Best throw flashlights

The farthest throwing flashlights that are currently in production and for sale. This list includes only ones that are produced by major flashlight manufacturers, and not ones that are modded or put together by individuals in small batches. We try to put the lights with the longest-range in separate categories, from small pocketable ones, to ones that need a shoulder strap. We also try to look at the different budget options out there. Once there are farther throwing flashlights added onto the market, they will be listed here. This list contains lights that are currently available but may be produced prior to 2018. Or check out our overview with the brightest flashlights on the market. 

Farthest  throwing AAA flashlight (10440 lithium included)


Ultratac K18

Although it is difficult to call these types of lights actual throwers, the Ultratac K18 seems to have the most throw in this size. The K18 runs of a lithium Ion battery that is installed in the light.  

Best AAA thrower

  • Includes 10440 lithium ion battery
  • Can be used with AAA batteries as well, but less bright
  • 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 considered not a real "thrower", it still is the best throwing flashlights in its size. The newest version includes a stainless steel side button to switch modes from low, medium to 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 do an electronic lockout. It's available in mulitple colors including a brass and stainless steel version. Avg price $29-39

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 sporting an XP-L Hi LED. 

Best AA thrower flashlight

  • Biggest reflector on any AA flashlight currently available
  • Claims 500 lumens, but in reality doing just over 400 lumens on 1 eneloop AA battery
  • Max 900 lumens on 14500 lithium ion battery
  • Side switch
  • AA and 14500 (specs tell 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 of this light was launched in the 4th quarter of 2015, so this has been on the market for quite some time. The differences between the versions lies in the lanyard hole on the tailcap, and stainless steel bezel, both for the 2nd version.
The second version came to being in 2016 or 2017, and has not been surpassed yet by any other flashlight maker. Although the claimed 500 lumens is not realistic, but at 400 lumens this is not bad at all. At this price only the Zebralight has a brighter flashlight, but throws much less far. Avg price $50-60

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


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 XPL-hi LED for great throw
  • Max throw of 50kcd and 450 meters
  • Powered by 4AA batteries (eneloops recommended) which makes them safer to use for older children than lithium powered flashlights.
  • Press and hold switch to change modes. This might be a con. Some prefer clicks to change modes.
  • No electronic lock-out. So if you dont want your batteries to drain, you should do a manual lockout by untwisting the head from the body. This breaks the circuit and stops parasitic drain.

Families with (older) children might want to stay away from lithium ion powered flashlights. "Throwers" aren't supposed to be used by children anyway, because they can be harmful for people's eyes. 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 F40AAvg price $50-$60

Smallest single cell thrower

emisar d1s flashlight

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.   Avg price $40

Best cheap single cell thrower below $20

astrolux thower

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


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

  • 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 took on the Lumintop BLF GT, and did a good job at it. Order now, or check out my review.. Don't forget to use the discount coupon!

Best Longest throw Budget flashlight

  • Should be close to 2km of throw
  • 4*18650 batteries (order separately)
  • Includes a shoulder strap and lanyard
  • Protected batteries won't fit
  • Flat top cells wont fit, but read the battery carrier hack in my review.

The Astrolux MF04 review is up, and this is a monster! It throws like crazy. Check out the review to see some comparison between this and the Lumintop BLF GT I also reviewed. With a simple UI this is a very very nice flashlight. It is available in CW (cold white) and NW (neutral white). It really depends on your tint preference. Use code: 720f70 for getting a nice discount at Banggood.

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  • BLF GT Lumintop

    The longest throw LED flashlight currently available that took 1 year to come to existence.

Farthest throwing LED flashlight in the world

  • Farthest throwing LED flashlight manufactured by major flashlight manufacturer
  • 2000 lumens 
  • 1.2 million candlepower, for a reach of up to 2100 meters
  • Excluding 18650 lithium cells, which you need to buy separately
  • Is also available including 18650 batteries.

If you are new to these flashlights you need to know how to charge these lithium ion batteries. There is enought information on BLF and CPF about charging these kind of batteries. The BLF GT is currently the king of the hill. There are some other LED throwers, but that aren't manufactured en mass. See review for 20% off coupon.

  • Peakbeam systems, maxa beam

    Farthest throwing production flashlight currently available at a premium price.

Longest throw (non LED) searchlight in the world

  • Farthest throw searchlight currently for sale in the world.
  • 12 million candlepowers (compared to BLF GT at 1.2 million)
  • Price is not for the average joe
  • On the market for about 10 years
  • Doesn't have LED technology, but uses a short Arc.
  • Second hand about $ 1000

This one is on the top when it comes to farthest throwing searchlights on the market. Althought it can be called a flashlight it definitely doesn't have the shape of a "normal flashlight". There are some individuals who made a brighter searchlight, including the Maxablaster, Swan blaster and the Moon blaster. But those are all produced by flashlight enthousiasts, and not by a large manufacturer. So this Maxa beam is currently the farthest throwing flashlight without LED. This searchlight needs special attention and is not meant to be used by children. 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 you have to read reviews in order to understand how far a flashlight can really reach. Manufacturers' claims are not always accurate. In many cases they are inaccurate. If you want to do this yourself, you can buy a LUX-meter and test it.

In order to decide which flashlight fits you best, you need to answer a few questions.

  1. What's 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, please stick to the AA powered flashlights or 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 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, take a look at a good AA thrower, like the Thrunite TN4A.
    2. If not, you could take a look at a flashlight that has a built-in battery pack that you can charge with a USB charger.
    3. If yes, every option is open, and you need to look at some other requirements
  5. Where do you want to store the light?
    1. Size is what matters. If you have enought space, you probably want to look for something bigger.
    2. If you don't have much space, for example in your toolbox, go for the Emisar D1S or Astrolux C8.

How to measure "throw" yourself?

Before you start, you need a Lux-meter, a measure tape, and probably a calculator.

I use a cheap HS1010A lightmeter which I bought about 4 or 5 years ago. It's cheap but it works! You can always compare your numbers with other reviewers to see if they make sense.

This is how I do the measurement, measured at 5 meters. (If you have a more powerful thrower like the BLF GT, you should better measure at 10 20 or even 50 meters. Never do it at 1 meter because this will produce inaccurate numbers.

  • I put the flashlight on something that is exactly 5 meters (16 feet something) away from a wall plus 2 or 3 cm.  (The thichness of the lux meter)
  • 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 screen and multiply it by 25 which will give you the lux reading at 1 meter, or use this tool:
    • Example: if the highest reading is 1200 on the meter, multiply that by 25 to get the candela. (1200*25=30000)
    • Which is 30000 cd or 30kcd
    • (Only use this calculation at 5 meters and the same setting on the light meter).

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