These are the farthest throwing flashlights currently in production and for sale. This list includes only lights that are produced by major flashlight manufacturers. It does not include lights that are modded or put together by individuals in small batches.
I have tried to put the lights with the longest-range in separate categories. These categories range from small pocketable lights all the way to the lights that need a shoulder strap for comfortable carry. I also try to look at the different budget options available.
Once other flashlights are brought to market that throw farther, they will be listed here. This list contains lights that are currently available, although they may have been brought to market prior to 2019. You may also check out our overview of the brightest flashlights on the market.
Farthest throwing AAA flashlight (10440 lithium included)
Although it is difficult to call this type light an actual thrower, the Ultratac K18 seems to have the most throw of any light this size. The K18 runs on a lithium Ion battery that comes installed in the light.
Best AAA thrower
- Includes 10440 lithium ion battery
- Can also be used with AAA batteries, but lumen output is less
- Includes a side switch for easy operation
- USB charge port for charging with lithium battery installed
- Reverse polarity protection (inserting the battery the wrong way will not damage the flashlight)
- Available in aluminum and stainless steel.
- Utilizes a CREE XP-G2 S4 LED
Although not considered a real "thrower", the K18 is still the best throwing flashlight of its size. The newest version includes a stainless steel side button to switch modes between low, medium, & high. (the older version has a rubber button). It even includes a low voltage warning which will adjust its brightness by default and warns with a triple blink every 5 seconds.
If you are afraid of having the light switched on in your pockets, you can also do an electronic lockout. It is available in multiple colors, and also includes a brass and stainless steel version.
Best single AA size thrower (including 14500)
Manker T01 II
This premium AA flashlight has the best throw in the single AA department. It sports the XP-L Hi LED.
Best AA thrower flashlight
- Biggest reflector in any AA flashlight currently available
- Claims 500 lumens, but in reality it does just over 400 lumens on 1 eneloop AA battery
- Max 900 lumens on 14500 lithium ion battery
- Side switch
- AA and 14500 (specs say not to use protected batteries)
- 4 standard modes + 3 hidden blinky modes: strobe, SOS, and beacon
- Available in Cool white and Neutral white.
The earlier version (V1) of this light was launched in the 4th quarter of 2015, so it has been on the market for quite some time. The differences between V1 & the newer V2 are few.The V2 has the addition of a lanyard hole in the tailcap and stainless steel bezel. V2 (the second version) came to being in late 2016 or early 2017, and has not yet been surpassed by any other flashlight maker.
Although the manufacturers claim of 500 lumens is not realistic, the reality of 400 lumens is not bad at all! At this price only the Zebralight has a brighter flashlight, but the throw is much less.
Best 2AA thrower
This rather cheap 2*AA flashlight has the best throw for a 2*AA flashlight. It also has the largest head.
Best 2*AA thrower
- Biggest reflector on any 2*AA flashlight
- Only 2 modes.
- Unfortunately no real low mode.
- Runs off 2xAA only, no 14500!
- Available in Cool white and Neutral white.
The Jaxman M2 was introduced back in 2017 with a rather unique large head and reflector. The Jaxman M2 is therefore a great light for families with kids that want a little more "throw" than the usual 2AA flashlight. If you really want to have some punch you should go towards the 4AA flashlights. They have much more lumens and much more throw. But you better decide what you want to use the light for before purchasing any kind of light.
Farthest throwing 4AA flashlight
Thrunite TN4 hi
The Thrunite TN4 HI uses 4 AA batteries. Great for people and families who don't want to use lithium batteries.
Best 4xAA thrower
- Uses a powerful XP-L HI LED for great throw
- Max throw of 50kcd and 450 meters
- Powered by 4 AA batteries (eneloops recommended) which makes it much safer to use, for older children & uninformed adults; than lithium powered flashlights.
- Press and hold switch to change modes. This feature might be a ‘negative’ for some people that prefer clicks to change modes. But, that said…. it is a feature that works nicely.
