The 10 Best Atomic Beam Lanterns
This wiki has been updated 3 times since it was first published in October of 2019. Atomic beam lanterns are great for stocking survival kits, lighting indoor spaces, and illuminating an assortment of outdoor activities. They are known for the extreme brightness they offer using nothing but low wattage LED bulbs and highly reflective material. In addition to packing a lot of lumens, they come with a range of features that can differ significantly from model to model. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best atomic beam lantern on Amazon.
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January 31, 2020:
This list was tough because there’s a lot of good options out there when it comes to atomic beam lanterns, but many are similar, so the amount of research one must do to arrive at an informed opinion is substantial. There are a lot of lemons out there when it comes to this category. A good deal of the time I spent researching different options was dedicated to one-star reviews, because, let’s face it, there’s likely way more fake five-star reviews out there than one-stars. The more reviews anything gets, the more chance it has of getting negative reviews.
Moving along, a couple things kept some popular lanterns off our list. Many are advertised as waterproof and therefore good for camping in damp areas, or on the darker side of things, surviving severe weather events such as hurricanes. Yet, there were enough refutations of water-resistant claims in reviews that it seemed safer not to send anyone up the creek without a paddle, or in this case, into the storm without a waterproof lantern. Elsewhere, allegations of cheap plastic and/or fragility barred others from the ranking, since, no matter how you cut it, if you aren’t using your beam lantern strictly as a bedside lamp, it should be able to endure a tumble or two without its case shattering or its electronics breaking. That being said, if you knocked over an old school propane or kerosene lantern, it would likely break also, but the thing is, it’s the year 2020, and if we can’t have durable electric lanterns, we ought to be concerned.
Finally, one of the real problems you run into with the beam lanterns is that sometimes they’re too bright, potentially spoiling the starlit, natural darkness of the great outdoors with excessive light pollution. I’m just trying to make sure I get to the outhouse without breaking a leg—not blind the wildlife. However, just so you know, even though lamps like the UST 30-Day Duro, GearLight S1300, Wsky Rechargeable Camping Lantern, and others already come with covers and/or can be set to different levels, there are a lot of ways to mute excessively bright beam lanterns yourself, although I don’t consider myself at liberty to share any of my own methods here due to safety/liability reasons. That reminds me: no matter what, you should always use your beam lantern—and anything you buy online—as specified by the manufacturer, and that’s that.