What’s The World’s Brightest LED Flashlight In 2017?

image of AceBeam X65 12000

The AceBeam X65 is the best brightest flashlight out there!

Are you looking for the world’s brightest flashlight ever! If so, you’re in the right place!

Brightness is an important aspect of serious flashlights. We will discuss the features, benefits, and specifications of each model to give you an idea of which lights are best for various purposes. We will also review some headlamps for those who want hands-free lighting.

Before we the brightest flashlights available, let’s discuss the basics. We’ll talk about standards for measuring flashlight performance, types of flashlights and batteries, and the parts and elements of a flashlight, so you can better understand the details in the reviews when you get to them.

The brightest flashlights typically cost more than most tactical flashlights. If you’re looking for a more options, we recommend reading our tactical flashlight buyer’s guide.

How Is Brightness Measured?

Brightness is one of the most important features of a flashlight, so manufacturers are working on standardizing the measurements by creating the ANSI FL1 standards. FL1 uses three methods to measure flashlight performance.

The first method is light output, measured in lumens after the flashlight has been on for at least 30 seconds. Light output is the most accurate measure of brightness.

The second method of measuring flashlight performance is beam distance, tracked in meters. Light output is the distance the beam of light will travel before reaching the brightness of a full moon on a clear night (0.25 lux).

The third flashlight performance measurement in the ANSI FL1 standard is peak beam intensity. It determines the brightest point of the beam and is measured in candela (cd).

The last two measurements can vary quite a bit depending on the size and angle of the reflector, which is why the light output in lumens is the most important of the three.

ANSI FL1 includes some other measurements that aren’t related to light. Runtime is one of them. It is the number of minutes the flashlight can operate until its light output falls to 10% of its original value. This is measured using the batteries that come with the flashlight, or the batteries recommended by the flashlight manufacturer if no batteries are included.

How Batteries Affect Brightness

There are three main types of batteries used in flashlights. You’re already familiar with standard AAA and AA batteries. These have several advantages. They are inexpensive and sold almost everywhere. You probably have some on hand right now. They are available in rechargeable flashlights. They are also small compared to the old C and D batteries that used to be commonly used in flashlights. That makes it possible to make flashlights that aren’t much thicker than a pencil.

The two main drawbacks are that AAA and AA cells don’t put out that much power, and they don’t last very long.

The next type of battery used in flashlights is the CR123A lithium cells that are often used in cameras. These batteries were designed to be compact, yet powerful. They are shorter but thicker than AA batteries. They are available in rechargeable and non-rechargeable versions.

The third type of flashlight battery is the 18650 rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. This is one of the most popular types of batteries today due to its energy density, ability to hold a charge, and low memory effect. The memory effect is a rechargeable battery’s tendency to lose its maximum energy storage capacity when it is recharged many times. Many of the flashlights we will review here use 18650 batteries.

Battery Life

Most users are rightly concerned about battery life. It’s not just a matter of convenience. Out in the field, it could be a matter of safety.

Many factors affect battery life, including the type and model of battery used, battery age, temperature, how the battery is stored, bulb/LED type, etc. Batteries will not last as long in extreme heat or cold.

Alkaline batteries have a shelf life of about five years. For lithium batteries, ten years is typical. (Shelf life is the amount of time an unused battery can keep most of its stored charge.) Rechargeable NiCad batteries lose almost all their charge in a few months, so it’s best to charge them soon before you use them.

Almost any batteries will perform better with LEDs than with old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. In some conditions like extreme temperatures where the battery cannot light an incandescent, it will still light an LED flashlight. All the lights we review in this article use LEDs.

For the types of lights we review here, the single most important factor in battery life is the brightness mode you choose. Most of our models have several modes to choose from, ranging from very dim to very bright. The battery will often last 100 times longer (or more) in the dimmest mode than in the brightest.

We recommend always having a set of fresh or freshly-charged batteries with you in case you run out of juice. If your flashlight has a non-removable battery, you might want to take a second light with you as a backup.

