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Best Camping Flashlight Reviews: Complete Buyer’s Guide

Are you looking for the best flashlight for camping? Read on as we review all the top options with Pros & Cons

Being that flashlights are so important, there are endless options on the market. From simple models that are small enough to fit in your pocket to larger models that cast powerful beams and boast an array of features, you’ll have no shortage of camping flashlights to choose from.

While choice is definitely a good thing, it can also make shopping for the right camping flashlight a bit overwhelming.

So how do you know which one to choose? We’ve taken the liberty of doing the legwork for you. After scouring the Internet and looking at dozens of different camping flashlights and reading through endless customer reviews, we’ve select what we believe are the seven best models currently available.

Below, you’ll find a list of detailed reviews of our seven picks for the best camping flashlights. You’ll also find a handy buyer’s guide, which highlights the key features that you should take into consideration when you’re shopping for a flashlight.

To wrap things up, we’ve include answers to some of the most common questions consumers have about camping flashlights. With the information presented in this guide, you should be able to find the perfect option to suit your specific needs.

Our Top Pick

If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to read through our detailed reviews, this section is for you. Here, we over a brief overview of our picks for the best overall, premium, and budget camping flashlights.

Best Pick: Anker Rechargeable Boulder LC90 LED Flashlight

Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90 LED Flashlight, Pocket-Sized Torch with Super Bright 900 Lumens CREE LED, IPX5 Water-Resistant, Zoomable, 5 Light Modes, 18650 Battery Included
  • SUPER-BRIGHT: 900-lumen (max) Cree LED sweeps bright light over the length of about two football fields (660 ft / 200 m) and reaches nearly 1000 ft. Fully zoomable from wide to narrow beam. Features 5 adaptable settings: High / Medium / Low / Strobe / SOS.
  • LONG-LASTING: Up to 6 hours (Medium-beam mode) of powerful, non-diminishing brightness from the included premium rechargeable 3350mAh battery. LEDs boast an extended 50000-hour lifespan. Recharge in just 6 hours with a 1A adapter (not included) and the included Micro USB cable.
  • TOUGH & RELIABLE: IPX5-rated water resistant and designed for use in heavy rain. Its durable aluminum body and shock-resistance endure rough handling.
  • SMART DESIGN: A pocket-friendly compact chassis with an anti-slip finish holds fast in your hand or stands on-end as an emergency lamp.
  • WHAT YOU GET: Anker Bolder LC90 Flashlight, 18650 3350mAh rechargeable battery, Micro USB cable, wrist strap, welcome guide, and our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.

For the best overall camping flashlight, we chose the Anker Rechargeable Boulder LC90. A pocket-sized torch light, this flashlight casts 900 lumens Cree LED light up to 600 feet away; about the length of two football fields.

Premium Pick: Anker Ultra-Bright Tactical Flashlight

Anker Ultra-Bright Tactical Flashlight with 1300 Lumens, Rechargeable(26650 Battery Included), IPX7 Water-Resistant, Bolder LC130 LED with 5 Light Modes for Camping, Security, Emergency Use
  • ULTRA-BRIGHT: True 1300 lumens light output from 3 Cree LEDs. Sweep bright light beyond the length of two football fields (820 ft / 250 m) and reach over 1200 ft. Features 5 adaptable settings: High / Medium / Low / Strobe / SOS.
  • LONG-LASTING: Up to 6 hours of powerful, non-diminishing brightness from the included premium rechargeable 5000mAh battery. LEDs boast an extended 50000 hour lifespan. Recharge in 8 hours with a 1A adapter (not included) and the included USB cable.
  • TOUGH & RELIABLE: IPX7-rated water resistant—withstands water ingress when submerged for 30 minutes in one meter of water. Durable aluminum body and shock-resistance endure rough handling.
  • SMART DESIGN: Anti-slip coating holds fast in extreme conditions. Stands on-end for full-room illumination.
  • WHAT YOU GET: Anker Bolder LC130 Flashlight, 26650 Rechargeable Battery, Micro USB cable, wrist strap, welcome guide, and our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.

If you’re looking for a high-end flashlight for your camping trips and you have some room in your budget, consider the Anker Ultra-Bright Tactical Flashlight. Like our best pick, it’s made by Anker, one of the most reputable names camping gear, so you know it’s reliable, except that it puts out 1300 lumens from three Cree LEDs.

