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The brightest flashlights in the world, as of 2024?

The top 5 most powerful flashlights in the world:

Imalent MS32Imalent SR32Imalent MS18Acebeam X75Imalent MS12 Mini
Imageimalent ms32 in use 1imalent sr32 inhand
Our reviewFull reviewFull reviewFull reviewFull reviewFull review
Claimed Output200,000 lm120,000 lm100,000 lm80,000 lm65,000 lm
Highest we measured179,678101,532 lm101,626 lm83,607 lm68,773 lm
We measured at 30 sec
166,13391,014 lm69,879 lm73,716 lm46,750 lm
We measured at 10 minutes37,39617,960 lm13,365 lm21,061 lm10,454 lm
Claimed distance (meters)1618 m2080 m1350 m1150 m1036 m
We measured1245 m1765 m997 m889 m681 m
Best in category#1 Brightest + highest sustained output#2 BrightestDinosaurHighest sustained output with 4*21700Smallest lumenmonster
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This table shows the 5 best performers, with our own measurements
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Imalent MS32
(200,000 lumens)
imalent ms32 in use 1

Imalent SR32
(120,000 lumens)
imalent sr32 inhand

Imalent MS18
(100,000 lumens)

Acebeam X75
(80,000 lumens)⇒

Imalent MS12 Mini
(65,000 lumens)

5 brightest flashlights in the world

Brightest AAA flashlight

Olight i3T

Olight i3T EOS inhand
Olight i3T EOS comparison
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 190 lumens
LED type:1*Philips LUXEON TX CW LED
Battery type:AAA
Charging:No built-in charging
Best for:Every Day Carry / Keychain
Extra:Simple UI with only 2 modes

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, look at the Olight i3T. Most of the flashlights in this category have similar outputs, but this light is specced at 180 lumens. However, we’ve measured over 190 lumens. That’s much higher than other flashlights in this category, which usually don’t surpass 120 lumens.

That still makes it one of the brightest AAA flashlights available. BTW we don’t recommend using the included Alkaline battery, but rather get some rechargeable NiMH batteries, like the Panasonic Eneloop AAA. This will save you money in the long run and work much better than Alkaline batteries

Why we recommend this:

  • The output we measured at 190 lumens is higher than its counterparts
  • It can be bought in several colors (Black, blue, etc)
  • It can be operated with 1 hand
  • Can be used with all kinds of AAA batteries in an emergency (rechargeable, Alkaline, lithium 1.8V))
  • 2 simple light modes: High, and Low

Brightest AA 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

Astrolux A03 in hand
Astrolux A03 runtime graph
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 435 lumens at turn-on with an AA battery
LED type:SFS80
Battery type:AA
Charging:No built-in charging
Best for:Every Day Carry
Extra:The Mateminco CSF05 is the same as the Astrolux A03

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.

The 14500 cell on High starts at over 700 lm and 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 and drops 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)

A summary of why we recommend this flashlight:

  1. Max output: 435 lumens on 1 Eneloop AA (and 725 lumens with 14500 battery)
  2. It is using a Unique LED (SFS80)
  3. Very nice beam profile
  4. Quick access to High (4 clicks), Moon (1 click),  and strobe (double click)

Interested? Buy it at one of the following stores

Strongest 2AA flashlight

Olight i5T Plus

Dual AA cell flashlight with over 500 lumens

Olight i5T Plus in hand like a pen
Olight i5T Plus Pebble runtime 4 hours
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 525 lumens on 2 AA batteries
LED type:1*Osram P9
Battery type:Available in Natural White, Warm white and Cold white beam
Charging:No built-in charging
Best for:Every Day Carry
Extra:Available in Neutral White, Warm white, and Cold white beam

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 unfamiliar 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.

A summary of why we recommend this flashlight:

  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!

