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What is currently the brightest flashlight in the world, as of 2022?

The top 5 most powerful flashlights in the world:

100,000 Lumens Imalent MS18 Imalentstore Nealsgadgets
80,000 Lumens Acebeam X75 Acebeam Amazon
65,000 Lumens Imalent MS12 mini Nealsgadgets Imalentstore
60,000 Lumens Acebeam X70 Acebeam Acebeam
50,000 Lumens Imalent MR90 Imalentstore Flashlightbrand

Best flashlights with AAA batteries

This is also the cheapest led flashlight on the list.

Lumintop EDC01

Lumintop EDC01 holding in hand

We see that still many people look for bright AAA flashlights. But the fact is, AAA flashlights aren't very bright compared to their bigger counterparts. But still, if you're looking for a bright small keychain light, have a look at the Lumintop EDC01. Most of the flashlights in this category have similar outputs, but this light has been tested at 111 lumens. Which is impossible to differentiate from the 120 lumens it claims to be.

That still makes it one of the brightest and cheapest currently available AAA flashlights. BTW we don't recommend using Alkaline batteries, but rechargeable NiMH batteries instead, like the Panasonic Eneloop AAA to get the highest output.

Key features:

  • LED: Osram (120 lumens)
  • Available in several colors (Black, blue, pink etc)
  • It does not turn on accidentally in your pocket easily.
  • Can be operated with 1 hand
  • You can use it with a rechargeable battery (AAA)
  • 3 light modes: High, Medium, and Low

This mini flashlight is available for a price between $10 and $12, depending on the color you chose.

If you lose it, you can just buy another one without breaking the bank. And although this one has been on the market for 4+ years, it has changed a bit over time and still is one of the brightest AAA flashlights out there.

With the 3 modes, you can choose between a plenty bright high mode for 40 minutes and a 4-lumen low mode that runs for 26 hours. I tested mine with a Panasonic Eneloop AAA battery. If you use Alkaline batteries (I would only use them in emergency situations, because they can leak) you can run the flashlight for even longer.

Get yourself this little flashlight or gift it to someone you care about. Save the day with a keychain light!

Acebeam PT10 GT

Acebeam P10-GT in hand

Acebeam is famous for its extremely bright and powerful flashlights. The PT10-GT is a pretty powerful penlight with over 400 lumens with the included lithium-ion battery.

Key features:

  • Max output: 472 lumens (included lithium-ion battery) / 120 lumens (2x AAA Eneloop)
  • LED options: Nichia 219C and Osram KW CSLNM1.TG and Samsung LH351D (the one we reviewed)
  • 10900 type lithium-ion rechargeable battery included (micro-USB rechargeable)
  • Lighting modes: 3: Medium Low High (No moonlight mode)

The Acebeam PT10 has been upgraded to the latest LED technology, with a max brightness of 470 lumens. This is rather unique for a penlight flashlight. You can only achieve that with the included high-power Lithium-Ion battery though. The PT10 GT can also be powered by 2AAA batteries, but the output comes down to about 120 lumens, right along with its competitors. Also, we never recommend using Alkaline batteries, but use NiMH batteries instead. The brand we recommend is Panasonic Eneloop.

Battery life: In High mode, the Acebeam PT10 GT will run for about 40 minutes with the Lithium-Ion battery, and 1 hour and 45 minutes on 2 AAA batteries. Medium mode is 1 hour and 20 minutes (with lithium rechargeable battery) and almost 8 hours on 2AAA batteries. For more details, continue reading our in-depth review of the Acebeam PT10 GT.

Strongest AA LED flashlights

AA flashlights are not the most popular, but if you don't like using lithium-ion batteries, this is the one to get.

Mateminco CSF05

Very bright single cell AA flashlight

Astrolux A03 in hand

The Mateminco CSF05 is the same as the Astrolux A03 we reviewed.

