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Camping Lanterns: Battery Powered, Propane, & Gas Lanterns for Camping

A camping lantern acts as a reliable light source during the night to provide a bright flood of light in which you can perform a number of tasks including cooking, brushing your teeth, and even setting up the campsite. As it can be difficult to hold a flashlight while trying to perform most tasks, a camping lantern is the ideal option for a main light source when outdoors after dark. There are three main types of camping lanterns available today. These include battery powered camping lanterns, propane camping lanterns, and kerosene gas camping lanterns. At Superior Outdoorsman, we sell several models of these camping lanterns from leading manufacturers at affordable prices. Each type of lantern has its own advantages and disadvantages including initial cost, operating cost, and light output. After carefully considering these differences, one can buy the best camping lantern to meet their needs.

Fuel Operated Camping Lanterns

Brunton Lanterns

Glass Globe, Repl for Glorb Lntrn Glorb Glass Globe Replacement

Coghlans Mantle Replacements

Mantles - Clip-On, pkg of 2 Clip-On, Package of 2
Mantles - Single Tie, pkg of 2 Single Tie, Package of 2

Stansport Kerosene Hurricane Lantern

Kerosene Hurricane Lantern 12 inch rd 12", Red
Kerosene Hurricane Lantern 8 8", Red

Stansport Kerosene Hurricane Lantern Replacement Globe

Replacement Globe for #127 # 127 Replacement
Replacement Globe for #130 # 130 Replacement

Stansport Realtree

RealTree Kerosene Lantern 12 Kerosene Lantern 12"

Additional Fuel Operated Camping Lanterns

Emergency Candles -- pkg of 2 Coghlans
Emergency Candles -- pkg of 2
Tor Sr. Propane Lantern w/Piezo North American Gear
Tor Sr. Propane Lantern w/Piezo
Tor Jr. Propane Lantern w/Piezo North American Gear
Tor Jr. Propane Lantern w/Piezo
Primus EasyLight Lantern Butane North American Gear
Primus EasyLight Lantern Butane
Propane Lantern Carry Case Stansport
Propane Lantern Carry Case
Magnum 4 Mantle Propane Lantern Stansport
Magnum 4 Mantle Propane Lantern
Compact Single Mantle Prop Lantrn Stansport
Compact Single Mantle Prop Lantrn
Double Mantle Propane Lantern Stansport
Double Mantle Propane Lantern
Double Mantle Piezo Igniter Ltern Stansport
Double Mantle Piezo Igniter Ltern
2 Mantle Lantern w/Globe,Guard,Pz Stansport
2 Mantle Lantern w/Globe,Guard,Pz
Clip on Lantern Mantles (Per 2) Stansport
Clip on Lantern Mantles (Per 2)
Replacement Globe 170/171 Mesh Stansport
Replacement Globe 170/171 Mesh
Replacement Globe for #172 Stansport
Replacement Globe for #172

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Battery Operated Camping Lanterns

Energizer Solar Light Series

Solar Spot light Spot Light
Solar Folding Lantern Folding Lantern

Energizer Hard Case Light

HardCase Pro LED Area Light Pro LED Area Light
HardCase Pro LED Spotlight Pro LED Spotlight

Energizer Weather Ready Light

Weather Ready 500Hr LED AreaLight 500Hr LED Area Light
Weather Ready LED Folding Lantern LED Folding Lantern

Optronics NightBlaster Rechargable Spotlight

NightBlaster Rech Spotlight 100W 100-Watt, (2,000,000 Candle Power)

Streamlight LiteBox

Standard System Lite-Box, Orange Standard System, 8 Watt Spot, Orange
Dual Lamp Standard System, Orange Dual Filament Standard System, 8 Watt Spot, Orange

Streamlight Vulcan/Fire Vulcan

Vulcan Vehicle Mount Sys, Yellow Flashlight System with DC Vehicle Mount, Yellow
Dir Wire Vulcan 12VDC Chg Rk Yllw Charge Rack, (12v DC, Yellow)
Vulcan Standard System, Yellow Standard Flashlight System w/ AC/DC Chargers, Yellow

Streamlight LiteBox & Vulcan Parts & Acc.

