 oz.
Max lumens: 150
Batteries: Rechargeable (USB and solar)

The LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Power Lantern is a shining illustration of the constant development in the market. The lantern comes with an integrated solar panel that charges the battery after exposure in sunlight (you can recharge it faster using the USB) and one port to power devices in the event that you get a power outage during your trek. We also like the compact design that can be easily inflated with the breath of a breath and collapses to less than 1 inch when packed. This is a huge benefit for freeing up space in a garage or trunk.

Pros
  • Integrated solar panel
  • USB port
  • Collapsible design are great for off-grid adventures.
Cons
  • Strap isn’t secure enough for attaching to a pack
  • Device charging drains the battery quickly

Best Ultralight and Compact Lantern

4. Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash

Weight: 2.4 oz.
Max lumens: 150
Batteries: Rechargeable

The 150-lumen brightness, though not particularly light–is enough to illuminate the area of a seating or tent (including the high and low settings, as well as the ability to activate just one of the sides) as well as the built-in indicators for batteries makes it simple and easy to see the remaining juice. The Goal Zero is a bit less efficient in flashlight mode with 120 lumens however the function is extremely useful to read or even to leave your tent during the late at night. It’s also only $25. Goal Zero is an excellent value , and an excellent alternative to have in your vehicle in case of emergency.

Pros
  • Small
  • Feathery light
  • Helpful flashlight beam
Cons
  • Not a great primary option around camp

Best String Lights for Camping

5. MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights + Charger

Weight: 11.3 oz.
Max lumens: 100
Batteries: Rechargeable (USB and solar)

The MPOWERD Luci Solar is our favorite outdoor-ready model, combining all the features we appreciate in a lantern of high quality. It has an 18-foot nylon-braided cable made up of 10 LEDs which can be strung between trees or tents or any other structures. As with it’s counterpart, the LuminAID PackLite Max above, Luci Solar is also a great choice for outdoor use. Luci Solar also sports an integrated solar panel as well as a USB port to charge mobile devices, and a convenient indicator of battery life as well as a LED light. These are significant upgrades to light bulbs that plug into the wall.

Pros
  • A fun alternative to traditional lanterns for great campsite ambiance
Cons
  • Lacking in versatility

Best of the Rest

6. Goal Zero Lighthouse 600

Weight: 1 lb. 1.6 oz.
Max lumens: 600
Batteries: Rechargeable (USB, solar, and hand crank)

The 600-lumen maximum output is quite bright and gives good, uniform illumination throughout and you can also alter the brightness of the dial to conserve energy by only using half the lamp. Additionally the collapsible legs, as well as the built-in handle make setting up and storage an easy task as well as built-in charging ports on the front, which can power the phone or any other electronic device. Additionally, as well as being able recharge the battery with USB as well as solar energy The Lighthouse has an electric hand crank that can be used for manually juicing it up. This is a fantastic and useful addition to excursions that take you away from the main grid (1 minutes of hand cranking can translate approximately 10 minutes. of light at low).

Pros
  • A bright
  • Thoughtfully built option with phone-charging capabilities
Cons
  • A little heavy and pricey
  • Solar panel sold separately

Black Diamond Zip

7. Black Diamond Zip

Weight: 3.3 oz.
Max lumens: 150
Batteries: AAA (4)

The Black Diamond Zip is a light and budget-friendly camp lantern that’s ideal for people who do not require or want an array of technological features. Its basic design makes use four AAA batteries. It it has 150 lumens of brightness, and comes with a frosted globe which offers nice ambient light, and features a useful and collapsible loop on the top that can be hung from a branch or within your tent. The real standout feature for us is that the zip’s “flashlight” mode that produces an extremely precise beam of 100 lumens that can illuminate a particular location or object around camp. The capability to switch between flashlight and lantern functions is a major plus according to our experience, and provides the Zip an advantage over the Moji and the BD Volt.