Key features:

  • Max output: 435 lumens on 1 Eneloop AA (and 725 lumens with 14500 battery)
  • EDC flashlight for everyday carry
  • Unique LED is used (SFS80)
  • Very nice beam profile
  • Quick access to High (4 clicks), Moon (1 click),  and strobe (double click)

Mateminco has taken a risk with the SFS80 LED and I think it’s paid off. Whilst this LED isn’t as high CRI as a Nichia, it certainly looks nicer than some CREE LEDs, whilst providing good output and plenty of throw for its size, and great output on AA.

The clip is loose but this is easy to remedy by squeezing it with some pliers.

The AA Eneloop hit 435 lumens then dropped to about 300 lm after a couple of minutes. It held this for a bit over half an hour before dropping suddenly. AA on Medium starts at 183 lm and holds it steady for almost an hour and a half.

With the 14500 cell on High starts at over 700 lm then drops to about 450 lm in a couple of minutes. It then lasts about an hour, dropping down to 300 lm by the end. Medium with the 14500 starts at 266 lm, dropping to around 175 lm over 2 and a bit hours. The light gets a bit warm with the 14500 but not too hot.

The only downside of this light is the UI.. Please read all the details in our Astrolux A03 review (which is the same as the Mateminco CSF05)

Strongest 2AA flashlight

There aren't that many 2AA flashlights out there, but this is one of the brightest!

Olight i5T Plus

Dual AA cell flashlight with over 500 lumens

Olight i5T Plus in hand like a pen

The Olight i5t Plus is the dual cell option of the i5T

Key features:

  • Max output: 550 lumens (we measured 525 lumens)
  • Available with cool white LED, neutral white LED or warm white LED
  • Quite powerful, even on Alkaline batteries
  • Simple 2 modes.. UI

If you're looking for one of the brightest 2AA flashlights, this is it.

The Olight i5R Plus is available with 3 different LEDs. You can choose between a cold white, neutral white, and warm white emitter.

If you're not very familiar with these types of LEDs, I'd recommend getting the NW or CW. The WW is a bit too warm for most people.

During our test, we measured High mode to reach 529 lumens at turn-on (which is a bit lower than specifications), and 525 after 30 seconds for the neutral white LED version.

No flashlight really holds the highest output for very long. And the i5T Plus drops to roughly 300 lumens and continues running for 2 hours. Low mode, on the other hand, runs at roughly 17 lumens for 43 hours straight! That would be 1 week's worth of camping light at night.

Check out our full review of the Olight i5T Plus.

Why we'd recommend the i5T Plus:

  1. It works on rechargeable NiMH/ NiCad batteries, as well as Alkaline batteries
  2. Even on Alkaline batteries, it could reach over 500 lumens at turn on
  3. Runtime of 2 hours on High, and 43 hours on Low is very good
  4. Available in 3 different colored emitters, cool white, neutral and warm white. You can choose your favorite.
  5. Available in several body colors: orange, green, blue, and some special editions
  6. Feels very robust and of good quality!

Brightest flashlight with 8AA batteries

This is the brightest AA flashlight

(Brightest multi-AA flashlight)

The Nitecore EA81 with 2150 lumens on 8 AA batteries, making it the most powerful AA-powered flashlights on the market, even in 2022.

Key features:

  • Max output: 2150 lumens on 8 AA batteries
  • Max beam intensity: 53,000cd
  • Max throw distance: 462 meters / 0.28 miles
  • Micro-textured reflector for throw and flood.
  • Lowest output: 1 lumen

A few years ago, I owned the Nitecore EA8, which was the most powerful 8xAA flashlight, with an XML2 LED. This time, Nitecore used the XHP50 LED. The XHP50 allows the light to hit 2150 lumens from its 8 (yes, 8!) AA batteries. Again, these numbers are only achieved with high-quality NiMH batteries and not Alkaline batteries. Personally, I wouldn’t say I like to use 8 AA batteries, but this is definitely the most powerful AA-powered flashlight currently available. Also, this is not a tactical flashlight, like some suggest. It’s large and quite heavy with its 8 AAs.