- No electronic lock-out. So if you don't want your batteries to drain, simply do a manual lockout by slightly twisting the battery tube to loosen it from the head. This breaks the circuit and stops parasitic drain.
If your looking for a great multiple AA powered thrower, the Thrunite TN4A HI (not the other versions of the TN4A) is the way to go. It has more throw than the Sunwayman D40A and F40A.
Families with (older) children might want to stay away from lithium ion powered flashlights or at least keep these lights away from children. Lithium Ion powered lights are not toys. Uninformed adults should avoid them also if they do not take time to learn a few basic safety rules regarding Lithium Ion batteries & powered lights.
‘Throwers’ & ‘high powered’ lights aren't supposed to be used by children anyway. They are NOT toys and can be very harmful to the human eye if used irresponsibly.
Smallest single cell thrower
A single cell flashlight with 120kcd of throw.
Smallest far throwing flashlight in production over 100kcd.
- As powerful as its little sibling the Emisar D4 and D1.
- Powering a XPL-Hi LED for max throw, mounted on copper for best heat transfer.
- Rated at 130000cd (equals 130kcd)
- Low battery protection
- Can use with shorter battery tube with a 18350 battery
- Includes the Emisar D4 UI
- Max power only possible with good high drain cell like the sony VTC6 or Samsung 30Q.
If you want a pocketable thrower, this is it. Although the Convoy C8 is much cheaper and not much bigger. This Emisar holds its own. Not widely available though. Only at 2 shops worldwide. Running of a 18650 Lihtium Ion battery you need to know how to charge them with a special charger. For chargers we recommend the Opus BT C3100 or SkyRC MC3000.
Best cheap single cell thrower below $20
Astrolux C8 with XP-L Hi
A single cell flashlight with almost 100kcd of throw.
Best budget single cell thrower
- The brightest C8 style flashlight available
- Powering a XPL-Hi LED for max throw, mounted on copper for best heat transfer.
- Price is usually around $20
- Rated at 100000cd (equals 100kcd) which equals a beam of 640 meters
- Has a built-in step down timer. Which can be a pro and a con.
- Max power you will only get with a good quality 18650 lithium ion battery like the Sony VTC6
The C8 style flashlights have been around since 2012 I believe. But quite frankly only the last 2 years they have become of good quality. The KD C8 was a famous light back in the day. This Astrolux brings the C8 family to the next leverl. Not only because of the quality of the light, it also is much more powerful than other C8 production lights. Even brighter than the much-loved Convoy C8 of which I own one.
Best single cell thrower
Farthest throwing single cell flashlight available.
Best single cell flashlight with best range
- Available with XPH25-HI led for the farthest reaching beam (latest version)
- Rated at 2200 lumens
- 160000cd (I measured as high as 180kcd)
- Ramping brightness, so no modes
- Momentary on (which means it can be use with morse coding)
- Battery check
- Runs off 21700/20700 and 18650 batteries with battery adapter
Announced in 2018 this was the first Throw production light made by Astrolux for 21700 batteries. The XHP35 HI is a flat LED. This results in amazing throw numbers. Astrolux claims a 160kcd reach, but our own Astrolux FT02 review shows even bigger numbers, as high as 188Kcd. That is one real thrower! We received a discount code that we can share with you: BGFT02.
XHP35 Hi led. King of the hill in the budget throwers realms. Max 3000 lumens and 1500 meters of throw.
Best Longest throw Budget flashlight
- Stainless steel bezel
- XHP35 Hi led at 12V
- On sale it can be had for below $99
- Low voltage protection
- Negative: high parasitic drain, so you need to use a lock out
The Astrolux MF02 was announced in the last quarter of 2017. It is still a rather "compact" thrower as the dimensions are only 190mm by 84mm wide max. Astrolux is known for having high quality but affordable flashlights. It has a tripod mount so you could use it on a tripod. It also supplies a carry strap with the light. There is not much more to say. Use code YMF02 to get the price down. Let me know if any of the codes doesn't work anymore.
