Whether you’re a city slicker or a country bumpkin, a long haul driver or a medical professional, at some point in your life you’re going to need a good flashlight. Unforeseen circumstances have a way of creeping up on us, and there’s nothing worse than being unprepared in an emergency! Just like you always make sure you have a spare tire in your car, keeping a flashlight around is just prudent planning.
These magnificent lights push the LED and battery technologies to the max, turning night into day and evoking emotions of wonder.
The flashlights on this list will leave you in awe and with a smile on your face. Choose any one of these, and you will never find yourself stranded in the dark again.
Choose any one of these, and you will never find yourself stranded in the dark again.
1. Imalent MS18
Max. Brightness: 100,000 lumens | Peak Beam Distance: 4,429 feet (1.35 km) | Runtime on Max. Brightness: 100,000lms~25,000lms, 60 seconds + 52 Minutes
Read our hands-on review: Imalent MS18 – The World’s Brightest Flashlight
This is the king of all flashlights, and quite literally the brightest in the world. The Imalent MS18 can put out a whopping 100,000 lumens on its highest setting, which is 50 times brighter than a car’s headlights. It has an incredible throw distance of 4,429 feet (1.35 km), and contains 18 Cree XHP70 second high lumens LEDs with a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. It has a rechargeable battery pack, and the OLED display screen will keep you up to date with the remaining battery charge.
The Imalent MS18 is a one-size-fits-all flashlight, made to replace all others, with 9 strength settings, ranging from 700 to 100,000 lumens, which means there is a setting for almost every possible occasion. This flashlight is designed to be tough, and with a covering of Aerospace-grade high performance aluminum alloy, and a heat pipe cooling system, it is all but indestructible. It is also both waterproof (IP56) and dustproof.
The flashlight is fairly heavy, weighing in at just under 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms), but who doesn’t like a bit of weight in their hands while moving around in the dark?
2. Acebeam X70
Max. Brightness: 60,000 lumens | Peak Beam Distance: 3,658 feet (1.1 km) | Runtime on Max. Brightness: 60,000lms~15,000lms, 55 seconds + 50 minutes
The Acebeam X70 Ultra Bright Rechargeable Flashlight contains 12 Cree XHP70 second high lumen LEDs, and one Cree XHP35 high intensity LED which is capable of an output of 60,000 lumens on turbo mode.
The flashlight comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack which is removable for ease of charging, and it has a removable handle which contains a cooling fan. This flashlight has six modes, ranging from 625 to 60,000 lumens, allowing for well-rounded, general use of the product, and it has an eco-mode which goes up to 35,000 lumens, and increases the battery life significantly.
The Acebeam X70 flashlight has a throw distance of 3,658 feet (1.1 km) at full power, and an LED indicator which will change from green to red to let you know when the power is waning. And just to add luxury to convenience, it is waterproof, and submersible up to 32.8 feet (10 m). All-in-all an excellent all-round high powered flashlight.
3. Acebeam X80-GT
Max. Brightness: 32,500 lumens | Peak Beam Distance: 1,223 feet (342 m) | Runtime on Max. Brightness: 1 hour 15 minutes.
This little flashlight will fit in your hand like a soda can, and is lightweight at only 1.79 pounds (870 grams). For its size, it packs a real punch, with an output of 32,500 lumens at maximum power, and a peak beam distance of 1,223 feet (342 m).
The Acebeam X80-GT contains 18 Cree XHP50.2 LEDs, and creates an optimized wide beam for a maximum area of visibility. It comes with a small handle, and has a power mode, an eco-mode, and a lock mode to prevent accidental button pressing. The Acebeam X80-GT is made with high quality military grade materials, and is waterproof to IPX-8 standards, submersible up to 98 feet (30 meters), though this is intended for accidental submersion – it is not a diving light. This is an excellent choice for extreme conditions, as it is shockproof, and can be used in heavy rain.
The flashlight has seven setting options, and can be used for a range of applications, including search and rescue, hunting, security, and even as a photography light. A battery warning light will inform you when your battery power is getting low, but this little flashlight has some serious oomph, and its battery will last up to 34 hours on the lowest setting. As an added bonus, you will find a lanyard and a holster for the flashlight included in the box.
4. Imalent MS06
Max. Brightness: 25,000 lumens | Peak Beam Distance: 1,683 feet (512 m) | Runtime on Max. Brightness: 25,000lms~4,000lms, 70 seconds + 120 minutes
Another “soda can” flashlight, the compact Imalent MS06 is dynamite in a small package. It produces a cold white light in both spot and floodlight configurations. It contains 6 Cree XHP70.2 LEDs, and has five general lighting modes ranging from 200 to 9,000 lumens. It has two emergency strobe light modes at 25,000 lumens, and it remembers the last mode you used, and starts in that same mode when you turn it on again.
This reliable little flashlight is made with aerospace grade aluminum alloy, and is finished with a wear resistant Type III hard-anodized surface treatment. It has an anti-slip grip, is drop resistant to almost 5 feet (1.5 m), and is certified IPX-8 waterproof up to a depth of 6.5 feet (2 m). At a length of only 4.68 inches and a weight of just 5.6 ounces, this little light is perfect for hunting, search and rescue, patrols, and even cave exploring.
It has a built-in thermal control module which adjusts to the surrounding temperature, so it will maintain a safe temperature in harsh weather conditions. The battery will last up to 31 hours on the lowest setting, and is fast rechargeable via the magnetic USB port. A battery level indicator will ensure you always know how much power you have left, and the included lanyard and holster will prevent you from losing this tiny flashlight.