Interested? Buy it at one of the following stores

Single-cell lithium powered LED flashlights

Imalent MS03

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

Imalent MS03 in hand
Imalent MS03 chart
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 12,000 lumens (advertised at 13,000)
LED type:3*XHP70.2
Battery type:1*21700
Charging:No built-in charging
Best for:Every Day Carry / Utility

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

A summary of why we recommend this flashlight:

  1. Smallest brightest flashlight
  2. Works on 21700 (is included, with USB charging) as well as a single 18650 battery
  3. Throws farther than 280 meters

Interested? Buy it at one of the following stores. Use discount code 1lumen at Imalentstore for 10% off

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
Nightwatch NS73v1 runtime
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 12,100 lumens with v1 (specced at 17,000)
LED type:3*SFN55.3
Battery type:1*21700
Charging:No built-in charging
Best for:Every Day Carry / Utility

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.

A summary of why we recommend this flashlight:

  1. It’s using some Unique LEDs: 3x SFN55.3
  2. Maximum output of 17500 lumens (we measured 12,100 at turn on with NS73v1).
  3. Super bright, and the brightest led flashlight on a single cell
  4. Max power only possible with the best high drain cell like the Samsung INR21700 30T

Interested? Buy it at one of the following stores.

Powerful multi lithium cell flashlights on a budget around $100

Sofirn SP36 Pro (Anduril 2)

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

flashlight in hand
Sofirn SP36 PRO v2 runtime
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 5,300 lumens (specced at 8,000)
LED type:4* Luminus SST40
Battery type:4*18650
Charging:USB-C charging
Best for:Every Day Carry / Utility

This is an extremely bright light that offers the most bang for the buck. It is the brightest budget flashlight with a multi-battery configuration made today, 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 worldwide.

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 must be used for 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 can also access standard modes if you don’t like ramping and strobes. But remember that this firmware is pretty sophisticated and may not fit everyone’s needs. Definitely check out our review we linked above.

Interested? Buy it at one of the following stores.

World’s Brightest Flashlights
Most powerful flashlights above 10,000 lumens!

Here’s a list of the flashlights we reviewed that fall into the larger flashlights, or soupcan lights.

Some of them are a bit smaller or larger, but I didn’t include the largest lights in there.

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
X80 GT runtime
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 27,000 lumens (specced at 32,500)
LED type:18* CREE XHP50.2
Battery type:4*18650 (included)
Charging:No onboard charging

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/

Interested? Buy it at one of the following stores.

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
Imalent MS08 runtime graph
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 25,000 lumens (specced at 34,000)
LED type:8* CREE XHP70.2
Battery type:3*21700 (included)
Charging:Proprietary charging with magnetic cable

Imalent has many flashlights on this list, and for good reason. They try to build the brightest handheld flashlights for consumers. With the MS08, they thought they would 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.

Interested? Buy it at one of the following stores. Use our exclusive discount code to get 10% off: 1lumen

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
Acebeam X80-GT2 runtime graph first 10 minutes
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 31,000 lumens (specced at 34,000)
LED type:18* CREE XHP50.3
Battery type:4*18650(included)
Charging:No onboard charging

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.

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
Acebeam X50 runtime 5 minutes
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 35,000 lumens (specced at 40,000)
LED type:8* CREE XHP70.2
Battery type:4*21700 battery pack
Charging:USB-C charging (PD)

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
Manker MK38 runtime first hour
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 13,429 lumens (specced at 20,000 for SFT version)
LED type:8* CREE XHP70.2 or Luminus SFT40
Battery type:3*21700 battery pack and available without battery pack
Charging:USB-C charging (PD)

Manker lets you choose between white, grey, and black anodized aluminum. In addition to the flashlight’s color, 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, the 20,000-lumen option (with Luminus SFT40 LEDs).

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Imalent MR90

50,000 lumens

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

Imalent MR90 in hand
Imalent MR90 runtime flood throw
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 51,000 lumens (specced at 50,000 lumens)
LED type:8* CREE XHP70.2 + 1 Luminus SBT90.2
Battery type:4*21700 battery pack
Charging:Proprietary magnetic charging
Extra:Great thrower and flooded in 1

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

Imalent SR16: 55,000 lumens

Tame the darkness with the SR16! A great thrower and lumenmonster in 1.

