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Best Camping Lanterns to Light Up Your RV/Camping Trip

Best Camping Lanterns to Light Up Your RV/Camping Trip

Camping lanterns have long been considered essential pieces of camping gear. A good camping lantern, after all, is what lights up the dark as we enjoy evenings in the great outdoors. And whether you’re an RVer, a tent camper, or car camper, isn’t one of the points of getting away from home to spend time in nature? Well, nature turns out the lights at night.

So, as we head outside to enjoy s’mores and folk songs by the campfire, a good reliable lantern for camping is something we’ll grab over and over again on every trip. That’s why today we thought we’d highlight some of the most popular camping lanterns on the market in preparation for the upcoming camping season.

How Do You Power Camping Lanterns?

This is an important question because power sources are always on our minds when we’re camping. Fortunately, lanterns for camping are available powered by any one (or more!) of several different sources.

Depending on whether you’re backpacking and camping in a tent, car camping, RVing, or even heading out on a kayaking camping trip, there’s a camping lantern out there that can be powered in a way that’s convenient to your camping style.

In fact, many camping lanterns have the ability to be powered by more than one type of power source, and we’ll certainly note that where applicable. These days, some even have a USB port that, once fully charged, renders the lantern capable of charging other devices such as your cellphone.

Let’s check out the various means of powering camping lanterns, and then we’ll shed some light (haha) on some of the most popular options in each of these power categories.


Many camping lanterns are battery-powered. Some use a few alkaline batteries, allowing you to choose disposable batteries or rechargeable ones. Other battery-powered lanterns use an internal battery, often a small NiMH or lithium-ion battery. These may be USB rechargeable, solar rechargeable, or even recharged by a hand crank.

We’ll give each of these their separate categories below, but technically they’re all battery-powered. What’s different is the means by which their internal batteries are charged. If you choose to buy an alkaline battery-powered camping lantern, be sure to check user reviews regarding battery life. You don’t want a lantern that eats through batteries quickly when you’re on a camping trip.

USB Rechargeable

There are many camping lanterns on the market today that are powered by an internal battery that can be recharged via USB. To charge the internal battery, you’ll need to use a USB cord to connect it to a USB power source.

This could be a USB hub connected to a laptop computer or even a little USB adapter that slips into a 12V port in your car or RV to recharge your lantern, just as you might recharge your cell phone.

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  • Double Duty - Twin USB-A ports pump out a combined 24W—enough to provide a full-speed charge to 2 phones at once. (Not compatible with Qualcomm...
  • Ultra-Compact - The car charger’s super-small design conserves space, allowing seamless access to the rest of your dashboard.


You may have seen our previous post on the best solar camping lights. In it, we chose to highlight this one type of camping lantern because they’re just that awesome.

A solar-powered lantern has an integrated solar panel. Exposing that panel to the sun, even just on the dashboard of your car or RV during the day, charges a built-in battery. When night falls, you’ve got a camping lantern that’s been charged by the sun, ready to light the night!


Gas-powered lanterns have been around for far longer than we have! This type of lantern illuminated the darkness for centuries (since the 1700’s, as a matter of fact). Homes and even street lights used to be gas-powered, so this is a tried-and-true method of providing light.

Gas-powered lanterns generally use propane, kerosene, or white gas as their fuel source.

Hand Crank

And finally, there are lanterns out there that are powered by you (or your kids/grandkids)! Hand-crank lanterns generally use a built-in, rechargeable battery that is actually charged by the elbow grease you provide by turning a crank on the lantern.

Essentially, the way these work is that a flywheel inside the lantern is attached to a little “generator” that supplies electric current to charge the battery and provide light via a light-emitting diode (LED) or incandescent bulb.

These were once very popular among backpackers and tent campers who had no other power source handy while camping. However, many backpackers now use solar lanterns, clipping them onto their backpacks to charge while they hike. It’s important to remember that solar lanterns require charging from the sun. So, if you encounter several days of clouds or rain (or you’re hiking/camping in dense forest), there goes your power source.

Hand-crank camping lanterns, on the other hand, can be powered as long as you can turn the crank!

What Are the Best Lanterns for Camping?

Okay – let’s get into our look at some of the most popular camping lanterns for RVers and campers everywhere. We’ll categorize our highlighted lanterns by power source, and offer a brief glimpse of what features make each a popular camping lantern.

Battery-Powered Camping Lanterns

Again, most camping lanterns (other than those that are gas-powered) are likely to have a battery built in. We’re categorizing the lanterns noted throughout this blog post by how that internal battery is charged.

