The Best Solar Camping Lanterns Reviewed
One piece of camping equipment I always like to have with me is a good solar lantern. Lanterns are very nice for illuminating your campsite or tent, and they tend to provide more visibility than a flashlight when you are out and about, walking around in the dark.
I tend to use a solar camping lantern over a traditional battery powered lantern because they provide a similarly bright light, and they save on batteries. I like being a little bit environmentally friendly, and you will never have to worry about not having light as long as you pick from the best solar lanterns.
Below is a list of the best solar powered lanterns we reviewed. We looked at factors such as cost, functionality, brightness, and many other things to provide you with our top recommendations. Please enjoy, and hopefully this article will provide you with everything you need to know before you purchase your next camping lantern!
The 5 Best Solar Lanterns
Below is a quick review chart of our five favorite solar lanterns. There is a much more detailed review of each one below the chart – but this should give you a good idea of what they look like!
The 5 Best Solar Camping Lanterns
|Lantern Picture||Solar Lantern Name||Link to Buy|
|AGPtek Solar Lantern with 5 charging methods.||Buy Here!|
|Ergalogik Compact Solar Camping Lantern||Buy Here!|
|MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Outdoor Solar Light||Buy Here!|
|Trekk Outdoor Solar Camping Lantern||Buy Here!|
|TANSOREN LED Solar Camping Lantern||Buy Here!|
AGPtek Solar Lantern
One of the most popular solar camping lanterns you can buy is the AGPtek Solar Lantern. It comes with almost everything you would want with a solar lantern, including 5 charging methods, 2 brightness modes, and even a USB output that you can use to charge phones and other devices.
With five different ways to charge this lantern, you will never run out of light. Solar charging is the most energy efficient way to keep your lantern full of light. Six to seven hours of charging in the sun will get the lantern to full power – which is about 12 hours of light time on high brightness and 20 hours of light time on low brightness.
Option two to provide a charge is a hand crank, which is perfect if you don’t have any sunlight. According to AGPtek, about 1 minute of easy cranking will give you about 20 minutes of light. The more you crank, the longer you will have light!
Option 3 and 4 for charging are using a car adapter or by using an AC adapter (both are included when you purchase). The car adapter and AC adapter normally take about 7 to 9 hours to fully charge the lantern to that 12 or 20 hour light time threshold.
The last method to run this lantern is 3 AA batteries. These batteries can be used if adapters or the sun isn’t available, and you aren’t in the mood to crank for a few minutes! The batteries are good to have included just in case you need the light quickly in an emergency situation.
The two brightness modes are actually very bright (240 Lumens on high and 120 on low). The lower mode is good for reading and most normal activities, and the bright mode is great when you need that extra visibility when outside at night.
The lantern weighs about 1.5 to 2 pounds and looks great. It has a nice black base color and a handle on top that makes it easy to carry or hang up.
Because of this product’s durability, positive reviews, cost, and features – we consider this the best solar camping lantern for the price!
ErgaLogik Compact Solar Camping Lantern
One of the best hiking and lightweight solar lanterns you can buy is the ErgaLogik Compact Solar Lantern. It is very light weight, easily weighing less than a pound – and it folds down, making it very easy to store and to travel with. Being light weight and easily stashable, I highly recommend this for hikers and anyone that has to travel a little bit before reaching their campsite!
This compact solar lantern has 3 lighting modes, can be charged two different ways, and it does have a USB outlet that allows you to charge those electronic devices we are always carrying around. When fully charged, you should get about 10 hours of light on low brightness mode and 5 hours of high brightness lighting time.
When charging in the sun, 1 hour of sunlight usually provides about 15 minutes of high brightness lighting and about 30 minutes on low brightness mode. The other lighting mode is a flashing light, which normally gives you about 34 minutes of lighting time after 1 hour of charging in sunlight. When you use an adapter to charge it normally takes between 4 to 6 hours to become fully charged.
The benefits of this options are the cost, the easy storage, and the extremely light weight. It doesn’t have the crank charging methods that other options have, so charging can be an issue if you have no sunlight and no adaptor to charge it.
However, for hikers and trekkers, this is a great option!
MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Outdoor Solar Light
The MPowerd Luci Outdoor Solar Lantern is very unique, but a very effective solar lighting source. Like the name suggests, you actually have a plug on the top of the lantern that you blow into to inflate the base of the lantern. When the air is out of the lantern, it collapses to a disc about one inch in size.
The inflation process makes it incredibly easy to store and pack in any camping situation. It also weighs under 5 ounces, so the weight won’t slow down any hikers.
