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These are the farthest throwing LED flashlights currently in production and for sale. This list includes only lights that are produced by major flashlight manufacturers and does not include lights that are modded or put together by individuals in small batches.
We 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. Also listed are 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 2020. You may also check out our overview of the brightest flashlights on the market.
Smallest thrower in the world
Lumintop GT Nano
The smallest thrower flashlight in the world. The GT Nano’s entrance into the tiny thrower scene is kind of ironic since Lumintop used to make the longest-throwing LED flashlight in the world (the BLF Gigathrower), but that title has been reclaimed by the Astrolux MF05/Mateminco MT90 Plus (also featured here).
A polar opposite from the Gigathrower, the GT Nano, really is nano! It’s a tiny light running off a tiny 10180 Lithium-Ion battery, but still manages to reach distances most larger lights cannot.
Smallest thrower flashlight
- The size of a keychain flashlight
- 450 Lumens
- 10180 lithium-ion battery (included) or 10440 with adapter
- Charger included
When you thought you've seen it all, Lumintop introduced this little monster. The baddest little thrower in the world! When I tested this flashlight I was surprised it could really produce more than 450 lumens. I even measured 525 at start. Of course, the output drops like a rock, but this must be the coolest little thrower in the world. Quite amazing for sure. And in terms of throw, I measured 35,000 cd which equates to a throw of up to 374 meters or 409 yards.
If you're looking for a keychain-sized flashlight thrower, this is probably the one you are looking for. Read our full review of the Lumintop GT Nano here.
Best AA thrower
The E6 established itself as a very compact, but long-throwing flashlight from one of the flashlight world’s elder statesmen brands, Wuben, who have been in the business for over 40 years. Coming in at just 3.4 inches long, this light can run on AA NiMH or 14500 li-ion batteries. When running on the included 14500, we tested it at 42,500 cd for 425 meters of throw.
best AA thrower flashlight
- LED: Osram CSLPM1.TG
- Rated at 42000cd (equals 42kcd)
- 900 lumen output on the included 14500 li-ion battery
- Can run on AA NiMH or li-ion batteries
The Wuben E6 is the slightly larger alternative to the tiny Lumintop GT Nano, and puts up impressive throw and output figures. It features a nicely regulated driver, simple user interface, and comes as a complete kit, including a 14500 battery. Overall, it’s a highly versatile, compact flashlight with awesome throw capabilities. Check out our full Wuben E6 Review here.
Best cheap single cell thrower around $20
Convoy C8+ with KW CSLNM1.TG
A single 18650 cell flashlight with over 100kcd of throw. For around $20, you can pick up this flashlight. For that price, however, it gives up some creature comforts like onboard charging and a side switch. Although the C8 style flashlight has been around a long time, it’s come a long ways in quality and performance, so it’s nice to see it competing with newer lights in this category.
Best budget single cell thrower
- Features a Osram KW CSLNM1TG for max throw, mounted on copper for best heat transfer.
- The price is usually between $20-$25
- Rated at 140000cd (equals 140kcd)
- Max output is only available with a good quality 18650 lithium-ion battery like the Sony VTC6
The C8 style flashlights have been around since 2012, and it’s probably one of the most-copied flashlights out there (besides the hordes of telescoping, 20,000 lumen zoomies), but it’s been only in the last 3-4 years have they become good quality. The KD C8 was a famous light back in the day. This Convoy C8+ brings the C8 family to the next level. Not only because of the quality of the light, it also is a much better thrower with this Osram LED.
If you have to choose between the 4 modes or 12 groups, choose the 12 groups. And then you can set it to your favorite mode group.
Small throwers (lithium-ion)
The Manker MC13 is a single cell flashlight with 144kcd of throw. It follows the pattern of many compact throwers: A tiny high-intensity LED (the Osram Boost HL) behind a TIR optic to project a pencil-thin beam long distances.That limits the usefulness a bit, but hey, it’s a thrower. It includes a rechargeable 18350 size battery which keeps it very compact and lightweight for a light capable of throwing 720 meters (as tested). In fact, it out-throws some larger lights.
