Best flashlight brands from a reviewer’s perspective

After reviewing 685 flashlights, we know how brands perform in general and have a pretty good idea that is worth considering. I, Marco, made this list to give you a good start into the world of flashlights.

Note: this does not mean that other brands are not as good, but is based on the several hundred reviews on 1Lumen.com.

As always, please read the full review of a flashlight before buying it. Don’t just buy a flashlight because of the brand name—all brands have some good and bad flashlights.

Remember: not all flashlights are built equal.

Jump to the following popular flashlight / torch brands: 

  1. Acebeam
  2. Armytek
  3. Convoy
  4. Emisar / Noctigon
  5. Fenix
  6. Imalent
  7. Lumintop
  8. Olight
  9. Sofirn
  10. Wuben

ACEBEAM

Formerly known as Supbeam, but they changed their name to Acebeam in 2014.

They are best known for taking at least one spot on the list of the brightest flashlights in the world. The most well-known flashlights include the Acebeam X50, Acebeam X75, Acebeam X80GT, and Acebeam E70.

Some pros:

  1. Most of their flashlights are very powerful and in the top positions of their respective category.
  2. Acebeam’s flashlights are built well, without any problems or defects.
  3. They sometimes build very unique flashlights like the Acebeam Terminator M1
  4. Most of the time, their drivers are regulated and keep the output high enough throughout

Some cons:

  1. For reviewers, they are not easygoing, and they don’t have clear guidelines
  2. They make some upgrades without actually upgrading the flashlight. Like the Acebeam K75 and K75 v2, Terminator M2 and Termintor M2 X, X80GT and X80GT gen2.

Acebeam flashlights usually range between $10-$650.

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If you want to know more about their quality and performance, do a site search and read our in-depth Acebeam reviews.

Here are 6 of our most recent Acebeam reviews.

Armytek

The official name for Armytek is actually Armytek Optoelectronic Inc., and it was registered in Ontario, Canada.

Throughout the years (since 2010), they produced all kinds of equipment, but tactical flashlights remain their focus. Besides tactical flashlights, they also have an extensive lineup of headlamps, of which we reviewed a couple.

From all the Armytek flashlights and headlamps we reviewed, we can definitely say their build quality is top-notch. One of the cons we noticed on their lights is the coating. It’s matte and really helps with getting a firm grip, but they are also easy to scratch. If you’re looking for headlamps or flashlights that will look new after a year of use.. this is not it.

At first, you’d probably have to get used to their uniquely designed UIs, but once you get used to them, they are actually pretty cool. Anyway, take a look at the latest 6 reviews we did:

Price ranges between $30-$150

Convoy

Convoy flashlights are very, very affordable. They are often referred to as the brand that gives you the most bang for the buck. Simon, the owner of Convoy, has his own Convoy AliExpress store that provides great-quality flashlights at an affordable price.

For $10-$15, you can get a highly regarded Convoy S2+ flashlight. Parts and accessories are widely available, making this brand one of the most favorite brands for flashlight modders. Flashlight modders are people who upgrade their flashlights with their favorite driver, LED, or even tail switch lighted boot. Check out our Convoy 4x18A and Convoy L21A review for a good impression.

You can even get a small discount at his store if you are a BLF (budgetlightforum) member. So set up your BLF account and get your first discount. This brand is highly recommended!

Here’s a summary

  1. One of the most affordable brands with a good reputation
  2. Spare parts can be found on Aliexpress for cheap
  3. All parts of their flashlights are replaceable and accessible because no glue is used
  4. Flashlights are available with multiple kinds of LEDs
  5. Flashlights can be had in many color variations

Also, make sure you check out one of our 6 latest reviews:

Emisar and Noctigon

I put these 2 brands together because they are basically the same, both owned by Hank Wang, owner of the Intl-outdoor shop. Hank is a Chinese-based flashlight manufacturer (and flashlight enthusiast) and solely focuses on building flashlights for the flashlight community. His flashlights are not mainstream, so please keep that in mind. If you want something unique… check this out, if you don’t want sophisticated user interfaces, stay away.

