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What Are The Brightest Flashlights In The World?

LED flashlights powered by ultralight lithium batteries packaged in a compact, but very resilient and durable aluminum bodies can provide extremely strong light beams with constant output levels having more than 10000 lumens and with burst modes up to 100000 lumens.

Such light intensities are not easy to achieve, and many low-quality brands offer cheap flashlights claiming 10000+ lumens of light. But, a good and reliable flashlight in the 1000+ lumens range and especially in the 10000+ lumens range cannot be cheap ...

Published: March 21, 2022.

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Intro to Brightest and Strongest Flashlights

Brightest Flashlights in the World

Brightest Tactical Flashlights

Brightest Pocket/EDC Flashlights

Few Final Words

Intro to Brightest and Strongest Flashlights

 Modern flashlights are powered by high-capacity, high-power, ultralight lithium batteries, providing power levels that were hard to achieve with older battery chemistries like alkaline, zinc-carbon, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), and similar.

Only Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd) batteries were/are able to provide similar power levels, but they were/are heavier, have a very strong memory effect, charging times are much longer, support a much smaller number of charging/discharging cycles, have a larger self-discharge rate, contain toxic elements (cadmium!), etc.

Hence, modern brightest and strongest flashlights are practically powered only with lithium batteries, including 18650, 21700, 26650, CR123A, and similar batteries.

olight orb 217c50 battery

Also, modern flashlights feature very strong and highly efficient LED as light sources, advanced control electronics, wireless charging, strong and durable construction, etc.

Thus, many modern flashlights feature several light modes, heat protection, battery charging protection, and similar.

Also, some larger flashlights, thanks to their large built-in batteries, can act as small power banks.

All these features also mean that very bright flashlights can be large and heavy, not to mention, pricey.

When looking for "the best" and "the brightest" flashlight in the world, choose according to your own needs and preferences - for "the best" and "the brightest" flashlight doesn't always mean the flashlight with the highest lumens ...

The following comparison chart lists some of the best and the most popular brightest LED flashlights in the world, with their most important features and specifications:

Brightest Flashlights in the World
Model Lumens
Candelas
Range (m)
IPX
Drop Height
OLIGHT Marauder 2 Flashlight 14000
160000
800 IPX8 (2m)
1m
IMALENT MS18 Flashlight 100000
458000
1350 IP56
1.5m
Acebeam X-50 X50 40000
160000
800 IP66
1m
OLIGHT X9R Marauder Flashlight 25000
99200
630 IPX7 (1m)
-
IMALENT MS06 LED Flashlight 25000
65800
513 IPX8 (2m)
1.5m
ThruNite TN36 Flashlight 11000
31140
350 IPX8 (2m)
2m
Acebeam X80 LED Flashlight 25000
27480
332 IPX8 (30m)
1.2m
Brightest Tactical Flashlights
Model Lumens
Candelas
Range (m) IPX
Drop Height
OLIGHT Warrior X Pro 2100
62500
500 IPX8
3m
Fenix PD36R 1600
~20000
283 IP68 (2m)
1m
STREAMLIGHT 88065 1000
27100
330 IPX7 (1m)
2m
NITECORE P20iX 4000
12200
220 IP68 (2m)
2m
Brightest Pocket/EDC Flashlights
Model Lumens
Candelas
Range (m) IPX
Drop Height
OLIGHT Baton3 1200
6889
166 IPX8
-
IMALENT LD70 4000
10350
203 IPX8 (2 m)
1.5m
OLIGHT S2R II 1150
4600
135 IPX8 (2 m)
1.5m 
Streamlight 73302 325
1450
76 IPX4
1m

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Depending on the actual requirements, some people prefer durable and resilient flashlights, while other people prefer high-performance flashlights - due to the heat dissipation, some flashlights even feature cooling fans. Obviously, such flashlights can't operate underwater and hence have a somewhat smaller IPX rating.