Reviews Of The Brightest Flashlights

Acebeam X65

image of AceBeam X65 12000The Acebeam X65 flashlight is a versatile and powerful high-end LED flashlight. It has an impressive choice of brightness modes ranging from tiny Firefly mode to super-bright Turbo Max mode. It’s made of rugged materials for toughness and durability in a wide range of situations.

The X65 is one of the brightest flashlights on the market, with up to 12,000 lumens in its most powerful mode, thanks to the five Cree XHP35 high-intensity LEDs. When you don’t need maximum brightness, you can choose one of six other modes, with as little as 4 lumens in Firefly mode. One battery charge lasts an incredible 450 hours in Firefly mode.

The versatility of the Acebeam X65 is another strong reason to consider it. Besides a large number of modes, this LED flashlight is manufactured with aircraft-grade aluminum for toughness, it’s waterproof to 2 meters and has a hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish.

Features and Specifications

  • The X65 includes a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery pack, which is the equivalent of 8 x 18650 batteries.
  • 5 x Cree XHP35 High-Intensity LEDs have a maximum throw of 1300 meters.
  • Maximum runtime is 450 hours.
  • Maximum brightness is 12,000 lumens.
  • Includes seven brightness modes (Firefly, Low, Medium, High, Turbo, Turbo Max, and Strobe).
  • The X65 weighs 1290 grams (including battery).
  • The X65 is waterproof to IPX-8 standard (2 meters).
  • A smooth reflector gives perfect beam and throw.
  • Includes AC adapter, shoulder strap, replacement O-ring, and NiteElf keychain.
  • The X65 is made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum.
  • The tough ultra-clear glass lens has an anti-reflective coating.
  • The X65 features a premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish.
  • The X65 has a smooth reflector for perfect beam and throw.

What Customers Are Saying

The Acebeam X65 is one of the world’s brightest and most versatile search, and rescue LED flashlights. In Turbo Max mode, its brightest, the X65 flashlight puts out an amazing 12,000 lumens for a full hour on a single charge, with a maximum throw of 1300 meters (8/10 of a mile).
Reviews of the Acebeam X65 are amazingly positive. The only negative reported was one customer who received a flashlight which had a crack in the case.

However, there were no complaints about the operation or features of the X65, and the crack could have been a result of shipping damage. A reputable retailer offers hassle-free exchanges in the rare event that a problem like this occurs.
The high customer satisfaction and incredible feature set make it very easy for me to recommend the X65 for those who are looking for a powerful high-end flashlight.

To summarize, the Acebeam X65 LED flashlight is one of the brightest flashlights you can choose, has many modes for when you don’t need maximum brightness, is tough and versatile, and includes several important accessories that you won’t have to buy separately.

Brightest 18650 Flashlight: Olight X7 Marauder

image of Olight X7 Marauder 9000 LumenThe Olight X7 Marauder is our top pick for brightest 18650 powered LED flashlight. It’s compact at just 5 inches long and features seven brightness modes from an energy-saving 3 lumens, all the way up to a powerful 9000 lumens. That makes it one of the smallest flashlights on the market with that level of brightness. It’s especially suited for middle and close-range, wide area illumination.

The most popular feature of the X7 Marauder for most users is its incredible brightness considering its small size. It’s been described as being like having a floodlight in your hand.

People also love the solid construction of the X7. Everything about it says high-quality, from the flashlight case to the cardboard box it comes in. You’ve probably noticed how luxury cars have a nicer fit and finish than budget models – that’s what I would compare the Olight X7 Marauder to. It just feels more solid and high-end than you would expect from its compact size.

Features and Specifications

  • The X7 uses 4 x 18650 rechargeable lithium batteries (not included).
  • The X7 has seven brightness modes: 3 lumens, 300 lumens, 1000 lumens, 3000 lumens, 5500 lumens, 9000 lumens, and a 10 Hz strobe.
  • The X7 is a compact soda can-sized flashlight.
  • It has an orange-peel aluminum reflector.
    A side switch is included.
  • It has three four-core, light-emitting, top-class cool white CREE XHP70 LEDs.
  • The balanced beam offers middle and close-range, wide area illumination.
  • The X7 is waterproof to IPX-8 standard (2 meters).
  • The X7 has Active Thermal Management. An internal thermal sensor monitors the flashlight temperature and reduces output when necessary to prevent overheating.
  • The flashlight is 5 inches long. It has a 2.68-inch diameter bezel and a 2.05-inch diameter body.
  • The X7 weighs 471 grams (excluding batteries).
  • The package includes a holster, a car sticker, and a LegionArms 18650 battery case.

