List of the best Floody Flashlights - hard to find???

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List of the best Floody Flashlights - hard to find???

Hi

I’m new into flashlights, I’ve watched a lot of youtube videos and to my disappointment there seems to be an obsession with long throw in the industry.

It seems to me that most flashlights on the market today are setup for long throw. But when pointing the beam to the ground 5 – 10 meters away from the body these lights are uncomfortable, because the beam is not wide enough and has a very bright center spot which is irritating to my eyes.

Where are the floody flashlights and which brands to look for?

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My two #1 lights:

Big flood light: Noctigon Meteor M43 (top notch quality, awesome UI)
EDC light: Emisar D4 (top notch quality, awesome UI)

Other awesome flood lights I like are the Manker MK34 and Astrolux MF01.

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I have a BD04 I use a lot indoors. It is single 18650 battery with on-board charging capability. Has been modded with a 4 additional 7135 current regulators, jumpered the MCU to remove the strobes and a warmer tint LED. It is my go-to light inside the house. Zoomed in it is all flood.

Other zoomie lights are out there but the BD04 is the only good quality one I have.
Sipik SK68 is another cheap zoomie light that uses AA or 14500 LiIon.
Not a big fan of the zoomie design outdoors because if its wet, the vacuum created sliding the bezel will suck in water.

I am sure many other suggestions will come up.
What battery form factor would you be using?

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perhaps the floodiest light out there! Watch this video! The width of this beam is insane, it’s like 180 degrees.

You’ll have to save up for this one however. I did see one on sale if you’re interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzgZwX91jbs

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For big, bright flood, I think 2 of the latest (and best) choices are:

Emissar D4 (~ $40 )
Zebralight SC600 mkIV Plus (~ $90)

In my opinion, the prices for each of them are decent for what you get. The D4 is more a “wow” light, while the Zebralight is more a practical light.

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vwpieces wrote:
What battery form factor would you be using?

AA NiMH (preferably)

26650
18650
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Another zoomie might fit your bill – Xtar WK007 – decent build quality, very wide flood and decent focus throw, AA/14500 capable AND have moonlight mode – this stays with 14500 next to my bed. |Manifacturer rates the levels @ 5, 20, 200 and 500 lm + 2 blinkies with 14500. Yet be warned, that it is not perfect by any means – forward clicky (I don’t like), at focus the XP-G3 is ugly pattern on the wall and I have to loosen the tailcap from time to time, as it just stops for no reason – in my list for modding with Nichia and may be also driver change.

You can also look at Fenix FD30 – also very pleasing flood as all lights in FD series, cool white and not easy to open. (FD 41 is also with 18650, FD40 – with 26650 if you like bigger body and FD45 with 4*AA)

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I like my DQG 3 26650 a lot.
For me it’s the best mix for most circumstances between flood and throw.

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Convoy S2+ (XM-L2/OP) is a popular budget floody light.

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Great light for AA/14500 with a floody light is olight s1A. Use as an edc and does what I need for closer work and walking.

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Cheap-as-dirt SK98 (or clone) is perfect in this regard. I really like aspherics when pulled in fully, ie, not zoomed but the lens practically sitting on the LED. Nice smoooooooooooth wide beam, no hotspot to speak of, perfect for lighting up a path in front of you at night and especially with ice/snow on the ground.

Plus, with the ’98, you can completely unscrew the front bezel and make it a mule. No lens in front of it at all, just light from the LED shining a hugely wide swath of light.

Personally, with the lens as better, because as a mule the total light is dispersed over so wide an area that even 200lm, 300lm, 500lm will look fairly dim.

Grab a ’98, drop in a nice NW emitter on a 20mm Cu star, replace the driver with a nice 20mm driver (say, 2.1A NANJG 105C and set it for 10%/100%), and you got a killer floody light.

Whups, sorry, the NANJGs are 17mm, not 20mm, but you can get a bunch of 20mm drivers from Fasttech. I got a nice 1.4A 1-mode donk in there, which covers a lot as a bright general-purpose floody light.

And that being said, I hate zoomies in general. If I could epoxy the bezel in place to stay as a wide flood, I’d be happy, but I absolutely hate the lumen-loss when zoomed, at its worst when it’s shooting the batsignal (lose ½ or more of the total lumens).

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I’m sorry about the spelling but English isnt my native lang.

97 % of my lighting need is flood light. The trick is to understand what you need, and how brighy it needs to be.
My only use of a trhower is to scan of fealds and trea line for vild animals. In flood use find that betwen 200 – 400 lumens cover my need for light but its nice to be able to hit a 1000-3000 lumen when you need it.

Floody light: Blf A6/ Astrilux S1 small and easy to cary, 1 18650 and mode from sub lumen to 1200+ lumen.

Imalent Dn70 good flooder, big step betven modes but 300 lumen is in the midle. Inkluded battery and usb charging.

Olight R50 Seeker good floder. Inkluding battery and usb charging.

Emisar D4 is good but it gets hot fast.

A headlamt that is floody and then a handheld light with some throw is what i use when dog walking.

The size of the lights is how hott it gets and how long you can keep it i higer mode.

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Dont forget the MT-G2 emitter.

the MM15 was a fantastic floddy light and now should be a lower price because it is not brand new anymore.

My all time multi use light is still the nitecore p36

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Ronin42 wrote:
Dont forget the MT-G2 emitter.

the MM15 was a fantastic floddy light and now should be a lower price because it is not brand new anymore.

