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Your best / favorite / coolest flashlight of 2021

Time for the yearly tradition:

(I'm a bit early, I know)

What was your favorite of 2021? You have 2 months to decide Big Smile

Can be in any category. Multiple categories are also fine. 

 

Can you please name the Full Name of the flashlight? And not just TK16

Fenix TK16 instead of TK16 (there are 2 brands using that same product name)

 

(PLEASE ONLY LIGHTS YOU GOT IN 2021)

 

Always fun to look back at past years' favorites as well.. 

so here you go: 

 

What were the most popular lights of 2020

https://budgetlightforum.com/node/75493

 

What were the most popular lights of 2019

https://budgetlightforum.com/node/70614

 

What were the most popular lights of 2018

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/63915

 

What were the most popular lights of 2017

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/57696

 

What were the most popular lights of 2016
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/51162

 

What was your best flashlight of 2015
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/44364

 

Best stock flashlight buy in 2014
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/36339

 

Best modified flashlight buy in 2014
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/36403

 

Best 3 of 2013
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/27791

 

Best budget flashlights of 2012
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/15090

 

Best budget light in category : value for money 2011
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/5642

 

What’s the best flashlight, (for the money you paid) that you ever bought? 2010
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/790

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(when it show 11 = 2... I just add 1's Big Smile

Combined
Brand + type Number of people Total:
Acebeam E70 111  
Acebeam K30 GT 1  
Armytek Wizard C2 Pro 1  
Astrolux EA01 1  
Astrolux ST01 1  
Convoy 3×21A  1  
Convoy 4×18a 11  
Convoy L7 11  
Convoy L21B 1  
Convoy M21B 11  
Convoy M26c 11  
Convoy M3C 11  
Convoy T2 1  
Convoy T3 1  
Eagletac D25LC2 1  
Emisar D4 11  
Emisar D4v2 11  
Emisar D4Sv2 1  
Emisar dt8 11111  
Fenix TK30 1  
FireFlies e12r 1  
Fireflies PL47mu 1  
Imalent MS18 1  
Jetbeam RRT01 1  
Jin Heng JKK70R 1  
Lumintop FWAA 1111111111  
Lumintop BLF GT94  11  
Lumintop IYP365 1  
Malkoff MD2/M61 1  
Manker E02 II 11  
Manker MK37 1  
Mateminco MT04 1  
Noctigon KR1  1  
Olight Warrior Mini 1  
On The Road 311 1  
Reylight Mini Pineapple 1  
RovyVon Aurora A5 1  
RovyVon S3 1  
Sofirn BLF LT1 1  
Sofirn IF22A 111111  
Sofirn IF25A 1  
Sofirn SC31Pro 1  
Thrunite TN42 V2 1  
Trustfire Minix 11  
TrustFire T11R 1  
Wildtrail wt90 1111  
Wuben E6 1  
Wurkkos TS21 V2 111  
Wurkkos WK30 1  
YLP Panda 4.0 1  
Zebralight SC64c 1  
ZebraLight SC64w (HI) 111  

 

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BLF GT94 

Because I like big lights, my flashlightical views lean heavily toward both the extreme bright and the extreme heft.

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Acebeam E70 wins for style and uniqueness.

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Wildtrail wt90 (large thrower)

-21700, usbc, silver ano, perfect beam, light weight thrower

 

wuben E6 (small thrower!!)

-so small, so impressive, the beam is really nice

 

Emisar dt8 (small edc/pocket carry)

  • different, well made, bright, great heat sink fins, emitter choices

 

FireFlies e12r (large edc/holster carry)

  • great design!, usbc, GREAT driver, bright as the sun for 1 battery!


All Copper Noctigon KR1 (collectible)

- good looking & useful design for heat management in a pocket thrower 

 

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I would like to nominate Convoy L7 Thumbs Up

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Emisar DT8.

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I would like to nominate the Convoy T2/T3 and the M21B with the GT-FC40 emitter.

The T2/T3’s are just about perfect if you EDC an AA/14500 light. Decent output, no PWM, great build and very simple. The T2 does have a slightly tight battery tube and will not fit the fattest AA NiMH and 14500 cells. This was addressed in the T3.

The M21B with the GT-FC40 very simply fits in a pocket, offers hi cri at 4500k and 5500k and 3000 plus lumens with a good 21700. It also has great hand fit, for my small hands this is perfect. I also own the S11 with the same emitter and it just does not fit the hand as well and it is a little slick, have dropped mine a couple of times.

