CREE flashlights: Which CREE flashlights are the best?
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Unlike most of the "Top 10 CREE flashlights" lists you find on the internet, we have actually owned and reviewed hundreds of flashlights on our team. We added links to the individual reviews to all the recommended CREE lights.
Cree flashlights don't exist!
Sorry.. I couldn't fake it any longer
According to Wikipedia:
Cree Inc. is an American manufacturer and marketer of lighting-class LEDs, lighting products and products for power and radio frequency (RF) applications. Most of its products are based on silicon carbide (SiC), a mineral compound which early Cree researchers successfully synthesized in a laboratory.
Cree doesn't produce flashlights, but LEDs. What people actually should say is: Flashlights using CREE LEDs.
In the meantime, CREE LEDs have been widely used in the most powerful flashlights around the world. Actually, all brightest flashlights in the world are all using CREE's LEDs. They produce very high quality LED Emitters. They have a very large amount of emitters, and some don't fit into flashlights.
Some of the most popular CREE lineups are XPG, XPL, XML, and XHP.
Since there are so many great flashlights that use CREE LEDs, we separated them into several categories. First, check out all of our reviews, and secondly check out the best performing flashlights in each category.
- Brightest flashlights
- Tactical flashlights
- Farthest throwing flashights (farthest reaching)
- Best EDC flashlights (every day carry)
Besides these great lists, here are 2 interesting flashlights that use CREE LEDs.
Popular EDC flashlight using CREE
The Acebeam E70 is a high output compact 21700 sized pocket flashlight. However, the design is unique, with a tube-within-a-tube that looks awesome. It’s also available in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and titanium for an exclusive EDC experience.
- Max output: advertised as 4600 lumens (we measured 3576 after 30 seconds with the stainless steel version)
- Powerful Cree XHP70.2 LED
- Available with different materials: aluminum, copper, titanium, and stainless steel
- Battery include: 5000 mAh 21700 USB-C rechargeable battery
- Battery also works as a power bank with the included cable adapter
The Acebeam E70 may be a bit on the large side for EDC suitability, but it's definitely one of the best-looking EDC lights on the market.
It comes with everything to get you started, including a 5,000mAh battery with USB-C port. You also get a USB-C cable, that is used to charge the battery directly. The same cable has a neat feature, it can be used to discharge the battery, so you can use the battery as a powerbank. That's really cool!
The E70 uses the most powerful CREE LED, namely the CREE XHP70.2. And even though it doesn't live up to its claims of 4600 lumens, 3500 lumens after 30 seconds is still really good. After the output drops, it's pretty stable at 1000 lumens for 2.5 hours. That's also really good.
For more information on the E70, check out the full review here: https://1lumen.com/review/acebeam-e70-ss/
Most powerful rechargeable flashlights using CREE LEDs
Acebeam X75: 80,000 lumens
The Acebeam X75 has 12* CREE XHP70.2 LEDs for pure flood, and 80,000-lumen output!
- Maximum output: 80,000 lumens (we measured over 80,000 lumens at turn on)
- 12* CREE XHP70.2 high power LEDs
- Carry handle with built in cooling fan and 3 switches (spare fan included)
- Battery pack consists of 4*21700 batteries
Not too many flashlights use cooling fans. But the X75 needs one to cool down the copper heatsink to keep the temperature in check. The output is extremely high, so heat management is crucial. During our test, we noticed that the sustained output of the X75 is the highest in the world. Higher than even the Imalent MS18, which has the highest output, but only for a couple of minutes. After the first minutes the X75 takes the lead, with a less noisy fan, and a very well-regulated output.
Check out our review as well: https://1lumen.com/review/acebeam-x75/
Just for fun, here is the combined runtime graph, zoomed in.
Brightest rechargeable LED flashlight with CREE LEDs on planet earth.
- 100,000 lumens rechargeable flashlight!
- 18* CREE XHP70.2 High Power LEDs
- Built-in cooling
- 8x*21700 battery pack
- Built-in charging system (Not USB)
The #1 brightest rechargeable flashlight in the world, with 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...