Welcome to the ultimate list of world’s brightest flashlights: 2018 Edition. This is the most up-to-date online list of production flashlights without exagerated lumen ratings.
The World’s Brightest Flashlights of 2018 are:
- Full Size: Imalent Dx80 @ 32,000 lumens
- Medium: AceBeam X80 @ 25,000 lumens
- Tactical: AceBeam L30 @ 4000 lumens
- Small: Emisar D4 XP-L Hi @ 4300 lumens
- Mini: Four Sevens Mini Mk II @ 1020 lumens
- Headlamp: Lupine Betty RX14 @ 5000 lumens
I’ve compiled this list and keep it updated by category to make it easier for you. I’ve also tried my very best to cross-reference lumen claims with reliable sources as much as possible.
I give a lot of credit to flashlight forums and communities around the internet who have been immensely helpful in informing me of the latest flashlights that are pushing the envelope of what is possible.
Since there is plenty of misleading lumen ratings in the flashlight world, be extra careful not to fall victim to it. The brightest flashlights today are built by reputable flashlight manufacturers and (I hate to break it to you) they are not cheap.
You’ll find more info on each of the world’s brightest flashlight below (updated May 29, 2018)
Full-Size: AceBeam x70 (40,000 lumens)
It’s almost here! I did some digging and the AceBeam X70 release will be June 2018. A few suppliers are listing the X70 for pre-order now.
It will unseat the Imalent Dx80(32,000 lumens) for the title of world’s brightest flashlight by adding 8000 more lumens!
The AceBeam X70 cranks out a scorching 40,000 lumens! Interestingly AceBeam’s initial pricing was over $750 but they just dropped it $649 according to their website. It’s still a hefty price tag, but for some professionals it’s definitely worth it. AceBeam claims it will throw its beam up to a full kilometre. Crazy!
The X70 relies on an automatic fan cooled system to produce this monumental amount of light without overheating. So far there are not videos of it in action. I keep hounding AceBeam for an opportunity to review it, but no luck just yet. They’re pretty tight lipped. Here’s a short clip of it at Germany’s IWA 2018 exhibit.
Its just a matter of time until flashlights like this attract the attention of regulators. The Acebeam is practically an assault weapon.
Here are a few of its features:
- Rechargeable Battery Pack: 8 x 18650
- Side switch cycles through all modes
- Applications: Search and Rescue, Defence, Wildlife spotting, Night Guard Equipment
- Thermostatically controlled forced air cooling
- LED’s employed:Twelve XHP70.2 LEDs and one centre mounted XHP35 HI LED.
As of yet, the X70 is not shipping, but they are accepting pre-order enquiries. With the recent release of a price tag, my guess is that they will be shipping very soon. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you updated when the AceBeam X70 starts shipping.
Medium: AceBeam x80(25,000 lumens)
Ace Beam calls this thing their “trail blazing soda can.” Its the world’s brightest flashlight in the medium category. This is one crazy, redonculous handheld light-canon. It’s super tough is even water-proof to 30 meters. Most top end lights can only do 1.5meters (IPX8). So plan on scaring your friends at the lake some night this summer!
To check current Amazon pricing Click Here
Here’s the X80 in action (Credit: Scannerguy1968)
Tactical: AceBeam L30 (4000 lumens)
Credit goes to Zak from the subreddit: flashlight for quickly pointing out to me that the Fenix TK35UE isn’t actually the world’s brightest tactical light even though it throws a very respectable 3200 lumens. He pointed me to the AceBeams L30 with its behemoth 4000 lumen turbo mode. By comparison, most respectable tactical flashlights put out around 1000 lumens.
Weapon mountable, and immensely bright, its a force to be reckoned with. the AceBearm L 30 earns a well deserved spot on the brightest flashlight list.
Progressive beam shot of the L30 (Credit: anthon87 from Candlepowerforums.com)
Small: Emisar D4 XP-L Hi (4300 lumens)
Replacing the Olight H2R Nova for top spot in the small flashlight category is the Emisar D4 XP-L. The D4 XP-L is unique in that it caters to customizers. It comes with open source firmware and several emitter options. (make sure you choose one of the XP-L Hi emitters for the full 4300 lumens.)
A few things to note about the D4 is that it can get quite hot in the hand. Also, be sure to use the lockout feature so you don’t accidentally light your pants on fire when it’s in your pocket!
Be careful not to load the battery backwards. Although there is reverse polarity protection, apparently damage will occur if it’s left that way for very long.
You wont find this one on Amazon. The place to pick up this incredible piece of technology is at Mountain Electronics. Also one of the code developers for the firmware (Toy Keeper) did quite an in depth review of it over at BudgetLightForum.
Mini: Four Sevens Mini Mk II (1020 lumens)
How in the world it’s possible to flog over 1000 lumens from this tiny flashlight is beyond me. It’s witchcraft! The Mini Mark II earns a well deserved spot among the world’s brightest flashlights. It almost doubles its closest competitor: the Olight S1 Mini (600 lumens)! Four Sevens accomplished this by using a custom high-discharge rate rechargeable rcr123a battery developed specifically to power the Mini Mark II. It would be an excellent EDC. You can power it with standard cr123a batteries, but it will only manage 550 lumens. In order to get the 1020 lumens make sure you buy the combo with the included special battery. You can check current Amazon pricing here.
Headlamp- Lupine 2017 Betty RX14 (5000 lumens)
While not a flashlight per-say, I’ve included headlamps on the list of world’s brightest flashlights. No other headlamp on earth cranks out this many lumens. The nearest I have found is the Imalent HR70 @ 3000 lumens. Betty is insanely priced. She’s big, bad, huge and ugly. That doesn’t matter because whoever wears this thing is the king of the world! Or maybe there just making up for something, but whatever.
Betty is German engineered and features a wireless bluetooth wrist band to control the light without touching it. I presume its because you’d melt your fingers if you actually touched the light.
This thing requires so much juice that you’ll be umbilicalled to a rather large L.ion battery pack. So bring a ruck sack along for that. Oh yeah, do your friends a favour and don’t look at them when you speak to them or you’ll burn their corneas out.
At 5000 lumens, Betty earns a well deserved spot on the brightest flashlight list. If you’re prepared to buy Betty. You can check the latest pricing on Amazon here.
Below is a comparison video demonstrating big Betty’s capabilities. (Credit: johndotdoedotee)
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