Anyone who buys this light should make sure to get the latest CREE XHP50 version and not the older CREE XML2.

Single-cell lithium powered LED flashlights

Imalent MS03

Imalent MS03 is super bright. The brightest flashlight of 2021 running off a single 21700 battery. Reaching approximately 13,000 lumens!

Imalent MS03 in hand

Key features

  • 3*CREE XHP70.2 (XHP70.2 is a super bright LED)
  • High lumen output of 13,000 lumens.
  • Max beam distance measured: 283 meters
  • max beam intensity measured: 20,100 cd
  • The brightest compact led flashlight in the world
  • Max power is only possible with the best high drain cell like the Samsung INR21700 40T (battery included)
  • Works on 21700 and 18650 batteries (with adapter)
  • 5 normal brightness levels + 1 turbo mode

Imalent is known for being one of the few manufacturers that try to achieve the maximum output. The MS03 is no exception in that regard. Pushing out over 10,000 lumens from a single cell is insane!

If you are looking for a pocketable flashlight to blind 100 people at once, get the MS03. This thing is seriously ridiculous. Please check out our in-depth review of the Imalent MS03 for all the details. And yes, it does include a pocket clip, but it's easy to remove.

Imalent includes a high drain 21700 battery, so you are ready to go. Use coupon 1lumen for 10% off at Imalentstore.com

Nightwatch NS73v2

The Nightwatch NS73v2 replaced the NSX4 on this list. And is one of the brightest flashlights running off a single 21700 battery. We reviewed the NS73v1.

Nightwatch NS73v1 in hand

Shared #1 Brightest single-cell lithium flashlight

Key features:

  • LED light source: 3x SFN55.3
  • Maximum output of 17500 lumens (we measured 12,100 at turn on with NS73v1).
  • Super bright, and the brightest led flashlight on a single cell
  • Max power only possible with the best high drain cell like the Samsung INR21700 30T

Nightwatch might be an unknown brand, but it surely has some appeal to the flashaholic within us. With a maximum brightness of up to 17000 Lumens, this is a different kind of beast. 1

Since it needs high-quality, high-discharge cells, you are sure it heats up like crazy. Within seconds, the head becomes extremely hot. If you are looking for the brightest single-cell flashlight, and you don't mind the disadvantages, this is the one you should get! If you want to continue reading, check out the full NS73v1 review here:  Nightwatch NS73v1. Which is replaced by the more powerful NS73v2.

Powerful multi lithium cell flashlights on a budget

Sofirn SP36 Pro (Anduril 2)

One of the best budget flashlights available for around $50.

flashlight in hand
  • Maximum output: 5300 lumens (specs say 8,000)
  • LED light source: 4*Luminux SST40
  • Charging: no onboard charging
  • Price range: $50-60

This is an extremely bright light, that brings the most bang for the buck. This results in the brightest budget flashlight with multi-battery configuration made today, named the Sofirn SP36PRO. Check out our full review of the Sofirn SP36Pro here

It is the successor of the very popular BLF Q8, which has been a very popular light amongst flashaholics and has been a hit amongst flashlight enthusiasts from all around the world.

Using 4x Luminus SST40 LEDs to produce a mind-blowing 5000+ lumens, this flashlight is a monster to be reckoned with and a must-have for all flashlights users. The SP36PRO is an all-purpose light and can be used for anything, from lighting up the road in front of you to be used while camping to even being a great night light for some.

Good high drain 18650 cells like the NCR18650GA, Samsung 30Q, LG HG2, Sony VTC6, Samsung 25R, and many others have to be used to get the maximum performance. All of the cells are in parallel, so they need to be kept at the same charge level to prevent problems, and they need to be kept in the same group as well.
So, buy 4×18650s at once, and keep them only for 4×18650 lights. Do not separate them.

