Unlike most pocket-sized flashlights, Nitecore’s LA10 provides a soft, even flood light, so you can use it like a portable lantern. It outputs up to 135 lumens from a single AA battery, and has a magnetic tail cap for sticking to a car hood or other metal objects. Need more brightness? Check out the 1000-lumen Nitecore LR12.
THE BEST Lanterns
This rechargeable flashlight is built into a spring-loaded carabiner clip that easily attaches to bags or belt loops. Its bright, diffuse LED light can swivel 90 degrees, and has 350 lumen, 160 lumen, SOS, and strobe modes. It also has magnets for easy mounting on steel surfaces.
LuminAID’s useful solar powered lantern gets transformed into a portable Jack-o-lantern. This 4.75″ inflatable cube runs on sunshine, and can light up in one of nine colors to add a festive touch to your Halloween festivities. It includes a variety of stickers for your kids to decorate with.
Need a super bright and diffuse light source when working on projects? This plug-in 54-watt, 6000-lumen LED lamp kicks out a ton of light, and evenly distributes it in a 360-degree circle. Uses 162 individual LEDs to create smooth, shadow-free light. Measures appx. 12″ high x 5″ diameter.
This portable LED light source works not only as a lantern, but as a spot-beam flashlight, and a mood light with a flickering yellow flame effect. It collapses down to just 3-1/2″ x 6″ for easy packing. Save 28% in The Awesomer Shop.
Striker’s compact lantern provides up to 220 lumens from its 1-watt LED, casting light out of its dual-purpose domed reflector for smooth, shadow-free illumination. It’s waterproof, and can be hung rightside-up, upside-down, placed on a flat surface, or even floated on water.
UCO’s compact lantern provides a warm, natural source of light anywhere. It collapses to just 4.25″ tall, then expands to make room for a candle, surrounded by a windproof glass chimney. Its refills burn up to 9 hours, and a spring mechanism keeps its flame centered.
UCO’s Sprout is a camping lantern that delivers up to 100 lumens of light. Yet it measures only 2.5″x 2.5″x 1.9″ and weighs just 2.7oz. Its light is dimmable and can be switched to blue for daytime use. Its lanyard attaches magnetically for easy connection and removal.
This waterproof LED lantern doubles as a Bluetooth speaker with 360º sound. Its 4400 mAh battery offers up to 24 hours of light, or can recharge gadgets too. Its 400 lumen light source has 5 modes including bright white, red, color fade, music synced, and emergency.
Coleman’s new lantern is a great backyard accessory or camping centerpiece. Aside from providing 360º of dimmable light, the lantern also serves as a Bluetooth speaker. It lasts up to 20h while playing music, 40h while providing light, and up to 5h with both functions on.
The Nextorch UL360 weighs just 4oz and is only 3.1″ long. It has a magnetic base, an elastic strap and S-biner. Combine those with its 360º rotation and you have a lamp that can be positioned practically anywhere and at any angle. It’s on Massdrop until 2/24 for just $18.
Gear Aid’s LED area lights offer three selectable color temperatures and 10 brightness levels. They double as a USB battery pack, and can be mounted on a tripod. Available in 60 LED/320 lumen/10,400 mAh and a super-bright 82 LED/640 lumen/20,800 mAh versions.
A waterproof lantern you can take anywhere thanks to its inflatable design. It squishes down almost flat, and when filled with air, its body diffuses light. A built-in solar panel lets it charge when you don’t have a USB power source around. Available with white or RGB LEDs.
An outdoor light which allows members of your party to carry their own lamps, then snap them back into a docking station for a bright 190 lumen area light at your base camp. The lantern runs up to 75h on 8 D-cells, while each panel has an NiMH battery for 1.5h runtime.
This battery-powered lantern provides a bright, directional light source which can be stood up, flipped over, or hung from above. In addition to its quick-charger microUSB port, it can be juiced up via its three solar panels. Offers two brightness modes, plus an SOS flashing mode.
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