What Customers Are Saying

A lot of customers love the Olight X7 Marauder’s compact, soda-can size. There are some brighter flashlights on the market, but it would be hard to find a brighter one that is as small as the X7. It’s proof that a flashlight doesn’t have to be big to be powerful.

Some reviewers were disappointed that batteries are not included with the flashlight, as they are with some other makes and models. That means you’ll need to be sure to order some batteries if you go with the X7. However, the economic reality is that if batteries were included with the Olight X7, the price of the flashlight would be higher to compensate for that so that you would be paying for them anyway. The X7 uses readily-available, industry-standard 18650 rechargeable lithium batteries.

I can confidently recommend the Olight X7 Marauder if you’re shopping for a compact yet powerful flashlight, especially for search and rescue purposes.

At just 5 inches long, the Olight X7 Marauder is one of the brighest flashlights for its small size, as it goes up to 9000 lumens. It is versatile and rugged, with several brightness modes so you can choose the best one for whatever situation you find yourself in at the time.

ThruNite TN36 UT

image of ThruNite TN36 UT 7300The ThruNite TN36 UT LED flashlight is the upgraded version of the TN36. It’s bright at up to 7300 lumens with a maximum beam distance of 285 meters and is affordable for its power and feature set.

In fact, the affordability of this model stands out, considering the high build quality and what it can do. Some flashlights that aren’t much brighter can cost up to twice as much as the TN36 UT.

The other aspect of the TN36 UT that I want to stress is the robust range of features it has, which is comparable to flashlights with much higher price tags. It has six brightness modes, gets almost as bright as some much higher-priced options, and includes features like a low voltage indicator, memory function, and overheating protection.

The ThruNiteTN36 UT has everything and is considered one of the brightest models on the market today.

Features and Specifications

  • The flashlight features six brightness modes (6510 lumens, 2280 lumens, 785 lumens, 116 lumens, 1.6 lumens, and strobe).
  • The TN36 UT uses 4 x 18650 rechargeable lithium batteries (not included).
  • A battery charge lasts from 119 minutes in Turbo (6510 lumens) mode to 33 days in Moonlight (1.6 lumens) mode.
  • The maximum beam distance is 299 meters.
  • It features Cree XHP70 High-Intensity LEDs.
  • The TN36 UT is made of aircraft-grade aluminum.
  • The TN36 UT is Impact resistant to 2 meters.
  • It is waterproof to IPX-8 standard (2 meters).
  • The TN36 UT weighs 390 grams without batteries.
  • The TN36 UT is 4.95 inches long and 2.52 inches in diameter.
  • The memory function means the flashlight will remain in the same mode it was on when turned off, except Strobe, Turbo, and Firefly modes.
  • A low voltage indicator lets you know when it’s time to charge or replace the batteries.
  • ITC Technology will automatically reduce the power when the flashlight temperature gets too high, to prevent overheating.
  • The package includes two holsters, 2 O-rings, and a battery carrier.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers love the TN36 UT’s high-quality engineering. The construction is solid, and the flashlight fits comfortably in your hand. Its ruggedness and versatility make it a winner.

Some reviewers had trouble getting the TN36 UT to go into Turbo mode, which is brightest option. If you buy a flashlight for its brightness, it’s disappointing if the maximum brightness mode doesn’t seem to work.

However, it seems that getting Turbo mode to work properly relies on having the proper batteries. It turns out there are different types of 18650 batteries. All of them will work in the TN36 UT, but to get Turbo mode to work consistently, you should avoid using NCR cells, which have built-in circuit protection to keep them from overheating, which also prevents them from putting out the power needed for Turbo mode.

Your best bet is to go with major brand batteries. Two recommended ones are the LG 18650HG2 3000mAh 20A and the Samsung INR18650-30Q 3000mAh 15A cells. Either of those will put out the power the TN36 UT needs.