Smallest far throwing flashlight in production over 100kcd.
- LED: Osram CULNM1.TG
- Rated at 144,000cd (equals 144kcd) but throws about 720 meters
- Multi LED options: green, red, blue, white
- Maximum reach only possible with a good high drain cell, eg. Sony VTC6 or Samsung 30Q.
Just beating the number two on the list, this little gem beats many much larger flashlights. It's amazing how far LED flashlights have come, and the Manker MC13 is pretty impressive. So much throw in such a small, very portable package. You need to use good quality 10 amps discharge rated 18650 batteries to get the most out of it though. Check out our full Manker MC13 review here.
A very compact pocket thrower
Newly released from one of the higher-end manufacturers, the Speras M4 is the answer to the like-in-kind Thrunite Catapult Mini. It’s extremely compact (even smaller than the Manker), but still manages over 100 Kcd.
Smallest far throwing flashlight in production over 100kcd.
- LED: High performance round-die LED
- TIR optic
- Measured 657 meters / 718 yards of beam distance
- 1320 advertised lumens (tested at 1,180 at turn-on)
- USB-C rechargeable
The first thing that stands out about the Speras M4 is the compact size. At a hair over 3 inches long with a 40 mm diameter head, it easily fits into a pocket. It also features a very unique, new LED out of China. Commonly referred to in enthusiast circles as the YinDing 5050 LED, this LED features a round light emitting surface, which creates an extremely uniform and focused beam. This LED helped the M4 produce over its rated candelas (108,000 Kcd and 657 meters as tested). It also has a nicely regulated driver for consistent output, and being a Speras product, the build quality is top-notch. Our reviewer gave it a 4.5-star rating. Check out our full Speras M4 Review here.
Best single cell throwers
Maxtoch X PRO
#1 Farthest throwing single-cell 21700 flashlight.
Best single 21700 thrower of the world
- Osram KW CSLNM1.TG
- 1000 Lumens (measured: 771 lumens)
- 1,000,000 Kcd (measured: 783,000 cd which is 1762 meters)
The Maxtoch X Pro is the farthest-throwing single cell LED flashlight currently in production. While Maxtoch is best known for their LEP (laser flashlights) which are among the farthest-throwing flashlights around, they also make the longest-throwing single cell LED flashlight, the X Pro, with over 1700 meters of throw.
Maxtoch's audience is hunters. Almost their whole lineup of flashlights are long-range flashlights, and many of them have special LED options like green LED, red LED or even infrared LEDs.
We tested the Maxtoch X PRO extensively, and you can find all the data in our review.
Although not reaching its claimed output, nor claimed distance, it still holds the title of the longest-throwing single cell non LEP thrower.
#2 Farthest throwing single-cell 21700 flashlight.
- Osram KW CSLNM1.TG
- 780 Lumens
- 600,000 Kcd (1.5 km beam reach / 0.98 miles)
- Advanced UI
#2 Farthest throwing single-cell 21700 flashlight. The Noctigon K1 has been around for a couple years now, and was only just usurped by the Maxtoch X Pro as the #1 single cell LED thrower, but it's still a great light, and features one of the best enthusiast user interfaces, Anduril. It's available with the most popular thrower LEDs around in a variety of anodization and switch LED colors.
The Noctigon K1 is the first Noctigon flashlight using the famous Osram KW CSLNM1.TG LED. The LED die is only 1mm in diameter. Without producing a high amount of lumens (780 lumens measured), it still throws extremely far. Please check out our full Noctigon K1 review for all details. It throws exactly 600 Kcd /1.5 km /0.98 miles, which is extremely far. The hotspot is small, and is the typical pencil-beam for a thrower. The beam spill is weak, so it is 100% dedicated to throw far.
