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Five Best Battery Camping Lanterns For Your Evening Enjoyment in the Outdoors

Updated on November 5, 2010

From our first camping, hiking, backpacking and trekking adventure, most of us begin to think about what equipment we need to make our camping vacations and expeditions complete.

We now have two of the most popular websites in the world selling almost everything we need for our camping trips. Amazon and eBay can provide almost anything for our camping needs at very affordable prices. You name it and they have it. You can easily browse for backpacks, camping tents, camping stoves, hiking boots and other accessories. With just the click of a mouse, these things can be ordered and within a day or two, delivered to your door.

One of the most important items in camping is a camping lantern. They have been in use since even before man created the flashlight. And because campers need light during their evenings in the great outdoors, the ordinary lantern has morphed into the camping lantern. We now we have LED lanterns, gas lanterns, rechargeable lanterns, propane lanterns, butane powered lanterns, and battery and electric powered lanterns.

If you are taking the whole family, it's of course a good idea to think about whether your lighting is  safe to handle, especially by children. After all, they need to see at night too. It must also be safe to take inside your tent, leave there overnight and it must not emit the kind of high intensity light that can create flamable heat inside your tent. It should also be shock-proof and not have a dangerously flammable fuel so even if it accidentally falls over it won’t pose a hazard to anyone. LED, battery-powered and rechargeable lanterns are the safest to bring along but you have to have extra batteries just in case you need to use them overnight.

I have chosen some of the safest lanterns you can buy at Read on.

Coleman Retro Rechargeable Battery Powered Lantern (Family Size)
Coleman Retro Rechargeable Battery Powered Lantern (Family Size)

Coleman Retro Rechargeable Battery Powered Lantern (Family Size)

This family size camping lantern is from Coleman and it will surely give your family plenty of light during your nights camping. It has an 11-watt fluorescent light that is made into spiral U-tube; it directs the light outward and upward so the light is used efficiently. It can be recharged using your car’s 120-volt AC lighter and can store energy that can provide 9 hours of light. It also has a 12-volt DC power port so after the stored energy is consumed, you can still use batteries to power it. In case the bulb burns out, you can change it using the quick-release lever for easy replacement. Campers love this lantern because of its incredible lighting capacity and long-lasting stored energy.

Coleman 4D Rugged Personal Size Rugged Lantern
Coleman 4D Rugged Personal Size Rugged Lantern

Coleman 4D Rugged Personal Size Rugged Lantern

This rugged lantern is on the small side so it’s perfect for a single person to light a tent. It's made of heavy duty-duty thermo plastic and rubber which makes it very durable. It has two settings for illumination. It uses 4D batteries as its power source and provides bright white light. When set on low it can light for 23 hours and 14 hours when on high. Its 7-watt fluorescent U-tube is covered with a weather-resistant and shatter-resistant casing. It also has a non-slip rubberized grip handle and when you need to change the valve, the quick-release system will help you do that quickly. I find it durable, dependable, and efficient for personal lighting.

Coleman MicroPacker Compact Battery Lantern
Coleman MicroPacker Compact Battery Lantern

Coleman MicroPacker Compact Battery Lantern

This micropacker has two bright 0.55mm LEDs that can provide light for quite a long time. It uses 3 AA baterries and you can slide its reflector upward if you want the light to point upward. It also has a push button for on and off control. Using only 3 batteries, this Coleman lantern can give you 24 hours of continuous bright light. In my experience, I can use my micropacker for almost 2 nights on a set of batteries. Some campers bring along two sets of 3 AA batteries just to be sure it won’t lose its light when it’s most needed. When I'm not using rechargeables I use Energizer batteries.

Brunton Glorb LED XB Lantern
Brunton Glorb LED XB Lantern

Brunton Glorb LED XB Lantern

The Glorb is a little lantern that is well constructed, well designed and very durable considering its mini size. Because of its size, you can easily slip it inside your backpack and gon on prety much any type of backpacking journey. It uses 4 AA batteries which last a maximum of about 45 to 55 hours depending on the mode of light you use. Keep in mind that, because of its size, this outdoor lantern cannot fully illuminate a big space within a campsite. It can provide good light as a personal light so it is suitable for tent space. Hunters, backpackers, campers, and kayakers love this little Glorb because it is so compact, sturdy, reliable and comes in many colors.


Solar Light Series Folding Lantern Md: SOLRE35BP
Solar Light Series Folding Lantern Md: SOLRE35BP

Solar Light Series Folding LanternMd: SOLRE35BP

If you and your group are the type of guys who want to stay in the woods far longer than ordinary campers, I suggest this solar-powered camping lantern so that you don’t have to worry about changing batteries. This one is considered a hybrid because it has solar panels, primary batteries, a crank and a car adaptor so it is flexible for all outdoor situations. It uses 3 size D batteries, has 8 white LEDs, 1 amber LED, adjustable solar panels and if recharged for 5 hours will provide 2.5 hours of light (it provides 66 Lumens). Made by Energizer, 3 Energizer batteries can last for an incredible 165 hours. This durable, versatile, efficient and powerful light outlasts all other solar-powered lanterns in its league.


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