Thanks to advances in technology, the first lantern has evolved from being oil powered, to gas powered. And from fuel to electric using batteries and lamps, and now use energy efficient LED technology and rechargeable batteries. Nowadays lanterns come in various shapes and sizes and range from a simple light source to a waterproof high capacity lamp with emergency power, Bluetooth speakers, and FM radio. If you’re an individual who loves the great outdoors and goes camping or looking to secure a backup light source for emergencies, then you need the best lantern to light up the dark.
- Etekcity Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern
- Vont Bright Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern
- MalloMe LED Camping Lantern
- Streamlight 44931 The Siege Lantern
- AYL Starlight
- Lemontec Potable LED Camping Lantern
- Herobeam LED Lantern V2.0 with Flashlight
- Gold Armour 135 Lumen Portable LED Camping Lantern
Etekcity Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern
Kicking things off, the value pack from Etekcity. Designed as a simple LED lantern with no additional features, it comes cheap, and you get two lanterns for the price of one or even less.
The primary light source is a column of 30 high-endurance surface-mounted LEDs that delivers bright white light in a 360-degree spread. The surface which they mount to is highly reflective which captures and bounces back any leftover light that gets reflected from the plastic housing. The main housing is made of a sturdy plastic that passes military standards. The robust plastic frame is durable enough to withstand drops, and the plastic light housing can handle scratches and is shatterproof making this the perfect lamp for emergencies especially with everything takes a turn for the worse.
The housing is designed to collapse on its base allowing for compact storage, and the folding handles serve double duty as a locking mechanism to keep the lantern from unfolding when held upside down. The 30 LEDs are designed to work together and have low energy consumption allowing it to endure for up to 12 hours on a single charge of the included set of 3 AA batteries for each lantern.
Vont Bright Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern
The Vont Bright 2 Pack outdoor lantern is a direct copy of the Etekcity 2 Pack. They have the same features and the same satisfactory ratings of the Etekcity 2 Pack. Like the Etekcity, it features the reflective column of 30 energy efficient high discharge surface mounted LEDs that distribute the light in an even 360 area around the lantern. The plastic is sturdy and is designed to meet military standards.
Like the Etekcity 2 Pack, this lantern set comes in 2 so you get more lanterns for what you pay for. The lanterns are very necessary, no additional features and are equipped with a metal and plastic construction to keep it rigid and are sturdy enough to withstand drops. When not in use, the lantern can be easily collapsed for easy storage, and the handles can be used to lock the light in place, so the lantern won’t open up if mishandled. Aside from a strong body, the unit is also completely weather sealed which makes it the perfect lantern for use outdoors as well as during emergencies during storms especially if you need to go out in the rain.
With the same 12-hour battery life and an included set of 6 AA batteries (3 for each lantern), the Vont outdoor lantern is ready to light up straight out of the box.
MalloMe LED Camping Lantern
At an excellent rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars, the MalloMe LED camping lantern delivers the best value for money than any other lantern on this list. Despite being just a basic lantern with no additional features, the fact that you can get 4 of these lights in a single purchase at a very low price means that you save money while getting more.
The lights on the lantern are rated at 146 lumens each which work together to deliver 360 degrees of white light around the lantern. The lights are encased in a white frosted lens that ensures even distribution without the excessive glare caused by visible LED lights. The frosted glass diffuses light to make it easier on the eyes as well as maintain the aesthetics of the lamp.
For features, the lamp has a weather and impact resistant construction incorporating shock absorbing ABS plastic and military grade plastic for high endurance. The lantern also includes a clever gimmick of adjustable light intensity by collapsing the lamp on its base. You can set the lamp to shine brightly or dim the lights to save power and extend the battery life of the outdoor lamp. You can even use the lamp indoors as an emergency light, and with this value pack of 4, you can have one lantern for each room of the house within reach.
Streamlight 44931 The Siege Lantern
Designed with toughness and usability in mind, the Siege Lantern from the folks at Streamlight has created one of the best lanterns in this list. Designed with a robust polycarbonate main housing and is protected by a sturdy yet shock absorbing elastomeric over mold that protects the inner workings of the Siege Lantern.
The Siege Lantern includes a lot of features that is focused on versatility and survivability such as a waterproof housing that floats on water. The lights are mounted on the base instead of a column and are covered by a tough polycarbonate translucent lens that diffuses light efficiently. On the base is a simple switch that gives you access to the multiple light modes of the lantern such as a high, medium, and low setting on the lamp. You can also activate an alternate red light mode for extended low light working conditions as well as go into SOS mode where the red light flashes “SOS” in Morse code for emergency usage.
For usability, the lantern has a swing out handle that can be used as a loop to attach it to various objects such as an umbrella, a branch, a hook, or some rope. On each end of the lantern, you also get two D-ring loops with a spring-loaded lock so you can securely mount the lamp upright or upside down with the lens removed to make use of it as a functional room light.