The farthest throwing single 21700 tactical flashlight available.
- Available with Osram KW CULPM1.TG LED in cool white and green or the Luminus SFT-40-W LED
- Maximum output of 1650 to 2200 lumens
- Peak beam intensity: 422,407cd (as-tested it produced 430,300 cd)
- Max beam distance: 1180 meters (Measured 1312 meters)
- It runs off a 21700 battery
The Acebeam L19 is our number 3 pick for the longest throwing single cell flashlight, but it’s also the farthest throwing tactical flashlight. The L19 features a tactical-use design with a rear forward clicky switch paired with a side e-switch. Its Osram Boost HX LED is available in cool white or green, which is great for hunting (and boosts the throw).
Acebeam recently added the more powerful Luminus SFT-40-W LED to the L19, which boosts output quite a bit, but doesn’t throw as far. One thing that makes it even more useful is the 2-way USB charging. You can charge the included 21700 battery, but you can use the same charging port to charge your phone from it—the L19 functions as a power bank. A single IMR21700NP-510A Li-ion battery is included in the package. This means you don't need to buy a dedicated lithium-ion battery charger. On the contrary, the battery is too long for general lithium-ion chargers anyway. So this is just a great package to gift for non-flashoholics. Want to know more? Check out our Acebeam L19 review and the updated Acebeam L19 v2 Review
Best Long Range (Multi-cell) LED Flashlights in the world
Don't forget to check out our LEP-Flashlight overview for other crazy throwers. There are referred to as "White Laser flashlights" and throw farther than regular LED flashlights.
Astrolux MF04 / Mateminco MT35 Plus
#5 Longest throw flashlight
The Astrolux MF04 (also sold at the Mateminco MT35 Plus) holds the distinction of being one of the cheaper (sometimes sold for $200) multi-cell long range thrower flashlights. In fact, when it was introduced in 2018, the MF04 was the first flashlight to out-throw the Lumintop BLF GT (by a fair margin). Astrolux also makes an S version for more output (but less throw).
- Max beam distance: 2400 meters / 2.4 km
- Peak beam intensity: 1.460.000 cd / 1.46 Mcd
- Max lumen output: 2700 Lm
- LED: CREE XHP35 H
- 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)
Check out the Astrolux MF04 review for all the details. It beat the famous Lumintop BLF GT by a fair margin. Check out the review for some comparison beamshots. With a simple UI, the Astrolux 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.
BLF GT94 Lumintop
#4 Farthest throwing LED flashlight in the world.
- Max beam distance: 2450 meters / 2.45 km / 1.5 miles
- Peak beam intensity: 1,500,000 cd (1.5Mcd)
- Max lumen output: 20,000 Lm
- LED: 4*Luminus SBT90.2
- Batteries are not included when purchasing the light only. However, certain vendors have package deals that can include batteries
After the Lumintop BLF GT got disconinued, the next BLF GT entered the top 5. The Lumintop GT94 throws farther and with 10 times the output. This results in an extremely powerful thrower. Just 1 word of warning: whenever you choose batteries, only choose the best, and never, never mix them with other batteries.
#3 Long distance flashlight
- Max beam distance: 2500 meters / 2.5 Km
- Peak beam intensity: 1562500 cd / 1.56Mcd
- Max lumen output : 6,300 Lm
- 4 x 18650 batteries (not included)
- LED: Luminus SBT-90 gen2
- 2 Mode groups: Eco mode group ( 6 settings) and Power mode (6 settings)
Acebeam has done it again. Instead of copying another throw flashlight, the went back to the drawing board and designed a thrower flashlight. The result: They added an SBT90.2 LED producing over 5500 lumens and capable of 1.85 Mcd. It’s also relatively compact when compared to the competition. Both the Lumintop BLF GT and Astrolux MF04 have about 2000 Lumens. But the K75 beats them both in output and reach. Check out our in-depth review of the Acebeam K75 for more information.
