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A Buyer’s Guide to Outdoor Emergency Light

A Buyer's Guide to Outdoor Emergency Light
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Outdoors at night, a good and efficient emergency light fixture is necessary. As an outdoor enthusiast, I have always been interested in all kinds of outdoor lighting and recommend that you carry emergency lights in your travel bag, in your car, in the office, and at home. Emergency lights can be used not only as camping lamps but also as tools during power outages and car repairs and as guide lights when walking at night, which can help you deal with many emergencies. Then how do you choose the emergency light correctly? I have provided tips to help you decide.

1. Intensity of light

Most of the emergency lights are used outdoors or in dimly lit spaces. Therefore, a LED camping light with wide beams and strong light but not dazzling should be selected to improve safety. Camping lamps with higher lumens are generally required for outdoor camping. When purchasing, you’d better test the brightness of the camping lights. However, it should be noted that lamps should be selected according to actual user needs, rather than requiring the brighter, the better. You can refer to the following numbers before buying: when you are studying, usually 450 lumens of intensity are sufficient, and for a normal-sized room, you need 1700 lumens of intensity. Besides that, LED camping light is a wise choice because of its higher light intensity, lower power, and longer lifespan.

2. Battery life

The duration of use is an important indicator of outdoor emergency lights because no one wants the backpacking lanterns to run out of power in the middle of the night in an emergency. The average backup time available for emergency lights in the market is 4-8 hours. You should also prepare an extra set of lamps in case of special needs.

3. Charging method and time

Remember to check if the camping lamps are rechargeable and how. For example, does it support grid and solar charging or either? How long does it take to fully charge?

4. Portability and Durability

In outdoor camping or emergencies, people wish the camping lamps could be lighter while meeting their needs. Otherwise, they will be very troublesome to use. When purchasing camping lights, it is recommended to choose the ones that can be hung arbitrarily and are lighter in size and weight so that they are easy to carry and operate. Due to the complex outdoor weather and environment, whether the lighting material is durable, waterproof, and shockproof must also be considered.

In addition to the above, if your emergency lamps have features such as battery overcharge protection and power consumption indicators, they will have a longer life and work reliably. Some emergency lights can achieve multi-functional needs. For example, some improved camping lanterns with fans, camping lanterns with power banks, etc. Multi-functional rechargeable camping lanterns are better to use and make emergency gear lighter. The following are two popular and cost-effective hokolite lights I selected through evaluation.


Best Budget: 3000 Lumens 360° COB Rechargeable Camping Lantern

This LED camping light is the most cost-effective one I have ever used and is very suitable for outdoor camping. The lantern-like appearance design allows the backpacking lanterns to be hung, carried, or laid flat and can emit light at 360°. Five light modes, selectable from 900 lumens, 1500 lumens, and 3000 lumens, as well as red light and red strobe mode, can be used to alert others when help is needed in an emergency. ABS and TPR material is IP44 waterproof, very light, and impact resistant. 3 – 5 hours of USB charging gives more than 10 hours of use (in 900-lumen mode). It is particularly worth mentioning that when your mobile phone or computer is out of power outdoors, this camping lamp with a 4400mAh mobile power supply can also be used as a power bank to solve your emergency needs.

Most professional: 6000 Lumens LED Rechargeable Spotlight


Made of sturdy, impact-resistant military-grade ABS and TPR material, this powerful LED spotlight is the best work light for hiking, camping, and repairing. Six thousand lumens of bright light, lighting distance up to 900 meters, and additional four light modes can meet most of your needs. This Spotlight is waterproof and adjustable, with a hook and handle design for easy hanging and hand-holding. What’s more, it supports USB charging and is equipped with a US-approved 5V 1A UL charger and a 12-24V DC car charger cigarette lighter. What I like most is that the LEDcamping light has a battery indicator light to see when it is fully charged and how it is used. The built-in 6600mAh lithium-ion battery can charge the phone.

In a word, emergency lights do play a huge role in outdoor hiking, camping, and repairing. The two emergency lamps mentioned above stand out because of their affordable price, powerful functions, and long lifespan. They will escort you when you are in outdoor activities. You can click blog to check if you want to know more about other emergency lights.

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