Pros
  • Flashlight mode creates a precise, headlamp-like beam
Cons
  • No rechargeable battery and a little cheap-feeling

MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 Inflatable Solar Lantern

8. MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0

Weight: 4.4 oz.
Max lumens: 75
Batteries: Rechargeable (USB and solar)

The same collection that produced they have their Luci Solar String Lights above Luci Outdoor 2.0 Inflatable Solar Lantern is part of the same collection. Luci outdoor 2.0 inflatable solar lantern another design that is well-crafted and comes that comes with an array of features that are useful. The rechargeable battery will last for up to 24hrs on one charge and comes with a 3-dot indicator to check the juice level or position the lamp directly in sunlight and use it as a solar-powered panel. We also love the light and portable design that is about 1 inch thick when it is deflated, and weighs only 4.4 pounds, which is ideal for putting in the duffel bag or a full bin of camping equipment. With a price of only $25 it’s the Luci Outdoor 2.0 is the most affordable solar-powered option that we have reviewed, and an incredible value.

Pros
  • A light and collapsible solar-powered lantern
Cons
  • Most campers will want something brighter

Coleman Powerhouse Dual Fuel Lantern

9. Coleman Powerhouse Dual Fuel Lantern

Weight: 4 lbs. 10.4 oz.
Max lumens: 800
Batteries: None (liquid fuel/gas)

Instead of batteries instead, rather than batteries, the Powerhouse is powered by liquid fuel or unleaded gasoline making it ideal for cold weather adventures that drain normal batteries in a short time. To give you an idea, the lantern will last for up to five hours at high or 20 hours when on low with either fuel. It also comes with a highly powerful, bright lamp of 800 lumens that shoots out evenly well-distributed lighting (the control knob lets users to alter the intensity). Overall it’s a reliable and well-tested choice for those who camp in winter or survivalists traveling at higher altitudes.

Pros
  • A time-tested option for traditionalists and cold weather
Cons
  • Heavy, bulky, and gas-powered design

Goal Zero Crush Light Chroma Lantern

10. Goal Zero Crush Light Chroma Lantern

Weight: 3.2 oz.
Max lumens: 60
Batteries: Rechargeable (USB and solar)

The Goal Zero combines a feathery construction (around 1 oz. lighter than Luci) with an integrated solar panel that can be used for charging the lamp when you are in backcountry. A lot of people will appreciate the inclusion of an USB port for charging electronic devices like cameras or phones and the eight different color modes as well as the “multicolor fade” function for creating a more fun camping atmosphere (both are features the Luci isn’t equipped with). Overall, it’s a excellently-sorted design from the edgy brand based in Utah.

Pros
  • Built-in solar panel
  • Eight color modes
  • Device-charging capabilities
Cons
  • Middling brightness
  • Takes a long time to charge in the sun

LE LED Camping Lantern

11. LE LED Camping Lantern

Weight: 14 oz.
Max lumens: 1,000
Batteries: D Alkaline (3)

If you’re looking to maximize output over the integrated tech features and packing capacity the LE LED Camping Lantern is one of the most bright camping lanterns on the market. It boasts 1,000 lumens. It’s in the rarified space (along the Coleman’s 1000-lumen OneSoure Below) and provides outstanding performance in illuminating your entire camping area, even in complete darkness or during inclement weather. The lighting features are pretty simple, you get four different modes, that include light white in daylight, warm white flashing, and full brightness. It can’t be recharged through USB.

Pros
  • Exceptional output at a very affordable price point
Cons
  • Fairly bereft of features

Ledlenser ML6

12. Ledlenser ML6

Weight: 9.9 oz.
Max lumens: 750
Batteries: Rechargeable (USB)

In addition to its outstanding output of 750 lumens at full tilt The lantern also has an energy-saving mode that uses low power (great to read in the dark in your tent), “boost” function to boost power during short bursts, interval-based flash as well as pulse setting, as well as the ability to strobe for unplanned wildlife encounters. The lantern also has a distress alarm which emits SOS using Morse code. For securing the lantern, the Ledlenser comes with a rubber hook at the top that can be used to hang and a built-in magnet that allows attaching on a metal surface as well as a stand with a removable base to prop it up on the ground or table.