Budget Pick: GearLight LED Tactical Flashlights S1000 2 Pack

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GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight S1000 [2 PACK] - High Lumen, Zoomable, 5 Modes, Water Resistant, Handheld Light - Best Camping, Outdoor, Emergency, Everyday Flashlights
  • ULTRA BRIGHT & LONG-LASTING - Easily light up an entire room or focus in on objects up to 1000 feet away! 10 times brighter than old incandescent lights. Conveniently powered for hours with 3 AAA batteries or a single rechargeable battery. (Batteries not included)
  • COMPACT, ADJUSTABLE FOCUS, & FIVE MODES - 5 Useful Settings (High|Medium|Low|Strobe|SOS) and wide-to-narrow beam zoom makes it ideal for use around the house, dog walking, or camping. It is compact enough to fit in your pocket, backpack, or purse allowing for easy storage and quick access.
  • WATER RESISTANT & VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE - Built for rough handling, this flashlight can survive a 10-foot drop or being temporary submerged under water. You can even freeze or run it over with a truck and it will still work! Suitable for use in rain, snow, or emergency situations.
  • AS SEEN ON TV + BONUS - Same "military" tactical flashlight as seen on TV, shopping networks, and commercials but at a fraction of the price! Includes a bonus pouch/holster to safely store your flashlight.
  • EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, 2 FLASHLIGHTS & 2 BONUS CASES - Keep one in your car, one in your home, or gift one to a friend or family member. Every genuine GearLight comes with a one-year no questions asked replacement warranty and friendly customer service provided by GearLight, a U.S.-based company.

For campers who are looking for a reliable portable source of light that’s a bit more economical, the Gearlight LED Tactical Flashlights S100 is an outstanding option. Not only is it affordably price, but you also get two flashlights for less than what you would spend on one!

Camping Flashlight Reviews

Now that you’ve had a sneak peek at our top picks for the best overall, premium, and budget hunting flashlights, let’s dive in a little deeper. Below, you’ll find more detailed reviews of the three above-mentioned camping flashlights, as well as four additional models, and a pros and cons list for each one.

Anker Rechargeable Boulder LC90 LED Flashlight

The Anker Rechargeable Boulder LC90 LED Flashlight is our pick for the best camping flashlight overall. As mentioned, it offers a max of 900-lumen Cree LED light, which can sweep a powerful beam over 660 feet or the length of two football fields and the light can extend up to 1,000 feet away.

Thanks to the zoomable feature, you can adjust the beam from wide to narrow, and the five adaptable settings (high, medium, low, strobe, and SOS), you can get the right light for your specific needs and even call attention to yourself if an emergency arises.

The 3350mAh rechargeable battery provides up to 6 hours of non-diminishing light, and when you need to power up again, just recharge it using a Micro USB cable and a 1A adapter. In addition to offering reliable and customizable light, this flashlight is also extremely durable.

It has an IPX5 water-resistance rating, an anti-slip finish, and it’s shock-resistant, so there’s no need to worry if it does slip out of your hand or fall. It can stand up, too, and be used as emergency lamp and it’s also backed by an 18-month warranty and customer support.

Pros:
  • 900-lumen Cree LED light
  • Illuminates over 660 feet and can reach up to 1,000 feet
  • Wide-to-narrow adjustability
  • Five settings: high, medium, low, strobe, and SOS
  • Powered by a 3350mAh rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 6 hours
  • Aluminum, water-resistant, shock-resistant construction
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Comes with a Micro USB cable and a wrist strap
  • Packed by an 18 month warranty and customer support
Cons:
  • The 1A adapter to recharge the battery has to be purchased separately

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Anker Ultra-Bright Tactical Flashlight with 1300 Lumens

For our premium pick camping flashlight, we chose the Anker Ultra-Bright Tactical Flashlight with 1300 Lumens. It shares many of the same features as the Anker flashlight we chose as our best overall pick: it’s made of aluminum, features a slip-resistant coating, is shock-resistant, boasts a zoomable feature and offers five adaptable settings, for example; however, it also offers some more advanced features that make it a higher quality camping flashlight.

