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The Best Solar Lanterns for Camping and Home

The Best Solar Lanterns for Camping and Home

Camping is always fun, whether you’re setting up your tent after a long day’s hike or simply staking out a patch in the yard to spend an evening eating s’mores with the kids. The only trouble is that when it gets dark and the sun goes down, you’re often left with less than reliable torches to see you through the night, along with a bunch of half-empty batteries come morning.

That’s where solar lanterns come in. Ideal for both use during expeditions and as decorations in and around your home, these lovely light sources are powered entirely by the sun, making for an eco-friendly product that’ll last you years and years. With everything from super-bright beams to decorative flickering candles available, there’s a solar lantern for every setting, and you’re sure to find the one you need here in this list.

BEST SOLAR LANTERN FOR PATIO

If you’re looking for something that will class up your patio and give you a nice warm glow of light, we recommend the SteadyDoggie Solar Lantern. Its exquisite details, along with metal and glass construction, make for the best solar lantern for your patio or deck.

BEST SOLAR LANTERNS FOR CAMPING

Our top pick for camping solar lanterns has to be the Lighting Ever Camping Lantern. Its bevy of features, including four light modes, 1000 lumens of peak output, and USB rechargeability, along with the ability to project light for over 12 hours, make it our top choice. 

BEST SOLAR LANTERNS FOR GARDEN

Whether you’re looking to complement the beautiful landscaping in your garden, or the secret gnomes and fairies that frolic in it at night, we recommend the SteadyDoggie Solar Hyacinth lantern

BEST COLLAPSIBLE SOLAR LANTERN 

When space is at a premium, and you’re looking for a collapsible solar lantern you can take with you on backpacking or hiking adventures, we recommend the Kizen Solar Powered LED Camping Lantern. It’s outfitted with many features, including UBS two-way charging, a flashlight feature, charge indicator, and more!

BRIGHTEST SOLAR LANTERN

There are only two contenders for this recommendation, and they both come from the same company. Both the Lighting Ever Camping Lantern, and the Lighting EVER Basic Camping Lantern clock in at a whopping 1000 lumen of maximum light output. That’s plenty of light to brighten even a large camping site. 

1. MPOWERD Luci Solar Inflatable Light

This outdoor solar lantern from MPowerd is designed to be inflated into a nifty cylinder shape and packs light; thus, shrinking down to a flat 1″ circle. The Luci is easy to pack for camping trips but still gives a decent 65 lumens of light from its 10 LEDs. To charge it, simply leave it out in the sun, and don’t worry if the weather changes – it’s completely waterproof!

Features

  • Inflatable
  • Base and top strap
  • Waterproof
  • Four light modes

Specifications

  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • 65 lumens

2. AGPTEK Solar Lantern

A solar camping lantern with two light modes and a whopping five charging methods, the AGPTEK solar lantern is a great camping companion for use on the go. This baby can be powered up via its solar panel, AAA batteries, a handy hand-crank, an AC adapter, or even a car lighter adapter, meaning you’ll always have a way to give it some juice, no matter where you end up.

Features

  • Car adapter included
  • Handcrank charging
  • USB charging
  • Two light modes

Specifications

  • Batteries: AAA, Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • 36 individual LEDs

3. Lighting EVER LED Camping Lantern

Most solar-powered lanterns are quite quick to charge but run out of battery rapidly without more time in the sun. HOWEVER, this LED camping lantern from Lighting EVER solves this problem with a whopping 4400mAh battery, allowing for 12 hours of bright light on just one charge. The lantern also has four different lighting modes, including warm light and flash modes, making it a versatile multi-functional camping tool.

Features

  • Strobe function
  • DC or USB charging
  • 4400mAh battery
  • Four light modes

Specifications

  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • 1000 lumens

4. Lighting EVER Basic Camping Lantern

Not many solar LED lanterns have a removable cap like this basic edition solar lantern from Lighting EVER, making it something of a unique curiosity. This cleverly designed lantern can be suspended upside down, cap-off, for a light-shade effect that casts a bright glow around a wide area rather than on a specific point. With a very bright light rating of 1000 lumens, this is a great pick for illuminating the center of a campsite or the interior of a large tent.

