List of the Most Powerful Flashlights in the World (throw)

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List of the Most Powerful Flashlights in the World (throw)


X axis = lux
Y axis = ANSI throw distance (meters)

And now zoomed in to show all lights except the top 9:

The legend for what each colour means is at the bottom right.



*There is no exact definition of a “flashlight”, however for the purpouse of this list it will be an artificial light source that:
A) contains a battery or power system that does not require it to be tethered by a cable (no mains, vehicle, or generator power)
B) is portable and can be carried in a single hand for extended periods of time (no wheels or stands or heavy external batteries)
C) has a runtime of at least several minutes at max without running out of power or overheating (no ‘flash’ bulbs)


There current list is:

# Flashlight name Creator candela Type Source link
1) Maxablaster Ra 52 Mcd short arc http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?125819
2) Swan Blaster ma_sha1 42.8 Mcd short arc http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?330960
3) Moon Blaster ma_sha1 16.7 Mcd short arc http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?307615
4) Maxabeam G3 Peak Beam 12 Mcd short arc http://searchlights.peakbeam.com/item/mbs-410-series-searchlights/
5) SyniosBeam Enderman 9.8 Mcd led+reflector http://budgetlightforum.com/node/58853
6) 80W UHP project PolarLi 6.3 Mcd short arc http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?429938
7) Megablaster ma-sha1 5.5 Mcd short arc http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?304040
8) Fresnel build djozz 5.34 Mcd led+fresnel http://budgetlightforum.com/node/41062
9) Hyperblitz japudjuha 5.11 Mcd short arc http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?436069
10) 75W HID mod amaretto 4.8 Mcd short arc http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/36613/
11) HID Scheinwerfer Alexander/werty 4.79 Mcd short arc http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/60690/
12) Fresnel build EasyB 4.7 Mcd led+fresnel http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1010656#comment-1010656
13) OptoFire Enderman 4.63 Mcd led+aspheric http://budgetlightforum.com/node/55370
14) LX70 Superthrower Lemax 4.5 Mcd short arc http://www.lemax.cz/searchlights/25-lemax-lx70-superpower
15) 200W UHP Nexxos1412 3.8 Mcd short arc http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?429398
16) Grüne Scheusal sven_m 3.7 Mcd short arc http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?337844
17) Optik Scheinwerfer Photon 3.228 Mcd led+lens http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/26159/ (thread hidden)
18) Megaray Megaray 3.125 Mcd short arc https://www.megaray.com/hand-held
19) Lance of Ra STO 2.6 Mcd led+aspheric https://www.silentthunderordnance.com/shop/lance-of-ra
20) SM5500 mod amaretto 2.6 Mcd short arc http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/12267/
21) Sceptre pscal 2.32 Mcd led+aspheric http://budgetlightforum.com/node/59081
22) Huygens Ultimate Walterk 2.14 Mcd led+aspheric http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?301559
23) Nighthunter NH1 Xenonics 2 Mcd short arc http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/nighthunter-one.41244/
24) Lux Monster Lumenstein 1.9 Mcd 3 led+reflector http://budgetlightforum.com/node/20169
25) Halogen Blitz japudjuha 1.87 Mcd short arc http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?436069
26) Excalibur The_Driver 1.7 Mcd led+reflector http://budgetlightforum.com/node/55286
27) GTvn CFT90 vinhnguyen54 1.58 Mcd led+reflector http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?443983
28) Astrolux MF04 Astrolux 1.46 Mcd led+reflector http://budgetlightforum.com/node/58816
29) LightCanon Enderman 1.35 Mcd led+aspheric https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/442305-the-lightcanon-flashlight/
30) Deft-X clone gaston01 1.35 Mcd led+aspheric http://budgetlightforum.com/node/38863
31) REV Victor Enthusiast Saabluster 1.3 Mcd led+aspheric http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?411614
32) TN42vnM vinhnguyen54 1.3 Mcd led+reflector http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?440812
33) BLF GT BudgetLightForum 1.29 Mcd led+reflector http://budgetlightforum.com/node/50303
34) LX-70 Lemax 1.265 Mcd short arc http://www.lemax.cz/searchlights/2-lemax-lx70
35) Blue Star on steroids Kenji 1.2 Mcd led+aspheric http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?380577
36) Million bet beam Ervin Anastasi 1.177 Mcd led+aspheric http://budgetlightforum.com/node/34516
37) Günstig thrower Xandre 1.15 Mcd led+reflector http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/52988/ (thread hidden)
38) TN42 mod muellihenry 1.138 Mcd led+reflector http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/thrunite-tn42-mod.57491/
39) LarryK14 japudjuha 1.1 Mcd incandescent http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?436069
40) Black Bullet X mash.m 1.05 Mcd led+aspheric http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?364136
41) TN42 mod gaston01 1.019 Mcd led+reflector http://budgetlightforum.com/node/52857
42) Bimmelglocke wiestom89 1.015 Mcd led+reflector http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/d52449/
43) EBRZM Ervin Anastasi 1 Mcd led+reflector http://budgetlightforum.com/node/30274
44) Deft-X Saabluster 1 Mcd led+aspheric http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?352661
45) HID LiteBox StreamLight 1 Mcd short arc http://www.streamlight.com/en/products/detail/index/h-i-d-litebox-standa...