Tactical and even pocket flashlights can have surprisingly strong light beams, but at the expense of somewhat shorter runtime due to the smaller batteries and overheating.

But, having a 1000+ lumens EDC flashlight in the pocket, backpack, purse, or similar, can come very handy in many situations. Not to mention 250-300+ lumens keychain flashlight units ...


Brightest Flashlights in the World

Very bright flashlights have a maximum light output of 10000+ lumens, beam range sometimes up to or more than half a mile (800+ meters), various safety features (overheat protection, proximity sensor, and similar), several light modes, built-in batteries, and similar.

One of the very interesting features is so-called "reverse charging" - flashlights may function even as power banks.

Note: good 10000 lumens flashlight cannot be cheap - if such flashlight is offered for 80-100 US$ or for even less, then it is false advertising, or the flashlight is made of very low-quality components.

However, there are several excellent 1000-2000 lumens flashlights in the 75-125 US$ price range, that are perhaps not as powerful as 10000+ lumens flashlights but are lighter, compact, and more affordable.

Note: for comparison reasons, a typical household LED bulb features 800-1200 lumens of light. Now, compare it with a pocket/EDC 1000 lumens flashlight, or 10000 lumens tactical flashlight, or larger 50000-100000 lumens flashlight...

Again, choose according to your own needs and preferences.


OLIGHT Marauder 2 Flashlight

olight marauder 2

 

OLIGHT Marauder 2 Flashlight is not the brightest flashlight on our list (not even close!), but it is an excellent, well design and built sturdy and reliable flashlight.

OLIGHT Marauder 2 Flashlight features physical dimensions of:

- length: 5.51 inches (140 mm),

- head diameter: 3.11 inches (79 mm),

- body diameter: 2.09 inches (53 mm),

and it weighs only 26.5 ounces (750g) with built-in batteries that can store up to 54 Wh of energy. And yes, we say "only" 26.5 ounces (750g).

The flashlight features two main light modes: Floodlight and Spotlight - the user can easily switch from one mode to another using a simple switch on the flashlight's handle.

Each of these light modes also has 7 different light modes, each with different light beam strength. Plus, the Strobe mode functions in the Floodlight mode.

This means that OLIGHT Marauder 2 flashlight features 15(!) different light modes. If that is not enough, then ...

Maximum light output and beam distance are:

- Floodlight Mode, Mode 7: 14000 lumens, 50600 candela, 450m distance, 5 minutes max. (switches to lower mode automatically),

- Spotlight Mode, Mode 7: 8500 lumens, 160000 candela, 800m distance, 20 minutes max. (switches to lower mode automatically).

In order to prevent any damage to the unit, OLIGHT Marauder 2 Flashlight automatically switches to the lower power setting when the internal temperatures reach their threshold or when the battery charge levels drop.

The maximum runtime of the flashlight also depends on the light mode:

- Floodlight Mode, Mode 1: 200 lumens, 755 candela, 55m distance, 40 hours,

- Spotlight Mode, Mode 1: 50 lumens, 10000 candela, 200m distance, 59 hours (2 days and 11 hours!).

Other features include IPX8 rating (2m), drop height of 1m, proximity sensor, USB-C 30W charging (2.5h to full charge) and 30W reverse charging (the flashlight acts as a power bank), brightness level indicator, battery charge level indicator, charging status indicator, etc.

OLIGHT Marauder 2 Flashlight comes with a 1-year limited warranty on the power adapter and a 5-year limited warranty on the flashlight and battery pack.

OLIGHT Marauder 2 Flashlight is not the strongest flashlight on our list, not by far.

Also, it is not the most compact, it is not the lightest, it doesn't feature the largest battery pack, You can't go diving(!) with it, etc. But, it features a well-balanced design, long runtime, strong construction, and in the end, an acceptable price considering all its features.

