The Best Flashlight List of 2020

This list includes flashlights that have lots of interaction in the flashlight forums and Facebook groups. Most of them are tested by one of our team members.

The best flashlight list of 2020: only our top picks

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.

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.

I will be adding flashlights that are very popular throughout the year. At the end of the year, I usually do some polls at Candlepowerforums, Budgetlightforums, and Reddit /r/ flashlights to see what people's most popular light was of the past year. Done that for several years now, and has become a 'tradition'.

Best AAA Flashlights 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.

Lumintop IYP365

The Lumintop IYP365 is an affordable penlight

Best Flashlight running of 2 AAAs

  • One-handed operation
  • Runs on 2*AAA batteries (don't use Alkaline batteries)
  • Uses a Hi Cri Nichia
  • Available in multiple colors and emitters
  • Great price

If you're looking for an affordable (roughly $20) penlight with a Hi Cri Nichia LED, the Lumintop IYP365 is one of the few available in this category. Lumintop is trying to reach the medical field by advertising the IPY365 as such. It has mode memory, so you could use it in Low mode all the time. I still would have preferred it to start in Low instead of High.. in case you change batteries or accidentally power it on while still being in High.


Best AA Flashlight

Lumintop Tool AA 2.0

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

Extremely 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 upgraded 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, ever use Alkaline batteries in your flashlights.

Best Flashlights with 18650 type batteries (Single cell)

Noctigon KR4

A must-have in 2020

  • LED choices:
  • Nichia 219C: 3000lm
  • Cree XP-L: 4300lm
  • SST20 4000K
  • SST20 5000K
  • SST20 6500K
  • ~2800 Lumens @ max output
  • Uses 1*18650 battery (not included)

Check out all details in our in-depth Noctigon KR4 review. Beautifully machined and beautifully looking. The driver is built with the Anduril firmware that will also light the AUX LEDs behind the glass.

This is probably the #1 EDC flashlight of 2020. (people in the flashlight community). The size is just slightly larger than the average 18350 flashlights. The output is staggering at over 4000 lumens at startup.. even reaching higher with the right battery. When you order the Noctigon KR4, make sure you have a good battery or order a Samsung 30Q at the same time.

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.

Lumintop BLF FW3A

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

Most popular EDC flashlight

  • LED choices:
  • SST-20 4000K
  • Cree XP-L Hi 3D (neutral)
  • Cree XPL Hi 7A (warm)
  • ~2800 Lumens @ max output
  • Uses 1*18650 battery (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 enthusiasts got one. In 2020 it's still one of the most popular EDC flashlights. Because of its length, it makes the FW3 one of the smallest 18650 and brightest flashlights on the market. Please read our Lumintop FW3A review to see if this is something you would like to own! We tested it very thoroughly.

The runtime can be extended by using not just two, but a gazillion output modes. All the extra options Anduril provides (one of the key features of this light), make this a unique addition to your collection. This should be your next flashlight purchase. BTW, the

Best Flashlight Lantern

Sofirn BLF LT1

Most popular Camping Lamp/ lantern

Best Lantern for camping

  • 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

Do you like camping? You can taking the best of the best gear? How about a lantern?

Fortunately, protected, unprotected button top cells will power the lantern. Recommended batteries are batteries from a 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 still the most popular flashlight lantern of 2020 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.

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  • Farthest reaching LEP Flashlight of 2020 (this is not an LED flashlight)
  • LEP flashlight (Laser Excited Phosphor)
  • Max output: 560 lumens
  • Works on 21700 and 18650 batteries (with adapter)

LEP flashlights have become immensely popular this year. We reviewed a dozen of them, and the Weltool W4 came out as one of the best-performing ones. Its specs rating claims a beam intensity of up to 1.78 Mcd, but mine was able to reach 2.18 Mcd. This means a beam distance of 2956 meters / 3232 yards.

The information about this flashlight spread like a wildfire around the community, and many people jumped on it. Besides a Turbo mode, it also includes a Low mode. The Low mode is still able to reach up to 1716 meters / 1876 yards with a beam intensity of 736000 cd. Most flashlights can only dream of this number in Turbo.. and the Weltool W4 does it in its lowest mode. LOL.

You can get the W4 from numerous sources including directly from Weltool. Continue reading our Weltool W4 review.

Best Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight

Olight Warrior X PRO

First tactical flashlight with a vibration alert for low battery power?

  • Most interesting light on this list
  • Maximum output: 2250 lumens
  • Package includes a 5000mAh 21700 cell
  • Built-in magnetic charger (no need to buy a separate charger)

The Olight Warrior X PRO is quite a unique tactical flashlight as it comes with a Vibrating Low Voltage Warning system. And that is just 1 of the many great product specifications. When the battery level goes down to 30%,  it starts vibrating once every 5 minutes. When the battery SOC(State of Charge) drops to 10%, it will vibrate every 60 seconds. When it drops to 5%, it does so every 10 seconds.

This is another flashlight that has lots to offer. It has 2 modes, 1 Turbo and 1 Low. No hidden modes like strobe or anything else. Probably my favorite, or even the best tactical flashlight with 21700 batteries. We did an in-depth review on is, please check it out here: Warrior X PRO review. Use code: 1LUMEN for 10% discount at Olightstore.

Best LED Flashlights running of a 26650 type battery

Astrolux FT03

Farthest throwing single 26650 cell flashlight available.

  • Available with:
    • Luminus SST40
    • CREE XHP60.2
    • Luminus SBT90.2
  • Rated at 2400 lumens for the SST40 version
  • 190000cd / 190Kcd / 500kcd for SBT90.2
  • Ramping brightness, so no modes
  • Momentary on (which means it can be used with morse coding)
  • Battery check
  • Using 26650 batteries

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.

Don't forget to check out our Astrolux FT03S with SBT90.2 review as well.

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 best flashlight of 2020?

  • 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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