Lanterns are an essential piece of equipment to take camping or to use in emergencies when the power is out to provide light. LED lanterns are preferred because they last practically forever and you will not need to replace a bulb. The perfect choice is one that is bright enough to read by, but that also provides a lower output of a nice soft glow for ambient light especially for tent use.
Battery options vary with most using D cell batteries, but some use AA or even lithium rechargeable batteries. Also be aware of the size – many are now very small, but some are larger than you think and take up a lot of space if you are backpacking or camping. Prices range from about $25-$90 with plenty of good models in the lower price range.
Below you can read our top 5 best LED lantern reviews. We also have a lantern spec comparison chart at the bottom of this article to easily compare each model.
Powered by 3 D cell batteries it puts out an extremely bright 300 lumens on high and can last 30 days on the low setting which outputs a nice soft glow of 30 lumens which is perfect for tents. That light output is as good as you can get in a lantern as small as this one – 3.5 x 3.5 x 7.25 inches tall and weighs just 1 pound.
There really are no weaknesses on the UST 30-Day Duro, so we highly recommend it. We feel you should only look for another model if you want different features such as rechargeable batteries or a USB port for recharging your phone.
In addition to three brightness settings, there is a unique red LED function which outputs 10 lumens of red light which lets you preserve your night vision. The Streamlight 44931 also has D-rings incorporated into the top and bottom of the lantern so you can hang it upright or inverted.
About the only complaints we have are its weight compared to other models (31 ounces) and the lowest setting is still a bit brighter than other model’s lowest setting. Those are really minor problems and overall the Streamlight 44931 Siege 540 Lantern is outstanding and we highly recommend it.
Although it is not the brightest lantern, the Black Diamond Apollo scored high marks for its size, versatility, and durability. It weighs in at just 12.1 ounces with the 3 AA batteries and comes with a dimmer switch and battery life indicator. It has a unique tripod-like design with 3 rubber-tipped legs that make it easy to setup on uneven surfaces. It also has 2 opposing metal hooks which allows you to securely hang it from just about anything.
If you need super bright light then the Apollo might not be for you, but we do recommend it for anyone who just needs ambient campsite light.
The Lighthouse 400 has legs and a hanger to stand it up or hang, plus it can also recharge your electronic devices like your phone or tablet through a USB cable. It weighs 1.1 pounds with dimensions of 6 x 4.5 x 5 inches.
One other negative to the Goal Zero Lighthouse 400 is its proprietary 18650 battery which means if you ever need to replace the battery you have to buy the Goal Zero version, instead of a generic 18650 battery.
We don’t recommend this Goal Zero model for everyone, but if you want a rechargeable battery then this one is for you.
Overall this Ultimate Survival Technologies 10-Day Duro is a great choice for anyone concerned with price or size.
Best LED Lantern Comparison Chart
|LED Lantern Model||Rating||Price||Batteries||Highest Setting
|UST 30-Day Duro||9.4||32.99||3 D||700 lumens||22 hours||30 lumens||720 hours (30 days)||29 meters||Integrated Hook||18 oz||7.25 x 3.5 x 3.5||Limited Lifetime|
|Streamlight 44931 Siege||9.3||32.99||3 D||540 lumens||30 hours||55 lumens||295 hours (12 days)||D rings on top and bottom||31 oz (w/ batteries)||7.2 x 4 x 4||Limited Lifetime|
|Black Diamond Apollo||9.1||55.82||3 AA / Internal Rechargeable 2600mAh Li-ion||250 lumens||24 hours||10 lumens||150 hours||14 meters||Double hook hang loop||12.1 oz||5 x 3.5 x 3.5||1 year|
|Goal Zero Lighthouse 400||9||79.99||Internal Rechargeable 4400mAh Li-ion NMC||400 lumens||2.5 hours – 6 hours||?||24 hours – 48 hours||Integrated Handle||17.6 oz||6.5 x 4.5 x 5||1 year|
|UST 10-Day Duro||9||27.65||6 AA||250 lumens||26 hours||21 lumens||240 hours (10 days)||16 meters||Integrated Hook||14.6 oz||6.75 x 3 x 3||Limited Lifetime|
|Tough Light 400-LR||NR||65.94||Internal Rechargeable 6000mAh Li-ion||400 lumens||24 hours||40 lumens||200 hours (19.6 days)||Integrated Hook||20.8 oz||7 x 3.5 x 3.5||2 years|
|UST 60-Day Duro||NR||52.92||6 D||1200 lumens||41 hours||20 lumens||1440 hours (60 days)||39 meters||Integrated Hook||49.6 oz||9.5 x 4.8 x 5.1||Limited Lifetime|
|UST 7-Day Duro||NR||25.06||4 AA||310 lumens||12 hours||42 lumens||181 hours (7 days)||22 meters||Integrated Hook||8.8 oz||5.2 x 2.3 x 2.3||Limited Lifetime|
|Streamlight 44941 Siege||NR||24.99||3 AA||200 lumens||7 hours||50 lumens||37 hours||D ring on bottom||8.8 oz||5.44 x 2.37 x 2.37||Limited Lifetime|
|Streamlight 44947 Super Siege||NR||112.12||Internal Rechargeable 8800 mAh Li-ion||1100 lumens||5 hours||125 lumens||35 hours||D rings on top and bottom||30 oz||7.5 x 3.8 x 3.8||Limited Lifetime|