Lite Box 20-Watt Bi-Pin, 100 Hour 20 Watt, Bi Pin Bulb (100 Hour)
Lite Box 8-Watt Floodlamp, ASM 8 Watt, Lamp Assembly, (Flood)
Lite Box 20-Watt Spotlamp, ASM 20 Watt, Lamp Assembly, (Spot)
Lite Box 20-Watt Floodlamp, ASM 20 Watt, Lamp Assembly, (Flood)

Streamlight Fire Vulcan

Fire Vulcan Standard Sys - Orange Standard System, (Orange)
Fire Vulcan (Light Only) - Orange Light Only, (Orange)
Fire Vulcan LED Std Sys AC/DC Or LED, Std Sys AC/DC Or
Fire Vulcan LED, No Charger LED, No Charger
Fire Vulcan LED Vehicle, 12V Orng LED Vehicle, 12V Orng
Fire Vulcan Vehicle Mt Sys-Orange Vehicle Mount System, (Orange)

Streamlight SL40 Parts and Acc

SL40 8-Watt Spot Lamp SL40, 8 Watt, Spot Lamp

Streamlight E-Flood

E-Flood FireBox Std LED AC/DC, Or FireBox Standard, Dual Rear LED, AC/DC Cords, Strap/Rack Orange
E-Flood Std AC/DC, Strap/Rack, Or Standard, AC/DC Cords, Strap/Rack, Orange

Additional Battery Powered Camping Lanterns

M7204 Buckmark 6D Lantern Browning
M7204 Buckmark 6D Lantern
LED Micro Lantern Coghlans
LED Micro Lantern
Primus LED Camp Lantern North American Gear
Primus LED Camp Lantern
LED Camp Lantern, Mini North American Gear
LED Camp Lantern, Mini
2 Tube Flourescent Lantern Stansport
2 Tube Flourescent Lantern
Camping Lamp Stansport
Camping Lamp
Water Resistant Remote Contl Ltrn Stansport
Water Resistant Remote Contl Ltrn
Chrg Rack, Vulcan/Fire Vulcan Org Streamlight
Chrg Rack, Vulcan/Fire Vulcan Org
Waypoint w/ 12V DC, Yellow Streamlight
Waypoint w/ 12V DC, Yellow

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Propane Camping Lanterns

Propane camping lanterns are inexpensive to buy and inexpensive to operate as they are fueled by propane from disposable propane cylinders. This propane fuel can last for many hours making it a smart fuel source. Another benefit of using propane camping lanterns is that many camping stoves also operate on propane meaning you will only need to bring one fuel tank on shorter camping trips. A disadvantage of buying a propane camping lantern is that they are strictly for outdoor use only as they can release hazardous fumes when the propane is burned. Therefore, propane lanterns cannot be used for light inside of a tent or any other structure. Another disadvantage of propane camping lanterns is that they result in empty fuel tanks, which require proper disposal.

Battery Operated Camping Lanterns

A main benefit of using battery powered camping lanterns is that they can be used both indoors and out. In addition, many battery operated camping lanterns are waterproof. Therefore, these camping lanterns are versatile and can be used to provide light in a variety of situations from power outages at home to camp outs and bon fires in the woods. Another benefit of battery operated lanterns is that they do not involve the use of burning fuel or lit flames, and therefore, these camping lanterns are safe enough even to be used by small children.

The main disadvantage of battery operated camping lanterns is the high energy consumption. Depending on usage, it is possible to go through several sets of batteries on one camping trip. Therefore, if you plan on using a battery powered lantern, you should plan to pack extra batteries. In addition, while some battery powered camping lanterns are available with rechargeable batteries, you should remember that these require an electrical outlet in order to charge the battery. LED camping lanterns address this energy consumption problem by using less energy and allowing the lantern to run for longer periods of time on a single set of batteries. However, a main problem with LED camping lanterns is that they produce a less powerful light than the standard battery operated lantern.

Kerosene Gas Camping Lanterns

Kerosene gas camping lanterns burn a distilled type of petroleum oil, called kerosene oil, to provide a bright light. These are portable, safe, weatherproof, and inexpensive lanterns that have long been used to light buildings and homes. Kerosene lanterns are currently used as camping lanterns and lanterns for emergency situations. Kerosene camping lanterns offer a bright constant light as well as an adjustable flame. These camping lanterns are long lasting and inexpensive to operate as kerosene is generally cheap and easy to buy.

The main downside to using kerosene gas camping lanterns is safety. Like propane and other fuel lanterns, kerosene camping lanterns cannot be used in enclosed spaces such as in a tent or cabin as they can release dangerous fumes. In addition, care should be taken to avoid inhaling kerosene smoke as it has been linked to serious respiratory problems. Finally, only adults should use kerosene lanterns and care should be taken not to tip over kerosene gas camping lanterns as the fuel can leak and catch fire.