Camping is a great family activity that can bring you closer to nature and to those around you. One of the most important pieces of gear that you cannot do without is a good light source.
You can choose between regular flashlights, lanterns, or a headlamp to light the way at night. Each has benefits that the others do not.
What Type of LED Light
You need to decide what kind of light, or lights, you will need. A flashlight only lights an area in one direction but can illuminate objects further away. A lantern lights up the area around it and can either be held or set down where you need it.
The headlamp will free your hands so you can carry all the rest of your supplies with ease. The most important thing is that you have batteries or a way to charge your light for extended use.
It should also be very durable and bright. Here is a list of the 10 best LED rechargeable lanterns in 2017 so you can pick a couple out for your next camping adventure.
Table of Contents
- What Type of LED Light
- 10. VonHaus Camping Lantern & Flashlight
- 9. ThorFire Rechargeable Camping Lantern
- 8. Etekcity 2 Pack Portable Outdoor Rechargeable Solar Camping Lantern
- 7. AGPtek Solar Cells Panel Lantern Camp
- 6. Superway Portable Ultra Bright LED Camping Lantern
- 5. AGPtek Solar Lantern
- 4. Etekcity Portable Rechargeable LED Camping Lantern
- 3. Suaoki LED Rechargeable Camping Lantern
- 2. Supernova Halo 180 Lantern
- 1. Ivation Super-Bright 10-LED Dimmable Rechargeable Lantern
10. VonHaus Camping Lantern & Flashlight
The VonHaus 4-in-1 10 LED camping lantern has a 3 LED flashlight, a USB charging port to charge your devices, and an emergency ‘SOS’ flashlight beacon.
It has a crank handle that converts one minute of cranking into fifteen minutes of run time. It is compact and strong with many features included.
- The crank handle charges the battery quickly and makes this lantern worth a lot more than one that only uses batteries.
- The USB charger is a great addition that will allow you to charge any of your USB devices uses the lantern.
- Three different modes when it comes to lighting; lantern, flashlight, or SOS signal.
- Although the USB ports are a great idea, they will hardly charge up a newer phone. Just not enough output.
- The ability to wind up the lantern is great but it is too loud.
9. ThorFire Rechargeable Camping Lantern
The ThorFire Lantern is a small and lightweight light that even collapses to a smaller size when not in use. It is made with water resistant plastic, is very durable, and is extremely bright.
If it goes dead, you can plug it into the USB port on a powerbank or personal device to charge or you can use it to charge up your phone if it goes dead.
- Small, compact, beautiful design that can collapse to an even smaller size while not in use.
- Can be charged from the USB port of your personal devices or can charge your personal devices.
- This light is very bright and aluminates any area well.
- AA battery life of only a few hours will have you spending too much money on power.
- Although this lantern has the ability to use 18650 lithium batteries, they are not included with your purchase.
8. Etekcity 2 Pack Portable Outdoor Rechargeable Solar Camping Lantern
For those who want to save batteries and reduce waste, this camping lantern is powered by solar panels. They are portable, light, and small while still giving you up to eight hours of light.
Made with durable materials and made to keep the moisture and dust from getting inside.
- Solar powered with up to eight hours of light helps you to be a green camper.
- This two pack will help you illuminate your camping area better than a single light.
- Small, lightweight, reliable design.
- Known to stop working after a relatively short period of use makes it hard to recommend.
- There is no way to open up the outside to clean out anything that may have gotten inside.
7. AGPtek Solar Cells Panel Lantern Camp
The AGPtek has solar cells on the top that charge the batteries in six to eight hours and work for four to six. When you turn the light on, you can adjust how many LEDs turn on, making it brighter or dimmer. A hand crank can be used to get about ten minutes of light out of it at a time.
- Solar cells, a hand crank, and rechargeable batteries can all be used to power this lantern.
- You can adjust the brightness to an extent.
- Solar panels are good for the Earth and will save you from having to keep recharging batteries.
- The light is very dim, even on its brightest setting.
- This lantern is very small and will do nothing to light a large dark area.
