Best LED Flashlights of 2019
Best AAA Flashlight of 2019
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 of 2019
Immense popular budget AA flashlight
- High output even on NiMH batteries
- Side switch
- AA and 14500 (not protected 14500 due to the length)
- 4 standard modes
- Hidden strobe
Originally launched back 2016, the light has been very popular throughout 2017 and 2018. You get quite a bit of bang for the buck. Both available in NW and CW, and can run on NiMH and 14500. Please take note that protected 14500 may not fit! Running the Utorch on a eneloop AA, it can provide up to 400 lumens in Turbo mode. The light is usually between $12-$17. The output is programmable, but there have been reports of people that had some difficulty getting this to work. But for a budget AA flashlight, this is the #1 budget AA of 2019.
Best Flashlights with 18650 type batteries (Single cell)
- 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.
- CREE XHP35HD LED
- Claimed 1500 lumens
- Lithium Ion 18650 battery included
- Built-in charge system
The Olight M2R is called a Tactical Flashlight. You are able to soft press the rear switch for momentary Turbo mode. This means that you don't have to completely depress the switch. With a small tap you can blind /disorient anybody. The package includes a USB magnetic cable so you don't have to take the battery out to charge it.
- 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.
- Powerful XHP 35 throw LED.
- 1700 lumens
- Single 26650 battery included
- Builtin USB charger
The Catapult V6 has a large head and the diameter is larger than the very popular budget Convoy C8. Although it uses a 266650 battery, you don't need a special charger as the Catapult V6 has a built-in charger that can charge up to 2A. The battery is actually included in the package. So this will save you another $10 or so.
- #1 most popular flashlight!
- 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 Flashlights with 21700 type batteries (Single cell)
- Powerful XHP70.2 LED
- 3000 Lumens
- Extremely long runtime
- Top of the notch quality
Zebralight is a premium flashlight brand that is amonst the best of its kind! We reviewed the Zebralight SC700d here. It's their first 21700 battery type flashlight with an extremely bright XHP70.2 that touches the 3000 Lumens. Runtime with a 40T 21700 battery is very, very good. And in max output it drops down in power to 1000 Lumens that lasts till the end. We can't stop recommending this 'beastly' beauty!
Most popular Multi Cell 18650 Flashlights
- Available with XPL Hi, Nichia 219B and SST20
- 9* Leds and 5000+ lumens
Fireflies has been a new manufacturer and has put out 3 nice flashlights in 2018, with the ROT66 been the first and most powerful to this date. Out of the 100+ respnonses on BLF, CPF and Reddit, it cam out as 2nd most popular flashlight of 2018! The main reason probably being the 9*Nicha 2019B's. These are very popular among the tint snobs because it has Hi Cri and 5000+ lumens.
Don't forget to check out my full review of the Fireflies ROT66 with Nichia 219B
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- 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!
- Extremely bright at 18,000 Lumens
- Runs off 4 Lithium Ion batteries that are included!
- Nice bright spill
The Acebeam X45 II is the successor of the X45 with increased brightness and power! The only funny thing is the Double Turbo. During our testing we have walked into this a few times where we tested Turbo 1 only, since Turbo 2 is built upon Turbo 1, but this is not the usual UI. The X45 gives enough punch and you'll definitely like having it. Runtime on full power is abpit 75 minutes, but the Turbo drops after 2.5 minutes which is usual for this kind of high power flashlight. Definitely nothing to worry about, and should only protect from damaging! Check out our Acebeam X45 review.
- 60,000 lumens!
- 1130 meters throw with the extra installed XHP35-HI LED
- Built-in cooling fans with the handle
- 8x18650 non-replaceable battery pack
- External active cooling
Not many flashlights have external fans to cool down the light, the first one actually. Power output is comically high, so heat management is crucial. Besides having a huge flood beam, or flood, it can also illuminate objects as far as 1000 meters (0,6 miles throw) with the small XHP35-HI LED and deep reflector.
Outputting 60K lumens of lights is extremely dangerous to the high power output, which, unlike other lights, can not only burn materials, but can actually cause fires if mishandled properly. More power to you if you have the responsibility and money to get it.
- 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!