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The 16 Brightest Flashlights in 2021

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The 16 Brightest Flashlights in 2021

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There are flashlights for daily carry that you can easily store in your pockets, and provide you with more than enough light for your daily tasks. And then there are times when you want to see how many eye-searing lumens you can bring to bear in a package that pushes the limits of something you can EDC. Lighting up a football field or two, illuminating a mountain range in the distance, or simply impressing the heck out of your friends: these challenges demand the highest output that current flashlight technology can muster. In this guide, we run down our recommendations for some of the best and brightest flashlights you can buy today.

IMALENT MS18 Flashlight

IMALENT MS18 Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
The brightest flashlight in the world
OLED battery indicator
Active cooling system
Specifications
Maximum Output
100,000 lumens
Emitter
18 x Cree XHP70
Battery
8 x Samsung 40T 21700 battery pack
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
The IMALENT MS18 is the brightest flashlight in the world with a 100,000 lumen output thanks to its 18 LED array. The head of the light features a light orange peel reflector to pump out a wide and impressive six-figure lumen beam. Thankfully, it’s not a simple on-an-off interface, and you have nine different modes to choose from, including a strobe. Active fans plus a liquid cooling system keep manage thermals to keep this beast operating smoothly.
Fenix LR40R Flashlight

Fenix LR40R Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
USC Type-C charging
Power bank capability
Spotlight / Floodlight dual modes
Specifications
Maximum Output
12,000 lumens
Emitter
1 x Cree XP-L HI, 18 x Cree XP-G3
Battery
4 x 18650
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
Designed for search and rescue, the LR40R is Fenix’s brightest model, with 12,000 lumens and a range of 773 meters behind it. A huge 12,000mAh battery pack and USB Type-C charging keeps it ready anytime you need it.
Noctigon K9.3 Flashlight

Noctigon K9.3 Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
Andúril interface
Tons of emitter options
USB-C rechargeable
Specifications
Maximum Output
7,400 lumens
Emitter
12 x SST-20 6500K/5000K
Battery
1 x 21700 or 1 x 18650
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$$
Sporting an array of 12 SST-20 LEDs (9 inner and 3 outer), this light boasts a maximum output of 7,400 lumens, with a number of options for other emitters. This dual-channel configuration of LEDs lets you use its electronic soft-touch button to switch between multiple output modes thanks to its enthusiast Andúril interface. It makes use of a single 21700 battery, rechargeable via USB-C. You can also use an 18650 cell in a pinch. Thanks to a CNC-machined anodized aluminum construction, this light is waterproof and dustproof to an IP67 standard.
ThruNite TN50 Flashlight

ThruNite TN50 Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
Memory function
Temperature controller
Holster
Specifications
Maximum Output
16,340 lumens
Emitter
4 x Cree XHP70.2
Battery
21700 battery pack
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
Pumping out more than 16,000 lumens, the TN50 is a powerhouse of a light that’s still compact and in the classic “soda can” form factor, even rated to IPX8 for water and impact resistance. A single side switch navigates its seven main modes, and a lockout function, low voltage indicator, and fast charging make a great combination of brains and brawn.
IMALENT RT90S Flashlight

IMALENT RT90S Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
OLED battery display
Two fans and liquid cooling
Carry case and strap included
Specifications
Maximum Output
36,000 lumens
Emitter
18 x Cree XP35 HI
Battery
8 x 21700 battery pack
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
A smooth reflector gives the IMALENT RT90S a two-kilometer range for its maximum 36,000-lumen Turbo mode, making it a solid option for a search and rescue light. Two built-in fans and an internal pipe radiator keep things cool when operating in the high modes, while an OLED screen helps you keep track of battery life.
Nitecore TM10K Flashlight

Nitecore TM10K Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
Compact size
Digital display
Convenient momentary tail switch
Specifications
Maximum Output
10,000 lumens
Emitter
6 x Cree XHP35 HD
Battery
1 x 21700
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
The Nitecore TM10K lets you carry a six-emitter light that tops out at 10,000 lumens right off your belt or in your pocket. A distinctive boxy chassis features a digital display on one side that give you remaining voltage, battery life, and estimated remaining runtime, as well as the current operating temperature of the light. A big momentary switch at the bottom plus a separate power and mode side switches offer easy operation.
AceBeam X70 Flashlight

AceBeam X70 Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
Two power modes help you conserve battery life
Both a thrower and a floodlight
Optional carry handle with two fans
Specifications
Maximum Output
60,000 lumens
Emitter
12 x Cree XHP70.2, 1 x Cree XHP35 Hi
Battery
8 x 18650 battery pack
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
A Cree XHP35 Hi thrower LED combines with twelve Cree XHP70.2 LEDs to provide this 60,000-lumen light the versatility of being both a thrower and a floodlight. There’s a Power Mode for full output and a batter-conserving Eco Mode that cuts down Turbo to 30,000 lumens for longer runtimes. Thermal throttling plus an optional carry handle with two fans and its own 18650 battery keep things cool during extended use.
Olight X9R Marauder Flashlight

Olight X9R Marauder Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
Shoulder strap
Active thermal management
Mode and battery indicators
Specifications
Maximum Output
25,000 lumens
Emitter
6 x Cree XHP70.2 CW
Battery
8 x 18650 battery pack
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
The X9R Marauder is Olight's most powerful light yet, setting an extremely high (and bright) bar of 25,000 lumens for a production light. Olight's familiar interface paired with the X9R's mode and battery indicators make it easy to use the light, if not a bit difficult to carry around, but the IPX7 resistance helps it keep on trucking.
IMALENT MS12 Flashlight

