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The brightest flashlights for 2021

Here is the true top 10 list of the best and brightest torches available on the open market in 2021, with flashlights ranging from 100.000 lumens to 10.000. These products are from genuine manufacturers who are known for their quality and use high-quality material and Cree bulbs in their flashlights. You might have seen advertisements on Facebook and cheap flashlights on stores claiming to be the brightest flashlights in the world, or have 90.000 lumens and costs $19.95 with a buy 1 get 1 for free deal. These products are fake, you won’t find bright flashlights for abnormally low prices. In the best case, the 90.000-lumen flashlight you order from a shady site has a lumen output of 1000, and usually, they use fake pictures and videos in their ads and descriptions. If you want the real deal, continue down this site and check out the top 10 true brightest flashlights. These torches have the claimed lumens, but they may cause harm to your wallet. Disclaimer: LumenFreaks is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon

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Detailed product info for the brightest flashlights

Below are more technical information and specifications for the products from the 10 brightest torches list, with updated prices and direct links to where you can order the flashlights safely and securely. These lights are hand-picked due to their high ratings and positive feedback from verified buyers, as well as the material and components they are put together of. Some high lumen flashlights were excluded from this list, even if they were from otherwise good manufacturers, this is because they had negative user reviews and feedback

Imalent MS18: This is currently the brightest flashlight

The king of the hill when it comes to the brightest flashlights is the Imalent MS18 with its maximum output of 100.000 bright lumens to chase the darkness away. The Imalent MS18 uses 18 Cree XHP70 2. generation LED bulbs, powered by a battery pack containing 8 21700 batteries. This is not something you can put in your pocket, nor is it silent since ut use a fan to cool down the flashlight. It will probably make a dent in your wallet too, as it costs well over $600. But if you want to own the brightest flashlight in the world, here it is

AceBeam X80: 25.000 lumens powered by 12 Cree bulbs

The X80 model from AceBeam is using 12 Cree XPE2-R2 630nm LED bulbs to give a maximum output of 25.000 super bright lumens. The flashlight runs on 4 rechargeable 18650 high-drain batteries, which are included in the box. There are 6 different brightness settings to toggle between, as well as strobe mode and red and blue colors. If you are looking for a crazy bright flashlight, but don’t wanna fork out for the over twice as expensive Imalent MS18, this one would make a great choice. Comes with a 5-year warranty too which makes it a safe buy. The AceBeam X80 and the Olight X9R Marauder below share the second place on the brightest flashlights list, but we prefer the AceBeam since it doesn’t use a built-in battery pack

Olight X9R Marauder: 25K lumen search and rescue torch

The Olight X9R flashlight is a beast in both size and brightness, this thing has a super bright floodlight with a maximum output of up to 25.000 lumens. 8 different brightness settings ranging from 200 to 25K lumens, plus a strobe mode that outputs 12800 lumens. The Marauder uses a built-in battery pack that’s rechargeable with the included cable, extra battery packs can be bought online, in case you need to have a backup with you for longer adventures. Floodlight is the main focus on this one, but the throw distance is pretty good too with its 630 meters / 2066 foot. If you want something that lights up the whole area, the x9R Marauder would be a great choice. Shoulder strap is included in the bundle, and you might need it for this one

Imalent R90C: 20.000 lumens flashlight with a long range

If brightness and throw distance are what you are looking for, here you go. The Imalent R90C use 9 Cree XHP35 LED bulbs which gives a throw distance of 1679 meters / 5508 foot and a maximum lumen output of 20.000. Powered by a built-in 4250 mAh battery pack that’s rechargeable with the included charging cable. 6 different brightness settings to toggle between, from 200 and up to 20.000, plus strobe and turbo modes. There are also 6 small LED bulbs on the side of the flashlight that can be used for reading or a work lamp. The R90C has a 30 days unconditional money-back guarantee, and a 5-year free repair warranty

AceBeam X45: Very bright flashlight with 16.500 lumens

Further down the list of the brightest flashlights, we find the AceBeam X45 that features up to 16.500 bright lumens, using 4 Cree XHP70 LED bulbs with a 50K hour lifespan and a 4 rechargeable 18650 batteries. If you want something that’s still extremely bright, but easier to carry around then the X45 is worth taking a closer look at. The head on the flashlight is quite wide, giving it a floodlight width of around 180 degrees, lightning up everything in front of you, and the sides. A multi-charger is also included so you can easily recharge all batteries at once. The flashlight itself is also fairly priced, so here you get a lot of bang for the bucks

TrueNite TN50: Soda can-shaped 16340 lumens flashlight

The Tiny Monster 50 from TrueNite is using 4 x XHP70.2 LED bulbs to give an intense beam of 16340 bright lumens reaching up to 410 meters / 1345 feet. It runs on built-in battery pack made out of 4 x 21700 batteries, charging is done by the included USB cable, plugged straight into the torch. There are 6 different brightness settings to toggle between, ranging from 200 to the maximum of 16340, plus a strobe function that outputs 2900 lumens. The flashlight gives a nice floodlight as well, illuminating everything aroud you

Olight Marauder 2: 14000 lumens flood and throw torch

The Marauder 2 features both a bright beam and a large floodlight with its 14000 lumen output, switchable with a click on a button. The spotlight has a throw of 800 meters / 2624 foot using the main LED in the middle, while the floodlight modus uses the 12 LEDs surrounding it. Built-in battery made out of 3 x 21700 5000 mAh batteries, easy to recharge by plugging the included USB cable straight into the flashlight. The flashlight can also be used as a power bank and charge other equipment that uses USB C, like phones

Fenix L40R: 12000 lumens with a 2536 foot throw distance

One of the brightest flashlights from Fenix is the L40R model, at least for now. 12.000 super bright lumens lighting up the way ahead for up to 772 meters / 2536 foot. The LR40R is quite similar to the Olight Marauder 2, having the same features with a switchable light between floodlight and beam, using a main LED in the middle, surrounded by 18 smaller in the ring outside. It also has a built-in battery pack that’s rechargeable with a USB cable plugged into the torch, however, this one uses 18650 batteries. The battery pack can be switched out with 4 regular 18650 batteries, making it more suitable if you need it to operate for a long time, as you can bring a pile of extra batteries with you. The L40R torch can also be used to charge phones

ThruNite TN36: Floodlight with 11000 very bright lumens

This flashlight is small and compact and has a maximum output of 11000 bright lumens that floods the surrounding area with light. The light sources are 3 Cree XHP 70B LED bulbs that run on 4 x 18650 batteries. This torch focuses solely on floodlight, so the throw distance doesn’t go very far, up to 352 meters / 1154 foot. If you are looking for a flashlight for hiking, then this one should do the trick, as it will illuminate the whole area around you. 4 batteries, a multi-battery charger, and some spare accessories are included

NiteCore TM10K: Small bright 10.000 lumens flashlight

10.000 lumens packed into a tiny flashlight that fits in your pocket, or can be clipped to a belt. The NiteCore Tiny Monster 10K use 6 x XHP35 Cree LED bulbs that runs on a rechargeable 21700 battery which can either be charged while inside the flashlight, or be taken out and charged in a battery charger. Removable batteries are great if you go on longer hikes and need light for a long time, as you can keep spare batteries with you. A small LED display shows battery status, current brightness settings, and temperature. One rechargeable 21700 battery, pocket clip, and a holster is included in the box. Great user ratings with 4.7 out of 5 stars