(Last Update: May 22, 2019)
- Imalent MS18 @ 100,000 lumens (Full-size Category) runner up: AceBeam X70 @ 60,000 lumens
- AceBeam X80GT @ 32,500 lumens (Medium Category)
- Wuben T70 @ 4200 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)
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The brightest flashlights today are built by reputable flashlight manufacturers. They aren’t cheap, but they’re definitely worth it.
Brightest Full-Size Flashlight: Imalent MS18(100,000 lumens)
Behold the “Ambassador of Light!” The Imalent MS18 is truly a revolutionary flashlight producing an astounding 100,000 lumens of light. Now we’re in the territory of police helicopter search lights.
It’s just a matter of time before flashlights like this attract the attention of regulators. This thing is practically an assault weapon.
MS18 main Features
- 100,000 lumens turbo output
- IP56 weather resistant..but not truly “water proof”
- 18 high-quality CREE XHP 70.2 LEDs
- Range 1350 meters(.85 miles)
Only 4 years ago the most powerful flashlight on the market could only produce 10,000 lumens(source.)
It’s actually available on Amazon now..which is cool. There is a price to be paid if you want the bragging rights of the brightest flashlight on earth though… check out the latest pricing on Amazon.
Remember that the MS18 can only produce a turbo burst at 100,000 lumens for 1 minute before stepping down to 25000 lumens sustained for around an hour. That is still much better than any other production flashlight.
Here’s a recent video of some initial beamshot comparisons
Runner Up: AceBeam X70 (60,000 lumens)
Can you say, “light cannon?”
The X70 was the most anticipated flashlight of 2018, it unseated the
60000 lumens is enough light to cast shadows behind objects over 1100 m away!(.68 miles)
The X70 features a carry handle with an integrated fan to cool the flashlight since it develops a
The AceBeam X70 has a hefty price tag in the mid $500 range, but you can check the latest pricing on Amazon here.
Brightest Medium Flashlight: 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)
Brightest Tactical Flashlight: Wuben T70(4200 lumens)
The Wuben T70 recently edged out AceBeam L30 Gen 2 (4000 lumens) for top spot in the tactical category.
I say this grudgingly because the L30 is, in fact, a much better flashlight and only loses to the T70 in terms of 200 Turbo lumens. (that is undiscernable to the human eye)
I was initially skeptical that the T70 would just be another low-grade imported flashlight with exaggerated lumen claims.
However, after cross-referencing with a few independent reviewers, I’m confident that the T70 does indeed actual deliver on its lumen claims.
By comparison, most respectable tactical flashlights put out around 1000 lumens.
Here’s the T70s Output levels over time.(published by Wuben.)
- Max Runtime: 35 hrs
- Battery: 5000mAh 26650
- LED: Cree XHP 70.2
- USB C fast charging
- Ramping Mode: Beyond the typical light mode cycle the Wuben offers a dimmer that can ramp all the way up to turbo and back down for customized light levels.
- Modes: Low (40lms/12hrs), Mid (400lms/2.5hrs), High (1300lms/1.1hrs), Turbo (4200lms/2min+1hr), Strobe (1400lms/2hrs), SOS (100lms)
- Beam Throw Distance: 250 meters
- Waterproof: IP68
- Length: 5.4 inches
- Weight: 9.5 oz (270g)
- Body: Anodized Aircraft Grade aluminum
Check the Wuben T70’s latest price on Amazon.
Brightest Small Flashlight: 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.
Brightest Mini Flashlight: 4Sevens 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.
Brightest Headlamp- Lupine 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 big shout out 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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