I’m happy to recommend the TN36 UT for people who want a bright yet compact flashlight.

The ThruNite TN36 UT flashlight is a well-built, versatile, and high-powered flashlight. Yet it is still small and affordable. A wide range of brightness modes makes it handy for most any situation. As long as you put quality batteries in it, the TN36 UT should serve you well for many years.

Fenix RC40

image of Fenix RC40The Fenix RC40 flashlight is well-suited for people who want a serious, heavy-duty light. It is solidly built, waterproof, and impact resistant, with a nice set of features.

One feature that stands out about the RC40 is its built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It includes both an AC adapter and a car charger, making it very versatile. It can even be used to power other devices thanks to its charging and discharging port.

Another great feature of the Fenix RC40 is its overall versatility. You get seven lighting modes and a powerful 6000 lumens that shine for 730 meters in a very rugged housing. This is one of the brightest high-quality flashlights available today.

Features and Specifications

  • The flashlight features five brightness levels (45 lumens, 500 lumens, 2000 lumens, 4000 lumens, and 6000 lumens), plus SOS and strobe modes.
  • The light shines a maximum of 730 meters.
  • The maximum intensity is 133,200 cd.
  • The maximum brightness is 6000 lumens.
  • A battery charge lasts up to 125 hours.
  • Overheating protection is built-in.
  • A lockout function prevents accidentally turning on the light.
  • It has a pair of stainless steel side switches.
  • The body is made from aerospace-grade aluminum and has a Type III hard-anodized finish.
  • The bezel is impact resistant and has enhanced heat-dissipating fins.
  • A battery power level and charging indicator are built into the base of the flashlight.
  • The RC40 has an intelligent memory circuit and lockout function.
  • The discharging port allows the RC40 to power USB devices.
  • It has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack.
  • The RC40 is impact resistant to 1 meter.
  • It is water resistant to 2 meters (IPX-8).
  • The RC40 is 10.7 inches long, and the diameter is 2.1 inches. The head diameter is 4.6 inches.
  • The RC40 weighs 1234 grams including the battery pack.
  • It includes a limited lifetime guarantee from Fenix Lighting US.
  • The package includes a shoulder strap, DC car charger, AC adapter, anti-dust plug, and spare O-ring.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers love the power of the Fenix RC40, with a super-bright 6000 lumens that shine for up to 730 meters.

The only negative issue reported by users is the RC40’s large size. It’s pretty heavy at about 2.7 pounds and is almost 11 inches long, so some people might not find it ideal for everyday use.

However, the flashlight does come with a shoulder strap, which reduces the effect of its weight. I can heartily recommend the Fenix RC40 for people who want a serious, heavy-duty flashlight.

The Fenix RC40 is a powerful flashlight featuring high-quality engineering. The construction is solid, and the flashlight is impact resistant and waterproof. It is incredibly bright, with a very long throw. Power users will be very happy with it.

Nitecore TM16GT

image of Nitecore TM16GTThe Nitecore TM16GT flashlight is a nice, affordably-priced LED flashlight that’s worth your consideration for its rich set of features and specs.

The most impressive feature of the TM16GT is its incredible 1003-meter throw. That’s over 6/10 of a mile. The light shines so far that Nitecore nicknamed this model the Throw Monster.

The other aspect to note about the Nitecore TM16GT is the value you get for the price. It offers a whopping eight brightness modes, 3 of which are special modes. It has some nice advanced features, like temperature regulation, a tripod mount, and an integrated power indicator. It’s nicely-shaped to be comfortable to hold for long periods of time.