5. Olight X9R Marauder
Max. Brightness: 25,000 lumens | Peak Beam Distance: 2,067 feet (630 m) | Runtime on Max Brightness: 25,000lms~6,400lms, 3 minutes + 100 minutes
The Olight X9R Marauder is a sleek and beautiful looking flashlight which combines modern technology perfectly with the comforting feel of a traditional flashlight. It comes with a 10-year warranty, and 6 high performance LEDs with a maximum output of 25,000 lumens.
Your purchase will include a professional looking carry case and shoulder strap, as well as a car charger, making this a very convenient flashlight for the avid traveler. One of the best things about this flashlight is that it has an intelligent display showing you both the current battery level (or charging level when plugged in) in real time, and the current output level, so you will always know exactly where you stand.
It has an eight-level output selection, and intuitive proximity sensors which will lower the output when you approach an object. The built-in heat dissipation system will keep your light output constant, while the thermal management system will maintain the safety of the device by lowering the output should it become too warm. The Olight X9R Marauder has an ergonomic design with milled finger grooves for a comfortable grip, and is waterproof for accidental submersion up to just over 3 feet (1 m).
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6. Olight Marauder 2
Max Brightness: 14,000 lumens | Peak Beam Distance: 2,624 feet (800 m) | Runtime on Max. Brightness: 14,000~3,200~1,600lms, 5 minutes + 140 minutes + 45 minutes
The Olight Marauder 2 is a surprisingly versatile little flashlight, offering both a 14,000 lumen floodlight with a throw distance of 1,475 feet (450 m), and an 850 lumen spotlight with a 2,624 foot (800 m) throw distance. The spotlight is created by a central LED, and the floodlight by the 12 surrounding LEDs, and they can be easily toggled between with a handy switch.
A rotatable knob will allow you to choose between 7 different brightness levels on either output type. Attractive indicators will inform you of your current battery level, charge level and power output, and the built-in rechargeable battery will provide up to 59 hours of light on the lowest setting. Thermal sensors and cooling fins will ensure the safety of the device, and prevent overheating, and proximity sensors will dim the output when your focal point is nearby.
The Olight Marauder 2 offers extended runtime and fast charging, as well as reverse charging, allowing you to charge other USB-C devices directly from the flashlight. The charging port is water and dustproof, and the surface of the flashlight is a comfortable silicon finish for a good grip.
7. Imalent MS03
Max. Brightness: 13,000 lumens | Peak Beam Distance: 1,063 feet (324 m) | Runtime on Max. Brightness: 13,000lms~2,000lms, 45 seconds + 70 minutes.
This is the most powerful miniature flashlight you will find on the market today. It offers up to 13,000 lumens of cold white light at a distance of up to 1,063 feet (324 m), all in a palm-sized device that can fit easily into your pocket.
This tiny device is only 4.33 inches (11 cm) long, and weighs just 6.59 ounces (186 grams). It contains 3 Cree XHP 70.2 LEDs, and boasts 5 output levels as well as a strobe for emergencies. Despite its superior build quality, reinforced with aerospace grade aluminum, the Imalent MS03 Tactical Flashlight is designed for everyday use. It is waterproof to 6.5 feet (2 m), impact resistant at 5 feet (1.5 m), and has a knurling pattern on the shaft for a comfortable grip. It is lockable, and has a low power warning indicator so you don’t get caught in the dark unawares.
A great choice for security, camping, or everyday handyman work, there is no better choice of flashlight if you are looking for something really small.
8. Fenix LR40R
Max. Brightness: 12,000 lumens | Peak Beam Distance: 2,500 feet (762 m) | Runtime on Max. Brightness: 45 minutes
This compact flashlight has both a spotlight and a floodlight option, and these can be used together to create the maximum output of 12,000 lumens. Individually, the spotlight provides 1,000 lumens at 2,100 feet (640 m), and the floodlight provides 11,000 lumens and a throw distance of 1,345 feet (410 m).
The battery power is very good, providing maximum lighting for up to 45 minutes, and up to 92 hours of light on the lowest setting. The fast charge capability ensures you are never without your handy tool for long, and the USB-C charging system also allows for reverse charging, turning the flashlight into a powerbank for your other devices as well.
The Fenix LR40R has 4 output levels for the spotlight function, and 5 levels for the floodlight, and has a handy power level indicator and a lock function. It is made from oxidization resistant aluminum, is waterproof up to 6.5 feet (2 m), impact resistant up to 3.3 feet (1 m), and comes with a holster, a lanyard, and two battery carry cases. To top it all off, the Fenix LR40R also comes with an SOS function in case of a dire emergency.
9. ThruNite TN36 Limited Version
Max. Brightness: 11,000 lumens | Peak Beam Distance: 1,160 feet (353 m)| Runtime on Max. Brightness: 85 minutes
This small, convenient flashlight comes with a premium Type III hard-anodized shell, and is waterproof and impact resistant to 6.5 feet. It contains 3 Cree XHP 70B LEDs, and puts out a cool white light.
The device has only 3 modes – the infinity mode, which allows you to scroll anywhere between 96 and 8,000 lumens; the turbo mode at 11,000 lumens; and the firefly mode, which is a very soft 3 lumens. Firefly mode is perfect for midnight trips to the bathroom without waking up the rest of the household.
The ThruNite TN36 is just 5.24 inches (13 cm) long and 14.6 ounces (413 g, making it easy to handle, and convenient to carry around. It has a built-in temperature control that will dim the output if the device gets too hot, and it has a low voltage indicator to let you know when to charge the flashlight. It will also remember the last mode you used. This little flashlight doesn’t come with any batteries so you’ll have to buy them on ThruNite’s website.