New to camping - LED Camping Lanterns and LPG Lanterns

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Hi! I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good LED lantern. We do have a gas lantern, but had a problem with the mantles and were stuck without any good lighting (one torch) until the camping shops opened the next day. We want to have a back up just in case this happens again. Also the gas lantern doesn't shine as brightly as it use to. I have read that you can clean the jets, can this be done or are you better off just replacing the lantern. Any information would be helpful. Thankyou in advance.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 13:43

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 13:43

I gave up on the gas lanterns a few years ago. Tired of the broken mantles and broken glass not to mention the noise.

I now have a Coleman LED light which can be charged off the 240 or the car or use batteries.

There are any number of brands on the market which may or may not be better. I guess in the end it comes down to personal preference and budget.


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Reply By: Lachie - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 13:57

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 13:57
I bought a Primus LED Nova Max which has an out put of 400 Lumens. It casts an excellent light. It has even been quite handy at home lately as our power has being going off a quite a bit lately.
We have given the old gas lantern away years ago. Noisy, not too flash in the wind and constant mantle problems . We also have a ARB 4x4 12 volt LED Adventure Light with a 5m lead.

Regards Lachie
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Reply By: olcoolone - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 17:09

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 17:09
If you want good light output and good battery life it might pay to have a look at the fluro lanterns...... I would have fluro over LED or LPG any day.
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Reply By: freedomseeka - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 19:21

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 19:21
I have not used a gas lantern for 10 years. Fluoros and then LEDs. I run them off a battery box with 100ahr battery that gets charged off the 4wd if needed. I even have them wired up to light switches in the tents. Just like a home away from home. I believe that Coleman have some good LED lanterns.
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Reply By: Bob R4 - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 19:37

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 19:37
Hi Tracy,
A 12v compact fluoro from fridgemate/ evacool is the very best light I've ever used in camping. From memory about .26 amps, brilliant light, quite rugged and a fairly long lead. When we get around to selling the Camper, this light will stay with us. Wasn't cheap from memory, but fantastic value.
Hope this helps.
Cheers, Bob
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 19:42

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 19:42

Give the gas lanterns the flick. Only good to keep you warm on a winter evening, as long as you have occupational deafness!

Versalite are a good fluoro light, can even get a rechargeable one too.

We've got a Coleman LED lantern, very good, BUT the single LED is at the bottom of the lit area, and when it's on a table, and you're having a meal, the light from the LED hits you in the eye. Something similar, but with a translucent lens might be the go.


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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 19:51

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 19:51

Instead of lighting up the campsite like the MCG for a night game, consider LED headlights. The problem with bright fluoros etc is that you attract insects, and wipe out the magic of the night sky. Headlights are perfect for conducting specific tasks - just remember to turn off when you are just chatting as no-one like being blinded. You can get the best brands for about $45 or the usual Korean and Chinese knock offs for around $10.

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Reply By: Member - Andrew W14 - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 21:09

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 21:09
Have a look at the LED lantern in the Shop in ExploreOz forum.
I got one recently and find it is superb - highly recommended.
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Reply By: Member - Taxi Driver - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 21:11

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 21:11
Hi Tracey
I have just bought a camper trailer and have 1met lengths of led light from jaycar, white above the kitchen and "yellow" above the bed. Attached them to alum angle and then Velcro to the frames. They are 12v with 240v transformers and an inline switch. Storing them in 50 mm round PVC plumbing pipe. They can also be joined together to give a longer length. So far seem to give plenty of light but may add an extra in the kitchen annexe. Another forum note suggested led will not attract mozzies so could be a bonus.
Regards Brian
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Reply By: Bazooka - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 21:17

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 21:17
I have the Coleman CPX Rugged rechargeable lantern Tracy. Pretty good but not as good as gas light imo. Has a couple of settings and is good for about a week at 2 or 3 hours a night. The top shields light which some might enjoy but I find annoying. Convenience wins though. Anaconda has some on special now, and regularly throughout the year. Plenty of options for tents.
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