Imalent SR16 holding in hand
Imalent SR16 runtime test
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 53,000 lumens (specced at 55,000 lumens)
LED type:16* CREE XHP50.3 Hi
Battery type:4*21700 battery pack
Charging:Proprietary 19V charging
Extra:Carry handle has a built-in switch, internal cooling system

Imalent has a prominent place on this list because its goal is to build the brightest and strongest flashlights on the planet.

The SR16 is a little different from the others because it uses 16 LEDs and uses a carry handle with the switch built in. Finally! We measured the SR16 at just over 53,000 lumens during our test, which is a little lower than the specified 55,000 lumens. But these are not ANSI FL1 standards because that would mean they should use the lumen output after 30 seconds. And we measured it at 43,000 lumens. Which is still incredible but not the rated 55,000 lumens.

Note that most of the flashlights on this list don’t follow the ANSI FL1 standards for their highest output, and just mention the maximum available output instead.

Hungry for all the details? Check out our Imalent SR16 review.

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

Haikelite HK08: 60,000 lumens

A great thrower and lumenmonster in 1.

haikelite hk08 in use 2
runtime haikelite hk08 5min
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:We measured 64,000 lumens at turn on, 59 after 30sec (specced at 60,000 lumens)
LED type:8* SFH43 LEDs
Battery type:4*21700 battery pack
Charging:PD USB-C, at 85 watts charging
Extra:Carry handle has a built-in switch

It’s a bit of a surprise to see Haikelite mentioned on this page.

Until recently, most of Haikelite’s offerings were pretty powerful, but they never made it to this list. They included the HK90 and HT90, which are very interesting flashlights.

The Haikelite HK08 is specced at 60,000 lumens and 1340 meters of throw, and we measured 59,727 lumens after 30 seconds, and a total throw of 1092 meters. Even though the beam distance was a bit shorter, these numbers are still nothing but astonishing.

What also sets the Haikelite apart is the LEDs used. Instead of the popular CREE XHP series, they used 8* SFH43 LEDs, each with 16 dies. These are not mainstream LEDs, and most people never heard of them. It’s also nice to see they only use 4* 21700 batteries, and we recommend ordering these batteries together with the light. The HK08 has a handle with a built-in e-switch, and supports USB-C charging and power bank discharging. It has 4 main modes and 3 blinky modes.

The flashlight has a carrying strap, two charging cables (why?), a spare o-ring, and a manual. The Haikelite HK08 is probably the best value for your money regarding high-power flashlights overall. It’s a true lumen-monster, but with some drawbacks, such as the required use of button-top cells and its UI. The HK08 is suitable for enthusiasts who want to experience a lot of lumens and throw but not break the bank.

Interesting in more details? Check out our Haikelite HK08 review.

Why we would recommend the Haikelite HK08:

  1. Can be had below $200 (without batteries)
  2. Has a carry handle with a built-in switch
  3. Uses 4*21700 batteries. Some people do not like using battery packs (but they need to be button tops) so this is probably still their best bet. All other powerful flashlight use batterypacks for good reason.

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Top 5 brightest flashlights in the world

Here’s the top 5 Strongest flashlights, above 50,000 lumens !

Here’s a quick overview to compare them. You can see that the advertised output doesn’t necessarily mean that the output stays the highest. The Acebeam X75’s output is higher at the 30-second measurement than any other light.

Measured at turn on = highest output measured

ANSI FL1 = measurement taken, 30 seconds after turn on.

Imalent MS32Imalent SR32Imalent MS18Acebeam X75Imalent MS12 Mini
Imageimalent ms32 in use 1imalent sr32 inhand
Our reviewFull reviewFull reviewFull reviewFull reviewFull review
Claimed Output200,000 lm120,000 lm100,000 lm80,000 lm65,000 lm
Highest we measured179,678101,532 lm101,626 lm83,607 lm68,773 lm
We measured at 30 sec
166,13391,014 lm69,879 lm73,716 lm46,750 lm
We measured at 10 minutes37,39617,960 lm13,365 lm21,061 lm10,454 lm
Claimed distance (meters)1618 m2080 m1350 m1150 m1036 m
We measured1245 m1765 m997 m889 m681 m
Best in category#1 Brightest + highest sustained output#2 BrightestDinosaurHighest sustained output with 4*21700Smallest lumenmonster
Buy at:
Buy at
This table shows the 5 best performers, with our own measurements
FlaslightBuy at…
Imalent MS32
(200,000 lumens)
imalent ms32 in use 1