The AYL Starlight is the lamp that lasts nearly a week. Using a single bright LED light source and smart reflection techniques, the Starlight can deliver up to 600 lumens using a single LED bulb. The bulb also has a semi-translucent diffuser that makes it function as a room light if you remove the top half of the lantern and use the hook at the base of the unit.
Making use of a single high discharge LED light gives the AYL Starlight extreme longevity. Using only three standard D batteries that are included in the package, the Starlight is ready to be used as soon as you open the box and last up to 6 days before needing to replace batteries. The body is constructed with lightweight and shockproof materials plus the lamp is weather sealed and water resistant, so you don’t need to worry about hanging it outdoors in the rain.
The lantern features multiple light modes such as low and high as well as flashing strobe for emergencies. The LED lights themselves are long lasting and can last up to 100,000 hours of use before it burns out, I think that’s more than adequate for your camping needs. Plus the lantern also gives you a lifetime warranty and a money-back guarantee if ever the lantern fails to perform as advertised.
Lemontec Potable LED Camping Lantern
Finished in a sleek and rugged matte black finish, the powerful yet efficient performance of the Lemontec Portable LED lantern is poised to deliver value for money especially if you get 3 of these lights for the price of a single lantern or less.
The LED unit uses a column of 30 high-intensity energy efficient LEDs that have a frosted lens on each light to evenly distribute light without reducing brightness at the same time reducing glare from the individual LED’s lights. This feature is always welcome as prolonged exposure to the glare of LED lights can leave ghost images burned in your eyes which can be annoying especially in the dark.
The housing is compact, lightweight and made with military grade material. In its collapsed form, the lantern is no taller than a can of soda and only requires a single motion to collapse it on its base. The lights are energy efficient enough to keep the light running for 12 hours straight at full intensity using a fresh set of three AA batteries. If the three-pack bundle for a low price isn’t enough, the folks at Lemontec are generous enough to offer the outdoor lantern with a ten-year warranty that covers defects such as manufacturing issues and even accidental damage.
Herobeam LED Lantern V2.0 with Flashlight
Sometimes you encounter situations that need two tools to solve a single problem. However, you don’t often encounter situations that have you carrying both a torch and lantern at the same time. Coming as the only 2 in one lantern and torch combo in this compilation of best lanterns, the Herobeam LED Lantern V2.0 delivers great versatility for all your camping needs as well as for unexpected power outages.
Lanterns light up the area around you and provide excellent visibility as a free standing light source, but these are not very useful when trying to light up an object that’s either far away or an object of interest that requires a focused beam of light for close examination. It is where a torch or a flashlight comes in handy. Having both tools at once with easy access as is one of the more convenient things you could have as a camper. Switch from illuminating your surrounding area to lighting up a spot in the distance in an instant with just a simple flick of a switch.
Using modern COB based LED technology, this lantern uses 3 COB strips instead of 30 separate LEDs which deliver a brighter light discharge while using less power compared to the old 30 LED lamp. The housing is easily collapsible to make it compact when using it as a torch. Also, the whole lantern is weather sealed and built to withstand impacts when mishandled.
Gold Armour 135 Lumen Portable LED Camping Lantern
The value for money packages just keeps on coming. We started with two lanterns, then 3; now here’s four lanterns for a very low price; even cheaper than the MalloMe 4 pack! The Gold Armour Lantern 4 Pack has you and your family covered with a versatile lantern for each room of the house.
The Gold Armour 135 Lumen Portable LED Camping Lantern comes in different colors with the various finishes from glossy to metallic which makes it stand out against other lamps out there and make it easier to distinguish which lantern belongs to whom. The Gould Armour lantern falls a bit short on power delivery with its 30 135 lumen output LEDs versus the MalloMe’s 146 Lumen brightness. Despite the difference of 11 lumens, the brighter MalloMe can light up dark areas more efficiently and have a more even distribution thanks to the white frosted lens on the MalloMe as opposed to the Gold Armour’s exposed LED lights which add glare and create light and dark spots on the area being lit up.
Regarding customer support, the Gold Armour ships their lanterns with an extended 15-year warranty and a money back guarantee if ever the product fails to satisfy your expectations or fails to perform as advertised.
With such a tight competition on the outdoor lantern market especially with most manufacturers using OEM products and just rebadging them and selling the products at competitive prices, you’re often faced with a tough decision in choosing which lantern to buy. Sure, there are a lot of different lanterns in the market out there, but only a few deliver great value for the price with a full suite of features.
If you’re going to pick a lantern for the outdoors, make sure you’re getting the best value such as going for value packs or choosing the most fully featured lantern to maximize versatility. Both grounds hold their own merits, so it’s up to you to choose which path to take.