Lanterns have come a long way in human history, from the very first spark that created a fiery torch, to the microtechnology that is producing some of the world’s most powerful lights today. Attention to safety and efficiency are paramount, but versatility is another big trend that’s producing some very interesting light sources. Because we believe that all camp gear should be multi-functional, we are huge fans of these versatile lanterns we found at SunnySports. Don’t be left in the dark — get your hands on one of these awesome lanterns!
If you’re trying to save money on batteries, this combination candle lantern and LED flashlight lantern from UCO may be just the thing. Candles and camping don’t usually mix well because of the potential for spilling wax and causing fires, but this candle lantern has all the angles covered. This cool little lantern comes in polished aluminum, and the top of the candle housing, including the glass chimney, telescopes down into the base to protect it during travel, while the base acts as the body for the LED flashlight. The candle holder is spring loaded to ensure even burning, and each candle (3 included) burns for 9 hours. The LED light runs on two button-style batteries with a total run time of 40 hours, offering plenty of backup lighting should the candles run out. The LED light also works independently, and has its own kick stand as well as a head strap for the ultimate in versatility. Comes with a carrying bag, 3 paraffin 9-hour candles, LED lamp, and housing.
This is no ordinary lithium flashlight, folks — this is some secret spy action here. The Exponent 1 flashlight from Coleman doubles as a lantern, which is great for those times when you’d rather not be holding your flashlight in your teeth because you need to use your hands. At its most powerful, the Exponent puts out 115 lumens of bright white light, while 5 red LED lights are also included for better night vision. A rotating collar switches between red and white LEDs, while a Smart Switch controls light levels and energy controls. The collapsible lantern screws directly into the flashlight’s bezel threads, making this versatile flashlight a worthy replacement for bringing separate items.
This may end up being the last lamp you’ll ever need, whether you’re camping, lost, or just doing anything in the dark. The LumaPivot light from Kelty is as versatile as it is powerful with pivoting panels of 15 Nichia LED lights per panel, providing an adjustable output of 110 or 60 lumens. Each LED bulb is positioned precisely to provide a wide area of focus on the subject for clear illumination. The swiveling panels ensure you can get light into cramped spaces or awkward angles, and the shockproof ABS plastic and aluminum frame weighs in at less than a pound, making it portable enough to take everywhere. It runs on 6 AA batteries, with 6 hours of burn time using both panels, and 12 hours of burn time just using one, so rechargeable batteries would definitely be a must here. But for all the benefits and the price, this little lamp can’t be beat!