Lights below 1Mcd have been omitted.
Fun fact, over half of the lights are below 2Mcd!

Please keep in mind that certain lights have only been measured at close distances (less than 100 feet) or with budget lux meters and may have inaccurate numbers.
This list is constantly growing, so if there is a light that you think should be on here please leave a comment and a link to the source!
Thanks to The_Driver for helping me compile this list Smile

Edited by: Enderman on 05/30/2018 - 14:17
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Nice!
A German post with this list (plus a few other well known lights under 1Mcd) can be found here.

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Ha humbling graphs you got there Wink

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Ha humbling graphs you got there Wink

We’re just scratching the surface of short arc with our LED lights Silly
The only way to get better is to keep building!
The BLF GT will hopefully be on this list soon Wink
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Well I’m happy with my 14th overall, 3rd in LED aspherics place. Nice to have a comparison of all these in one place.

Co-owner/Engineer at STO Flashlights.

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It’s funny that all three of the top lights are called “blaster” Big Smile .

scianiac wrote:
Well I’m happy with my 14th overall, 3rd in LED aspherics place. Nice to have a comparison of all these in one place.

Are you planning on releasing more information on your light at some point? Or maybe do a passaround to get some reviews? It is certainly interesting!
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Actually there will be a review of the Lance of Ra coming up shortly.

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I would like to see a list of the most powerful flashlights in the world per dollar. Big Smile

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firedome wrote:
I would like to see a list of the most powerful flashlights in the world per dollar. Big Smile

The Maxabeam would probably do very well…
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scianiac wrote:
Well I’m happy with my 14th overall, 3rd in LED aspherics place. Nice to have a comparison of all these in one place.

Well it’s also #1 for LED flashlights that are available on the market Silly
Guinness apparently didn’t take Ra’s Maxablaster submission because it wasn’t a retail flashlight.

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It’s funny that all three of the top lights are called “blaster” Big Smile .

If I ever build a light that makes the top 3, I will call it _____blaster Big Smile

scianiac wrote:
Actually there will be a review of the Lance of Ra coming up shortly.

Looking forward to that!
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Enderman wrote:
The Miller wrote:
Ha humbling graphs you got there Wink
We’re just scratching the surface of short arc with our LED lights Silly The only way to get better is to keep building! The BLF GT will hopefully be on this list soon Wink

Using the theoretical numbers for the GT, where will it fall on the curve?

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Enderman wrote:
If I ever build a light that makes the top 3, I will call it _____blaster Big Smile

Anti blaster!

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BrianK wrote:
Enderman wrote:
The Miller wrote:
Ha humbling graphs you got there Wink
We’re just scratching the surface of short arc with our LED lights Silly The only way to get better is to keep building! The BLF GT will hopefully be on this list soon Wink

Using the theoretical numbers for the GT, where will it fall on the curve?


