The 7 Brightest Flashlights

Because you should always look on the bright side

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Best Overall: Anker L90 Super Bright Tactical Flashlight

Anker Super Bright Tactical Flashlight

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The overall brightest flashlight on the list is the Anker Super Bright Flashlight due to its well-rounded characteristics and overall quality. The powerful flashlight is capable of reaching producing light from over 1,000 feet (the or the length of two football fields), has a strong anodized-aluminum body and can handle heavy rains with its IPX5 rating.

The Anker Super Bright Flashlight has a max of 900 lumens of LED light that’s fully zoomable with a narrow and wide beam. Keeping the light on a constant medium beam setting can last you six hours of illumination and can be recharged in six hours with a 1A adapter. Its compact body measures 1.57 x 6.22 x 1.57 inches and is built tough to handle freezing temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, making it suitable for any camper seeking a reliable light to withstand the elements. It comes with an 18-month warranty.

Anker Super Bright Tactical Flashlight

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Best for Durability: ROMER LED Rechargeable Handheld Searchlight

ROMER LED Rechargeable Handheld Searchlight


The ROMER LED Rechargeable Handheld Searchlight has a IPX4 water-resistance rating, is dustproof and impact-proof (thanks to its optimized engineered plastic ABS body with full-sealed construction).

The flashlight features two modes of brightness: A 9,000 lumen super bright setting that can throw its range at 2,600 feet for searching or its lower 6,000 lumens option. You’ll get an average of about 10 hours on its hard lighting mode and 20 hours on its low light setting from its built-in rechargeable battery (with USB charging cable included). The flashlight’s little handle on the top also makes it easy and convenient to carry, and it’s suitable for any camping expedition quest. It includes a one year warranty.

Best Range: Leegor Flashlight

Leegor Flashlight


It almost seems illegal to wield so much power with the Leegor Flashlight, which is the brightest option on the list and produces a whopping 30,000 lumens. What is 30,000 lumens like? Imagine yourself in a pitch black forest; the amount of illumination with this bright flashlight is like summoning a piece of daylight with whatever you point it at.

The Leegor Flashlight has an anti-abrasive, scratch-resistant and shock-proof aluminum metal body that measures 11.22 x 2.12 x 1.02 inches and weighs 14.1 ounces. The super bright flashlight has five different switch modes for lighting with a high, mid, low range setting, strobe and SOS feature. You can expect the LED lifespan to last about 100,000 hours, but you’ll need to buy your own 3.7v 18650 lithium-ion batteries.

Best UV: LEDwholesale 51 LED Blacklight

Why would you need a UV light over a regular LED flashlight? Black lights are useful for a wide range of commercial needs: they’re used to detect food and fluid stains in restaurants, to verify official documents or currency, or—for night-time hikers—to illuminate scorpions that may otherwise go unnoticed on a wild trail. Essentially, UV lights spotlight things that are typically invisible to the human eye.

The LEDwholesale UV flashlight is a well-rounded, reliably strong product. The light holds 51 LED bulbs that generate a 395 nm UV wavelength. It’s built for indoor and outdoor use and is lightweight, water-resistant, and made with a highly-durable aluminum material. This light also boasts a 20-hour battery life and a compact design that makes their product more practical for a wide range of uses. The flashlight is powered by three standard AA batteries.

Best Budget: Perman Mini Perman 1200 Lumens CREE XPE-R3

Mini iRoller

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The Mini Perman fits into literally anyone’s budget, but don’t assume that the low cost reflects on poor quality. This flashlight is small but powerful, emitting a whopping 1,200 lumens from a 15mm lens. The shell is made with a high-quality aircraft aluminum material and is both water-resistant and scratch-proof. Also, the Mini Perman is only 90mm long, small enough to store in easy to reach places—glove compartments, desk drawers, purses, etc—so you’ll always be prepared in the event of a power outage or other emergency. It operates at 1.8-3V, and is powered by two AAA batteries (not included).

What to Look for in a Flashlight

Brightness - Brightness is measured in lumens, and if you’re looking for the brightest flashlight out there, the more lumens the better. Most flashlights will yield about 1,000 lumens, but some power models come equipped with up to 30,000 lumens. Either way, check how many brightness levels the flashlight has, as you probably won’t want the highest setting all the time.

Battery life - No matter how bright your flashlight can get, it does little good if the battery dies. Most flashlights will score you anywhere from three to 20 hours of battery life, depending on the brightness level you’re using. Some models use AA or AAA batteries, while others have a built-in rechargeable battery that can be powered up via USB. In some cases, the battery can even double as a power bank for your mobile devices.

Durability - If your flashlight will mostly stay tucked away in your junk drawer, only to see the light of day when the power goes out, you probably don’t need a very durable one. However, if you’re an adventurer who will be diving into the ocean or exploring dark caverns, you want a flashlight that’s durable. Make sure it’s water-resistant (IPX4 rating and up), dust-proof, and drop-proof, with a durable casing.

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