One of the essentials for a multi-day camping trip is light—at night, it will help you see the surroundings around you and make your camp visible to all. However, another question is raised when it comes to lighting: what makes a good light? What should I get for my camping needs? Another key issue to consumers is cost. What is the best available product for my budget?
Some may argue for a light with low lumens for maximum usage, or high lumens for the brightest light available, usually for shorter camping trips. Fenix's CL25R maxes out at 350 lumens, but can be set to six different settings to prolong the life of the camping lantern. The CL25R is compact at only 3.9 inches in height and weighs only 4.5 ounces, meaning it won't be the among the heaviest things you need to pack for your camping or hiking trip.
In addition to camping, the CL25R can also be used for automotive repair, just in case you break down on the side of the road in the middle of the night and know your way around a car. The CL25R is a nice companion for not only hiking and camping, but road trips as well. You can recharge the CL25R through a micro-USB recharging port that can plug into any wall outlet. This compact, lightweight camping lantern won't break the bank either at $59.95.
If you want to free one of you hands from having to hold a flashlight during your camping or hiking trip, you can check out Nitecore's HC90. This light is worn on the head. In the case you need to hold a flashlight, the HC90 can be removed from the headband and used as a 90° flashlight. Like Fenix's CL25R, you can adjust the HC90's brightness to prolong the life of the battery: it has three different output modes ranging from 0.2 lumens (200 hours) to 900 lumens (45 minutes).
Nitecore's HC90 is durable and won't get hot to the touch. If you are worried about the durability of the HC90, it is also rated at an IPX8 standard, meaning you can submerge it in water up to two meters. It is also equipped with secondary RGB LEDs. It is also quite compact as well, measuring only 3.39 inches in length and weighing only 4.59 ounces without the battery. If you are looking to explore the great outdoors at night at little cost, Nitecore's HC90 retails for only $110.
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