One has to remember that brightest is not always best, and we need to respect those that are camping around us. Nothing like enjoying a nice evening out camping, enjoying the starlight, when a neighbouring camper has lights a blazing. Do use any light source with respect.
I have used a small Coleman white gas lantern for many, many years, long before LED became mainstream. However, I have rarely used it for many years now. mostly because of the noise they make. Hauling the gas around is not so great either. When canoeing, we always brought white gas for our stoves though.
Headlamps are our go to source of portable light, and we have a few good ones. My favourite one is the PETZL ZIPCA
, with a retractable headband, it fits in any pocket easily, and can be handheld like a tiny flashlight too. I have never used the PETZL e+LITE
, but it looks great too. Both available at MEC or REI. The advantage of headlamps is that you always have light aimed where you are looking, a great task lamp. Better than a flashlight or sometimes a lantern, in that they keep both hands free. They also use way less power than a lantern would.
That said, I have pretty much retired my white gas landtern, and am considered getting an LED one. Mostly for group tasks, like cooking and cleaning at night away from the trailer. When around the trailer we have a ton of LED lights that work better than a lantern anyway. I would want a small form factor to it. I looked at a lot of reviews and there are certainly some that fit the bill.
That UST 30-Day baglo linked to is one of them.
The Divine Ultra Bright LED Lantern
is one that is quite small and gives good light when need. No light level adjustment though. Sometimes simple is good though, especially for something that gets limited use.
I have a friend who bought the Black Diamond Apollo Lantern
. This is a great lantern. Small form factor packs away anywhere, and it gives off good light. It is the one at the top of my list right now. The Black Diamond Titan
is a good lantern too, and infinitely dimmable, though is bigger than I would like.
Not sure what I would get yet, but of the most importance, is small form factor, dimmable, and tough.
Still, our headlamps work great, so I really have to ask myself (and hopefully get an answer
) if a lantern is really needed. I don't like bringing stuff along camping unless it gets good use, especially if it is a redundant item.
Regarding being rechargeable, pretty much any of these LED lanterns can use rechargeable batteries, which we always carry spares of anyway. It you plug the lantern in to recharge a built in battery, you might be left high and dry when boondocking and the power runs out.