In A Nutshell
- The brightest flashlight is now the Acebeam X60M which shines at 7500 lumens and costs about $400 (it’s rated at 10,000 lumens but commentators here say this is not correct).
- The brightest compact flashlight is the Thrunite TN36. It outputs around 6510 lumens and costs about $175.
- The brightest flashlight that uses AA batteries is the Nitecore EAX. It shines at 2000 lumens. It takes eight AA batteries and costs about $155.
- The brightest keyring-size LED flashlight: Fenix LD02 — it outputs 100 lumens on the brightest setting — it costs around $30.
Brightest Overall: The Acebeam X60M
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.
Home page: Acebeam
It’s available on Amazon for about $400: Acebeam X60M
Brightest Compact Flashlight: Thrunite TN36
The Thrunite TN36 is a compact flashlight that outputs an impressive 6510 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 is available on Amazon for about $200
The Brightest LED Flashlight That Uses AA Batteries: Nitecore EAX
It’s waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (1.5 meters) and impact resistant to 1.5 meters.
The Nitecore EAX is available on Amazon for about $135.
The Brightest Keychain-Sized Flashlight: Fenix LD02
The Fenix LD02 flashlight runs on a single AAA battery, yet it can produce 100 lumens of light on its highest setting. It uses a Cree XP-E2 LED as its light source. The lens is made of toughened, anti-reflective glass. It is waterproof to 2 meters.
It has three output modes: 8 lumens, 25 lumens and 100 lumens.