Features and Specifications

  • The flashlight features 4 CREE XHP70 High-Intensity LEDs.
  • The TM16GT has a dual-switch user interface for easy one-handed use.
  • It has five brightness levels (3600 lumens, 1500 lumens, 500 lumens, 200 lumens, and 5 lumens) and three special modes (SOS, strobe, and location beacon).
  • It uses 4 x 18650 batteries (not included), which are arranged side-by-side to keep the handle short and comfortable to use.
  • The maximum output is up to 3600 lumens.
  • The peak beam intensity is 252,000 cd.
  • The throw distance is up 1003 meters.
  • The maximum run time is up to 610 hours.
  • The TM16GT features advanced temperature regulation technology.
  • It includes a free Andrew & Amanda pen.
  • An integrated power indicator light shows how much battery power is left.
  • The reverse polarity protection feature guards against batteries being inserted incorrectly.
  • It features direct access to turbo (3600 lumens) and ultra-low (5 lumens) brightness modes.
  • A receptacle makes it easy to mount the flashlight on a tripod.
  • The TM16GT is built from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy.
  • It features toughened, ultra-clear mineral glass with an anti-reflective coating.
  • The flashlight is impact resistant to 1.5 meters.
  • The TM16GT is water submersible to 2 meters.
  • The dimensions are 7.17 inches long with a tube diameter of 2.09 inches and head diameter of 3.5 inches.
  • It weighs 521 grams.

What Customers Are Saying

Reviews of the TM16GT are very positive. Customers love the long-range capability of this flashlight, with its 1003-meter throw. The flashlight is well-constructed from quality materials and has a lot of attractive features.

The only negative mark reported was from one reviewer who said that the flashlight doesn’t have a lot of close-range spill.

However, the same reviewer added that the TM16GT offers enough spill to light your path, which is what most people are probably concerned about.

I can confidently recommend the TM16GT for users who want a bright flashlight with an impressive throw. (So impressive that the manufacturer nicknamed it the Throw Monster.)

The Nitecore TM16GT flashlight is a rugged, versatile, well-built, and high-powered flashlight. It has a nice set of features that make is useful for many purposes. It is especially appropriate for camping and search uses.

Brightest Rechargeable: Lupine Betty R 14

image of Lupine Lighting Systems Betty R 14 Helmet LightThe Lupine Betty R 14 is different from the other products we’ve reviewed so far because it’s a headlamp rather than a handheld flashlight. This is not an old-school miner-type headlamp. It’s a modern, high-tech lighting solution.

The first impressive feature of the R 14 is its built-in Bluetooth technology, which lets you easily adjust the lighting level and access the functions while keeping your hands free. No more fumbling around trying to find controls in the dark.

The next most impressive thing about the Betty is its versatility. It offers an incredible 11 light levels, more than any of the flashlights we reviewed. Its lamp can be mounted on the included headband, a helmet or handlebar. It’s lightweight and waterproof, making it useful in many different situations.

Features and Specifications

  • The Betty R 14 is the brightest headlamp in the world, with a color temperature of 6000 kelvins, which is similar to daylight.
  • The headlamp puts out 5000 lumens.
  • The beam shines up to 380 meters.
  • The R 14 offers 11 light levels.
  • The lamp can be mounted on the headband, a helmet, or bike handlebar for versatility.
  • Bluetooth wireless remote control technology makes it easy to control functions and light levels.
  • The Betty is precision-milled from high-quality, lightweight aluminum.
  • The rechargeable 13.2 SmartCore battery (included) operates up to 310 hours.
  • Headlamp configuration means hands-free operation.
  • The RX14 is waterproof.
  • The headband has a cable management feature which allows carrying the battery in a backpack or your pocket.
  • The headband is designed to evenly distribute the weight of the lamp on your head.
  • The headlamp weighs 150 grams. The whole system weighs 610 grams.
  • Package includes headband, battery charger with AC power supply and 12V DC power adapter, 4-foot extension cable, Bluetooth remote wristlet mount, and carrying case.

What Customers Are Saying

The most impressive feature of the Lupine Betty R 14 is its built-in Bluetooth technology. This gives you hands-free control over the headlamp’s features and light levels. (Plus, let’s admit it, Bluetooth is just plain cool in a headlamp!)

The main drawback to the Betty RX 4 is its price. That’s several times as much as some of the flashlights we review in this article.

I am reminded of the old saying “You get what you pay for.” There simply is no low-priced lighting solution that offers what the RX14 offers. Those people who will take advantage of Betty’s many advanced features will find it well worth the price. It’s useful in many situations where a handheld flashlight would be cumbersome or even dangerous, like nighttime bike riding.