If You are looking for a strong and reliable flashlight and You don't mind spending some money, consider this flashlight.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the OLIGHT Marauder 2 Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


IMALENT MS18 Flashlight

imalent ms18

IMALENT MS18 Flashlight features light beam strength that is incredible for the handheld LED flashlight - in the Turbo mode, it provides 100000 (100k) lumens and 458000 (458k) candela, with the beam distance of 1350m (~1500 yards!).

It also features an active cooling system (low-noise fans) in order to protect the flashlight from heat damage.

Nonetheless, when the batteries are fully charged, IMALENT MS18 Flashlight can operate up to one minute in the Turbo mode, after which it switches itself to 25000 (25k) lumens mode where it can operate up to 52 minutes.

60 seconds of 100000 (100k) lumens doesn't sound much, but the light intensity and strength are like a small sun...

Also, after switching to 25000 lumens mode, 52 minutes of 25000 (25k) lumens is also an excellent feature.

IMALENT MS18 Flashlight is powered by 8 (eight) 21700 high-power batteries and features physical dimensions of (Length x Head Diameter x Body Diameter) 10.43 x 5.07 x 2.32 inches (265 x 129 x 59 mm) and it weighs 4.2 pounds (~1.9 kg) with the batteries included.

IMALENT MS18 Flashlight features 8 light modes and one Strobe mode:

- Turbo Mode: 100000→25000 lumens, run-time 60s+52min,

- High III Mode: 60000→25000 lumens, run-time 70s+55min,

- High II Mode: 30000→25000 lumens, run-time 3.8min+60min,

- High I Mode: 22000 lumens, run-time 67 min,

- Middle II Mode: 10000 lumens, run-time 3h 40min,

- Middle I Mode: 5000 lumens, run-time 6h 50min,

- Middle Low Mode: 2000 lumens, run-time 9h 15min,

- Low Mode: 700 lumens, run-time 14h 52min.

IMALENT MS18 Flashlight is designed and constructed with the performances in mind. It also features an IP56 rating and a drop test height of 1.5m.

When the batteries are fully discharged, it takes up to 4h 30 minutes to recharge the batteries completely - again, it comes with 8 (eight) high-power 21700 batteries.

IMALENT MS18 Flashlight comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

If You are looking for an extra-strong flashlight and You don't mind its dimensions, weight, or price, consider IMALENT MS18 Flashlight. It is one of the strongest flashlights on the market - for example, it can provide 10000 lumens for 3h and 40 minutes thanks to the large battery pack and active cooling system.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the IMALENT MS18 Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


Acebeam X-50 X50 Multipurpose LED Searchlight

acebeam x 50

Acebeam X-50 X50 Multipurpose LED Searchlight is a very compact flashlight with a large cooling surface - the flashlight features maximum light beam strength of 40000 lumens, the maximum light intensity of 160000 candelas, with the maximum range of 800m (~half a mile).

Acebeam X-50 X50 features USB-C charging and discharging port - it can be used as a small power bank, too.

Maximum charging power is 36W, allowing the flashlight to be recharged in 1.8 hours (~1h 50 minutes).

Acebeam X-50 X50 comes in two versions, one model features a 6500K light beam and another model features a 5000K light beam.

Both flashlights come with very similar performances, just the 6500K version features a little bit stronger light beam.

Note: all info in this small review is given for the 6500K model.

Acebeam X-50 X50 features 8 light modes, Strobe included.

The strongest mode is the so-called Turbo mode, ensuring a maximum light beam of 40000 -> 5000 lumens in 1+100 min, maximum range of 800m, and maximum light intensity of 160000 candelas.

The ultra-low mode features a light output of 230 lumens and 24h operation.

Acebeam X-50 X50 flashlight features an IP66 rating and drop test height of 1m - it is a strong and sturdy flashlight, but it should not be submerged under the water.

The physical dimensions of the Acebeam X-50 X50 flashlight are (Length x Head Diameter x Body Diameter) 5.32 x 2.95 x 2.02 inches (~135 x 75 x 51.5 mm) and it weighs 24.3 ounces (690g) with the battery pack included.