Its driver is running the Anduril2 firmware, with the standard UI being ramping and direct turbo accessible with a double click. Press and hold for ramping up, and same for ramping down. It’s also very advanced and configurable. It can ramp all the way down to a sub lumen output, to a mind-boggling 5,000+ lumens on maximum. You also have access to standard modes if you don’t like ramping and strobes. But keep in mind that this firmware is pretty sophisticated and may not fit everyone's needs. Definitely check out our review we linked above.

World's Brightest Flashlights

Most powerful flashlights above 25,000 lumens!

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Acebeam X80-GT

32,500 lumens

The Acebeam X80-GT is the predecessor of the X80-GT2 and claims an output of a maximum of 32,500 lumens. If you have big pockets in your coat, you could probably carry the X80-GT....lol

acebeam x80 gt with handle


  • Max output: 32,500 lumens (we measured 27,000)
  • LED: 18* CREE XHP50.2
  • Battery: 4*18650 (included)
  • Charging: this is not a rechargeable LED flashlight (you need to have/buy a dedicated 18650 battery charger)

The X80-GT has been replaced with the X80-GT2, but in terms of output, they are pretty close! So if you want to save a few bucks, get the X80-GT if you can get a good deal on it. Small like a soda can, but powerful like a boring 747, this little monster is a real pocket monster. Oh, and if you forgot a lighter during your trip, use this little monster to set paper on fire, it's that powerful.

We reviewed this (just like all the others) extensively, please check out the full review here: https://1lumen.com/review/acebeam-x80-gt/

Imalent MS08

34,000 lumens

Although it has a shared #6 on the list, the MS08 is actually less powerful than the Acebeam X80-GT2. This is the reason why you shouldn't trust other websites. They don't test them, and just put garbage out. 

Imalent MS08 in hand


  • Max output: 34,000 lumens (we measured 25,000 at start, and 19,000 at 30 seconds)
  • LED: 8* CREE XHP70.2
  • Rechargeable flashlight batteries: 3x21700 (included)
  • Charge: includes USB cable
  • Lighting modes: 5 + Turbo mode
  • Moonlight mode: not available

Imalent has many flashlights on this list, and for a good reason. They try to build the brightest handheld flashlights for consumers. And with the MS08 they thought to increase their lineup with yet another crazy bright flashlight.

During testing, we learned that its specs are a bit exaggerated, and it didn't even reach 30,000 lumens, let alone 34,000 lumens. In order to reach that output, you need something bigger and more powerful.

If you want to read more about our testing results, check out our in-depth review of the Imalent MS08.

Acebeam X80-GT2

34,000 lumens

The Acebeam X80-GT2 is rated at 34,000 Lumens. It even fits in your (large) pockets. This is the smallest powerhouse on this list!

Acebeam XT80GT2 handle


  • Max output: 34,000 lumens (we measured 31,000)
  • LED: 18* CREE XHP50.3 (new high powered LED)
  • Battery: 4x 18650 (included)
  • Charging: you need a dedicated lithium-ion battery charger. No onboard charging.
  • 7 brightness levels, ranging from 150 to 30,000 lumens (as per our testing)
  • Moonlight mode: not available. Lowest mode is 150 lumens

Since we reviewed the Acebeam X80-GT with 32,500 lumens, we couldn't lose out and reviewed the X80-GT2 as well. This has the size of a soda can and can fit in your pocket. But don't even think this isn't one of the most powerful flashlights on planet earth. Just like the X80-GT, the newer X80-GT2 also includes a tripod screw hole, for either the included carry handle or to attach to a tripod. That way, you have both hands free to help with work, etc. A great feature for a wide variety of applications.

We reviewed this (just like all the others) extensively, and can come to the conclusion.. this little pocket rocket is really insane. Make sure to also check out our Acebeam X80-GT2 review.

Imalent R90TS

36,000 lumens

The R90TS with 36,000 Lumens is not just an extremely, extremely bright flashlight, it also is a great thrower!