I’m very confident in recommending the Betty RX14 for people who will take advantage of its rich feature sets and versatility.

The Lupine Betty RX14 is a great lighting option for situations where you want to keep your hands free. It’s one of the brightest flashlights that can be used on the go for activities like biking and hiking.

Nitecore EA81

image of Nitecore EA81 Searchlight-SpotlightThe Nitecore EA81 is the brightest AA battery-powered LED flashlight. It’s also one of the lowest-priced lights we’re reviewing in this article. The convenience of using AA batteries will make it appeal to many users.

A great aspect of the EA81 is its very affordable price, considering the features and power it offers. It costs significantly less than most of the other lights we reviewed, putting it well within the budget of most users.

The other strength of this model that we need to highlight is its overall versatility. Running on ordinary AA batteries means you’ll always be able to easily find replacements no matter where you are. The EA81 offers eight lighting modes and is impact and water resistant, making it a great choice for budget users.

Features and Specifications

  • The EA81 has a maximum output of 2150 lumens.
  • The flashlight has a maximum runtime of 810 hours and 1 hour, 45 minutes in its brightest mode.
  • The maximum beam distance is 462 meters.
  • The peak beam intensity is 53,300 cd.
  • The EA81 features five lighting modes: turbo (2150 lumens), high (1200 lumens), mid (460 lumens), low (80 lumens), and ultralow (1 lumen). You get direct access to ultralow and turbo modes.
  • It includes three special modes: SOS, strobe, and location beacon.
  • The flashlight is impact resistant to 1.5 meters.
  • The EA81 is water resistant to 2 meters (IPX-8).
  • The EA81 uses CREE XHP50 LEDs.
  • The flashlight is 7.6 inches long, with a 2.36-inch head size.
  • The light weighs 282 grams.
  • The EA81 features a battery power indicator which doubles as a flashlight finder to locate it in the dark.
  • The EA81 has an ergonomically sound design for a comfortable and secure grip.
  • Package includes 8 Energizer AA Max Alkaline batteries, Lightjunction keychain light, lanyard, holster, and spare O-ring.

What Customers Are Saying

People love the power of the EA81 since it’s the brightest AA-powered flashlight. This makes it very convenient because AA batteries are so prevalent.

One reviewer mentioned that if the batteries are left in the flashlight for an extended period while the flashlight is not used, the batteries can leak and damage the flashlight.

However, this leakage is a common effect of alkaline batteries. If old batteries leak, that’s not the fault of the device they were left in. It’s advisable to remove the batteries from any device if you will not be using it for an extended period, for precisely this reason. I also feel that people who use their flashlight so rarely that this is a problem, should probably just go with a cheap flashlight from the hardware store since they apparently don’t have the need for a powerful, high-quality model like the ones we are reviewing in this article.

I’m happy to recommend the Nitecore EA81 for people who want a low-priced, AA-powered flashlight due to its brightness and set of features for the price.

The Nitecore EA81 is currently the brightest flashlight that runs on common AA batteries. It’s versatile, rugged, useful in many situations and an excellent choice for users on a budget who may not need some of the higher-end features of some of the other models.

Brightest 4 x AA Headlamp: Fenix 15-UE

image of Fenix HP15UE (HP15 UE)The Fenix 15-UE is another headlamp, on the low end of the price scale. The UE stands for Ultimate Edition, a well-deserved designation considering what you get with this model.

Tthe Fenix 15-UE is simply the brightest AA-powered headlamp on the market. That makes it a nice option for anyone who could benefit from a hands-free light.

Features and Specifications

  • The 15-UE has a maximum output of 900 lumens.
  • The headlamp shines up to 195 yards.
  • The CREE XM-L2 U2 LED has a lifespan of 50,000 hours.
  • The headlamp has digitally-regulated output to maintain constant brightness.
  • A lockout function prevents accidentally turning on the light.
  • A reverse polarity protection function keeps improperly-installed batteries from damaging the headlamp.
  • The 15-UE features a 60-degree tilt mechanism.
  • The 15-UE uses 4 AA batteries (included).
  • The headlamp is made from aluminum alloy and performance plastic.
  • The 15-UE has a premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish.
  • The toughened ultra-clear glass lens has an anti-reflective coating.
  • The headlamp has five brightness modes (900 lumens, 400 lumens, 150 lumens, 50 lumens, and 10 lumens) and SOS mode.
  • The 15-UE is IPX-6 water resistant.
  • The headlamp is 2.6 inches long, 2.2 inches wide, and 1.4 inches high.
  • The battery box is 3.5 inches long, 2.9 inches wide, and 1 inch high. It is separate from the headlamp to allow for waist mounting or putting it in your pocket.
  • The headlamp weighs 154 grams without batteries or straps.
  • Package includes four alkaline AA batteries and two cable clips.

