Reach Out! 23 Best Throw Flashlights 2017 [By Battery & # of Batteries]

Best Throw Flashlight

What is a Long Throw Flashlight, or Thrower?

If you are looking for a long range flashlight there are two terms that are always used to describe the beam pattern that a flashlight gives off, they are flood and throw. Our focus here is to find the best throw flashlight for sale, specifically those that only use reflectors, but first we need to learn about what flood and throw are. There is a constant fight of Flood vs. Throw. We will cover flood and throw here but, for more information on the basics of flashlights check out our flashlight buyers guide.

Not Much Time? Here Is The Bullet List

Best AAA/AA Battery Throw Flashlights on the Market:

Best CR123A Throw Flashlight on the Market:

Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlights on the Market:

  • Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Budget): Convoy C8 XPL-HI
  • Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Integrated Charging): Acebeam L16
  • Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Compact/EDC): Zebralight SC600W MK III HI
  • Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (High CRI): Eagletac SX30C2
  • Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Compact EDC Budget): Emisar D1
  • Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Compact EDC Integrated Charging): Nitecore MH20 GT
  • Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Overall): Olight M2XUT
  • Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Budget High CRI): Jaxman M8
  • Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Adjustable Focus “Zoomie”): Klarus FH10

Best Multiple 18650 Throw Flashlights on the Market:

Best 26650 Throw Flashlights on the Market:

  • Best 26650 Throw Flashlight (Budget 26650): Convoy L2
  • Best 26650 Throw Flashlight (Single 26650): Manker U21

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A flood flashlight or some say that it is floody is a flashlight that does not focus the beam but lights up the area around the flashlight. Many times floody flashlights have more Lumens than thrower flashlights, if you are looking for the brightest overall flashlights check out our article here. The extreme example of a floody light would be a standard lightbulb in a home, its goal is to light up the entire room with a little bit of light and not shine light in a specific direction.

Parabolic ReflectorA Thrower is a flashlight that can shoot a beam a long distance but does not necessarily light up all of the area close to the flashlight, an extreme example would be a spotlight. These flashlights are created by using a few different methods but the goal is to get as many rays of light traveling parallel to the flashlight as possible. The most common way to make a long throw flashlight is by using a parabolic reflector, if the LED is at the perfect spot (called the focus) all of the light that hits the parabola will reflect off and travel parallel to or in the same direction that you are pointing the flashlight, check out the graphic. Other methods to increase the throw of a flashlight involve aspheric lenses and TIR optics but our focus her will be reflector based long distance flashlights.

 

How to determine the longest throw flashlight?

The most common way that people determine the throw of flashlights is by going outside and pointing the flashlight at something they know the distance of. Typically it is a tree or a building so many feet or meters away. Then they compare the spotlight to other flashlights that they have, this is a very simple and easy way to figure out the flashlight with the longest throw out of your collection.

ANSI FL1 Standard Beam DistanceThe industry standard is called beam distance, the number that many companies report on their packaging in a ANSI FL1 chart. This measurement tells the distance when the beam intensity reaches 0.25 lux or about the same amount of light a full moon on a clear night. The small problem with this measurement is that if something was a kilometer away you would not be able to see it even under a full moon. Using these test we will try to figure out what the best throw flashlight is, but remember the longest throw flashlight is not necessarily the best long throw flashlight.

When looking for the best led thrower we will also be looking at build quality, brand reputation, and other features. In the comparison chart we only have the main competitors for the best throw flashlight overall. But, we will review and give some suggestions further down below for the top long distance flashlight by different battery types.

 

Best Thrower Flashlight By Battery

Best AAA/AA Battery Throw Flashlights on the Market

The benefits of a flashlight that runs on AAA batteries is that you will be able to find the batteries anywhere and they are super small. There are not many manufacturers that recommend the use of 10440 batteries in their AAA flashlights since the voltage is so much higher. A standard AAA battery is 1.5 Volts where a 10440 li-ion battery is 3.6 Volts. This bump in power if the flashlight can handle it will make the Lumen output considerably higher but it will also get very hot quickly. Before you chose to put a 10440 battery in your AAA flashlight do a little research on what other have experienced so you do not blow out your circuitry and LED, I would check candlepowerforums.