Imalent R90TS


  • Max output: 36,000 lumens
  • LED: 18* CREE XHP35 (high powered LED with main focus on maximum reach)
  • Throw distance: I measured 1929 meters
  • Battery: 8x 21700 non-replaceable battery pack
  • Charging: Rechargeable flashlight with built-in charging
  • Active cooling fans
  • Light modes: 8 modes
  • Moonlight mode: no ECO mode available. The lowest mode is 750 lumens

We were really excited when the R90TS and MS18 were announced. Both are in the top brightest flashlights of the world! We decided to get both of them, the moment they came out. During the review of the Imalent R90TS, we found that this is such a beast that is not only blinds you; it also throws a beam really, really far. If you doubt between an extremely powerful flashlight and a thrower, check out the R90TS, you wouldn't believe this is possible without seeing it!

For pictures and our test, check out the full indepth Imalent R90TS review here.

Acebeam X50

40,000 lumens

Acebeam added a powerful little bugger that puts out more lumens than many flashlights that are double its size.

Acebeam X50 in hand


  • Max output: 40,000 lumens (Measured mine 35,000 lumens at start, and 30,000 after 30 sec)
  • LED: 8x XHP70.2
  • Charging: Rechargeable flashlight with USB-C charging (PD)
  • Max beam distance: 800 meters of throw (Mine measured about 600)
  • Weight: 690 grams 
  • Lighting modes: 6 main modes +1 Turbo mode
  • Moonlight mode: no moon mode available. The lowest mode is 200 lumens

The Acebeam X50 is one of the latest and most powerful flashlights by Acebeam. It's likely a successor of the X80-GT, which is about the same size but with 'only' 32,500 lumens. Although not as powerful as the X70, but at half the size and 3/4 of its power, pretty amazing. 

Besides the XHP70.2 LEDs, it's also available with high CRI LEDs especially made for photographers and videographers. They will render colors accurately, which helps textures, and color details stand out. If you point the beam onto a white wall, it doesn't have the prettiest beam pattern, but you won't notice this at a larger distance, especially not outdoors.

We reviewed the Acebeam X50, and it's the real deal. Very, very powerful for its size.

If you order it at Acebeam.com use our 1Lumen discount code for 11% off: 1lumen323 

Manker MK38:

41,500 lumens

Manker's brightest flashlight built to date.

Manker MK38 in hand


  • Max output: 41,500 lumens 
  • LED: 8x XHP70.2 (with the highest output, but also available with NW and Luminus SFT40 which I personally have)
  • Battery: 3*21700
  • Charging: 2 options: Rechargeable flashlight with built in charging, and battery pack, and no charging built-in, at a much lower price. 
  • Max beam intensity: 160,000 cd (for the XHP, but 360,000 cd for the Luminus SFT40 version, the one I reviewed)

Manker lets you choose between white, grey, and black anodized aluminum. And besides the color of the flashlight itself, they also provide several LED options and an optional built-in battery. So in that regard, Manker gives a lot of bang for the buck.

Unlike the Acebeam X80-GT2, the MK38 has 2 fans built into the handle, that can be removed with a special screw. It helps to reduce the temperature of the head of the flashlight because it heats up very very quickly.

Check out our review of the Manker MK38, which is the 20000 lumen option (with Luminus SFT40 LEDs).

TOP 5 Brightest we reviewed!!!

100,000 Lumens Imalent MS18 Imalentstore Nealsgadgets
80,000 Lumens Acebeam X75 Acebeam Amazon
65,000 Lumens Imalent MS12 mini Nealsgadgets Imalentstore
60,000 Lumens Acebeam X70 Acebeam Acebeam
50,000 Lumens Imalent MR90 Imalentstore Flashlightbrand


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Imalent MR90: 50,000 lumens

Imalent MR90 in hand


Tame the darkness with the MR90! If you want a combination of a wide and narrow beam, this is it.

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  • Maximum output: 50,000 lumens (I even measured 52,000 at turn on)
  • LED: 8*XHP 70.2 LEDs + 1 Luminus SBT90.2
  • Battery: 4x21700 non-replaceable battery pack
  • Charging: Built-in charger
  • Internal active cooling fans, which really help sustain the output.

