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Best cheap flashlights on Amazon

Convoy S2+

Best bang for the buck 18650 flashlight

Convoy S2+ holding in hand
Convoy S2+ full runtime
runtime test 2
Max outputN/A (I measured 519 lumens on mine)
LED typeMany kinds
Battery configuration1*18650 (not included)
ChargingNo, you need a separate charger, or 18650 battery with charging port
Recommended forEDC, around the house, in your car, camping, walking the dog, etc
Not recommended for:Diving, weapon mount

If we’re talking about great budget lights, it would be a shame not to mention Convoy flashlights, and in particular the Convoy S2+. It’s available on Amazon for below $20, depending on the version.

The Convoy S2+ is available in several colors, and with a large choice of emitters. The one linked on, uses the popular Luminus SST40, and if you’d have to choose between the 5000K version and 6500K version, I’d recommend getting the 5000K version, which beam is a little more pleasant. The SST40 LED is also more powerful than the SST20 I reviewed, and which reached 500 lumens. The SST40 is more powerful.

If you want to get into flashlights but don’t want to break the bank, get the Convoy S2+

Lumintop Tool AA 2.0

Affordable AA flashlight, but high quality

Lumintop TOOL 
runtime test 2
runtime test 2
Max output120/650 lumens (AA/14500)
LED typeNichia 219B 4500K
Battery configuration1*AA battery or 1*14500 lithium-ion
ChargingNo, need a separate charger
Recommended forEDC, around the house, in your car, camping, walking the dog, etc
Not recommended for:Not bright enough for lighting up large areas, diving, weapon mount

Lumintop isn’t really a budget brand, but it still produces an AA flashlight for $20! If you look through our reviews you will see that Lumintop has some serious flashlights including the BLF GT, GT90, GT Mini, and many, many more. The Tool AA is one of those lights you just can’t go wrong with. We’ve reviewed the Titanium version of the Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 here. The price for the aluminum version is usually around $20 but sometimes a little higher. If you are looking for just a reliable but still affordable flashlight, take the Tool AA into consideration! (beware that there also is a Lumintop Tool AAA, which can only use AAA batteries)

It’s available in black, white, and also in titanium and even copper.

Best LED flashlights on Amazon (chosen from several categories)

Thrunite T1s

EDC flashlight

Thrunite T1S in hand
Thrunite T1S turbo
Max output1212 lumens
LED typeLuminus SST40
RachargeableUSB-C (Cable included)
Battery configuration1*18350 rechargeable lithium-ion (included)
Use caseGreat for EDC, general tasks, around the house

The Thrunite T1s is a small, yet powerful, 18350-type flashlight. The business-end of the ThruNite T1S is where you’ll find one of the biggest changes over its predecessor, the T1. The T1 featured a Cree XHP50 and is replaced by a Luminus SST-40 and a TIR optic. The UI is great, and easy to use.

Thrunite advertises Turbo mode with 1212 lumens. But this is what we found: Turbo mode started out at 1255 lumens and dropped slowly over the first 2 minutes, at which point it was at 1065 lumens. Over the next 7 minutes, output ramped down to 324 lumens which is where it stayed until output began dropping out fast at 1 hour and 29 minutes. It crossed the 10% output threshold at 1 hour and 30 minutes.

This light is pretty much everything you need for an EDC flashlight: compact, good UI, USB-C charging, and a nice design. I think ThruNite has packed a lot of value into this small package.

Check out our in-depth review of the Thrunite T1S

Best tactical flashlight on Amazon

Fenix PD36 TAC 

One of the best tactical lights you can buy on Amazon

Fenix PD36 TAC in hand
Fenix PD36 TAC runtime full
Max output3000 lumens (we tested at 2079 lumens)
LED typeLuminus SST70
Battery configuration1*21700 (battery included)
ChargingBattery has built-in charging
Recommended forTactical use, law enforcement, security
Not recommended forEDC?

We reviewed the Fenix PD36 Tac extensively. It provides great value for an all-round tactical flashlight with USB-rechargeable battery (5,000mAh). Keep in mind that USB rechargeable batteries are more expensive than ones without USB ports, and the good thing about the PD36 Tac, you can use normal 21700’s as well.

The package also includes other flashlight accessories like a carry strap, a deep-carry reversible pocket clip,  a holster, a USB-C charging cable, and two spare O-Rings, so you are set from the get-go. If you don’t want to bother buying a separate battery charger and still want a high-quality flashlight, the Fenix PD36 Tac should be on your wishlist. And in case you want to attach it to a rifle, there are many additional weapon mounting accessories like remote switches and rail mounts.

