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The Best Lights for Camping and Hiking Trips

The Best Lights for Camping and Hiking Trips

A great light is a must for any camping or hiking trip. It is the difference between total darkness and being able to see what you’re eating for your evening meal or being able to set up your tent in the dark. Lighting a fire isn’t always an option and your phone torch probably won’t quite cut it - not to mention you don’t want to be draining your phone battery when you’re out in the wilderness.

 

What Is The Best Light For Camping?

The best camping and hiking lights are portable, designed to either clip on to parts of your tent, sit safely on a flat surface, or fix comfortably on to your head. They are compact, durable, and have useful features like water-resistant capabilities, built-in power banks, and multiple lighting function settings.

There are many different features, shapes, and sizes to choose from when it comes to camping and hiking lights. We’ve come up with a balanced list of great value and high-quality lights so that no matter what your needs, you’ll find the perfect lighting solution from our list of favourites.

  

Head Torches

Head torches are the perfect type of light for when you’re hiking or exploring in the dark – they provide hands-free lighting at the touch of a button. They are also extremely helpful when you’re camping and completing tasks in the dark, such as setting up camp or preparing and cleaning up food.

We offer a range of head torches from brands including Unilite and Stahlwille. The following are three of our favourite and most affordable picks that are perfect for camping and hiking.

  

Unilite HL-1R Rechargeable LED Head Torch

Rechargeable LED Head Torch

The Unilite HL-1R is a lightweight head torch with a powerful white CREE LED that has a maximum output of 125 lumens. It also features two 3mm red LEDs for night vision, making it perfect for use in the dark when camping or hiking.

As well as these features, it also has an SOS setting with an impressive 24 hours run time to help the user be found in an emergency. It can be easily recharged on the go using its micro USB cable plugged into a portable power bank. This head torch is constructed from super tough, durable material allowing for its 1 metre impact resistance and IPX5 water-resistance rating, making it perfect for use outdoors.

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Unilite PS-H1 LED Hi-Vis Micro Headlight

LED Hi-Vis Micro Headlight

The Unilite PS-H1 is a compact and lightweight head torch with both white and red LEDs which provide a maximum output of 75 lumens. It has 4 different operational functions which allow for high and low floodlighting options, as well as red and flashing red options.

This head torch is powered by an AA alkaline battery so if it runs out of power on the go you can simply just replace the battery and it is good to go again straight away. It features a super lightweight headband that is adjustable to any head size and is non-slip for user ease and comfort, making it pleasant to wear for long periods of time if you’re out hiking.

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Unilite BE-02+ Beanie Hat with Rechargeable LED

Unilite BE-02+ Beanie Hat with Rechargeable LED

The Unilite BE-02+ is an innovative beanie hat head torch combination. The integrated LED light is easily rechargeable on the go by using a USB cable that can be plugged into a portable power bank. It is the perfect alternative to a standard head torch as it allows you to have a hands-free lighting source but also keeps your head warm at the same time, making it the ideal accessory for camping and hiking in cold conditions.

It delivers a maximum output of 150 lumens and a beam range of up to 13 metres. You also needn’t worry about the rain as it is IPX4 rated, meaning it is water-resistant and perfect for use outdoors. It comes in three different colours - black, orange and yellow.

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Extra Feature Lights

These lights are brilliant at what they do and also offer some extra useful features! They are perfect for taking on a camping or hiking trip when you need to pack a minimal amount of essentials, as they are two useful products built into one! These are our top picks from our wide range of lighting options available on our website.

  

Unilite SP-750 Rechargeable Speaker Work Light

Rechargeable Speaker Work Light

The Unilite SP-750 is a rechargeable light made from industrial strength materials to ensure that it is water-resistant, making it perfect for use outdoors when camping and hiking. It has a white COB LED flood light that delivers a maximum output of 750 lumens, which would be perfect for lighting up the area around your campsite. As well as the floodlight, it also has a flashlight function that has a white CREE LED, which delivers a maximum output of 300 lumens. The flashlight function is ideal for finding your way around in the dark whilst trekking or hiking or even just around the campsite at night.

