Gone are the days of unreliable incandescent flashlights/lanterns that just drain batteries and burn out quickly. LED rechargeable lanterns are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs, using one tenth of the energy, providing a much brighter light output and last much longer. Whether you plan on going camping, working outdoors during the night, or want to insure some security in case of an emergency, a good LED rechargeable lanterns will keep you covered.
There are a few things to look for in an LED lantern. First is that you want the lantern to have a high lumen rating, also known as the amount of light it produces. Secondly, you want that light output to have variable settings to fit your needs. They should also provide value in a some way, preferably over the long term. Having an affordable price, strong battery life, durable construction such as a waterproof body, and portable design are all good ways to raise its value. With that said, here are the top 10 choices for rechargeable LED lanterns.
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- 10. Rayovac SE3DLNACOM Sportsman 240 Lumen 3D LED Lantern
- 9. Ultra Bright LED Lantern – Camping Lantern – for Hiking, Emergencies
- 8. Streamlight 44931 The Siege Lantern, Coyote
- 7. S20 Solar Rechargeable LED Lantern Camping Light for Camping, Tent, Climbing
- 6. Energizer Weatheready 360 Degree LED Area Lantern
- 5. Image Portable LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan
- 4. WeatherRite LED Outdoor Traditional Look Lantern with efficient LED lighting
- 3. Coleman Premium Dual Fuel Lantern with Hard Carry Case
- 2. UST 30-Day LED Rechargeable Lanterns
- 1. Decko OutDoor 30300 LED 300 Lumen Camping Lantern
10. Rayovac SE3DLNACOM Sportsman 240 Lumen 3D LED Lantern
The Sportsman by Rayovac is built rugged, and provides a bright light when you need it with its efficient 4W 240 lumen LEDs. It has a continuous run time of 40 hours on its high setting and 90 hours on its low setting. In addition to that, it has a strobe setting. Even when you’re operating in the darkness, there is a green LED on the front that blinks every 5 seconds when the unit is off. The housing for the lantern is durable and water-resistant, which makes it great for camping.
9. Ultra Bright LED Lantern – Camping Lantern – for Hiking, Emergencies
This lantern by Divine LEDs is versatile and compact. This lantern is compatible with rechargeable batteries, which gives it a boost in long-term value. It is also extremely durable and water proof, touting construction from military grade materials. Its most unique feature is its lightweight, collapsible design. When opened up fully to expose the lights and raised handles, it measures 25.4 cm. However, you can collapse down the handles and light portion with a simple push, so it measures only 12.4 cm.
8. Streamlight 44931 The Siege Lantern, Coyote
The 44931 Siege by StreamLight has a rugged design and delivers great performance. In its low light mode, it can run up to 295 hours continuously. It features multiple LEDs to provide lighting at 4 different settings: high, medium, low and red. It can output 340lm, 175lm, 33lm, and 10lm respectively. The design has a great copper and matte black finish, and it is constructed with durable materials. You can even remove the globe to reduce its size by collapsing it down. It uses 3 D cell alkaline batteries, and also comes in a small size if necessary.
7. S20 Solar Rechargeable LED Lantern Camping Light for Camping, Tent, Climbing
The d.light S20 has a simple aesthetic and inexpensive price tag, and does not disappoint in the performance department. Its most unique feature is that it can be recharged via state-of-the-art solar panels as well as through its AC adapter. This renewable source of energy greatly improves its long-term value. Its rugged design can resist impacts, dust, insects and most weather conditions. In addition to that, its design lends itself to many versatile uses; it can be set, hung or carried in a multitude of positions. It has two brightness modes which can run for 8 hours on low, and 4 hours on high.
6. Energizer Weatheready 360 Degree LED Area Lantern
The Energizer Weatheready is a cheap, yet effective LED lantern. It is made from durable plastic for its housing and an impact resistant rubber base. It runs on 3 AA batteries or 3 D cell batteries. It comes equipped with 4 LEDs with access to 3 different light output settings. This includes 55 lumen at its highest, 28 lumen on low, and a dim amber nightlight. The globe is made out of a plastic that diffuses the light to ensure even, 360 degree coverage.
5. Image Portable LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan
If you’re looking for versatile gear for your next camping getaway, this Deluxe Combo model by Whetstone will be sure to please. This model combines a solid LED lantern with a fan, delivering extra value to you. It can hang upside down with its hanging hook, or you can stand it upright and direct the fan. Its 18 LEDs can last up to 37 hours off a single set of batteries. For continuous fan operation, it can handle 50 hours at low speed and 30 hours at high. If you want to have both the lantern and fan on at the same time, it can last up to 16 hours.
4. WeatherRite LED Outdoor Traditional Look Lantern with efficient LED lighting
Get the best out of both worlds with the WeatherRite 5572. It has a fantastic traditional aesthetic, but with the modern efficiency of LED lighting. The wire-guarded glass globe holds LEDs that have up to 48 hours of battery life. It increase the illumination output, it uses reflectors to help distribute light. It has an adjustable light setting and a built-in hanger.
3. Coleman Premium Dual Fuel Lantern with Hard Carry Case
This lantern by ThorFire is super unique and another option if you’re looking specifically for a compact, lightweight design. Its bright orange shell can be collapsed down to just the size of your palm. It has 2 brightness levels: low at 15 lumens, and high at 75 lumens. It has two unique features also. It can be charged via USB, as well as hand crank. It can even charge your cellphone via hand crank in case of emergency.
2. UST 30-Day LED Rechargeable Lanterns
Ultimate Survival Technologies provides a high quality lantern with the UST 30-Day model. Its biggest feature is how much battery life it has. This lantern can last an incredible 30 days on its low setting and 32 hours on its high setting with its 1.4 watt LEDs. Its high setting lights up at 300 lumen, and uses three D batteries. It has 4 separate output modes: high, medium, low and SOS flashing. It is water and impact resistant, and the base comes with a built-in hook for stationary hanging.
1. Decko OutDoor 30300 LED 300 Lumen Camping Lantern
The 30300 series by Decko OutDoor delivers solid value at a cheap price. It has an output max of 300 lumens. It can be configured for high, low and strobe modes. This lantern can be used continuously up to 3 days on its high setting and twice as long on low setting. The high-efficiency LEDs are guaranteed to work over 100,000 hours and will never require replacement parts. You can easily hold this lantern with its ergonomic top handle, or hang it up with its built-in hook.