Acebeam X-50 X50 flashlight comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

If You are looking for a rather compact and very strong flashlight, consider Acebeam X-50 X50 flashlight - it is so compact and strong that it comes with a special handle that can be attached to the flashlight in order to avoid issues with heat.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the Acebeam X-50 X50 Multipurpose LED Searchlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


OLIGHT X9R Marauder Flashlight

olight x9r marauder

OLIGHT X9R Marauder Flashlight is a big, heavy, and sturdy LED flashlight that comes with a 10(!) year limited warranty.

OLIGHT X9R Marauder Flashlight features physical dimensions of 12.6 x 3.94 x 2.24 inches (320 x 100 x 57 mm) and it weighs 65.43 ounces (1855g, ~4.1 pounds).

The battery pack is based on eight high-power 18650 batteries and features 14.4V and 6000mA capacity for a total of ~86Wh.

The flashlight features 8 light modes plus Strobe mode:

- Mode1: 200 lumens, 27h, 60m, 900 candelas,

- Mode2: 400 lumens, 19h, 85m, 1800 candelas,

- Mode3: 800 lumens, 12h, 115m, 3300 candelas,

- Mode4: 1600 lumens, 8h, 160m, 6400 candelas,

- Mode5: 3200 lumens, 4h, 215m, 11600 candelas,

- Mode6: 6400 lumens, 2h, 315m, 24800 candelas,

- Mode7: 12800→6400 lumens, 10+90 min, 450m, 50600 candelas,

- Mode8: 25000→6400 lumens, 3+100 min, 630m, 99200 candelas,

- Strobe: 12800 lumens, 13Hz.

OLIGHT X9R Marauder also features a proximity sensor, the flashlight can be recharged in 4 hours, if features IPX7 (1m) rating, it comes with a shoulder strap, wall power adapter, car charger, etc.

OLIGHT X9R Marauder is an excellent flashlight with a strong light beam and with a very nice price tag. If You don't mind its dimensions and price and You actually need such flashlight, OLIGHT X9R Marauder is highly recommended - it can provide 6400 lumens for 2 hours!

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the OLIGHT X9R Marauder Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


IMALENT MS06 LED Flashlight

imalent ms06

IMALENT MS06 LED Flashlight is an ultra-compact, ultra-bright LED flashlight, featuring physical dimensions of ~4.7 x 2.2 x 2 inches (119 x 56 x 51 mm) and it weighs 1.26 pounds (572g) with batteries included.

IMALENT MS06 LED Flashlight features a so-called "soda can" design in terms of size and shape.

The flashlight features a battery pack consisting of three 4000 mAh 21700 lithium batteries, ensuring the maximum output of 25000 lumens, the light intensity of 65800 candelas, and a maximum range of 513m.

IMALENT MS06 LED Flashlight supports several light modes, including:

- Turbo Mode: 25000 - 4000 lumens, 70s + 120min,

- High Mode: 9000 - 4000 lumens, 2min + 130min,

- Middle II Mode: 4000 lumens, 2h18min,

- Middle I Mode: 2500 lumens, 4h,

- Middle Low Mode: 1200 lumens, 8h,

- Low Mode: 200 lumens, 31h.

Thanks to its size, shape, and strong construction, IMALENT MS06 LED Flashlight features an IPX8 (2m) rating and a drop test height of 1.5m.

IMALENT MS06 LED Flashlight comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Due to its dimensions, IMALENT MS06 LED Flashlight can provide 25000 lumens "only" for the 70s, but it can provide 4000 lumens for 4+ hours and if required, 1200 lumens for 8 hours. And it comes at very acceptable price!

Hint: 1200 lumens is like a stronger household LED bulb ...

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the IMALENT MS06 LED Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


ThruNite TN36 Flashlight

thrunite tn36

ThruNite TN36 Flashlight is a relatively compact ultra-bright flashlight with a maximum beam strength of 11000 lumens, 31140 candelas, and a maximum range of 350m.

