A light source during a camping trip is essential to extend leisure activities beyond daylight hours and as a safety device.
A few years ago, the typical blue cylinder models, the inseparable camping-gas and camping-light, have given way to a wide range of models and energy alternatives.
Among those reviewed here, we chose as the leader a rechargeable Lighting Ever model on its excellent brightness and low price and for having highly valued complementary features in these times, such as being able to charge the mobile through a USB slot.
The evolution of technology now makes it possible to opt for quality lamps at a reasonable price. Starting from that premise, then it will depend on the frequency of use or the most common environments in which it will be used.
In general, you can say that they are products that last, that they are effective, and transported efficiently.
Let us first list in detail what are the advantages of its use:
- Increased security whether it is used on the move or installed on an object.
- Verification and surveillance if a strange incident or sound arises in the surroundings.
- Emergency mechanism to call attention in a pinch.
Also, to enjoy outdoor dinners, read, or chat with friends looking at each other.
How to use it
It is a very easy-to-use product, but some recommendations should be made:
- Test its light intensity in an open place as if it is done indoors; the impression can be misleading.
- Check the batteries or the corresponding supply mode to not run out of light at the worst moment.
- If the lamp has different intensities, check that each of them works correctly.
Types by energy source
- Fuel: They have gradually lost much prominence since the times mentioned above of the blue gas cylinders.
However, we review the varieties:
- Propane: It is probably the gas that makes it possible to refine the intensity of the light in the lamp. They also provide the most similar light to what solar can be.
- Butane: Lighter than the previous ones, speedy and easy to ignite, but with the ‘but’ of its worst behavior when used in cold weather conditions.
- Kerosene: Almost a relic. Like the propane ones, the light is very well controlled. They are reliable and durable in return, yes, being very heavy as they are made of metal.
- Battery: Very safe as it eliminates all the risk of spilling any fuel.
- Its expansion has had a lot to do with the evolution of LED technology and its economical price.
- So much market has won to be today one of the majority elections. LED reliability has a lot to do with it.
- Solar: Unrivaled in the enormous advantage they represent in saving batteries and recharges. The most ecological with the logical disadvantage of taking an alternative as a precaution since if cloudy days come out, the efficiency decreases in a very noticeable way.
- Dynamo: They incorporate a doer to recharge the batteries at the stroke of a crank. A more exotic alternative.
What to keep in mind?
- Weight: That it is a light lamp will result in the comfort of transport. As we have already anticipated, there are already many small and lightweight options on the market that give excellent performance without hindering when moving. In any case, the handicap of the weight is much greater if you opt for the ‘backpacking’ route since if the transport is done by car or other means, the importance is reduced, not the size of what it can occupy Baggage.
- Intensity: Although, a priori, it seems clear that the higher the light output (measured in lumens), the better, it depends on the priority use made of the lamp.
You don’t need great light to avoid tripping over a backpack or obstacle, but if you want to read or play cards, yes. The problem is not such if you choose an adjustable brightness model, but it is not always essential to do so because it will affect the price.
- Duration: Also closely linked to camping mode. If you opt for a campsite, access to energy sources will be easier and, therefore, the time will be a more secondary factor. If the choice is to get lost in the bush, the duration is essential, and the savings in use.
Note that the duration range is extensive depending on the model chosen. We talk for 3 to 200 hours.
- Material: The material determines the resistance in a product with a high risk of falling or being subjected to the vagaries of the weather. An aluminum alloy can be a reasonably reliable material.
- Adjustable legs: An accessory that has its importance when it can be used frequently in rugged terrain. With the adjustable legs, we can put it straight no matter the place.
- Lighting Ever Rechargeable: Good light, reasonable price and charges the mobile
In this model, three priority aspects converge when choosing one lamp or another:
- It lights up nicely.
- The duration of its rechargeable battery is good (although it takes some time to recharge).
- The price is very reasonable.
The design is quite sober but practical. It must be clarified that it is a domestic alternative because it is not designed for large expeditions.
For standard camping, it complies with ease, and its power is very palpable, although it does not give to spend hours reading a book under the stars.
This domestic character makes it both versatile and recommended for the home, from power outages to repairs in dark areas.
One aspect that is highly valued, especially in these technological times, is its ‘power bank’ option that allows charging, for example, mobile phones through a USB input enabled in the lamp.
The handle greatly facilitates transport and the possibility of hanging it anywhere, be it a tree branch or inside any hook in the store.
Campingaz Gaslampe Camping 206: Classic evolved
The model maintains the spirit of the classic camping lamps, although evolving.
In this case, the disposable gas cartridge is inserted into the container, and, once inside, the gas outlet is graduated.
The great advantage of this option is the regulation and the incredible power of the light. The drawbacks, more attenuated with the evolution of materials and design, are that they are less safe than the battery ones and weigh more. In any case, nothing to do with what the first versions considered.
Of course, the manual ignition from before is maintained in this model since it does not have a piezoelectric switch to make the spark jump.
It has an added advantage for adverse climates since, in addition to light, it gives off some heat that is appreciated.
Lixada Solar: The sun as a motor
Small in size, powered by sunlight, and very economical. It is a good complement for the exterior with a more decorative design.
One of its most outstanding qualities is that it lasts a long time (it can reach eight hours) once charged.
As already mentioned in the types of lamps, the problem with these options is their dependence on sunlight to function.
It has a small dynamo-like crank at the bottom to recharge. That is, it is very versatile in this section.
Although it can be used, obviously, in camping, due to its design and characteristics, it is better integrated with gardens or patios.
Lighting EVER 3300010: Ideal for ‘backpackers.’
An excellent value for money in a small model, but with a more than powerful brightness.
It is one of the clearest examples of the evolution of this segment. For a more than reasonable outlay, you can have a high-performance camping lantern.
Highly recommended for ‘backpacking’ tourism due to its size and lightness. It also has high performance, such as three light modes (high, medium, and emergency) and a rechargeable battery. Perfect choice.
Hill 21 LED: Water-resistant
Very resistant to water and fast to charge (around 20 minutes). Small in size but of adequate power for everyday use.
It has six points of light that shine red for low consumption. The duration of the light is optimal, with approximately nine hours.
It is a versatile supply since it charges a lithium battery, but it can also be done with batteries if necessary.