I know that neither of these lights are ground breaking, but they really are must have lights and the price point to functionality and price point to reliability are simply amazing! Plus the awesome service Simon provides seals the deal for me. After having a driver failure in my S11 and having the driver shipped out quickly to me… just can’t say enough. No, a drop did not break it! Smile

EDC rotation:
FW1A, LH351D 4000k (second favorite)
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (favorite light!)
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k

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Convoy M26c. Simple 4 mode, no frills. Built like a tank. The SST40, and I installed a 1/8th minus green filter. Good combo of throw and spill

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Well with any luck I find me an even better one or even more favorite one this year but so far:

Sofirn IF22A (pocket thrower)

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trustfire minix – rectangular tiny light with UV, even though i hate the UI – i do like em small

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My most impressive stock lights of 2021:

  • Lumintop FWAA – miniaturized version of FW3A. It’s tiny and cute. Not perfect though. The clip is garbage and it’s too floody.
  • Sofirn IF25 – (the IF25, NOT the IF25A which has Anduril, but lacks variable tint) Adjustable tint with a good interface. This is how adjustable tint should be done.
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Fireflies PL47mu, with Nichia 219B emitters. There are a few others I bought that I also really enjoy, but this was my first mule and I’ve just had a blast with it. So useful for nighttime area tasks.

I would have said Sofirn BLF LT1, but it’s a couple years old at this point. I got an earlier version with no power bank feature. Works beautifully and so incredibly useful. Plus it’s enjoyable to shift the tint from time to time. This was really a major milestone line in terms of community collaboration with a manufacturer. Sad that things kind of went off the rails a bit with the maker changing hardware internals. But the LT1 really rules the lantern space. It’s going to be interesting to see how the LT1 mini turns out.

Micro EDC: RovyVon Aurora A5. The new A5 is a full 200 mAh more capable than the old version. No visible PWM! The larger form factor is nice, making it easier to manipulate and keep track. It’s so nicely done. So useful. I was outside and the outdoor light blew. It was dark. Of course, I had a few flashlights on me… but I took out my A5, clipped it to my shirt, then turned on the side white emitters. Wonderful hands-free illumination on the fly.

Main EDC: Lumintop FWAA in copper. It has unseated my FW3A. I just love the look, feel, and performance of this flashlight. A 14500 cell is so nicely pants pocket portable.

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Fenix TK30

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4×18a SBT90.2

One of the most budget-friendly SBT90.2 options so you can light up the countryside, but Simon doesn’t cheap out on build-quality. Feels solid and weighty in the hand, and USB-C charging is appreciated in a 4-cell light like this.

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I would like to join *darosk *in endorsing the nomination of Convoy 4×18a SBT 90.2.

I like it so much that I have bought the second one for my daughter, together with a set of four colour lens from Astrolux (FT03). They fit nicely on the powerful Convoy.

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TermsakC wrote:
I would like to join *darosk *in endorsing the nomination of Convoy 4×18a SBT 90.2.

I like it so much that I have bought the second one for my daughter, together with a set of four colour lens from Astrolux (FT03). They fit nicely on the powerful Convoy.

I agree as well although I think the 3×21 has a slight advantage.

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Bought one light in 2021
But a 2020 Black Friday light showed up in 2021 so i am counting it

Best UV/tint
Wurkkos WK30

Most lumens
Convoy M3C

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I can’t believe 2021 is leaving us!

How time flies!

When 2020 came, I thought it was a year only in science fiction movie. But now even 2022 is coming.

I hope we all have a better life next year.

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I bought a bunch of Eagletac D25LC2 rear clicky with Nichia’s in them. Great tube light. A bit pricey though. Love the size and UI compared to some other budget tubes.

Wait, that may not be a 2021 light. Hell, I don’t know.

Maybe I didn’t buy a 2021 light.

Does a Reylight Mini Pineapple count? I like those. The Aluminum ones are great.

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Lumintop FWAA

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Wurkkos TS21 V2

Anduril 2, decent LED choice, 21700, magnet, good size for around 30 bucks. Hiyaaaaaaa. Perfect intro light into more advanced enthusiasts lights right now.

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Sofirn IF22A! Kind of edcing that one!

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Jin Heng JKK70R Smile

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Updated list till here

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fogofwar wrote:
Jin Heng JKK70R Smile

Wow, that’s very budget friendly flashlight. Is ramping implemented well?

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Haukkeli wrote:
fogofwar wrote:
Jin Heng JKK70R Smile

Wow, that’s very budget friendly flashlight. Is ramping implemented well?

Yes, I’ll put out a review of my Chinese flashlights at some point. You triple click while off to switch to ramping and hold to go up/down. In the non-ramping mode it’s 3 level along with double click to turbo, the only downside is that you hold to turn off in non-ramping mode.

Triple click while on for strobe and SOS, and 5 second hold from off is lockout. That’s the full UI but satisfies 95% of all needs.

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Sustainable lumen monster – Convoy M3-C, Short term lumen monster – Astrolux EA01 XHP50.2, EDC – Sofirn SC31Pro with short tube.

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