#2 Long distance flashlight
- Max beam distance: 2700 meters / 2.7 km
- Peak beam intensity: 1.850,000 / 1.85Mcd
- Max lumen output: 5,500 Lumens
- LED: Luminus SBT-90 gen2
- 4-8 x 18650 batteries
- 3 Mode groups:
- Ramping brightness UI (Narsil firmware) by default
- Extra conventional mode group with 12 predefined modes
- Momentary mode
Lumintop’s original BLF GT had been beaten by the competing throwers from Acebeam and Astrolux, so in 2020 they answered with their own SBT90.2 thrower. They stuck an SBT90.2 in the tried-and-true BLF GT host and dubbed it the GT90. The result? 2.8 Mcd and 3.3 kilometers of throw, soundly beating both the Acebeam K75 and Astrolux MF04.
Although the GT90 is going on 2 years old, and it’s been beaten by our #1 LED thrower, it’s still a great choice. Check out our in-depth Lumintop BLF GT90 review for all details.
Astrolux MF05 / Mateminco MT90P
#1 Long distance flashlight
Mateminco MT90P version (OEM brand)
- Max beam distance: 3162 meters (Mine measured 3373 meters)
- Peak beam intensity: 2.500,000 / 2.5 Mcd (Mines measured 2.8 Mcd)
- Max lumen output: 7,500 Lumens
- LED: Luminus SBT-90 gen2
- 8 x 18650 batteries
- 6 modes (with an easy UI)
the Astrolux MF05 (also sold as the Mateminco MT90 Plus) burst onto the scene and systematically dethroned both the Acebeam K75 and Lumintop GT90 in one fell swoop. With 6000+ lumens and an as-tested max beam intensity of 2.8 Mcd and 2.1 miles of beam distance, you need a big host, and the MF05 is indeed big with a 6.3 inch head and an overall length of over 16 inches.
Loaded with eight 18650 batteries, it weighs in at 3.4 kilograms (8.1 lbs). All the details and full test results can be found here. To keep the heat in check, they include a handle with a cooling fan built-in.
Currently, this is the longest-throwing production LED flashlight available.
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Honorable Mention Multi-cell high output thrower
While the Wuben A1 wasn’t designed to be an enthusiast flashlight, it made the list because we tested it and found it has specs that nearly match the BLF GT94 (with some other perks). The caveat? It’s about $850 including our discount code.
- Max beam distance: 2443 meters / 2.44 km / 1.51 miles
- Peak beam intensity: 1,492,000 cd (1.49Mcd)
- Max lumen output: 20,000 Lm (20,748 as tested)
- Four Luminus SBT90.2 LEDs
- Wireless remote control
- Fully regulated driver for constant output
- Simple user interface
- Quick charge 8.4 Ah battery pack
- Integrated power bank
The Wuben A1 throws nearly as far and gets about as bright as the BLF GT94, but the main advantage is the output in Turbo and High modes is maintained longer and is much more consistent. It’s also the first flashlight with a wireless remote control (it works great!). Bottom line, the Wuben A1 is a more useful and user-friendly alternative to the BLF GT94 (if you can afford one). It’s truly an amazing flashlight. Want to know more details? Read our full review of the Wuben A1.
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BONUS: other long-range flashlights that don't fit the lists above
Highest candela flashlights
The longest-throwing lights do not have LEDs. Instead, they utilize a relatively new technology called LEP short for laser excited phosphor. Also referred to as "White Laser flashlights" and in addition to puting up some really impressive candela figures, they are much smaller than similar-performing LED flashlights. See our recommended LEP flashlights:
A flashlight thrower buyers guide
What do you need to look for in a flashlight to know that it can reach far?
Manufacturers' claims for candela and beam distance are not always accurate. In fact, in many cases, they are very inaccurate. If you want to test lights yourself, you need to buy a LUX meter and do a little math. However, before you dive into that, you need to get a thrower flashlight, but which one? Choosing a thrower flashlight requires answering some questions first. Here are some important points to consider.
