There are many choices when it comes to camping lanterns. They're not just for campgrounds anymore. With modern LED technology, you can now buy lanterns that are light, bright, and compact enough for even backpackers to take into the woods.
The best lantern or portable light for a nighttime adventure depends on what features you want. You can choose from a wide variety of different options, but consider these tradeoffs when selecting the lantern that's right for you:
- Power Type: Battery Powered, Rechargeable, or Solar.
- Maximum Light Output: Higher lumen specs mean more greater brightness, but this usually comes at the expense of run time. Most modern LED lanterns offer different lumen settings so you can balance brightness vs. run time based on the situation.
- Run Time: This is how long your lantern will run an a set of batteries (if battery operated) or a full charge (if rechargeable).
- Size and Weight: Powerful lanterns need more battery power, which typically makes them larger and heavier.