The Best LED Flashlights for 2021

LED flashlights have largely replaced those with traditional light bulbs. Gone are the days of incandescent flashlights, with their dim amber glow, short battery life, and sensitivity to jolts, drops, and sudden bumps. LEDs in modern flashlights are brighter, more durable, and much more efficient than incandescent bulbs, which means batteries last longer. Below are the best LED Flashlights for 2021.

MAGLITE

MAGLITE

The Maglite’s ML50L performed on par with brighter lights in practical testing. In beam drop-off testing, at a measured distance of 50 meters and using a focused spot pattern pushing out beyond that to about 90 meters, we could still ID the silhouette. With the reflector adjusted in a flood pattern, the silhouette was identifiable at 50 meters. The ML50L has five functions—high, low, eco, strobe, and momentary-on—that are arranged in four function sets with three functions each. The general and outdoor function sets each feature high and low functions, with general including eco, and outdoor including strobe. Switching between functions simply required a single, double, or triple-click. The focusing reflector helps this flashlight throw a beam as far as technically brighter lights, as well as making it a little more versatile.

RAYOVAC

RAYOVAC

This flashlight is powered by three alkaline AAA batteries, ran for a hard-to-believe, two-plus days in our testing. We measured lumens at 271, 30 seconds after being turned on—that’s 21 more than the manufacturer claims. The light color is a little more amber than the others tested, which we found more evident in the last half of its runtime. The Workhorse Pro has two modes—high and energy saver—that can be toggled between by clicking the power button on the butt end of the light. Rayovac is a nice flashlight for the money, with very gradual dimming over its excellent runtime.

EAGTAC

EAGTAC

The tiny Eagtac DC25C MKII is quite bright for a single-battery flashlight, measuring 433 lumens in our testing with the supplied CR123A, 3-volt battery. The DC25C MKII can also be powered with a 3.7-volt RCR123A, which will produce more lumens. While quite bright, the beam of light produced dropped off pretty quickly in our testing.  The light has five brightness levels, three strobe settings, and can be programmed to power on at the user’s preferred brightness. The programming, though, is a bit awkward as it requires loosening and tightening the flashlight head/reflector assembly, as well as multiple one-second pauses. The runtime is over two hours with the light set on high, which we thought was pretty good on a single battery.

Remember, super-bright light may not cast a beam as far as a less bright light. Also, consider that LEDs are brightest when they are first turned on. As they warm up, they slowly dim, this is usually imperceptible to our eyes. As the LED dims, our eyes adjust to the light and we can see better with less light. Get all these flashlights on Banggood and get to enjoy the new payment methods. Klarna Pay in 3 and Buy Now Pay Later, where you get to make payments in three interest-free installments or pay up to 14days later respectively.

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