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The Brightest LED Flashlights Of 2016

by Justin Thomas •

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  • The brightest flashlight is now the Acebeam X60M which shines at 7500 lumens and costs about $690 (it’s rated at 10,000 lumens but commentators here say this is not correct).
  • The brightest compact flashlight is the Thrunite TN36 UT. It outputs around 7300 lumens and costs about $230.
  • Update September 2016: Now that the Acebeam has increased in price, this 6000 lumen Fenix flashlight has a nice price at $380.
  • The brightest flashlight that uses AA batteries is the Nitecore EA81. It shines at 2150 lumens. It takes eight AA batteries and costs about $200.
  • The brightest headlamp that uses AA battery is the Fenix 15-U. The maximum output is 900 lumens. See the full review.
  • Surefire has released the Titan Plus, a new keychain flashlight that produces 300 lumens in its highest light mode. See the full review.

Brightest Overall: The Acebeam X60M

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The Acebeam X60M is the brightest flashlight I’ve come across. It’s rated at 10,000 lumens by the manufacturer, but owners say the output actually about 7500 lumens, which is still extremely bright.

The flashlight runs on six 18650 rechargeable batteries and it has a beam range of 525 meters. It is waterproof and impact resistant to 1.2 meters.

Brightest Flashlight: Acesbeam X60M

Home page: Acebeam

It’s available on Amazon for about $690: Acebeam X60M

Brightest Compact Flashlight: Thrunite TN36 UT

Thrunite TN36: Brightest Compact LED Flashlight

The Thrunite TN36 UT6 is a compact flashlight that outputs an impressive 7300 lumens. It runs on four 18650 rechargeable batteries. It’s waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (1.5 meters) and impact resistant to 2 meters.

The Thrunite TN36 UT6 is available on Amazon for about $230

The Brightest LED Flashlight That Uses AA Batteries: Nitecore EA81

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The brightest flashlight that uses AA batteries is the Nitecore EA81, which shines at 2000 lumens. It takes eight AA batteries and costs about $200.

It’s waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (1.5 meters) and impact resistant to 1.5 meters.

The Nitecore EA81 is available on Amazon for about $200.

The Brightest Keychain Flashlight: Titan Plus

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Update Dec 2015: Surefire has released the Titan Plus, a keychain flashlight that produces 300 lumens in its highest light mode. Prior to this release, the brightest keychain light produced about 80-120 lumens, so this threefold increase is significant.

I’ve purchased this light and will be testing it soon. The 300 lumen mode is said to last about 1 hour with using a AAA Ni-MH battery.

 

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All Surefire flashlight are designed and built in the USA, although some components are still sourced outside the US. Surefire says:

We do import a few components – most notably, the finest light emitting diodes (LEDs) from top-notch manufacturers outside the country – to incorporate into our products. All of that said, we do rely on as many American-made parts and components as possible, and the assembly of these components is done under our watchful eye in the U.S. to ensure optimal quality.

The Titan Plus is available from Amazon for about $90.

Comments 123

  1. Rich S

    Buy a Trustfire TR-J20 and a FET driver from Mountain Electronics flashed with Dr. Jones Universal guppydrv Firmware.

    Do a 2X6 to 4X3 rewire of the LEDs, put in 3 KingJong (11.99 each at Lightmalls) ICR26650 s and you have a light drawing 189 watts and outputting 11,000+ lumens OTF.

    Cons: Head gets to 115 F (70 F ambient temp) after 30 seconds and you only get 20 minutes at full power but the driver is almost infinitely adjustable having 24 different combinations of settings.
    Weighs over 3 pounds and it’s a flood light rather than a thrower but it sure is fun to use.

  2. doug adams

    I just ordered a 3800 lumen model with re-chargable batts, and want a light that will put a spot on the clouds, which i have never been able to achieve with standard flashlights. If it does this at say 2000 ft cieling clouds, i will be satisfied it is the most powerful light i have had.

