Black Diamond Moji ($25)

From light and collapsible designs to tech-heavy options with charging capabilities, we break down our favorite camping lanterns of the
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2.6 oz.

AAA (3); rechargeable battery sold separately

Light, compact, and very affordable.

Rechargeable battery sold separately; limited lighting modes.

The AlpenGlow 500 is a luxurious and elegant lantern, however it’s definitely expensive at $80. Then there’s Black Diamond’s Moji that costs only $25, but gets the task done for campers who prefer the value and ease of use rather than the lighting modes or charging features. The design is essentially simple, however Black Diamond did make some notable changes recently, like raising the maximum luminosity (from 100-200 lumens) and introducing compatibility with rechargeable batteries (sold as a separate item). The most important thing is that the key ingredients remain in place, such as the affordable cost, light weight construction and compact design. When you add it all up to that, the Moji is everything camping enthusiasts require for the form of a lantern. Due to its light weight and bulk it also has the ability to do double-duty as a high-end accessory for backpacking trips.

Black Diamond recently overhauled the Moji collection. The basic model in this collection is the most affordable and basic of the line. For an additional $5, the Moji + has the same 200-lumen output, but it has attachment magnets and additional lighting options, including colors and a playful “campfire” option. The next option is the price of $45 for the Moji R + Lantern that swaps AAA batteries with Black Diamond’s USB-rechargeable model. The final option is the most expensive Moji Power Station, with the highest output of all with 250 lumens. It also is equipped with an USB port to charge electronics, and can be powered by either the standard AA alkalines or the lithium-ion battery that is built into it. We believe that the standard Moji has the best balance of its features most effectively and have been pleased with its overall performance. all of the Moji models are solidly constructed with a number of positive reviews to back it up.

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