In this section, we’re looking at camping lanterns that are powered by regular rechargeable or disposable alkaline batteries, (possibly in addition to another power source).

Vont 4 Pack LED Camping Lantern

The collapsible Vont camping lantern is lightweight and compact. These lanterns have 30 bright LEDs, and the collapsible design allows you to open the lantern to your desired brightness (with the light increasing the more you expand the lantern, and decreasing as you collapse it).

These lanterns are said to be able to survive a 10-foot drop and temporary submersion underwater as they’re constructed with military-grade waterproof materials.

The only way to power these Vont camping lanterns is with three AA batteries, included with the purchase of a lantern.

You can buy a single Vont camping lantern for about 8 bucks, or you can buy them in packages of 2 or 4. Obviously, the best bang for your buck is this 4-pack that comes with a dozen AA batteries.

Vont 4 Pack LED Camping Lantern, LED Lanterns, Suitable Survival Kits for Hurricane, Emergency Light for Storm, Outages, Outdoor Portable Lanterns, Black, Collapsible, (Batteries Included)
  • BRIGHT & LASTING - Equipped with 30 crazy bright LEDs, this compact lantern cuts through 360 degrees of darkness on the stormiest, dimmest nights....
  • COMPACT & LIGHTWEIGHT - Collapsible design that reduces or increases the light as you collapse or expand the lantern. When collapsed it's as small as...

Big Agnes mtnGLO Tent & Camp Lights

The Big Agnes mtnGLO has a unique design. Its triangular carrying case is actually the lantern’s outer casing. It has the appearance of a tent, and is lit using a 100-inch-long strand of LED lights inside a lightweight nylon tubing material.

There are four plastic clips on the strand of lights that allow you to remove them from the outer casing and customize how you use them. The lights comes in red, white, or blue/green, and can be easily attached to a tent ceiling or to an area of your RV where a nightlight might be helpful.

The lights have three modes: off, full light, and flicker (for a candle/fire effect) and can be powered either by 3 AAA batteries (not included) or via USB.

Big Agnes mtnGLO LED Tent & Camping Lights, White, One Size
  • LIGHT UP THE BACKCOUNTRY - The mtnGLO Tent & Camp Lights provide solid LED light to illuminate your tent or campsite activities; Attach it to your...
  • LANTERN POWER - Triangular case doubles as a lantern; Carry it from the tent to the camp table; Use a clip on the case to hang it up and let it glow

Black Diamond Moji Lantern

This small tabletop lantern can be powered by either 3 AAA batteries (not included) or Black Diamond’s rechargeable BD-1500 lithium-ion battery (also sold separately). Weighing only 6 oz. and being less than 3 inches around makes this light a favorite of backpackers and other minimalists.

Reviewers really seem to love these little lanterns. They give off about 200 lumens and have a little dimmer to cut the brightness all the way down to just 4 lumens, if all you’re looking for is a dim nightlight or a little ambiance. The Moji even saves your last dim setting for future use (so no getting blinded by it coming back on at full brightness in the middle of the night)!

These little lights also have a water resistance rating of IPX4, and will last up to 70 hours on low. (Since you may not always use the lantern on a low setting, you’ll likely need to charge it more frequently.)

Black Diamond Moji Lantern, Laurel Green
  • Double-Hook Hang Loop Makes It Easy to Suspend in a Tent
  • Settings Include Dimming Switch and Strobe Lighting to Provide Adjustable Brightness

And here’s the BD-1500 rechargeable battery pack:

Black Diamond Equipment Bd 1500 Battery & Charger
  • Charger and cable included
  • 1500 mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery cell

USB Rechargeable

There’s a wide variety of USB rechargeable batteries on the market today. Here are a few of the most popular:

Black Diamond Apollo Lantern

Black Diamond’s Apollo camping lanterns run on an internal lithium-ion battery that can be recharged via USB. This little lantern contains quad-power dimmable LED lights with up to 225 lumens.

It also has folding legs, so it’s a compact little unit with the legs folded but stands taller (to help spread light out on a table) with the legs unfolded.

The Apollo weighs a mere 0.55 lbs and has dimensions of 3.5 x 3.5 x 5 inches (it’s 9.4 inches tall with the legs unfolded).

These lanterns give you the added benefit of charging other small electronic devices via its USB port.

