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The 10 Best Headlamps & Camping Lights of 2022

By: Jen Streby: Camp Buyer | June 14, 2022

 

Mankind has been innovating in the realm of outdoor lighting since the first came folks made fires to paint by. Since then, we’ve come a long way, but the basic principles remain. Reliable sources of light, especially when we’re sleeping outside, make us feel safer and make it easier to function. That’s never more true than on camping trips. A camping trip without lights is a scary, boring mess. Everyone goes to bed when the sun sets, and midnight bathroom breaks are terrifying. But, we’ve come a long way from the days of torches and candles being our only light sources. Now, with the best headlamps and best camping lights, it’s easy to keep things lit all evening long.

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Instead of a one-size-fits-all, light a big fire to keep the wolves away approach, there are camping lights systems on this list for everyone. Looking for a simple headlamp? We’ve got you covered. Need something that integrates into your tent for a gentle glow that’s perfect for reading or posting photos to the ‘gram? We’ve got that too. So don’t worry about the dark on your next camp trip. Just bring the necessary camping gear and make the most of your evening in the woods.

best headlamps & camping lights

Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp

Dawn patrols and late-night approaches call for big, dependable light. The Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp features six settings with an output of 350 lumens on max. Waterproof tested and easily powered by three AAA batteries, the Spot is a great choice for many kinds of missions.

LumensStandout FeatureOriginal Price
350 LumensBrightness Memory$39.95

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Black Diamond Revolt 350 Headlamp

The Black Diamond Revolt 350 Headlamp has an easy user interface and comes with Black Diamond's BD1800 rechargeable battery for convenient power without needing to search the cupboards for alkaline batteries. If the rechargeable battery is out of juice and there's no time to swap, no worries. Thanks to Dual-Fuel technology, the Black Diamond Revolt 350 Headlamp can also use good old fashioned AAA alkaline batteries to get the job done.

LumensStandout FeatureOriginal Price
350 LumensRechargeable Lithium Ion Battery$64.95

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Big Agnes mtnGLO Tent & Camp Lights

Even if you weren't ready to take the full dive into the Big Agnes mtnGLO™ legacy, doesn't mean you still can't enjoy all the perks. The Big Agnes mtnGLO™ Tent & Camp Lights is a versatile lighting system that works well as lights for your tent or a lantern that clips where you need it most. The MtnGLO provides a gentle ambient light that’s great for hanging out in your tent, or around the campfire.

LumensStandout FeatureOriginal Price
Not listedWorks hanging down, or freestanding$29.95

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Coleman 1900 Collection Lantern

Backyard camping trips and card games around the picnic table love the Coleman 1900 Collection 600 Lumen Lantern. A dimmable light and easily changeable AA batteries make this a staple in any outdoor adventure kit. Bring all the nostalgia of a classic kerosene lantern with the safety and versatility of modern electronics with the Coleman 1900 Lantern.

LumensStandout FeatureOriginal Price
600 LumensDimmable light settings$74.95

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BioLite SiteLight String

The BioLite SiteLight String is four bright lights in one easy, deployable package. You can daisy chain additional string lights to illuminate pathways, campsites, and more, and it can all be powered conveniently through a USB connector. This modular, durable light system will illuminate any tent or the whole campsite.

LumensStandout FeatureOriginal Price
150 LumensDaisy chainable$19.95

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BioLite Alpenglow 250 Lantern

The BioLite Alpenglow 250 Lantern is a portable, rechargeable light for keeping your campsite illuminated. With high and low modes, different colors of light to choose from, and a special surprise when you shake it, the BioLite Alpenglow 250 Lantern is a great option for parties and picnic tables alike. Charge your devices from the USB output and enjoy the included rechargeable battery pack with its 3,200 mAh Li-Ion capacity. The Alpenglow isn’t just a light, it’s a social hub, and a charging station all in one as well.

LumensStandout FeatureOriginal Price
250 LumensIntegrated USB power bank$59.95

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Black Diamond Cosmo 300 Headlamp

The Black Diamond Cosmo 300 Headlamp is a great workhorse headlamp to keep in a pack, toolbox, car, or simply on your head at all times. It emits up to a whopping 300 lumens and has a max range of up to 74m. That's some serious light performance, and it's all powered by just three AAA batteries beneath an IPX8 waterproof-tested chassis that can hold up to the meanest storms.

LumensStandout FeatureOriginal Price
300 LumensIPX8 Waterproof$29.95

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BioLite SunLight 100

The BioLite SunLight 100 is a portable camp light for illuminating picnic tables, shady areas, and brightening your day with a ton of versatile features. It can be charged using solar power thanks to its integrated solar panel, meaning the rechargeable battery pack can always be revved back up on a sunny day. The Sunlight 100 is a versatile, modular light that will come in handy no matter what sort of outdoor adventures you’re looking for.

LumensStandout FeatureOriginal Price
100 LumensIntegrated solar charging$19.95

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Black Diamond Moji Lantern

Ultra-portable and impressively bright, the Black Diamond Moji Lantern is ready to shed light wherever needed. Whether resting on a table, dangling from a tree, or hooked to the tent ceiling, the Moji's double-hang hook and unique dimming switch let you curate the 100-lumen capacity to provide the perfect lighting for any situation. The Black Diamond Moji Lantern's easily pocketable size leaves you no excuses for getting caught in the dark. No matter what sort of trip you’re going on, it’s a no-brainer to pack the Black Diamond Moji.

LumensStandout FeatureOriginal Price
100 LumensWater-resistant$24.95

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Poler Inflatable Solar Lamp

The Poler Inflatable Solar Lamp is a handy addition to any easygoing backpacking trip. It collapses down to a lightweight disc that can hang on the outside of your pack all day, soaking in cosmic rays. Once the big fiery ball makes its exit from the sky, inflate your little lantern and set free the sunlight you have captured throughout the day, providing mellow illumination to read, recreate, or cook by. These ultra-lightweight lamps are affordable and so practical, that they’re an easy choice for any adventure.

LumensStandout FeatureOriginal Price
Not ListedCollapsible$14.95

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The Selection Process:

Our camp buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things camping stemming from years of experience in the outdoor industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the trail and hanging at the campsite. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jen Streby

Hi! My name is Jen, and I grew up loving the outdoors, traveling to our family cabin every summer in Michigan where I got to spend time in lakes, rivers, and the woods. I grew apart from that as I traveled throughout the U.S. searching for what I call home until I moved to Utah in 2008 and became an avid backpacker and river rafter. From then on, it’s been a passion I seek out when the weather is a bit warmer here in the PNW.

I now call Washington home and have been here for 6 years. I started working for evo 2 days after my move up from Portland and have loved every minute of it. I’ve been a buyer for a couple of categories and then was tasked with bringing on our camp category several years ago. It’s been a wild ride and I’m stoked to be able to share my love for the outdoors with all our evo family.