LEP flashlight list: Laser flashlights in 2021

CHECK OUT THE BEST LEP FLASHLIGHTS (Below $500) IN ORDER OF BEAM DISTANCE:

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There are many lists of "Best X flashlights" on the Web today. However, most of those lists are written by people who know absolutely nothing about flashlights! In fact, many of these people do not even seem to own the flashlights they 'review'. It’s pretty easy to tell which ones write their reviews and which ones don’t: try to find an honest, in-depth review on their site! Lol, They often copy and paste reviews based on Amazon purchases, aggregate general specifications, and add some stock pictures of the flashlights.

So I'll do my absolute best to help you out with objectively real knowledge. I've been active on flashlight forums since 2009 (check out my bio on the “Team” page), and I have owned well over 100 flashlights in that time and currently own a few dozen of them. My team hopes to give you some real insight with many in-depth reviews covering all types of flashlights. Pardon my non-native English because I'm actually Dutch. ;--)
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LEP flashlights

Farthest reaching LEP flashlights

nextorch t7l in hand

Nextorch T7L

Small, pocketable LEP flashlight reaching 1,100meters.

  • 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.

T10L flashlight in my hand normal way

Nextorch T10L

Specced at 1100 meters, but overperforming!

  • 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.

fenix tk30 in hand

Fenix TK30

6" / 15cm flashlight reaching 1,200 meters/ 0.7 miles.

  • 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.

Weltool W3 PRO in normal position

Weltool W3 PRO

Only 6 inches long and reaching 1,205 meters.

  • 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: 1,200 meters
  • Peak beam intensity: 410,000cd
  • Max output claimed: 480 lumens but in reality it's doing less.
  • Emitter type: WP-RX
  • Battery type: 1*21700 with micro USB port included (can also be used with 1*18650 battery, with adapter)
  • 2 modes: High and Low

We've tested the Jetbeam M2S WP-RX extensively and come to the conclusion that it is a very good performing flashlight, but the specs are exaggerated. It is still performing better than most other flashlights, but it's just not reaching the claimed output by any stretch of the imagination.

But it has a lot to offer. It comes in a nice carry case and a 5100mAh battery. Check out our full in-depth review of the Jetbeam M2S.

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Acebeam W10 gen2 holding in normal position

Acebeam W10 gen II

Pocketable LEP flashlight reaching 1,217 meters.

  • Max beam distance 1,217 meters / 0.75 miles
  • Max beam intensity: 370,000cd
  • Max output: 450 lumens
  • Battery type: 21700 5100mAh included.
  • Charging: USB-C charging built-in
  • LEP choices: 4000K / 6500K / High CRI 90+

Acebeam's second-generation W10 is a good step up from its older brother. Instead of producing 250 lumens it produces 450 lumens. And instead of throwing 1,000 meters, it throws more than 1,200 meters.

It's a little interesting to note that these manufacturers claim their numbers just a tad higher than their competitors. From 1,200 to 1,205 to 1,217.

Its blue laser emitter transforms the blue laser energy into focused, white light. A 5100mAh 21700 battery is included in the package, which should sustain a battery life of up to 3.3 hours. 

Inside the package you can find two extra filters (Red and Green) besides a bunch of other accessories. It is classified as a Class 2M laser.

jetbeam m1x wp-rx in hand

Jetbeam M1X WP-RX

480 lumens, 2,300 meters specced, but performs way beyond specs!

  • Peak beam distance: 2,300 meters / 1.42 miles
  • Peak beam intensity: 1,322,500cd (1.32 Mcd)
  • Max output: 480 lumens
  • Emitter type: WP-RX
  • Battery type: 1*21700 battery included (or 1*18650 battery with adapter)
  • 2 modes: High and Low

The Jetbeam M1X WP-RX looks like any regular LED flashlight. But although its lumen rating is rather low (480 lumens) don't be fooled by that. It is built with a powerful laser emitter that can achieve a beam distance of up to 2,300 meters (1.42 miles). If you don't need the maximum output you can use the Low mode which is only a tenth of the maximum output, but is still useful and runs for up to 7.5 hours. Check out our Jetbeam M1X WP-RX in-depth review.
My sample performed way better than specs. Instead of 1.32 Mcd, it is able to achieve 2.3 Mcd. See details in the review.
Therefore, this is actually the #1 farthest throwing LEP flashlight you can get.

acebeam w30 holding in hand

Acebeam W30

LEP flashlight reaching 2,408 meters / 1.5 miles

  • Peak beam distance: 2,408 meters / 1.5 miles
  • Peak beam intensity: 1,450,000cd (1.45 Mcd)
  • Max output: 500 lumens
  • Battery type: 1*21700 5100mAh IMR21700NP-510A battery included (or 18650 with adapter) .
  • LEP choices: 4000K / 6500K / High CRI 90+
  • BLOS searchlight (Beyond Line-Of-Sight)

The Acebeam W30 can produce 500 lumens and reach up to 2,408 meters. This distance is more than double the output of its sibling, the W10. The included 21700 battery is USB rechargeable and works as a power bank at the same time. This means you can charge your phone by attaching your charging cord to the battery. Ingenious.

They classify this as a Class 2M laser. Check out our full in-depth review of the Acebeam W30. In our test, the W30 is performing lower than the Jetbeam M1S WP-RX.

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.

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maxtoch xsword l2k in normal position in hand

Maxtoch Xsword L2K

600 lumens, 2,700 meters

  • 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.

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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 Jetbeam M1X WP-RX is the farthest reaching LEP flashlight. It outperforms the more popular Acebeam W30 by a big difference.

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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