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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
Specification:Highlights:
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 Amazon.com, 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
Specification:Highlights:
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

Popular EDC flashlight

Thrunite T1S in hand
Thrunite T1S turbo
Specification:Highlights:
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
Specification:Highlights:
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

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

Brightest tactical flashlight on Amazon, with 1 battery

Nitecore TM9K Tac holding
Nitecore TM9K Tac runtime graph
Specification:Highlights:
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: https://1lumen.com/review/nitecore-tm9k-tac/

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….

Rechargeable flashlights on Amazon

Olight Javelot Mini

Great rechargeable flashlight with long reach, you can buy at Amazon

Olight Javelot Mini inhand
Olight Javelot Mini runtime graph
Specification:Highlights:
Max output1,000 lumens (we measured 1,054 lumens after 30 seconds)
LED type1*Rayten RT 5050CW
Battery configuration1*18500 (proprietary)
ChargingUses a Magnetic charging cable
Recommended forSearchlight, long distance,
Not recommended forEDC, it shines a bit too far for that

There are several Javelot models, and this is the smallest of the bunch. It packs a lot of power combined with reasonable throw (reach).

In our test, we measured 1068 lumens and turn on, and 1054 lumens after 30 seconds. That’s definitely not bad. But the Javelot Mini is specifically made for medium-long distances. And in our test, we measured 85,200 candelas, which is good for 584 meters of reach, / 638 yards.

The great thing about the Javelot Mini is the size and reach, combined with a simple user interface. Just a simple 2-mode UI that can be used momentarily as well as continuously. And that’s because of the exclusive Olight 2-stage switch.

All in all, this is a great little thrower for its size, ready to buy at Amazon.

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

Fenix TK20R v2

Rechargeable tactical flashlight with USB-C charging

Fenix TK20R v2 in hand
Fenix TK20R v2 runtime graph
Specification:Highlights:
Max output3,000 lumens (we measured 2540 lumens at turn on, and 2241 after 30 seconds)
LED type1*Luminust SFT70
Battery configuration1*21700 (included)
ChargingUSB-C
Recommended forUrban/suburban use, EDC, tactical, duty
Not recommended forLong reach, large fields

The Fenix TK20R v2 features a USB type C set to 2 amps and charges the battery in about 3.5 hours.

In our test, Turbo started a bit over 2500 Lumens but the stepdown was dramatic: down to a bit over 500 Lumens. You can reactivate Turbo after the step-down though, so that’s great.

We also tested the maximum beam distance at 309 meters, and 499 meters at turn on because of the initial high output.

Once again Fenix has proven two things: One, they know how to make a great flashlight, and two, they’re an innovative brand that endeavors to keep making great lights. The Fenix TK20R V2 represents an important fixture within the TK series in that it’s one of the few in the tactical-use lineup that features onboard charging, which appeals to a lot of buyers and users.

Get the Fenix flashlight at Amazon.

Brightest flashlights on Amazon

Acebeam X75

#2 Most powerful flashlight on Amazon that can fit in your pockets

Acebeam X75 inhand
Acebeam X75 runtime vs competitors
Specification:Highlights:
Max output80,000 lumens (we measured over 80,000)
LED type12*CREE XHP70.2
Battery configuration4*21700 (non-removable)
ChargingUses a USB-C PD charging protocol, and charges within 1.5 hours
Recommended forShowing off to your friends, lighting up an immense site/field
Not recommended forEDC, even though it could fit, indoor use, because it’s too heavy for that, video light (too noisy fans)

There is so much to say about the X75 we tested. And wow, this is a serious flashlight. Immensely bright, and with some very cool features.

It’s supposed to do 80,000 lumens, and lo and behold, we measured over 80,000 lumens within the first few seconds after turning on. That’s insanely bright. And what’s even more impressive, is that it can hold over 20,000 lumens for 20 minutes straight. It’s currently the best sustained output on any handheld flashlight in the world. Not kidding!

Here’s a picture for proof. This is a runtime graph of most of the highest-output flashlights currently available. The dark blue and black line show the lumen output.. This is incredible.

Oh, and that’s not all yet. It also comes with fast USB-C PD charging at 65 watts. This means that the batteries are charged within 1.5 hours. And if you still think that is too slow, they even offer a 100Watt USB charger. And the built-in battery pack doubles as a power bank. What else do you need?

The reason why this light can sustain this high brightness is the built-in cooling fan, combined with a high-efficient constant current driver. And that’s still not all. Because the fan is speed-controlled by temperature, unlike most of its competitors, which use a simple on/off depending on the brightness mode.

If you want the highest sustained output flashlight on Amazon, get the X75! Nothing else beats it.

Imalent MS18

#1 Brightest flashlight on Amazon with 100,000 lumens

Imalent MS18
Imalent MS18 runtime
Specification:Highlights:
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, this is it.

1lumen selects and reviews products personally. We may earn affiliate commissions through our links, which help support our testing.

FAQ:

  1. What’s the strongest flashlight on amazon?

    The strongest flashlight on Amazon is the Imalent MS18 with 100,000 lumens. Check out our review: https://1lumen.com/review/imalent-ms18/

  2. 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 are pretty weak. We reviewed the Gearlight S1000, and it only reached 250 lumens. We don’t recommend them.

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