When you go camping, you know that no camping trip is successful without the right gear.
There are many reasons to get a good flashlight when camping and you don’t have to worry that much about not being able to find a good one. Nowadays there are many standards that flashlights need to comply with in order to get on the shelves.
Top 5 best camping flashlight
EcoGear FX TK120
For those of you who don’t really have the patience to look for a flashlight and its battery and would rather go for a kit containing everything you need, the EcoGear FX Tactical LED Flashlight Kit is a great choice.
The kit includes a very bright LED flashlight, 2 rechargeable batteries, a charger and a keychain flashlight. There are many things we like about the flashlight and the accessories that come along. The flashlight is made of long lasting air craft grade aluminum alloy, which makes it ready for the heavy jobs. As it’s water resistant, you can take the flashlight in the water also. As for the holding, no worries either as the hard-anodized finish and the anti-abrasive body give a good, sturdy grip. As a matter of fact, the flashlight has a great shape and size that provide a secure, comfortable grip and nice feel in the hand.
The flashlight gives you no less than 5 modes to use: low/medium/high/strobe and SOS. The flashlight is great not only for camping, but also for military forces, Police. The buttons are easy to use, but not too sensitive to give accidental operation.
The flashlight has a zoom function and comes with a solar powered key chain.
Let’s pinpoint the most important pros:
- The flashlight is for heavy use
- The flashlight has a good grip and is very comfortable for the hand
- The light is bright
- The flashlight is waterproof and has several features and functions that add to its value
As for the cons, there are only few to mention:
- The modes switch when you turn on/off the flashlight
- The flashlight leaves a cheap feeling, even though it’s not the case
All in all, for the little money that you pay, you get a reliable, bright flashlight that fits cozy any hand and fits any pocket.
Streamlight DS LED Flashlight
There are some of you out there that would rather have a smaller, easier to pack flashlight when camping. If so, you can go with the Streamlight 75832 Stinger DS LED Flashlight with AC/DC Piggyback. It is not only small, but it also gives a great, bright LED light that shines a long way.
The flashlight is made of machined aircraft aluminum with on slip rubber grip. The flashlight is not only easy to grab, but it’s also safe. The unbreakable polycarbonate lens is efficient when giving a good bright light.
The flashlight has 3 watt LED that gives you almost 80lumens and the parabolic reflector has a good long range targeting beam with great sideways illumination also
There are multiple modes to choose from and the dual-switch technology is efficient. The single-handed operations are useful in various situations and the durable construction ensures a good life span for the flashlight.
The flashlight is rated IPX4, is impact resistant and has a compact design. It comes with an O-ring seal and an anti-roll rubber ring.
The light is not only bright, but also it reaches far.
But, when it comes to good built, good and bright light, there are no argues on the performance of the flashlight.
What makes a good flashlight?
There are some indicators that you need to watch when getting a flashlight. The light output, which measures the intensity of light, may be shown for multiple light settings. Beam intensity, the distance also has a say when it comes to the brightness of the light. You can find low lights of 20 lumens (efficient when reading a book) up to 3500 lumens.
The beam distance is measured in meters and it tells you how far the light shines before the brightness becomes similar to the light of a full moon. When you travel, full moon illumination is pretty safe. Keep in mind that beam distance varies with the type of brightness you select.
You need to know how long your flashlight is going to work. The running time of your camping flashlight (or any other type of flashlight just as well) is something to consider as you don’t want the batteries to run out on you, or to change the batteries every day either.
Impact resistance is also measured in meters and it tells you how resistant your flashlight is after a few drops. Obviously enough, a flashlight is not going to work after you hit it with a strong object or after you run over it.
Having a water resistant flashlight when going camping is a great thing and you should check the IPX system on your flashlight. An IPX4 mark gives you a flashlight that is splash resistant from all angles, whereas an IPX7 means you can immerse the flashlight up to 30 minutes at a 1 meter depth. You can keep a flashlight rated with IPX8 submerged for up to 4 hours.
The extras and the functions
Nowadays, when it comes to bulb type, there are so many options on the market: krypton bulbs, LED f bulbs, and so on. When we talk about energy efficiency, run time, brightness options and impact resistance though none of the new bulb types equals the LED flashlights.
The beam also may differ, and you can get a flood (fixed) flashlight (great for camping, walking), spot beam (for route-finding, fast-paced activity) or adjustable beam.
When it comes to the batteries your flashlight use, the most common choice are the AAA or the AA batteries. There are flashlights that run with CR123 batteries, which have higher voltage and give a brighter flashlight, despite their smaller size. The downside for the CR123 batteries is that they are more difficult to find and also more expensive. For the baton-sized flashlights, you need D cell batteries.
If this is not your option, you can go for rechargeable flashlights that come with built-in Li-Ion batteries that use a USB connection, an AC or DC outlet or even a solar panel for charging. You do pay the extra cash in the beginning, but you won’t spend any more money on batteries afterwards.
If none of these two options suits your needs, you can go for a flashlight with a built-in battery that runs by a hand crank or solar panel. This is the best option for your emergency kit, though not for camping.
The material of the body of your flashlight is also important when you choose it. For more impact resistance, you can get a flashlight with stainless steel in the head, but most flashlights have either a plastic or an aluminum alloy body. The thicker the alloy, the tougher the flashlight.
As for the shape of your camping flashlight, a cylindrical body is by far the most common choice. The knurled pattern on this type of shape gives a better grip and prevents slipping.
And the winner is…
A bigger flashlight doesn’t mean a brighter light or more impact resistance either. It may mean the batteries run for longer time, which is a big plus when you go camping, nevertheless.
Some accessories might also be important when you choose your camping flashlight. A belt clip or holster, lens filters and diffusers might count for you when you cease the deal.