IMALENT MS12 Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
Built-in cooling fan
Shoulder strap for portability
Side lights that also function as low voltage indicator
Specifications
Maximum Output
53,000 lumens
Emitter
12 x Cree XHP70 , 6 white side lights
Battery
8 x 20700 battery pack
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
12 LEDs plus a large orange peel reflector help the Imalent MS12 achieve a maximum of 53,000 lumens on Turbo, held in check by a thermal control module and a built-in cooling fan. Six white side lights give the Imalent MS12 extra utility as a lamp when you bring it along, and also serve as a low voltage indicator, glowing red when the voltage goes below 11 volts.
Manker MK34 II Flashlight

Manker MK34 II Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
Strobe/Beacon/SOS modes
Small size for its output
Side-switch battery indicator
Specifications
Maximum Output
26,000 lumens
Emitter
12 x CREE XHP50.2
Battery
3 x 18650
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$$$
Measuring only 109.5mm, the Manker MK34 II sports a whopping 26,000 lumens of maximum output, with a throw distance of 283 meters (780ft). It uses 12 CREE XHP50.2 3V LEDs, divided into three groups of four, giving it its distinctive triangular shape. This shape makes the light easier to hold even with its reduced knurling. With a single-button interface, you can access any of its seven different brightness settings, going from a 0.1-lumen Moonlight mode with 68 hours of runtime, up to its 26,000-lumen Turbo mode with 1 hours and 20 minutes of runtime. An aircraft-grade aluminum construction and an IPX8 rating for water resistance will make sure that this light has your back wherever you take it.
AceBeam X80GT Flashlight

AceBeam X80GT Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
Small size for its output
Simple interface
Detachable carry handle
Specifications
Maximum Output
32,500 lumens
Emitter
18 x Cree XHP50.2
Battery
4 x 18650
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
Pumping out a full 32,500 lumens from a chassis the size of a soda can, the AceBeam X80GT redefines the term “pocket rocket.” A simple user interface works the 18 onboard Cree XHP50.2 LEDs through seven different output levels, and lets you access a strobe mode with a triple click of its side switch. Cooling fins and a carry handle help you handle this compact scorcher in its higher modes.
Emisar D18 Flashlight

Emisar D18 Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
Choice between narrow or floody optics
Andúril interface
Affordable enthusiast functionality
Specifications
Maximum Output
14,000 lumens
Emitter
18 x SST-20 6500K/5000K
Battery
3 x 18650
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$
For its pricepoint, the Emisar D18 brings a lot of value to the table. Sporting a “soda can” form factor, this enthusiast light is able to put out up to 14,000 lumens thanks to the use of 18 SST20 LEDs and powered by three 18650 batteries. Machined from aircraft-grade aluminum, it features an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. Like some of its peers, this light also sports an electronic button interface to switch between brightness settings and plenty of other functions thanks to its Andúril interface.
Astrolux MF01S Flashlight

Astrolux MF01S Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
High CRI for excellent color rendering
Andúril interface offers multiple programmable modes
Built-in cooling fins for heat dissipation
Specifications
Maximum Output
15,000 lumens
Emitter
18 x Luminus SST-20 HD
Battery
4 x 18650
EDC Rating


Price
$$
High CRI and good color rendering make the Astrolux MF01S stand out among high output flashlights. The 18 Luminus SST-20 LEDs reach a 15,000-lumen peak and a maximum distance of 616 meters, making this a good option for a searchlight. The programmable Andúril interface gives you options on how you want to set up this compact powerhouse.
Lumintop BLF GT4 Flashlight

Lumintop BLF GT4 Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
Designed for output and throw
Neutral and cool white LED options
Detachable carry handle
Specifications
Maximum Output
25,000 lumens
Emitter
4 x Cree XHP70.2 CW/NW
Battery
8 x 18650
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$$$
Developed with input from members of the BudgetLightForum, the Lumintop BLF GT4 (GigaThrower 4) reaches a 1,370-meter maximum beam distance from its four Cree XHP70.2 LEDs. Peaking at 25,000 lumens, massive cooling fins around the head and an optional carry handle help with handling this optimized thrower.
Olight Marauder 2 Flashlight

Olight Marauder 2 Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
User-friendly interface
Easy switching between floodlight and spotlight mode
800m throw
Specifications
Maximum Output
14,000 lumens
Emitter
13 x High-performance Cool White LEDs
Battery
3 x customized 21700 battery pack
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
Just like its predecessor, the Marauder 2 retains the same LED set up of a central spotlight LED surrounded by 12 smaller floodlight LEDs. This updated models total output is increased to 14,000 lumens, powered by three customized 21700 batteries and rechargeable via USB-C. What makes this light unique is with a flick of a switch, the Marauder 2 is able to switch between an area flood mode and a spotlight that can reach up to 800m. As far as operation goes, you’re able to use seven different brightness settings on both spotlight and floodlight modes thanks to its easy-to-use interface.
IMALENT MS06 Flashlight

IMALENT MS06 Flashlight

Purchase
Key Features
Compact form factor
Built-in thermal control module
IPX8 rated
Specifications
Maximum Output
25,000 lumens
Emitter
6 x XHP70.2
Battery
3 x 21700
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
The MS06 features 6 x CREE XHP70 LEDs to give it a maximum output of 25,000 lumens, with five brightness settings you can access via its side switch button interface. These modes range from a 200-lumen Low up to its 25,000-lumen Turbo maximum. This Turbo mode lasts 7 minutes before it steps down to a still-impressive 4,000 lumens. For convenience, the MS06 features a magnetic charging port that you can use to top up its three 21700 Li-ion batteries. Its IPX8 rating means that it’s water resistant for up to 2 meters and impact resistant for up to 1.5 meters.

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Huggy ·
Not so sure some of these lights are really in the real world, pocket friendly. The are big.