They competed with the Lumintop BLF GT, and they succeeded. Order now, after checking out my review of course.And do not forget to use the discount coupon!
#1 Longest throw flashlight
- Farthest reaching beam: beam reaches up to 2km
- 4 x 18650 batteries (not included)
- Includes a shoulder strap and lanyard
- Protected batteries may not fit because of length..
- Button top batteries are required
- Flat top cells won’t fit (but watch the battery carrier hack in my review)
This light took on the Lumintop BLF GT, and did a great job in the process.
My Astrolux MF04 review is up, and this light is a monster! It throws like crazy.
Check out the MF04 review and also see some comparisons of it & the Lumintop BLF GT, which I also reviewed. With a simple UI, the MF04 is an extremely nice flashlight. It is available in CW (cold white) and NW (neutral white). Your choice depends on your personal tint preference.
. Use code: 720f70 for getting a nice discount at Banggood.
BLF GT Lumintop
The #2 longest throw LED flashlight currently available.
#2 Farthest throwing LED flashlight in the world
- Farthest throwing LED flashlight manufactured by a ‘major flashlight manufacturer’
- 2000 lumens
- 1.2 million candlepower, for a reach of up to 2100 meters
- Can be run on 4 or 8 x 18650 batteries
- Batteries are not included when purchasing the light only. However, certain vendors have package deals that can include batteries, lens cover, shoulder strap, protective carry bag, and a short battery tube.
If you are new to Lithium Ion powered flashlights you need to know how to properly charge & care for these batteries. Safety is extremely important. There is plenty of information on BLF (Budget Light Forum) and CPF (Candle Power Forum) about charging these kind of batteries & Lithium Ion battery safety in general.
Here is a link to another great resource for learning about batteries & battery safety. https://batteryuniversity.com/
The BLF GT is currently a close 2nd to the ‘King of the Thrower Hill’, the Astrolux MF04. There are other LED super throwers, but they are not manufactured in mass. They are mostly put together by individuals who modify factory lights.
Remember to see my review for promotion codes.
Lemax LX70 Superpower
Farthest throwing production flashlight currently available (but at a premium price.)
BONUS: Longest throw (non LED) searchlight in the world
- Farthest throw searchlight currently for sale in the world.
- Head diameter of 219mm (smaller than the BLF GT)
- Reach of 4km (according to specs... don't think this is accurate)
- Price is not for the average Joe
- Secondhand price is around $1100.oo
- Option for 70 Watt and 50 Watt version
- "only 7500 lumens".
This one is on the top when it comes to farthest throwing searchlights on the market. There are some ‘individuals’ who make a brighter searchlight, including the Mega Blaster, Maxa Blaster, Swan Blaster and the Moon Blaster... to name a few. But these are all produced by flashlight enthusiasts, and not by a large manufacturer.
So the Lemax LX70 is currently the farthest throwing flashlight, although it does not use LED technology. This searchlight needs special attention and is not meant to be used by children. THIS IS NOT A TOY!!
A flashlightthrower buyers guide
What do you need to look for in a flashlight to know that it can reach far?
First of all, read reviews in order to understand how far a flashlight can really reach. A little reading will save you much time and also make your choice much easier.
Manufacturers' claims are not always accurate. In fact, in many cases they are very inaccurate. If you want to test lights yourself, you can buy a LUX-meter and test them.
In order to decide which flashlight fits your needs best, you need to answer a few questions first.
- What is the application?
- Just for around the house/farm?
- As a backup flashlight?
- Really just for fun?
- Do you know how to charge lithium Ion batteries?
- If not, (and you are NOT willing to take time to learn how to do so safely) please stick to the AA powered flashlights or those with built-in lithium ion battery packs.
- Who will use the light?
- If you have a family that uses the light as well, consider the following:
- Lithium Ion powered flashlights are more powerful than AA flashlight of the same size, and at the same time more dangerous. Lithium Ion powered lights ARE NOT TOYS!! Lithium batteries need more attention than regular NiMH batteries like eneloop. Get the Thrunite T4N if you have older kids or the Jaxman M2 if you have younger kids.
