Best for Family Camping

Goal Zero Lighthouse 250

This Transformer-like lantern won't just light your camp - it'll charge your phone, too. The built-in battery can be powered via a USB cord, which is wrapped around the lantern, or with the hand-crank on the top. (One minute of cranking equals 10 minutes of light on the low setting.) Turn the dial to the right, and the two LEDs cast 360 degrees of light, dimming from a gentle glow to a glaring 250 lumens. Turning the knob left activates only one side. A separate button turns on two red LEDs. [$80;]