Its built-in high-quality Bluetooth speaker emits a superior sound in both quality and volume. It can be linked to any Bluetooth device to play music from, including phones, tablets and laptops. A speaker is a camping luxury and can make a real difference to your trips. It provides you with a source of entertainment and is a small creature comfort whilst you’re out in the wilderness away from home.

This light features a 180° rotating handle which can also be used as a stand, magnets which allow it to be fixed to any magnetic surfaces, as well as a hanging hook with a hinged attachment, which lets the user hook it onto various items including tent poles. This light can be easily recharged on the go using a USB type-C charging cable plugged into a portable power bank.

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Unilite SLR-1750 Power Bank Site Light

Power Bank Site Light

The Unilite SLR-1750 is a rechargeable light that offers a brilliant 50 metre beam range and features a powerful 1750 lumen COB LED, which is perfect for lighting up your campsite. Its super tough construction ensures that it is water-resistant, making it perfect for use outdoors when camping and hiking. As well as its main light, it also features additional red LED functions with a run time of up to 195 hours that can be used for signaling, which is extremely useful to have in case of an emergency when you’re trekking or hiking.

Its built-in USB power bank allows for effective charging of small devices, including mobile phones and tablets. The battery is 10,400 mAh and is itself rechargeable via a USB type-C cable. Power banks are extremely useful when camping or on the go in the wilderness and mean you won’t be caught out when something runs out of charge. To find one integrated with a high-quality light is very rare!

This light also features a 180° rotating handle which can be used as a stand, a carabiner hook which lets the user hook it onto various items, such as tent poles, and magnets which allow it to be fixed to any magnetic surfaces. These features mean the user can place this light virtually anywhere for hands-free lighting wherever they need it.

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Unilite SLR-2750 Rechargeable Site Light

Rechargeable Site Light

The Unilite SLR-2750 is a site light with a brilliant beam spread thanks to its powerful 2750 lumens COB LED, which will easily light up the area around your campsite. It also offers five different output settings so that the user can ensure they have the correct light for them, whether that’s a super bright 2750 lumens or a more modest 550 lumens.

This light has a tough aluminium structure and is IP54 rated, meaning it is dust and water-resistant and therefore perfect for use outdoors when camping or hiking! It has an adjustable stand positioned on the back of the unit that can be pulled out and rotated 180°, which allows the user to angle the light exactly as they need it. This stand also doubles as a carry handle when pulled all the way out, making it ideal for use on the go.

The SLR-2750 also has a built-in power bank feature which allows the user to charge other devices such as phones and tablets via a USB port – the perfect tool for a camping trip. It has 2 200 mAh Lithium-Ion batteries which are themselves rechargeable. Power banks are a massive essential when on a camping trip to ensure your devices don’t run out of battery and having one integrated into a high-quality light is a great space saving packing hack.

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Inside Tent Lights

A high-quality tent light can make a massive difference to your camping experience. It can mean the difference between you stumbling around your tent in the dark and being able to see the people you’re set next to when the sun goes down around the campsite.

We offer a range of lights that are perfect for use inside tents from brands including Native LightingSerious Lights and Daylight. The following are our favourite picks that we think you’ll find really useful on your next camping trip.

  

Native Lighting N3191 Reverse Lamp

Tent light

The Native Lighting Reverse Lamp is a lightweight, portable lamp that can provide both cool and warm light. It also features a continuous dimmer to control the brightness of the light for both light colour temperatures. This is great for use in a tent as you can set the lighting to exactly the right colour temperature and brightness for you, depending on the time of the day.

It also features a handle on the top, which allows the user to hang the lamp up wherever it is needed, such as from the pole of a tent. Alternatively, its flat bottom design with a rubber grip means it can be easily placed on any flat surface without the user having to worry about it slipping off.

The lamp can be easily recharged on the go using the included USB cable, by plugging it into a portable power bank. It also weighs just 300g making it the perfect portable lighting option to take camping or hiking, as it is so lightweight and will take up minimum space in your backpack.