For example, it’s powered by a 5000mAh rechargeable battery as opposed to a 3350mAh rechargeable battery, it has an IXP7 water-resistance rating instead of a IPX5 rating, so it can be fully submerged in water up to 1 meter deep, and it offers 1,300 lumens from 3 Cree LED lights that can illuminate up to 820 feet and can extend out to 1,200 feet.

It can also stand up on its end ad be used to illuminate an entire room. Overall, the Anker Ultra-Bright Tactical Flashlight with 1300 Lumens is very similar to our best pick, except it’s more durable and provides more powerful light.

Pros:
  • 1300 lumens light from 3 Cree LEDs bulbs
  • Can sweep light up to 820 feet and extend to 1,200 feet
  • Five adaptable settings and a zoomable feature for customizable light
  • Offers up to 6 hours of non-diminishing brightness
  • Can be submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Aluminum, anti-slip coating, and shock-resistant construction
  • Can be used as an emergency lamp
  • Comes with a micro USB and wrist strap
  • Backed by an 18 month warranty and customer support
Cons:
  • It doesn’t come with a 1A adapter for recharging; it needs to be purchased separately

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GearLight LED Tactical Flashlights S1000 2 Pack

If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, the GearLight LED Tactical Flashlights S1000 2 Pack is definitely an option that you should consider. With this pack, you’ll get two powerful, durable, and reliable flashlights for the price of one, making it a really economical purchase.

Both lights can either illuminate an entire room or focus in on objects that are up to 1,000 feet away, feature wide-to-narrow beams, and offer five adaptable settings: high, medium, low, strobe, and SOS. With the ability to be powered by either AAA batteries or a rechargeable battery, you’ll always have reliable light wherever the trail takes you. Made of high-end aluminum, these flashlights are highly durable, yet lightweight and compact.

They can withstand 10 foot drops, be frozen, submerged in water, and even run over with a truck without being phased. This GearLight camping flashlight set also comes complete with two adjustable wrist straps and pouch/holster for convenient storage and carrying. On top of all of these benefits, everything is backed by a one-year replacement warranty and customer support service – and the price is really affordable.

Pros:
  • Can focus on objects that are up to 1,000 feet away
  • Powered by either AAA or rechargeable batteries
  • Adjustable wide-to-narrow focus and five adaptable light settings
  • Durable construction: shock- and water-resistant
  • Compact, lightweight construction
  • Comes with wrist straps and carrying cases/holsters
  • Two flashlights for the price of one
  • Backed by a one-year replacement warranty and customer support
  • Affordably priced
Cons:
  • A few users said they had problems with manufacturing defects

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Energizer LED Tactical LED Flashlight

Energizer is well-known for their durable, long-lasting batteries, and their tactical LED flashlight certainly lives up to the manufacturer’s reputation. It comes with an Energizer Max AA battery, though you can use any AA battery to power it.

Made of aircraft-grade aluminum, this flashlight is built to withstand falls and impact and has an IPX4 water resistance rating, so it can stand up to almost anything that comes its way.

The LED beam has three light modes (high, low, and strobe) that can reach up to 210 feet on the high mode and can last for up to 10 hours on low mode. It also has a built-in clip so you can attach it to a belt, a pocket, a bag, or even on the side of your sleeping bag.

Pros:
  • Features three modes: high, low, and strobe
  • Can illuminate up to 210 feet on high mode
  • Lasts for up to 10 hours on low mode
  • Comes with an Energizer Max AA battery and can be powered by any type of AA battery
  • IPX4 water-resistance rating
  • Made of aircraft-grade aluminum; lightweight and durable
  • Shock-resistant
  • Built-in clip
Cons:
  • Some users said that it lost brightness after extended use

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Buysight Rechargeable Spotlight

If you’re on the market for a super powerful camping flashlight, consider the Buysight Rechargeable Spotlight. Featuring a 6000 lumens main flood light and a side light with a red and blue warning function with Cree XHP-70.2 LED beads, this flashlight provides plenty of reliable light to illuminate your way.

With three brightness modes – strong, weak, and SOS – you can adjust the settings to get the perfect amount of light. The multifunctional side light can be used as a camping light or warning light if you encounter foggy or hazy weather.

With an aerospace aluminum ally shell, this handheld spotlight camping flashlight is lightweight, yet extremely durable. The on-off switch is covered with a soft material that makes it easier to turn on and off and the advanced pilot circuit shortens the reaction time.

