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Unlike most of the "Top 10 best rechargeable flashlights" websites you have found in Google, we have actually owned and reviewed hundreds of flashlights on our team. 239 to be precise. Many of those lists are written by people who know nothing about flashlights! In fact, many of these people do not even own a flashlight. How we can tell?
First of all, they show utterly rediculous flashlights that should never ever be recommended. So I'll do my absolute best to help you with real knowledge. I personally have been active on flashlight forums since 2009.. (check out my ‘About Page’) and have owned well over 100 flashlights in that time. Me and my team hope to give you some real insight with many in-depth reviews covering all types of flashlights. Please ignore my non-native English, because I'm actually Dutch.. ; --)
Some of the ones on the list we have reviewed extensively, to those I added a link to the review.
We have quite a few of these types of lists on our website, so don't forget to check them out:
Most popular small rechargeable LED flashlights
Nitecore TUP : 1000 lumen flashlight
1000 lumen flashlight on your keys?
- Max output: 1000 lumens (we tested this)
- LED: XPL-HD V6 LED
- Two user modes: Constant and Press-only.
- Built-in Micro USB charger
The Nitecore TUP is a performer. In hand, it looks a little unusual with the buttons and OLED display. But when you press that button.... you will blind yourself with 1000 lumens. We have reviewed the Nitecore TUP, please check out the review. It reached 1000 lumens, no joke! Unlike many other brands on eBay or Aliexpress, this is a real 1000 lumen flashlight.
If you are looking for something lightweight, but don't mind the bit chunky-sized keychain light, this is a great way to get ahead of the game. The OLED display tells exactly how many more minutes the battery will last. You can achieve maximum brightness only by pressing the button continuously. The highest constant output mode is 200 lumens.
Dual core magnetic keychain light
- Max output: 720 Lumens
- LED: 2* Cree XPG3 S3 LEDs
- Rechargeable pocket flashlight
- 2 mode groups: Daily mode (continous use) and Demo mode (light turns on for only 30 seconds at a time)
- Beam reaching 93 meters (2,160 cd)
- Micro USB charge port
The Nitecore TIP2 is the successor of the extremely famous Nitecore TIP. With a double LED and a maximum output of 720 Lumens, Nitecore has provided yet another great keychain flashlight. The included magnets will enable the flashlight to attach to anything iron. To top that all off, they included a 550mAh Li-Ion battery to give you maximum runtime. Just like with the Nitecore TUP we reviewed, the TIP2 can only achieve 720 Lumens in Turbo mode, by pressing the Mode button continously.
One of the most interesting features of the TIP2 is the Contious Power setting. This means that you can attach the USB cable to any device or USB adapter to continously run the light. Great for emergencies and camping.
18650 battery rechargeable flashlights
Olight Warrior Mini
Rechargeable and tactical 18650 flashlight
- One of the shortest tactical rechargeable flashlights on the market
- Maximum output: 1500 lumens from a single LED (We tested it)
- 1 High power Olight 18650 battery is included
- Standard mode configuration and tactical
- Dedicated charge system
The Olight Warrior Mini is one of the shortest tactical 18650 flashlights on the market. Its primary LED is a powerful Luminus SST40.
During our test, we noticed that the runtime of the Warrior Mini is exceptional. It runs for 18 hours at 140 lumens in Medium mode, while Turbo and High mode last both more than 3.5 hours each. Its highest output of 1500 lumens is available for 4 minutes before it drops to roughly 500 lumens. This continues for more than 3 hours. And all of that with a single battery.
The included battery can be charged with a normal lithium-ion battery charger as well as inside the flashlight itself. If you want to read all the details about the flashlight, we have a very in-depth review for you. Please find out more about the Olight Warrior Mini here.
21700 battery rechargeable flashlights
The Astrolux EC is a heck of a light. Both powerful and good looking!
- UI is very easy
- Small and lightweight
- Illuminated button for easy operation at night
- USB-C charging
- Uses 21700 batteries
- 18650 batteries work with an extender
Using a dedicated USB-C charge port, this is definitely one you should consider when getting into a 21700 type rechargeable flashlights.
The Astrolux EC01 has a maximum output of 3500 Lumens, which is extremely powerful. On top of the great maximum output, it also is able to reach about 30.000cd of beam distance. Read the full review we published on the Astrolux EC01 for all details. Astrolux is also sold under the Mateminco brand, just to keep this in mind.
It's quite an impressive performer, and it's also looking good.
A 2019 model of Klarus claiming 4000 lumens!
- Output: 4000 lumens
- Battery: included 5000mAh 21700 Lithium Ion battery.
- Intelligent Thermal Protection System (to stop overheating)
- IPX8 rating: 2 meters submersible, waterproof and dust proof
- Built-in charge system.
The Klarus XT21X is the second brightest tactical torch in the list. Claiming 4000 Lumens off a single 21700 battery. This is also Klarus' first heavy-duty 21700 tactical light!
Klarus being a long-time seller in the flashlight market, the XT21X is their first 21700 tactical flashlight with a Tactical setting and an Outdoor setting. Besides Fenix , KIarus is one of the few brands that focus on Military flashlights a lot.