Imalent SR32
(120,000 lumens)
imalent sr32 inhand

Imalent MS18
(100,000 lumens)

Acebeam X75
(80,000 lumens)⇒

Imalent MS12 Mini
(65,000 lumens)

5 brightest flashlights in the world

#5

Imalent MS12 Mini C: 65,000 lumens

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.

imalent ms12 mini c in use 2
imalent ms12 mini c runtime 10minutes
SpecificationsHighlights:
Max. brightness:65,000 lumens (we measured 71,967 lumens at turn-on)
LED type:12* CREE XHP70.2
Battery type:4*21700 battery pack
Charging:PD USB-C charging
Extra:Internal active cooling fans

The Imalent MS12 Mini has been replaced by the MS12 Mini C, which includes an upgraded charging system, and carry handle. It uses built-in cooling fans to lower the heat while in Turbo. Turbo lasts about 1 minute before it reduces output to 10,000 lumens, which is still an amazing amount of power! 

We have tested several Imalent flashlights and found that their claimed beam intensity numbers are exaggerated. For instance, they claim over 268,000 candelas, but our measurement shows only 138,000 cd, which is about half of their claim. However, despite this, the flashlight still provides an incredibly bright light.

Turbo, however, heats up like crazy, so you really need to use the carry handle in Turbo mode. In all other modes, the temperatures are kept in check.

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

Why we would recommend the Imalent MS12 Mini:

  1. Quick USB-C charging: charges at about 60 watts and finishes in 1 hour and 11 minutes (we tested this 5 times)
  2. Battery pack is the same for the Imalent SR16, so you could get double long runtimes with the extra battery pack.
  3. Turbo, High and Med2 have a high sustained output of 10,000 lumens

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#4

Acebeam X75: 80,000 lumens

The Acebeam X75 has 18 XHP70.2 LEDs for pure flood with an 80 000-lumen output—a super bright flashlight with the highest sustainable output!

Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:80,000 lumens (we measured 68,773 lumens at turn on)
LED type:12* CREE XHP70.2
Battery type:4*21700 battery pack
Charging:65 Watt USB-C PD (and 100 Watt is optional)
Extra:Active cooling fan built in the handle, and comes with a spare one

Only a handful of flashlights 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.

Although we tested the Neutral White variant – which is usually less powerful than the Cool White variant – we were able to achieve an output of over 80,000 lumens after a few seconds. If you are looking for a flashlight that can provide a consistently high output, then this is the one you should go for. It is one of the best high-sustained performers available today, with an output of over 20,000 lumens for 20 minutes. No other flashlight can match this, except for the Imalent MS32.

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

The reasons why we would recommend this:

  1. The highest sustained output of all flashlights. Even better than the Imalent MS18
  2. The cooling fan is thermally 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.

Get a whopping 15% off your next order at Acebeam.com with the following discount coupon: AE15. Simply add the coupon code at your checkout.

#3

Imalent MS18

The Imalent MS18 is the #2 strongest flashlight in the world, with a blinding 100000 lumen output.

Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:100,000 lumens (we measured 101,626 lumens at turn-on)
LED type:18* CREE XHP70.2
Battery type:8*21700 battery pack
Charging:19V proprietary charging
Extra:4 active cooling fans with liquid cooling

This is the 3rd world’s brightest flashlight, 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 was 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.

The reasons why we would recommend the Imalent MS18:

  1. Brightest production LED flashlight on the planet. Impress your friends… and neighbors
  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 long-term use

#2

Imalent SR32 = the 2nd Brightest flashlight in the world

Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:120,000 lumens (we measured just over 100,000)
LED type:32* CREE XHP50.3
Battery type:8*21700 battery pack
Charging:USB-C charging (100 watt fast charge)
Extra:3 active cooling fans with liquid cooling

Just like all the other flashlights on the list, we don’t go by specifications. And during our test, we measured just over 100,000 lumens, which is on par with the Imalent MS18.

