Years ago you didn’t get camping lights, instead you had to make do with a torch to find your way around the tent.
Fast forward a couple of decades and now you can pick and choose which kind you want. Whether it is solar-powered, illuminates the whole tent, or rechargeable, here are ten of the best camping lights and lanterns.
BEST TENT LAMP
Lixada 60 LED Outdoor Indoor Camping Lamp – £6.99
If you don’t want to keep moving your camping lights around in the tent, why not consider one that hangs in the middle and illuminates the whole area? This one is powered by three AAA batteries and uses 60 bright LED lights.
BEST FOR EASE OF USE
Ultra-Bright LED Lantern – Camping Lantern – Collapses – £6.99
If you need camping lights that are simple to use then this one will surely fit the bill. The lantern is collapsible so the way you turn it on and off is simply to expand it and to turn the light off you just collapse it again. There are 30 premium LED lights and the way you adjust the brightness is to lower the lantern so it shows less LEDS.
BEST FOR SAVING SPACE
Yellowstone Inflatable Solar Lantern – £12.99
The way this works is you inflate it and then leave it out in the sun to get powered up, then in the evening it is ready to use. There are two brightness settings which are really substantial and it is waterproof and shatterproof so ideal for children. Holds its charge for 12 hours.
LE 600lm LED Camping Lantern with 2 Multi-Functional Handy Flashlight Torch – £18.50
This is a versatile camping lantern that is rechargeable and features a portable lantern with two detachable torches and two built-in lights on two of the other sides. Brightness is an impressive 600 lumen and a 360 degree all-round angle. You can charge it in two ways, via a car charger or USB lead and it also features a handy compass.
Luminoodle – Flexible Waterproof USB LED Strip – £29.99
This is a novel way of providing light in your tent, instead of a single light source this is a rope with LED lights dotted along the length. It has the advantage of being waterproof so you can drape it indoors and outside, and you fix it by using the suppled magnets, hooks or utility loop.
VANGO Galaxy Eco 60W Lantern – £25.00
We love this lantern from Vango because you can charge it up in so many different ways. The rechargeable battery can be powered using the solar panel on the top of the lantern, via a car charger or you can wind it up by hand. This is the perfect lantern for emergencies as you don’t have to worry about whether the battery has died or not.
BEST PETROL LANTERN
Coleman NorthStar Lantern – Green/Black – £124.80
Powered by unleaded petrol, this is quite a heavy lantern but the brightness is unbelievable. You get a whopping 1540 lumens of light that will brighten up a very large area. Features include a dimmer switch which lets you control the brightness and fuel consumption.
LE Outdoor LED Lantern, 1000lm – £15.99
This lantern has a lumen rating of 1000 which is the highest in our rechargeable camping lights. There are also some pretty cool features such as four light modes including daylight white, warm white, full brightness and flash. There is also a green indicating light that blinks so you can see it in the dark.
BEST FOR SMALL SPACES
Black Diamond Apollo Lantern and Torch – £44.20
There are many occasions where you don’t want or need a really bright light that illuminates the whole campsite. If you only want to light your tent then this lantern has 200 lumens and is perfect for small areas. There is a hook for hanging and legs for standing and there is a dimmer switch that allows you to turn the light down from 200 to 10.
BEST FOR MUSIC LOVERS
Outwell Obsidian Lantern & Speaker – £39.99
This is a rechargeable lantern that is waterproof and combines a light with a Bluetooth speaker. It charges in 7 hours and provides 4 hours of playing time. There is a dimmer switch and an audio cable option, built-in microphone and a leather carry handle.