New flashlight announcements:
- Nitecore New P12, Tactical, upgrade version 2019: 21700 flashlight and 1200 Lumens. More info here: https://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/newp12
- Nitecore Tube V2.0, 55 lumens, faster-charging and more hours of runtime.
- Imalent DM35 (review in progress by Zac)
- Astrolux EC01 (review in progress by Mike)
- Fenix PD35 TAC ( en route to Marco)
- Fenix PD36R ( review in progress Marco)
- Fenix TK22 v2.0 (en route to Marco)
- MecArmy SGN1 (en route to Owen)
- Convoy L21 (en route to Peter)
- Astrolux MF01 Mini (en route to Owen)
New Banggood Discount Codes for flashlights: https://1lumen.com/banggood-flashlight-coupon-code/
September 23: ran a few website updates and upgrades.. so the site might have been down for a few moments.. sorry about that.
New flashlight announcements:
- Fenix WF11E: The Fenix WF11E is an intrinsically safe flashlight that offers a variety of features for a safer work environment, and runs of 3AA batteries (200 lumens). The torch itself is made with explosion-proof and antistatic plastics including RTP 399 X 133887 Polycarbonate. And including CSA certification.
- Klarus E1: Deep carry EDC flashlight with 2 mode groups: Outdoor and Tactical, 1000 lumens, including 18650 battery. Instant access to strobe.
- Nitecore CI7: infrared tactical flashlight with 2500 lumens and 7000mW / 940nm IR output from 4*SST10 IR Led. See more info: https://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/ci7
- Acebeam TK18: copper flashlight with 3000 lumens (LED choices: 3 x OSRAM KW CSLNM1.TG, 3 x SAMSUNG LH351D LED or 3 x Nichia 219C LED CRI. More info here: http://www.acebeam.com/tk18
- Acebeam K75 is available (farthest-reaching LED flashlight)
- Fireflies ROT66 is going to have an update ROT II
- Emisar D1s v2 is going to be released soon (mega, mini thrower)
- Astrolux EC01 is going to be released soon
- Acebeam TK16 Review is ready: a great EDC flashlight (reviewed by Peter)
- Amutorch VG10 21700 (review is ready, tactical style flashlight.
- Imalent DM35 (review in progress by Zac)
- Skilhunt M150 review is ready: An underperforming flashlight?
- Acebeam K75 (maybe en route to Marco)
- Weltool T11 Review is ready: amazing trower,less than 600 lumens and 250,000 cd of throw.
- Convoy S12 Review is ready: Owen reviewed the Convoy S12 with a triple Nichia 219C. Great flashlight on a budget.
Announcement August 29:
I'm back from a long summer break, so time to start publishing new reviews! The first up will be the Acebeam TK16, which Peter reviewed recently. Other reviewers haven't been able to finish any promised reviews, unfortunately. I'll (Marco) be doing most reviews from now on again.
Acebeam announced the K75, a BLF GT killer. I knew this was going to happen, and I think they did it the right way. Instead of copying the BLF GT, as Astrolux did, they went in a different direction. Acebeam chose for the Luminus SBT-90 gen2 LED to maximize throw and Lumens. Instead of the 2000 or so lumens, a Cree XHP35 can produce, they went with the Luminous SBT-90 that can produce over 6000 Lumens. I'm eager to get my hands on one and review it against the BLF GT and Astrolux MF04.... but that is not going to happen till at least September 2019.
Have a look at the new info on the Acebeam K75.
- Sofirn SP40 (en route to Owen)
- Acebeam TK16 (en route to Peter)
- Amutorch VG10 21700 (review in progress: by Zac)
- Wuben E10 review is ready. A good EDC flashlight with an Osram P9 LED.
- Reylight Krystal review is ready. Titanium EDC flashlight with 16 Trit slots.
We have 2-3 new reviewers on the team, so hopefully, we can continue publishing them without too much problem due to the summer break.
Acebeam introduced the Acebeam W30. This flashlight doesn't use an LED, but a LEP. Which is basically a white laser. The output is "only" 500 lumen, but can reach 2408 meters / 1.4 miles. With the included 5100mAh 21700 battery, you can have a max of 1.7 hours or runtime.. There is no Low Medium High setting.. just On and Off. Available at Amazon.com
Hank, from intl-outdoor announced the second generation Emisar D4!
This time with more knurling, stainless steel bezel and different LED placements.
For more information: https://intl-outdoor.com/emisar-d4v2-high-power-led-flashlight-p-940.html
- Review ready: Lumintop EDC05. Very bright AA flashlight, doing over 350 Lumens on a single AA battery.
- Review ready: Lumintop FW3A, one of the most anticipated flashlight of 2019!
- Review ready: Imalent MS18 100,000 lumens flashlight. The craziest flashlight currently available.. on planet earth.
- Review ready: Imalent R90TS 36,000 lumens flashlight: it's crazy bright and has crazy throw.
- Imalent MS18 100,000 lumens flashlight (waiting for arrival)
- Imalent R90TS 36,000 lumens flashlight (waiting for arrival)
- MecArmy CPL wristwatch light: review is ready. Small and fun flashlight for on your wristwatch band
- Nitecore TUP Keychain light with 1,000 lumens. Review is ready: I love this light. It has some cool features!
- Lumintop Zoom1. review is ready. One of the few high quality zoomable flashlights!
Maglite now added modes to their famous D sized flashlights, now called the ML300L with a 1000 Lumens and Eco Mode for 434 hours of runtime according to Maglite. Check out the details
And including a nice commercial:
Simon (Convoy) announed a few nice budget flashlights on BLF in the last few weeks. As we all know, Convoy is an affordable flashlight brand that produces one of the best bang for the buck flashlights.