ThruNite TN36 Flashlight is powered by 4 x IMR 18650 batteries, but the batteries don't come with the battery by default - this keeps the price of the battery low, but can cause issues for users that can't find such batteries.

The flashlight features several light modes, including:

- Turbo Mode: 11000 lumens, 85 minutes, 353m range, 31140 candelas,

- Infinity High: 8000 lumens, 90 minutes,

- Infinity Low: 96 lumens, 2.6 days,

- Firefly: 3 lumens, 28 days,

- Strobe: 8000 lumens, 90 min.

ThruNite TN36 Flashlight features an IPX8 (2m) rating and a drop test height of 2m.

Physical dimensions of the flashlight are ~5.24 x 2.52 x 2.04 inches (133 x 64 x 52 min) and it weighs 0.94 pounds (427 grams).

ThruNite TN36 Flashlight comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

ThruNite TN36 Flashlight is a compact, relatively lightweight flashlight, which comes at a very affordable price, even if You already don't have high-power 18650 batteries.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the ThruNite TN36 Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


Acebeam X80 LED Flashlight

acebeam x80

Acebeam X80 LED Flashlight is powered by 4 (four) 18650 batteries (included) and features a maximum output of 25000 lumens, beam intensity of 27480 candelas, and maximum range of 332 meters.

The flashlight comes with a set if different LEDs, including:

- 12x CREE XHP50.2,

- 2x CREE XPE2-R2 630nm,

- 2x CREE XPE2-B4 475nm,

- 2x CREE XPE2-G3 530nm,

- 1x Nichia 233A 365nm.

This allows the flashlight to provide both white light and colored light (Red, Blue, Green).

Acebeam X80 LED Flashlight comes with several operating modes, including:

- Ultra Low: 80 lumens, 52 hours,

- Low: 800 lumens, 8.5 hours,

- Mid: 2500 lumens, 3 hours,

- High: 5000-4000 lumens, 20 minutes + 1 hour,

- Turbo: 11000-4000 lumens, 3 minutes + 1.5 hours,

- Turbo-max: 25000-4000 lumens, 1 minutes + 1.3 hours,

- Strobe: 5000 lumens, 3 hours,

- Red: 270 lumens, 9 hours,

- Green: 350 lumens, 10 hours,

- Blue: 170 lumens, 6.7 hours,

- UV: 2 lumens, 17 hours.

The physical dimensions of the unit are 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.9 inches (117.7 x 65 x 49 mm), making it one of the most compact ultra-bright flashlights on the market.

Also, the flashlight weighs only 11.6 ounces (330g) without the batteries.

Acebeam X80 LED Flashlight features very strong construction - it comes with an IPX8 (30m) rating and a drop test height of 1.2m.

Note: let's repeat that - IPX8 rating with a depth of 30(!) (thirty) meters.

Acebeam X80 LED Flashlight features a 5-year limited warranty.

As one can see, Acebeam X80 LED Flashlight features excellent performances and a good warranty. As always in life, that also means that its price is a little bit higher, but what You pay is what You get ...

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the Acebeam X80 LED Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


Brightest Tactical Flashlights

Tactical flashlights are smaller and more compact than "the brightest" flashlights featuring smaller battery packs and fewer LEDs.

But, they are also able to provide 1000+ lumens easily for extended periods of time and due to their smaller dimensions and more affordable prices, they are even used as EDC (Every Day Carry) flashlights.

Some tactical flashlights support the use of different battery types, for example, 18650 or CR123A batteries, allowing the users to use rechargeable 18650 batteries for flashlights that are used regularly, or to use high-quality CR123A with a shelf-life of 10+ years for the flashlights that are used only occasionally and can be stored even for years without the use.

Here is our list of several very bright tactical LED flashlights - again, choose according to your own needs and requirements.


OLIGHT Warrior X Pro Tactical Flashlight

olight warrior x pro

OLIGHT Warrior X Pro flashlight is powered by a single high-power 5000mAh 21700 battery and features maximum light strength of 2100 lumens, an intensity of 62500 candelas, and a maximum beam range of 500m.

