3 Great LED Flashlights for Campers
By Joan Greenleaf
, last updated January 29, 2012
For those heading out into the wilderness, there are a number of great LED flashlights on the market the ones listed below are three of the best. For those who are necessarily regular campers, flashlights are also an important thing to have in an emergency kit in your home or in your car. Make sure you take your flashlight with you when hiking in case you get caught in the darkness unexpectedly.
There are a wide range of LED Flashlights that are suited to camping. Some are large, very high powered lanterns that are good for reading in the tent. There are also smaller lights that are excellent for backpackers as they take up very little space and are not as heavy as other lighting options.
For those looking for a small powerful flashlight that won’t break the bank, the Fenix LD20 LED flashlight can be purchased for $49.95 through amazon.com. This is a pocket sized device that produces various strengths of light. This can run for up to 71 hours with the lowest lumen setting of 9 lumens. There are also modes named SOS and Turbo that create a 2 hour strobe of very bright light. The light is digitally regulated and the brightness stays constant in any and every setting. This light weighs only three ounces and is six inches long and is crafted with aircraft-grade aluminum. As well as being waterproof, this little light takes AA batteries, making it simple to power.
Serious campers should check out the Sirefire LX2 LumaMax LED Flashlight. This higher end flashlight, which retails for $209.99, is well designed and sturdy. With an aerospace aluminum body and high efficiency LED head that delivers up to 200 lumens, this product is bright and well built. There are settings for momentary on and constant on for either high or low beam output. The high setting on this device will last up to two hours. The low setting has a 47 hour run time. There is a carrying clip on this light as well as a weatherproof O-ring and gasket seal. Weighing in at 4.2 oz this is still a very light flashlight and is only 5.4 inches long. This flashlight takes two 123A lithium-ion batteries, which are included when it is purchased from Cabela's.
Not everyone is interested in a tiny flashlight, and those who want something more substantial, there is always that Mag-Lite. This company makes the classic flashlight which has now been updated with LEDs. The Mag-Lite ST3D016 3-D Cell LED Flashlight is the same black flashlight on the outside with a nice new interior. LEDs are difficult to break and much more efficient and the light in these flashlights runs on three D-type batteries. Rotating the head allows users to adjust from flood to spot and back again. Made with aluminum alloy, this product is water and shock resistant and still fairly light weight even though it is twelve inches long. This product comes with a limited lifetime warranty and retails for $26.87 on amazon.com.