Whether you prefer a minimalist, cord-free aesthetic in your home or need a portable lighting solution, a battery-powered lamp might be just the thing. We interviewed a designer for buying tips, then researched top-rated models for every room, purpose, and occasion.
When browsing options, Decorist designer Emerie Forehand says, "Go off the scale or size of the lamp and how much light it puts out to consider whether or not the light is good for the task at hand." Our favorite is the Blomus Ani Lamp, a versatile, rechargeable LED light you can hang from the ceiling or place on a flat surface.
These are the best cordless lamps currently on the market.
Best Overall: Blomus Ani 3-in-1 Rechargeable LED Lamp
The Blomus Ani is a high-quality light with a versatile design. This three-in-one lamp can be placed on the included stand and used as a desk light or table lamp. Thanks to the included rope, you can also forgo the stand and hang it from the ceiling or flip it over and use it as a compact nightlight.
The Ani is powered by a rechargeable battery and charges with a standard USB cable (included) for your convenience. You'll get up to 16 hours of illumination on a full charge, depending on whether you have the brightness set to low or high. The indoor-outdoor design is also water-resistant.
There are two sizes available—the smaller one is 13 inches in diameter, and the larger one is 19.5 inches. This light also comes in four colors, including white, gray, black, and taupe. While a bit pricey for a lamp, considering its versatility and durability, we'd argue that it's a worthwhile investment.
Best Budget: Maythank Cordless Rechargeable Table Lamp
Six brightness levels
Only one color
On a budget? This modern lamp from Maythank might be your best bet. Measuring 16 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide, it's the perfect size for a desk or side table. While it only comes in white, the pared-down design is versatile enough to be used throughout your home.
This cordless lamp has a built-in lithium battery that recharges with a standard USB cable. It's controlled by a touch sensor, allowing you to toggle among the three colors and six brightness levels with a gentle tap. You can also program it to remember your preferred setting.
Best Floor: Blomus Farol Mobile Rechargeable LED Floor Lamp
Those interested in a floor lamp should check out the Blomus Farol. Measuring 45.5 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter, this slim aluminum light has a notably small footprint. More to the point, it runs on a rechargeable battery, so you can place it virtually anywhere in your home. Thanks to the water-resistant design, you can use this lamp outside, too.
One thing that we don't love about this option is its high price point—however, the battery lasts up to 40 hours on a full charge, and the slender frame is sturdier than it looks. We also like that you can choose from three brightness modes, including soft illumination, diffused light, and ambient.
Best Desk: Baseus LED Rechargeable Desk Lamp
Dies quickly on bright settings
The Baseus LED Desk Lamp has a built-in battery that recharges with a USB cable. It's made of aluminum and comes in your choice of white or matte gray. You'll get up to 13 hours of use on a full charge, though it'll die a little quicker on brighter settings.
For added convenience, this lamp only takes about three hours to fully charge. And while it's just 15 inches tall with a 14-inch head, it offers 47 inches of wide-spanning illumination. It also comes with several thoughtful features, like touch controls, three color temperatures, and an intelligent sensor with automatic dimming.
Best Table: MJ Premier Battery Operated Table Lamp
Batteries not included
Looking for something to place on the table? Check out this cordless lamp from MJ Premier. Measuring just 6 inches tall with a 4.5-inch diameter, it's notably compact, making it ideal for a centerpiece or mood lighting on your buffet cabinets. You can choose from four colors, each with a shiny brass base and a textured glass exterior.
Unlike many other cordless designs, this one isn't rechargeable. It runs on two AAA batteries, which you'll have to buy separately. Still, the affordable price point and classy design are tough to beat.
Best Bedside: Insight Cordless Lighting Signature Collection Charm Drum Cordless Lamp
16 light color modes
Five finishes available
Pricey for the size
Charging kit sold separately
We also like this cordless design from Insight. The Charm Drum is crafted from a durable aluminum alloy and comes in five sleek finishes, including brass, copper, nickel, matte black, and white. Measuring 10.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches in diameter, it's the perfect compact size for a nightstand.
This modern lamp has a built-in rechargeable battery, and you can choose from a few different charging kits (sold separately). You can count on up to 16 hours of illumination on a full charge. While the price is steep for the size, we like that it has four brightness settings, a dimmer, and 16 light color modes.