Features

  • Removable cap
  • Waterproof 
  • Hanging hooks
  • Four light modes

Specifications

  • Batteries: D Cell
  • 1000 lumens

5. Kizen Solar Camping Lantern

USB charging is always a nice feature to have in cloudy weather, so it’s good to see it implemented here in Kizen’s solar-powered outdoor lantern. This lantern is also collapsible, making it a great choice for saving valuable backpack space on long-distance journeys. Plus, it has three light modes, including an SOS strobe mode, which make this a great pick for all manner of situations.

Features

  • USB charging
  • Collapsible
  • Charge indicator
  • Three light modes

Specifications

  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • High lumens setting

6. Goal Zero Solar Crush Light

I love this collapsible crush light from Goal Zero for its bold approach to mood lighting. This lantern packs in 6 different variating colors into one single product, and you can even trigger a color-fade mode for a light show in the dark. Collapsible to just ½ of an inch in size, this is another great pick for those who want to travel light and an ideal choice for those setting up camp with a few friends.

Features

  • USB charging
  • Collapsible
  • Six color modes and fade function

Specifications

  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • 60 lumens

7. Lighting EVER Camping Flashlight

A chunky flashlight-style light unlike most solar lanterns you’ll find, the Lighting EVER camping flashlight sports a super-bright 500-lumen directional beam, along with a dim mode for moving around without disturbing fellow campers. The range of the light can be toggled between a typical lantern’s 360 degrees and a single-direction 180-degree beam, making it a versatile choice.

Features

  • Flashlight design
  • USB charging
  • Waterproof
  • Four light modes

Specifications

  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • 500 lumens

8. Tansoren Camping Lantern 4-Pack

This 4-Pack of solar lantern lights from Tansoren is a great budget option for those camping in a few separate tents or just for illuminating a wide area to sit and relax in at night. They’re not just cheap but also super-functional, with magnetic bases to allow for sticking to cars and other metal surfaces, along with optional battery slots for when the sun doesn’t come out to play. These are some great collapsible Solar LED lanterns, and they’re even better for their low, low price.

Features

  • Includes four lanterns
  • Magnetic base
  • Collapsible
  • USB charging

Specifications

  • Batteries: AA, Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • COB LED bulb

9. Operkey Portable Camping Lantern

Another great 2-in-1 lantern/flashlight hybrid, the Operkey Portable solar camping lantern, is a great lightweight choice for those camping and hiking in the dark. The 1800mAh battery gives you a decent 10 hours of light on low mode, and thanks to the COB LEDs used in its construction, you can get just as much light as some more electricity-hungry models without using up all of your power in one go.

Features

  • 2-in-1 lantern flashlight
  • Collapsible 
  • Lightweight

Specifications

  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • 150 lumens

10. SteadyDoggie Bronze Solar Lantern

For those after something a little more decorative, the SteadyDoggie bronze solar lantern is a perfect choice. This whimsical light source is designed to look like an old-fashioned door lantern, with real glass panes and a solid bronze-effect metal frame. The candle inside uses a flickering amber bulb to make it look just like the real thing, with none of the hassle of sticky wax and broken matches.

Features

  • Classic decorative design
  • Flickering candle effect
  • Weatherproof
  • Solid metal frame

Specifications

  • Batteries: AA, Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • Amber shade LED

11. SteadyDoggie Antique Solar Lantern

Another great door lantern from SteadyDoggie, this antique-style design is a classy number with lovely latticed frame corners and an embossed emblem on each of its glass panes. Perfect for adding a touch of whimsy to a garden patio or window display, this is a pretty piece but also sturdy, with real glass panes and weatherproof construction – plus a handy hanging hook!

Features

  • Antique design
  • Weatherproof
  • Hanging hook
  • Glass panes

Specifications

  • Batteries: AA
  • Flicker effect LED

12. Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini Lantern

The Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini is highly rated amongst experienced campers for a reason. It’s a great little solar-powered outdoor lantern with a clever design; Goal Zero has added unique collapsible legs to allow it to stand steady in one place or pack down to a compact box shape when on the move. This lantern has an incredible 500-hour runtime on a full charge, which is even more remarkable given its respectably bright 210 lumen light rating.