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    1. Anonymous

      now these pritty cool but check on u tube homemade carry light one was approx 100,000 lm yes true not torch size but like old big jim torch remember them i will do one myself 200 or no end is there few years back kyrpton globe best now f me where will they end up

    2. Rudy Verdin

      Darrell please look at the new collection of Acebeams,or heck even the Conviy L6 with an xhp 70 for 58.00 at adventuresportflashlightsover 3800 real lumens

  4. Starr Stern

    isent this the worlds highest lumens flashlight ?

    TrustFire-13800Lm-12x-CREE-XM-L-T6-LED-Flashlight-Torch-Light-3×18650-2x-Charger

  5. Jacob

    So I am an avid hunter, I am looking for a light than is very bright and shines very far. Though, I don’t want some big flashlight that feels super long or big in my hand like the one I ordered from Monster Flashlight. It claimed 2,000 lumens. But was not that. And did not shone very far. Therefor I’m looking for a bright light, that shines far, and isn’t huge to carry around.
    Could you let me know some recommendations?

    1. Steve Johnston

      I just bought the JetBeam WL-S4 at a gun show. The light is about 10 to 12 inches long, but it is only about an inch or so in diameter and is very lightweight. Also, it claims to be 2600 lumens (don’t have a way to actually measure it), but I can say that it is the brightest flashlight I have ever seen. Like you, I was looking for something to take hunting, and this fits that requirement perfectly. I got it for $100.00, and did a quick look on the Internet and found that is, roughly, the going price for this light.

  6. JoeB

    i was ready to order the following, but were is the $240 price on Amazon?

    The Thrunite TN36 UT is available on Amazon for about $240

  7. star

    EDC-light Triple CREE XHP70 / XHP 50 12000-Lumen 3×26650 LED Flashlight is by far the highest lumens available ?

    1. ray

      I’m have a chimney business I inspect the insides of chimneys for structural integrity .i usually look down the chimneys with cheap spotlights.anyway can you people recommend something that will really light up the inside of the chimney .thanks

  8. Marty

    Do the people who are using this site for their holier than I sermons realize that a discussion about flashlights is not the place to impose political and self righteous holier than thou self righteous arrogance. You apparantly know best so why were you looking at these flashlights in the first place if you thought that they were just wasteful and overpriced. i think your confusing these potentially life saving tools with your own wasteful life and self worth.

  9. Patrick

    Everybody needs to go buy a NITECORE P12GT is unbelievable the amount of light and almost 400m throw and it’s about 50 bucks you will not be disappointed with this light and its small enough to be an EDC

  10. Longnguyen

    The titan one is really a good one. I already had one and very please about its portable characteristic.

  11. Mona Clinton

    Excellent review!

    Could you help me choose between Acebeam X60M and Thrunite TN36 UT6.
    Which one is more convenient for using in forests.
    I like the Acebeam X60M but is it much brighter? Because i don’t want to pay an extra 160$ for just 2000 lumens.

    Tks!

  12. Jenny

    great review. the titan plus seems awesome, indeed. it’s small but really strong. I wish its price can be lowed down a little.

  13. Emily

    Those flashlights are awesome and definitely necessary when i go camping or the electricity is turned off. I prefer Titan Plus than others because it seems more portable and economical.
    Could you please make a video about these things? Cheer!

  14. Anonymous

    Law enforcement and other safety related occupations often have to rely on flashlights as their only source of light in some critical situations. I have a ATAC R1 that I purchased at a uniform shop. Very well built, very bright, and rechargable. FYI

  15. David

    I buy a cheap $3 flashlight with high/low settings from wish.com. Uses 2 AAA batteries. Takes over 2 weeks to get it from China but is only $1 shipping fee. What more would I need to see where the dog poop is so I don’t step in it. I’m so poor that I’m lucky I have enough money to buy my dogs food. Welcome to the real American life of over 60% of America. And to think you all are bitching about $700 flashlights. To have your problems must be horrible.

