The 8 Brightest Flashlights of 2019

Because you should always look on the bright side

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Most Compact: J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight

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The J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight measures 1.02 x 3.7 x 1.02 inches and weighs 2.4 ounces but packs a punch with 300 lumens that can span over 600 feet. It runs on one AA battery that gives three to nine hours of use (depending on your battery) and features three settings with a high, low and strobe effect. The flashlight is built with a durable aluminum body that can handle a nine-foot drop and is resist to rain and cold temperatures. The J5 Tactical V1-Pro comes with a full one-year warranty and the company will replace the flashlight for you if you have any problems with it.

Best for Durability: ROMER LED Rechargeable Handheld Searchlight

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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

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 for Everyday Use: Anker Super Bright 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.

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 Multipurpose: Ustellar Rechargeable CREE LED Spotlight

The Usellar Rechargeable CREE LED Spotlight can be charged via USB and even doubles as a 400mAhpower bank for your mobile devices. The IPX4 waterproof bright flashlight can handle splashing water, includes an adjustable length shoulder strap and gives 360 degrees of full lighting that’s perfect for camping trips.

Unique to its design, the Usellar has four blue LED lights that indicate to you its battery life, which ranges around three to six hours depending on whether you put it in its lantern or spotlight mode and choosing either its 500 or 1,000 adjustable lumens levels. This is the bigger of the brightest flashlights on the list, weighing 2.1 pounds and measuring 10.2 x 5.9 x 5 inches.

Best Budget: Mini Perman 1000 Lumens CREE XPE-R3

 

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 1,000 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 runs on 0.8-1.5V, and is powered by just one AAA battery (not included).

Best for Underwater Use: BlueFire 1100 Lumen CREE XM-L2 Diving Flashlight

The BlueFire 1100 Lumen CREE XM-L2 Professional Diving Flashlight is the best waterproof flashlight on the list. Its IPX8 rating gives it the capability of being underwater at 80 feet without any issues.

The flashlight is made with an aluminum alloy head and the fluorescent neon green ABS plastic body weighs 3.2 ounces and measures 5.7 x 1.4 x 1 inches. Ideal for divers, it can produce a light beam up to 165 feet with 1,100 lumens of brightness that shines even in deep water. It powered by a rechargeable battery or three AAA batteries (not included) and lasts three to four hours depending on which of the three modes (high and low brightness and a strobe effect) you have on.

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How We Tested

We bought two top-rated flashlights that our reviewers tested for 14 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these flashlights, including brightness, battery life, and durability. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

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.

Test Results: J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight (Most Compact)

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What We Like

  • Rechargeable option

  • All-metal body

  • Adjustable focus

  • Impact-proof

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like

  • Aluminum body becomes warm when flashlight runs

J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight
Lifewire / Sandra Stafford
J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight
Lifewire / Sandra Stafford 
J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight
Lifewire / Sandra Stafford 
J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight
 Lifewire / Sandra Stafford

“The flashlight is very durable thanks to its compact size, it's compact enough to easily go along for camping, and it has a rechargeable battery option,” our tester reported. Another plus? “You can also cycle through the functions with a light half-button-press,” she said. In terms of negatives, our reviewer said that “it becomes hot after 10 minutes of use” and “it will require frequent battery replacement.” Overall, though, our tester thought it was “durable and not terribly expensive.” She added, “A cheaper flashlight would not be made of the same sturdy aluminum and tight assembly that keeps this flashlight working in bad weather.”

Test Results: ROMER LED Rechargeable Handheld Searchlight (Best for Durability)

4.4

What We Like

  • USB rechargeable 

  • Lightweight

  • Impact resistance

  • Floats if dropped in water

  • Long battery life

What We Don't Like

  • Not as bright as advertised

ROMER LED Rechargeable Handheld Searchlight
Lifewire / Sandra Stafford
ROMER LED Rechargeable Handheld Searchlight
Lifewire / Sandra Stafford 
ROMER LED Rechargeable Handheld Searchlight
 Lifewire / Sandra Stafford

“This is a good choice for outdoor use, and I think anyone who hikes, hunts, fishes, or does any other outdoor hobby requiring light would be well-served by it,” our tester said of this flashlight. On the other hand, our reviewer wasn’t convinced that it’s really 6,000 lumens bright, but she didn’t think that was a dealbreaker. “The high mode was visible for about 1 kilometer, while the low brightness mode wasn’t visible after about 1,000 feet, she explained. Still, our tester said it’s “fairly priced for the functionality.”