Don't be surprised to see so many Imalent flashlights in the top performers. Their main focus is building the brightest and coolest flashlights on planet earth.

The MR90 combines 2 flashlights in 1, with 2 different kinds of LEDs. There are 8 high-power LEDs in shallow reflectors to give you an extremely wide beam (see our review), and 1 separate LED inside a deep and bigger reflector to throw a beam 1150+ yards.

In our review, we confirm that the MR90 doesn't throw as far as they claim, but 1150 yards is still a distance many flashlight users would be jealous of.

That by itself is pretty cool, but the coolest is likely the extremely high sustained output! Imalent built 2 fans inside the body, to keep the light as cool as possible, and maintains an output of over 8,000 lumens for over 40 minutes. That's what I call amazing!

Hungry for all the details? Check out our Imalent MR90 review.

Get an extra 10% off at Imalenstore by using our unique discount coupon code: 1Lumen


Acebeam X70: 60,000 lumens

Acebeam X70


The Acebeam X70 posses 12 XHP70.2 LEDs for pure flood and 1 XHP35-HI for throw. 60,000 total combined lumen output! Super bright flashlight.


  • Maximum output: 60000 lumens!
  • LED: CREE XHP70.2*12 + 1* CREE XHP35 HI
  • Maximum reach: 1130 meters throw with 1 emitter
  • Charging: 8x18650 non-replaceable battery pack
  • External active cooling

Not many flashlights have external fans to cool them down, and this is the first one actually. Power output is comically high, so heat management is crucial. Besides having a huge flood beam, or flood, it can also illuminate objects as far as 1000 meters (0,6 miles throw) with the small XHP35-HI LED and deep reflector. This beast is already available and is the brightest flashlight manufactured in 2018/2019 and blinds its competition...pun intended. 

This is not a light for one-handed use, and output on max will surely have a step-down, although actively cooling it will help a lot. Check out our Acebeam X70 review for more details! Also, keep in mind that the highest output in turbo mode will only last for a short time. 

These lights are monsters, and I would only recommend them to the most knowledgeable and careful people, along with those with deep pockets. Outputting 40k+ lumens of lights is extremely dangerous, which, unlike other lights, can not only burn materials but can actually cause fires if mishandled properly. More power to you if you have the responsibility and money to get it. 

Get 11% off at Acebeam.com by using our special acquired 1Lumen coupon: 1lumen323

Imalent MS12 Mini: 65,000 lumens


Imalent MS12 mini in hand

The MS12 Mini is the successor of the much larger MS12, but at about 1/2 of its size. I kid you not, this one is even brighter at 65,000 lumens, and may even fit in your cargo or jack pocket.


  • Maximum output: 65000 lumens (we confirmed this in our review)
  • LED: 12*XHP 70.2 LEDs 
  • Battery: 4x21700 non-replaceable battery pack
  • Charging: Built-in charger
  • Internal active cooling fans

The Imalent MS12 Mini has been getting quite a coverage on social media. It is extremely bright and can lid a whole acre of land. The MS12 Mini is such a best that it uses a built-in cooling fan to lower the heat while in Turbo. Turbo lasts about 3 minutes when it reduces output to 15,000 lumens. Still an amazing amount of power! 

Check out our in-depth review of the Imalent MS12 Mini.

Get an extra 10% off at Imalenstore by using our unique discount coupon code: 1Lumen


Acebeam X75: 80,000 lumens

Acebeam X75 inhand


The Acebeam X75 posses 18 XHP70.2 LEDs for pure flood with 80,000 lumen output! Super bright flashlight, and currently #2. 


