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Feeling Safe in the Outskirts with the Five Best Camping Flashlights

Updated on November 7, 2010

When you go on an overnight camping or hiking trip, obviously a flashlight is something you'll need to take. After all, you are going out into nature/the wilderness; so you'll want to be sure you carry all the necessary survival gear in your camping backpack. You'll need focused light during the night, which a campfire can't provide.

If you love exploring caves, discovering ravines, and just camping in general, you will really need a reliable flashlight. Campers that need a largish area illuminated bring camping lanterns. If you're going with a group, make sure at least every 2 people have a flashlight to make sure your camp mates will not be crawling around in the dark.

Used by lots of people, from doctors and miners to soldiers, if you're going to use one for camping you'll want to make sure you've picked a reliable and durable one. Here I present the five best camping flashlights; they're afforable, dependable and provide quality light. (Don't forget to pick up batteries too. I like Energizers or rechargeables). 

Smith & Wesson Galaxy 13 LED Flashlight (10 White LED & 3 Red LED)
Smith & Wesson Galaxy 13 LED Flashlight (10 White LED & 3 Red LED)

Smith & Wesson Galaxy 13 LED Flashlight (10 White LED & 3 Red LED)

When we hear the name Smith & Wesson, we all think about the famous gun makers. But they also make flashlights as accurate as the guns they're famed for. This Galaxy flashlight features Dual Switch Technology with an anodized aluminum body and has 10 White LEDs so you get excellent LED illumination with it. In addition, it also has 3 Red LEDs which will allow you to see at night without blurring your vision. This red light is perfect for reading maps and during emergency signaling. These red lights are a favorite among the military, aviators, police, astronomers and also by hunters and campers. It comes with a deluxe holster and uses 3 AAA batteries that are usually included when you order it from Amazon. It also comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. This flashlight will really give you your money’s worth especially when it comes to battery life. It's also very durable, dependable, and like I mentioned before, it gives off very a bright light no other flashlight can provide.

Fenix LD01R2, 3 Level High Performance CREE LED Flashlight
Fenix LD01R2, 3 Level High Performance CREE LED Flashlight

Fenix LD01R2, 3 Level High Performance CREE LED Flashlight

If you want a small but reliable flashlight you can put in your pocket, clip to your belt or your collar, then this Fenix might be your best choice. It has 3 lighting modes so you can conserve power from its 3 AAA batteries when you are camping for days. Although small, it can produce light 10 times brighter than ordinary flashlights of a similar size. The Cree XP-E LED has a lifespan of 50,000 hours of lighting time and if you use 3 AAA Energizer batteries you should get several days of non-stop light so it's ideal for camping. Its body is made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum with a hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish. It actually weighs only 14 grams without the batteries and it's waterproof. This is a bit of an investment for a flashlight, but with its 85 lumens of pure white light, you will get clear, strong light for years to come.

Eureka! Glide 51 Lantern/Flashlight
Eureka! Glide 51 Lantern/Flashlight

Eureka! Glide 51 Lantern/Flashlight

If you need a flashlight and a lantern all in one, well, here it is. This lantern/flashlight can run 12 hours non-stop on 3 ordinary AAA batteries because it uses efficient LED lighting. The manufacturers have incorporated LUXEON or CREE LEDs so that this dual purpose lighting gadget can provide optimum illumination for a wider area. Because of its versatility, you can also convert it to directional lighting. This Eureka is very bright - it can project 160 to 210 lumens at quite a distance if you focus the lens into a square beam. You can hang it upside-down on trees or in your tent turning it into a lantern that will make your night well illuminated.

Coleman Companion Flashlight/Lantern with Light Show
Coleman Companion Flashlight/Lantern with Light Show

Coleman Companion Flashlight/Lantern with Light Show

If you have kids coming along on your camping trip, Coleman offers this Krypton bulbed, weather resistant flashlight. In addition to being a flashlight, it also has a 6 LED starlight projector for a light show. In addition to providing light for them, the kids will find the light show comforting and fun. It has 6 solid-state LEDS to project a flashing magical pattern of colors which your kids can play on the tent ceiling. However, its function as a very good flashlight is not compromised here because it's made by Coleman and has a Krypton bulb, making it a reliable flashlight which can give you an extremely bright and long lasting light. It also comes with a break-away lanyard so that your kids will probably not lose it when not in use. It is powered by 2 AA batteries which should give you hours of light.

Coleman Exponent 1- CR123A Lithium Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern Combo
Coleman Exponent 1- CR123A Lithium Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern Combo

Coleman Exponent 1- CR123A Lithium Flashlight and Collapsible Lantern Combo

This is the ideal lighting choice for the camper who wants to maximize his or her lighting options. This is a 2-in-1 flashlight with collapsible lantern; you can let it stand in the middle of the camp to illuminate the whole area or you can use it as a flashlight. It can provide 115 lumens of light when set on the high setting and it also has 3 strobe settings as well as 5 red LEDS for more improved night vision. This Coleman lantern is ideal for hiking and camping and it can be used as an emergency signal light. Ideal for camp trips, you can use it as a flashlight while trekking/hiking and when you set up your campsite you can turn it into a collapsible lantern, perfect for cooking and reading. It runs on a CR123A lithium battery and normally runs 6 hours on a battery when on maximum light. Durable and weather-resistant, the hardened-aluminum body will stand up to years of rugged use.


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