- Do you have a dedicated Lithium ION battery charger?
- If not, (and you DO NOT want to get one & learn how to use it safely) take a look at a good AA thrower, like the Thrunite TN4A.
- You could also consider a flashlight that has a built-in LiIon battery pack that you can charge with a USB charger.
- If you do have a Lithium Ion charger and know how to safely use it, then every option is open to you. Now you will need to look at some other requirements.
- Where do you want to store the light?
- Size is what matters. If you have enough storage space, you may well want to look at some of the larger lights.
- If you don't have much storage space, for example in your toolbox; check out the Emisar D1S, Astrolux C8, or other lights in this size range.
How to measure "throw" yourself?
Before you start, you will need a Lux-Meter and a measuring tape; a calculator is helpful also.
I have 3 lux meters, a cheap HS1010A, a SkyTronic LX-101 and a professional Hagner E4-X. They all show different numbers, but for throw I use the SkyTronic. You could always get a cheap one and compare your numbers with numbers of other people on forums like CPF, BLF or on Reddit.
This is how I do my measurement:
Measure at 5 meters. (If you have a more powerful thrower like the BLF GT, you should measure at 10, 20, or even 50 meters.)
Warning: Never measure at 1 meter because this will always produce inaccurate numbers, and in most cases your lux meter won't be able to even measure it.
- I put the flashlight on something that is exactly 5 meters (16 feet 4.8504 inches) away from a wall, plus 2 or 3 cm (0.79 - 1.18 inches).
[In other words, add the thickness of the lux meter (measured at the sensor); to the 5 meters.]
- Turn the flashlight on.
- Set the lux meter to Record (which remembers the highest reading automatically)
- Move the lux meter around the hotspot to get the highest reading.
- This reading needs to be recalculated to 1 meter in order to know the ‘cd’ number. (‘cd’ stands for Candela).
- Get the lux number off the Lux-Meter screen and multiply it by 25 which will give you the lux reading at 1 meter, or use this tool: https://www.rapidtables.com/calc/light/lux-to-candela-calculator.html
- Example: if the highest reading is 1200 on the meter, multiply that by 25 to get the candela. (1200 x 25 = 30,000) Which is 30,000 cd or 30kcd
(Only use this calculation at 5 meters and the same setting on the light meter).
Calculate throw from Candela to Meters and Miles
The flashlight wiki gives a simple example on how to calculate Throw in meters from candela (candela)
An actual distance for throw can be directly calculated from the candela value and will be given in meters. The FL-1 standard does just this by providing a light intensity reading in candela and converting this to throw in meters by calculated the distance at which the light will generate 0.25 lux. Throw is just the square root of the light intensity in candela divided by 0.25 lux which gives meters.
Example for 100kcd (100,000cd) to meters.
100,000 divided by 0.25 = 400,000
The square root (√) of 400,000 = 632.45
So the throw at 100kcd = 632 meters.
On a calculater do: 100000/0.25 and press the √ symbol.
|10,000 cd||200 meters||0.124 miles|
|30,000 cd||346 meters||0.215 miles|
|50,000 cd||447 meters||0.278 miles|
|75,000 cd||548 meters||0.340 miles|
|100,000 cd (100kcd)||632 meters||0.393 miles|
|200kcd||894 meters||0.556 miles|
|300kcd||1095 meters||0.681 miles|
|400 kcd||1265 meters||0.786 miles|
|500 kcd||1414 meters||0.879 miles|
|600 kcd||1549 meters||0.963 miles|
|700 kcd||1673 meters||1.040 miles|
|800 kcd||1789 meters||1.112 miles|
|900 kcd||1897 meters||1.179 miles|
|1,000,000 cd (1 Mcd )||2000 meters||1.243 miles|
|1.2 Mcd||2191 meters||1.361 miles|
|1.4 Mcd||2366 meters||1.470 miles|
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