As you all know I like to camp. A lot. Over the years I’ve tried just about every type of lighting you can imagine. Firelight, candle light, home made lamps made from bacon grease and clam shells, electric lights, gas lights, right on up to nuclear lights. Ok, I’m just kidding about the nuclear lights, but you get the idea. There’s a lot of different ways to light up your life.
There are many types of lanterns you can get for camping. Some people are happy with just a headlamp or a flashlight while others like kerosene or other types of liquid fuel lanterns. I’ve run the gamut and finally settled on a Dorcy lantern.
Of course, lanterns are nice when the power goes out too. A bright light like the Dorcy can really light up the room making a power outage a little easier to deal with.
There are several cool features about this particular lantern that I like:
- It can be used with one LED light or both
- It has a night light, which is great for getting up at night without waking up your tent mates
- It has a hook on the top so you can hang it from a branch or loop in the tent (very cool)
- It’s waterproof
- It runs on batteries
- This lantern is bright! It provides a clean white light that gets into even the dimmest corner of my five man tent
What I’ve figured out about lighting is that every method or device has it’s ups and downs. Liquid filled lanterns need wicks and fuel, propane lanterns need gas and mantles, electric lamps need batteries and bulbs – it just comes down to which you prefer.
In the end I look for the least amount of fuss and that would be the battery operated lanterns. The way I usually work it is when I look for firewood in the forest I wear my headlamp or use an LED Flashlight. When I get it back to camp I cut it up and split it by lamp light. When I’m done I turn it all out and just do things by firelight, which conserves fuel and batteries and is also a great way to relax.
This particular lantern has a permanent spot in my winter tent. I’ve used it many times and I’ve also found it useful to hang it outside when I’m around the fire pit. It’s great for when I want to split wood and if I walk away in the dark for more wood it’s a great beacon for getting back to camp.
When I’m backpacking a long distance I just use a headlamp, but in my big camps I like to have a better light situation.
I still keep oil lamps and other types available as backup, but my main lamp is the Dorcy.
What do you use for light when you go camping or the power goes out?
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