- What will you be using it for?
- Just for around the house/farm?
- As a backup flashlight?
- Really just for fun?
- Do you know how to safely handle lithium-ion batteries?
- Big throwers often use 3 or more 18650 or 21700 lithium-ion batteries that require special care and attention to handle them safely. 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 flashlights 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.
- Do you have a battery charger capable of charging lithium-ion batteries?
- If not, and you choose a thrower without onboard charging or don’t want to wait until your retirement benefits mature waiting for batteries to charge, pick up a good quality charger like the VapCell S4+.
- If you don't want to hassle with a charger, consider a flashlight with onboard charging.
- Do you want a very large, or a smaller flashlight?
- Size matters. If you want the most throw possible, you’ll be buying a large light. The Astrolux MF04, Acebeam K75, and Lumintop GT90 all have reflectors over 5 inches in diameter. These are not pocket lights.
- Weight is also a factor. The biggest throwers are not very portable, with the top 3 picks all weighing in over 2 lbs. Shoulder straps or harnesses are your friend.
How to measure "throw" yourself?
How do you measure the throw distance of a flashlight?
Measuring the beam distance of your thrower isn’t difficult. All you need is a lux meter, measuring tape; and do some math.
I have 5 lux meters, a cheap HS1010A, a SkyTronic LX-101, 2* Extech SDL400, an Extech HD450, and a professional Hagner E4-X. They all show different lux numbers, but for measuring throw, I just use the Hagner E4-X, because it's calibrated by the manufacturer.
Luxmeters measure the light intensity of the beam and display it in lux which is converted to candelas, which is then converted to a distance figure. You don’t need a very expensive luxmeter to do these measurements, like mine. A cheap lux meter like the Uni-T UT383S (for around $30 direct from Uni-T) works just fine.
This is how I do my measurement:
Measure at 5 meters only for EDC and keychain lights. If you have a more powerful thrower like an LEP flashlight, you should measure at 20, or even better, at 30 meters.)
Warning: Never measure from a 1 meter distance, because this will always produce inaccurate numbers, and in many cases, the lux meter won't be able to even measure it.
To measure beam distance, you need a bit of space. The minimum distance used for measuring is 5 meters (16 feet 4.8504 inches), but this is mainly for lower-output throwers. To measure larger, longer range throwers, you need a minimum of 10 meters to 20 meters. For extremely long range throwers, you can go to 30 meters. Keep in mind, these longer distances are challenging to manage. You can measure indoors, but outdoors is preferable because light reflection off objects should be kept to a minimum. Position the lux meter sensor at least 1 meter off the ground to reduce reflection.
Follow these steps below to get the beam distance measurement.
- Position the flashlight level with the sensor
- Turn the flashlight on a lower mode to check the beam position. The brightest part of the hotspot should be covering the sensor
- Set the lux meter to Max mode (if it has it) so it will record and save the highest value it measures. If you don’t have a Min/Max function, you can set a cell phone set to record video of the lux meter screen and review the playback to get the highest value.
- Turn the flashlight on
- Wait 30 seconds
- Move the hotspot to get the brightest part of the hotspot so you get the highest reading
- Once you have the lux measurement from the meter, you can use a conversion tool like Rapidtables Lux to Candela Calculator to get the candela figure.
- Divide the candela figure by 0.25, and square root that value to get the calculated beam distance figure
How to calculate throw? Calculate Candela to Meters and Miles
The flashlight wiki gives a simple example of 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.
Here is an example of calculating 100,000 cd (100 kcd) 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 calculator do: 100000/0.25 and press the √ symbol.
Long distance flashlights: an overview of candelas and distance
|100,000 cd (100kcd)||632||692||0.39|
|1,000,000 cd (1 Mcd )||2000||2187||1.24|
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