Black Diamond Equipment - Apollo Lantern - Octane
  • QuadPower LED with 250 lumens (on max setting) enclosed in a diffuser globe for bright, glare-free light
  • Runs on internal rechargeable lithium ion battery (2,600 mA hour capacity) or 3 AA batteries

BioLite Alpenglow 250 and 500

The BioLite Alpenglow 250 has a 3,200 mAh lithium-ion battery that’s USB rechargeable and provides USB-A charging of your other small electronic devices. It provides 250 lumens of light via color-changing ChromaReal LEDs. The lantern changes lighting with just a tap (or two or three, depending on the type of lighting you’re seeking).

The Alpenglow has special use features such as the ability to shake the lantern to unlock additional lighting modes such as “candle flicker” (user reviews are positive for these lanterns but some users note that the “shake” feature works intermittently or is unpredictable).

The Alpenglow lanterns have a waterproof rating of IPX4 meaning that they can tolerate splashing and rain from all directions.

The Alpenglow 500 offers 500 lumens max (and a minimum of 5 lumens) and is powered by 6,400 mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery. According to the manufacturer, it runs for 5 hours on high and 200 hours on low!

It’s very similar to the Alpenglow 250, though it offers more light and significantly more power.

BioLite Alpenglow Multicolor USB Lantern with Rechargeable Battery and Charging Port, AlpenGlow 250
  • Enjoy ambient or task-based lighting inspired by nature and packed with functionality; 250 lumens, runs for 5h HI and 200h LO; USB-A charge out port...
  • ChromaReal LED technology improves color rendering, offering better color accuracy; Makes colors and textures pop in lowlight conditions, perfect for...
BioLite Alpenglow Multicolor USB Lantern with Rechargeable Battery and Charging Port, AlpenGlow 500
  • Delivers nature-inspired lighting to illuminate your campsite or backyard party; 500 lumens, runs for 5h HI and 200h LO; USB-A charge out port allows...
  • ChromaReal LED technology improves color rendering, offering better color accuracy; Makes colors and textures pop in lowlight conditions, perfect for...

Ledlenser ML6 Camping Lantern

This lightweight (0.6 lbs) USB-rechargeable lantern is uniquely shaped with a slim, tall prism design. The manufacturer states that the LEDs in this camping lantern have “micro prism technology”, which we assume means that the light flows through all prism angles.

With 750 lumens, this lantern is capable of projecting some of the brightest light available in a small portable fixture. But it’s also easily dimmable to achieve the level of light you want for any occasion.

You’ll get 4 hours of light on high (750 lumens) and up to 70 hours of light on low (20 lumens). It has a 5-hour recharge time via USB, and is also capable of acting as a power bank to charge your cell phone, tablet, or other electronic devices.

There’s even a red light for night reading (red light has less effect on your night vision), an integrated detachable magnetic base for attaching the light to metal surfaces, and a swivel hook for hanging.

In addition to all of this, it comes with a 7-year guarantee.

Ledlenser, ML6 Camping Lantern, LED with Micro Prism Technology, 750 Lumens, USB Rechargeable, Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
  • HAVE LIGHT, WILL TRAVEL: Our all-purpose, go-anywhere outdoor camp lantern features Micro Prism Lens technology to ensure optimal, glare-free light...
  • LONG-LASTING AND RECHARGEABLE: Up to 750 lumens (boost), 4 hours of light at 550 lumens (high) and up to 70 hours of light at 20 lumens (low). 5 hour...

Ledlenser ML4 Warm White Light Outdoor Lantern

The ML4 is similar to its Ledlenser sibling above, but offers less power and has a shorter, more compact design. You’ll get up to 300 lumens (compared with the 750 lumens of the ML6) and up to 2.5 hours of light on high (300 lumens) or 45 hours of light on low (5 lumens).

The ML4 has a USB recharge time of 2.5 hours and can also be powered by a standard AA battery! It’s got a carabiner clip at the top for hanging.

Less power also means a lesser price point, but you’ll still get that 7-year guarantee.

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  • HAVE LIGHT, WILL TRAVEL: Our all-purpose, go-anywhere outdoor camp lantern features Micro Prism Lens technology to ensure optimal, glare-free light...
  • LONG-LASTING AND RECHARGEABLE: Provides up to 2.5 hours of light at 300 lumens (max) and up to 45 hours of light at 5 lumens (min). 2.5 hour recharge...

Solar-Powered Camping Lanterns

Moving into the realm of solar-powered camping lanterns, there are more choices every year as solar charging becomes more and more popular. Some solar-powered lanterns are also capable of being recharged via USB, so bear that in mind if that’s a feature that interests you.

