Camping lanterns have come a long way in recent years.
It wasn’t that long ago that an electric camping lantern would be bulky and heavy from the large batteries it needed, give out a poor light, and never last as long as it should.
These days things have improved. A lot.
With LED technology we now have lanterns that are brighter, last longer, and are smaller and lighter.
We’ve been testing 5 new lanterns this year, and here’s the results.
Easy Camp Habu Torch Lantern
As you can tell from the title, this little lantern is both a torch and a lantern, and it’s the favourite of our youngest member.
It’s actually a good little torch for small hands, and not very big at all.
Pull the front of the torch up, and it converts into a little lantern. It even has a hook for hanging.
Despite it’s small size, it still has 3 lighting modes: high, low, and flashing.
Just using 3 AAA batteries, we’ve not had to change them yet since camping in Spring, despite it being in regular use of a 6 year old 🙂
Outwell Morion Lantern
This is another little lantern, and a favourite of one of our daughters.
Folded down, it’s small and won’t take up much space in a bag, or even your pocket.
Simply lift the lid and you have a clear bright light. It only uses a 1W LED that packs out 120 lumens, so that’s quite bright for very little power use.
It takes 4 AA batteries.
There’s 4 light modes on the Morion: high, low, and flashing, plus with the lid down, it has a blue night light, which can be just the thing if you want to find something in the dark or see your way out of the tent without waking everyone up or ruining your night vision.
Easy Camp Coral Lantern
The Easy Camp Coral Lantern looks like a traditional lantern, but is a lot smaller and lighter than lanterns of the past.
It also has a neat design trick: the hook can be attached at the top or the bottom so you can stand the lantern, or hang it with maximum down light.
The lantern also has a blue night light mode, which our youngest has taken to having in his bedroom in the tent.
It takes 4 AA batteries.
Outwell Amethyst Lantern
This lantern looks quite smart on a table. It’s only small and easy to transport.
In fact, at only 9cm wide, I found it sits quite comfortably in the wire rack on our Outwell Drayton Kitchen Table.
With the Amethyst lantern you don’t need to push a switch; simply touch it to turn it on or off.
It’s rechargeable too with an estimated burn time of 30 hours on one charge. I’ve only had to charge it a little bit once as I noticed it wasn’t quite as bright, and we’ve been using it since the Spring.
Mr Beams Weatherproof Lantern
This is the biggest lantern of our test, but at only just over 20cm high, it’s still not that big 🙂
It is also the heaviest as it uses 4 D-sized batteries. However, it is estimated to run for 30 hours and provides 260 lumens.
As you can tell from this lantern’s name, it’s weather proof, so if you need a lantern outside when the weather is bad, this gives you that option.
The top of the lantern unscrews and there’s a hook in the bottom to make it easy to hang up in a tent.
Finally, this lantern has a USB port so you can use it as a power bank to charge your mobile phone.
Now it is supposed to be able to charge your mobile phone a few times before depleting the batteries. We did a partial charge of a phone and afterwards the lantern would intermittently flash a low battery indicator when in full brightness mode.
We didn’t notice any loss in brightness though, so may be the battery indicator was a little too keen 🙂
Mr Beams do state this is a back-up battery charger, and given that charging a phone will drain your batteries, it’s a nice to have emergency feature even if you don’t use it regularly to charge your phone.
Camping Lantern Comparison
- 16 Hours
- 4 x AA Batteries
Conclusion – Which Lantern is Best?
All the lanterns are slightly different, and we each have our favourites, so it’s not easy to declare one the best.
For example, the Mr Beams lantern is great if you need a lot of light, especially in an emergency. But then some of the other lanterns work well in terms of being small and easy to transport.
If I had to pick just one lantern to buy out of the list it would be the Easy Camp Coral Lantern.
This is not because it is necessarily better than all the others, it’s just we found this very useful, especially with the nightlight feature for our youngest.
It’s certainly not the brightest lantern we tested (don’t expect it to fill your tent with lots of light), but as a small lantern, it does the job well.
Disclaimer: All samples of lanterns were provided to us by the manufacturers for us to test. All opinions are our own.
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