LEP flashlight list: Laser flashlights in 2021

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Farthest reaching LEP flashlights

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  • Max beam distance: 1,100 meters ( I measured 1308 meters and 428,000 cd)
  • Max output: 400 lumens
  • Battery type: 18650
  • Charging: built-in charging
  • Class: Class 3B laser

The Nextorch can produce 400 lumens and reach up to 1,100 meters according to its specifications. My test shows that the T7L performs better than advertised and can even reach up to 1308 meters. It has a Class 3B laser, which is the same class as lasers used in CD and DVD writers. At the size of a regular tactical flashlight, the Nextorch T7L is a small, yet powerful and long-range flashlight. And even in Low mode, the light produces 45lm, but with a pretty impressive beam distance of 350 meters. Unlike the other powerful laser flashlights, the T7L includes a strobe mode.

For more details, check out our in-depth review of the Nextorch T7L white laser flashlight.

  • Max beam distance: 1,100 meters (my measurements show 1391 meters)
  • Max output: 500 lumens
  • Battery type: 1*21700
  • Charging: USB-C inside the battery
  • Class: Class 3B laser

I've tested the Nextorch T10L and have to say I'm quite amazed by the difference between the T7L and this one. It is claiming a maximum output of 500 lumens and a beam distance of up to 1100 meters. In my testing, I could measure almost 480 lumens, but a beam distance of almost 1400 meters. For the extremely detailed review, check out Nextorch T10L review here.

The User interface is also really intuitive. It has a magnetic control ring for 3 modes, a strobe, and a Tactical setting, But you can actively High and Strobe from Low and Medium mode by simply half-pressing the switch. Please read our in-depth review to understand how it works. This is not just a battery upgrade from the T7L, it's a completely different flashlight in a totally different league. It performs very well, and it has an extremely stable output throughout the runtime.

  • Max beam distance: 1200 meters ( I measured 1239 meters / 0.81 miles)
  • Max beam intensity: 363,866 cd ( I measured 384,000 cd)
  • Max output: 500 lumens
  • Battery type: 21700 (5000mAh battery included)
  • Charging: Battery has a USB-C port for charging
  • Class: Class 3B laser

Yes, it really reaches 1,200 meters on its highest setting. And yes, it is a pocketable thrower with a head diameter of 1.27"/ 33mm and a length of 6.1"/ 155mm. That is really incredible. Fenix includes a nice amount of accessories including a pocket clip, lanyard, and a holster. So you can carry it the way you like.

We were able to measure a beam distance of up to 0.77 miles / 1,239 meters with ours. If you want to know more, read our in-depth review on the Fenix TK30.

  • Max beam distance: 1,205 meters / 3,953 feet
  • Max beam intensity: 363,375cd
  • 2 modes: High and Low
  • Max lumen output: 505 lumens
  • Low lumen output: 102 lumens
  • USB-C charge cable
  • Battery type: 1*21700. UB21-50 li-ion USB rechargeable battery included

Weltool upgraded the Weltool W3 LEP flashlight, called the "The featherless Arrow". The gen2 W3 claims a distance of up to 1,205 meters and a beam intensity of 363,375cd. This is double the intensity of the gen1 which was rated at 'only' 180,000cd. The new W3 PRO maintains two output modes; High and Low. High has a max runtime of up to 1 hour and 58 minutes and Low up to 5 hours and 55 minutes. On top of the LEP upgrade, they decided to use 21700 cells instead. Many manufacturers are moving away from 18650 and more into the 21700 field. This means more capacity, longer runtimes, and more power.

  • Peak beam distance: 1,800 meters (Mine measured at 1,888 meters)
  • Peak beam intensity: 769,500 cd (Mine measured at 891,000 cd)
  • LED type: shine through
  • Battery type: 1*18350 (can also be used with 1*18650 battery, with optional adapter)
  • 3 modes: High and Low

The Lumintop Thor 2 is one of the few LEP flashlights that accepts a 18350 battery. The Weltool W3 PRO does as well, but wasn't originally.

During testing, I noticed that the numbers were higher than advertised which was a nice surprise. Also, the measurement in terms of output was no difference between a high-quality 18350 battery and a high-quality 18650 battery. This means you can reach the same distance but with a smaller battery.

If you want to find out all details, check out our Lumintop Thor 2 review

Weltool W4 holding in normal position

Weltool W4

560 lumens, 2,670 meters, and 1.7Mcd beam intensity.

