Best flashlights of 2023: We tested over 500 flashlights
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Best single cell LEP 2023
Weltool W3 PRO TAC
The Weltool W3 PRO Tac made one of the biggest output jumps in recent LEP history. While most LEP flashlights could ‘only’ reach 500 lumens, the W3 PRO TAC actually reaches over 1,000 lumens. This is such a huge jump, and makes it an amazing performer. It’s not regarded as the farthest reaching flashlight, it definitely has the best combo of throwy and wide beam for LEPs. The beam looks quite a bit like a regular LED flashlight, but it clearly is not.
Something that makes it stand out from the rest as well, is its UI. In normal use, you will notice only 1 mode. But there is also a hidden, lower mode, that can only be accessed from Off.
LEP stands for Laser Excited Phosphor, and is using a laser diode as its light source, but using a special technique make it look like a normal LED flashlight.
Best multi-cell LEP of 2023
Maxtoch Owleyes W PRO v2
World’s farthest-reaching flashlight below $1000
- Farthest reaching LEP Flashlight (this is not an LED flashlight)
- Dual head LEP flashlight (Laser Excited Phosphor)
- Max output: 1200 lumens
- Works on 3*21700 batteries
LEP flashlights have become immensely popular recently. We reviewed about 40+ of them, and the Maxtoch Owleyes W PRO v2 came out as the best-performing LEP flashlight (and LED in that regard as well). Its specs rating claims a beam intensity of up to 4.0 Mcd, and mine was able to reach 4,000,000 cd with ease. This means a beam distance of 4,000 meters / 4374 yards / 2.49 miles. That with just the white beam, and it throws much less with the yellow, green, or red filters.
The Lowest mode is still able to reach up to over 2100 meters / 2300 yards for over 9 hours. Medium mode is still good for 3200 meters / 3500 yards. Most flashlights can only dream of these numbers. If you don’t mind a little funny looking flashlight, this is what you should get.
Interested in reading more: check out our review of the Maxtoch Owleyes W PRO v2.
Most powerful flashlight in the world, as of 2023
The brightest flashlight of 2023, and nothing else comes close!
Most powerful flashlight
- Max output: 120,000 lumens (we measured 101.000)
- Max beam intensity: 1,090,000 cd (we measured 777,500 cd)
- Works on 8*21700 batterypack
The Imalent SR32 is the new Lumen King… and nothing comes even close!
It dethrones the Imalent MS18 as the brightest flashlight on planet earth, but only slightly.
Check out our full Imalent SR32 review.
Best EDC light of 2023
Olight Baton 3 Pro Max
Olight is one of the few flashlight brands that keep innovating and upgrading their existing lights.
One of the popular flashlight series they have is the Baton.
One of the latest ones we reviewed is the Baton 3 Pro Max, with a total of 2500 lumens (we measured 2380) and available in 3 versions, cool white, neutral white, and warm white. This is the color temperature of the light it produces, so you can get your preferred LED option.
Its runtimes are also amazing with over 60 days of runtime in its lowest, 1 lumen mode. We haven’t tested this, because we have too many flashlights to review, and focus on the brightest modes mostly.
Interested in reading more: check out our review of the Olight Baton 3 Pro Max.
More interesting flashlights lists
Throughout the year we will update the list with new and interesting flashlights that we think fit this page. And we don’t limit ourselves to certain categories. Some are great throwers, while others are great keychain lights. Some might be great for EDC, while others may be great for camping or self-defense.
If you are particularly looking for the best within a certain category, make sure you check out the following links:
- Best rechargeable flashlights
- Best tactical flashlights
- Best EDC flashlights
- Best pocket flashlights
- Brightest flashlight
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