    1. Jonathan

      Way to make yourself look like a first-rate asshole, David. If these products don’t apply to you, then why read about them, much less leave a whiny comment about what you cannot afford…idiot.

  16. Dan

    As I read through these comments, I reflected on Stuart’s comment about going below deck into a cargo hold. As a past tanker mate and current owner of an environmental company, one of my most trusted and coveted “tools” has always been an intrinsically safe flashlight. When Mag Lights became all the rage in the 90’s, they were neither approved by USCG personnel for use on bravo vessels (bulk petroleum) or by oil terminals. Even though it was advertised as waterproof (O-ring), it did not receive the class “1” rating we needed. We were stuck using the double “D” incandescent safety lights with the metal clip that held the bulb, least it broke free and sparked, igniting an explosion…
    Fast forward a few years and better (and brighter bulbs) came into the market and were advertised as “tank lights”. They were coveted (and often stolen by the gremlins who worked for me ;-D) but were somewhat affordable at around $25-$75. Of course, flashlights continued to get better and I when I came across this website, I was immediately intrigued at having so much light available at a reasonable price (think new product, quality construction, etc. – I agree with those who purport the cost…you generally get what you pay for. I imagine the price will come down, but to be the first kid on the block with this new technology, expect to pay for it…) I digress…
    I was wondering, does anybody know (I couldn’t find it) – if these lights approved for Class 1A explosion proof tank entry? If so, I know what I’ll be asking Santa for!

    Thanks all…may your lights shine brightly and your batteries not fail when you need them most!

    Dan

  17. Stuart

    To those ( like Charley) who say it is stupid to spend so much on a utility bright compact light. Let’s see you climb down into an enclosed space or a tank on a 1000 foot long cargo ship with your $17 Chinese flashlight, and drop it in the grease. I am sure many posting here NEED quality high end lights for work and many other activities your not even thinking of. I like to have my own tools, and a flashlight is one I cannot live without, literally in some cases. great information here! thanks.

    1. Brad

      Agreed, I work at a power generating station and am constantly climbing in and out of dark confined spaces. I wouldn’t trust a cheap I $2 flashlight to shine my way out

    1. master

      In the keychain flashlight category, the Aimkon iTP A3 is said to be brighter than the Fenix — the 130 lumens is impressive. However, some buyers on Amazon said the build quality is a dodgy. I will have to test this flashlight.

      1. master

        I bought the Aimkon iTP A3 for testing — it was flimsier than the Fenix. I took it on a night hike, and turned it on the brightest setting. It ran out very quickly on that setting.

  18. James

    Don’t know why you need a $700.00 flashlight, but it sounds like there are numerous people. I hope these people are worth at least $100,000,000. Then they may want it for their yacht.
    No more than $50.00 for a FLASHLIGHT, that’s all you need to spend. If you want a spot light or something similar, then maybe a little more. I bought spotlight (12″ (I think) diameter, maybe 14″) on sale for $49.99. We shine it into the woods from the cabin and see what shows up and then sometimes we would shine (signal) the small fishing boats going out at night on the lake. We had a clear view to the lake from the cabin.
    But I digress. Unless a company buys it for you or you are worth $100,000,000 or more then forget those outrageous prices.
    Oh Yeah you aren’t taking a $700.00 flashlight camping and if you are a security guard at night you should not spend for one, so then you are doing things at night when you should be home and/or sleeping. Be careful though.

    Thanks Brothers

    God Bless

    James

    1. JB

      It really isn’t any of your business what someone wants a 700.00 flashlight for. Same reason someone wants a BMW instead of a Honda. They have their reasons. Leave it at that instead of ranting on like a fool for multiple paragraphs. You chastise others for buying an expensive flashlight yet you are spending the time to do it. It is a fools errand either way. It is a flashlight. People buy expensive stuff that you can buy cheap every day. Diamond studded and gold plated smart phones that they will get rid of in 2 years or less. You bought a spot light for nothing more than to shine it into the woods to see what you can see or shine it at boats on the lake that probably did nothing but piss off the people in the boat you were shining it at. Some would say that was a waste of money as well.

