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Test: the strongest torches


May 2017 update: over 200 flashlights tested

Test: the most powerful torches

What is the most powerful torch around? We give a definitive answer to this question with the list below. Stories about military torches having to be prohibited are read everywhere. Those torches actually almost never live up to their promises. That is the reason we tested our torches ourselves. The list below is the result of these tests. They we all tested under the same conditions which makes comparison easy and fair. Would you like to know how the tests were executed? You can read all about that at the bottom of this page.

1
NiteCore TM36 Lite Tiny Monster
  • 2 lux at 393 meters
  • Light source: LUMINUS SBT-70
  • Lumens: 1.800
  • Batteries: 4x 18650 / 8x CR123A
  • €399.00
2
Nitecore TM16GT Tiny Monster
  • 2 lux at 308 meters
  • Light source: 4x Cree XP-L HI-led
  • Lumens: 3.600
  • Batteries: 4x 18650 / 8x CR123A
  • €249.00299.95
3
Fenix RC40 2016-editie
  • 2 lux at 282 meters
  • Light source: 6x Cree XM-L2 U2
  • Lumens: 6.000
  • Batteries: Rechargeable battery
  • €379.95
4
Nitecore MH40GT "The Thor"
  • 2 lux at 281 meters
  • Light source: 1x Cree XP-L HI-led
  • Lumens: 1.000
  • Batteries: 2x 18650 / 4x CR123A
  • €139.00
5
Fenix TK47 Dual-Purpose
  • 2 lux at 264 meters
  • Light source: 1x Cree XHP35
  • Lumens: 1.300
  • Batteries: 2X 18650 / 4x CR123A
  • €139.95
6
Led Lenser X21R.2
  • 2 lux at 259 meters
  • Light source: 7x Xtreme Power Led
  • Lumens: 3.200
  • Batteries: Rechargeable battery
  • €397.00439.00
7
Nitecore TM26GT Quadray Tiny Monster
  • 2 lux at 225 meters
  • Light source: 4x Cree XP-L Hi
  • Lumens: 3.500
  • Batteries: 4x 18650 / 8x CR123A
  • €390.00468.00
8
NiteCore TM16 Tiny Monster
  • 2 lux at 219 meters
  • Light source: 4x Cree XM-L2 U2-leds
  • Lumens: 4.000
  • Batteries: 4x 18650 / 8x CR123A
  • €199.90
9
Fenix TK75, 2016-edition
  • 2 lux at 219 meters
  • Light source: 4x Cree XM L2 U2-leds
  • Lumens: 4.000
  • Batteries: 4x 18650 / 8x CR123A
  • €199.95
10
Led Lenser X21.2
  • 2 lux at 218 meters
  • Light source: 7x Xtreme Power Led
  • Lumens: 1.600
  • Batteries: 4x D-cell
  • €252.00329.95

How did we perform the test?

In the list below, you will find the results of our measurement tests. We have measured the light intensity in Lux at distances of 7.5 and 12 metres and using fully-charged batteries.

On the basis of the measurement at a distance of 12 metres, the distance is then calculated in which the light intensity is 2 lux and 0.25 lux respectively.

In our opinion, 2 Lux is a usable amount of light. According to the ANSI standard, 0.25 Lux is still a usable amount of light. We have included these so that you can compare our measurements with the specifications of the manufacturer.

We measured the light intensity in the middle of the beam. In some torches, the light surrounding the middle is somewhat brighter (the so-called doughnut). However, this only differs by one or two per cent.

New: Torches that produce (virtually) the same light output using various types of batteries only appear once on our list. Torches where the light output is affected by the type of battery used appear more often on our list.

In conclusion, please note that we have not tested all the torches. However, we believe that we have included the most important models.


Disclaimer
This list of the most powerful torches has been compiled by us and is based on a selection of torches in our range, using our own tests.
Defects and inaccuracies in measuring can lead to errors occurring in the list. Additionally, some models may have changed making some of the information in the list outdated. However, we have done our best to ensure that our list is as accurate as possible.

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