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I love this idea, from Cool Tools. I’m a big fan of Christmas lights anyway (we keep a set up in our living room all year round and fire ‘em up whenever we’re feeling particularly festive). Here’s an idea for taking them camping, as an alternative light source.

I have discovered that these battery-powered LED Christmas tree lights are really great for camping. They are not really bright, lack the noise from a gas lantern, they are non flammable, use rechargeable batteries, seem pretty durable (I have had them in the back of my truck for a while now) are ridiculously cheap, and they don’t seem to attract bugs like all other lights that i have used.

I have slowed the use of my headlamp. No more blinding people when you look at them while camping. I also like not having to use the loud mantle lanterns or the hurricane type lanterns that leak oil and spill.

I string them up around the awning attached to my truck and then to the inside of the shell when I sleep or camp in there.

I got mine for around 5 dollars including shipping. Outside of using them for camping they are also really fun to swing around at night while taking long exposure photos.

— Thomas O’Brien

Battery Powered LED Christmas Lights
30 white LEDs, 3 meter string, $5
Available from and manufactured by DealExtreme

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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