      1. Skip

        I do have a $700.00 flashlight. And you know where I keep it? On my yacht! Couple things. First a yacht can be a 25ft sailboat. Second, you may take your cool 50 buck big light out to the porch at your cool cabin and looks for a coon in the trees and think thats real fun, but it will not do you a bit of good when you are sailing that 25ft yacht in the middle of the Atlantic double handed and your crew goes overboard in 25-30 foot swells with driving rain and a boat that is over on her side rather than standing up. That $700.00 has saved my life more than once. You should really not use such big numbers. It is just silly.

        1. =Mac=

          I have a sailboat, a 26 foot Grampian, that I sail on Lake Ontario. Yes, because it is a pleasure vessel, it’s called a yacht. Most marina’s are well lit but, even then, a good powerful flashlight is good to have. However, some of the empty coves that are great for anchoring in do have ROCKS that I need to see from a distance. My sailboat has a 4 foot draft (the bottom reaches 4 feet below the water surface) and I need to see if any of those ROCKS are a threat to my vessel. I had a 3 million candlepower halogen handheld (3 megalumens/steradian) but it got hot fast and was heavy to carry on the deck. But, it saved me, my wife, and my vessel on night when I discovered a barely submerged, uncharted rock 4 or 5 boat lengths dead on the bow while we were motoring into a cove one rainy night.

          I NEED a good strong light.

    2. 11B

      Some of us use these flashlights to identify and engage bad guys, NO we aren’t millionaires, we are actually way underpaid for the fact that we protect you and yours every day and night. We spend our hard earned money on reliable equipment that will not fail us and that erases the bad guy’s advantage of darkness. Leave your opinions at home, and if I want to spend 350 to 500 bucks or more to make sure I come home alive, it’s my prerogative.
      You’re Welcome

    3. Less self righteous than you

      I use flashlights for night trekking and night hunting (legal). When you’re miles into a river bottom or a swamp, and you have one light that means the difference between walking out blind or walking out safe, you tend to want something of good quality and the highest power possible. I’d prefer not to step on snakes, fall in holes, walk over a cliff, or step in a trapper’s snare. When you’re done lecturing me on why I don’t need a good flashlight, maybe you can jump off your soapbox and do something more productive like clean up after the high horse you’ve been riding on.

  19. Charley Howe

    A few things to keep in mind about “super-bright” LED flashlights…………..

    #1. Exactly what do you want it for? “bragging rights” so you can say, “I have the brightest light in town, yada,yada, yada” ? (You’ll be happy and no one else will know the difference!)

    That’s easy! just buy the cheapest Chinese flashlight that makes the biggest “claims”! (and costs $17 USD or less)

    Seriously….from reading some of these posts, one could easily assume that!
    Now, back to REAL #1. it will always have the best “led”? “emitter”? also; what is furnishing the POWER to make all of that light? 4 X rechargeable “D” cells from Hong Kong, that cost $3.29 /dozen? or 4 large car batteries, wired in parallel ? (Not so “portable” , need semi truck to “transport”)

    Can you see what I’m driving at here? Get serious, people! some of you sound like you expect to find a 10,000 lumen flashlight with a 5 kilometer “throw” at the neighborhood 5 & 10 cent store!
    If you really want the most light, you’re gonna need the best emitter/emitterS; (think “Cree” (and FORGET “halogen”! (That’s what college kids used to use to burn down their dorms! ) (things get HOT!)

    As you may have noticed by now, a LOT of people are trying to sell “super bright” LED flashlights on the internet these days; (come back in 6 months and see how many of them are still around) The crooks will be gone, but there will always be more crooks to take their place! (The best way to get rid of internet crooks is to have a LOT MORE “smart”, “knowledgeable” “buyers”! Become one!