Its tactical setting has 2 modes, On-touch Strobe and One-Touch-Turbo... exactly as it is supposed to be.
Outdoor setting on the other hand has One Touch Turbo and One Touch Low. Using the side switch you'll be able to use SOS. This light is great for daily use, industrial environments and emergency situations!
Olight Warrior X Pro
Tactical flashlight with vibration low-battery alert
- Max output: 2250 lumens
- Battery: included 5000mAh 21700 Lithium-Ion battery.
- IPX8 rating: 2 meters submersible, waterproof
- Built-in MCC 3 magnetic charge system.
The Olight Warrior X PRO is probably the first of its kind, as it comes with an interesting vibration Low Voltage Warning: it actually vibrates!? 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.
Warrior X Pro features a redesigned raised tail switch for an unprecedented intuitive operation experience. The IPX8-rated aluminum alloy body sports a pronounced knurling pattern for a better grip. It has only 2 output levels, Turbo and regular output, 2250 lumens and 300 lumens. You don't need a zoom mechanism with this type of light. Unfortunately, the X PRO can be wall-mounted with the L-dock magnetic charging kit (optional).
The Low Voltage Warning(LVP) mechanism is quite innovative with its vibration alert! Great powerful flashlight for Police and tactical use.
26650 battery rechargeable flashlights
Extremely powerful rechargeable flashlight.
- Maximum output: 6100 lumens (depending on the choice of emitters and battery used)
- LED: 7* Luminus SST20
- Adjustable secondary colorful AUX LEDs
- Battery: 26650 Lithium-Ion battery (21700/18650 when using an adapter)
- USB-C port built-in charge system
- Available in 4000K (neutral white), 5000K and 6500K (Cold White) LEDs
- Available in multiple colors.
- Maximum beam intensity of 43000cd (415 meters)
If you are looking for an extremely bright, rechargeable flashlight, consider the Astrolux MF01 mini (Mateminco MT07). It is one of the most powerful single 26650 battery flashlights available. Besides choosing one of the 3 different emitter types, it also includes secondary AUX LEDs to use red and green light.
With a maximum of 6100 Lumens, this is one heck of a powerful flashlight. You don't need to be afraid of the dark anymore with the MF01 Mini. Be sure to read the manual when attempting to program your desired settings! Check out our full review of the Astrolux MF01-mini.
WIth only 111mm long and a battery tube of 34mm, this is one hack of a tiny monster. There is also a copper and brass Astrolux MF01 Mini available at Bangood.
Brightest rechargeable headlamp
The brightest rechargeable headlamp currently available.
- Brightest rechargeable headlamp on the market
- Output: 4000 lumens
- Light source: Cree XHP70.2 LED + CREE XPE2-R2 630nm red light + CREE XPE2-G2 530nm green light
- Package includes a 21700 lithium battery
- Built-in USB C charge system
Not built for jogging because of its weight and size. But if you want a headlamp that is crazy bright, waterproof, and rechargeable? The Acebeam H30 is the one to go for. Turbo has a max output of 4000 lumens, that can be used for 1.5 minutes before it drops down to High mode (1100 lumens).
We haven't been able to review this one yet, but we know that Acebeam provides top-of-the-notch products. This is definitely one to consider if you are looking for a new headlamp, that could work like a spotlight at night.
#1 Brightest rechargeable flashlight with most lumens
Brightest rechargeable flashlight on planet earth.
- Max output: 100,000 lumens
- LED: 18* XHP70.2 High Power CREE LEDs
- Built-in cooling
- 8x21700 battery pack
- Built in charging system (Not USB)
The #1 brightest rechargeable flashlight in the world, with a whopping 100,000-lumen output. Check out our Imalent MS18 review to learn more about this beast.
Charging takes about 4 hours from empty to full. The output is breathtaking. If you are into high-powered flashlights, the Imalent is one you should consider. It has a hefty price tag, but this will blow you away, every time you push those photons into the air.
Don't forget to check out our review to see how bright it actually is.. it's crazy...
It's about 100 times as bright as the new Maglite ML150LR! That bright!
Are these really the best rechargeable flashlights?
We can see new flashlights popping up in online stores almost daily. It's just impossible to test and review every single flashlight on the market.
However, we always do our best to provide you with the latest and greatest as much as we can. If you think we missed a great rechargeable flashlight on the site.. just reach out to us, and we'll have a look. We are always open to suggestions and try to provide you just with the best of the best. So we hope to have to most relevant "best rechargeable flashlight list" on the market.
Some words of warning:
When you are looking for a rechargeable flashlight you better know how to take proper care of it. Although rechargeable flashlights are generally speaking safer to use than normal lithium-powered flashlights, they still contain lithium batteries. Lithium batteries are able to explode under some kinds of circumstances. Although these are only rare cases, you still should keep in mind that the rechargeable flashlights tend to have li-ion batteries that can explode.
What you should know before buying a rechargeable flashlight for EDC on eBay:
Please don't buy a 'rechargeable torch' from an unknown brand on eBay. It is very likely that the charging system or the LVP (Low Voltage Protection) within the flashlight is not up to the task.
If you care about your safety and for others around you, please do your research and choose the light that will fit you best, both in terms of functionality and safety.