The physical dimensions of the flashlight are 5.87 x 1.54 x 1.03 inches (149 x 39 x 26.2 mm) and it weighs 8.53 ounces (239 grams) - battery is perhaps too large to be carried in the pocket, but it can easily fit into any backpack, for example.

OLIGHT Warrior X Pro features two light modes:

- Mode 1: 2100→1000→300 lumens, 2→100→23 minutes,

- Mode 2: 300 lumens, 8 hours.

The flashlight doesn't feature Strobe or SOS modes - in some situations, this can be a drawback, but having only two modes allow the user to quickly find the desired mode, even in stressful situations.

OLIGHT Warrior X Pro flashlight features a very aggressive strike bezel that can be used for self-defense - the flashlight is very strong and sturdy and features an IPX8 rating and a drop test height of 3 meters.

The flashlight uses an MCC3 magnetic charging cable (2 Amps), ensuring quick recharging (under 3 hours).

OLIGHT Warrior X Pro flashlight comes with a 5-year limited warranty and an excellent price, considering all of its features.

OLIGHT Warrior X Pro flashlight is one of the most popular flashlights in its class, already tested by many users in real-life situations.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the OLIGHT Warrior X Pro Tactical Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


Fenix PD36R Tactical Flashlight

fenix pd36r

Fenix PD36R Tactical Flashlight is a very popular and affordable all-around LED flashlight suitable for use in various situations.

Fenix PD36R flashlight is powered by a single 21700 battery, ensuring quick recharge via USB-C port and maximum beam strength of 1600 lumens, intensity of 19977 candelas, and a beam range of 283 meters in the Turbo light mode.

Other light modes include:

- High: 800 lumens, 197m, 9636 candelas, 5h 49min,

- Medium: 350 lumens, 128m, 4101 candelas, 8h 24min,

- Low: 150 lumens, 82m, 1681 candelas, 26h,

- Eco: 30 lumens, 35m, 309 candelas, 115h (4 days and 19 hours).

Fenix PD36R flashlight also features Strobe mode (@1600 lumens).

The flashlight is very compact and lightweight, featuring physical dimensions of 5.35 x 1.04 x 1.0 inches (136 x 26.4 x 25.4 mm) and it weighs 3 ounces (~85 grams) without the battery.

Fenix PD36R flashlight comes with USB-C charging port, allowing the user to recharge the flashlight in ~4 hours.

The flashlight is very sturdy and it features an IPX8 (2m) rating and a drop test height of 1m.

Fenix PD36R flashlight is one of the most popular tactical and general-purpose flashlights, well-liked by its users. And it comes at an excellent price ...

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the Fenix PD36R Tactical Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


STREAMLIGHT 88065 Pro Tac HL-X Tactical Flashlight

 streamlight 88065

STREAMLIGHT 88065 Pro Tac HL-X Tactical Flashlight is a versatile and affordable LED tactical flashlight that accepts both one 18650 battery or two CR123A batteries.

Note: STREAMLIGHT 88065 is a model that comes with two CR123A batteries.

STREAMLIGHT 88065 Pro Tac HL-X flashlight features physical dimensions of 5.43 x 1.44 x 1.0 inches (13.8 x 3.7 x 2.54 inches) and it weighs 5.7 ounces (162 grams) with CR123A batteries and 6.2 ounces (176 grams) with a single SL-B26 18650 battery.

Depending on the battery used, the STREAMLIGHT 88065 Pro Tac HL-X flashlight features the following performances:

– High Mode: 1000 lumens, 330m, 1.25 hours (CR123A), 1.5 hours (SL-B26),

– Medium Mode: 400 lumens, 200m, 3 hours (CR123A), 3.5 hours (SL-B26),

– Low Mode: 65 lumens, 80m beam, 20 hours (CR123A), 23 hours (SL-B26),

– Strobe Mode: 2.5 hours (CR123A), 3.25 hours (SL-B26).