The convoy H1 is Convoy's first headlamp using an 18650 battery. It is not glued together, so you can easily disassemble the head and replace something if you need to.
The new Convy M3 is a 26650 type flashlight including a XHP70.2 LED with a max output of 4300Lumens. Both springs on the driver and tailcap are bypassed to decrease resistance for max output.
Convoy M21A (host only)
This is the 21700 version of the Convoy C8+. You get the design of the C8, but without Driver or LED. This is a host only.. at least for the time being. I hope they will soon include a driver + LED.. and I'm pretty sure Simon will do that.
Another 266650 type flashlight with an XHP50.2. Convoy doesn't mention any Lumen numbers. Modes; 0.1% - 3% - 30% - 100%. Maximum of 3A current.
The 21700 version of the incredibly famous Convoy S2+. The Convoy S2+ is one of the best gems in the flashlight industry imho.
Backlog of upcoming reviews!
- Secret little flashlight by Mecarmy (Arrived, waiting to be reviewed)
- Astrolux FT03 thrower : review ready.
- Malkoff MDC Bodyguard V2 18650 ... extremely impact resistant flashlight with lifetime warranty.
- Emisar D18 review ready: Multi emitter with SST20 4000K 95CRI 10,000 lumens
- Nitecore TUP Keychain light with 1,000 lumens (arrived, waiting to be reviewed)
- Lumintop Zoom1 (Review in Progress Peter)
- Acebeam X45 Review ready: 18,000 Lumens powerhouse
Acebeam announced the small Acebeam X65 Mini with 5 CREE XHP35 Hi LEDs. A max of 12,000 Lumens and 1300 meters of throw! I don't actually know in which category this fits. Medium thrower?
Nitecore jus announced the upgrade TIP, with 720 Lumens and a built in USB charger. Featuring a XP-G S3 LED, 720 Lumens (15 minutes) and a Low of 1 lumen for 55 hours.
Acebeam TK16 copper
The Acebeam TK16 copper is a EDC light that should reach up to 1800 lumens. This is one of the smallest flashlights Acebeam has in their lineup. It is available with 3 different LED options: XPG3, Osram, Luminus SST20. Runs off either a RCR123 (16340) or a non-rechargeable CR123A.
The Fenix E30R is compact rechargeable LED flashlight. It has an output of 1600 lumens and 70 hours of runtime max. It holds a 18650 battery and has a magnetic charge system. No finicking with Micro USB plugs. The LED used is a Luminus SST40! 5 output modes and strobe. A 4 level battery indicator finishes it all off.
The Fenix WF05E is a Intrinsically Safe flashlight, especially made for High Risk environments. It runs off 2 AAA batteries. Max output of 85 lumens. This is definitely one of the very few intrinsically safe flashlights out there.
Imalent is doing it again. During the IWA Outdoor Classics 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany they will be displaying the Imalent MS18! With a whopping 100,000 Lumens! The Exhibition is from March 8-11, and Imalent can be found at Booth 333, Hall 6. If you are in Germany and have some spare time, visit their booth!
Emisar also just announced their new Emisar D18 flashlight (an upgraded Meteor M43) with smaller dimensions and more output! The D18 is driving 18 pieces of SST-20 Hi CRI LEDs. We have one on pre-order..
Reviews added for February 2019
- Nitecore MH25GTS : Great rechargeable flashlight! Very bright, and very versatile
- Wuben A21: Very powerful at 4200 lumens and has more throw than the manufacturer claims.. Even double their numbers
- Convoy S9: Review done by Richmond, and he likes it a lot. Great rechargeable budget flashlight
- Convoy C8+: Reviewed by Peter. Very affordable and good quality thrower. Reaching almost 100kcd!
Beamshots added for many flashlights.. Check out the reviews of the Astrolux MF04S (XHP70.2) MF04, Astrolux FT02, Zebralight SC700d and Nitecore MH25GTS for newly added beamshots.
It has been a little quiet this month, but at least we have 1 interesting new headlamp show up. It's the Klarus HA2C, with apparently 3200 Lumens (XHP70.2) from a single 18650 battery. They say its a L-angle, Flashlight, Headlamp and Tool light in 1. This is what they have to say:
"Powered by a 18650 battery with up to 3200 Lumens output, Micro-USB recharging port, the HA2C is a high performance light with bi-directional pocket clip and magnetic tail cap for multiple mounting platforms. These include handheld, pack strap mounted, magnetically attached, headlamp strap, pocket or belt clip, and more! There is always a way to use the HA2C as you see fit."
Reviews for January 2019
- AstroluxFT02: The Astrolux has some serious throw of 160.000cd / 160kcd. That is pretty impressive.
- Zebralight SC700d: Didn't think I would like this one so much. A excellent EDC, a bit on the thick side, but pocketable. Pumping out 3000 Lumens and has a runtime of over 2 hours with 1000 Lumens...
- Wuben A21 (package en route to Marco) Likely to be reviewed in February
Are we going to see the first 100,000 lumens flashlight this year? There have been some people modding flashlights and hitting the 100,000 lumens, but no mass-produced LED flashlight has been able to reach that yet.. My prediction is still at 2020.. before we hit that number, but 2019 will be exciting.
- Astrolux announced the Astrolux FT03... just at the moment I'm writing a review on the FT02
- Xtar announced their new Xtar D36 dive light with 5800 lumens.
- Lumintop showed the Lumintop GT4 picture on Facebook! It's coming!
- The new Nitecore P18 and P22 announced. Should be available in March 2019. Intro vid for the P18 https://youtu.be/8SJiRAtZC3g and for the P22 (now 1800 lumens): https://youtu.be/29wqtljcNOc
Interesting news will be reported here about well-known flashlight manufacturers and also about smaller exclusive builders.
Here is a list of Flashlight manufacturers.
Smaller flashlight companies/brands/builders