Emisar and Noctigon flashlights are probably one of the few brands where you choose your favorite LED emitters, including color tint and additional accessories. Both brands are not well known outside the flashlight community. All his produced flashlights are at the top of the list of flashaholics. Hank is heavily involved in the latest and greatest flashlight technology including the latest available flashlight firmware. He collaborates a lot with the community at budgetlightforum.com. A few flashlights we reviewed are the 10.000-lumen Emisar D18 and the extremely far-reaching Noctigon K1.

Here’s what makes them so popular

  1. Select your favorite colors and options
  2. Gives you the most LED options in the whole industry
  3. Pretty affordable compared to its competition
  4. Several flashlight colors are available
  5. Easy to get spare parts
  6. They give you a lot of extra options to choose from when ordering your flashlight, including an extra tailcap, magnets, bezel, optics, driver upgrade, etc.
  7. Listens to customers, and you can even ask for custom adjustments

Emisar and Noctigon are affordable, high-quality flashlights. They range from $35- $100.

Fenix

Fenix is a well-known brand even outside the flashlight community. Many stores in, and outside the US sell them. They are especially known for their tactical flashlight lineup. Extremely popular flashlights like the Fenix PD35 TAC have been sold by the thousands. Fenix doesn’t produce just flashlights but also a wide range of high-quality headlamps, bike lights, and even lanterns.

Most of their newly released products include a built-in charging system, which is great for people on the move. Simply charge your battery inside the flashlight using a simple USB cable. Plug it in your favorite USB charger, and off you go. Even though Fenix is a large company, which is usually more difficult to adapt to the newest technology, they do, however, continually use new LED emitters and technology.

Here’s why they are so popular

  1. Widely available around the world.
  2. Don’t need to send your flashlight back to China if you have any problems
  3. Replaceable parts are usually available for many years to come
  4. Continuously updating their existing and well-performing flashlights

And here’s why they aren’t so popular in the flashlight community

  • Not customizable
  • No LED choices

Prices of Fenix flashlights range between $10-$700. But you can get 10% off all Fenix flashlights when you use our exclusive discount coupon: 1lumen10

Here’s the latest 6 reviews.

Imalent

Back in the day, Imalent was the first manufacturer to use OLED displays built into their flashlights, like the Imalent SA04. During the years, they tried to outperform Acebeam and Lumintop in terms of most lumen flashlights.

Whenever Acebeam announced a new powerful flashlight, Imalent quickly upped their lineup with something slightly brighter. They were continuously fighting to have the brightest flashlight in the world. This lead to the first 100,000 lumens LED flashlight in the world, named the Imalent MS18. Unfortunately, this resulted in some cases where the quality of their products was a topic of discussion. When buying an Imalent flashlight, make sure you buy it from a respected source for warranty. Just to be on the safe side.

Their lineup is very impressive with a few of their flashlights being mentioned in our brightest flashlights of the world list. They also product some bike lights, and headlamps, but their main focus seems to be handheld, high power flashlights. Prices range from $70- $750. With the Imalent MS32 being the most expensive, and most powerful one.

Some Pros:

  1. Build some of the highest-output lights in the world
  2. New cooling technology to keep the flashlight as cool as possible

Some Cons

  1. Some QC issues. So we recommend to wait for several reviews to be published first

You can get 10% off all Imalent flashlights using our exclusive discount coupon: 1lumen. The coupon can be used on every order.

Here’s the latest Imalent reviews:

NEXTORCH

NEXTORCH is a brand not much talked about in the flashlight communities. And there are several reasons for that. First, and foremost, NEXTORCH does not build flashlights merely for the flashlight enthusiasts, like Emisar, Noctigon.

However, they have some really good flashlights in their lineup, and they keep adding new and I must say, really nice flashlights every few months.

It’s also fair to say that not all of their lights are very impressive, but they give you the choice to choose cheaper (and therefore not as nice) and more expensive options. Their higher-end flashlights are built really nicely, and they are much nicer than you would expect.

