LED Lanterns are perhaps the most useful portable lights — they can be used as camp lights, work lights, or emergency lights. The LEDs inside aren’t susceptible to shocks, and they last for 10 years or more.
LED lanterns that run on AA batteries are particularly useful. These lantern are small yet bright enough to light up a tent. You can power them with low-discharge rechargeable AA batteries (or regular AA alkaline batteries).
Budget Choice: Coleman 3AA High-Tech LED Mini Lantern
This LED lantern from Coleman is the highest rated AA-batery powered LED Lantern on Amazon. It shines with 85 lumens of light for 6 hours using just three AA batteries.
The Coleman 3AA High-Tech LED Mini Lantern is available at Amazon for around $20.
Best Overall: Black Diamond Apollo LED Lantern
The Black Diamond Apollo lantern runs on 4 AA batteries. Reviewers like the even light of this lantern, which can shine at maximum of 80 lumens for 15 hours, or at (up to 60 hours at 10 lumens). The Apollo also features a dimmer switch and battery-life indicator.
The Black Diamond Apollo LED Lantern is available at Amazon for about $42.
The Black Diamond is no longer being made. I now recommend these Vont lanterns instead.