The Best Lanterns for Camping & Preparedness



The Best Lanterns for Camping & Preparedness

When it comes to light sources, whether it be for outdoor adventures or emergency preparedness, lanterns are probably one of my favorite ways to light up the night.

They’re hands free (obviously when you’re not carrying it around), they’re bright, there are so many options for rechargeable and solar and all kinds of fancy things these days.

I like having enough lanterns around so there’s one for every room. Yes, I can carry a lantern around, but light not only brings up comfort, it helps with security, as well as, you know, being able to see things.

I also like to have lanterns around when camping for yes, general light purposes, but my kids also really enjoy carrying a lantern around. They also have headlamps on, but they also love to have a sort of ‘job’ when we’re out camping and holding the lantern is a fun job for them. Kids really enjoy all kinds of light sources.

So in saying all that, let’s dive into some of the best lanterns.

1. Etekcity LED Camping Lantern


Etekcity LED Camping Lantern

I love Etekcity, I’ve been a big fan of theirs for a long time. I have these lanterns and absolutely love them. They’re durable, super bright and the battery life lasts a long time. It can provide up to 30 ours of light.

These can collapse and in general, they’re very lightweight. Great for the RV, emergency preparedness or for car camping.

There’s even a little extra storage compartment for maybe additional batteries, some change or anything else small like that.

Pros/Long lasting light, collapsible, very bright


Bottom Line/Must have lanterns!

2. ThorFire LED Camping Lantern


ThorFire LED Camping Lantern

This is a collapsible lantern that seems to do it all! It’s rechargeable via USB and also has a hand crank option. In can also charge other devices like your smartphone. It also has a failsafe which prevents from overcharging, that’s a HUGE plus. Don’t worry about leaving it on the  charger long after it’s been charged, go on about your life and get it later.

It’s collapsible but it also has a flashlight on top which can be used while open or closed. So when it’s open, it can be more of a lantern and when closed, it can be a flashlight.

It weighs just 5.9oz and very compact when collapsed down. It has high and low brightness settings.

I love collapsible lanterns like this and I have several!

Pros/Great price, collapsible, rechargeable

Cons/Might be on the small side of lanterns

Bottom Line/Great emergency or camping light!

3. Coleman LED Lantern


Coleman LED Lantern

This is a classic lantern by Coleman. It’s insanely bright but can also be turned down to a low setting. It can run for 85 hours on high and 299 hours on low.

It’s powdered by eight D batteries so be sure to have extra of those batteries on hand, especially if you’re looking to this for emergency purposes.

It’s even water resistant rain and splashing water. Coleman also offers a 5 year warranty! Pretty nice extra there.

It’s not rechargeable and has no other fancy features, it’s just a dang good, solid, reliable lantern that everyone should have in their gear.

Pros/Solid and reliable, super bright, long lasting

Cons/Might be too big to be suitable for all types of adventures

Bottom Line/Great lantern to add to your collection

4. LuminAID Solar Inflatable Lanterns


LuminAID Solar Inflatable Lanterns

If you’re looking for a super lightweight lantern that’s ideal for just about any conditions, even ultralight backpacking, this inflatable lantern is the one you’re looking for.

Not only is it inflatable and can pack down super thin, but it also recharges with solar.

It has several light settings ranging from turbo which will last about 3-5 hours, high which will last 6-8 hours, medium which will last 12-14 hours and low which could last 18-24 hours. It also has a flashing option which can last 36-48 hours.

Though it can be charged by the sun, you can also charge it with a USB (like from a power bank, vehicle, or external solar panel or even at home).

The USB will take 1-2 hours to fully charge it and solar can vary, but it’ll take 10-12 hours. So keep it in direct sunlight all day long, then use at night. Easy peasy.

It can also be submerged in water! Great for emergency preparedness, camping and otherwise.

Pros/Collapsible, charges with the sun, long lasting light

Cons/Slow solar charge, but to be expected

Bottom Line/

Which lanterns will you choose?

Which lanterns will you be getting? If you’re anything like me, you’ll get them all for different purposes. Because lanterns are life. Or at least the sweet, sweet glowing light it gives off.

Enjoy choosing your next lantern!

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Morgan writes for OutdoorHub while also being the founder of Rogue Preparedness where she helps people get prepared for emergencies and disasters, as well as thrive any circumstances.

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