6. Superway Portable Ultra Bright LED Camping Lantern
The Superway Camping Lantern is just as it name describes: ultra bright. It has three brightness settings with 440 lumens being the brightest and 200 lumens being the dimmest.
Battery life is incredible, lasting up to 99 hours when using low brightness. It is also able to charge up your devices easily.
- On high brightness this is a very bright light that will help you see at night.
- The battery lasts a very long time if you are using the lower brightness levels.
- You can charge your phone a full three times before the battery will run dead.
- The lumen rating on the box and the lumen rating in the book are different. Looks to only be half as bright as advertised.
- The waterproofing of this device seems to be a little less than desired.
5. AGPtek Solar Lantern
If you are having a hiking emergency, this is a great product to have with you. There are five ways to charge this lantern including with the sun, with a crank, with a car, with a wall plug, and with batteries. A single USB charging port is available for your phone charging emergencies while camping.
- Five different ways to charge this lantern makes for a light that is good anywhere.
- A brightness mode that can switch from enough light to read by to enough light to share.
- USB port gives you the ability to charge your phone anywhere.
- Has issues with not holding a charge or working very well after a couple months of use.
- If you are relying on AA battery power, be prepared to spend a good deal of money on replacements.
4. Etekcity Portable Rechargeable LED Camping Lantern
Fifteen white LEDs and six red LEDs illuminate brilliantly in every direction. Powered by either 3 AA batteries or two rechargeable 18650 batteries. It has a USB port to charge your devices. Compact design collapses to an even smaller size while not in use.
- Brilliant lighting in all directions.
- Four different brightness modes including high, low, red, and flashing red for different situations.
- It is compact and lightweight as well as waterproof.
- The price is higher than what is expected.
- Although you can charge your phone, the battery has a capacity so low that it is doubtful you will get a complete charge.
3. Suaoki LED Rechargeable Camping Lantern
The Suaoki Lantern looks very much like a large cup with an interesting lid on it. A built in rechargeable battery can be powered by either solar power or a USB charger. It is made of silicone, waterproof, collapsible, and has three brightness modes to adjust the lighting.
- This light seems brighter than similar ones powered by solar power.
- Silicone housing is waterproof for all of your visits to the lake.
- This light is small and can be put just about anywhere to throw off needed light.
- The charging port is not a common type like USB or mircoUSB making it inconvenient.
- Solar panels have a habit of only working for so long until they give out.
2. Supernova Halo 180 Lantern
The Supernova Halo 180 boasts that it is up to three hundred percent brighter than other top selling products. Batteries will last over five hours on one charge and the magnetic base is convenient when you have something metal to stick it on. It also has a retractable hook meant to let you hang this light up inside your tent or anywhere else.
- Three hundred percent brighter than other lanterns around the same price range.
- The hook helps a lot so you can hang up the light exactly where you need it.
- Five full hours of battery life on one charge.
- This lantern is very tiny and is not known to last a long time before breaking.
- Design is great for hanging but not exactly good for carrying.
1. Ivation Super-Bright 10-LED Dimmable Rechargeable Lantern
This is the only device on the list that has touch controls to turn on/off the light or dim/brighten it. The light will last about four hours on the brightest setting using either the built in lithium battery or AAA batteries. A great design for a lantern that can be used on a table or used as a hanging light.
- The touch controls, interesting design, and handle on top all make this a great lantern for overhead or to illuminate a table.
- The built in rechargeable lithium battery or AAA batteries keep this light bright for up to four hours.
- Sleek design that looks just as great at home as it does in the tent.
- It is a very small lantern with too high of a price tag.
- The ability to touch this lantern to turn it on is too sensitive and will turn on itself from time to time.
All ten of these rechargeable LED lanterns have some good things to work with as well as having some downsides. Personally, I would go with the AGPtek Solar Cells Panel Lantern Camp because of the ability to charge with solar power, a hand crank, or batteries.
This lantern can give you light when all the rest of your devices have stopped working. It is small and lightweight so it is not too much to carry while you are hiking. Pick yours up before your next camping expedition.