Growing up there wasn’t much choice when it came to camping lanterns. Either you had a dim gas lamp, or you had a dim battery powered torch of some description. But LEDs have changed all that, for the better. While many people may still opt for a gas lamp due to the convenience of using propane canisters you already have lying around, the variety, size and cost of the current generation of LED lamps make them the superior choice.
Even within the realm of LED lamps though, there’s choices to be had and decisions to be made. Dive in with us as we take a look at some of the best camping lanterns of 2018.
SanDiego Homelife USB Rechargeable Camping Lantern – Most Flexible
If you’re looking for a lantern that has it all, the SanDiego Homelife USB Rechargeable camping lantern is the one for you. It’s list of features runs on forever, most notable because it is not only a lantern. It doubles as a conventional torch, has magnetic mountings allowing it to be ideally placed. It also runs off rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries, has a USB port for charging your cellphone and even incorporates an ultra-sonic mosquito repellent.
The product comes in three different sizes. Each size incorporates an additional lithium-ion battery cell which provides longer runtime, and also accommodates extra LEDs for greater brightness. Regardless of your needs, you can select one to fit your price and size desire.
Vont 2 Pack LED Camping Lantern – Best Budget Lantern
A single LED lantern can easily set you back over $40. This can put many people off. Vont however have managed to come up with a winning solution at a fraction of the cost. The price of their lamps is so low that they sell them in pairs, with batteries included, and the price still beats many of their competitors!
The Vont design delivers a rugged lantern, packing 140 lumens of light into a neat, collapsible form factor. Rated for 12 hours of light, you’ll find endless uses for these lanterns, not only while camping, but around the house, or in the garage. Although the lamps are built tough, and resistant to splashes; at this price can you give them to your kids without worrying.
Update: A complete review of the Vont LED Camping Lantern can be read here.
SUBOOS Ultimate Rechargeable LED Lantern – Our Favorite
We’re a big fan of rechargeable lamps. If you’re a regular camper it can help you save a ton on batteries. But every now and then you’re out on a long trip without any chance to recharge and then you’re stuck. SUBOOS negate this by allowing their Ultimate Rechargeable LED Lantern to run off either the 5200mAh rechargeable batteries, or a set of AA batteries. They even include a set of batteries in your purchase.
If you’ve got your car with you though, you can plug the lamp into any USB charger and have it back at full health in no time. While it charges via USB, it can also be used to charge USB devices, either from the rechargeable batteries or the AAs. The lamp turns on and off by expanding the lantern, and has a button for selecting different brightnesses or the red LED instead of the white.
The lamp is plenty bright for regular use, and is provided with hanging hooks and a small carabiner, making it easy to hang anywhere. At full brightness you’re guaranteed 11 hours of use off the rechargeables. Well-priced and ready to go on receival, it’s our recommended lamp for regular use.
Coleman Quad LED Lantern – A bit more than a lantern
For those looking to get a bit more out of their camping lantern, Coleman may have the solution with their Quad LED Lantern. A quick glance at the lantern reveals its modular nature, for the Quad LED Lantern is not just one lantern, but actual four individual lamps. The lamps all clip into the base unit that houses the batteries, forming one large lantern.
The lantern runs off of 8 D cells (not included). From that you’re provided with 75 hours of bright light. Each individual lamp has its own built in rechargeable battery which can hold a charge for up to an hour and a half of light. Whenever the lamps are plugged into the base unit, they charge back up from the D cells.
This is a great product for a family camping trip, allowing you to not have to worry about multiple torches and batteries. With 190 lumens, the combined unit provides plenty of coverage. Combined with Coleman’s known quality and a reasonable price, you’re assured a good experience.
Disclaimer: Vont provided their product for review in this article