A comfortable ergonomic handle makes it easy to grip and use as a spotlight while you’re on the move and the included work light bracket allows the flashlight to be used as a lamp. This flashlight is rechargeable and comes with a 5.5 mm x 2.1 mm DC charger and features a built-in USB output port that you can use to charge your phone, camera, MP3 player, or any other type of USB-powered device while you’re camping.

Pros:
  • Features enhanced Cree 2 LED 6000 lumens light
  • Has spotlight, side light, and a warning light that flashes blue and red
  • An ergonomic handle makes it easy to grip and control
  • Outfitted with a work bracket to use as a table lamp
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Features a built-in USB port
  • A built-in shoulder strap hole can be used to attach a shoulder strap
  • Shatterproof glass
  • Double deck light cup for improved light focus and heat dissipation
  • Made of aerospace aluminum alloy material for extreme durability
Cons:
  • Some users said that it wasn’t as bright as they thought it would be

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Elmchee Rechargeable Headlamp

With the Elmchee Rechargeable headlamp, you’ll have access to reliable hand-free light so that you can see what you’re doing when you’re camping and still have total use of both hands.

Just position the adjustable strap onto your head, flip the switch on, and the headlamp will cast plenty of light so that you can easily steak a tent, cut firewood, start a fire, and roast marshmallows. The LED headlamp features six powerful super bright LEDs to thoroughly illuminate the space, and it’s powered by a 1500mAh rechargeable battery.

The lifetime LED lights can run for over 100,000 hours and should never need to be changed. With four modes, including high, low, all, and an SOS strobe, you’ll have the perfect amount of light when you need it. You’ll also be able to choose high, low, and red light to accommodate the particular setting you’re in.

The headlamp swivels 90 degrees for precise illumination, too. With an IPX4 water-resistance rating, it withstands rain and splashes of water and Backed by a two year 100 percent refund policy, if you aren’t satisfied with this headlamp, you’ll receive a free-of-charge replacement or a refund.

Pros:
  • Adjustable headlamp for reliable hands-free lighting
  • Features six LED lamps
  • Four adaptable settings: High, low, red light, and SOS
  • Charged by a 1500mAh battery
  • IPX4 water-resistance rating
  • Lights last for more than 100,000 hours
  • Lightweight construction
  • Lamp swivels 90 degree
  • Backed by a two-year replacement or refund warranty
  • Comes with rechargeable batteries and charging tools
Cons:
  • A few users said that the instructions were difficult to follow

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EverBrite 2-in-1 Mini Lanters and Flashlights

As the name suggests, the EverBrite 2-in-1 Mini Lanterns and Flashlights, serves as a mini lantern and a flashlight in one convenient tool. The telescopic design easily transforms the light from a flashlight into a lantern, and measuring at just 4 inches tall before it’s expanded, it’s compact enough to fit in your pocket.

With a zoomable feature, you can focus the light on objects or illuminate an entire space. There are three adaptable settings, including high, low, and strobe, it can provide up to 99 feet of light or be used to call attention to yourself in the event of an emergency.

The removable hook can be attached to either side of the lantern for convenient lighting so you can hang it from your tent, stand it up on a flat surface, or carry it in your hand. The 360 degree lighting emitting design casts plenty of light for your camping and outdoor excursions.

Pros:
  • Convenient 2-in-1 mini lantern and flashlight design
  • Feature three modes and a zoomable feature for focus lighting or full-space illumination
  • Removable hook and compact design can be used as on a flat surface, hung from a tent, or as a handheld flashlight
  • 360 degree light emitting design casts light all around
  • Affordably priced
Cons:
  • Some users said that the strobe mode was too intense

