The Brightest LED Flashlights Of 2014

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In A Nutshell

Update: The brightest flashlight is now the  Olight SR96 Intimidator which shines at 4800 lumens.

The brightest compact flashlight is the Nitecore TM15 Tiny Monster which can output 3800 lumens in Turbo Mode. It costs about $320.

Another bright light is ThruNite which shines at 3338 lumens with a 440 meters beam distance. It costs about $110.

The Fenix TK75  shines at 2900 lumens. It costs about $188.

The Details

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.


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 AA 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: 820 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 820 lumens in turbo mode.

You can find the Fenix TK-35 on Amazon for about $100.

Here it is in action:



  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,


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