It has three different lighting settings, really bright, not so bright, and blinking (it blinks in 1 second intervals). The lantern itself is actually 10 little LED lights that can light up about 15 square feet of space at a brightness of 1200 lumens.
The solar panels are on the bottom of the lantern, and it takes about 7 hours of direct sunlight for a full charge. A full charge will provide up to 12 hours of lighting time. There is a charge indicator that will tell you how much charge the lantern has.
Besides being lightweight and compact, this solar lantern is very durable and is even waterproof. It can be used for camping and hiking – or any outdoor activity that could require a little extra lighting.
We should also point out that MPOWERD has done some really great things in developing countries. That are dedicated to bringing cheap and affordable light sources to families that wouldn’t normally have access to nighttime lighting. These lights are also being used to replace kerosene lanterns that could produce toxic and harmful fumes.
These lights have been used to provide lighting in everything from health clinics to providing light for children that want to do some homework at night.
According to their website they have sent over 200,000+ lights to over 105 different countries – impacting over 1,000,000 people. It is refreshing to see a company that gives back to countries and people that can use some assistance.
Trekk Outdoor Solar Camping Lantern
Trekk also makes a really good outdoor solar lantern. It has the ability to be charged from either sunlight or a USB charger and it has 3 lighting settings, a bright light, not as bright of a light, and a blinking setting.
The big selling point for this product is the design. I would consider this a multipurpose tool. The reason I say this is because it is built with a collapsible silicon tube. If you unscrew the top a little bit, you can push down on the silicon tube and it collapses down to a very small unit, making it very easy to store.
This silicon base tube has multiple ways it can be used. It is actually a water bottle that will store almost 25 ounces of water (don’t worry the lights are protected even when you have the lid screwed on to the silicon base) which is nice during survival situations or just regular old camping trips.
The bottle is also waterproof and floats, so you can actually use the silicon tube as waterproof storage. If you are looking for a place to store your keys, phone, matches, or anything you want to keep dry – you can store them in this tube!
If you are looking to store something inside of the tube that is bigger than the mouth of the tube, a couple of pieces can quickly be removed giving you more room to stick that item inside (this is handy when you are trying to store your phone). These pieces are easily reattached and your items are safely stored inside!
It comes with a USB charger included to help you charge the lantern. The charger is actually attached magnetically – so you don’t have any USB openings that ruin the waterproof integrity of the lantern.
The USB charge will give you about 5 hours of lighting time on high and 12 hours on low when fully charged. Solar charging will give you about 2 to 3 hours of lighting time when fully charged on high lighting mode. There is a little sensor that will be glowing red when charging and will turn green when you are fully charged.
The big benefit of this solar camping lantern is its flexibility. Being able to use it for waterproof storage, a water bottle, or a lantern is really handy. Great product for campers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts!
TANSOREN LED Camping Solar Lantern
TANSOREN makes a fantastic solar lantern that is very durable and highly rated when looking at reviews. They also have an 18 month warranty on their product and great customer service.
Their product is well made, with this company saying that each lantern is hand made with military grade plastic that is even water resistant! For those who like a well made product – this is going to be a great choice for you!
Even with those heavy duty materials, this lantern still weights under a pound. It also comes with a nifty hook that makes it really easy to hang up. This is a great solar lantern for a chilling around a campsite with.
The light source is a 180 Lumen white LED light. It can be charged by sun or with a USB port. You will normally get about 8 hours of lighting time when fully charged. You can also run this lantern off of batteries, which is nice when that sun just doesn’t come out during your camping trip.
I really like the look and design of this lantern. It does collapse a little bit, but isn’t nearly as compact as some of the other options. However, the design really reminds you of a more traditional lantern. I would recommend this lantern more as a campsite lantern and less as a hiking lantern.
These solar lanterns are really nice for hiking or lighting up a campsite. For people that camp for long periods of time, having a lantern that has those battery backups is a really good idea. The one drawback to some of these lights is that without the sun, you aren’t able to charge these lights, and we have all had those camping trips where we have stayed up a little too long at night.
For hikers we are going to recommend one of the lightweight options, that way you aren’t going to wear yourself down with all that extra weight, plus they are very compact and won’t take up your limited storage space.
The options above are some of our favorite solar lanterns. These work will in combination with solar flashlights – so here is our review on those. Believe it or not, you can also combine these solar lights with a solar backpack that can be used for hiking and charging your other small electronics.
There is a lot more great solar camping gear that you can read about here as well!
Below is a quick video review of the Trekk Outdoor Solar Camping Lantern. It is really hard to describe just how versatile this lantern is in words – so this video should do it justice!