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Daylight DN1380 Smart Clip-On Lamp

Clip-On Lamp

The Daylight Smart Clip-On Lamp is a great lighting option to take on your camping trip and to have in your tent. It features a strong clip which allows the user to fix the light onto a variety of surfaces including tent poles or books if you want to use it as a reading light.

The flexible arm also means light can be directed exactly where it is needed, giving the user ultimate versatility. It also has three brightness settings, which allow the user to adjust the light to their requirements depending on the time of the day and its 85 lumens output will easily light up a small space inside your tent.

It is super lightweight at just 140g, making it easy to pack up and take with you to set up and use wherever and whenever you need it. The internal rechargeable battery can easily be topped up when on the go by using a USB cable plugged into a portable power bank, making it a great lamp to take away on a camping trip.

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Native Lighting N4233 Lamp Pad

Lamp Pad

The Native Lighting Lamp Pad is a lightweight, slim lamp that takes up very little space making it extremely portable and perfect for taking on a camping trip. It also comes with its own zip pouch that it can be effortlessly packed away into so you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged on the journey.

This lamp features a touch-sensitive control pad that enables the user to turn the light on and off, as well as adjust the brightness meaning the user will have exactly the right type of light for them in their tent.

The light spread from the shade easily lights up a surface such as a table allowing the user to continue tasks into the evenings, whether you’re eating or playing games around a table. It can also be easily recharged on the go using a USB cable plugged into a portable power bank making it a perfect lamp to take travelling.

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Daylight D45001 Foldi LED Lamp

Foldi LED Lamp

The Daylight Foldi Lamp is the ideal travel companion thanks to its size and portability, making it a great addition to any camping trip and in any tent. It can be very easily folded up to take with you on the move whilst taking up very little space in your luggage.

The internal rechargeable battery can be easily topped up when on the go by using a USB cable plugged into a portable power bank, making it a great lamp to take travelling.

Its 30 bright daylight LEDs give the user a comfortable light source that reduces glare and eye strain. This is an especially good asset to have if you wish to use this as a reading light or for when you are playing games in your tent or around the camp, as it allows your eyes to focus easily and without injury.

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Torches

Torches are really useful to have with you when on a camping trip or going hiking in the dark. They’re super helpful for helping you find your way around your campsite in the dark or for exploring the area after the sun has gone down.

We offer a range of torches from brands including Unilite, Stahlwille, and Serious Lights. These are our top picks that are ideal for taking with you when camping and hiking.

  

Unilite PS-I2R Rechargeable LED Inspection Light

Rechargeable LED Inspection Light

The Unilite PS-12R is a lightweight hand torch that won’t take up much space in your bag and has a fluorescent body that allows for high visibility. It produces 275 lumens on the highest output and has up to 13 hours run time on the lowest setting, meaning it will easily light your way in the dark. As well as the primary light it also has an additional torch light built into the head of the unit, which is perfect for using around a campsite.

It has a pocket clip for storing the torch, which also doubles up as a magnet for hands-free light. An additional magnet is also built into the base of the torch. This magnet is on a hinge which can be flipped out and used as a stand and rotated around 240°. These options allow the user to direct light exactly where they need it with hands free options.

This torch is perfect for light on the go, as if it runs out it can be easily recharged using a micro USB cable plugged into a portable power bank making it perfect for taking on a camping or hiking trip.

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Unilite IL-SIG1 Rechargeable LED Signal Light

Rechargeable LED Signal Light

The Unilite IL-SIG1 is a rechargeable light with high powered SMD LEDs that provide 600 lumens on the highest output – perfect for lighting your way in the dark. It features a main light with a run time of up to eight hours, a torch light with a run time of up to 10 hours and red, amber, and green signal lights with run times of up to 24 hours. These signal lights are ideal for if you have an emergency whilst out trekking or hiking.

It features both a hanging hook that could be easily attached to a tent, as well as a fold-out stand for easy storage and positioning of light. As well as this, it can be attached to magnetic surfaces thanks to its strong magnet on the hanging hook.

