The Brightest LED Flashlights Of 2015


In A Nutshell

  • The brightest flashlight is now the Acebeam X60M which shines at 7500 lumens and costs about $720 (it’s rated at 10,000 lumens but commentators here say this is not correct)
  • The brightest compact flashlight is the Thrunite TN36 which can output around 6510 lumens, and costs about $200.
  • The brightest flashlight that uses AA batteries is the Nitecore EAX, which shines at 2000 lumens. It takes four AA batteries and costs about $120.
  • The brightest keyring-size LED flashlight: Fenix LD01 — 80 lumens — costs around $40

The Details

Note: The flashlights listed below have been superseded by the brighter flashlight listed above.

Nitecore Tiny Monster 26: 3800 Lumens

The Nitecore TM26 Tiny Monster LED Flashlight achieves its brightness by incorporating four CREE XM-L LEDs. The flashlight runs for 45 minutes on turbo mode (3800 lumens). It uses 4 x 18650 rechargeable batteries, or 8 x CR123 batteries.

The Nitecore TM26 is available at Amazon for around $300.

See also the Nitecore TM06 which can output 3800 lumens in Turbo Mode and it uses AA batteries.

Fenix TK-41: 860 Lumens

The Brightest LED Flashlights: Fenix TK41

The Fenix TK-41 U2, which shines at 860 lumens, is the brightest flashlight that runs on AA batteries. It uses eight batteries, and these can be rechargeable NiMH or alkaline AAs. The TK41 produces four brightness levels, the lowest (10 lumens) allows the flashlight to run for up to 240 hours.

The Fenix TK-41 U2 is available from Amazon for about $111.

Fenix TK-35: 1800 Lumens

The Fenix TK-35 is another bright flashlight with good ratings — it gets an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 159+ reviewers on Amazon. The first flashlight to use a Cree XM- LED, the TK-35 shines at 1800 lumens in turbo mode.

You can find the Fenix TK-35 on Amazon for about $120.

Here it is in action:

See also the Fenix TK75  shines at 2900 lumens. It costs about $200.


  1. R.B. Mathis says

    I agree on your comments about Fenix torches, as they are tops in almost every way. However, I did recently purchase an Xtar s1 which I am very impressed with. Solidly built and throws quite a beam. I want to see the Fenix tk 75 and compare with the Xtar. Any comments on the above would be appreciated.

  2. MB says

    What about the Nitecore TM15 Tiny Monster LED Flashlight with 2450 Lumen Triple CREE XM-L? It says it stays lit 60 minutes on bright, but says nothing about cooking your hand. I don’t have one, but it proposes to be smaller and brighter than Olight SR90 Intimidator. Although, I do like the heft and beam configuration better on the Olight. BTW: $200 for a fire starter that will blind the neighbors and permanently attached itself to your hand if used for the full 15 minutes from one charge seems WELL WORTH IT!!! Long live TORCH! Or, for however long 1000watt hours on a halogen bulb might be?

    • master says

      Because the quality of manufacturing is awful, and they give out half the number of claimed lumens.

  3. Gordon says

    I think that ThruNite TN-32 should be included in this review… TN-32 is the only light that comes from the manufacturer already overclocked to stunning ~230 000 cd. ( 1702 Lumens)
    It is one of the best thrower on the market today,

  4. says

    I’m on the verge of buying a torch from Olight. The Olight SR96. Has 4800 Lumens and uses 3 Cree MK-R LEDs. Its advertised as a rechargeable outdoor search and rescue light. Curious, why didn’t this guy make the list?

  5. john w says

    just bought my ‘brightest’ led flashlight at 1000 lumens at Costco for $19. It’s a Duracell Durabeam and the switch (always an issue with a flashight) works great. The great flashlight competition for brightest light for the buck, is on!

    • master says

      Sure, if that flashlight works for you. When you pay more you get a flashlight that is more reliable, and tends to have a better quality beam. Remember also that the flashlights listed here are about 3-5 times as bright.

