Best Camping Lights & Lanterns – 2022 Review

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From lighting up those late-night, roadside pull-ups, to long-lasting illumination on those midnight loo runs – a camping lantern is your light at the end of the tunnel for any after-dark outdoor endeavour.

At the very least, a lantern offers light to function after sundown. Over time LED technology has developed, launching the humble camping lantern further into the tech-savvy sphere (amid many other gadgets and gizmos in line for an upgrade)!

Now, we embrace the benefits of high-impact lighting flooding from more compact packages. Be it campsite party planning or outback battery powering – some lanterns are now equipped with features such as dappling disco light modes, and the ability to charge smartphones.

So, fellow trailblazers – what’s the glow?

To shed some light, we’ve collated our top ten sellers in the camping lantern category – from your late-night toilet run chums to the high-beam henchmen that drench darkness with daylight.

Starting at number ten…

OZtrail Portable Camp Light

10. OZtrail Portable Camp Light

From a light pole to a tent loop – OZtrail’s Portable Camp Light hangs, clips, or sticks wherever is most convenient.

Take this outback beacon to the next lumen, with up to 120 lumens of bright white light achieved with push-button control. Alternate between bright white for striking outdoor lighting, and a warm amber glow to keep the bugs at bay. The multi-option hanging system guarantees an on-the-go glow, enabling you to suspend, secure, or stick almost anywhere.

The Portable Camp Light by OZtrail packs a brighter punch for those bespoke outback hangouts!

OZtrail Lumos Mozzie Zapper Lantern

9. OZtrail Lumos Mozzie Zapper Lantern

Light up your outback arena and give bugs the boot, with the Lumos Mozzie Zapper Lantern by OZtrail!

Thanks to a lithium-ion battery, beat the dead batteries out bush by charging with the included USB cable, providing enough power for up to 30 hours of runtime on a low setting. With three brightness levels that span to 360 degrees, achieve up to an impressive 180 lumens from the soft yet indestructible silicone dome lens. Each lantern includes two replaceable attractant tablets, releasing a scent that draws mosquitos to the light.

Plus – with an IPX6 waterproof rating, keep the campsite aglow in the rain!

BioLite SunLight 100 Portable Solar Light

8. BioLite SunLight 100 Portable Solar Light

Colour your campsite with the solar-powered BioLite Sunlight 100 Portable Solar Light!

Offering compact lighting that packs a party-style punch, the Sunlight 100 provides 100 lumens across dimmable, colour modes, or dappling party lights for those outdoor discos beneath the awning. The integrated solar panel and sundial couple with the kickstand to enable precise positioning for re-charging alone and via the micro-USB.

Achieve up to 50 hours of runtime in your outback-yard, with an ergonomic design for illuminating dark driveways or creating those iridescent undertones.

Coleman Lithium-Ion LED Rugged Lantern

7. Coleman Lithium Ion LED Rugged Lantern

The Coleman Lithium Ion Rugged LED Lantern represents a modern take on camping lanterns with a classic look. With an integrated rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the lantern’s total weight reaches just over 600g.

Operation is simple and illumination outstanding, with two brightness settings offering an output of up to 300 lumens. For campsite convenience, this lantern boasts a comfortable carry handle and room in its base to store the USB charger. A light indicates the charging level, while the USB output enables charging of other electronic devices when alternative power is scarce.

For a simple, affordable and functional lantern the Coleman Lithium Ion Rugged LED Lantern is your light at the end of the tunnel.

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern & USB Power Hub

6. Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern & USB Power Hub

Stand out from all directions with the Lighthouse 600 Lantern and USB Power Hub by Goal Zero.

Providing both adjustable and multi-directional lighting to a maximum of 600 lumens, the lantern’s power-saving feature also allows users to operate half the illumination – so you can save the high-impact brightness for the inky blackness. Turbo and dimmable settings allow use for various applications, while the lithium-ion battery with 1.5Amp output means you can beat the dead batteries out bush and boost the charge on your tablet or phone.

Power up down under, with three recharging options across USB, solar via any portable 5-Watt panel, or hand cranking – where one minute of effort generates ten minutes of light! For stand-out, stand-up lighting, the collapsible legs add height – and owing to the handle for easy suspending overhead, this lantern loves to hang out.

Ledlenser ML6 Rechargeable Lantern

5. Ledlenser ML6 Rechargeable Lantern and ML4 Mini Rechargeable Lantern

Light up the night with the ML6 Rechargeable and ML4 Mini Rechargeable Lanterns by Ledlenser.

Shed light on the darker days with 750 lumens from the ML6 with superior lens technology for energy efficiency, while the micro-prism mechanism has the ML4 Mini beaming a maximum of 300. With modes from boost to blink, and strobe to SOS – your ML6 lantern can be applied to multiple scenarios, doubling as a power bank to boost the charge of your USB devices.

While the ML6 provides mounting options via the hook, magnet, and removable stand – the ML4 Mini features a carabiner snap hook for suspending overhead or attaching to the back of a pack. For resistance to the rough and tumble of the temperamental outdoors, their IP ratings protect from dust and water damage.