This torch is ideal for use on the go because if it runs out of battery, it can be easily recharged using a DC-USB charging cable plugged into a portable power bank. It is also IP54 rated meaning it is dust and water-resistant as well as being 1 metre impact-resistant, making it perfect for use outdoors.

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Unilite FL-11R USB Rechargeable Aluminium LED Flashlight

USB Rechargeable Aluminium LED Flashlight

The Unilite FL-11R is a small, lightweight, high-power torch that offers a brilliant 1100 lumens beam from its CREE LED which will easily light your way in the dark either around your campsite or whilst out hiking. It has four different output levels to choose from to ensure that you have the right brightness for you. The included lanyard and holster are ideal for easy carrying when taking the torch trekking or hiking with you.

This torch is perfect for use on the go as it can be very easily recharged using a micro USB charging cable plugged into a portable power bank and only takes approximately four hours to fully charge. It is also IP67 rated meaning it is dust and waterproof, as well as being able to be submerged in up to one metre of water, making it perfect for use outdoors.

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Site Lights

A top-quality site light can make a huge difference to your camping trip. It can allow you to completely light up your campsite area, depending on your chosen site light, allowing you to see everything you need to around you. They’re perfect for use when sitting outdoors around the campsite when the sun has gone down.

We offer a range of site lights that are ideal for use when camping. These site lights are high-quality lighting solutions and will be the perfect addition to your next camping trip.

  

Unilite SLR-1300 Rechargeable Site Light

Rechargeable Site Light

The Unilite SLR-1300 is a site light that produces 1300 lumens on its highest setting and lasts up to 30 hours on its lowest setting, giving you a great amount of light and time for use around your campsite at night.

The built-in battery is easily recharged on the go by plugging a USB cable into a portable charger, making it perfect for a camping trip. It has a super tough aluminium structure and is IP65 rated, meaning it is dust and water-resistant and ideal for use outdoors.

This light has a stand located on the back of the unit that can be pulled out and rotated 180°, which allows the user to direct the light exactly where it is needed. This stand also doubles as a carry handle when pulled all the way out, making it perfect for use on the go.

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Unilite CT-2 Compact LED Work Light

Compact LED Work Light

The Unilite CT-2 is a lightweight, portable, battery-operated light with high powered SMD LEDs that allow for high visibility around your campsite. It features both a belt clip attachment for portability if you want to take it hiking, as well as a retractable rotating hanging hook which would allow the user to attach the light to tent poles.

This light can also be attached to magnetic surfaces thanks to its rotating stand that allows it to be used hands free. It delivers a maximum output of 250 lumens and also has an additional torch located on the top of the unit, which delivers a maximum output of 100 lumens. This makes it perfect for camping trips because the user can have two types of light built into one with this product. This light runs of AAA alkaline batteries which provide it with a run time of up to 12 hours, so if it runs out of power on the go you can just simply replaced the batteries and it is good to go again straight away.

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Unilite HX1500R Rechargeable LED Site Light

Rechargeable LED Site Light

The Unilite HX1500R light features a brilliant 1500 lumen white COB LED with an impressive 48 metre beam range, which will effortlessly light up your campsite. As well as its site light function, it also has an additional LED spot light built in to the unit so you can use it as a torch when walking around.

Its battery is easily recharged using the included USB type-C charging cable and can be recharged on the go by plugging it into a portable power bank, making it perfect for camping trips. This light has ultra-tough nylon-polymer and rubber housing, which makes it extremely robust and durable, which is extremely handy for use whilst camping or hiking.

As well as this, it is IP65 rated meaning it is dust and water-resistant and two metre drop resistant, making it the perfect companion for outdoor use. It also allows for multiple hands-free lighting options thanks to its 180° rotating stand that allows the user to direct light wherever it is needed, a hanging hook meaning it can be hung up in a tent or from a tree and a strong magnet on the back of the unit, which allows it to be attached to any magnetic surfaces.

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Heamar sell a variety of camping lights, including head torches, tent lights, site lights and flashlights - you can find our full range of camping tools that we have to offer here.

 

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