Banggood is restocking this bad boy: https://www.banggood.com/Niwalker-Nova-MM15-2x-MT-G2-P0-5233LM-Brightnes...LED-Flashlight-18650-p-1233499.html?rmmds=category&cur_warehouse=CN

Price is already much lower than a couple of years ago.
Haikelite also has a nice MT-G2 light that is very affordable, especially with discount: https://www.banggood.com/HaikeLite-MT01-Trekker-MT-G2-2000LM-Outdoor-LED-Flashlight-BlackWhite-p-1191474.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN
… But there are some reliability issues with Haikelite drivers though…

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Emisar D4 or Jaxman E2L with the respective cloudy wide-beam optic. Stock optic isn’t very floody Int-outdoor offers the D4 with the wide optic.
Convoy S2+ with 60 degree pebbled TIR is one of the floodiest lights I own still and is very budget friendly.

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Eagtac SX25L3 MT-G2 (even better with the diffuser included in the YRGB kit)
Emisar D4 with the floody optic
Zebralight floody models with the frosted lens
Acebeam EC50-II has a nice smooth beam too

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My favorites:
Large = Acebeam X45 (Cree XHP70.2)
Medium = Manker MK34 (Nichia 219b)
Small = Emisar D4 (Nichia 219c)

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I love the q8 and i also have a thrunight tn36 ut its awsome.

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I agree with Jtm94. I don’t have a D4 (yet, in the mail currently) but I have a Jaxman E2L and I love it for an all around light that doesn’t go through my batteries as quickly. Also, this comes with no memory and always starts on low, which I prefer since you don’t get that surprise of turbo mode right when you turn it on. I haven’t switched out the optic but that would be an easy thing to do if you want more flood.

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As an alternative to a dedicated floody light, have you considered adding a diffuser to an existing flashlight? That way, you can use it either way.

For a cheap and good diffuser, I like to make them out of the diffuser sheet found inside old LCD display panels. Instead of throwing out that old smartphone or laptop, take the display apart and use the really efficient layer of diffuser film found inside.

It’s just a thin plastic sheet. Easily cut to any shape with scissors. Cut out a disc, and press it on to the end of your flashlight lens. You can use a little bit of tape to hold it in place, if needed.

It works really well to produce a nice even floody beam.

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Great ideas

I live in the tropics near the coast and it’s around 30 degrees Celsius here most of the year and very humid. Steel rusts very fast and electronics don’t last long here.

I would love to try high capacity Li-ion batteries but I read that they don’t last long in these conditions.

I need something simple, solid, rugged, shockproof, waterproof, dust-proof, under 50 Euros and hope to get 5 years life out of it before it gets consumed by the super aggressive, hot, salty, humid weather here. Maybe I should look for a diving torch even though I don’t dive?…

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alaus wrote:
I need something simple, solid, rugged, shockproof, waterproof, dust-proof, under 50 Euros and hope to get 5 years life out of it before it gets consumed by the super aggressive, hot, salty, humid weather here. Maybe I should look for a diving torch even though I don’t dive?…

Ultrafire DIV05v.

Diving light (so waterproof, dustproof, and everythingproof), but unlike the regular DIV05, this one’s a mule, no optics in front, just the LED in all its floody goodness.

The ‘v’ is for video, so there’s no hotspot, spill, corona, no artifacts at all, just pure flood, so you get a nice even blanket of light for underwater videography.

Oh yeah, it works above water, too. Big Smile

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Led lenser lights make almost perfectly uniform flood:

You can also zoom into a perfect spot with no spill.
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There are also certain flashlights that have a bare LED with no reflector or lens which can only do spill but have an extremely wide angle, almost 180 degrees:

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As for penlights; my Klarus P20 is pure flood.

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I would like to add to this flood light list also Klarus G20.
Relatively small, compact and extremely powerful super wide “26650” floody light. One of those which illuminate half of a football playground. Pure flood.

https://youtu.be/FW3utR873Wo

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My three best flooders, AKA wall lights, are the X7, the Q8 and my modded 6x Skyray. Thumbs Up Big Smile

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I ordered a Convoy S2+ and a Manker E12 so far.   <img src= " />

 

Any floody lights that use D or C cells? 

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Floody Utorch S1 Mini
with Aspheric lens installed


and Floodyer
As a Mule

Less Floody Olight S1 Mini HighCRI
with TIR lens

and Much Less Floody Lumintop AAA Worm, Tool, and Maratac
standard reflector

these are the lights in the pics,
l-r Worm, Utorch S1 Mini, Olight S1 Mini HiCRI

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Hey guys, I’m looking for a similar edc floody flashlight but I want one with a battery included. The noctigon or emisar ones don’t come with a battery and I’m overwhelmed with choices on unprotected high drain batteries and don’t know what charger I should get. I don’t care too much about lm output. 1000lm will be good enough for me. Also, need a lockout function.

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Mighty Mike wrote:
Hey guys, I’m looking for a similar edc floody flashlight but I want one with a battery included. The noctigon or emisar ones don’t come with a battery and I’m overwhelmed with choices on unprotected high drain batteries and don’t know what charger I should get. I don’t care too much about lm output. 1000lm will be good enough for me. Also, need a lockout function.

Flashlight – Convoy S2+ LH351D (5A/12 group).
Battery – 3500mAh 18650 Panasonic NCR18650GA, Samsung 35E, Molicell M35A, or LG MJ1.
Charger – XTAR VC2S or VC4S.