Best throw flashlights

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 2018.  You may also check out our overview of the brightest flashlights on the market.

Farthest  throwing AAA flashlight (10440 lithium included)

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Ultratac K18

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 flashlight thrower

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

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Jaxman M2

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.  Avg price $25-30

Farthest throwing 4AA flashlight

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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.

PLEASE NOTE…….

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

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Emisar D1S

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

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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.   Avg price $20

Best single cell thrower

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Olight M2X-UT

Farthest throwing single cell flashlight available.

Best single cell flashlight with best range

  • Old Javelot model, but still the best in its realms
  • Available with XPL-HI led for the farthest reaching beam (latest version)
  • Rated at 1020 lumens
  • Beam reaches op to 820meters or 160000cd (equals 164kcd)
  • Just 3 brightness levels
  • Momentary on (which means it can be use with morse coding)
  • Great for hunters that need max distance in a relatively small and lightweight package

Announced in 2014 with a dedomed XM-L2 this was the first production light with a dedomed LED. The XM-L2 is a domed LED, and slicing the top part off results in a domless or de-domed LED. This resulted in amazing throw numbers. Olight claims a 164kcd reach, while some reviews show an even bigger number with the original XML2 led. A down-side of a dedomed XML led, is that the beam color is greenish, which may not be the best. When you buy this light, check if it has a XPL-Hi or an older XM-L2. The former is the better one.  Avg price $110

Best throwers

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  • Astrolux MF02

    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 to $81

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  • Astrolux MF04

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.

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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.

PLEASE NOTE;

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.

maxabeam

Peakbeam systems, maxa beam

Farthest throwing production flashlight currently available (at a premium price.)

BONUS: Longest throw (non LED) searchlight in the world

  • Farthest throw searchlight currently for sale in the world.
  • 12 million candlepower (compared to BLF GT at 1.2 million)
  • Price is not for the average Joe
  • Secondhand price is around $1100.oo
  • On the market for about 10 years
  • Uses ‘Short Arc’ technology, not LED

This one is on the top when it comes to farthest throwing searchlights on the market. Although it can be called a flashlight, it definitely doesn't have the shape of a "normal flashlight".
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 Maxa Beam, by Peak Beam Inc.; 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!!

Avg price $2800

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.

  1. What is the application?
    1. Hunting?
    2. Just for around the house/farm?
    3. As a backup flashlight?
    4. Really just for fun?
  2. Do you know how to charge lithium Ion batteries?
    1. 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.

  3. Who will use the light?
    1. If you have a family that uses the light as well, consider the following:
    2. 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.

  4. Do you have a dedicated Lithium ION battery charger?
    1. 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.
    2. You could also consider a flashlight that has a built-in LiIon battery pack that you can charge with a USB charger.
    3. 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.

  5. Where do you want to store the light?
    1. Size is what matters. If you have enough storage space, you may well want to look at some of the larger lights.
    2. 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 use a cheap HS1010A light meter which I bought about 4 or 5 years ago. It's cheap but it works! You can always compare your numbers with other reviewers also to see if they are close to yours and make sense.

This is how I do the 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.) Never measure at 1 meter because this will produce inaccurate numbers.

  • 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).

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