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The Highgear Trail Lite Mini Lantern milks an incredible 110 hour constant burn time from its 4 AA alkaline batteries, so you won't have to hit the sack early because your lantern is dead.

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Camp Headlamp Replacement

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

When you are chilling by the campfire and have had a long day and evening of hiking you are probably ready to take off the headlamp. The Highgear Trail Lite Mini Lantern works well for around camp travels so you can give your tired head a rest, and when stationary provides quick illumination that isn't as harsh as a straight beam

all you need.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

i bought two of these thinking that one might not be sufficient, but for a three person tent one works great. there is a small cone-shaped diffuser above the led that gives a nice warm glow. i ended up ordering two more because the batteries run for so long i used them as general lights around the campsite.

Great for the tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're looking for a light to blind your neighbors 10 campsites down you're going to be utterly disappointed but if you just need to light up a picnic table or inside of your tent this little gem is going to be perfect.


It's cheap, gives plenty of light for what its designed for, and its light weight.


It'd be nice if if collapsed to be a little shorter while packing and the hanger isn't as nice as the split hangers on the BD lights.

The cons are pretty trivial and for the price its definitely a 5 star must have for camp.

let there be tent light

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The little lantern is great for hanging in the tent and having some light at night. It does not give off too much light and I wouldn't read with it while being in a tent. It does give off enough light to be able to find anything you need and is small and fairly light. I wont be using my light for anything other than having it hang in the tent. It could also be used to go to the bathroom at night. Its a nice little light and is just what I needed for my tent and would recommend for anybody needing a little light.

Good Little Lantern

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This lantern is really nice and small and easily packable. I haven't actually used it on the trail yet, but I live in the country - no street lights - so it has come in handy when I have to make a trip to the barn at night. I actually prefer it over my head lamp if I don't have to carry anything because it gives off enough light for me to see everything around me. I know it's going to be great on the trail/in the tent, and I love, love, love that the battery life is so long. Screw carrying extra batteries.

Definitely Adequate

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm definitely content with the lamp, but you must know what you're looking for before you buy. In my 3-person tent, this provides adequate light, but not overly bright. Sometimes I wish it were a little brighter. On the flip side, batteries last forever and it's pretty darn packable. If you want a really bright lamp, look elsewhere.

Light up you evenings on trail

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's light, even with batteries. It's bright, perfect inside a tent. It fits just right. Stuff it in your pack. Bust it out in the dark and use it all night if needed. It barely uses any battery power so you can haul it to hell and back with out worrying about it dimming.

HighGear Trail Lite Mini

    This is a sweet little lantern for 18 bucks. Perfect size to light up a car camping tent (6P, 8P) or for playing cards at the campsite picnic table. Also, its so small, you could easily bring it backpacking (smaller than a can of soda). It does lack a dimmer setting, but again, its 18 bucks for a good amount of light. Not sure about durability yet (only had for a couple of months). Of all the lanterns on the market, this one has the highest average burn time (110 hours) of any I could find, which equals less batteries, which equals more money in my pocket.

    Linville Gorge 3 Day'er

      So I took this little guy to western NC for a 3 day pack trip...It's bright enough to set up your site and because of the metal handle it's PERFECT for hanging in your tent with some paracord. It's only 30 lumens, but from LED bulbs so you're not getting that yellow washout feel..the other thing I liked is its resistance to water..mine was soaked in the morning dew (should have opened the vents some more) and was still kicking..I was a bit skeptical because Highgear mainly focuses on higher end ABC watches, but for 20 bucks I couldn't be happier.

      Linville Gorge 3 Day'er

      Do you know if you can collapse this as...

      Do you know if you can collapse this as you can with the black diamond one? Thanks

      Does it use "AA" or "AAA" batteries? ...

      Does it use "AA" or "AAA" batteries? Description says two different things.