Best Backpacking Lanterns

Best Backpacking Lanterns

Bringing a quality backpacking lantern makes a big difference when on a backpacking trip. Nights can get cold and dark, and it is great to have a lantern to light up your campsite. However, there are certain things that you should look for in a backpacking lantern.


As with all backpacking gear you should consider how much weight you are adding to your backpack.


You should try to find a smaller, more compact lantern to take with you backpacking so that you can leave more space for other items.


Consider how bright a lantern you want. All the lanterns on this list are bright enough to light up your campsite.

Battery Life

Make sure that you aware how long your lantern can run on full charge. The longer the battery life the better.

Check out the best backpacking lanterns below:

Vont 2 Pack LED Camping Lantern

This lantern is super bright and has very long battery life. With 360 degrees of brightness, this LED lantern is great for lighting up the night. It is small and durable and compacts down to easily pack into your backpack. It is made of high-quality materials and is water resistant.

Additionally, this lantern has 90 hours of battery life, so you do not need to worry about running out of power in the wilderness.

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LuminAID Solar Inflatable Lanterns

This lantern is great because it is super lightweight and compact, making it great for backpacking. This lantern is solar charging so you can recharge it during the day and can then run up to 12 hours after each full charge. It can also be charged by USB.

Not to mention, this lantern is waterproof and durable. With all these features we believe this is one of the best lanterns for backpacking.

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Lander Cairn XL Waterproof Power Bank and Bluetooth Lantern

This palm sixed light has 350 lumens and can couple as both a lantern and a hand light. Attached to a bungee cord, you can hang this light to light up in your campsite. This lantern is highly durable and waterproof making it one of the stronger and longer lasting camping lanterns. It can withstand falls and drops and keep doing its job.

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Goal Zero Crush Light Solar Powered Lantern

This backpacking lantern is great since it packs down very small but does not cost too much. At 60 lumens, this lantern is not incredibly bright but can be enough for many backpackers. This rechargeable lantern weighs 3.2 ounces and collapses neatly to take up very little space in your pack. Plus, it has close to 30 hours of runtime per charge, which beats out many other high-quality lanterns.

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LE LED Camping Lantern Rechargeable

This rechargeable lantern is compact and durable. Its small size and lightweight construction make it perfect for backpacking. However, its brightness can pack a punch. It is also waterproof making it able to withstand rain or other wet situations.

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