Best LED Flashlights of 2020

Let`s face it.. Can there actually be a "best flashlight of 2020"? Probably not! It all depends, right? But with 10 years of experience, we know quite a bit about flashlights.. We'd like to point out some of the best flashlights currently available! Getting ANY of these flashlights will be awesome. The list also includes some older models (read 2018-2019) that are still very, very popular. When a newer one surpasses them, we will replace them. Do you have any better recommendations? Please let us know what it is, and why you think so! BTW my native tongue is Dutch, so please ignore the spelling mistakes.

Best AAA Flashlight of 2020

Sofirn C01

The Sofirn C01 has been the most popular AAA flashlight on Budgetlightforum

Still most popular AAA flashlight at Budgetlightforum

  • One-handed operation
  • Runs on AAA batteries (don't use Alkaline batteries)
  • Uses a 5mm High Cri 94 Yuji LED 
  • Available in 3200K (Warm) and 5600K (Cold)
  • 1 mode
  • Available in blue and black.

Although not my favorite kind of emitter, it made the top of the list for the most popluar flashlights on Budgetlightforum because of it's very High Cri LED. It reminds me of the very old and popular Fenix E01. Which has been used by many flashoholics, but I don't care for it that much.

Best AA Flashlight

Lumintop Tool AA 2.0

XP-L LED pocket flashlight with max 650lumens on a 14500 battery

Immense popular budget AA flashlight

  • High output even on NiMH batteries
  • Mechanical switch (no parasitic drain)
  • Works on AA and 14500 batteries
  • Max output of 650 lumens on 14500 battery
  • Cree XPL HD
  • 5 modes

The Lumintop Tool line-up includes the AA, double AA, and single AA. The Tool AA 2.0 is the latest addition to this lineup. It works on either an AA or a 14500 battery. Don't forget to check out our Lumintop Tool 2.0 AA titanium review. You don't need to be afraid to slip it out of your hands because the knurling has been done really well and feels very grippy. On top of that, the Tool AA 2.0 has a simple and straight forward UI, going from Low, all the way up to High, and back to Low again. Lumintop also adds a nice little diffuser so it can be used as a candle. Just another great light from Lumintop. And if you need to choose an AA battery, go for Panasonic Eneloops. Never, never use Alkaline batteries in your flashlights.

Best Flashlights with 18650 type batteries (Single cell)

Emisar D4v2

Extremely bright with lots of emitter choices and extra add-ons.

  • Available with Nichia 219C, XPL-Hi, SST20. 
  • Max 4300 Lumens
  • Single 18650 battery (not included)
  • Optional 18500 and 18650 battery tubes
  • IPX8 waterproof

Emisar flashlights are the cream of the crop when it comes to the latest and greatest flashlights. Hank, the owner of Emisar is a real flashoholic and produces flashlights for the flashlight community and not so much for the general user. The D4v2 uses the immense popular Anduril firmware that lets you access all kinds of special modes and functionality, including battery voltage measurement, candle mode and many other options that most other manufacturers can only dream of. Read our in-depth Emisar D4v2 review.

Zebralight SC64w

Extremely bright and small flashlight made by top manufacturer Zebralight

  • Powerful XHP35 LED
  • 1300 Lumens
  • Single 18650 battery (not included)
  • IPX8 waterproof

Zebralight entered the top 10 most popular flashlights of 2018 twice. The SC64w has several models, so you can choose from a variety of emitters, from Cool White to High Cri, to Netrual white, and High intensity. My suggestion would be going for the Neutral White, High Intesity, so you got a good tint, and a throwy beam. This would help lighting up thing close by as well as far away.

Olight M2R PRO Warrior

Rechargeable flashlight including a 21700 battery with 1800 lumens.

  • Claimed 1800 lumens
  • Lithium Ion 21700 battery 5100mAh included
  • Built-in proprietary MCC3 charge system

The Olight M2R PRO Warrior has a very aggressive attack bezel. Be careful carrying this in your pocket. The package includes a holster and lanyard in case you prefer carrying it that way. The battery needs to be charged inside the flashlight with the proprietary magnet charge cable (MCC3).

Zebralight SC600W IV

Extremely bright and small flashlight made by top manufacturer Zebralight

  • Powerful XHP50.2 LED
  • 2300 lumens
  • Single 18650 battery (not included)
  • IPX8 waterproof

Zebralight is one of those manufacturers that produces top notch flashlights in all respects. They are extremely bright, have intuitive firmware and very strustable. Although it has "only" 3 main modes, you can actually program them with sublevels. So you have the ability to set your preferred output.