If you are also looking to buy some batteries you need to decide if you want to go with rechargeable AAA or primary (not rechargeable) AAA batteries. If you want to get rechargeable we highly recommend theEneloop AAA Ni-MH. If you are going to get good rechargeable batteries you also need a good charger. Our favorite for Ni-MH batteries is the La Crosse BC-700 because it is very high quality, easy to use, can charge both AA and AAA, and at a decent price point. If you want something that is a little bit more budget friendly just make sure that the charger charges each battery independently and not in pairs. If you want to go the primary cell route or maybe you just want to have have some backups we like the Energizer L92 Lithium batteries. Remember that lithium primary cells and Li-ion rechargeable cells are two completely different types of batteries. The Energizer L92 batteries are better than alkaline batteries in every way except cost. They have a higher power output while still in a safe range, they last longer, and they have a longer shelf life.

Best Throw Flashlight (AAA):

LED Lenser P3 AFX P

LED Lenser LED8403AP P3AFS-P Professional Torch with Advanced Focus System Optics Black Gift Box

The LED Lenser P3 AFX P is a single cell AAA battery that utilizes a CREE XP-C LED. The LED is capable of emitting up to 75 lumens with a published beam distance of 120m. The LED Lenser P3 AFX P comes with a key ring, but also comes with a pocket clip, nylon holster, and a lanyard providing users with several carrying options. The compact light offers an adjustable bezel with a plastic optic located in the head of the light. A raised forward click switch is covered with a textured black rubber for ease of use. A great keychain light thrower.

Traditional lights use either a lens or a reflector for the beam. The LED Lenser P3 AFX uses an advanced focus system that uses a combination of a reflector and lens to create light. The lens and reflector work together to provide a very focused beam for long distance lighting, but also allows for a spill type beam for up close work. The beam is adjusted via the bezel’s spot to flood adjustment.

Pros:

  • Clean focus
  • Compact size

Cons:

  • No bezel lock

Specs:

  • Weight: 31.48 oz. without battery
  • Dimensions: 3.66 inches long and 0.7-inch diameter
  • Output and runtime: 75 lumens for 1 hour
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.33

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Best Throw Flashlight (2 X AAA):

Nitecore MT06

Nitecore MT06 165 Lumen Cree XQ-E LED Tactical pen-type Flashlight with two EdisonBright AAA batteries

The Nitecore MT06 offers a low-profile pen design for a reasonable price. The CREE XQ-E R2 LED is powered by 2 AAA batteries. The Nitecore MT06 can emit up to 165 lumens for 45 minutes with a published beam distance of 92m, this is  a pretty powerful AAA torch. The LED used in the MT06 is better than in previous Nitecore models because it provides a more focused beam than other reflectors of the same size. It is a quarter of the size of the CREE XP-G.

The Nitecore MT06 offers users two brightness modes making it one of the easiest flashlights to use and understand. Both modes are accessed via the tail cap switch, which allows users to use the light one-handed. Constant current circuitry maintains brightness, no light fluctuations to worry about. The MT06 also comes equipped with a pocket clip making the light portable. The HAIII military hard-anodized light is impact resistant up to 1.5 meters and comes with an IPX-8 rating.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Compact size
  • Tail stand capable

Cons:

  • Button needs to be rubbed
  • No lockout mode

Specs:

  • Weight: 0.78 oz without batteries
  • Dimensions: 5.04 inches long a0.5-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 32 lumens for 5 hours and 15 minutes
  • Highest Setting: 165 lumens for 45 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.35

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Best Throw Flashlight (AA):

Just like with the AAA size flashlights there is a Li-ion option that will fit inside of the flashlight. These 14500 batteries run on a much higher voltage and can easily burn out a driver or an LED if the flashlight can not handle it. Before you decide to run 14500 batteries in your flashlight you should do extensive research about your particular flashlight and the results that others have had. As far as AA batteries our recommendations here are pretty much the same as they where with the AAA flashlights. We really like the Eneloop AA Ni-MH batteries paired with the La Crosse BC-700 charger. And if you want to go the primary battery (non-rechargeable) route, maybe just to have some spares lying around, we really like the Energizer L91 AA Lithium Batteries as they are better than alkaline batteries in every way.