  • Peak beam distance: 2,670 meters / 1.65 miles ( I measured 2956 meters / 1.83 miles)
  • Peak beam intensity: 1,782,000cd (1.78 Mcd) ( I measured 2,184,000 cd 2.18 Mcd)
  • 2 output modes: High and Low
  • Max output: 560 lumens
  • Low output: 187 lumens (1,553 meters)
  • Emitter type: LEP
  • Battery type: 1*21700 battery included (or 1*18650 battery with adapter)
  • Type 3B Laser: 0.22 - 0.25W

The Weltool W4 is currently the second-best specced LEP flashlight. It can reach up to 2.6 kilometers, which is about 1.61 miles. We reviewed the Weltool W4, and it performs better than the manufacturer claims.

The knurling, the quality, the output, the intensity are all top-notch. It's performing better than all other LEP flashlights for 80% of the runtime. Yes, the Jetbeam M1S has a higher max intensity at the start, but the Weltool W4 takes the lead after the output drop.

Use discount code BGTORCH at Banggood for a nice discount.

Maxtoch Xsword L3K

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  • Peak beam distance: 3,000 meters  ( I measured 2763 meters / 1.72 miles)
  • Peak beam intensity: 2,250,000 cd (2.25 Mcd) ( I measured 1,908,000 cd / 1.9 Mcd)
  • 3 output modes: High, Med and Low
  • Max output: 650 lumens ( I couldn't get it to reach that high, mine only went up to 513 lumens at start, but that's not very important
  • Battery type: 2*21700

The Maxtoch Xsword L3K is the successor of the #1 LEP, the L2K, but it's not throwing as far. Mine can reach up to 1.7 miles/ 2700 meters, which is still a whole lot. But the beam on the L3K looks better with less tint shift. You can drop the output by half but still hit 1.34 miles. Want more details? Read our Maxtoch Xsword L3K review.

Maxtoch Xsword L2K

maxtoch xsword l2k in normal position in hand
  • Peak beam distance: 2,700 meters / 1.67 miles ( I measured 3167 meters / 1.97 miles)
  • Peak beam intensity: 1,782,000cd (1.78 Mcd) ( I measured 2,508,000 cd / 2.5 Mcd)
  • 3 output modes: High, Med and Low
  • Max output: 600 lumens ( I couldn't get it to reach that high, mine only went up to 465 lumens at start, but that's not very important
  • Battery type: 2*21700 (or 2*20350 for the shorter version)

The Maxtoch Xsword L2K is currently the #1 specced LEP flashlight. It can reach up to 3.167 kilometers, which is about 1.97 miles. I was shocked by the sheer distance this thing could reach, and moreover by the intensity over time. It only dropped slightly and maintained it's brightness for a very long time, and much higher than any of its competitors. This is currently the kind of LEP flashlights below $500. Want more details? Read our Maxtoch Xsword L2K review.

What is an LEP flashlight?

Unlike LED flashlights, an LEP flashlight uses a laser as its light source. LEP stands for Laser Excited Phosphor and these types of flashlights are extremely bright in the center of the beam, and without any real spill. When you compare the beam with a regular flashlight, you'll notice that the hotspot is extremely tight. But even at a longer distance, the hotspot stays really small, unlike the average LED flashlight. At 1 meter (3 feet) from a wall, the hotspot is only about 5cm/2 inches wide. They are great for seeing things at long-range. Especially great for hunting.

 

How does an LEP flashlight work?

To give you an example of how an LEP flashlight works, we can look at the following details of the Acebeam W30.

And below the W30 picture, you can see the explanation from Fenix as well. A picture is worth a thousand words.

But since 2021 there has been another type of LEP system. It has the laser behind the phosphor layer and then the laser beam goes through the transparent/translucent phosphor layer and gets focused with a silicon dome and a convex lens. See the picture below the Fenix.

How LEP flashlights work
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Astrolux WP2 lep module
Astrolux and Jetbeam LEP module (starting from 2021)

When do you use an LEP flashlight?

Since they produce such a thin beam that can reach a few kilometers, LEP flashlights can only be used for special tasks. Especially useful for things like hunting. You don't need an LEP flashlight for close up work. If you need a flashlight for medium distance (up to 200 meters I would suggest a throwy LED flashlight. Have a look at the best long-range LED flashlights here.

What is the farthest reaching LEP flashlight?

Currently, my Maxtoch Xsword L2K is the farthest-reaching LEP flashlight. It outperforms all other LEP flashlights by a large distance.

Any other great websites talking about white laser flashlights?

Since LEP flashlights are becoming more affordable, they are also becoming more and more popular. This website is not really suitable to keep everything in a nice overview, which is why I decided to dedicate a website, especially to LEP flashlights. Please visit lep-flashlight.com

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