The 8 Brightest Flashlights to Buy in 2018

Because you should always look on the bright side

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It should go without saying that when you're looking to buy a flashlight, you'll obviously want one that's super bright. Because isn't that the whole point? Below, we've put together a list of the brightest flashlights on the market that are guaranteed to illuminate the night or other common dark areas you might venture to (caves, your home's attic, the sea floor, etc.). And these flashlights will not only give you the power to cut through the darkness, but they also have long-lasting battery life, are weather-resistant and even come with extra features such as an internal battery to charge a smartphone or other device. So keep reading to find the best brightest flashlight that'll work for your needs.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: 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 Durability: 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 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.

Most Compact: J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight

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.