Top Ten Brightest Flashlights – When the Sun Doesn’t Cut It

Having a flashlight that’s brighter than daylight can be expensive, dangerous, and kind of pointless, but it just sounds like so much fun. Of course, when one considers getting a super bright flashlight, it’s not just about the number of lumens that a specific model boasts.

The brightest flashlight as of 2019 clocks in at about 100,000 lumens, but that brightness only lasts a matter of seconds before it drops down to about half that brightness. And let’s not forget about the amount energy that it would consume and the heat it would produce. Also, these flashlights can get huge, which is not so good for carrying around.

For the sake of practicality, I’ll be including lights that may not have a very impressive stand-alone lumen count but are more portable than the ones that are overloaded with brightness. And when you factor in the size and weight of the dimmer ones, their lumen count won’t seem so modest. That said, get ready for the top ten brightest flashlights (well, at least of 2019).

 

10  Aurora A3 Rechargeable LED Keychain Flashlight

Who knew so much light could be packed in something so small? This little guy is only two inches long and weighs a third of an ounce, but can produce a light that’s half as bright as a car headlight.

Put it on your keychain, clip it to your watch, or just stick it in your pocket; this thing can really go anywhere and you’ll hardly notice it’s there. It might be a bit spendy, but if you want to get it and forget it, then look no further than the Aurora A3.

Max Brightness: 550 lumens

Light Modes: low, high, medium, strobe

Length: 2.1 inches

Runtime on Highest Setting: 30 minutes

Batteries: Li-ion (built-in)

 

PeakPlus Rechargeable LED Flashlight

This one isn’t too bright, but it’s very reasonably priced for what you get. It’s very durable, being water and shock resistant, and it even has a versatile zoom function. It can be used for almost anything, including rigorous activities such as extreme ironing or (another weird sport).

This flashlight comes with a battery adapter in case you want to use three AAA’s instead of the included rechargeable battery. If you’re not looking for the brightest thing you can get your hands on and are thinking more practically, then this one would be good for you.

Max Brightness: 600 lumens

Light Modes: high, medium, low, strobe, SOS

Length: 5.3 inches

Runtime on Highest Setting: 3 hours

Batteries: one 18650 (included), three AAA’s (not included)

 

NiteCore Tip 2 Rechargeable LED Flashlight

Here’s another light that’s impressively bright for its size. It’s about two times bigger and four times heavier than the Aurora A3, but it’s shape is a lot more grip friendly and it’s dual buttons allow for some customization (such as having the light automatically turn off after thirty seconds).

The button does have a two-second delay to prevent an accidental power-on, so if that’s the sort of thing that can get on your nerves, you might want to think twice about this one. This would be good for anyone who wants a keychain flashlight that’s really bright and also versatile.

Max Brightness: 720 lumens

Light Modes: low, medium, high, turbo

Length: 2.5 inches

Runtime on Highest Setting: 30 minutes

Batteries: Li-ion (built-in)

 

Anker Rechargeable LED Flashlight

A step up from the other ones, this flashlight is bright, bold, and really black. It might be a bit bulky, but it will definitely be loyal when you need it, especially given how heavy-duty it is.

It runs on a single battery, which may leave a mark on its runtime, but it also makes it more portable. It’s also got a wrist strap in case you want to swing it around like crazy. Although this may not be the best flashlight to haul around everywhere you go, it’s a solid choice if reliability is what you’re looking for.

Max Brightness: 900 lumens

Light Modes: high, medium, low, strobe, SOS

Length: 6.2 inches

Runtime on Highest Setting: 3 hours

Batteries: one 18650 (included)

 

Nitecore EA42 LED Flashlight

This light may be bright, but it’s also bulky and heavy. It lasts a long time at a high brightness, which is a fair trade for portability. The shell is made of plastic, so it’s not super heavy duty, but I suppose plastic could be good if it’s being used in freezing climates and you don’t like handling ice-cold metal.

If you want your flashlight to last a really long time and can do without an aircraft-grade aluminum body, then give this one a shot.

