Camping lights are an essential article when out in the bush. Whether camping in tents, caravan, RV or hiking you need light around the campsite in the evenings.
Consider some of these points before shopping for the right one for your needs.
First of all it is necessary to decide whether you want to make use of gas or liquid fuel, battery powered or even electric lighting.
As we know not all campsites have electric power points and one never knows when a power outage occurs. Here are some alternatives to look at, also see what's available at the store at the bottom of the page.
LP Gas and liquid fuel lanterns (lead free petrol or benzene) give a bright light and are handy to use outside the tent while cooking, washing dishes and so on.
When camping off the beaten track these are handy and easy to use and a cheaper option too.
Both the above work with mantels so be sure to have spares as these need replacing from time to time, especially after traveling on a bumpy road.
Have a sturdy place to put these lamp as they get very hot while in use, and put the carry handle in a down position while using to keep it cooler.
Do not use inside tents for fire hazard purposes and keep away from small children.
Put batteries wrong way around into flash light to keep from running down if accidentally switched on while travelling
LED lights are a good option for use inside a tent for reading at night, and this is much safer option for children.
Most batteries can be recharged and come with battery chargers. Some even for charging from a 12V car battery.
Remember to pack the charger or have spare batteries handy. Fully charge the batteries before you leave home.
Although not widely available mechanical powered Dynamo Led Lights can be found at some places. Cranking the handle connected to a small generator will make the lights come on.
Flashlights or LED headlights are very helpful for lighting the way to and from the bathrooms at night or checking meat on the BBQ, braai.
It's great fun for small children to have a headlight on and helps you keep an eye on them when they're playing around the campsite in the evenings.
There is a wide variety of flashlights with rechargeable batteries available on the market today, which is very handy when out in the bush.
Make sure to once again have spare batteries or the charger handy when leaving home.
A wide variety of hand-cranked Dynamo LED torches are on the market today and by a couple of turns of the handle power is generated to charge the batteries.
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