The Brightest LED Flashlights Of 2015

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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 eight AA batteries and costs about $135.
  • The brightest keyring-size LED flashlight: Fenix LD02 — 100 lumens on brightest setting — it costs around $34

The Details

Brightest Overall: The Acebeam X60M

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This flashlight, 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 is more like 7500 lumens, which is still extremely bright!

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

Home page: Acebeam

Available on Amazon for about $720: Acebeam X60M

Brightest Compact Flashlight: Thrunite TN36

Thrunite TN36: Brightest Compact LED Flashlight

The Thrunite TN36 is a compact flashlight that outputs an amazing 6510 lumens. It runs on four 18650 rechargeable batteries. It’s waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (1.5meters) and impact resistant to 2 meters.

The Thrunite TN36 is available on Amazon for about $200

The Brightest LED Flashlight That Uses AA Batteries

The Brightest LED Flashlight That Uses AA Batteries

The brightest flashlight that uses AA batteries is the Nitecore EAX, which shines at 2000 lumens. It takes eight AA batteries and costs about $120.

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 Brightest Keychain-Sized Flashlight

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 72 lumens.

The Fenix LD02 is available from Amazon for $30.

The Brightest LED Bike Lights

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In A Nutshell

We list the some of the brightest LED Bike lights available below. However, the Niterider company has come out with the NiteRider Pro — this bike light shines with an amazing 3600 lumens! This makes it the brightest bike light available.

Personally, my favorite bike light is the Niterider Lumina. It’s as solid as a rock and shines with 700 lumens, and is priced below $100 on Amazon.

Brightest Headlight – Lupine Betty 12

The Lupine Betty 12 produces up to 2,600 lumens from a seven-lens LED array that can be mounted on a bike or on a helmet. The Betty 12 is available in three beam angles: the 16° version that produces 2,050 lumens for maximum range, the 22° version that projects 2,300 lumens with a balance of range and peripheral illumination, and the 26° version, which emphasizes side illumination and outputs 2,600 lumens. All versions weigh about 19 ounces (with battery), have aluminum bodies, and are waterproof.

This headlight has high- and low-beam modes. High-beam mode will automatically dim if the airflow around the lamp isn’t sufficient for cooling. The Betty 12 comes with handlebar and helmet mounts for the LED engine and a Velcro strap to mount the battery. The battery has audible and visual indications of remaining life, plus its five red indicator LEDs can be programmed to stay on continuously to act as a taillight. Due to the low beam’s adjustable output, maximum operating time varies. At full power, the Betty 12 will run for about 3.5 hours; when the Betty 12 is running at its lowest output (250 lumens), operating time is approximately 84 hours. This headlight also ships with charger and carrying case.

The Lupine Betty 12 retails for around $1,200 and can be purchased through the manufacturer’s website. Also available for slightly less money is the Betty 6, which comes with a half-size battery.

The NiteRider Pro 3000 LED is available for $599 on Amazon.

Brightest Headlamp – NiteRider Pro 3000 Lumen

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The NiteRider Pro 3000 LED is another great option for a super-bright lamp that mounts on a helmet. This light pours out 3,000 lumens from its six LEDs—three spot and three flood. Like the Betty 12, the Pro 3000 LED ships with a rechargeable battery, mounts for helmet and handlebar, and programmable output modes. At nearly 29 ounces, the Pro 3000 LED light and battery system weighs noticeably more than the Betty 12, and its 1½-hour run time at maximum output is two hours less than the Betty 12’s. The Pro 3000 LED will run up to 36 hours on its lowest output setting. Unique to NiteRider bike lights is the D.I.Y. software, which allows you to create your own run times, light outputs, and flash modes. Use the included docking station to interface with the headlamp via your PC and save four custom light profiles. This unit’s 8-cell battery has an onboard charge indicator.

Brightest Taillight – DiNotte 400R

 The two red LEDs of the DiNotte 400R taillight output 240 lumens. Customers unfailingly comment on the extraordinary brightness of this taillight, with some expressing concern that it may be too bright for use in traffic at night. The 400R can be mounted on a post or flat surface. It ships with a 4-cell rechargeable Li-ion battery pack (with charge indicator), charger, extension cable, battery straps, and mounting hardware. It has three flash modes—slow, steady with strobe, strobe and pause—and three steady modes—low (10% power), medium (50% power), high (100% power). With a full charge, operating time is anywhere from 5 to 48 hours. A low-battery indication occurs with 20% life remaining. Its battery weighs 7.8 ounces and the light engine weighs 4.2 ounces.

You can purchase the DiNotte 400R with 4-cell battery for $259 from the manufacturer. This light is also available for $229 with a 2-cell battery, which cuts operating times approximately in half.