Lumintop BLF FW3A

Definitely the most popular flashlight in the Flashlight communities! Get 25% off with our coupon: 1LumenFW3A

  • #1 most popular flashlight of 2019
  • LED choices:
  • SST-20 4000K
  • Cree XP-L Hi 3D (neutral)
  • Cree XPL Hi 7A (warm)
  • ~2800 Lumens @ max output
  • Uses 1*18650 batterry (not included)

This is one of the most anticipated flashlights ....ever... A group of BLF members and TLF members put their heads together in 2017 to make one of the best budget flashlights ever! In 2019 it finally came into production and thousands of flashlight enthousiasts got one. It's one of the smallest 18650 and brightest flashlights currently available. Please read our Lumintop FW3A review to see if this is something you would like to own!

Best Flashlight Lantern

Sofirn BLF LT1

Most popular Camping Lamp/ lantern

  • Lantern designed and developed with the help of Budget Light Forum members
  • Built-in USB-C charger
  • 4*18650 batteries (not included)
  • 4*5000K (neutral white) and 4*2700K (warm white) LEDs
  • Output 600 Lm
  • Anduril Firmware

Fortunately, protected, unprotected button top cells will power the lantern. Recommended batteries are batteries from known source like LG, Panasonic, Sanyo and Sony. You can charge them with USB-C. Although the output of 600Lm doesn't seem much, it's pointing into all directions. It's been the most popular flashlight (lantern) of 2019 on BLF and Reddit combined!


Best Flashlights with 21700 type batteries (Single cell)


Approximately 7,000 lumens!

  • Large amount of LED choices
  • XPL HI, SST20, Nichia etc.
  • Max power only possible with good high drain cell like the sony VTC6 or Samsung INR21700 40T
  • Works on 21700 and 18650 batteries (with adapter)

The Fireflies E07 (which I hope to review soon) blows every single-cell flashlight out of the water, including the #2, by a fair amount.. Almost doubling the amount of lumens.

The light can be used with a single 18650 or 21700 cell.  It has a Narsil UI firmware on its driver that is also used in the Fireflies ROT66 we reviewed. The E07 includes 7 LEDs instead of the 4 used in the Emisar D4. 1 thing to keep in mind that Fireflies is still a rather new flashlight manufacturer so there have been a few small issues with quality control.

Discount at Nealsgadget: NDFFE07 for 10% discount

Wildtrail BLF D80v2

Great all-round flashlight

  • Luminus SST-40 N4 DD 4700-5000K
  • SST40 has a max output of 2000 lumens
  • XPL-Hi has a max output of 1,500 lumens
  • 1* 18650 battery
  • IPX7

With the Bistro firmware, you can choose between about 25 different mode groups. From single mode to multiple modes and even blinkies (Strobe, Bike strobe).

Best Flashlights with 26650 type batteries (single cell)

Emisar D4s v2

Extremely bright with lots of emitter choices and extra add-ons.

  • Great amount of emitter choices: warm white - cool white
  • Max 5100 Lm 
  • Powered by 1* 26650 battery (not included)
  • IPX8 waterproof

Emisar is a very popular brand amongst flashlight fanatics. The owner of Emisar is a real flashoholic and although not very well known outside the flashlight community, produces fanastic flashlights. The D4s v2 uses the immense popular Anduril firmware that lets you access all kinds of special modes and functionality, including battery voltage measurement, candle mode and many other options that most other manufacturers can only dream of.

To reach maximum output, you need to choose the XPL-HD (5100Lm) , or the SST20 for long range (58,000cd).

Most popular Multi Cell 18650 Flashlights


Small multi-led multi-cell flashlight with 5000+ lumens! Use promotion code: FF1L010 for 10% off at Fireflies Online

  • Available with XPL Hi, Nichia 219B and SST20
  • 12* Leds with total output of 12000 lumens

Fireflies has been a new manufacturer and has put out a couple great flashlights in 2019, with the ROT66II been a powerful flashlight with Hi Cri leds. The 2nd generation has more leds and more lumens. Don't forget to check out my full review of the Fireflies ROT66II


Emisar D18

The new Hi Cri that takes over the Flashlight world!

  • LED choices: SST20 (6500K cool white / 5000K neutral white / 4000K/3000K Neutral 95 CRI)
  • 18* LED emitters for a max of 14,000 Lumens
  • The new high power flashlight for tint snobs

Emisar is definitely one of the most popular flashlights of 2019! It's below the $100 and you'll nog be disappointed. The only drawback is the use of high button top unprotected batteries. There is a way around of course, but still. Beesides that it includes the highly popular Anduril firmware that by default uses a smooth ramping up and down from 1 lumen to 14,000 Lumens. It is one of the most exciting lights of the year!

Imalent MS18

The Imalent MS18 is currently the brightest flashlight in the world. It's claiming 100,000 Lumens

  • 100,000 lumens
  • Built-in cooling fans and liquid cooling
  • 8x21700 non-replaceable battery pack

Not many flashlights have fans to cool down the light. The MS18 has an inlet and outlet fan, for maximum airlfow. Beside the 2 fans, the MS18 also contains some liquid within the head of the flashlight to keep the head cool. This is an amazing powerful flashlight! Don't forget to check out our full, in-depth review of the Imalent MS18.

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