From the blackened paddocks to campsite dynamics – the Ledlenser ML6 and ML4 Mini Rechargeable Lanterns are for the off-grid glow-getters.

Hardkorr Dual Colour Universal LED Lantern with Lithium Battery

4. Hardkorr Dual Colour Universal LED Lantern with Lithium Battery

The Dual Colour Universal LED Lantern with Lithium Battery by Hardkorr is the outback beacon worth packing with the tackle.

From the toolshed to the tent, enjoy 50% more brightness than the previous model with an inbuilt rechargeable lithium battery for convenience. Packing a blinding punch with an output of 155 lumens, drench the darkness with daylight for up to 6 hours on high and over 90 hours on low! Alternate effortlessly between high, medium, and low white light – while the orange hue option has bugs gathering their gear and getting on their way.

For robust resilience in brutal outback conditions, the IP66 rating and sturdy construction work together to guarantee a butt-kicking blend of dynamism and durability.

Zempire Hangdome USB Rechargeable Light

3. Zempire Hangdome USB Rechargeable Light

Superior campsite lighting is now out of your hands, thanks to the Hangdome Lantern by Zempire offering hands-free convenience at the campsite.

Even the sharpest individuals have a soft side to them – and the Hangdome is no different, offering a soft-touch light diffuser for a homey comfort that contrasts to the daytime dynamics of the outdoors. Achieve your most ideal illumination level across three light modes, while the ergonomic design allows for positioning on a flat surface during dinnertime banter, or campsite card games. Recharged via a USB outlet too, enjoy easy powering of the light’s lithium-ion supply.

For the versatile venturers yet to see the light – the Zempire Hangdome USB Rechargeable Light is built for those outback hangouts.

Zempire Megadome V2 USB Rechargeable Light

2. Zempire Megadome V2 USB Rechargeable Light

Take the trusty tent light up a notch with the Megadome V2 USB Rechargeable light by Zempire!

From backyard power outlets to outback battery power – this light hosts a lithium-ion battery that’s rechargeable via the USB cable, and doubles as a battery pack for topping up your phone too. Your tailored adventure awaits with low, medium, and high modes, and a maximum output of 500 lumens for those high-powered, low-light affairs. A warm amber glow averts the bothersome bugs, while a soft-touch, glow-in-the-dark diffuser aids the swashbucklers in wayfinding during lowlight conditions.

The Zempire Megadome V2 is the lantern that likes to hang about after lights out!

MPOWERD Luci Outdoor Lantern 2.0

1. MPOWERD Luci Outdoor Lantern 2.0, Luci Outdoor Lantern 2.0 Pro, Luci Lux Lantern, and Luci Lux Pro Lantern

We’re not usually one to share the limelight – but this flash four take the crown together!

A dynamic duo of durable and lightweight – the Luci lanterns bundle all of MPOWERD’s lightbulb moments together to deliver kick-butt, striking lighting.

For a little guy, the Luci Outdoor Light 2.0 is big on outback durability – boasting waterproof and shatterproof features. Like the Outdoor Light 2.0 Pro, Lux Lantern, and Lux Lantern Pro – this dark-defying gadget collapses for easy storage too. Each of the four models are chargeable in sunlight, giving a maximum of 24 hours runtime on the low setting – so you keep the campsite dynamics kicking after dark. With low, medium, high, and one-second flashing modes available, take the trusty torchlight up a notch from the darkest patches beyond the canvas, to campsite magic amid your set-up.

The Outdoor Light 2.0 Pro and Lux Lantern Pro offer USB charging facilities too – providing you with your perfect Plan B for beating the dead batteries. Owing to their IP67 rating, both the Lux Lantern and Lux Lantern Pro also withstand the sour weather – having them your brightest sparks even in dank, damp darkness.

Crossing elegance with endurance, like two intercepting torchlights navigating the after-dark paths – the Luci Lantern varieties are for those feeling in the dark about campsite lighting.

BioLite AlpenGlow 500 & 250

What to Watch: BioLite AlpenGlow

For adventurers on the glow, the BioLite AlpenGlow is your mobile magic maker.

Providing mesmerising colour for campsite ambience, or white lighting for task-based needs around basecamp – this light is available in two sizes, beaming a maximum output of 250 or 500 lumens. With ChromaReal LEDs offering true tones for night-time antics, and an IPX4 water resistance – match the natural beauty of sun-stippled rain drops with the glittering glow of warm white light against night-time rain.

From toasting campfire marshies to hosting campfire magic, simply shake the globe to activate special lighting modes such as candle flicker, cycling colour, multicolour, and single-colour – offering either blended or bold, stand-alone colour.

Boasting a rechargeable 6400mAh battery and USB out-charging abilities for other electronic devices (such as the separately available BioLite SiteLights) – the BioLite AlpenGlow is the on-the-go globe for bespoke outback adventures.

PLUS – keep the power purring on low-power mode, in preparation for the ever-bright BaseCharge models… coming soon from BioLite!

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