Best Outdoor: Bori Large Natural Lantern Set
Some assembly required
For outdoor use, we recommend the beachy-boho Bori Lantern. This cordless lamp runs on three AAA batteries (not included) and promises several hours of illumination with the LED bulb. The set comes with an iron stand, but you can hang it from nearly anywhere using a rope or hook.
This unit is expensive, and some assembly is required, though it shouldn't take you more than a few minutes to set up. We like that the resin wicker is weather-resistant. However, it's not completely waterproof, so you'll want to bring it indoors if heavy precipitation is in the forecast.
Best Ambiance: Hay Pao Portable Lamp
Sleek, modern aesthetic
Just because you might not have outlets handy doesn't mean you'll have to sacrifice ambiance—just take the Hay Pao Portable Lamp. Designed by Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, the Pao is made of resilient polycarbonate and features a high-gloss finish in your choice of black, gray, red, or white. This durable lamp is weather-resistant, so you can use it to set the mood indoors or out, day and night.
Measuring 9 inches tall and 9 inches in diameter, the lamp flaunts a unique mushroom shape and a sleek, modern aesthetic. The Pao runs on a rechargeable battery and offers up to 10 hours of dimmable illumination. It's expensive, especially for the size, but it's backed by a one-year warranty.
Most Portable: URI Portable Table Lamp
For something you can take on the go, consider the URI Lamp. This portable light is 10 inches tall and 5.5 inches in diameter. It has a frosted plastic shade and a powder-coated metal handle, making it easy to carry or hang from nearly anywhere. You can also set it on any flat surface.
This cordless lantern runs on a built-in rechargeable battery. It comes with a 79-inch power cord for your convenience, charges in three hours, and lasts up to 20 hours on a full charge. While a waterproof design would be nice, the price is reasonable compared to others in its category.
What to Consider When Buying a Cordless Lamp
There are a few different types of cordless lamps. Like traditional lighting, this includes tabletop units, floor lamps, pendants, lanterns, and night lights. "Keep in mind where the lamp is going," says Forehand.
Battery-powered lamps are usually somewhat compact, as they're designed for portability. Floor lamps tend to be larger, but since you don't need an outlet, you'll have more flexibility in terms of placement.
When browsing options, you'll want to consider the overall design, including style and material, as well as your existing decor. Cordless lamps often lean toward a modern aesthetic, which aligns with the forward-thinking, no-outlet-needed concept. However, you'll also find traditional glass lights, beachy options with rattan shades, contemporary lanterns, and everything in between.
"Consider the battery life of the lamp and how long and often you will be using it," says Forehand. Cordless lamps usually run on built-in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, though some are powered by alkaline batteries (such as AAA or D-cell). Some last longer than others before they need a charge or fresh batteries. The battery lifespan will depend on the specific design and how bright you have the lamp set.
Some cord-free lamps have additional features. This may include color temperature settings, varying brightness levels, touch controls, manual dimmers, or intelligent sensors with automatic dimming. In terms of versatility and portability, you'll also find options with built-in handles and hooks for hanging, as well as designs with multiple configurations.
How do cordless lamps work?
Instead of having a power cord and socket that plug into a wall outlet, cordless lamps run on batteries. Some are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which you'll need to recharge either at a docking station or with a USB port. Others call for alkaline batteries, which you'll need to replace when the lamp dies.
Where should you place a cordless lamp?
According to Forehand, a cordless lamp can go virtually anywhere. "The best place for a cordless lamp is a space with no outlet around it so you can hide those pesky cords," she tells The Spruce. "Floating furniture around the room often leaves you with few outlet options."
Are cordless lamps safe?
Cordless lamps are generally considered safe to use, similar to battery-powered flashlights and rechargeable lanterns. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, those with LEDs are particularly safe, as the bulbs don't heat up or present a fire hazard. Additionally, this type of light eliminates the risk of tripping on a power cord and hurting yourself or knocking the lamp over.
Can you make a corded lamp cordless?
In some cases, the wire outlet on a lamp can be taken out and replaced with a rechargeable battery. However, converting a traditional unit into a cord-free light can be a complex and potentially hazardous process. We recommend consulting with an electrician or purchasing a new cordless lamp.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Theresa Holland is a product reviewer and commerce writer specializing in home decor and consumer tech. For this article, she spent hours considering dozens of models, narrowing down the selections based on versatility, battery life, charging requirements, appearance, and portability. She also spoke with Decorist designer Emerie Forehand for insight on choosing a cordless light.
Theresa covers home decor and appliances at The Spruce. You can read more of her work on MyDomaine, Travel + Leisure, and People.