LuminAID PackLite Max

The LuminAID PackLite Max is a very popular camping lantern that has a solar panel for recharging as you hike, using the provided handle to carabiner it to your backpack. This lightweight lantern inflates to a 6″ cube, but packs down to an incredibly compact 1″ thickness.

Made from a heavy-duty TPU composite material, these camping lanterns are waterproof and shatterproof.

These lanterns offer 5 brightness settings up to 150 lumens. When the built-in 2,000 mAh lithium-ion battery is fully charged, it’ll give you around 50 hours of light on low. It also has a 2.1-amp output port to recharge your smartphone or tablet.

These compact little units recharge completely in direct sunlight in around 12-14 hours. (That’s a couple of days, maybe more, depending on your location and the time of year, so hiking with the solar panel fully exposed and/or keeping it on your dashboard as you drive are great ways to charge them the quickest.)

You can also fully recharge these camping lanterns in around 1-2 hours with the included USB cord.

LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Camping Lantern and Phone Charger | For Backpacking, Emergency Kits and Travel | As Seen on Shark Tank
  • 2000mAH BATTERY (Built in). Extra bright LED solar lantern and phone charger. Lightweight, inflatable, and portable, Turbo mode and can recharge your...
  • UP TO 150 LUMENS: Long battery life provides approximately 50 hours of light on Low mode when battery is fully charged, making this solar lantern...

LuminAID Hero White

LuminAID’s Hero White is very similar to the PackLite but will give twice the brightness at 300 lumens. This model has a built-in 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery for longer lamp life and for charging most smartphones with its 2-amp output port.

When fully charged, the Hero White will give you around 100 hours of light on low. It offers “Turbo mode”, emergency flashing mode, and multiple brightness settings.

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  • ULTRA-PORTABLE & COMPACT ALL-IN-ONE - This device is a solar powered phone supercharger, expandable camping lantern, and backup battery all in one. At...

MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0: Solar Inflatable Light

Luci inflatable solar lights are among the most popular camping lanterns on the market. MPOWERED offers other models of Luci lights, but this one, the Luci 2.0, gives you 75 lumens of white light using 10 LEDs.

It’s rechargeable by solar or by USB. It takes about 2-3 hours to charge via USB and around 7 hours via the solar panel (in full sunlight). The runtime on the Luci 2.0 is around 18 hours (a 6-hour improvement over the original Luci light!)

Luci lights have adjustable straps on the top and bottom of the lanterns for versatility of use.

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  • BUILT-IN RECHARGEABLE 1000 mAh LITHIUM-ION BATTERY. With 75 lumens, and lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge, Luci Outdoor 2.0 is a must-have...
  • BRIGHT AND LONG LASTING. Emitting 75 lumens of power via 10 cool white LEDs, and shining through a clear finish, this light provides up to 24 hours of...

MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights

Okay, these aren’t necessarily considered a “lantern”, but the Luci solar string lights are so popular with RVers and campers of all types that we’d be remiss not to include them. Everyone seems to love their Luci solar string lights, probably for the ambiance they provide around the campsite or even inside the RV.

Luci solar string lights are housed in a lightweight (11.3 oz) compact circular package. Inside the casing, there’s 18 feet of nylon cord carrying 10 light pods that are spread across the entire length. The cord is braided for durability and can stretch across 18 feet of area. When you’re ready to pack them up they wrap and store neatly inside the cylinder which doubles as the solar charging base!

Luci string lights can be recharged via solar or USB. When the battery is fully depleted, you’ll need about 8 hours to charge your string lights via USB.

To fully charge via the solar panel, you’ll need about 16 hours. But again, using your Luci string lights at night and tossing them on your dash (or elsewhere in full sun) should top them off nicely during daylight hours.

Reviewers seem to love these lights and note that the light they provide is warm and subtle, offering a nice mood around the campsite, RV, or backyard.

You can also get the Luci solar string lights in a model that’ll cover 44 feet of area, and another model offers colored lights. We’ll link to all three below for your convenience.

MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights + Phone Charger: White 18' Rechargeable via Solar or USB-A, 100 Lumens LEDs, Lasts Up to 20 Hours, Waterproof, Camping, Backyard, and Travel
  • BUILT-IN RECHARGEABLE 2000 mAh LITHIUM-ION BATTERY. With 100 lumens across an 18 ft cord, mobile charging, and lasting up to 20 hours on a single...
  • BRIGHT AND LONG LASTING. Emitting 100 lumens of power via 20 warm white LEDs across an 18 ft cord, this light provides up to 20 hours of light on a...
MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights + Power Hub: White 44' Rechargeable via Solar or USB-C, Detachable 44 ft Cord, 140 Lumens LEDs, Lasts Up to 40 Hours, Waterproof, Camping, Pool/Patio, Travel
  • EXTRA LONG 44' DETACHABLE CORD WITH THREE POWER MODES: Featuring a detachable 44 ft cord, you can you can remove and recharge the power hub or charge...
  • POWERFUL, RECHARGEABLE 4000 mAh BATTERY WITH TWO CHARGING OPTIONS: The built-in high efficiency solar panel means that no batteries are needed. The...
MPOWERD Luci Color Solar String Lights + Phone Charger: Color 18' Rechargeable via Solar or USB-A, 100 Lumens LEDs and 7 Colors, Lasts Up to 15 Hours, Waterproof, Camping, Pool/Patio, and Travel
  • BUILT-IN RECHARGEABLE 2000 mAh LITHIUM-ION BATTERY. With 6 colors of ambiance across an 18 ft cord, mobile charging, and lasting up to 15 hours on a...
  • BRIGHT AND LONG LASTING. Emitting 6 colors (violet, turquoise, green, blue, pink, white) via 20 multi-color LEDs across an 18 ft cord, this light...

Gas-Powered Lanterns

Gas-powered lanterns are camping classics, though perhaps less popular than they once were now that long-lasting rechargeable batteries and solar charging are available.

That said, though, they’re still popular with many campers, especially those who backpack for longer. Many of these campers carry a bit of fuel for cooking and gas-powered lanterns that use the same fuel.

Let’s take a look…

Primus EasyLight Lantern

The Primus EasyLight camping lantern uses isobutane fuel canisters. If you’ve already got a Primus butane camping stove, this may be the lantern for you. Invented in Sweden (and made in Europe), this little lantern weighs only 6.6 ounces and takes up just 4.5 inches of space.

These lanterns are called “EasyLight” thanks to their “EasyTrigger” piezo igniter that lets you bring light to the lamp with the push of a button. They also offer adjustable brightness with a maximum output of 490 lumens.

Like a gas stove, run time decreases in cold weather, but in a warm climate, you’ll get about 10 hours of light before needing a refill. (Gas is not included with the lantern.) Speaking of chilly weather, fuel-burning lanterns do give off some heat (in this case, 1100 BTUs), so they can help keep you warm in your tent/car/RV.

The Primus EasyLight comes with a hard plastic carrying case and a wire hanger. Just remember that it’s got a glass casing which makes it vulnerable to cracking or breaking if it’s dropped or mishandled.

Primus - EasyLight Lantern with Piezo Igniter
  • LIGHT REGULATION - With an adjustable brightness corresponding to a maximum of 490 lumens, the EasyLight will brighten your evenings on all of your...
  • EASY TO USE - The EasyTrigger Piezo igniter allows you to effortlessly light the Easy Light Lantern with the push of a button.

Coleman Gas Lantern

This gas lantern runs on propane, and the small Coleman propane canisters commonly found on the shelves of big box stores serve the purpose perfectly.

Although one of the larger lanterns featured in this post at 1.5 pounds and 9 x 8.75 x 10.13 inches, it offers a LOT of light. When set on high, this lantern will give you 1,000 lumens, casting its light up to 72 feet! One 16.4 oz. propane cylinder will give you up to 7.5 hours of runtime on high (1,000 lumens is a lot of light!) or 13 hours on low.

An important feature of the Coleman gas camping lantern is that it has a pressure regulator so it can be used in extreme weather conditions and at high altitudes.

It’s user-friendly with a push-button igniter that requires no match or other flame source to light. The ventilator is porcelain-coated, which helps resist corrosion and rust.

The globe of the lantern is glass, but it has a high-temp tolerance to protect it from heat damage. Still, a glass globe can break if dropped from a significant distance so bear that in mind.

A two-pack of Insta-Clip #21 mantles (1,000 lumens) is included with the lantern as is a sturdy carrying case that’s integrated into the base.

Coleman provides a 3-year limited warranty with these popular propane lanterns.