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Other Best Selling Options

SaleBestseller No. 1
GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight S1000 [2 PACK] - High Lumen, Zoomable, 5 Modes, Water Resistant, Handheld Light - Best Camping, Outdoor, Emergency, Everyday Flashlights
  • ULTRA BRIGHT & LONG-LASTING - Easily light up an entire room or focus in on objects up to 1000 feet away! 10 times brighter than old incandescent lights. Conveniently powered for hours with 3 AAA batteries or a single rechargeable battery. (Batteries not included)
  • COMPACT, ADJUSTABLE FOCUS, & FIVE MODES - 5 Useful Settings (High|Medium|Low|Strobe|SOS) and wide-to-narrow beam zoom makes it ideal for use around the house, dog walking, or camping. It is compact enough to fit in your pocket, backpack, or purse allowing for easy storage and quick access.
  • WATER RESISTANT & VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE - Built for rough handling, this flashlight can survive a 10-foot drop or being temporary submerged under water. You can even freeze or run it over with a truck and it will still work! Suitable for use in rain, snow, or emergency situations.
  • AS SEEN ON TV + BONUS - Same "military" tactical flashlight as seen on TV, shopping networks, and commercials but at a fraction of the price! Includes a bonus pouch/holster to safely store your flashlight.
  • EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, 2 FLASHLIGHTS & 2 BONUS CASES - Keep one in your car, one in your home, or gift one to a friend or family member. Every genuine GearLight comes with a one-year no questions asked replacement warranty and friendly customer service provided by GearLight, a U.S.-based company.
Bestseller No. 2
Vont 2 Pack LED Camping Lantern, Super Bright Portable Survival Lanterns, Must Have During Hurricane, Emergency, Storms, Outages, Original Collapsible Camping Lights/Lamp (Incl. Batteries)
  • SUPER BRIGHT & LONG LASTING ––– Equipped with 30 crazy bright LEDs, this compact lantern cuts through 360 degrees of darkness on the stormiest, dimmest nights. Easily lights up the entire tent or room. Battery life lasts over 90 hours - that is 3x longer than our competitors and inferior copies.
  • COMPACT & LIGHTWEIGHT ––– Unique, patented collapsible design that reduces and increases the light as you collapse or expand the lantern. When collapsed it's as small as your phone. Easily fits in your backpack or emergency kit. Our lanterns are a life-saver in unpredictable situations like hurricanes or a zombie apocalypse.
  • WATERPROOF & INDESTRUCTIBLE ––– Constructed with aircraft grade materials: your lantern is able to survive a 10-foot drop, being temporarily submerged under water and even caffeinated toddlers. Our lantern is the original patented version and has better materials than inferior copies on the market.
  • MAKES A PERFECT GIFT 🎁 FOR ANYBODY ––– We all have a friend or a family member that loves going camping or just loves cool gadgets right?! When you gift them our amazing LED lantern they are going to be blown away by its functionality, compactness & brightness that they will be thanking you for days.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY ––– You’ll feel pleasantly surprised at the brightness, quality, durability, longevity and performance or we will refund your money no questions asked. Lifetime warranty & support provided by Vont. CE/ ROHs/ EMC certified.
Bestseller No. 3
LE Rechargeable LED Camping Lantern, 1000LM, 5 Light Modes, 3600mAh Power Bank, IPX4 Waterproof, Perfect Lantern Flashlight for Hurricane Emergency, Hiking, Home and More, USB Cable Included
  • 【Upgraded Super Bright】 This camping lantern equipped with CREE T6 LED Light, providing you with 1000 lumens brightness and 5 light modes. Moreover, irradiation distance is up to 1650ft.
  • 【Waterproof and Lightweight】 IP44 certification ensures the searchlight can prevent splashing water in all directions. Compared to its enormous size, it weights only 29.98 ounces, which makes it easy for even a children to pick it up and use it.
  • 【Rechargeable & 3600mAh Power Bank】 The camping light can also serve as a 3600mAh power bank for smartphone or mobile devices in emergency. Support USB cable (included) and 5V DC charger adapter (not included), not compatible with adapter over 5V voltage.
  • 【5 Lighting Modes】 With front spotlight mode (400-1000lm), left side mode (70-130lm) and right side red flashing mode, making it applicable to more scenarios, such as running, camping, jogging, fishing, bicycling, reading, repairing car, etc.
  • 【Two-Year Warranty】 We are so confident you will love LE camping lantern that we offer money back and customer service guaranty with two year warranty.
Bestseller No. 4
GearLight LED Headlamp Flashlight S500 [2 PACK] - Running, Camping, and Outdoor Headlamps - Best Head Lamp with Red Safety Light for Adults and Kids
  • SUPER BRIGHT & LONG-LASTING - Powerful U.S. developed XPG2 LED generates a powerful beam with daylight color and definition. Runtime of up to 45 hours on low and 3 hours on high. (Powered by 3 AAA batteries - not included.)
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND COMFORTABLE - Weighing only 1.8 oz (3 oz with batteries), it is the ideal headlamp accessories for runners and outdoor adventurers. The removable, washable, and adjustable headband comfortably fits adult and children alike.
  • WEATHER AND SHOCK RESISTANT - Water resistant and drop tested to stand up to harsh conditions, the S500 headlamp is suitable for rain or snow, indoors or outdoors. It is the perfect addition to your running, camping, fishing, hiking, backpacking, hunting, or cycling gear.
  • PIVOTING HEAD AND 7 MODES - The 45 degree adjustable headlight gives you the freedom to direct light exactly where you need it - even in tight spaces. Quickly choose from 7 lighting modes. (WHITE BEAM: Low, Medium, High, Strobe I RED BEAM: Low, SOS, Strobe)
  • EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, INCLUDES 2 HEADLAMPS - Keep one in your car, one in your home, or gift one to a friend or family member. Every genuine Gear Light comes with a one-year no questions asked replacement warranty and friendly customer service provided by GearLight, a U.S.-based company.
SaleBestseller No. 5
Flashlights, LED Tactical Flashlight S1000 - High Lumen, 5 Modes, Zoomable, Water Resistant, Handheld Light - Best Camping/Outdoor/Hiking/Flashlights/Gift-Giving/Emergency(Batteries Not Included)
  • Super lighting: S1000 High lumen flashlight LED bulb provides bright light, easily light up an entire room or focus in on objects up to 1000 feet away! Conveniently takes 3 standard AAA batteries or 1x18650 rechargeable button top Li-ion battery. (Batteries are not included. )
  • 5 modes: fit in your pocket, backpack, or purse allowing, survival bag, or car glove compartment for easy storage and quick access. Focus in or zoom out to sweep a large area. 5 settings replace the need for multiple flashlights: (high medium low strobe SOS) makes for a practical addition to any household or emergency kit.
  • Adjustable focus our flashlights utilize the latest durable CREE XML T6 LED chip, provides super bright light beam. Easy-controlled head-pulling zoom and easy mode-switch by light taps of button. Adjustable focus for use in different situations (just rotate torch head to adjust zoom)
  • , waterproof, explosion-proof. Lotus top can protect the lens, control cutting technology, This flashlight skid-proof, abrasion resistance and ordinary waterproof design for better experience. It's perfect for use in the rain, snow or emergency situations.
  • Perfect experience can be used in any place that needs, Light, beautiful design, Durable quality, Please feel free to Contact us if you have any questions, we will provide you with a perfect solution! And can you tell us your perfect experience?

