Nite Ize Radiant 314 Rechargeable Lantern ($45)

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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10 oz.

Rechargeable (USB)

Handy built-in carabiner and light-diffusing storage bag; great run time.

Doesn’t really stand out in the market..

Nite Ize is arguably best well-known for their extremely practical carabiners in the shape of an S, but their lantern selection is not something to be snubbed at. The one we like best of their offerings includes the Radiant 314 rechargeable version that comes with a built-in carabiner clip we love attaching to the exterior of a duffel or pack or hanging in your tent. The other unique feature is the storage bag that doubles as a dual-purpose that emits the soft glow of a diffused light. It’s also worth noting that Nite Ize hasn’t scrimped on the power or features department that include a decent 314-lumen output, a variety of lighting options (including an amber mode to improve evening vision), USB port, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last up to 96 hours when it’s on high.

The price of the Nite Ize at $45 is a reasonable price considering its power and battery life, however it becomes less attractive when you compare it against the LE LED model that costs less than half and packs a whopping 1,000 lumens of luminosity. You can also get numerous light options in a slimmer and more organized package by purchasing the price of $80 for the BioLite AlpenGlow 500. And we like that model’s glass globe with a frosted finish that gives more evenly diffused light (the Nite Ize’s storage bag can be lost or lose). We’ve observed that Nite Ize products in general to be subpar in terms of quality when compared to premium alternatives from brands such as BioLite as well as Goal Zero. All in all the Radiant is a solid performance and has a good balance of goals however, it’s not able to really stand out in any way, which places it towards the bottom of our list of.

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