The body is made using durable aluminum and can withstand a drop from 2m height and features an IPX7 (1m) rating.

STREAMLIGHT 88065 Pro Tac HL-X flashlight features a limited lifetime warranty.

STREAMLIGHT 88065 is an excellent, well-designed, and built flashlight that also comes at a very affordable price.

Note: CR123A batteries are highly recommended for flashlights that are used only occasionally. For the flashlights that are used more often, 18650 batteries are a better choice.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the STREAMLIGHT 88065 Pro Tac HL-X Tactical Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


NITECORE P20iX Tactical Flashlight

nitecore p20ix

NITECORE P20iX Tactical Flashlight supports the use of a high-power 21700 battery or the use of a pair of CR123A/RCR123A batteries using a special battery holder.

Its maximum beam strength is achieved in so-called Turbo Mode - 4000 lumens, with a light intensity of 12200 candelas and a beam range of 220 meters.

Other light modes include:

- Higher Mode: 1700 lumens, 2h, 145m, 5250 candelas,

- High Mode: 850 lumens, 2h 30 min, 103m, 2670 candelas,

- Mid Mode: 300 lumens, 7h 15min, 60m, 920 candelas,

- Low Mode: 50 lumens, 38h, 25m, 150 candelas,

- Ultra-Low Mode: 2 lumens, 350h, 5m, 5 candelas,

- Strobe Mode: 4000 lumens.

Note: these values are given for a flashlight powered by a 21700 battery. When the flashlight is powered by a pair of CR123A batteries, the flashlight support only High, Mid, Low, Ultra-Low, and Strobe modes with a shorter runtime.

NITECORE P20iX Tactical Flashlight features a strong body and a relatively aggressive strike bezel which can be used for self-defense.

The flashlight is recharged using a USB-C port (only when a 21700 battery is used!).

If You are looking for a strong and versatile LED flashlight with a somewhat shorter beam range (and wider beam), NITECORE P20iX Tactical Flashlight is an excellent choice. Considering its output when using a 21700 battery, this is also a rather affordable high-brightness flashlight.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the NITECORE P20iX Tactical Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


Brightest Pocket/EDC Flashlights

For people looking for somewhat larger EDC flashlights, tactical LED flashlights are an excellent choice.

But, many people are also looking for a very compact pocket and even keychain EDC flashlights that feature strong light beams.

Here is the list of several small and often ultra-light flashlights that also feature surprisingly strong light beams - just be aware that small size and lightweight construction combined with high output also means shorter runtime.


OLIGHT Baton3 Compact LED Flashlight

olight baton3

OLIGHT Baton3 Compact LED Flashlight features physical dimensions of ~2.5 x 0.83 inches (63 x 21 mm) and it weighs 1.87 ounces (53 grams) with the battery included.

But, it also features maximum light output of 1200(!) lumens, a light intensity of 6889 candelas, and a beam range of 166 meters thanks to the customized IMR16340 battery.

OLIGHT Baton3 is a strong and durable flashlight with an IPX8 rating.

OLIGHT Baton3 flashlight is compatible with MCC 1A/MCC3 magnetic charging cables, but it also may come (model dependent) with its wireless charging station featuring USB-C charging port - wireless charging station may recharge the flashlight 3.7 times, greatly extending the flashlights runtime on a single battery charge.

The flashlight features 5 light modes combined with a Strobe Mode:

- Mode 1: 1200/300 lumens, 1.5+75 min,

- Mode 2: 300 lumens, 95 min,

- Mode 3: 60 lumens, 7.5h,

- Mode 4: 12 lumens, 33h,

- Mode 5: 0.5 lumens, 20 days,

- Strobe: 1200/650 lumens, 13 Hz.

OLIGHT Baton3 flashlight comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

If You are looking for an ultra-compact, bright LED flashlight, consider the OLIGHT Baton3 flashlight.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the OLIGHT Baton3 Compact LED Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


IMALENT LD70 EDC Flashlight

imalent ld70 edc

IMALENT LD70 EDC Flashlight is one of the most powerful LED flashlights, considering its size, weight, and of course, price.

