The Best LED Flashlights Of 2014

The Best LED Flashlights Of 2014

Update: We have a new version of this article: The Brightest LED Flashlights For 2015

Most enthusiasts and reviewers agree that Fenix flashlights have the best build-quality and reliability for their price. Streamlight, one of the few brands of flashlights made in the U.S.A, is highly rated by reviewers on Amazon. Other top rated brands are: Cree, Dorcy and Surefire.

Fenix TK-41: 860 Lumens

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.

Streamlight 74301 Strion Flashlight

Rated: 4.8 of 5 stars from 72+ Amazon reviewers

This 74301 Strion by Streamlight shines at 160 lumens. It is currently on sale for $94 (was $181)  at Amazon.


Fenix E21 Flashlight

Rated: 4.7 of 5 stars from 128+ Amazon reviewers

With a output of 160 lumens on its high setting, the Fenix E21 Flashlight, is perhaps the brightest and best quality flashlight under $50. It’s on sale for $32.45 (was $48) at Amazon.


Other top-rated LED flashlights: Coaster LED Lenser,  CREE X-Tactical ATE0C2L007 and the SureFire E2D LED Defender. We also like this mini LED flashlight:

The Fenix LD01 Keyring Flashlight

The Fenix LD01 is barely larger than the AAA battery it uses (we recommend using a low-discharge rechargeable NiHm AAA battery). The flashlight illuminates with 80 lumens on its highest setting, which is brighter than most full-size flashlights.

The Fenix LD01 is solidly built — it uses a Cree Q5 LED as its light source, and the lens is made of toughened, anti-reflective glass. It weighs 1.6 ounces, and it is “IPX-8 water proof”, meaning it is suitable for continuous submersion. The flashlight is also RoHS compliant — it does not contain non-toxic heavy metals or flame retardants.

You can the Fenix LD01 from Amazon for about $40.