    I’ll be honest with you; I have all of exactly ONE “decent” LED flashlight, that I bought “on a whim” at Wally’s World; $50 for the thing; I forget the name…..probably couldn’t pronounce it anyway; But hey….it’s a great light, only uses one li-ion cell, (forget which one), an 18650 I think, but probably not a great one, and I can’t find the charger so till I find the thing, I need another flashlight; (it’s a little on the “big” side to carry around much anyway );

    Here’s my best advice; before you try to “pick out” what light to plunk down $100 (or more) on, figure out what you’re gonna use the thing for, FIRST, then you’ll have a better idea of how much light you need, THEN you can start “picking out” the flashlight; me…….I’m about half way ready to buy a 2015 ed Fenix PD35, couple of L2S 18650 L-ion Fenix cells, (3400 m-ah )
    Remember: 18650’s come in dozens of “flavors” (more /less power , always rated by “mili-amp-hrs” (or “mah” something like that. Also remember; those really bright Crees make a LOT of light, and due to the laws of physics, they make a LOT of heat doing it! (so much heat in fact that after about 5 minutes on max, Fenix has some clever circuitry that automatically dims the thing down to the next level; ( so don’t buy a PD35 to clip on the handlebars of your mountain bike when you fly down off of Pike’s Peak at night! (The PD 35 is SMALL, but still makes 1,000 lumens (for 5 minutes), then drops down to maybe 600? Which will cover nicely what I need it for! (carry on mb belt, operate with my left hand while operating my G-34 with my right;
    The light from Wally’s World……..It’s great too, but for other things. (with only 600 lumens, you can easily see a katydid in the top of a tall oak tree by the road at night with it, and it’s 3 times as big as a PD 35 ).

    You’ve probably noticed those 18650’s aren’t cheap; ( some of them ARE “cheapER”………but FORGET them! They make less power, thus less light, last 2 weeks if you’re lucky! AND……always remember ……..you gotta charge ’em up now & then; you can get “cheap chargers”; DON’T! (Not for really good cells; ) At the end of the day, “cheap” usually ends up meaning “cheap performance”, “cheap reliability” and “cheap every thing else”. (the old saying, “you get what you pay for” (sometimes , sometimes not if you’re stupid).. (be “smart”/ “knowledgeable” / same thing.

    You still want a great flashlight……..that’s great……but do your homework before you blow $300 , (or even $50 ) on a clunker! Read, study, ask questions, and end up “delighted” with your new “light”!

    Charley

    1. JB

      I’m trying to figure out where the rest of your bullets are. I see #1. Never could find #2 in all the gibberish.

  20. DanielN

    Never heard of Supernova, stick with the quality brands. Cheap, no name brands, inflate the no. of lumens. BTW, do you know that when you multiply the lumens four times, for the human eye that light is perceived only twice as bright? So there is no significant difference between 1000 and 1300 lumens.
    Check this out for a suggestion: Jetbeam WL-S2

    Only one 18650 battery instead of four AA, much smaller package, same price

  21. Moose2Good

    Please list the equipment (light meter) that is being used for the lumen or candela (output) testing. Are you using a standard light meter that measures light waves in lux, and then a conversion calculation is performed? If so, please denote the conversion formula being utilized. Are multiple devices being used to give an average (standard scientific procedure) and if so, please list the equipment. Is the standard ANSI target method being used, with the 1 lx = 1 lm/m2 formula for lumen flux? What is the ambient temperature at which the measurements are being taken?

  22. Mardi

    Ok so I’m going to buy one of these highly over priced flashlights just because I want one and I walk my dogs at night and I want to light up my entire neighborhood. Is the Acebeam X60m still the brightest most powerful with the most distance handheld monster out there? If so, what are the best 18650 batteries to get with it? Thanks for any input!

    1. DanielN

      Mardi, X60M http://abload.de/img/p1120050e4uiq.jpg would probably not only light up the neighbourhood but also wake all the neighbours and get the police. It is too large, heavy and powerful to use in city. Thrunite TN36 http://abload.de/img/p1110402rxrv3.jpg or Nywalker MM15 http://abload.de/img/novamm15mfshr.jpg are more than enough. These are not throwers (only about 200m) but again, you don’t need more in a city. An even more practical solution to have your hands free would be this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RE5LuaIaQ4

  23. JOHN

    (ALSO THERE IS A NEWER FENIX 1XAAA TORCH: LD02 THAT AS I REMEMBER OUTPUTS MORE THAN 72 LUMEN IN ITS HIGH SCALE….CHECK IT!!!)

