Best LED Flashlights of 2019

Let`s face it.. Can there actually be a "best flashlight of 2019"? Probably not! It all depends, right? But with 9 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 2016-2017) 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 2019

Sofirn C01

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

 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

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. 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.

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

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 Warrior

Rechargeable flashlight including a 18650 battery with 1500 lumens.

  • 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.

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.

Thrunite catapult v6

Best "mini thrower" with XPH35 LED.

  • 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.

Lumintop BLF FW3A

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

  • #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)

Zebralight SC700d

Zebralight's first 21700 battery type flashlight

  • 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!

Best Flashlights with 26650 type batteries (Single cell)

Astrolux FT03

Farthest throwing single 26650 cell flashlight available.

  • Available with SST40 and XHP50 LED
  • SST40 has a max output of 2400 lumens
  • 190000cd / 190Kcd throw, which is really good.
  • Ramping brightness, so no set modes, but smooth ramping up and down.
  • Momentary on (which means it can be used with morse coding)
  • Battery check

The Astrolux FT03 is a budget thrower with great, great capabilities. Just 3 years ago we would have trouble reaching this far with a highly modded single-cell flashlight. Now we can have almost 200kcd for $30-$40, which is amazing. Peter reviewed the Astrolux FT03 as high as 240Kcd, which is extremely good for this price. The only downside is that you need to buy a 26650 battery and a charger. There are many chargers who would not be able to charge this size batteries.  If you are looking for a great bang for your buck thrower, this could definitely be the one you are looking for.

Most popular Multi Cell 18650 Flashlights


Smallest Hi-Cri multi-led multi-cell flashlight with 5000+ lumens!

  • 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

Use promotion code: ROT66 for 10% off at NealsGadgets!

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!

Acebeam X45 II

Not the brightest and not the farthest throwing, but definitely one of the best all-round flashlights!!

  • Extremely bright at 18,000 Lumens
  • Runs off 4 Lithium Ion batteries that are included!
  • Nice bright spill
  • 4*XHP70.2

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.

Acebeam X70

The Acebeam X70 posses 12 XHP70.2 LEDs for pure flood and 1 XHP35-HI for throw.  60,000 total combined lumen output! Currently world's second most powerful LED flashlight.

  • 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.

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!

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