Lanterns, flashlights or candles, lighting of some kind will be a must for most camping trips. Sometimes the moon will do a pretty good job for us but extra light will always make things easier.
So the need for some sort of lighting comes into play. Wouldn’t you know, as with anything else camping related, the options are numerous once again.
There are many different styles and types available. The same is true for flashlights.
As with most camping items, what to buy depends on how we camp.
• Are we walking a hundred yards into the timber or a hundred miles?
• Perhaps we are driving to camping spot and will be close to our car while camping.
• Then again, just maybe, we have given up on tents all together and are now camping in an RV or travel trailer.
In any case, we will most likely need light. Even if just to find that last piece of peanut butter pemmican in your backpack at midnight.
Word of caution: Bears like pemmican too!
If a person is backpacking they will most likely want something small compact and reliable.
Candles might be a good option except for the fire hazard. What might be better is a battery powered lantern.
One popular backpacking illuminator is the Black Diamond Orbit. It uses Four AAA batteries has a dimming function plus a high setting of(45) lumens and low setting of (10) lumens.
What is a lumen? It is simply a measurement of how much illumination a light source puts off.
Lights are generally categorized by wattage which is measurement of power consumption. A few years ago companies were asked to list the lumens too or instead.
This one is battery powered which might be a great option.
Extra batteries would be a plus on longer camping trips.
Primus LED model.
There are also some that use the same fuel as the small backpacking stove. Though, if you want cook after dark this may present a problem.
The convenience might work for some or even most people. It really depends on what works for the individual.
Maybe a small battery powered model would have light enough. An ultra-light backpacker might have a better option for their style of camping.
Without the issues of size and weight, there are more options for the car camper.
Fuel options remain about the same. However the light requirements may be greater for a family that wants to sit around the picnic table playing cards late into the night.
An old style kerosene lanterns puts out just about the right amount of light for a table or for cooking. While some more powerful propane or multi-fuel ones might be too bright.
Some of the more powerful will light up a whole campsite though. It really depends on what the need is.
Here are some examples.