Be prepared with reliable camping lights for your Australian camping holiday as often, in those summer months, it is not practical or possible to have a raging campfire around your tent. If you travel Australia in the summer months, you will often have fire bans to prevent devastating Aussie bushfires, so open campfires will be prohibited. But thankfully, as you may have already guessed, there are a very wide variety of lights available to you as a camper, which are different in ways such as wattage, type of bulb, attachments, weight, style and battery economy. Here are some of the camping lanterns on offer: LED lanterns, Solar powered Lanterns, Gas Lanterns, Wind up Lights, Head lights. Check the range of lights and lanterns at the Camping Store.
The unique Coleman LED Quad Lantern called the Quad Lantern has four portable lanterns in a single clever unit. It makes a lot of sense for the camper to have a unit which can four removeable LED panels that hold 24 LED lights in total. Campers can remove any of the four panels and use them independently, such as when needing a portable light for walking to the camp toilet or changing inside a tent, or they can keep all four attached to the lantern and produce 190 total lumens of light. As a result, the Quad is perfect for a group or family camping trips.
Each of the panels is a fully functioning light, with six 5mm white LEDs, a rechargeable NiMH battery, an independent on/off switch, and a top handle for carrying or hanging. The NiMH battery--which recharges when stored in the lantern base--provides up to 1.5 hours of light on its own. The lantern base, meanwhile, requires eight D-cell batteries (not included), which provide an approximate run time of 75 hours for the entire lantern. Other features include a main on/off switch located on top of the lantern, a light range of 26 feet, and a limited five-year warranty.
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GSI Super-Quality Long-Life Waterproof Work Light Bar - is also a LED camping light, but this one from GSI is shaped in a bar-shape.
It is made from an excellent, durable waterproof material which charges with AC/DC home adapter, or with cigarette lighter car plug charger - both which are included.
The GSI consists of 77 superbright LEDs - 60 LED bulbs in the bar and 17 LED bulbs on top. It also has a swivel hook which is great to hang up in the tent. An affordable alternative to other models and camp lights out there.
Both of these LED torches are a handy item for any camper. Both come with a great little hook to hang off the tent pole. Small power use, with low price but providing bright light, both of these are just ideal little LED portable lights.
These LED camping lights, are also in a lantern style as the Coleman above. But this light has quite a range of features. It has 9 white LEDs that operate on high or low level, 6 red LEDs for an emergency flashing beacon, an AM/FM radio, 120 decibel siren, nightlight, high frequency mosquito repeller, and compass. This lantern may be charged by a wind-up handle or by the included 12-volt DC adapter. This eliminates the need to carry around bulky, heavy batteries and ensures that you’ll never run out of power when you need it. Because of this, it is somewhat more expensive than the previous light mentioned. Also included are adapters to charge a cell phone and audio input cord to use with your Apple iPOD or other MP3 device.
In our camping life, we have tried quite a few camping lights. We have been very impressed with our solar powered lantern since it has been a safe, clean alternative.
Everyone knows how careful you need to be with the gas lantern mantles - well there's no such hassle with solar powered lights- except of course, you need sun. If that is a problem on your camping trip, you can always power it with AC electricity.
Our camping light (not the one shown) also has a am/fm radio. A handy feature also.
There are a huge range of LED Head Lamps available. They are bright and some come with straps over the head as well as around the circumference. Most are very light and have adjustable bands.
The great thing about LED headlamps is that it leaves your hands free which is perfect when setting up camp in the dark when you really need two hands free! It reminds me so vividly of one disastrous night of arriving late at our campsite at Waterhouse Point in Tasmania, with two small children - and then knocking over the gas light. Wouldn't these LED headlamps have come in handy at that time?
Some LED headlamps come with energy saving wind up features also. These are the favourites with my sons!