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Best Camping Lanterns

Whether camping outdoors or on top of the car, a camping lantern is a must. The lack of lighting outdoors makes a good camping lantern an obvious item on the camping checklist. It has several advantages over a handheld flashlight.

Lanterns have now come a long way from their burning wick predecessor. Depending on the nature and duration of use, they are now packed with technology and are available in all sizes.

The products in this guide are selected based on size, weight, low/high brightness, and runtime factors.

So, let us take a look at the best camping lanterns.

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern & USB Power Hub

With a maximum light output of 600 lumens, this lantern can easily light up the camp or patio. It provides an unbroken arc of light of 360°. A knob helps us select whether we want the bulb on half or full output. It comes with collapsible legs and built-in handles for easy carriage.

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern & USB Power Hub | Best Camping Lanterns

Lantern TypeBulbBatteriesAverage Run TimeWeightMaterial
ElectricLED5200 mAhH:2.5; L:180 hours1 lb. ABS plastic/Aluminium

Key Features:

  • Double LED bulk with electric USB charging 
  • Luminous Flux: 600 Lumens 
  • Runtime: 2.4 hours (full power), 180 hours (half power)
  • 5200 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable NMC battery
  • ABS plastic-aluminium collapsible frame and carry handle

Northern Nova Propane Lantern

Made by Coleman, this is a bright propane-based stove for camping trips. The cover globe is metal reinforced and crack-resistant. The ventilator has a porcelain coating to make it corrosion free. The PerfectFlow technology ensures that a 16.4 oz gas canister can provide up to 9 hours of burning time. The lantern has a protective and travel case but without the propane canister.

Northern Nova Propane Lantern | Best Camping Lanterns

Fuel TypeLumensBurn TimeWeight
Propane3000L:9hr, H:4hr6.00 pounds

Key Features:

  • Crack-resistant globe
  • Piezo Electric push-button igniter
  • The collapsible base for easy storage
  • The push button also provides flame control
  • Luminosity: 3000 lumens, up to 30 feet
  • Burn time: 4 hours (high flow), 9 hours (low flow)

LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Power Lantern

This camping lantern by LuminAID doubles up as a power bank, using which we can also charge other electronic devices. The best part about this lantern is that it also supports Solar charging. It also has an adjustable strap that can carry it around or hang it from a height. Another amazing feature is its IP67 rating. This means that the lantern can survive submersion up to 1m in water for up to 30 minutes. The cover is collapsible and folds down to just 1 inch in height when collapsed.

LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Power Lantern | Best Camping Lanterns

Lantern TypeBulbRun TimeBatteriesSolar-PoweredWeightMaterial
Electric8 LEDH:3-5hr/l:44-50hrLi-ion batteryYes8.6 ouncesTPU

Key Features:

  • Li-ion battery rechargeable by both solar power and USB
  • Charging Time: 12-14 hours (solar power), 1-2 hours USB
  • Run time: 3-5 hours (turbo mode), 44-50 hours (low mode)
  • 5 brightness settings with 150 lumens output flux
  • 100% PVC-free heavy-duty thermoplastic Polyurethane cover
  • IP67 rating for the floatable design

Multi 3 Panel Lantern

This innovative lantern by Coleman has 3 LED panels that can be removed from the body. These panels can then serve as individual lights. The luminosity of the LED panels is adjustable between 200-600 lumens. Each panel also has a support stand to place it upright on a flat surface. Each panel also has a magnetic strip at the back that can provide hands-free lighting when attached to metallic surfaces.

Multi 3 Panel Lantern | Best Camping Laterns

BulbLight runtimeLantern TypeMaterialWeight
LEDUp to 20 hoursElectric‎Alloy Steel, Metal2lb 10oz

Key Features:

  • Adjustable luminous flux: 200 Lumens (low), 600 lumens (high)
  • Detachable light panels
  • USB Rechargeable battery
  • Run time (lantern): 20 hours (high), 200 hours (low)
  • Run time (panel): 3 hours (high), 14 hours (low)
  • Total beam distance (lantern): 6 m (low), 15 m (high)
  • Total beam distance (panel): 6 m (low), 13 m (high)
  • IPX4 rain and splash-resistant rating

Alpenglow 500 Lantern

This camping lantern by BioLite offers a fun option by adding colors to the LED light. This rechargeable lantern provides 500 lumens of light output using the ChromaReal LED technology. Shake the lantern gently to change the color of the light.

Alpenglow 500 Lantern | Best Camping Lanterns

BatteriesWeightBurn TimeInputsWater Resistance
6,400 mAh13.4ozH:5hr/l:200hrMicro USBIPX4

Key Features:

  • 6400 mAh rechargeable battery with 3-hour charging time
  • Run time: 5 hours (high), 200 hours (low)
  • Micro USB input and output
  • IPX4 rating for rain and splash resistance
  • Shake the feature to change the light mode
  • Various color modes with single or blended lights
  • 9 different lighting modes
  • Lock mode prevents battery drainage

Coleman Powerhouse Dual Fuel Lantern

This lantern by Coleman runs on both Coleman® Liquid Fuel or unleaded gasoline using the Dual Fuel™ technology. A great benefit of Coleman® Liquid Fuel is that it’s one gallon and lasts as long as 4.5 canisters of propane. It has a 2-mantle design with a light output power of 800 lumens that reaches up to 22m.

Coleman Powerhouse Dual Fuel Lantern | Best Camping Lanterns

Lantern TypeLumensFuelBurn TimeWeight
Gas800 lumensWhite Gas / Auto5 hr4 lbs

Key Features:

  • Dual Fuel™ technology
  • Needs an external source of ignition
  • Knob to control the mode
  • Run time: 20 hours (low), 5 hours (high)
  • All Season Strong™ technology
  • Bail handle for easy carriage
  • Luminosity: 800 lumens, beam distance: 22m

Rugged CPX Lantern

This is a sturdy camping lantern built by Coleman. The 400 lumens lantern provides 360° light on two power modes. The lantern gets power from a battery cartridge that uses either 4D batteries or is rechargeable. It has a large bail handle making it easy to hold with a hand.

Rugged CPX Lantern | Best Camping Lanterns

BulbsPower SourceLumensBurn TimeWaterproof
LED4 D batteries140 - 700H:8hr/l:60hrIPX4

Key Features:

  • 2 operation modes: High and Low
  • Adjustable luminosity: 400 lumens (high), 100 lumens (low)
  • Runtime: 30 hours (high), 70 hours (low)
  • IPX4 rating
  • Impact-resistant reduced LED glare

MPOWERD Luci Base Inflatable Solar Lantern + Power Bank

This lantern also has solar charging capability. It also has a rechargeable Li-ion battery with an indication of battery life. It has a collapsible design up to the height of 1 inch when collapsed. It also has a 2-way micro-USB port.

MPOWERD Luci Base Inflatable Solar Lantern + Power Bank | Best Camping Lanterns

Lantern TypeBulbLumensAverage Run TimeBatteriesSolar-PoweredWeight
ElectricLED360H:5hr/l:50hr4,000mAhYes10.1 ounces

Key Features:

  • Solar charging along with 4000 mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Run time: 5 hrs (high); 24 hrs (medium); 50 hrs (low); 9 hours (flashing)
  • 31 LEDs with a luminosity of 360 lumens
  • Charging Time: Solar Panel (28 hours), USB (5-6 hours)
  • IP67 waterproof rating

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