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What’s the Best Camping Lantern?

I'm looking for a good, stable lantern to light up my campsite. What do you recommend?

What’s the Best Camping Lantern?

Photo: Dalibor Sevaljevic

Headlamps may be a backpacker's best friend, but for campsite and family use, you can't beat a good lantern. Most lights are under a pound, and thanks to LED bulbs inside, can last an entire trip and more. Most have a stable plastic base for sitting on a table when you're making dinner or playing cards, and a loop for hanging from the dome of a tent. If you're nostalgic for the days of old kerosene lanterns, you can even get one with a flickering mode.

Read on for our favorite sources of illumination that aren't campfires.

Black Diamond Voyager
Snow Peak Mini Hozuki
d.light S20 Solar Lantern
L.L. Bean 10-Day Camp Lantern

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