The Best LED Camping Lanterns Of 2012

LED Lanterns are perhaps the most useful portable lights — they can be used as camp lights, work lights, or emergency lights. The LEDs inside aren’t susceptible to shocks, and they burn for decades.

The Brightest LED Lantern: Rayovac Sportsman Lantern

Average Amazon rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars from 573+ reviewers

 

The Rayovac Sportsman Lantern may not be the aesthetically pleasing lantern out there, but it does produce 300 lumens of light, which makes one of the brightest LED camping lantern available. Basically, 300 lumens is enough to illuminate your tent or cooking area with plenty of light.

The lantern runs on three D-size batteries. I recommend using “low-self discharge” NiMH batteries like Imedion D-size batteries (see our review of these batteries here).

The Rayovac Sportsman Lantern is available from Amazon for about $25.

 

The Most Versatile: Coleman LED Quad Lantern

 Coleman LED Quad Lantern

Average Amazon rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars from 117+ reviewers

 

The Coleman LED Quad lantern produces a total of 190 lumens of light. It’s not as bright as the 300 lumen Rayovac Sportsman Lantern, but it does have a few compelling features. First, it has four detachable panels, allowing you split the lantern into four independent LED lights, each powered by their own AA batteries.  These lights are intended to be used as portable lights for trips to the bathroom or tent.

The base unit itself is powered by eight D-size batteries, providing a total of 75 hours of illumination.

I recommend using rechargeable Imedion D-size batteries for the base unit, and Eneloop AAs for the individual panels.

The Coleman LED Quad lantern is available from Amazon for about $60.

 

The Best Budget Mini-Lantern: Coleman Mini Lantern

Coleman 3AA High-Tech LED Mini Lantern

Average Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars from 27+ reviewers

This LED lantern from Coleman is the highest rated AA-batery powered LED Lantern on Amazon. It shines with 85 lumens of light for 6 hours using just three AA batteries.

The Coleman 3AA High-Tech LED Mini Lantern is available at Amazon for around $20.

 

The Best Overall Mini Lantern: Black Diamond Apollo LED Lantern

Average Amazon rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars from 8+ reviewers

The Black Diamond Apollo lantern runs on 4 AA batteries. Reviewers like the even light of this lantern, which can shine at maximum of 80 lumens for 15 hours, or at (up to 60 hours at 10 lumens). The Apollo also features a dimmer switch and battery-life indicator.

Best LED AA Lanterns: Black Diamond Apollo

The Black Diamond Apollo LED Lantern is available at Amazon for about $42.

 

Comments

  1. says

    How far have we come from the large 2 mantle kerosene and white gas burning lanterns that needed to pumped incessantly to maintain gas pressure? I haven’t camped in a while but I certainly like the look of the illumination products on the market today. Less is more and long live the LED. Do moths still fly into them?

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