In fact, the maximum output was just a few hundred lumens higher than the MS18, and the rest of its performance is much better. The SR32 can sustain a higher output for much longer, and the overall beam distance is much, much better than the MS18.

I actually have 2 copies now of this light. The second copy is performing much better. Please know that these are extremely high-output flashlights.

Some people have actually burned some LEDs on the SR32.

This is why I would recommend the SR32 over the MS18

  1. It comes with a carry handle
  2. The handle has a built-in switch so that you can carry and use it with one hand
  3. It charges with USB-C, which is much nicer to have than the proprietary 19V charging of the MS18
  4. The battery pack also serves as a power bank
  5. Charging is done within 1.5 hours because of the 100W charging
  6. The beam is much more intense and throws farther

#1

Imalent MS32 = 2024 crazy

imalent ms32 in use 1
imalent ms32 runtime comparison sustained 90min
Specification:Highlights:
Max. brightness:200,000 lumens
LED type:32* CREE XHP70.2
Battery type:12*21700 battery pack
Charging:USB-C charging (100 watt fast charge)
Extra:3 active cooling fans with liquid cooling

We tested the Imalent MS32, and I almost can’t believe the performance results. During our testing we saw that the highest 3 modes can keep up with all the other brightest flashlights on this list..

So far, Imalent has been lonely at the top of this list for quite some time, and now it becomes even harder for any other brand to top it. The new MS32 is twice as bright as the MS18 on paper, and I measured almost 180,000 lumens at turn-on. This is even more because my testing setup (homemade integrating sphere) isn’t large enough for this output.

The charging process was also quite speedy because Imalent provides a 100W USB-C charger that can recharge the battery pack in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. To ensure accuracy, I timed the charging process six or seven times, and each time it took between 1 hour 43 minutes to 1 hour 53 minutes.

Besides having the highest output of all flashlights, it can also sustain the highest output of all. It can do about 36000+ lumens for 30+ minutes in Turbo mode and roughly 18,000 lumens in High 1 mode (without the use of the fans) for almost 1 hour and 30 minutes. That’s insane because it’s about the same sustained output as the Imalent SR32 in Turbo, but twice as long and without the noise of the cooling fans. And compared to the Acebeam X75 turbo mode, it’s slightly lower (but likely impossible to notice in person) but runs 4 times longer.

If you are looking for the brightest flashlight, this is it! It dwarfs its competition.

It’s a true lumen monster!

This is why I would recommend the MS32

  1. Brightest flashlight on planet earth in 2024
  2. Highest sustained output flashlight on planet Earth
  3. High 1 mode has a longer sustained output than all other flashlights on this list and without the use of its internal fans. This means a quiet flashlight but extremely bright.
  4. Fast 100Watt charging, and finishes charging in 1 hour 45 minutes
  5. We measured almost 40,000 lumens for over 30 minutes, with 700 meters beam distance in Turbo mode.
  6. It has built-in cooling fans to sustain its high output

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FAQ: frequently asked questions about the highest lumen LED flashlights:

There are just so many untrustworthy websites and product listings that you better stay away from them. We test flashlights to know whether their advertised outputs are legit. So take notice!

Some questions about the most powerful flashlights

Take note that you read reviews before deciding on your next purchase.

  • What is the brightest pocket flashlight?

    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!

  • What is the brightest AA flashlight?

    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.

  • What’s the brightest flashlight in the world?

    The brightest LED flashlight in the world is the Imalent MS32. It’s a 200,000 lumen flashlight with cooling fans built-in to keep the temperature down. We also reviewed other high-lumen flashlights, including the  Acebeam X75, a 80,000-lumen flashlight, much lighter than its competitors. Check out all of our reviews.

  • What is the brightest tactical flashlight?

    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.  

Author Marco

Marco is the founder and lead reviewer of 1Lumen.com

He loves testing flashlights and has published 300 flashlight reviews for 1Lumen. He enjoys improving the testing process for himself and the team to provide the best data possible.

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