  6. Adam says

    This post is perfect. I wish Google was smart enough to differentiate brilliant content (like this) from trash more consistently. These smart, succinct, posts don’t often get ranked above content specific written for Google’s robots – content which often annoys the heck out of human beings who just want critical information. THANKS for saving me a lot of time!

    • john says

      Yes, its a fraud! They will actually send you a UltraFire flashlight (made in China) that you could buy on EBay for less than $15 delivered. Falsely advertise DELTASTREAM! BUT THAT AINT WHAT THEY SEND YA.

  7. wayne says

    I have a Skyray King 9,500 lumens and over a 1000 meters reach, came with batteries 4x 18650,s and charger £40.00, been using it all year its superb,best value for money by far,well built aircraft alloy construction.

  8. Bill says

    Serious question: I’m new to high tech flashlights/lights and use them for nighttime mountain biking…. I’m using lights with single (zoomable) cree xm-l t6 with Panasonic 18650 batts.
    From what I can figure out, the Fenix TK-35 is about twice as bright??? but A LOT more expensive than my $ 10 ones (
    I’ve used lights like the ones above for two years with excellent results (with real batteries).

    Any comments, advice? Thanks.

    • master says

      Cheap flashlights from China listed on eBay tend to have heat sink problems or they just break down after a few months of use. Also, the beam shape and quality of light is often inferior.

      Having said that, I’m glad you’ve had a good experience with the flashlight you choose!

      • Richard says

        I also have an UltraFire CREE XML T6 and I absolutely love it. It has been bounced off the road, the ice, and has been dropped into a few puddles. The light is extremely bright, clean crisp edges and focuses very well. I have ran it for over 30 min and it never got much over warm. Great light for around $25 after batteries and charger.

  9. angel says

    Just want to share my newly bought flashlight from Nitecore… It’s TM06, 3800 lumens and a pocketable size.. i always bring it at night together with my friends.. it surely light my whole path, with advance ATR technology, you can feel a little hot in your palm.. i was holding it like 20-25 minutes, just normal hot.. but i did not really hold for an hour… not sure if the hot will increase, but with 3,800 lumens and the size of the body, i did not expect i can still hold it with that long period of time… but surely goodbye to overheat problems… please include it to your list… thanks

  10. Sam says

    I have both TM26 and TM06.

    The TM06 does NOT use AA batteries. It uses 4x 18650s just like the TM26.

    The TM26 comes in 2 versions. A 3500LM version using 4x CREE XM-L and a 3800LM version using the newer 4x CREE XM-L2.

  11. Jim Fisher says

    Just received my new flashlight. 1000 lumens. But, one thing concerns me. The name of the manufacture is not displayed on the light, just Made In China. Have I bought a “knock-off”?

  12. says

    Need best of 2014 of basic quality flashlight . Lumens between 80 and 1000 lumens .I be leave a lot of people would love to be able to pick a great flashlight . Oh like I like the olight s10r 4lm.

  13. Divya says

    I find the reviews of this website really very useful, I am looking forward to buy a flashlight which has car charging facility with a budget of 100 to 150 USD, I would appreciate your suggestions. I would like a very bright High Beam torch, I was about to purchase the Auraglow Alphalux G194 10w Rechargeable High Intensity 800 lumen CREE LED Torch Flashlight with Tent Light Diffuser, but after seeing this website, I thought your advice would be more valuable on the purchase.

  14. Daniel N says

    Acebeam X60M with 10.000 lumens should be on top of the list (3×MTG2 LEDs). The next is Acebeam X60 with 7500 lumens (5 XML2 LEDs) then Niwalker MM15 with 5.000 lumens (2 MTG2 LEDs). Also Olight Marauder has 5000 lumens. Of course there is Foursevens XM18 with 15.000 lumens but it is a little big to be called a flashlight.

  15. goeser says

    What about the 3300 lumen JET Beam DDR30 3-CREE LED flashlight for $300 that has a range of 400-450 meters? Uses three 18650 rechargeable batteries, has a digital display that shows battery level and modes, also has a tripod mount and glass breaking spike! No mention of this one yet!? Great performance videos of it in action on YouTube.


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