Some of the nicest NEXTORCH lights I reviewed are the TA20, and the T20L. Other reviewers also reviewed their most impressive flashlights, namely the Saint Torch 31, and the Saint Torch 30C.

Some pros

  1. Their lineup includes some very affordable flashlights, as well as some very nice, higher priced flashlights
  2. They can be found worldwide, even in physical stores. I found them at a local hardware store in the Netherlands, in a town with only a few thousand residents.
  3. A wide variety of flashlights, rating from small pocket flashlights, to high-end, high-power flashlights

Some cons

  1. Some of the cheaper options aren’t that impressive
  2. They don’t focus on flashlight enthusiasts, who want high CRI flashlight, Anduril UI, and LED choices.

Olight

Olight is very popular, even among the non-flashaholics. They produce high-quality and state-of-the-art flashlights. Olight doesn’t try to compete with Acebeam or Imalent to be the brightest flashlight on the planet, but they do have a great lineup of products. Besides producing flashlights they also have a great lineup of headlamps and weapon mountable flashlights.

They have been on the market for quite some time now and are relatively good at keeping up with the latest LED technology. Because of their MAP policy, they aren’t sold at shops like Banggood or Gearbest, where shoppers use discount coupons to buy their products.

For some people, there is 1 con; Olight makes use of proprietary batteries. Keep in mind that this is for safety, and providing the best performance possible. If you don’t mind a proprietary battery and charging system, get an Olight. They are probably 1 of the most innovating flashlight manufacturers at the moment, with very interesting features like proximity sensors, wireless chargers etc.

You can get 10% off all Olight flashlights when you use our exclusive discount coupon: 1lumen The coupon can be used on every order, and has to be added at the checkout page.

Sofirn

Have you ever heard of Sofirn? No? That’s a shame because Sofirn is another low-budget flashlight manufacturer with great bang for the buck-products.

Sofirn flashlights are mainly available in Chinese stores like Banggood, Aliexpress, and eBay, but they also have their own Sofirnstore. This is typical for cheaper brands, and that is not always a bad thing. Again, I would research a bit before buying your new Sofirn flashlight because some models have some issues. That’s why you are at the right place: because we reviewed many of them.

Their flashlights use all kinds of battery types, including AAA, AA, and Lithium-ion batteries. They also have headlamps and COB work lights. Some of their flashlights are highly regarded in the community.

Wuben

Wuben has long been the underdog in the flashlight communities, and perhaps the flashlight world. Their lineup wasn’t very attractive until they started producing some flashlights that are from a different world. That started with the Wuben A1, an extremely far-reaching and powerful flashlight with 20,000 lumens. It comes with a Bluetooth remote control, a power bank feature, and several other classy features.

But if you can’t afford the $1000 Wuben A1 (with our discount coupon it’s about 7-800), you can also have a look at their new X series. This includes the pretty powerful Wuben X1, claiming 12,000 lumens (we tested 10,000), and the smaller 2,500-lumen X2.

And the flashlight community loves choices, and that’s what Wuben is now providing as well. You can choose between cool white LEDs and neutral white LEDs.

Most of their flashlights range from anywhere between $10 – $200, with the exception of the A1.

You can get 25% off at Wuben store for every Wuben flashlight you buy. Use our exclusive discount coupon at checkout: 1lumen25

Other Good Flashlight Brands

Here is a list of most well known flashlight manufacturers.

  • Acebeam
  • Armytek
  • Astrolux
  • Brinyte
  • Convoy
  • Eagtac
  • Emisar
  • Fenix
  • FireFlies
  • Imalent
  • Jetbeam
  • Klarus
  • Led Lenser
  • Lumintop
  • Maglite
  • Manker
  • Nitecore
  • Olight
  • Sofirn
  • Streamlight
  • Surefire
  • Thorfire
  • Thrunite
  • Wuben
  • Wurkkos
  • Xtar

Smaller flashlight companies/brands/builders

  • Hanko machine works
  • Malkoff
  • Okluma
  • Oveready
  • Polarion
  • Promotheus
  • Reylight
  • Sinner

What are the main differences between certain brands?

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