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. 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 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 flashlight thrower in the world.
A dedicated 10180 Lithium-Ion battery flashlight with the most reach in its size.
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 cheap single cell thrower around $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.
Small throwers (lithium-ion)
A single cell flashlight with 144kcd of throw.
Smallest far throwing flashlight in production over 100kcd.
- LED: Osram CULNM1.TG
- Rated at 144000cd (equals 144kcd)
- 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 #2, this little gem beats many flashlights from the past with half the size. It's amazing how far LED flashlights have come, and the Manker MC13 is pretty impressive. So much throw in such a small package, you won't even notice this one in your pocket. just kidding. At least in your jacket or backpack. You need to use good quality high amp batteries to reach max potential! Make sure you buy quality cells for this little beast! Check out our full Manker MC13 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)
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.
The Maxtoch Hunter X PRO is the farthest throwing LED flashlight with 1 battery on the market. 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's still the #1 in the world. If you are looking for a long-range flashlight, look no further, get the Maxtoch X PRO!
#2 Farthest throwing single-cell 21700 flashlight.
- Osram KW CSLNM1.TG
- 780 Lumens
- 600,000 Kcd (1.5 km / 0.98 miles)
- Advanced UI
The Noctigon T1 is the first Noctigon flashlight using the famous Osram KW CSLNM1.TG LED. The LED die is only 1mm diameter. Without producing a high amount of lumens (780 Lm measured), it still throws extremely far. Please check out our full Noctigon K1 review for all details. The User Interface is extremely versatile. The K1 out-throws every other single battery LED flashlight on the market. 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. Looking for a hunting light? Oh boy.
#3 farthest throwing single-21700 flashlight available.
- Available with Osram KW CULPM1.TG and green LED
- Maximum output of 1650 lumens
- Peak beam intensity: 422,407cd (Measured 430,300 cd)
- Max beam distance: 1180 meters (Measured 1312 meters)
- It runs off a 21700 battery
The Acebeam L19 is the farthest-reaching single 21700 battery type flashlight. One thing that makes it even more remarkable 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.
Farthest throwing single 26650 cell flashlight available.
Use promo code: AFT03 for a nice discount.
Best affordable 26650 flashlight thrower
- Available with SST40 led for the farthest-reaching beam (latest version)
- Rated at 2400 lumens
- 190000cd / 190Kcd
- Ramping brightness, so no modes, UI is just like the FT02
- Momentary on (which means it can be used with morse coding)
- Battery check
- Using 26650 batteries
The Astrolux FT03 is a budget thrower with great, great capabilities. Just 3 years ago we would have trouble reaching this far with a highly modded single-cell flashlight. Now we can have almost 200kcd for $30-$40, which is amazing. Peter reviewed the Astrolux FT03 as high as 240Kcd, which is extremely good for this price. The only downside is that you need to buy a 26650 battery and a charger. There are many chargers who would not be able to charge this size batteries. If you are looking for a great bang for your buck thrower, this could definitely be the one you are looking for.
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.
#5 Longest throw flashlight
- 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 HI
- Mateminco MT35 Plus is the same flashlight, just rebranded
- 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 comparisons 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.
Use code: 720f70 for getting a nice discount at Banggood.
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 they went a different route and made it a monster in its own league. With the Luminus SBT-90-2 Acebeam decided to not only increase throw, but also lumens by 3 times! 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 extensive review on the Acebeam K75 for all the awesome details.
#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 had been beaten by Acebeam and Astrolux, but is taking back the lead. After the popular lineup of the BLF GT family, including the GT mini, GT nano, GT Micro, and even the GT70, the Lumintop GT90 is the next king of throw!
After Acebeam K75's success, Lumintop also installed the Luminus SBT90.2 LED, for high performance and excellent throw numbers. If you are looking for the farthest throwing flashlight of 2020, get the Lumintop GT90. Check out our in-depth Lumintop BLF GT90 review for all details.
Currently, this is the farthest-reaching LED flashlight in the world.
#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
The Astrolux claims a max beam intensity of 2.5Mcd, which should be enough for a reach of up to 3 kilometers. This equates to roughly 1.86 miles. We reviewed the Astrolux MF05 and can say it overperforms. Ours reached 2.8 Mcd instead of 2.5 Mcd and reaches 2.1 miles. To keep the heat off, they include a handle with a cooling fan built-in. Check out the review for all details.
The MF05 is huge. With a head diameter of 16cm / 6.3 inches, this is the largest LED flashlight head I ever encountered. It's about 42 centimeters / 16.5 inches long from top to bottom with a weight of 3.4 kilos.... (without batteries). With 8 batteries we are talking about 3.7 kilos / 8.1 pounds.
Currently, this is the 'baddest' LED flashlight thrower!
Used code: BGMF05 at Banggood for a nice discount.
BONUS: other long-range flashlights that don't fit the lists above
Highest candela flashlights
Don't forget to check out our LEP flashlight overview for other crazy throwers. These are referred to as "White Laser flashlights" and throw farther than regular LED flashlights. They throw as far, or farther, in a much smaller package.
A flashlight thrower 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?
Measuring a high candela flashlight
Before you start, you need a Lux meter and a measuring tape; and a calculator is also helpful.
I have about 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.
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 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)
- Outdoors, I use the following:
- Tripod with clamp for flashlight
- A piece of wood to shine on
- A digital watch (so I can see start and 30 seconds)
- Laser distance measure to measure the distance
- I then add about 6-7 centimeters on top of that, because of the thickness of the sensor
[In other words, add the thickness of the lux meter (measured at the sensor); to the distande.]
- Turn the flashlight on.
- Set the lux meter to Record (which remembers the highest reading automatically, if you have this option)
- Wait 30 seconds
- 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
- For 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).
How to calculate throw? Calculate 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.
Long distance flashlights: overview of candela and distance
|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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