The Best Camping Lantern I Have Ever Used.

See how to make this amazing diy camping lantern. The beam diffusion is like no other lantern I’ve seen. It’s simple to make and budget friendly. If you like camping hacks this lantern is for you.
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This is my all time favorite camping lantern I made this Lantern and so can you. It’s simple it’s cheap and it has the best beam diffusion I’ve ever seen on any camping lantern. The parts list for our camping lantern is pretty short. One of the things that we’ll need are a battery holder of some kind. you can use either a three AAA adapter like this one or I’m gonna use an 18650 battery adapter. an LED or LEDs I’ll be using three batteries so I’m gonna use LEDs. we’ll need a piece of aluminum for a heatsink you could get some flat bar from the hardware store just whatever you have laying around. we need some kind of a switch I want to use a dimmer switch so I ordered this PWM and last but certainly not least for our diffuser we’re going to use this chocolate icecream bucket. I know some of you right now you’re thinking “dude seriously”? but I’m telling you the beam will be spectacular. This is one of the best camping hacks I know.



  1. Only Juan on September 16, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    dam all them tools and you had a problem cutting the metal. lol.. i get it.. I have a shit load of tools but never seem to have the best tool for the job. lol

  2. Abby Babby on September 16, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I wished I’d have seen this before I started making my driveway lights, yours is SO much better.

  3. keriann01 on September 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    What type of resistor did you end up using for this build? I am brand new to electronics and interested in building this lantern.

  4. Giu Galad on September 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Man, this is amazing. You are so cool

  5. fireman614c on September 16, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    can u make these an sell them id love to have one with 4-18650 batters an 4 bulbs

  6. Outdoor Legion on September 16, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    You are the best man. Quality content.

  7. Chuckles470 S on September 16, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    DIY disco ball next?

  8. Chocletdip Hair on September 16, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    im trying to live without electric can you make these for sale

  9. FreakzRitual on September 16, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Great job man that would badass for exploring caves or making videos at night or even photography

  10. Pastor Glock on September 16, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Super creative. That was impressive

  11. A Rivas on September 16, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Looks like you had fun and have a unique lantern to show for it. Win win

  12. Steve Kluver on September 16, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    That light diffusion is fantastic! Thanks for sharing this with us.

    I may just try that. I went to my freezer, right after watching this video. The ice cream bucket in there now won’t work, but I guarantee you the next one will!

    My Camping Lantern project may go a bit quicker though. I have a plasma torch, with a circle cutting attachment : – )

  13. PooorMan-DIY on September 16, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    no module for protecting 18650 battery from over discharged ???

  14. Cristin Harris on September 16, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    So ingenuitive. Great job being resourceful. Looks like a fun project but I have always had a hard time soldering wires.

  15. Sree Kumar on September 16, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Matt, thank you. This is yet another inspiring video from you.

  16. Susan Pratt on September 16, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Like this! Being a senior widow I don’t have or have access to tools to dyi this. Would you consider taking an order for one? Nice work! Enjoyed the video. Love good yankee ingenuity.

  17. Chef Jan Adventures on September 16, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    So awesome!

  18. Boot Boys on September 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Dude, I freaking love you, my hero you are!!

  19. yasir mushtaq on September 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Good job

  20. ExposedRoot on September 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Definitely cheaper than my Biolite Baselantern XL👌

  21. William Lee on September 16, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    The smoothness of the light output sold me, I like DIY projects and will probably try this one. Thanks for the vid. BTW, were those 1 watt LEDs?

  22. Henri Somer on September 16, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    "Plan C" plus the hammering have officially made you my favorite youtuber!! Keep up the good work mate!!

  23. Paul George on September 16, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    That was awesome Matt, now i have to make one. Question, did you use XML2’s?

  24. Adam Adam on September 16, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    You should have put D cells batteries so it lasts a very long time.

  25. jimmy Ross on September 16, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    man i really want to make something just like this thanks bro for showing me how to do it god bless you sir

  26. JasonWW2000 on September 16, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    A good way to cut and shape aluminum is to use an angle grinder with a cutting disc and grinding disc. You can also take a regular bar of soap and press it against the cutting surface and that will prevent the aluminum chips from clogging up the blade. It will slice aluminum like a hot knife through butter for about five seconds, then you have to touch it again with the bar of soap. I prefer Dewalt grinders and the tool-less mandrels.

  27. Lu Col on September 16, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    What’s the runtime?

  28. michelle kardash on September 16, 2019 at 7:04 pm


  29. red oct on September 16, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    A few days ago I was looking for a lantern for camping too. After watching a preview video I found what I was looking for. You can also see it here

  30. FEMA Region 9 on September 16, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Hey, question. Could I substitute a constant-current regulator in place of the resistor you used? And then use a pwm the same way you did? I’m trying to control an xhp70 brightness level for a work lamp I want to build.

  31. Niges View On ThinGs on September 16, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Nice Video …Great Build … More To Come ?

  32. Romelia Polly on September 16, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    You should go to woodprix if you’d like to make it yourself guys 🙂

  33. csc61 on September 16, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Awesome. Now patent it, mass produce it, and make a small fortune.

  34. FEMA Region 9 on September 16, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    GAAHHH!!! JUST what I was wanting to do, you answered all my questions!! Thanks Brother!

  35. MrSnapy1 on September 16, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Awesome love it! I have turned all kinds of things into 18650 powered devices. So rewarding when you make nothing into something. Got some super bright led 3v diode’s @.3 watts noticed how bright and beam focused they was. Made a handful of 18650 flashlights for a couple of bucks. Single 18650 holder glued on a cheap switch put both on a piece of a paint stick attached resister then led in a makeshift lens. It did everything I wanted a super long lasting light and brighter than my old mini mag light "non led". Perfect for looking for things when you don’t need a spotlight even have a blue light in tackle box for nighttime fishing.

    While its not as bright as fancy 18650 torches the one efficient led diode lets it last x20 longer or more. Which is what I wanted to replace camp propane lanterns. Something you can run all night without even worrying about batteries li ion is amazing! Thanks for this will try out a few plus give me an excuse to buy ice cream!

  36. Kris Young on September 16, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Glad that you said you can just use any 18650 light as the source. I’ve been making diffusers like this for a long time. Milk jug on the DX80 is my favorite. My son throws a light in his plastic jack-o-lantern on halloween. Really makes him visible when trick-or-treating.

    Great job on your project lantern!

  37. jimmy Ross on September 16, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    count me in for the fee give away lol please and thank you god bless and keep up the good work

  38. jimmy Ross on September 16, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    love it bro i love making lights just like this with anything you can get your hands on love it i make my own led lights except im poor and cant afford the good LEDs lol but i make it work still

  39. blackgaymidgetjew on September 16, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Awesome! Has it been tested in low temperatures? -5f should be sufficient.

  40. Mr. Memo on September 16, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Great Video! what adjustments do I have to make to make this work on a car battery?

  41. roberfg99 on September 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    how long does it last with the three batteries more or less???

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