There are a few things, like flashlights, that are essential to have with you when camping. You may not end up needing the flashlight, but if you do need it you had better have one handy. But not just any flashlight can be used as a camping flashlight.
Camping FlashlightFeatures to look for when reviewing camping flashlights.
- Output - Different flashlights will give you varying amounts of light. This is usually measured in lumens. The more lumens a flashlight can give you, the brighter your flashlight will be. Many good flashlights will have variable output settings, so if you want bright you get bright, and if you just need to see a few outlines, you can get that too.
- Battery Life - Battery life is another important factor when shopping for a camping flashlight. A flashlight that can give you 100 hours is better than a battery that can only do 50. But just know that generally, the longer battery life will mean less lumens.
Best Camping FlashlightA few of the very best camping flashlights.
- Photon Micro Light II LED - If you just need a light to root through your bag and not trip over any roots on your way to the bathroom at night, the Photon Micro is ideal. It's tiny, .17 ounces or 4.8 grams tiny, and only has a beam distance of 1.5 meters. But it also has a 120 hour battery life, and is a great camping flashlight if you're not planning on illuminating the whole forest.
- Petzl Tactikka Plus - Camping flashlights are great, but camping headlamps are often better. Generally when you are using a flashlight you are illuminating something, something that you often need two hands to work with. For such situations, there are headlamps. This particular headlamp weighs just 2.5 ounces, or 70 grams, and gives you 150 hours of light on the lowest of three brightness settings.
- eGear PICO Lite - If nothing but a real flashlight will do, the PICO Lite is a great choice. It weighs just .2 ounces, or 5.7 grams, and gives off 10 lumens of light. It also has a handy carabineer clip so that you can clip it to something when you're not using it. There's nothing worse than losing a flashlight in the dark, because you wont have a flashlight to find it.