Brightest headlamp of 2019?

Best Headlamp on AAA batteries

manker-e02

Manker E02 

The Manker E02 is a rare flashlight, or better said: right-angle flashlight. It can do over 200 lumens on 1 AAA flashlight. Plenty bright, and the brightest AAA right-angle light currently on the market. This is an excellent choice for using as a headlamp! Also for kids!

  • Available in XPG3 (200+ lumens) and Nichia 219C (180 lumens)
  • Brightness step-down from Turbo to High after 3 minutes.
  • High is about 60 lumens
  • Built in magnet in the tail
  • Pocket clip included
  • One-handed operation
  • Works with (eneloop) AAA batteries 
  • 4-modes, Moon- Low-High-Turbo
  • 3 hidden strobe modes

Available for around $20 this is on the edge for some people to be called a budget light. But there is literally no right-angle flashlight that can beat this one for around $20! Its 72mm long with a head diameter of 20mm, which is really tiny. You can choose between the XPG3 (with a cooler white beam) or the Nichia 219C ( with a more neutral beam). It can be used as a headlamp as well. It can be bought with and without a headband.  Add $5 for the headstrap. 

Brightest AA headlamp

right angle light made by Zebralight

Zebralight H53w 

Zebralight has been the #1 manufacturer for powerful AA flashlights and headlamps. And the H53w is no exception. 

  • Max 320 lumens on 1 eneloop AA battery
  • (Neutral white version H53Fw has 320 lumens)
  • XP-L2 EasyWhyte LED with 80CRI (which is above average)
  • User selectable levels.
  • 3 main modes, and each can be set to its sub-level output
  • 75mm long
  • Operation voltage 0.7-2V, so no 14500 batteries!

Zebralight has been the leader when it comes to high powered AA flashlights and headlamps since about 2014. They have had records in most powerful AA flashlights and also in headlamps. The H53w is very very bright with only 1 AA eneloop battery. I do not recommend using Alkaline batteries in any flashlight. Because Alkaline are weak batteries, they can never reach the highest output in a flashlight. Never. Always use rechargeable batteries like Eneloop or Fujitsu.

Brightest headlamps on lithium batteries

Best 18650 headlamp

The brightest headlamps are always the ones that use lithium ion batteries.

thrunite th30 headlamp with strap

Thrunite TH30

Claiming 3350 lumens off a single battery, this is one /if not the brightest headlamp of 2019.

  • Brightest rechargeable 18650 headlamp
  • Micro USB port for charging
  • Right-angle headlamp can be used without headstrap
  • XHP70.2 high power LED

When searching for powerful headlamps, this is probably the brightest available. Specs show 3350lumens, but I imagine this is very optimistic. If you're getting 2000 lumens OTF (out the front) you should be really happy.  The Cree XHP70.2 is powered from a single 18650 Li-Ion  IMR battery 3100mAh, which is included in the package. It's waterproof with a rating of IPX8. It can also throw a reasonable bream up to 155 meters (roughly 500 feet/170 yards).

Most right angle lights can also be used without the headstrap. And in some cases they inlcude a strong magnet in the tailcap so you can attach it to metal.

Brightest headlamp in the world on a single 20700 battery

There are not many 20700 battery type headlamps as of yet, and honestly they can be just a tad bulky on your forehead.

bright headlamp

Acebeam H30

4000 lumens from 1 battery.. on your forehead. That is what the H30 can do, albeit for only 1.5 minutes. 

  • 4000 lumens
  • XHP70.2 high power LED
  • CREE XPE2-R2 630nm red light
  • CREE XPE2-G2 530nm green light
  • 4 brightness modes
  • USB C port for fast charging
  • Includes a 20700 type battery with 5100mAh

Not really for jogging or running because of its weight and size. If you want something smaller, you should look at something totally different and smaller. This bad boy is to beat the darkness. Turbo Max (4000 lumens) can only be ran for 1.5 minutes when it drops down to High (1100 lumens). Turbo (2200 lumens) will do 5.5 minutes before it drops down to High for another 2.5 hours. Charge current with the USB C up to 2A.

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