IMALENT LD70 EDC Flashlight features a maximum output of 4000(!) lumens, the maximum light intensity of 10350 candelas, a beam range of 203 meters, combined with IPX8 (2) rating, and a drop test height of 1.5m.

The physical dimensions of the flashlight are ~3.2 x 1 inch (81 x 25 mm) and it weighs ~3.08 ounces (87 grams) with the built-in battery.

IMALENT LD70 EDC Flashlight features several light modes, including:

- Mode 1 (Turbo): 4000-900 lumens (1+38 min),

- Mode 2: 2000-900 lumens (1.5+39 mins),

- Mode 3: 900 lumens (45 min),

- Mode 4: 200 lumens (3h 50 min),

- Mode 5: 20 lumens (15h).

For users looking for a compact, extra bright EDC flashlight, the IMALENT LD70 flashlight is one of the best choices - just be aware of somewhat shorter runtime, of course.

IMALENT LD70 EDC Flashlight comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the IMALENT LD70 EDC Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


OLIGHT S2R II EDC Flashlight

olight s2r ii

OLIGHT S2R II EDC Flashlight is a well balanced EDC flashlight with several light modes, including:

- Mode 1: 1150-400 lumens (2+230 minutes), 135m,

- Mode 2: 400 -umens (4 hours), 80m,

- Mode 3: 120 lumens (14 hours), 45m,

- Mode 4: 15 lumens (100 hours), 15m,

- Mode 5: 0.5 lumens (60 days),

- Strobe Mode: 13 Hz.

The maximum light intensity is 4600 candelas.

OLIGHT S2R II EDC Flashlight is powered by a built-in battery that features MCC 1A magnetic charging.

The flashlight comes with an IPX8 (2m) rating and a drop test height of 1.5 meters.

With the physical dimensions of 3.94 x 0.91 inches (100 x 23 mm) and a weight of 98.5 grams including the 3200mAh 3.6V 18650 battery, OLIGHT S2R II EDC Flashlight is perhaps not the most compact pocket EDC flashlight, but it is one of the most popular and well-liked LED flashlights in its class.

OLIGHT S2R II EDC Flashlight comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

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Streamlight 73302 Pocket Keychain/Clip-on Flashlight

streamlight 73302

Streamlight 73302 Pocket Keychain/Clip-on Flashlight is an ultra-light and ultra-compact flashlight that features insanely bright output considering that it weighs only 0.5 ounces (~14.17 grams).

The flashlight features two light modes:

- High Mode: 325 lumens, 1450 candelas, 76m, 20 min,

- Low Mode: 45 lumens, 200 candelas, 28m, 1h.

These are excellent values considering the weight (0.5 oz) and the size (2.0 x 1.08 x 0.5 inches, 5.1 x 2.74 x 1.27 cm) of the flashlight.

Streamlight 73302 is powered by a 110 mAh non-replaceable battery that is recharged using a micro-USB port (4h recharge time).

Streamlight 73302 features an IPX4 rating and a drop test height of 1m.

People looking for a true keychain flashlight with high output should consider Streamlight 73302 flashlight.

Streamlight 73302 comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the Streamlight 73302 Pocket Keychain/Clip-on Flashlight Amazon link (link opens in the new window).  


Few Final Words

When looking for "the brightest" flashlight, the light strength (lumens) and intensity (candelas) are just some of the features to look for.

Although modern LED flashlights are fairly intuitive regarding their use and maintenance, when they arrive, be sure to read the manual in order to get accustomed to your new LED flashlight.

Also, regardless of the flashlight size and output, never point it to someone's face - unless when using it in self-defense (even then ...).

When choosing "the best" brightest flashlight for your own use, again, choose according to your own preferences and requirements. And stay safe ...

 

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- Tactical Flashlight

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- 18650 Flashlight

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