Pros
  • Great variety of light functions and mounting options
Cons
  • A little pricey and complex to operate

Lander Boulder Rechargeable Lantern + Power Bank

13. Lander Boulder Rechargeable Lantern + Power Bank

Weight: 1 lb. 7.1 oz.
Max lumens: 350
Batteries: Rechargeable (USB)

The lantern is the only one on our list that’s operated via an app for your smartphone that makes it easy to change setting and change between different light modes. Another feature that stands out is the proximity lighting feature which adjusts intensity according to the distance you’re in to the lamp. There are four ports for charging several devices simultaneously and an impressive duration of up to 300 hours (the longest we’ve seen on our list) which means you’ll be able to have a full week of usage, including powering your phone without having to worry about draining your battery.

Pros
  • A premium and high-tech option with Bluetooth connectivity, multiple charging ports, and neat “proximity” lighting feature.
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Bulky
  • Overbuilt for most

Nite Ize Radiant 314 Rechargeable Lantern

14. Nite Ize Radiant 314 Rechargeable Lantern

Weight: 10 oz.
Max lumens: 314
Batteries: Rechargeable (USB)

It’s the Radiant 314 rechargeable version that has a carabiner clip built in that we love to attach to the exterior of a duffel or hanging in your tent. A unique feature is the double-purpose storage bag that emits an ethereal, diffuse glowing. Also, Nite Ize did not skimp on the power or features department with respectable 314-lumen output, a variety of lighting options (including the amber option to enhance evening vision), USB port, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last up to 96 hours when it’s on high.

Pros
  • Handy built-in carabiner
  • Light-diffusing storage bag
  • Great run time
Cons
  • Doesn’t really stand out in the market

Coleman OneSource

15. Coleman OneSource

Max lumens: 1,000
Batteries: Rechargeable (USB)

Coleman’s propane-powered Powerhouse above is an attractive option for traditionalists and cold weather campers, but the company has shown that they are able to be competitive in the current market with models like their OneSource. The OneSource is exceptionally efficient in illuminating huge out camping sites. Coleman has also incorporated essential tech features, like an USB port for powering electronic devices and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. A nice feature is to the battery is that it can be used to provide power to additional Coleman OneSource products, including their heated sleeping bag, blankets, LED flashlight, string lights-equipped canopy shelters as well as an air bed pump and much more.

Pros
  • A modern and tech-heavy option from Coleman
Cons
  • Short run time

Brightness: How Many Lumens Do You Need?

The first question you need to think about when you are looking for a camp lantern is how bright you’re expecting to require. The brightness will be determined by lumens and the lanterns mentioned above have maximum outputs that range between sixty (the goal Zero Crush Light Chrroma) to a whopping 1000 (the LE LED Camping Lantern and the Coleman OneSource). They also come with dimming options and multiple modes that permit you to pick the appropriate degree of brightness depending on the situation. For instance the LED from LE has four intensities, which includes the option of dimming to ensure that the battery is running longer. Keep in mind that light diffusion plays a an important role in this case. Frosted globes such as BioLite AlpenGlow 500 and Black Diamond’s offerings. BioLite AlpenGlow 500 and Black Diamond’s products can reduce the brightness a little but the benefit is more fun, especially the illumination in the camp.

If you are deciding on the right amount of lumens be aware that you shouldn’t anticipate using the maximum setting of your lantern for long periods of time since it will deplete the battery fast. In general, we’ve discovered that 25 to 150 lumens are enough for camping in general and for lighting smaller areas like the picnic table or a large family tent. The 200-600 lumen range are excellent alternatives for lighting campsites in entirety and are a major reason for us to put BioLite’s AlpenGlow 500 at the top of our list of. The most expensive are options with 1,000 lumens, such as the above-mentioned Coleman OneSource and the LE LED Camping Lantern which are extremely bright when fully tilted, but are can be almost blinding at night (they are appealing in conditions that make visibility low).