Features

  • Foldable legs
  • USB charging
  • Battery indicator
  • 500-hour runtime

Specifications

  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • 210 lumens

13. LuminAID Solar Inflatable Lantern

This box-style collapsible lantern is a little different from most of what we’ve seen so far and a nice budget option for those who want an ambient glow rather than ultra-bright lighting. A gentle 75 lumens of light emanates from the synthetic frame, which is available in 3 colors; white, warm white, or purple. Thankfully, this lantern also allows for USB charging, making it a good choice in unreliable weather.

Features

  • Collapsible
  • Three colors available
  • USB charging
  • Inflatable

Specifications

  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • 75 lumens

14. TANSOREN Solar Lantern 2-Pack

Another great multipack, these two hanging solar lanterns from TANSOREN are great products in their own right, with handy “S” shaped hooks for your convenience and powerful omnidirectional lighting. They’re both collapsible, too, clipping down into a compact cylindrical shape, making them perfect for stuffing in a knapsack without worrying about breaking them or running out of space.

Features

  • Includes two lanterns
  • Collapsible
  • Omni-directional lighting
  • “S” Hanging hooks

Specifications

  • Batteries: AA, Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • 60 lumens

15. Goal Zero Lighthouse Lantern Original

The original version of the Lighthouse Mini, this big solar camping lantern from Goal Zero has all the great features of its little brother, including foldable collapsing legs and USB charging. This time, it also sports a helpful hidden hand crank for manual charging, and the light rating is double that of its smaller companion, clocking in at a stellar 400 lumens.

Features

  • Collapsible legs
  • USB charging
  • Hand crank
  • Half-light mode

Specifications

  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • 400 lumens

16. Mpowred Luci Outdoor 2.0

This evolution of the original Mpowrd Luci has a higher light rating of 75 lumens and bonus hanging and carrying straps that the original model doesn’t have. This edition still includes four light modes, including an SOS flashing mode. In another big improvement on the original Luci, the 2.0 sports a useful battery indicator to let you know when it’s running low on power. This is a great budget pick and can collapse right down to 1″ in thickness, making it space-friendly too.

Features

  • Collapsible to 1″
  • Battery indicator
  • Waterproof
  • Four light modes

Specifications

  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • 75 lumens

SOLAR LANTERNS COMPARISON CHART

SOLAR LANTERN

IDEAL FOR

COLLAPSIBLE

WATERPROOF

MAX. LIGHT OUTPUT

PRICE

MPOWERD Luci Solar Inflatable Light

Camping

Yes

Yes

65 lumens

$24.95

AGPTEK Solar Lantern

Camping

No

No

Unknown

$25.99

Lighting EVER LED Camping Lantern

Camping, Backyard

No

Yes, IP44

1000 lumen

$39.99

Lighting EVER Basic Camping Lantern

Camping

No

Yes

1000 lumen

$19.99

Kizen Solar Camping Lantern

Camping, Hiking

Yes

Water-resistant

Unknown

$16.95

Goal Zero Solar Crush Light

Camping, Backyard

Yes

Water-resistant

60 lumen

$24.95

Lighting EVER Camping Flashlight 

Camping, Emergency

Yes

Yes, IPX 4

500 lumen

$26.99

Tansoren Camping Lantern 4-Pack

Camping, Emergency

Yes

Yes

Unknown

$36.98

Operkey Portable Camping Lantern

Camping, Emergency

Yes

Yes

150 lumens

$36.98

SteadyDoggie Bronze Solar Lantern

Backyard, Garden

No

Yes

Unknown

$26.95

SteadyDoggie Antique Solar Lantern

Backyard, Garden

No

Yes

Unknown

$26.95

Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini Lantern

Camping, Emergency

No

No

210 lumen

$39.95

LuminAID Solar Inflatable Lantern 

Camping, Emergency

No

Yes

275 lumen

$24.95

TANSOREN Solar Lantern 2-Pack 

Camping, Emergency

No

Yes

60 lumen

$22.89

Goal Zero Lighthouse Lantern Original

Camping, Emergency

No

No

400 lumen

$135.36

Mpowrd Luci Outdoor 2.0 

Camping

Yes

Yes - IP67

75 lumen

$20.40

Sebastian Arciszewski

Sebastian Arciszewski

I'm super excited about the continuing electrification of our infrastructure, much of which is being powered by massive solar installations. Additionally, more and more companies are incorporating the power of solar panels into their proucts. I also write about Electric Bikes and Minimalist Design Products. You can find me on twitter: sebastian_a