What Customers Are Saying

People love that the 15-UE is the brightest AA-powered headlamp on the market. With five brightness modes and its rugged design, it’s suitable for many different situations, especially those where hands-free operation is important.

Some customers were not happy that it doesn’t come with a diffuser (unlike the original version of the headlamp).

However, this doesn’t seem to be much of an issue, because the 15-UE lights up a wide area while keeping a bright center spot. It could be that the engineers didn’t think a diffuser was needed on the Ultimate Edition model.

I’m confident in recommending the Fenix 15-UE for users who want a low-priced quality lighting solution as well as people who haven’t used a headlamp.

The versatility of the headlamp design, along with the tough, rugged design and all the features of the Fenix 15-UE make it a great choice for budget-conscious shoppers.

Brightest 1 x AAA: SureFire Titan Plus

image of SureFire Titan Plus Ultra-CompactThe SureFire Titan Plus is a professional-grade keychain LED flashlight which adds many features to the original Titan model.

The first feature of the Titan Plus I want to highlight is its size. It’s small enough to easily fit in your pocket, yet surprisingly powerful. You probably won’t use it as your primary flashlight for serious operations in the field, but for everyday use or to have on hand in case you need it, it’s hard to beat.

The second feature that deserves mention is the quality construction of the Titan Plus. Don’t confuse this model with cheap plastic flashlights just because of its size. The Titan Plus is made from nickel-plated brass for extra durability.

Features and Specifications

  • The Titan Plus features an ultra-compact triple output LED design.
  • The flashlight has three output modes (300 lumens, 75 lumens, and 15 lumens).
  • The battery lasts a full hour in the brightest mode and 7 hours in the dimmest.
  • The head switch can be twisted counterclockwise to turn the flashlight on and off and to choose output mode.
  • The flashlight runs on 1 AAA NiMH battery (included) or regular AAA alkaline battery.
  • A proprietary faceted reflector results in a smooth, broad MaxVision beam which fills your field of view. This is ideal for close-range activities.
  • It is made from sleek and stylish nickel-plated brass for durability.
  • The removable pocket clip enables many options for securely carrying the flashlight. The clip is made from a polymer with a high-strength aluminum core.
  • The Titan Plus is 3.4 inches long and weighs just 2 ounces (58 grams).

What Customers Are Saying

People love the tiny size of the Titan Plus and the fact that it runs on just one regular AAA battery despite how much light it puts out. It’s small enough to easily keep it in a pocket or purse, just to have on hand in case it’s needed.

Some reviewers had trouble accessing some of the output modes, such as medium.

However, this could be just a matter of getting familiar with the operation of the light, a bit of a learning curve if you will. Most customers didn’t mention this as a problem, so it seems to be more of a matter of getting familiar with the device. I recommend experimenting with it at home in a comfortable setting to learn all the features, so you’re ready when you need it.

I’m comfortable recommending the SureFire Titan Plus LED flashlight for anyone who wants a tiny yet powerful flashlight to have on hand. It’s not as powerful as the other flashlights we review in this article, but no one should expect it to be considering its size and single-AAA operation.

The SureFire Titan Plus is a solid and versatile keychain-style flashlight. Although it probably won’t become your primary flashlight for heavy-duty applications, its small size, single-battery operation, and 300-lumen power make it a great light to have with you when you need it.

There you have it, reviews of the best and brightest flashlights of various types. If you jumped right to the reviews, and any terminology was unfamiliar to you, please go back and read the first part of this article where we define and explain most of the terms associated with flashlights.

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