Battery Types: AA, AAA, Rechargeable, and Others

The majority of lanterns are powered by AAA/AA batteries or a rechargeable USB battery. The latter have become commonplace in recent years, and we prefer their design due to their ease of use and slim dimensions. The most significant drawback is that the process of reviving a dead lantern isn’t as straightforward to swap out AAs or AAA batteries. You’ll have to carry an power bank or alternative method of charging when looking to be off grid for an extended time. You’ll pay more in the beginning for rechargeable batteries. However, it’s vital to consider that the price and the waste of AAA batteries will add to a significant amount over time. Additionally, certain lanterns, such as the Volt from Black Diamond and Apollo provide the flexibility of rechargeable batteries as well as compatibility with AAA batteries. It’s a good alternative for those who want the advantages of a rechargeable battery but expect to go for a long period without a source of power occasionally.

If you are a frequent visitor to at night in remote areas It may be worthwhile looking into a lantern with USB recharge that’s equipped with a solar panel. Models that feature such a feature are the LuminAID PackLite Max and MPOWERD’s Luci products as well as goal zero’s Crush Light Chroma. The Lighthouse 600 is also compatible with a solar panel and comes with an easy hand crank that allows manual recharge, though you’ll need to buy the device separately. Solar panels are an efficient method of getting extra juice when you’re in the backcountry. You just need to put your lantern in the sun and wait, but there are a few drawbacks. The solar panels that are included on these models are small, and consequently require a lengthy time to charge, particularly when the weather isn’t perfect (even when it’s a light overcast day it is possible that you may encounter problems with power). They’re great as a backup option however, we suggest using a different power source to speed up charging through USB whenever possible.

Stated Battery Life (Run Time)

Another important aspect to consider for lantern batteries concerns the claimed battery’s life span or run time that can vary between 2 and 3 hours with The Coleman OneSource to a whopping 300 for the most expensive Lander Boulder. We’ve provided the specifications advertised of the various manufacturers in the table below that compares them However, it’s important to keep in mind that the run time listed is for the most powerful setting, and may vary according to the output, weather conditions and other variables (we consider these specifications to be a general guideline to use when the purpose of comparing different models). For example the most rated BioLite AlpenGlow 500 comes with an average time of 5 hours at the high setting and 200 hours on low however, most campers will have a life span around the middle, simply changing the settings throughout the course of a trip. Cold temperatures also tend to drain batteries more quickly, so it’s important to factor that in and have backup batteries (or alternative methods of charging) when you go on a trip during winter months or in higher elevations. To prolong the life of your battery for the longest time, the best option is to use the amount of illumination you really need, and dim the light whenever you can.

Light Modes and Functions

In addition to dimming features and different modes for adjusting the intensity of the light, some lanterns have additional settings that can be used to alter the mood at the camp. BioLite’s AlpenGlow 500, for instance features a flickering feature and a variety of color modes including a fun , rotating color mode that rotates through numerous colorful patterns. The Goal Zero Crush The Light Chroma is another one that stands out with eight different color modes, as well as multicolor fade settings as well as Black Diamond’s Zip comes with a unique flashlight beam that provides greater precision in lighting when doing tasks at camp or in bathrooms at night. Also, the ML6 from Ledlenser features settings such as an “boost” function for max power during short bursts as well as interval-based pulse and blink options as well as strobing capabilities to make wildlife encounters more unexpected, and there’s even a built-in distress signal that broadcasts an SOS using Morse Code. The majority of campers use the default settings the majority of the time, but an array of other modes can be fun for customizing your campsite and creating a cozy atmosphere.

