View Full Version : Thoughts on LED lanterns...

11-26-2011, 08:44 AM
I am looking to upgrade some of my camping gear this Christmas... as a former backpacker (10yrs ago) I have some nice stuff, but a few things have come a LONG way since I bought any gear for camping. The new LED lanterns have caught my eye. Anyone using one of these? I can see me still lugging out the propane Coleman gas laterns for large group/family camping, but I am interested in something more lightweight and compact for solo/duo trips. I would most likely use it for cooking and inside a tent or maybe lighting up a picnic table for a game of cards or something.

This on has caught my eye... are there others to consider? Pro's or cons? I think LEDs are here to stay.



I am also trying to figure out if a JetBoil would gain me any benefit over my MSR pocket rocket setup? It is more modular and takes up less space when stowed. Thoughts?

11-26-2011, 10:15 AM
I have the BD you posted. It is outstanding in a tent. Won't replace a big gas unit outside. But works great on a table for enough light to eat. I'd like to get the big BD unit as the would probably replace my gas unit. Still not as bright but much easier to use and safer for the little one.

I've had a few of the cheap led lanterns too. They all work pretty good but I really like the Black Diamond ones personally.

I also have a jet boil. Its great for boiling water that's about it IMO. Oh and warming baby bottles. No experience with the pocket rocket stove. So if your planning a backpacking trip on dehydrated food only its a good option. But if you want to pan cook anything its not as nice as some other options.

11-26-2011, 12:42 PM
I run a BD Orbit lantern for bikepacking and hiking. They do the job, small and light. Much better than dealing with a candle IMHO and nicer than a headlamp for inside the tent. It's bright enough to use inside the WilderNest, although I still use a Coleman fluorescent lantern for that.

Jetboils seem nice (don't have one), although the MSR is more flexible, a touch lighter (with a ultralight pot it'll be about 4 ounces lighter). OTOH, the Jetboil is quite a bit more efficient so you can carry less fuel and really is much better in high winds. Personally since you already have the MSR I doubt you'll see $100 worth of improvement.

Man Jerk
11-26-2011, 01:11 PM
Jetboil's boil water FAST! They are pretty cool and compact, but not very flexible.

11-26-2011, 05:54 PM
Good to hear it on the BD light. I will hold onto the Pocket Rocket and use the Wisper light international when I want to "cook" something.

Thanks! Drew