Manker T01 II

Manker T01 Ⅱ Led Flashlight Cree XP-L HI 900 Lumens AA or 14500 Battery 280 Meters Thrower (T01 II NW With Battery)

The Manker T01 II uses a CREE XP-L HI LED to emit a maximum of 500 lumens. The manufacturer claims the Manker T01 II has a maximum beam distance of 282 meters, but based on individual reviews of the light where the beam distance was tested users can expect a beam distance of 268m. The Manker T01 II can be powered by a single disposable AA battery or a single 14500 battery. Output will vary based on the battery being used.

Made from an aerospace grade solid aluminum bar with a HA III MIL-standard hard-anodized finish the Manker T01 II offers an IPX-8 rating and can withstand impacts up to 2m. Controlled by a side switch the Manker T01 II offers two operating modes: general and pro. Each mode offers the choice of four brightness levels and 3 special modes. The Manker T01 II has the ability to tail stand.

Pros:

  • Two modes
  • Two battery options
  • Compact

Cons:

  • No lockout mode

Specs:

  • Weight: 1.94 oz. without battery
  • Dimensions: 3.34 inches long and 1.14-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 2 lumens for 150 hours
  • Highest Setting: 500 lumens for 1 hour
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.18

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Best Throw Flashlight (2 x AA):

Fenix E25UE

Fenix E25UE 2015 Ultimate Edition 1000 Lumen CREE XP-L V5 LED Flashlight with 2X ARB-L14 type 14500 rechargeable li-ion batteries and 2 X EdisonBright AA Alkaline batteries

The Fenix E25UE is Fenix’s first ultra bright light that is powered by 2AA batteries. The Fenix E25UE uses a CREE XP-L LED to emit a maximum of 1000 lumens with a published maximum beam distance of 200m. Users can opt for two rechargeable 14500 Li-Ion batteries or two Ni-MH or Alkaline AA batteries. Output and runtimes will vary based on the batteries being used to power the light. The Fenix E25UE features an intelligent drive circuit that will detect what batteries are being used and alter the output levels accordingly.

The Fenix E25UE uses a dual side switch for all operations. The side switch allows users to cycle through up to 5 brightness modes and two special modes. A digitally regulated output ensures constant brightness in all settings. To protect the light from overheating the light will automatically downshift from Turbo to High after a limited time of operation. Made from durable aircraft-grade aluminum with a type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish the Fenix E25UE features an ultra-clear glass lens with an anti-reflective coating.

Pros:

  • Lockout mode
  • Overheat protection
  • Portable

Cons:

  • Button is flush with tube

Specs:

  • Weight: 3.06 oz. without batteries
  • Dimensions: 6.33 inches long and 1.0-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 5 lumens for 100 hours
  • Highest Setting: 1000 lumens for 50 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.25

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Best Throw Flashlight (2 x AA Budget):

Zanflare F2S

Zanflare F2S LED Flashlight, IP68 Water-Resistant, Tactical Cree Torch Light, 4 Light Modes Low/ Medium/High/Strobe for Camping, Cycling, Emergency, Cool White 6500-7000K

The Zanflare F2S uses a high-quality CREE LED bulb to emit a maximum of 200 lumens of cool white light. The manufacturer has not published any data on beam distance and no independent reviews have conducted tests on beam distance. Even without this data, we feel that the Zanflare F2S was the right choice because of its price, emitter and reflector size. To ensure high reflector performance the Zanflare F2S combines precision digital optics with Crystal Coating Technology with an ultra-transparent mineral glass lens with an anti-reflective coating.

The Zanflare F2S is powered by 2 AA disposable batteries but is compatible with 14500 Li-ion batteries. The Zanflare F2S offers a low battery warning in the form of an indicator light. The battery indicator light will start alerting users to low battery levels once power levels are below 30%. The tail switch button powers the light on and off and allows users to switch between 3 brightness levels and strobe. The memory function allows users to turn the Zanflare F2S on in the last setting used.

