The best 2000 lumen flashlights
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Small 2000 lumen 18650 flashlight
Acebeam E70 Mini
|Max output||2,000 lumens (we measured 1700 at turn on)|
|LED||It’s using 3 high CRI Nichia LEDs|
|Charging||The included battery has a USB-C port for charging|
Acebeam has been adding a few nice looking flashlights to their lineup, which include the E70 Mini. It’s a 18650 type flashlight with a claimed output of 2,000 lumens.
We measured 1700 lumens at turn-on, and 1561 lumens after 30 seconds. But even though it’s not the claimed 2,000 lumens, it’s definitely a great EDC flashlight, and still highly recommended.
Besides its great-looking design, it has several slots to add tritium vials or glow tubes. The latter are much cheaper and easily available. Tritium vials are more expensive and harder to get.
Best rechargeable 2000 lumen flashlight
Olight Warrior 3S
|Max. brightness:||2300 lumens (We measured 2428 lm after 30 sec)|
|Battery type:||21700 (included, proprietary)|
|Charging:||Proprietary Magnetic USB|
|Best for:||Every Day Carry / around the house / tactical|
|Extra:||Built-in magnetic tailcap that functions as a charging dock|
The Olight Warrior 3S is a tactical, rechargeable flashlight with a claimed output of 2,300 lumens.
During our testing, we noticed that the 2,300 lumens claim was easily reached, and measured 2358 lumens at 30 seconds (as per ANSI Fl1 standards).
Olight includes a 21700 battery, which has been altered to fit 21700 Olight flashlights. It’s a proprietary battery, that can not be replaced by a normal 21700 battery. Keep that in mind when buying. The battery doesn’t need to be removed from the flashlight for charging, since the flashlight has a built-in magnetic charging system. You just need to attach the magnetic charging cable to the rear (switch) of the light. Both, the cable and switch have a magnet built in, so they attach by themselves, in the correct position.
The UI is pretty interesting as well. With 2 switches, you can either use it in the underhand (normal style) as well as in the overhand (tactical style) position. You can use the 2 switches interchangeably, so you don’t need to use both hands, or change hand positions. This is a great, and unique feature.
Best tactical 2000 lumen flashlight
Armytek Viking PRO Magnet USB
|Max. brightness:||We measured 1999 lumens at turn on, and 1958 lumens after 30sec|
|LED type:||CREE XHP50.2|
|Battery type:||Comes with a rechargeable battery (18650)|
|Best for:||Hunting / Tactical / Security|
|Extra:||Lots of accessories included (and many optional accessories)|
Most flashlights that are advertised as being 2000 lumens don’t even reach that far. In this list, we looked through hundreds of reviews to see which ones were doing close to 2000 lumens, or are advertised as that, maybe not reaching it, but still great flashlights. The Viking Pro just stayed within that parameter, and actually reached 1999 lumens at turn on.. Quite close!
In our test, we measured 1958 lumens after 30 seconds (as per ANSI FL1 standards) and a maximum reach of over 341 meters/ 373yards. These numbers show that Viking PRO is a serious tactical flashlight.
It also stands out in the way you charge it. It uses a magnetic charging cable that you attach to the rear (near the switch) of the flashlight. This is more waterproof than a USB port, and is also less likely to get dirt inside.
BTW. there are a few versions of the Viking Pro, and the one I am referring to is the Predator PRO Magnetic USB version. It’s the latest tactical flashlight in this lineup.
Best 2000 lumen thrower flashlight
|Max. brightness:||We measured 2030 lumens|
|LED type:||Luminus SFT40-W|
|Battery type:||21700 (short 21700’s only, it’s not accepting long 21700)|
|Best for:||Search / long-range|
If you’re looking for a 2,000 lumen thrower and don’t want to break the bank, definitely check out the Convoy L21B. It’s the successor of the L21A which we also reviewed.
For less than $40, you get a good performing thrower, with 2,000 lumen output (we measured and confirmed this) as well as a total reach of 340,000 cd (1167 meters) at turn on, and 340,000 cd (1064 meters) after 30 seconds.
We do the 30-second measurements because that is part of the ANSI FL1 standards, which flashlight manufacturers should follow.
Many enthusiasts’ first lights were Convoys, and for good reason. They’re simple to use, easy to repair and mod, well-built, and good performers.
Best budget 2000 lumen flashlight
|Max. brightness:||2000 lumens (We measured 1558 lumens at 30sec)|
|LED type:||Luminus SST40|
|Battery type:||18650 (any length)|
|Best for:||Every Day Carry / Duty|
Some people love Sofirn because of their balance between price and quality.
The SC31T is a pretty affordable flashlight at $25 without a discount coupon and claims a maximum output of 2,000 lumens.
In our test, we measured 1558 lumens at 30 seconds (with a Sofirn 18650 lithium battery) but 1983 lumens at turn on with a Sony VTC6 battery. And that’s one of the best 18650 batteries out there. That also shows that the Sofirn battery isn’t the worst but also not the best. Still for the price, it’s worth adding it to your cart.
Although the SC31T isn’t really a bonafide tactical light, it’s still a versatile multirole light and is equally at home riding in your pocket, glove box, desk drawer, or tool chest. It’s cheap, functional, reliable, and has good performance.
Best 2000 lumen headlamp
|Max. brightness:||2,000 lumens (We measured 1660 lumens)|
|LED type:||Luminust SST40|
|Battery type:||18650 (included) / 2*CR123A|
|Best for:||Hiking / Every Day Carry / Headlamp / Duty|
There’s three switches on the Nitecore HC68. There is one on the side (for power), and two on top for adjusting the brightness/spot/flood/cycling through the modes. The headband has a silicone “line” on the inside to keep it anchored to your forehead.
The output we measured was 1660 lumens after 30 seconds and 1831 at turn on. This is not bad performance. But the ‘throw measurements’ were higher than spec, so that gives a good indication of how trustworthy Nitecore’s numbers are.
Are these really the best 2000 lumen flashlights?
For who? We recommend these flashlights because we have tested them, and know them to be good, and around 2000 lumens. What is best for you, may not be the best for somebody else.
Is 2000 lumens bright enough for most tasks?
Generally speaking 2000 lumens is enough for most tasks. But it is definitely too bright for close up tasks. You better turn the brightness down when you do some close up work. It’s definitely enough to look around the yard, or even a small field.
Aren’t all these flashlights the same, when they all produce 2000 lumens?
There are so many variations in flashlights that it’ll take a long time to explain all the differences. Are you looking for a tactical flashlight? EDC flashlight? LED flashlight? LEP flashlight? There are so many different kinds, and they all work differently, with different features.