Camping Flashlight Buyer’s Guide

Sharing stories around the warm glow of a fire. Staring up in amazement at the night sky. Listening to the crickets chirp as they lull you to sleep. There’s just something so magical about camping; especially when the sun goes down.  Despite all of the wonderfulness that comes along with spending time in the Great Outdoors after sunset, you do need to have a dependable source of light.

When there’s no electricity, a flashlight is the most reliable way to illuminate your surroundings. These handheld beacons are portable and can be used to light your way down paths, inspect for wildlife, and find your gear in your tent. In other words, a flashlight is one of the most vital pieces of camping equipment.

While we’ve featured seven of the best camping flashlights in this guide, you’re probably wondering which one to choose. When it comes to selecting a camping flashlight, you want to be sure that you choose the best one to suit your particular needs.

In order to do that, there are a few factors that you should take into consideration before you start shopping. As can be seen from the products we’ve featured, camping flashlights come in an array of styles and can offer a variety of features. To help you choose the right flashlight for you, we’ve outlined some of the most important factors to consider before you make a final decision.

Design

First and foremost, you should determine what type of design you want. Camping flashlights can be small handheld devices that can fit into your pocket, they can be larger lights that can be used as search lamps, headlamps, or they can be lanterns, for example.

When you’re thinking about which design will best suit your needs, consider how you intend on using it. If you want to have hands-free lighting that moves with you, a headlamp would likely be the best choice for you; however, if you prefer something that can be hung up and can illuminate an entire space, a lantern would probably better suit your needs.

Brightness Level

The brightness of a flashlight is measured in lumens. The more lumens, the more powerful the light will be. Typically, anywhere from 300 to 1000 lumens is considered suitable for camping; anything lower than 300 would be too dim to provide any usefulness and anything more than 1000 lumens might be too blinding.