  24. Trevor

    Hi,
    Is there any reason you haven’t reviewed the LED LENSER range…?
    I live in Australia, and apart from Fenix, NITECORE, EagleTac, KLARUS, JetBeam, NITEYE,
    LED LENSER seems to be the the most popular..? perhaps because it covers such a broad range..? or is it their marketing..?

    Anyway I’m looking for a torch similar to the P7-2 or the M7RX I’ve attached their catalogue in case you’re not familiar with them ( which I’m sure you are..), if you are I would appreciate your general feedback.?

    http://www.ledlenser.com.au/downloads/LEDLENSER_Catalogue_MSeries.pdf

    Thanks for your & your readers comments,

    1. Lummy

      If you like their focussing system, then go for it. I don’t like it that much and I’m not very impressed by beamshots from LED Lensers (neither focussed nor defocussed). Btw. there is a great beamshot comparison post here:

      Part 1:
      http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/beamshot-vergleiche/27575-406-beamshots-lampenbildern.html

      Part2:
      http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/beamshot-vergleiche/27575-406-beamshots-lampenbildern-2.html

      … and so on …

      Part7:
      http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/beamshot-vergleiche/27575-406-beamshots-lampenbildern-7.html

      which is regulary updated.

  25. goeser

    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.

  26. Daniel N

    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.

    1. Ghettogadgets

      The acebeam x60 is advertised as 6500 lumens(not 7500), but only 5100 lumens testest.
      Also the x60m is advertised as 10000 lumens, but only puts out around 7500 lumens (tested)

  27. Divya

    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.

  28. gary

    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.

  29. Jim Fisher

    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”?

  30. Sam

    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.

  31. angel

    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

  32. Bill

    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 ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/2000-Lumen-Zoomable-CREE-XML-T6-LED-18650-Flashlight-Focus-Torch-Zoom-Lamp-Light-/221207837184)
    I’ve used lights like the ones above for two years with excellent results (with real batteries).

    Any comments, advice? Thanks.

    1. master

      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!

      1. Richard

        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.

  33. wayne

    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.

  34. david

    anyone know anything about the deltastream lumitak !000 lumens with rechargeable batts? thanks David

    1. john

      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.

  35. Greg

    Excellent post! I do not recall seeing the Fenix RC-40 listed here, data claims 1.5 hrs at 3500 lumens with 710 meter throw. probably worth adding to the list.

  36. Adam

    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!

  37. john w

    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!

    1. master

      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.

    2. Jerry

      I agree with Mark. The Duracell 1000 lumens is a awesome flashlight. Very high quality. Very inexpensive.

      So for $19.00 you get a name-brand LED flashlight with more lumens than the average Joe needs (1,000), a zoom lens, multi-modes, that runs on inexpensive “C” batteries and is guaranteed locally. And if all you need is a flashlight with 300 or 500 lumens (different versions on different weeks).

      1. master

        I’m glad that the Duracell 1000 works for you, but the article is about flashlights that are 6000+ lumens — the brightest currently available.

  38. ryan

    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?

  39. Gordon

    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,

    1. master

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

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  41. MB

    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?

  42. R.B. Mathis

    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.

      1. Rudy Verdin

        Sorry about grammar my smart phone isn’t so smart after all lol any how each emitter takes over 5 amps though cheaply adequate the buiesness end has a deep triple reflector the same size as the BTU shocker and if you pull up cree new data sheet the emitter at 12 volts and 5 amps reads over 4000+lumens and it has a decent it doesn’t have the fancy magnetic control ring bit it is a monster and under 200.00 dollars please if the op could do a review on it would great to see
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