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Which LED Lantern is Right for You?

When the lights go out, you may need more than a flashlight or headlamp. How can you know which LED lantern is right for you?

  Which LED Lantern is Right for You?

There are many LED lanterns on the market today, but how do you know which one will fit your needs?

The answer to that question, leads to other questions.

“What do you want to do with this lantern?”

“Do you want it to do more, than just provide light?”


Desires and Requirements for Lanterns

  • Provide light to an area
  • Provide a nightlight to your children during a power outage or while camping
  • What size batteries
  • Multiple battery options?
  • Flexible mounting and deployment options
  • Can it charge other devices (yes, they can do that now, too)

The options, available for modern LED lanterns, provide a great level of flexibility and functionality.

Examples of LED Lanterns and Their Features

Here are some examples, of LED lanterns , that offer features from awesome to basic.

Energizer Weatheready 360 Degree LED Area Lantern

  • Three-mode – Modes include 55-lumen white high, 28-lumen white low, and amber nightlight
  • Dual battery options – Runs on three AA or three D batteries (three AA Energizer Max Alkaline batteries included)
  • Glow in the dark push button switch
  • Fold out hanging hook on underside/bottom
  • Waterproof (to one meter)

Run times with three AA Energizer Max Alkaline Batteries: High Mode–29 hours, Low Mode–58 hours
Run times with three D Energizer Max Alkaline batteries: High Mode–195 hours, Low Mode–380 hours

 Mr. Beams MB470 UltraBright LED Lantern51e9M2muTVL

  • 260 lumen – Two light modes; Bright and Dim.
  • Powered by 4 D-cell batteries.
  • 30 hrs of light on one set of batteries.
  • USB battery backup charging port allows you to charge a smartphone or mobile device.
  • Auto shut-off feature turns this LED lantern off automatically after 60 minutes.
  • Fold out hanging hook on underside/bottom
  • Cover is removable, to act as a super-bright flashlight (or an overhead light)
  • Weatherproof and water-resistant for use indoors and outdoors.


 Rayovac Sportsman LED Lantern SE3DLN

  • 4-watt LEDs, 240 lumens – Three modes; high, low, and strobe
  • Easy find green LED light blinks every 5 seconds when lantern is off
  • Runs on three D batteries (not included); run time 40 hours (high mode) and 90 hours (low mode)
  • Fold out hanging hook on underside/bottom
  • Cover is removable to act as an overhead light
  • Durable and water-resistant, this lantern is backed by a full lifetime warranty
 MPOWERD Luci Original Inflatable Solar Lantern

  • 3 modes – Bright, Super-Bright, Emergency Flashing
  • Solar powered
  • Rechargeable
  • Holds a charge for up to 12 hours and stays bright all night
  • Inflatable and Packable
  • Lightweight (4 ounces)
  • Waterproof Lantern



As you can see some LED lanterns do much more than just provide light to an area. They can show us where they are by glowing or flashing a light, They can be hung overhead as a lamp, they can be used as chargers or provide a soft amber light to comfort our children, tucked in, safely in their beds.

Before you try to find an LED lantern, make a list of the features, that you’d like to have, so that you can get a LED lantern that meets as many of your needs as possible.



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