THE BEST Flashlights

Olight Marauder 2 Flashlight

Olight Marauder 2 Flashlight

An upgraded version of the X7R Marauder, the Marauder 2 flashlight blasts out up to 14,000 lumens and has a throw distance of 800 m – roughly half a mile. Its rotary knob is the smartest brightness control we’ve seen on any flashlight, and its three 5000 mAh batteries can be used to recharge your phone or other gadgets.

Nebo Bucket Flashlight

Nebo Bucket Flashlight

Nebo’s collapsible lantern doubles as a watertight bucket. It folds down to just 2.2″ thick and expands to hold up to 1.3 gallons (5 liters) of contents. With its lid on, it works as a lantern, and its puck-shaped magnetic light is removable. It’s perfect for doing under-sink repairs or for carrying bathing supplies when camping.

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Flateye Flashlights

Flateye Flashlights

Panther Vision’s unique flashlights feature a pistol-style grip instead of a cylindrical one, offering a more natural and ergonomic grip, and preventing them from rolling. Each one is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and tactical polymer, and are available in brightness levels from 300 to 2100 lumens.

SureFire Titan Plus Flashlight

SureFire Titan Plus Flashlight

Despite its size, the Titan Plus is very bright. The palm-sized flashlight can crank out 300 lumens in max mode, running off of a single rechargeable AAA battery. It features a nickel-plated brass body and includes a heavy-duty pocket clip. It also comes in a less expensive 125-lumen stainless steel version.

Worx Multi-function Light

Worx Multi-function Light

Powered by Worx’s interchangeable PowerShare battery packs, the WX027L is a versatile source of illumination. It combines an LED flashlight, a desk lamp, a 360º lantern, and an emergency light in one. Its top telescopes and is hinged so you can adjust its angle as well. Available with or without a battery pack.

Nitecore P30i Tactical Flashlight

Nitecore P30i Tactical Flashlight

The latest version of Nitecore’s ultra long-throw flashlight can project its beam over 3200 feet. In turbo mode, it can output up to 2000 lumens, and it offers four other brightness levels, SOS and beacon modes. It’s built from durable aluminum alloy and both waterproof and shock-resistant. Includes a 5000mAh rechargeable battery.

SureFire G2X Flashlight

SureFire G2X Flashlight

Rather than metal, SureFire’s rugged G2X series flashlight is made from Nitrolon, a lightweight and extremely durable polymer that won’t dent, ding, or crack, and won’t freeze to your skin in cold weather. It has a brilliant 600-lumen LED light source, and a micro-textured reflector to ensure a smooth beam.

Q-Beam Blue Max Midnight Flashlight

This hefty D-battery-powered flashlight uses a 5-watt Cree XPE LED to cranks out up to 590 lumens, visible at a distance up to 420 meters (~1377 feet). It’s made from aluminum and ABS plastic and is waterproof up to 1 meter. It has low, high, and strobe modes and can run for up to 18 hours between battery swaps.

Bigsun Q953 Flashlight

Bigsun Q953 Flashlight

This bright gun-style flashlight can crank out 6000 lumens of brightness in its max setting, projecting a spotlight beam that’s visible up to 1/2-mile away. In addition, it has a side-mounted flood light, red and blue warning lights, and includes a folding tripod stand. Its 10000 mAh battery can also be used as an emergency charger.

GoSun SolarLight Flashlight

Like many flashlights, GoSun’s 280-lumen torch can be recharged via its USB port. But it can also harness energy from the sun, providing an ongoing source of light in the event of a power outage. It works as either a spotlight or lantern, and has a red light emergency strobe on its side. Save 12% in The Awesomer Shop.

Streamlight Work Light Series

Streamlight Work Light Series

Streamlight’s work lights are perfect for automotive work. The durable aluminum lights include the Syclone with its 360º rotating body, the adjustable Flipmate which cranks out up to 500 lumens, and the long and skinny Strion and top-of-the-line Stinger, which can squeeze into tight places and aim light where you need it.

DanForce G1 Modular Flashlight

This versatile, rechargeable flashlight works in a variety of configurations, including 1-cell or 2-cell battery modes, as a diffuse area light or a concentrated beam, with white, green, or red light. It also incorporates a power bank, glass breaker, and compass. The G1 Pro model adds a rifle mount. Save 30% in The Awesomer Shop.

Nitecore MH25S Flashlight

Nitecore MH25S Flashlight

This long-throw tactical flashlight cranks out power with a peak 1800-lumen output and 551+ yard beam distance. It offers five brightness levels, strobe, beacon, and SOS modes. It’s got a durable aluminum shell, and is IP68 waterproof, which means it’s submersible up to 2 meters.