Gas-Powered Lanterns

Alongside battery packs, solar energy and rechargeable models, there’s several gas-powered options on the market. Because of their lack of appeal to most campers on a budget we’ve included only one model (the Coleman Powerhouse Dual Fuel) however, they can be useful for camping in cold weather and at higher elevations. Alkaline batteries typically run out of power in cold temperatures even in rechargeable lithium batteries tend to be superior in performance as they last for longer, they’re still far less reliable than gasoline or liquid fuel when temperatures are extremely cold. Whatever kind of lantern you’re using it’s best to store the lantern inside a warm area when it’s not being used, like in your sleeping bag when you’re away for the duration of the day.

Weight and Collapsibility

Due to the different designs and function, the weight range is pretty wide across lanterns for camping. To give you an example the lightest lantern we’ve included is Goal Zero’s simple Lighthouse Micro Flash Lantern (2.4 oz. ) and Coleman’s gasoline-powered Dual Fuel weighs an impressive 4 pounds 10.4 ounces. Most models are between the two, ranging between 3 ounces and 1 pound. We’ve discovered to be a suitable weight for camping in situations where you’re not likely to transport equipment away from your vehicle. Even the massive Coleman is lightweight enough to transport between your vehicle and the campsite easily.

Many campers particularly those who have little space in their garages or in their trunks weight isn’t as important as the ability to pack it. The collapsible models like the LuminAID PackLite Max and MPOWERD’s Luci Outdoor 2.0 Inflatable Solar Lantern are great options for those who are limited in space. They deflate quickly and quickly when not in use . They are about 1 inch thick when compacted. The drawback to the collapsible designs is that they are less durable and durable as opposed to hard-sided models in the long run, but we’ve tested both models extensively and haven’t encountered any problems with tears or punctures up to now.

Stability: Hooks, Legs, and Other Mounting Options

The majority of the lanterns mentioned above are completely freestanding and are easily placed on flat surfaces such as a picnic table and camping table. However, many prefer to hang their lanterns on tree branches or weave loops in their tents We appreciate it the fact that they have functional loops that can be used to hang them on the ceiling. Certain designs are more effective than others. For instance, Black Diamond’s lanterns are attractively designed and feature small metal hooks on the top, which permit hanging them almost everywhere. The LuminAid PackLite Max as well as MPOWERD’s Luci Outdoor 2.0 On the other hand, come with quite bulky and heavy straps that are difficult to hang in the tent (we were forced to come up with a solution by using the zipper pulls in the tent we were using for our camper’s tent instead of the webbing loops made of thin material).

Certain lanterns come with leg-deployable legs to give security on surfaces that are uneven. This includes black diamond’s Apollo as well as the Goal Zero Lighthouse 600. Its Ledlenser ML6 is another top choice in this area, offering various mounting options. You can utilize the rubber hook on the top to hang it and the built-in magnet for fixing to metal surfaces or even the stand with a removable base to prop it up on a rock or table.

Lantern Features: Solar Panels, USB Charging Ports, and More

The latest camping lights are a great collection, with many models above featuring innovative tech features to provide comfort when you’re away from the grid. The two most sought-after features include solar panels that are built-in (covered above) as well as USB charging port. The former is an excellent alternative to powering up in the backcountry. Simply place your lantern in direct sunlight during the duration of the day to draw in additional power. USB ports allow you to recharge your phone and other electronic devices while in the field, however they only offer an average advantage. The use of this function could reduce the battery life of your lantern quickly, so we suggest carrying an additional power bank in case you plan to be out for a long period of time.

Some designs–like Lander’s Boulder and Ledlenser’s ML6 Connect–are also Bluetooth-compatible, allowing you to control the settings via an app on your phone. The Lander is also equipped with the ability to light up in a specific area that alters the intensity of the light depending on the distance you’re in close to the lantern and has four USB ports that allow you to recharge multiple electronic devices at once. It’s possible to shell out an astronomical amount for the additional technology (the Lander Boulder is $100 for the ML6 Connect, while the Lander Boulder costs $120) however, it may be worthwhile for those who like to get geeky on their equipment.

