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The Best Camping Flashlights in 2019

It’s a guarantee the trails are going to get dark. Having a bright, reliable flashlight (or two) in your camping gear isn’t just a good idea. It’s a must-have. These LED camping flashlights from NITECORE offer some of the brightest outputs with the quality and endurance to withstand some of the harshest environments found on the planet.

1. NITECORE MH12GTS Rechargeable Flashlight

Why we like it:

If you want a flashlight that’s extremely bright, look no farther than the NITECORE MH12GTS flashlight. Equipped with a CREE XHP35 HD LED, the MH12GTS reaches up to 1800 lumens bright on the highest output setting. The slim 1″ body keeps the flashlight from taking up too much room in your backpack, and the tactical-style controls are simple to operate.

What’s really great about the MH12GTS is that it comes with everything you need including an NL1835HP 18650 li-ion battery and USB charging port built into the tail of the light.

2. NITECORE TIP 2 Rechargeable Keychain Flashlight

Why we like it:

Believe it or not, this keychain flashlight is bright enough to use as a primary flashlight if you’re looking to keep your gear ultra light. The latest iteration of NITECORE’s best-selling TIP keychain flashlight, the TIP2 offers an upgraded 720 lumen output and adds an incredibly useful quick-release magnetic tail cap.

Weighing only 1.35 oz and featuring a built-in USB charging port, this is an excellent option for backpackers and ultra light hikers out there.

3. NITECORE P18 Tactical Flashlight

Why we like it:

NITECORE re-imagines the traditional body tube design of tactical flashlights and gives us the NITECORE P18 tactical flashlight which works well for outdoor adventures, too!

Using the same LED as the MH12GTS to produce an 1800 lumen bright output, the P18 also features a secondary 10 lumen red light. Why does this matter? Red light is excellent for searching your tent without disturbing others and won’t attract bugs like white lights.

4. NITECORE MH23 Mini Rechargeable Flashlight

Why we like it:

Combine the body shape and USB charging feature of the MH12GTS with the size of the P18 and you’ll wind up with the NITECORE MH23 mini rechargeable flashlight. Again utilizing a CREE XHP35 HD to reach 1800 lumens on Turbo, the MH23 is like carrying a miniature search light in your pocket.

5. NITECORE EC22 Infinite Brightness Flashlight

Why we like it:

If keeping things simple is your style, the NITECORE EC22 will be right at home in your pack. All that’s needed to operate this slim 1″ flashlight is a conveniently located rotary dial that gives you complete control over how much (or little) light your flashlight emits. Simply twist the dial to turn the EC22 on and adjust anywhere from 1 to 1000 lumens of light. It’s that easy and with no Strobe or flashing settings, it makes a top choice for families.


What to look for in good camping flashlights

  • Size: Especially important if you’ll be doing any sort of hiking to get to your camp site, don’t pack a bulky, outdated flashlight that will take up unnecessary room in your backpack and add weight you could probably find better uses for. Fortunately, LED flashlights these days offer some incredibly powerful outputs while still fitting in the palm of your hand.
  • Output: 100 lumens? 1000 lumens? How much light do you actually need is often a matter of preference, but in general we recommend a flashlight that runs between 700 and 1000 lumens. That’s more light than you’ll likely need for general campsite lighting and night time treks but can be used for when something goes bump in the night or for emergency searching.
  • Waterproof rating: Until we figure out a way to control the weather, making sure your flashlight is rated for splashes and rain will keep you from getting caught without a light at the worst possible time.
  • Batteries: Your flashlight is only as good as the battery inside powering it. Although there are some fantastic AA/AAA flashlights around, if you want to get the best power density from your cells, look for something running li-ion batteries. If your flashlight offers USB charging, consider bringing a power bank or solar panel to take advantage of on-the-go charging. For flashlights with removable batteries, carrying a spare cell or two is always a great way to ensure you won’t get caught in the dark.

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