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AlpsWolf Multifunction Flashlight

AlpsWolf Multifunction Flashlight

This barbell-shaped flashlight incorporates lights on both of its two ends, with a parabolic reflector one side and an array of COB LEDs on the other. It offers multiple brightness levels up to 1200 lumens, a strobe mode, and a red/blue emergency flasher. Its 10000 mAh battery pack offers up to 20 hours of runtime on a charge.

Fenix E03R Keychain Flashlight

Fenix E03R Keychain Flashlight

This palm-sized aluminum flashlight from Fenix cranks out an impressive 260 lumens on its brightest setting. In addition to its four-mode white LED, it has an auxiliary red LED that can be used as a warning or emergency light. It supports USB-C recharging and is IP66-rated waterproof.

The Brightest Flashlights 2021

The Brightest Flashlights 2021

If you’re a believer in overkill, then you can’t just have an ordinary handheld flashlight. Fortunately for you, Everyday Carry has picked out some of the brightest flashlights you can buy, from the comparatively tame 7,400 lumen Noctigon K9.3 to the absolutely blinding 100,000 lumen Imalent MS18.

Black Diamond Zip Lantern

Black Diamond Zip Lantern

Black Diamond’s compact lantern is perfect for backpacking. Its top packs warm white LEDs beneath a diffuser for up to 150 lumens of smooth area light and a single LED on its other end for a directional flashlight beam. It runs on four AAA batteries and has a collapsible hook built-in for hanging.

ThruNite BSS W1 Flashlight

ThruNite BSS W1 Flashlight

ThruNite’s palm-sized flashlight kicks out up to 693 lumens in its top setting and looks great in its army green aluminum alloy case. It offers five brightness modes and a strobe mode, and runs on a rechargeable 16340 battery. It also has a two-way clip, and a magnetic tail cap so you can stick it to steel surfaces.

ZeroDark 3-Piece Light Set

Get a great deal on ZeroDark’s set of LED lights for all of your outdoor adventures. The trio includes a bright flashlight with six modes and a side floodlight, a collapsible lantern, and a head-mounted light perfect for late-night hikes. Save 66% off the MSRP in The Awesomer Shop.

DanForce Bold Triple Headlamp

This super-bright headlamp guides your way out of the darkness with up to 1080 lumens output. It offers up to 10 hours of battery life, three different brightness levels, and a strobe mode. Includes two rechargeable batteries, a carry case with a carabiner, and a USB charging cable.

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NEBO Big Poppy Lantern

NEBO Big Poppy Lantern

Nebo’s versatile USB-rechargeable light offers three modes: 300-lumen lantern, 120-lumen spotlight, and 10-lumen mode that emulates flickering candlelight. It also doubles as a power bank for charging up USB devices.

KeySmart Nano Torch XL Pen Light

KeySmart Nano Torch XL Pen Light

KeySmart’s compact flashlight has a built-in clip for easy carrying in your pocket. Its LUMILEDS light source produces 120 lumens of clean white light, and its lens can be adjusted from a narrow spot to a wide beam when you move its barrel. Machined from lightweight aluminum. It’s 17% off in The Awesomer Shop.

Acebeam X80-GT Flashlight

Acebeam X80-GT Flashlight

Acebeam’s chunky handheld flashlight blasts out a retina-burning 32,500 lumens at its top setting. It’s machined from aircraft-grade aluminum, waterproof to IPX8 standards, and has a built in tripod mount. It’s so powerful at its highest settings that you need to wear gloves to protect from the heat it throws off.

Olight I5UV Ultraviolet Flashlight

Olight I5UV Ultraviolet Flashlight

This pocket-sized flashlight emits a high-efficiency 365nm ultraviolet beam, perfect for charging up glow-in-the-dark items, as well as looking for dust, dirt, and other things not always visible to the naked eye. Features a waterproof body with a unique double-helix knurled texture. Note: Staring directly into UV light is not recommended.

Making the World’s Brightest Flashlight

Making the World’s Brightest Flashlight

After playing around with the insane 100,000 lumen Imalent MS-18 flashlight, the guys at The Hacksmith wanted to see if they could make something even brighter. Using 300 ultra-bright LEDs, they created a giant, blinding light that kicks out more than 1.4 million lumens. It isn’t particularly portable though.

Making a High-power Flashlight from Scratch

Making a High-power Flashlight from Scratch

You know we love a good flashlight around here. While we’ve seen lots of really slick production models, we have to hand it to M.N. Projects who built their own custom flashlight by machining billet aluminum, then outfitted it with a super-bright 30W LED and three lithium-ion batteries. They even etched their own circuit board.

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