Water Resistance and IP Ratings

If you plan to use your outdoor equipment for a long time and prolonged exposure to the elements and the elements, you may be interested in the weather-proofing of your lantern for camping and is measured using an IP Ratings Scale. At the lower range, IPX0 equates to no protection whatsoever, whereas IPX8 on the other hand implies that the lantern can endure extended exposure to water. The majority of the items that we have listed fall in between and are able to endure prolonged rain, but be unable to withstand prolonged and intense exposure. For instance MPOWERD’s Lucy is rated IP67. rating, meaning it can withstand being dropped into water as deep as one meter in depth for the duration of half an hour. The Lander Boulder (IP65) is certified to protect against spraying water and not complete immersion.

The majority of manufacturers include the IP rating within their product specifications A quick Google search will help you understand the level of protection a lantern is for long-term exposure. The main point is that if you are planning on being exposed to elements, make sure you check the rating of the IP of your lantern prior to purchasing. If you plan to only camp in mild weather (which is a large portion of users) It may never be the major element However, additional security and protection are never a negative option.

String Lights and Other Camp Illumination Options

Lanterns are the most common type of lighting for camp, but there are many exciting and original options worth mentioning here. The most popular is MPOWERD’s Luci Solar String Lights listed above. They create an intimate private setting for campers and include all the essential features needed that are required for outdoor use that include the solar panel that is built-in to charge, a USB port to power electronics, and excellent weather-proofing. REVEL GEAR makes another quality design in their Trail Hound string lights, although they do not have an internal battery, and require the power source. Another option that is fun to play with is the globe-shaped BioLite SiteLight Lantern, and SiteLight Duo which is a daisy chained lighting system that is powered with the BioLite lighting source as well as the USB powered source. The designs do not have the range of standard lanterns, however they can be a fantastic alternative for those who frequently travel and want to alter the ambience and setting at camping.

Camping Lanterns for Backpacking

Right off the bat, we’ll note that lanterns are largely used for car camping, and backpackers typically rely exclusively on headlamps (covered below) to provide light in the trails and in camp. But that, some of the models can be used taking into the backcountry and particularly for longer trips with a group where you’re planning to establish a larger basecamp. The main focus here is on the weight and packing capacity since hauling gear for distances into the wilderness can be quite difficult. Our top choices include Goal Zero’s tiny Lighthouse Micro Flash Lantern and inflatable designs such as the PackLite Max from LuminAID and Goal Zero’s Light Chroma along with MPOWERD’s Luci outdoor 2.0 that also come with solar panels to charge off grid. The bottom line is that lanterns are just an additional item and are not worth the weight added to many backpackers, however they are a great accessory on some trips.

Camping Lanterns vs. Headlamps

As we discussed earlier, backpackers who travel miles across the backcountry with all their gear often use headlamps to provide illumination. In comparison to lanterns, headlamps tend to be brighter and have better beams that are more precise for navigation in complete darkness. They’re also smaller and lighter overall. The drawback is that they lack the broad diffused light that lanterns provide for lighting all of your campsite. In the end, headlamps and lanterns both have their place, and what you bring along will largely depend on your objective.


Hello, my name is Nancy Hill. I like to travel. It doesn’t matter if it’s far or close. Even if it’s just a weekend picnic that I organize for friends, I’ll do it outside the city. Main attributes will be hammocks, tents and gatherings around the fire. There is a special magic in living fire and tea prepared on a fire, which unites and brings people together, makes them open. It attracts me so much that I want to pass this magic on to others. During my life, I managed to go on trips by car, when I have to sleep in the back seat. Hiking with an overnight stay in tents and a sleeping bag in the open. I went kayaking down the rivers. After such trips, I have many impressions and experiences that I want to share with you on the pages of this site. Come to the light, it will be useful and exciting.


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