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11 Best Lantern Flashlights in 2023: Reviews, Top Picks, & Buyer’s Guide

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Streamlight 44931 Siege 540-Lumen Compact Hand Lantern

As summer stretches on, there are more and more reasons to invest in a high-quality lantern flashlight. Whether you’re planning a camping trip or might experience a power outage due to a sudden storm, you want to be sure to have a reliable lantern that’s there when you need it. These reviews reflect our top picks based on quality, price, and consistently positive reviews to help you find the best flashlight lantern for your purposes. 

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A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2022

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Streamlight 44931 Coyote Siege 540 Lumen Compact Hand Lantern Streamlight 44931 Coyote Siege 540 Lumen Compact Hand Lantern
  • Extremely long-lasting
  • Average brightness
  • Waterproof
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash USB Rechargeable Lantern Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash USB Rechargeable Lantern
  • Cheap
  • USB-charging
  • Lightweight
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Ledlenser ML6 Ledlenser ML6
  • Long-lasting battery
  • USB-charging
  • Doubles as a power bank
  • Black Diamond Moji Lantern Black Diamond Moji Lantern
  • Compact
  • Long-lasting
  • Cost efficient
  • AYL LED Camping Lantern Rechargeable 1800 LM AYL LED Camping Lantern Rechargeable 1800 LM
  • Very bright
  • USB-charging
  • The 11 Best Lantern Flashlights 

    1. Streamlight 44931 Coyote Siege 540 Lumen Compact Hand Lantern

    Streamlight 44931 Siege 540-Lumen Compact Hand Lantern

    Lumens: 540
    Discharge Time: Up to 295 hours
    Recharge Time: Not rechargeable
    Type of Power: 3 “D” batteries

    You could have light in the wilderness for quite a while with the Streamlight Coyote Siege. It can last almost 300 hours on the lowest setting! We thought this lantern was the best overall because it’s rugged enough to handle your lighting needs day or night, wet or dry. If you accidentally drop this light in water, it’ll float and probably be fine since it’s waterproof.

    It even has a setting for preserving night vision, which is ideal for hunting at night. The only concern we had about this flashlight lantern is that it’s non-rechargeable and requires D cell batteries, which are expensive. However, you shouldn’t need to replace the batteries very often since this lantern can last for up to 12 days on low.

    Pros
    • Extremely long-lasting
    • Average brightness
    • Waterproof
    • Night vision preserving mode
    Cons
    • Non-rechargeable

    2. Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash USB Rechargeable Lantern – Best Value

    Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash USB Rechargeable Lantern

    Lumens: 150
    Discharge Time: Up to 170 hours
    Recharge Time: 5 hours
    Type of Power: USB-charging

    We think this micro light is the best value for the money because it’s cheap and USB-charging. It puts out a max of 150 lumens, which isn’t considerably strong but good enough for a flashlight or car light. We like how it’s lightweight, which makes it an easy option to take hiking. The runtime is pretty impressive—up to 170 hours on the lowest setting.

    Pros
    • Cheap
    • USB-charging
    • Lightweight
    Cons
    • Not especially bright

    3. Ledlenser ML6 – Premium Choice

    Ledlenser ML6 Camping Lantern

    Lumens: 750
    Discharge Time: Up to 72 hours
    Recharge Time: 5 hours
    Type of Power: USB-charging

    Our premium choice is the Ledlenser ML6, an all-in-one light that combines the energy efficiency of a cheaper USB-charging light with the higher lumen of a battery-powered lantern. Up to 750 lumens at its highest setting, this lantern has 7 settings you can tailor to your needs depending on how bright you want the light and how long you need it to last.

    The Ledlenser ML6 can also act as a power bank and charge your phone. Though it requires a battery, it’s rechargeable by USB, making it a more environmentally friendly option than lanterns that rely on batteries alone. Unfortunately, it’s almost breaking the triple digits, making it one of the most expensive options on this list.

    Pros
    • Long-lasting battery
    • USB-charging
    • Doubles as a power bank
    • 7 light settings
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • Requires battery even though it charges by USB

    4. Black Diamond Moji Lantern

    Black Diamond Equipment Moji and Moji+ Lantern

    Lumens: 100 lumens
    Discharge Time: Up to 70 hours
    Recharge Time: Non-rechargeable
    Type of Power: three AAA batteries

    We like this cute little orb because it’s compact and long-lasting. This light is capable of running 70 hours on its lowest setting. While it’s technically non-rechargeable, you can use rechargeable AAA batteries if you want to conserve energy and save money.