All in all, this is a great tactical flashlight package.

Nitecore TM9K

Nitecore TM9K Tac holding
Nitecore TM9K Tac runtime graph
Max output9,800 lumens (we tested at 11,500 lumens at turn on)
LED type9*CREE XP-L2
Battery configuration1*21700 built in (non-removable)
ChargingBuilt-in USB-C charging
Recommended forTactical, law enforcement, security, walking the dog, etc.
Not recommended forMaybe not for EDC, general taks

The Nitecore TM9K Tac is about the size of a C8, but multiple times the output. Instead of the average 1000-2000 lumens tactical lights, the TM9K does 10 times that amount, but only in short bursts though since Turbo can only be activated momentarily, by continuously pressing the tactical switch.

With the built-in 21700 lithium-ion battery, you can get a burst of over 10,000 lumens. The 9 LEDs are sitting in a shallow reflector that results in a maximum candela of 23,425 cd or 306 meters of throw. High mode still reaches 136 meters / 149 yards. Our full review can be seen here:

If you want the baddest and brightest Tactical light on Amazon, this is the one to get. If you can wait a bit longer, Amazon will have the TM20K in stock soon….

Best brightest flashlight on Amazon

Imalent MS12 Mini

Most powerful flashlight on Amazon that can fit in your pockets

Imalent MS12 mini in hand
Imalent MS12 MINI runtime graph first 1 hour
Max output65,000 lumens (we measured 68,000 at turn on, 46,000 after 30 seconds)
LED type12*CREE XHP70.2
Battery configuration4*21700 (non-removable)
ChargingUses a dedicated 19V power adapter
Recommended forLighting up a soccer field, back up airplane lights, searchlight
Not recommended forEDC, even though it could fit, indoor use, because its too heavy for that, video light (too noisy fans)

It’s no surprise to see Imalent mentioned as the brightest flashlights, because that’s what they are most well known for.

The MS12 Mini continues to build upon the already popular Imalent MS series. It replaces the MS12, which was advertised as a 53,000-lumen flashlight, twice the since of this one.

To produce this many lumens for more than a few seconds, you need to use lots of cooling. Unlike the MS08 and RS50, that used a plastic shell with fans for cooling, the MS12 Mini has built-in fans. It’s actually amazing at how well the sustainedoutput is, It really leaves all the competitors, similar sized, in the dust. Just for fun I will share the battery life, comparison runtime chart.

The left is zoomed in, so you can see how much higher the output is. The second one is just the first 10 minutes, with full lumen overview.

Yes, it’s that crazy powerful. Get the brightest pocketable flashlight on Amazon.

Imalent MS18

Brightest flashlight on Amazon with 100,000 lumens

Imalent MS18
Imalent MS18 runtime
Max output100,000 lumens (we measured 101,000 at turn on, 69,000 after 30 seconds)
LED type18*CREE XHP70.2
Battery configuration8*21700 battery pack (non-removable)
ChargingIt uses a dedicated 19V power adapter
RecommendedShow off the brightest flashlight in town, be the backup lighting at your local sports field, lol.
Not recommendedNot recommended for kids, indoors, too noisy fans

Imalent makes the brightest production lights on planet earth. And that’s what they are well known for.

I tested the MS18 several times, and this thing is ridiculous, with a total output of 100,000 lumens at turn on, which makes it the most powerful handheld flashlight you can buy on Amazon.

To power the light, it uses a battery pack with 8*21700 batteries and built-in fans to keep the light as cool as possible, because it produces a large amount of heat. If they didn’t have this built-in cooling, it would likely end up in a meltdown. But you don’t have to use the highest output at all times, because it has 8 different output modes, starting as low as 700 lumens.

Yes, 100,000 lumens can only be achieved in a blink of an eye, but reaching this output in a relatively small package is just insane. If you’re looking for the strongest light on Amazon, there is no other one.

There is also the MS18W, which has a warmer beam but is, therefore, a bit less powerful.

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What’s the strongest flashlight on amazon?

The strongest flashlight on amazon is the Imalent MS18 with 100,000 lumens. Check out our review:

How about the tactical flashlights on Amazon, like the Gearlight S1000, Shadow Hawk etc?

Unfortunately, they are not really great, and lack many features we want to see in flashlights. Also, they don’t reach many lumens at all. We reviewed the Gearlight S1000, and it only reached 250 lumens.

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