What Is The Best 18650 Flashlight Of 2016 ?

isnt those lights very bad quality ? and 1000lumens isnt that a lie too its like max 500 maybe or ?

The jury is still out. Members have only just started receiving these flashlights. It’s not yet clear whether QA/QC issues will plague this flashlight, like the A6. And initial reports on output performance are mixed, not as high as expected.

In the long run, I expect that manufacturing defects will be satisfactorily addressed and tips and/or mods will be devised to restore performance back up to its former flagship status.

These are rather delicate. The usual fail begins with pushing too hard; insert the plug gently and try different cables if you need to- for charging they are all wired appropriately. The solder connections are tiny and often the body is only soldered on one side. If there’s a big enough mounting pad, solder the other side too. These can wear out and that is usually a small tab which contacts the outer shield which can be bent back into place. If it will fit, scavenging a port from an old cell phone will get you a high quality part; cheap ones fail a lot faster. Tiny little beggars to work with (watch for solder bridging) but they can be repaired/replaced. Getting the board out of the light may prove to be the biggest issue.


To me BLF X6 SE V2 copper one sounds cool just because it seems like its rare to see them maybe copper models are less of a bargain from a purely functional perspective, but they’re a good deal for what they are.

In the last year’s offerings of 18650 lights, the one which made the largest improvement in it’s class was the Manker BLF A6 which even ‘competing’ forum members came over here to order through the GB. The Astrolux S1 is the same light but with the shorter battery tube included and at a slightly better price.

From moonlight to mad-bright in one light, designed by Flashaholics combining their talents and built by a manufacturer who cares to make good products. IMHO the clear winner.


Another good contender Astrolux S1 3D 18650

Review: Review: Astrolux S1 3D Flashlight

We are almost midyear , propose your best flashlight winners for this half-year! :smiley:

Manker Quinlan U11.

Hmm I SO hope it will be the Q8

Eagle Eye X5R is a good tube style light with built in recharging… My review is in my signature link, along with my U11 review….

For this half year? :smiley:

Still liking my X6 as a good general purpose light and its many features. Also impressed by the trusty Convoy C8, really hard to beat that quality/price ratio :+1:

7 months before 2016 is over.

There are still some days left in 2016. So the idea here is a fun excersize where folks chime in stating what they feel was the best light of the year.

Acebeam K70. Because:

I bought it on a whim, just to expand my collection beyond my main area of interest, and I was was surprised at how quickly and deeply I became charmed by its capabilities.

And, because TN42 and Acebeam X65 may possibly be too new for year 2016 Best Of category.

For me personally, I would definitely say Eagle Eye X6 DirectHere It’s got great output and throw, easy to use, timerless mode memory. $20. shipped.

The Klarus xT11GT and XT12GT appear to be quite amazing. I have them on order.

the Brightest 18650:of course the TM03s
the best(in my opinion), well, i think it’s nitecore EC4GT(not sure when it is introduced)
2*18650 in the small tube, double run time, i like it
the body is very comfortable to hold
the heat is not too high
the throw is very well(XPL-HI master Race)
the UI is quite simple( 2 E-switch)
AND IT IS TOUGH, drop many times, still working
but i hope it has mircro-USB charging( i dont need to bring some pairs of 18650 anymore), the idle current is lower, and easilier to mod

An absolute steal from Gearbest using a promo code the Lumintop TD16 can be had for $36. Considering it sells for over $90 from Amazon, and $67-75 everywhere else, that’s a hell of a deal. I have three and have sold 3. They are extremely well made and put out a true 1000 lumens.

Today, I was looking for best 18650 Flashlight Of 2017. I have found top 5 18650 list this website. https://theeffectiveguide.com/best-18650-flashlight-reviews/
What do you think about ThruNite TN12 EDC flashlight?

For me the best of 2016 was Manker E14 and MK34.