  • Maximum output: 80,000 lumens (we measured over 83,000 at turn on)
  • LED: CREE XHP70.2*12 (and XHP70.3 is also available)
  • Charging: fast charging with 65 Watt USB-C PD
  • Handle with 1 cooling fan (and spare fan included in the package)
  • Powerbank feature included

There are only a handful of flashlights that can produce over 50,000 lumens, especially with only 4 batteries (inside the battery pack). The X75 is currently the highest-output flashlight, running on just 4 batteries and with a built-in fan. The fan is user-replaceable, and Acebeam includes a spare fan in their package, just in case.

Even though we tested the Neutral White version (which is typically less powerful than the Cool White version) we reached over 80,000 lumens after several seconds. If you care about a high sustained output, look no further. This is one of the best high-sustained performers on the market. It stays over 20,000 lumens for 20 minutes. No other flashlight can do that, not even the MS18, the current number 1.

If you want to read the full test, head over to our Acebeam X75 review.

Get 11% off at Acebeam.com by using our special acquired 1Lumen coupon: 1lumen323

The reasons why we would recommend this:

  1. Highest sustained output of all flashlights. Even better than the Imalent MS18
  2. The cooling fan is thermal controlled, so it reduces speed when the light cools down (the Imalent MS18 doesn't do that)
  3. Comes with a carry handle, with built-in switches. You don't need to change hand position or use both hands.
  4. Very portable, and quite lightweight.

World's brightest flashlight

Imalent MS18 = the Brightest flashlight in the world

100,000 lumens


Imalent MS18

The Imalent MS18 is the #1 brightest flashlight in the world, with a blinding 100000-lumen output.

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  • Max output:  100,000 lumens
  • LED: 18* XHP70.2 High Power CREE LEDs
  • Max beam distance: 1217 meters (we measured)
  • Battery: 8x21700 battery pack
  • Built-in cooling fans (probably not water resistant because of this)
  • Built-in charging system

This is literally the #1 brightest flashlight in the world with a blinding 100000 lumens. Brighter than other handheld flashlights available anywhere on the planet. With this incredibly high output, you can light up an entire baseball field. We reviewed the Imalent MS18 extensively. Check out our Imalent MS18 review to learn more about this beast, and make sure to double-check our runtime graphs comparison with other bright LED flashlights. And because of how this flashlight is built, with the cooling fans built in, don't expect this to be a waterproof flashlight.

Even though many eBay sellers claim their flashlights are reaching 100,000 lumens, they are lying. The Imalent MS18 is the first flashlight officially claiming 100K lumens from a major flashlight manufacturer. If you want to have the most powerful handheld flashlight globally, there is only 1, this one.

If you don't believe me, check out the review and the comparison shots. Nobody else on the internet reviewed as many powerful flashlights as we do. Don't forget to use our coupon code to get an extra 10% off at Imalenstore. Our discount coupon for you: 1lumen

The reasons why we recommend the Imalent MS18:

  1. Brightest production LED flashlight on the planet
  2. Built-in cooling system to maximize sustained output
  3. Lots of power, even in the lower modes.
  4. Comes with a carry cord for longer use

FAQ: frequently asked questions about the brightest LED flashlights

Imalent MS03 is currently the smallest best flashlight with 13,000 lumens. You need to use high-drain batteries for it to reach that high output. If you use mediocre batteries, you won't be able to reach the maximum brightness!

It's the Nitecore EA81, which uses 8 AA batteries and produces 2150 lumens. Unfortunately, it's an older model, but still, the most powerful flashlight running on AA batteries.

Please note to use rechargeable NiMH batteries like Panasonic Eneloop and never alkaline batteries. Alkaline batteries are too weak for these types of high power LED flashlights.

The brightest LED flashlight in the world is the Imalent MS18. It's a 100,000-lumen flashlight with cooling fans built-in to keep the temperature down. We also reviewed other high lumen flashlights, including the world's brightest #2: Acebeam X75, a 80,000-lumen flashlight. Check out all of our reviews.

We made a list with the 'brightest tactical flashlights' for the most updated list. Nitecore makes some of the best flashlights, including the brightest tactical lights: Nitecore TM9K, TM10K, TM20K.  

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