The World’s Brightest Flashlights of 2018 are:
- AceBeam X70 @ 60,000 lumens (Full-size Category)
- AceBeam X80GT @ 32,500 lumens (Medium Category)
- AceBeam L30 @ 4000 lumens (Tactical Category)
- Emisar D4 XP-L Hi @ 4300 lumens (Small Category)
- Four Sevens Mini Mk II @ 1020 lumens (Mini Category)
- Lupine Betty RX14 @ 5000 lumens (Headlamp Category)
*Last Updated: October 22, 2018
This is the most up-to-date online list of the brightest production flashlights
I’ve done my very best to cross-reference lumen claims with reliable sources as much as possible.Beware: There are plenty of misleading lumen ratings in the flashlight world.
The brightest flashlights today are built by reputable flashlight manufacturers. They aren’t cheap, but they’re definitely worth it.
Full-Size: AceBeam x70(60,000 lumens)
The Ace Beam X70 has finally been released!
Can you say light cannon?
Easily the most anticipated flashlight of 2018, the Acebeam x70 unseated the Imalent MS12 for title of world’s brightest flashlight.
It was initially due to ship in June but it turns out that the delay in delivery was actually a good thing because output is now boosted to 60,000 retina burning lumens.
That’s enough light to cast shadows behind objects over 1100 m away!(.68 miles)
As you can see it features a carry handle as, no doubt it produces a lot of heat.
As far as I can tell, the delay is the result of a pitched battle between Imalent and AceBeam for the title of world’s brightest flashlight.
It appears Acebeam held off shipping the X70 in order to make last minute mods to counter Imalent’s recent release of the MS12 @ 53,000 lumens with 913 meters of throw.
The AceBeam’s got a hefty price tag in the mid $500 range, but you can check the latest pricing on Amazon here.
It’s just a matter of time before flashlights like this attract the attention of regulators. This thing is practically an assault weapon.
Here’s an early video comparison of the the X70 vs a previous light champs.
Runner Up: Imalent MS12 (53,000 lumens)
Behold the majesty of the “Light King” as it is called. His reign only lasted about a month before AceBeam mounted a coup d’etat. Imalent has unleashed a beast here. It’s available on Amazon around the $600 price range. You can get the latest pricing here.
Here’s a great video of it in action (Credit: AdventureSportsFlashlights)
Imalent MS12 Specs
- Active fan cooling
- 913 metres of throw
- unique side lights or camp/task lighting
- 12 CREE XHP70 LEDs
- 8 output levels
- Sustained output: ~ 10,000 lumens
- Weight: 1740 grams/ 3.8 lbs
- IPX 8 (2 metres submersible)
Medium: AceBeam x80GT(32,500 lumens)
AceBeam calls this thing their “trail blazing soda can.” Its the world’s brightest flashlight in the medium category. It’s one crazy, redonculous handheld light-canon.
Besides being super-tough its even water-proof to 30 meters.(AceBeam says not to turn on/off under water. Can you have it on before you go underwater? Would be nice to know). AceBeam also has a good dive light option.(Check the AceBeam D46 on Amazon)
The newer X80GT uses 18 Cree XhP50.2 LEDs powered by four 18650 rechargeable lithium batteries. It will only s throw the max lumen output for about one minute until it eventually dials down to 4000 lumens.
- Max Runtime: 34hours
- Modes: Low(200 lms/34hrs), Med1 (1000lms/7hrs), Med2(2000lms/3.5hrs), Med3(400lms 1.7), High (8000-4000lms/4min-1.5hrs), Turbo (15000lms-4000lms/2min-1.6hrs), Turbo max (32,500lms-4000lms/1 min-1.7hrs).Strobe (4000lms/3.4hrs)
- Beam Distance: 368 meters
- Intelligent temperature controlled light output
- Waterproof: 30 Meters(not a dive light though)
- AceBeam claims it is the toughest light they have ever produced
- Chassis: Anodized aircraft grade aluminum
- Usage: Military, Law enforcement, Hunting, Search and Rescue, for heavy duty outdoor use.
The X80GT can get quite hot and can also damage your eyes so don’t look right into it.
Check the latest pricing of the AceBeam X80 GT on Amazon.
X80 GT in Action(Credit:Youtube Peter von Panda)
Tactical: AceBeam L30 Gen 2(4000 lumens)
As I continue updating this list, I see how some might be suspicious that I’m being paid by Acebeam. So, no I’m not. AceBeam just happens to be leading the charge on brightest flashlights right now.
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.
- Max Runtime: 45 days
- Batteries: 1×20700 (for max output)or optionally: 1×18650 or 2xCR123s.
- Charging: Built-in Micro USB charging port for 21700 or 18650 batteries. Includes charging indicator(red/green)
- Control: Side switch: On/Off, Mode cycle, Lock/Unlock. Tail Switch: one touch Turbo mode.
- Modes: Firefly(1 lm/59days), Low (200lms/12hrs), Mid (1000lms/2.5hrs), High (2000lms/1.1hrs), Turbo (4000lms/2min+1hr), Strobe (2000lms/2hrs)
- Beam Distance: 373 meters
- Waterproof: 5 Meters
- Length: 6.4 inches
- Body: Type III Anodized Aircraft Grade aluminum
- Uses: Weapon mountable, military, law enforcement, hunting, camping
Progressive beam shot of the L30 Gen 1 (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 competitor is the 4000 lumen Acebeam H30.
Betty is really truly insanely priced. She’s big, bad 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.
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.
Below is a comparison video demonstrating big Betty’s capabilities. (Credit: johndotdoedotee)
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.
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