Formerly known as Supbeam, Acebeam decided to change their name in 2014.
They are known best for taking a few spots on the list of the brightest flashlights in the world. Acebeam produces great products, even beyond flashlights. Their accessories and batteries are also top performers. Some of the most well known flashlights include the Acebeam X80, Acebeam X80GT and Acebeam X70. Most of their flashlights are extremely powerful and very popular amongst flashlight collectors. At 1Lumen.com we have reviewed Acebeam's products extensively. If you want to know more about their quality and performance do a site search and read our in-depth reviews.
Acebeam flashlights are usually a little on the more expensive side of the spectrum. Price ranges between $30-$650
Astrolux is a Banggood brand. First developed low-cost flashlights and now are becoming a big player in the market. Astrologers has produced numerous impressive flashlight. Most of them in collaboration with the flashlight community. That's how they became so successful so quickly.
Astrolux is mainly sold on Banggood.com, but you can get the same light sold under a different name, Mateminco, elsewhere. Mateminco uses different product names, but if you use the search function in Banggood.com and Aliexpress you can see what product namers are the same.
Although they are a well established flashlight brand in the flashlight community, they aren't well known by the average joe. And that's a shame because they use the latest technology all the time. Check out a few of our Astrolux reviews: Astrolux FT03, Astrolux FT01, Astrolux EC01.
Most of their flashlight range from anywhere between $10 - $250
Convoy flashlights are very, very affordable. Often the have been referred to as the brand that gives you most bang for the buck. Simon, the owner of Convoy has his own Convoy Aliexpress store that provides great quality flashlights for an affordable price.
For $10-$15 you can get a Convoy flashlight that is highly regarded in the flashlight community. Parts and accessories are widely available which makes 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 tailswitch lighted boot. Check out our Convoy 4x18A and Convoy L21A review.
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!
Emisar and Noctigon
I put these 2 brands together because they are both owned by Hank Wang, owner of intl-outdoor shop. Hank is a Chinese based flashlight manufacturer and flashlight enthusiast and solely focuses his efforts on building flashlights for the flashlight community.
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 extremely far thrower: Noctigon K1. Hank always tries to reach the maximum possible.
Emisar and Noctigon are affordable high quality flashlights. They range from $35- $100.
Fenix is a well-known brand even outside the flashlight community. Many stores in the US sell them. They are especially well known for their tactical flashlight lineup. Extremely popular flashlights like the Fenix PD35 TAC have sold thousands of times. Fenix not only produces 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. This 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 of 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.
Imalent may not be so popular outside the flashlight community either, but they produce state of the art flashlights. Back in the day, Imalent was the first manufacturer using OLED displays build into their flashlights, like the Imalent SA04. During the years they have tried to outperform Acebeam and Lumintop.
Every time Acebeam announced their newest most powerful flashlight, Imalent quickly upped their lineup with something a little brighter. They were continuously fighting to have the brightest flashlight in the world. This lead to the first 100,000 lumen LED flashlight in the world, named the Imalent MS18. Unfortunately, this type of behavior resulted in some cases where the quality of their products was a heavy 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 flashlight being mentioned in the brightest LED flashlights of the world list. They produce flashlights, bike lights and headlamps. Prices range from $30- $700
Lumintop's success is largely due to their collaboration with the flashlight community, especially at budgetlightforum. A few years ago, a group of BLF member designed a flashlight, named the Lumintop BLF GT, which became so immense popular that ever since they kept building upon this success by adding different models. After the great success of the BLF GT, they added the BLF GT Mini, BLF GT70 and even the BLF GT90. All of them sold like candy.
Other extremely popular was the Lumintop FW3A, which was also a collaboration with the flashlight community and this time mainly at Tashelampforum in Germany and BLF. Before mass production started, there were already a few thousand people interested in the light. Ever since they kept building upon that success as well with different versions of the FW3A, including different materials, different battery types, and different colored coatings.
Lumintop product are generally regarded pretty good, except for a few duds like the ODF30 we reviewed. Prices for Lumintop flashlights range from $10-$350
Maglite is probably the #1 well-known flashlight brand worldwide. Popular in the 20th century with their C and D battery type flashlights.
However, Maglite is such a huge company that doesn't have the resources to keep up with the latest and newest LED and driver technology. Every time they add a new model to the market, the technology is already outdated compared to smaller manufacturers.
Since many people have Maglites, older Maglites with incandescent light bulbs can easily be upgraded with LED replacements. Maglite upgrades are therefore still a great way to improve your old and trusty D Maglite. One things that is still special about maglites is their use of colored coatings. Maglites are also still popular in a very small group of Maglite collectors. You still have a very old Maglite and in good shape? It might have some value.
Although their lineup is not as bright and cool as the brands like Acebeam, Lumintop or Fenix, they do have a very large market share. A special feature for maglite is the color of their coatings. You can choose many colors. Popular LED models are the Maglite ML25LT and ML300L.
Maglite is especially affordable in the United States but rather expensive across the pond.
Prices for new Maglites range from $10 to $150.
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 lights.
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.
1 thing disappointing is its use of dedicated batteries. Some of their lights only accept dedicated Olight batteries. They add some sort of protection to not let people use other brand's batteries. Just keep that in mind when buying your next Olight flashlight.
Prices range somewhere between $10- $500
Ever heard of Sofirn? Neither do many. But 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 Chines stores like Banggood, Aliexpress and eBay. 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 they have had some issues as well. Their flashlights are available for AAA, AA and Lithium type batteries. They even have headlamps and COB worklights. Although their lights are pretty popular on budgetlightforum, they do receive quite some complaints. Especially regarding shipping and tracking numbers.
Because of that, it might be wise to order them at Banggood or somewhere else and not directly from Sofirn. Prices range from $10-$60
Police officers in the USA know what I'm talking about. Surefire flashlights are regarded as one of the toughest flashlights. And they should be, because their warranty confirms that they will repair or replace your flashlight for a lifetime. Of course, only if it's defective in material or workmanship.
Surefire is another company not trying to keep up with the latest and greatest LED and other flashlight technology. Price-performance wise they are low on the list. Their prices are really high compared to other manufacturers, while their technology is usually outdated. Especially outside the US, prices are really high for their products. This is another reason why Surefire products are not popular amongst many flashlight addicts. Because of this, we don't have any Surefire reviews on our site.
Prices range from $60-$6000
Flashlight Manufacturers list
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