    However, we’ve heard it doesn’t run as long on rechargeable batteries, so you might want to pack an extra pair just in case. It’s also not the brightest in the bunch, but we thought it’s pretty decent for its low price. The Moji Lantern is available in several different colors so you can pick your favorite or give one to each person in your family.

    Pros
    • Compact
    • Long-lasting
    • Cost efficient
    Cons
    • Not very bright
    • Non-rechargeable

    5. AYL LED Camping Lantern Rechargeable 1800 LM

    AYL LED Camping Lantern Rechargeable

    Lumens: 1800
    Discharge Time: Up to 12 hours
    Recharge Time: 7 hours
    Type of Power: USB-charging

    This extraordinarily bright lantern flashlight relies on USB to charge its built-in batteries. With 1800 lumen, it’s good enough to provide lighting for a small party. While it’s a good choice for a short camping trip or an outdoor gathering, this is probably not our top-choice for emergency lighting or hiking. It only lasts about 12 hours, which isn’t very long given that it takes roughly 7 hours to recharge. It also weighs 2 lbs., which is about four times heavier than the first four products on our list.

    Pros
    • Very bright
    • USB-charging
    Cons
    • Weighs 2 lbs.
    • Only lasts for 12 hours
    • Long recharge time

    6. LE LED Camping Lantern

    LE LED Camping Lantern

    Lumens: 1,000
    Discharge Time: Up to 12 hours
    Recharge Time: Not rechargeable
    Type of Power: Battery-powered

    This LED 1000 lumen light is super bright and useful for a variety of situations. There are four light settings: daylight white, warm white, full brightness, and flashing for emergencies. This is especially advantageous for camping or during an emergency when no other light sources are available. It’s moderately sized, not awkwardly chunky but bigger than a typical USB-charging light.

    The water-resistant design lets you carry it out in the rain when the weather may be unpleasant. Just remember that water-resistant doesn’t mean waterproof and you should never submerge your lantern. The price is decent, too, especially considering the quality and consistently positive reviews. The only thing we really don’t like about this lantern is it isn’t rechargeable, so you’re going to have to keep a pack of batteries on you if you take it on long trips or rely on it for emergency backup lighting.

    Pros
    • Very bright light
    • Considerably low cost
    • Long-lasting battery
    • Water-resistant
    Cons
    • Non-rechargeable

    7. Rayovac DIYLN3D-BA Virtually Indestructible LED Camping Lantern Flashlight 600 Lumen Battery-Powered

    Rayovac DIYLN3D-BA Virtually Indestructible LED Camping Lantern

    Lumens: 600
    Discharge Time: Up to 260 hours
    Recharge Time: Non-rechargeable
    Type of Power: 3 D batteries (included)

    This durable light could be what you need to complete your weather prep kit. It has three power modes, and the batteries can survive up to 260 hours on low. It does require D batteries, but it comes with three, so the first charge is on them. This rugged light is prepared for any type of storm—it’s waterproof for up to 3 hours in 3 ft. of water, and it’s dust-proof for up to 3 hours when surrounded by a cloud of dust. Reviewers mention that this light was heavier than they expected, so this is probably better as an emergency light for the house instead of a mobile camping trip, but it could work either way.

    Pros
    • Moderately bright
    • Long-lasting up to 260 hours
    • Waterproof
    • Drop-tested up to 15 ft.
    • Dust-proof
    Cons
    • Requires D batteries
    • Non-rechargeable
    • Heavier than other models we’ve reviewed

    8. LE LED Camping Lantern Rechargeable

    LE LED Camping Lantern Rechargeable

    Lumens: 310
    Discharge Time: Up to 24 hours
    Recharge Time: 5 hours
    Type of Power: USB-charging

    This sleek, versatile light is the little sister of our 6th choice. Made by LE, this lantern relies on USB-charging for power and can even charge your phone if it’s on a full charge. This is a great option for emergency situations when a charged phone may outweigh the benefits of a light source. We like how you can take this light anywhere; it even has a hook and a magnet so you can attach it to different surfaces.

    In low brightness, the battery will last for 24 hours. At full brightness, it’ll last around 5 hours. However, the main disadvantage to this light is it’s not overwhelmingly bright, even at full brightness. This light is probably better for an emergency situation or for reading a book on a camping trip than trying to illuminate a large gathering.  

