Ever since the pandemic, with lockdowns keeping us confined to our homes and international flights off limits, interest in camping and outdoor activities has exploded – myself included. Recently, I’ve been getting amongst nature with my family and a massive part of the enjoyment for me is camping gadgets.
Hokolite is a lighting brand that I haven’t heard of before but when they reached out asking me to look at some of their camping lanterns, I was keen.
Hokolite have sent me 3 of their lanterns to check out:
- 360° COB Rechargeable Camping Lantern (Read the Review)
- Rechargeable LED Vintage Lantern
- 4000 Lumens Rechargeable Collapsible Lantern (Read the Review)
In this review, I’ll take a look at the Hokolite Rechargeable LED Vintage Lantern.
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Hokolite Rechargeable LED Vintage Lantern Specification and Features
|5.7 x 5.9 x 7.5 inches/ 145 x 150 x 191 mm
|14.29 ounces / 405g
|Cool White Mode
Warm Light Mode
|Edison LED Bulb
2 Lighting Sources
Portable & Lightweight
What’s in the Box
- 1 x Camping Lantern
- 1 x USB Cable
- 1 x Manual
Design & Features
The Hokolite Rechargeable LED Vintage Lantern is one of the nicest camping lanterns I’ve seen. With its Edison-style LED layout combined with metal frame and plastic top, it really nails the vintage look. Everything feels high quality, but I wouldn’t want to drop it as I can see the plastic top snapping with enough of an impact. That said, it looks fantastic as a general-purpose lantern or for sitting on a table to provide a pleasant reading light.
There’s a dial at the top that acts as both the power switch, mode toggle and dimmer as well as a 4 LED battery indicator. There’s also a USB Type C charging port (nice) as well as a full-size Type A port allowing you to charge your smartphone or other devices from the lantern’s built-in 2000mAh battery.
The metal handle is spacious, allowing for a comfortable grip as well as hang on branches, etc but there’s no split so attaching it to your tent would require a hook/carabiner.
Setup & Usage
The lantern is charged via the USB Type-C port hidden under a rubber flap for weather protection, with a full charge taking around 3-4 hours. Having USB Type C is excellent as I could always find somewhere to charge it up.
Everything is controlled by turning the top dial which adjusts the brightness and cycling through the 3 lighting modes:
- Warm White
- Cool White
Unfortunately, despite there being a nice click when turning on the lantern, there’s nothing tactile as you move between modes so it’s easy to overshoot and end up in the wrong mode. That said, the lantern always starts at the dimmest setting, so you don’t have to worry about being blinded by light if you accidentally go too far.
The 360-degree design offers good lighting coverage, with the metal frame adding some height too, which is a plus. You will end up with shadows but that’s part of the vintage aesthetic.
I also love the fact that the light starts in warm white (which doesn’t attract as many bugs and I personally prefer) as I used this 99% of the time when camping as it’s the perfect light to relax and read a book by. I really liked having the cool white available when I needed a bit more brightness or I needed neutral light when cooking.
The built-in USB charger works well but isn’t particularly fast, capping out at 1a. Whilst this is fine in an emergency, I would make sure you take a high-quality power bank like this one from Anker with you instead.
Verdict: Should You Buy the Hokolite Rechargeable LED Vintage Lantern?
I LOVED Hokolite’s Rechargeable LED Vintage Lantern. So many camping lanterns focus on being ultra-bright at the cost of a pleasant lighting experience. In fact, before Hokolite approached me, I had only seen a couple of vintage-style rechargeable lanterns with most being rugged cool white configs that, whilst practical, don’t lend themselves to a cosy camping atmosphere.
The fact that it combines great aesthetics, good lighting options and USB charging makes this a massive winner and a regular part of my car camping kit.