A lot of camping flashlights also feature brightness settings – high, medium, and low – so you can switch from really bright task lighting to more subdue all-purpose lighting. In addition to controlling the amount of light that the flashlight puts out, these settings also help to conserve battery power, as they consume less energy when they’re on a lower setting.

Lighting Modes

Some flashlights also feature different modes. For example, strobe/SOS mode turns the flashlight into a blinking light that will draw attention to your location in the event that you’re in an emergency. A red light mode produces dimmer light without shrinking the pupil so you’ll be able to see more of your surroundings.

Zoomable Feature

A lot of flashlights also come equipped with a zoomable feature; that is, you can adjust the point of light so that it’s more focused on a specific object that’s far away or so that it filters out around you instead of just ahead of you to illuminate more of the space.

Size and Weigh

You’ll also want to consider the size and weight of the flashlight, as these two elements will have a direct impact on its portability. For example, you don’t want something that’s really big, bulky, and heavy, as it would be more difficult to tote around.

Power Source

It’s important to consider the power source of a flashlight, as well. Many are still powered by traditional batteries that need to be replaced once they run out of juice; however, many are also powered by rechargeable batteries.

The benefit of rechargeable batteries is that you don’t have to keep replacing them; however, when they die, you do need access to a source to recharge them. With standard batteries, the benefit is that when they die, you can just pop in a fresh set and you’ll be ready to go; but, the con is that you need to keep purchasing new batteries and you have to make sure that you have a spare set on you, otherwise you’ll be out of luck.

Other options include solar powered flashlights. While the power source is free, it isn’t always easy to access; in cloudy weather, for example, you may not be able to access enough solar energy to fully recharge the batteries.

Shake or faraday flashlights are another option, which, as the name suggests, get their power when you shake them. The benefit is that there’s no sun or batteries needed; the disadvantage is that you do need to vigorously shake the flashlight and might need to do so multiple times an evening to get the light you need.

Run Time

The run time refers to the number of hours that a flashlight will retain full brightness. With some designs, the light gradually diminished, while with others, the light can go from fully bright to suddenly dim.

Construction

When you’re camping, you can run into harsh conditions. Rain, snow, rivers, leaks, streams, and drops are some of the different conditions that you’ll experience. You want to be sure that the flashlight you choose is durably constructed and that it can withstand whatever it encounters. For example, water-resistance, shock-resistance, and shatterproof glass are elements that illustrate a flashlight has been durably constructed.

Camping Flashlight FAQs

Have questions about camping flashlights? In this portion of your guide, you’ll find answers to some of the questions that consumers most commonly ask about this all-important piece of camping equipment.

Should you bring more than one flashlight camping?

Yes, you should bring at least one backup. When you’re camping, you ever know what you’re going to encounter. Even if a flashlight is brand new, having a backup is a good idea because if you lose one or if it breaks, you’ll always have access to the light you need when you need it.

How do I know which style to choose?

The style you choose should be based on your unique situation. For example, if you want to easily illuminate your tent and a picnic table but you also to have a more streamlined and focused light, a handheld flashlight that can be transformed into a tabletop light would be a good option for you; however, if want hands-free light, a headlamp would be a better choice.

Can camping flashlights be used as emergency lamps?

Yes, if you purchase the right type. Camping flashlights that feature SOS or strobe settings can be used to call attention to your location in the event that you need assistance.

What power source should I choose?

Again, it depends on your specific needs. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint or just don’t want to keep spending money on batteries, a rechargeable or LED flashlight would be a good choice for you; however, if you always want to be sure that you have access to reliable light, a flashlight that uses standard batteries would be a better choice.

Conclusion

In this guide, we shared our picks for the best camping flashlights and provided useful information that you can use to help you select the right flashlight for your specific needs. Whether you’re purchasing one of the models we highlighted or you’re looking for something else, make sure you keep the information presented in our buyer’s guide section so you can find the best flashlight to suit your specific needs.

Happy camping!

Adrienne

Adrienne is a traveller and blogger with many years experience of the outdoors life. An adrenaline junkie at heart she loves to try different sports and activities all year round. With a degree in journalism she combines her love of sports with writing here at BeActiveOutdoors.com Contact adrienne@beactiveoutdoors.com

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