While a lantern is handy as a central light in your campsite, you often need smaller lights at different locations, such as in the tent, the boot of your car, over your camp kitchen or near the camp toilet.
The lanterns listed below are compact but bright lights that easily hang inside, attach under, stick to the side of or sit on top of tables, shelters, chairs, even to clothing, so you’ve got light right where you need it for every task.
These lights come in all shapes and sizes from the pocket-sized to the inflatable, battery-powered, rechargeable and even solar, there’s a compact light for any situation. If you need something bigger, however, then check out our bestselling camping lanterns here.
If this sounds like what you need in your camp kit, check out our top-selling compact tent lights below… working backwards from number 10.
10. Luci Solar String Lights
Create a nice atmosphere around your campsite, while illuminating it with the Luci Solar String Lights.
Charge them via the power of the sun, or a traditional outlet for convenience and the USB port can even give your mobile phone a charging boost if needed. Hanging these lights up is easy thanks to the unique clips, and the dual directional LEDs provide a nice warm glow.
Perfect for camping, or to add some extra pizzazz to your backyard barbecue at home.
9. Coleman Micropacker Lantern
This neat and affordable little lantern from Coleman is a simple yet functional camp light for use inside your tent, around camp or is a great option for the kids.
The Micropacker runs off of 3 x AA Cell batteries and has a single light setting along with a sliding reflector in the rear to switch from area to directional lighting, along with a hanging hook on the top to suspend in or under a shelter.
Simple, budget-friendly and functional – you can’t go wrong with the Micropacker from Coleman.
8. BioLite SunLight
This portable solar light from BioLite is the environmentally friendly choice for lighting your tent when you’re camping.
You can attach it to the back of your rucksack while you’re exploring to charge it or plug it in at home via the micro USB cable. The SunLight provides 100 lumens of dimmable white lighting, and you can flick it on to the colour party mode for a bit of fun at your campsite.
For hikers and campers looking for an eco-friendly lighting choice, the SunLight from BioLite fits the bill perfectly.
7. OZtrail Halo Tent Light
The Halo light from OZtrail has the benefit of being armed with two light modes – super bright white LEDs and an amber night light.
It features a large button in the centre to switch between high, low and night settings and a loop on the top so you can hang it in your shelter.
Powered by 3 x AA batteries which are included, the Halo Light from OZtrail is a perfectly affordable and compact way to light up your interior camp spaces.
6. Zempire Capsule Light
Aptly named as it shares the same shape as, albeit much larger than, a vitamin capsule. The Zempire Capsule Light is a ridiculously affordable tent light ideal for smaller tents or emergencies.
It runs from 3 x AA batteries and at 25 lumens it’s not the brightest light in our range, but at such an affordable price you can add a few of them to your kit.
The base is flat so you can stand it on a table and it also features a hanging hook for easy suspension inside a tent or under a shelter.
5. Hard Korr Unilight Dual Colour Universal LED Lantern
One of the most versatile lights in our range, the Unilight from Hard Korr has quickly gained popularity and made it firmly into our bestsellers list.
It features 100 lumens of light, has a IP66 waterproof rating, and two modes – orange to deter bugs, and white to illuminate. Attach it easily to your wheel wells, awning, tent poles, camper trailers, fences and more as it has an elastic strap and an inbuilt magnet for mounting.
This compact and durable light packs a punch, so will be useful to have on hand at home and at the campsite.
4. OZtrail UFO Tent Light
There’s no guessing why this one is called the UFO light! Powered by 4 x AA batteries for 24 hours of run time, the OZtrail UFO light will give you 100 lumens of light from 23 LEDs.
It has three light settings so you can choose your preferred lighting level and features a Velcro loop on the back so you can easily hang it inside your tent or under a shelter.
A unique feature of this tent light though is the magnet on the rear which makes placing the lights under a gazebo, on the outside of a vehicle or camper, or to any metal surface a breeze.
3. Black Diamond Moji & ReMoji Lanterns
I’m yet to hear anyone say something bad about the Moji Lantern from Black Diamond. They are about as tough as tent lights get and despite only having a 100-lumen rating, the feedback is that the light from these little guys is more than enough for medium to large sized tents.
The light is dimmable and operated by a single switch on the side and is powered by 3 x AAA batteries for up to 70 hours of runtime. The hanging hook on the top is a unique and functional design that allows you to hang these lights in a multitude of locations.
There is also a rechargeable version called the ReMoji which offers the same specs, but with a Lithium-ion battery that can be recharged via USB. These tent lights are loved amongst campers and hikers alike.
2. Zempire Hangdome & Megadome USB Rechargeable Lantern
Not only is this light functional it also looks cool… a bit like a pendant light for your tent. It has an integrated USB rechargeable battery and gets nothing but good feedback from our customers.
There are two sizes available to suit different setups, the smaller Hangdome and the larger Megadome. The Hangdome offers a low of 50 lumens, and a high of 115 lumens while the Megadome provides a low of 70 lumens and a high of 500 lumens. A silicone diffuser covers the LED light and it’s all attached to a 12cm cable with a hook on the end so you can easily suspend it for soft lighting throughout your tent.
Overall, both are affordable enough to be able to hang a few of them around your campsite for hands-free light wherever you need it.
1. Luci Inflatable Lanterns
Hands down, the most popular lantern in our range.
Firstly they are inflatable so they are both waterproof and they float. Secondly, they have a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Lastly, they have an integrated solar panel so all you need is the sun to keep your Luci Lantern powered up.
On top of this, the Luci Lanterns have multiple light modes and a battery indicator so you can keep a close eye on the power status. For the most versatile lantern in our range for just about any camping, hiking or vehicle venture, you can’t go past the inflatable lanterns from Luci.
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