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Just because the days are getting shorter (collective sigh) doesn’t mean you have to stop your backyard partying (collective relief!). Each of these portable lanterns is made for movement, meaning there aren’t cords to hold you back, and you can bring them out to the backyard once the sun starts to set. 

The secret to their brightness sans outlets is batteries that can be recharged over time, saving you from having to buy alkaline ones and ensuring that the glow can go all night long. Some on this list last up to 20 hours before they need more juice. 

Though these portable lanterns can go outside, they can also create a clean, cordless look inside your home. On a nightstand or side table, each of these can stand on their own. And they’re the ideal accessory in kids’ forts or playhouses. Here are our favorite ways to let it glow. 

The Color-Blocked One

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PC Portable Lamp, HAY ($95)

Thanks to coordinating colors, Hay’s lamp is as styling as it is smart. And with an adjustable dimmer, you can set the mood no matter how much daylight is left.

The Vintage-Looking One

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The Muse Portable Lamp, Tala x Farrow & Ball ($325)

Thanks to brass fixtures and a Farrow & Ball–shaded exterior, this new collaboration between Tala and the famed paint brand almost looks antique. 

The Modern One

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Bicoca Table Lamp, Abc Carpet & Home ($226)

A sleek shape, tiny profile (it’s just 8 inches tall), and a tilting shade make this table lamp a go-to for indoor shelving. And dotting a dinner table, it sets just the right tone. 

The Handy One

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URI Portable Table Lamp, MoMA Design Store ($55)

You’ll be the chicest one at the campsite with this indoor-outdoor lamp that has a slim handle and a bulb that lasts 20 hours. 

The Mini Ones

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Fatboy® Edison Mini Portable Table Lamp, West Elm ($159)

Sold in a set of three, these oh-so-cute 6-inch lamps can light up a nighttime beach hang or an outdoor table during game night. 

The Transparent One

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Fatboy Transloetje Table Lamp, West Elm ($129)

This one is a clear winner: The blue tinted polycarbonate body resembles glass, but it won’t break if it takes a tumble off your picnic table. Plus you just tap the base to control the brightness.

The Practical One

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Chispa Portable Table Light, MoMA Design Store ($220)

Made to resemble a garage cage lamp, this one comes with a hook and cord so that you can suspend it over an outdoor dinner table or inside a closet. 

The Design-y One

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Panthella Mini Portable Table Lamp, MoMA Design Store ($298)

Clocking in at just 9 inches high, this curvy pick—designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Verner Panton’s 1971 Panthella floor lamp—makes a statement wherever it goes, from a bookshelf to a patio side table.

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