Max Brightness: 1800 lumens

Light Modes: ultra low, low, medium, high, turbo, strobe, SOS, beacon

Length: 6.6 inches

Runtime on Highest Setting: 5 hours

Batteries: four AA’s (included)

 

Acebeam H30 Rechargeable LED Headlight

Here’s a headlight that can reach a crazy brightness but can still somehow fit in a pocket. The flashlight can be removed from the straps to make it more portable, but it is always nice to be able to use a light with both hands free. It’s got a plethora of light settings including red and green modes in case you want to get into the Christmas spirit.

Although it might be a bit awkward to use as a normal flashlight, this thing is about as compact as you can get for how bright it is. If you want something portable that can really pack a punch and don’t mind the high price tag, then this one is a great option.

Max Brightness: 4000 lumens

Light Modes: ultra low, low, medium, high, turbo, turbo max, SOS, red light, green light

Length: 3.5 inches

Runtime on Highest Setting: 1 hour

Batteries: one 2170 (included)

 

Viennage Rechargeable LED Spotlight

The same brightness as the Acebeam headlight, this guy is bigger and heavier but runs longer is way more affordable. It’s designed as a searchlight with a long handle for easy carrying. The button to turn on the light is found on the handle, so there’s no way to take the handle off that wouldn’t break the flashlight. Instead of one big reflector in the front of the flashlight, there are four separate cones, which collectively make up one bright beam of light.

This could be good for long excursions when you need to hold onto a flashlight for a long time. So, if you don’t mind the size of this machine and don’t feel like forking over hundreds of dollars, then I’d recommend looking into this one.

Max Brightness: 4000 lumens

Light Modes: high, medium, low, strobe, SOS

Length: 5.9 inches

Runtime on Highest Setting: 2 hours

Batteries: four 18650’s (included)

 

Thorfire BLF Q8 LED Flashlight

Here’s one that’s basically a searchlight without the big handle on top. It packs 5000 lumens in five inches of flashlight with a cooling system to boot. The brightness levels are also completely customizable by holding down the button to scale the light up or down (it’s basically a built-in dimmer).

It doesn’t come with batteries, but it’s reasonably priced even still. This would be a good choice if you want a searchlight without the big handle getting in the way.

Max Brightness: 5000 lumens

Light Modes: customizable

Length: 5.3 inches

Runtime on Highest Setting: 2 hours

Batteries: four 18650’s (not included)

 

Imalent DX80 LED Flashlight

Things are starting to get crazy now. I don’t know what any normal person on earth could possibly have to do with this much brightness, but here it is. This monster is basically thirty car headlights crammed into one device. It weighs more than three pounds, costs more than I would pay for a new laptop, and produces so much heat that it has a built-in cooling system to keep it from catching on fire.

I will say, however, that being able to summon this much light with the press of a button is a something that is hard to shrug off. And if you’re ever on the fence about whether to actually get this flashlight, note that it does come with a free clip.

Max Brightness: 32,000 lumens

Light Modes: low, medium low, medium, medium high, high, turbo, strobe

Length: 8.4 inches

Runtime on Highest Setting: 1 hour

Batteries: eight 18650’s (included)

 

Imalent MS18 Flashlight

If you’re reading this, I question whether your craving for brightness is something that can be satisfied. Clearly, you’re looking for something to contest the very sun itself—to make daylight seem like a mere antic.

There is one device that comes close to what you’re looking for: the Imalent MS18, a Goliath of a flashlight capable of blasting a hundred car headlights from a head the size of fist. If that does not impress you, then I’m afraid you’re out of luck because we’ve reached the end of our story.

I cannot say I recommend this flashlight because, quite frankly, it seems unnecessary. It’s as big as a megaphone, its price is out of this world, and its weight is enough to justify calling it a dumbbell. However, if you really don’t care about practicality and just want pure light, then knock yourself out.

Max Brightness: 100,000 lumens

Light Modes: Low, Medium Low, Medium I, Medium II, High I, High II, High III, Turbo

Length: 11 inches

Runtime on Highest Setting: ~30 minutes

Batteries: eight 21700’s (included)

 

Those have been the top ten brightest flashlights (with some creative enfranchisement on my part to make the list more practical). Maybe you can take your new light with you on your next camping trip and show it off to all your friends and family—or maybe you could just wake them up at 3:00 a.m. Well, whatever you do, don’t bring it into a bathroom with a mirror on two opposite walls—you just might generate a black hole.

Hopefully you found this article to be helpful. If you have any questions or concerns (or just want to type something), then be sure to leave a comment below.

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