Coleman QuickPack 2-Mantle Propane Lantern with Carry Case, 1000 Lumens Lantern with Adjustable Brightness & Push-Button Starter, No Matches Needed, Great for Camping, Power Outage, & More
  • LUMENS: Up to 1,000 lumens on high casts light up to 22 meters
  • COMPACT STORAGE: Space-saving design integrates the base into the carry case

Lanterns Powered By Hand-Crank

Though not as popular as many of the options above, in an emergency, the ability to power a camping lantern by hand-turning a crank could be a lifesaver.

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Camping Lantern

This 600-lumen LED lantern with internal 5,200-mAh lithium battery from Goal Zero can actually be charged in any of three different ways: built-in hand-crank, USB, or solar (using a separate solar panel, not included with this lantern).

When using the hand crank, 1 minute of cranking will power the light for 10 minutes on its lowest setting.

This versatile camping lantern weighs 1.1 lbs and has collapsible legs for compact storage. When expanded for maximum light dispersion, it stands about 6 1/2 inches tall. It has a built-in handle for easy carrying or hanging.

These Goal Zero rechargeable lanterns also have USB output so that you can use the lantern to power small devices such as your smartphone, tablet, headlamps, flashlights, etc. This makes them doubly useful, since they effectively can become a hand-cranked power pack to recharge ALL of your electronic gear!

Lighthouse 600 Multi Functional Adjustable Light Perfect for Camping, Outdoor Events, or Emergency use Lumens USB Charging of Phones and Small Devices Long-Lasting Lithium Battery.
  • CAMPING LANTERN: Directional and adjustable LED light, up to 600 lumens. Recharge the internal battery from any USB port, from the sun with a Goal...
  • SOLAR CHARGER: Internal lithium battery boasts 5200 mAh with a USB output, enough power to charge phones, headlamps, tablets, LED flashlights and all...

RunningSnail Emergency Crank Light and Weather Radio

Rather than strictly a camping lantern, this is actually a 4,000 mAh portable weather radio (AM/FM/NOAA), flashlight, reading lamp, and cell phone charger for emergency purposes. So, this option gives you light, weather updates, an SOS signal, and a charging source.

It contains two 2,000 mAh lithium polymer batteries (included) for a total of 4,000 mAh. They can be charged via USB (recommended for non-emergency use), solar, and via hand crank (recommended for emergency use).

To use the hand-crank charging feature, you’ll turn the handle steadily at 130 rpm (rotations per minute) for about one minute. That’s a fair amount of hand-cranking, but it’ll give you a fairly high beam 3-mode flashlight for 30 minutes or use of the emergency radio for about 6 minutes.

It also has a cool feature described as a “motion sensor reading lamp” for getting up in the middle of the night. (It illuminates when you get up!)

The NOAA weather radio offers 7 NOAA channels to give you the latest emergency weather information, and the battery is capable of providing an emergency partial charge to a couple of cell phones for communication.

RunningSnail states that they offer tech support as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee and an 18-month replacement promise.

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  • ★【 Newest Design MD-090P】Based on MD-090 emergency flashlight radio, we've optimized and upgraded a lot of features. A biggest 4000mAh...
  • ★【The Most Powerful Life Saver Radio】Nature is unpredictable, but you can be prepared and ready in the face of her fury. The emergency crank...

Do You Have a Favorite Camping Lantern?

We’re always open to hearing about other products that our fellow RVers and campers love and find especially useful. If you’ve got a camping lantern that you think is worth mentioning, please drop us a comment below and we’ll take a look!

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Larry Lee

Sunday 25th of February 2024

DURACELL makes an excellent camping lantern. It is powered by lithium batteries charged by solar and USB. Backup battery power is 4 D-cells. lighting is all LED and very bright. It has two light level settings plus the usual red and blinking red options. Complete with USB A and C ports so you can charge cell phones etc. with it. It is not extremely lightweight at just under 3 pounds including the 4 D-cells and 1 3/4 pounds without them. I have been pleased with the design and function having used it for over a year. I got mine on sale for $20


Monday 26th of February 2024

Thanks for sharing and the great tip, Larry. We'll have to check it out!

Rita Warfield

Saturday 11th of March 2023

I love my Coleman gas lantern, so bright and love the sound it makes. May be old fashioned but never liked the battery operated ones, went through batteries too fast. Solar seems to be unreliable when camping in the rain. Do like the emergency radio crank one though, it is so versitile for many things and the light is pretty good but not too far reaching. Just get out and camp my friends!!


Sunday 26th of February 2023

UCO Candle lanterns are wonderful too.

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