    Pros
    • Compact
    • Long-lasting
    • Charges by USB
    • Environmentally friendly
    Cons
    • Not especially bright, even at the highest setting
    • No battery option

    9. Etekcity Lantern

    Etekcity LED Camping Lantern Lights

    Lumens: Not specified
    Discharge Time: Up to 30 hours
    Recharge Time: Non-rechargeable
    Type of Power: AA batteries (included)

    Etekcity is a compact, light-weight lantern perfect for traveling or during an emergency situation. The light is collapsible when not in use and lasts up to 30 hours on the lowest setting. Although the lumen count isn’t listed, reviewers say it’s very bright. This is a cost-efficient and water-proof option that should last a long time. It also contains a storage compartment and a magnetic base for when you need to go hands-free.

    Pros
    • Cheap
    • Compact
    • Long-lasting
    Cons
    • Unknown lumens

    10. EverBrite 2-in-1 Mini Lanterns and Flashlights with 3 Modes, 2 Pack

    EverBrite 2-in-1 Mini Lanterns

    Lumens: Not specified
    Discharge Time: Not specified
    Recharge Time: Non-rechargeable
    Type of Power: AAA batteries

    Get two mini lanterns for cheaper than the price of one! This 2-in-1 is truly a deal. Though the lumen output isn’t listed, reviewers said it put out quite a lot of light. Unlike any other option on our list however, it’s not water-proof or water-resistant, so we wouldn’t recommend taking it anywhere it might rain.

    Pros
    • Cheap
    • Versatile
    • Comes in a value pack of 2
    Cons
    • Unknown lumen output
    • Not water-proof or water-resistant
    • Non-rechargeable

    11. LE LED Camping Rechargeable 600 LM with Detachable Flashlight

    LE LED Camping Lantern Rechargeable 600LM

    Lumens: 600
    Discharge Time: 2-4 hours
    Recharge Time: 5 hours
    Type of Power: Battery or USB-charging

    We like how this hybrid lantern can charge by USB or run on batteries. At 600 lumens, it’s moderately bright and has two detachable flashlights for a quick grab-and-go light source. When the flashlights are attached to the lantern, they run off its power source (whether that’s D batteries or a USB charge). If you disconnect the flashlights, they’ll run off their own AAA batteries which are included in the purchase.

    This lantern is water-resistant, but not truly waterproof so we wouldn’t let it handle more than a few unexpected splashes of rain. The only reason this light wasn’t further up our list is the discharge time. This lantern will only last 4 hours max, even on the lowest setting.

    Pros
    • Adaptable charging
    • Moderately bright
    • Inexpensive
    • Water-resistant
    Cons
    • Short battery life

    Buyer’s Guide: Finding the Best Lantern Flashligh

    When looking for the best lantern flashlights to review, we examined the following criteria:

    1. Length of charge. How long will my flashlight run?
    2. How to recharge. While some of the products aren’t rechargeable, we still listed them because the battery lasted considerably longer than some of the rechargeable options. We also mentioned how long it takes the rechargeable ones to refuel.
    3. Weather-resistant. Most of the options on the list were at least water-resistant and quite a few were waterproof. The only choice that wasn’t either one was the EverBrite 2-in-1. The Rayovac DIYLN3D-BA was even dust-resistant for up to 3 hours.
    4. Average ratings. All of the products included here have an average of at least 4+ star ratings.
    5. Price. We want you to get the most bang for your buck, so we only included high-quality options for $100 or less.
    6. Size. Portability can be a deciding factor depending on why you’re investing in a lantern. We made sure to make a note if some options were easier or harder to transport than others (heavy, bulky, lightweight, etc.,).

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    Conclusion

    Our overall best choice was the Streamlight 44931 Coyote Siege because it put out a moderate amount of light with an impressive run-time of nearly 300 hours. The value option was Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash USB Rechargeable Lantern because it’s compact, cheap, and easy to recharge by USB. Finally, our premium option was the Ledlenser ML6 because it had a higher lumen number with up to 72 hours of battery and can double as a power bank. If you couldn’t find the lantern you need in our top three, be sure to look through the other eight choices on our list because they’re all high-quality products with 4+ reviews. 

    About the Author Brooke Bundy

    Brooke Bundy is a freelance writer who lives with three cats and a dog. She attended the University of North Georgia where she acquired a B.S. in Media Studies. Booke loves storytelling and spending time with her pets at their house in New Orleans, Louisiana. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and brewing coffee.

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