Theoreticall it will do 1Mcd, so 2000m throw.
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Thanx!

To put it into perspective… I simply can’t imagine what the ones to the far left of that curve are like.

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BrianK wrote:
Thanx!

To put it into perspective… I simply can’t imagine what the ones to the far left of that curve are like.


Here I added 3 flashlights (red Xs) for reference, the M3XS-UT from olight, the TN42, and the potential BLF GT assuming around 1.25Mcd.
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Facepalm What an idiot I am. Sorry, I meant to the far right. It seems I don’t know my left from my right today.
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BrianK wrote:
Facepalm What an idiot I am. Sorry, I meant to the far right. It seems I don’t know my left from my right today.

Haha Smile well yeah, it’s definitely hard to comprehend just how powerful those flashlights are xD crazy stuff
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The_Driver wrote:
Nice! A German post with this list (plus a few other well known lights under 1Mcd) can be found “here”:http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/vergleich-von-starken-throwern....

I have added many more lights and graphs to my google speadsheet. Maybe you also want to add them to yours.

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The_Driver wrote:
I have added many more light and graphs to my google speadsheet. Maybe you also want to add them to yours.

Will update asap.
Unfortunately the Hyperblitz and the Zielscheinwerfer won’t make it on my list since they are both tethered, not “portable”.
If people want to see those lights they can go to your document instead Smile

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Actually the Zielscheinwerfer ist not tethered. Alex made it portable later on (although rather heavy).

The Hyperblitz has a built-in battery.

The blitz short-arc moon blaster I’m not so sure about. He doesn’t mention a battery.

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Actually the Zielscheinwerfer ist not tethered. Alex made it portable later on (although rather heavy).

The Hyperblitz has a built-in battery.

The blitz short-arc moon blaster I’m not so sure about. He doesn’t mention an battery.


You’re right, I was looking at the wrong images that weren’t the hyperblitz.

I’m not sure if the Zielscheinwerfer counts as “portable” based on the guidelines I mentioned at the start, do you think it can be carried in one hand for many minutes with the ballast and batteries and everything?
Looks a bit too heavy to me, but idk.

I assumed that the moon blaster was battery powered and portable if it is only 120W, but without images it is hard to be sure.
I will have to look into it.

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Well no, I would guess two hands for a short period of time. It is a tank light after all…

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List has been updated, and stuff put into a chart Smile
Images updated too in the original post.

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Updated again, this time a few more lights were added such as the “BLF GT” and “HID Scheinwerfer”
The_Driver still holds the record for a single-LED reflector thrower at 1.5Mcd but the BLF GT is very close Smile

When people start modding the GT with Black Flat or Synios LEDs we will probably see 2Mcd+

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I wonder where you always find all these lights Silly

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BrianK wrote:
Facepalm What an idiot I am. Sorry, I meant to the far right. It seems I don’t know my left from my right today.

Well, you’re right, I’m left, she’s gone. (a song, made famous by the Crown )

I always think long and hard before I say something really stupid.

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The_Driver wrote:
I wonder where you always find all these lights Silly

From browsing the german forum of course Smile that’s how I found the HID Scheinwerfer. And the other two as well.
I think I also have to add the TN42vnM which is at 1Mcd Silly

wow the list is 40 long already!

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pony wrote:
No Acebeam K70 ?
No Emisar D1S ?
Flat Stare

Not anywhere near 1Mcd, sorry Sad
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The list and images have been updated with pscals’s sceptre, #20 in the world Smilehttp://budgetlightforum.com/node/59081
Also the recent vinh CFT90 GT mod and I added a 7.5Mcd placeholder for my Syniosbeam, until I can find time to do a better measurement (hoping to get around 10+Mcd)

The Acebeam WL20 should make it onto this list soon too since it is expected to have 1Mcd.

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Why did you label all the HIDs as short-arcs?

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Why did you label all the HIDs as short-arcs?

HID is a subcategory of arc lamps.
I guess it would be more correct to call them “arc lamp” instead of “short arc”, I’ll edit that.

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