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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

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • bruce

    I love this idea! Ordering some now for the camping kit…

  • cbjunk

    I’ve put the lights in opaque plastic jars to make laterns. Powdered drink containers work well.