Pros:

  • Battery indicator
  • Memory function
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Gets hot to the touch

Specs:

  • Weight: 2.6 oz. without battery
  • Dimensions: 6.1 inches long and 1.1-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 50 lumens for 28 hours
  • Highest Setting: 200 lumens for 50 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): Unknown

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Best Throw Flashlight (4 x AA):

Thrunite TN4A HI

ThruNite TN4A HI flashlight, CREE XP-L HI LED, Max output 1050 lumens, Using 4AA batteries, IP-X 8 Waterproof (TN4A HI Cool White)

The Thrunite TN4A HI is a powerful thrower flashlight that uses a CREE XP-L HI LED to emit a maximum of 1050 lumens. Independent tests measure the maximum beam distance of the Thrunite TN4A HI at 346m. The compact thrower achieves the high-quality beam with a smooth peel reflector paired with an ultra clear tempered glass lens with an anti-reflective coating.  Powered by 4xAA batteries the Thrunite TN4A uses an advanced electronic switch for silent operation.

With the Thrunite TN4A users have the choice of four brightness levels, plus strobe and firefly modes. Firefly mode can be accessed instantly when the light is off. To prevent the light from overheating Thrunite uses an intelligent temperature control technology to automatically lower the current when the temperature reaches 176 degrees Fahrenheit. A battery indicator light will change from blue to red to alert users when the batteries need replacing. Memory function allows the light to be turned on in the last setting used with the exception of Firefly, Turbo, and Strobe.

Pros:

  • Battery indicator
  • Memory function
  • Overheat protection

Cons:

  • No lockout feature

Specs:

  • Weight: 7.71 oz. without batteries
  • Dimensions: 4.3 inches long a1.79-inches diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 0.2 lumens for 80 days
  • Highest Setting: 1050 lumens for 56 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.14

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Best CR123A Throw Flashlight on the Market

These flashlights are made to run at a higher voltage so the lithium and Li-ion compatibility is not as much as a problem. The CR123A batteries are lithium batteries while the RCR123A (16340) battery is Li-ion. If you have a flashlight that will take both it will be able to produce a higher output with the Li-ion batteries since they work on a higher voltage. Make sure your light can take both before trying since if it is not designed to work with a Li-ion battery it might get burned out. When we a looking at CR123A batteries we try and stay away from any of the brands that end in “fire” and we find that the U.S.A. manufacturers are usually slightly better overall. We usually go for the Streamlight CR123A batteries as they are both made in the U.S. and they are from a flashlight manufacturer with a great reputation. For RCR123A batteries make sure that the light that you have does not require a custom battery like the one that ourtop throw selection this your does. In this case you most likely have to buy that specific battery. Our favorite RCR123A batteries are these from Olight. To recharge these we like the Xtar VP2 Li-ion battery charger. The Xtar VP2 is a great charger at a great price, it even has a USB connection so you can use it as a battery pack to charge other devices.

Best CR123A Throw Flashlight (CR123):

FourSevens Mini Turbo MK II

FOURSEVENS Mini Turbo Mk II Combo Pack

The FourSevens Mini Turbo MK II is an improved version of the original Mini MK II. The difference between the two lights is the deep reflector that gives the Mini Turbo MK II a more concentrated beam with a further throw. There is no data on maximum beam distance published on the manufacturer’s website, but we chose this light because of its deep reflector and its output ability. The light is controlled by tightening or loosening the bezel. Changing modes is done by quickly twisting the light on and off. Probably considering size to power the top thrower of EDC flashlights.

The CREE XM-L2 LED can be powered by a standard CR123A battery or a custom designed Li-Ion RCR123A battery. Output is related to battery choice. For optimal performance, you want to use the custom-designed RCR123A battery. 1020 lumens can only be achieved with the custom designed battery otherwise maximum output is 550 lumens. The FourSevens Mini Turbo MK II offers 6 configurations modes and can be reconfigured as many times as users would like. The light defaults to Configuration 6. Probabl

Pros:

  • Compact
  • Rechargeable
  • Reconfigurable

Cons:

  • No clicky type switch

Specs:

  • Weight: 1.02 oz. without battery
  • Dimensions: 2.38 inches long and 0.96-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 0.75 lumens for 168 hours
  • Highest Setting: 1020 lumens for 15 seconds/ 300 lumens for 48 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): Unknown

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Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlights on the Market

For 18650 Li-ion batteries we have found that as long at the battery is built around the Panasonic NCR18650B 3400 mAh industrial core it is of pretty high quality. You could just buy the Panasonic NCR18650B unprotected batteries and save a little money but we prefer those that use this as its core but add a protective circuit and a button top like the Orbtronic 3400 mAh protected top button batteries. Now that you have the rechargeable Li-ion batteries you need the charger, and our favorite at the moment is the Xtar VP2 Li-ion battery charger. Same charger that we suggest for the RCR123A batteries, this is a great charger that has a history of being great. Also, remember that most flashlights that take 18650 batteries you can replace the each 18650 with 2 RCR123A batteries.

Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Budget):

Convoy C8 XP-L HI

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The Convoy C8 XP-L HI offers an excellent throw thanks to the smooth reflector that provides a tightly focused beam. Tests published on independent reviews of the light measures the throw of the Convoy C8 XP-L HI at 533m. The Convoy C8 XP-L HI is a mid-sized handheld flashlight that uses a CREE XP-L HI LED to emit a maximum of 1000 lumens. With the Convoy C8 users have the option of two modes. The first mode offers users the choice of three brightness levels: low: medium: high. The second mode offers five brightness levels: lo: medium: high: rapid: SOS. The light utilizes a clicky tail cap switch for easy one-handed operation.

The Convoy C8 XP-L HI requires a single 18650 battery, but the battery must be purchased separately. The battery tube offers springs at both ends. This gives the light the ability to accept button and flat top batteries, as well as protected and unprotected 18650 batteries. Reverse polarity protection prevents damage from occurring due to improperly installed batteries. Mode memory function memorizes the last brightness level used if the light is left on for more than 3 seconds. Low voltage protection alerts users to when the battery life is running low. Keep in mind that there are lots of Convoy C8 flashlights on the market since it is a good base for customized lights. This is a custom light from mountain electronics and not the same as if you just buy any Convoy C8 flashlight.

Pros:

  • Strobe can be disabled
  • Dual springs in battery tube
  • Memory Function

Cons:

  • Doesn’t include battery

Specs:

  • Weight: 6.17 oz. without battery
  • Dimensions: 5.98 inches long and 1.73-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 50 lumens
  • Highest Setting: 1000 lumens
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.04

Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Integrated Charging):

Acebeam L16

Acebeam L16 2000 Lumens LED Tactical Flashlights Rechargeable With Battery Beam Distance 603 Meters

The Acebeam L16 is considered one of the brightest tactical flashlights currently on the market. The Acebeam L16 uses a CREE XHP35 HI LED to emit a maximum of 2,000 lumens. According to the manufacturer’s website, the Acebeam L16 offers a long distance beam with the ability to reach up to 603m using a smooth reflector for maximum output. The Acebeam L16 features a built-in charger allowing quick and easy charging of a 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery. A built-in charging indicator will illuminate red when charging and green once the battery is fully charged.

With the Acebeam L16 users will find a dual switch design. The tactical tail switch provides one-touch access to Turbo mode and momentary on. The side switch is designed for all other operation, including cycling between the five brightness levels and strobe. An aircraft-grade aluminum body structure with a premium type III hard anodized anti-abrasive finish allows for impact resistance up to 1.2m with an IPX-8 rating.

Pros:

  • Dual switch design
  • Rechargeable
  • Bright with excellent throw

Cons:

  • Gets hot to the touch
  • Rubber seal comes off easily

Specs:

  • Weight: 4.51 oz. without battery
  • Dimensions: 6.10 inches long and 1.57-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 1 lumen for 500 hours
  • Highest Setting: 2000 lumens for 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.19

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Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Compact/EDC):

Zebralight SC600W MK III HI

SC600w Mk III HI 18650 Flashlight with Neutral White High Intensity XHP35

The Zebralight SC600W MK III HI uses a neutral white CREE High Intensity XHP35 LED to emit a maximum of 1126 lumens. The orange peel textured reflector paired with the HI LED provides a beam with an 80-degree spill and an 8-degree hotspot according to the manufacturer’s website. Independent reviews of the Zebralight SC600W MK III HI have measured the maximum beam distance of the light at 267m. The extra long throw comes from the de-domed emitter. Powered by a single 18650 Li-ion battery the Zebralight SC600W MK III HI uses an electronic soft-touch switch with a Smart user interface. Zebralight is one of the top flashlight producers and is always on our 18650 buyer’s guides.

The SC600W MK III HI offers three main brightness levels, plus a beacon and strobe mode. Each of those levels can be separated into two sub-levels and the second sub-level can be further separated to even more brightness levels. A battery indicator light that will flash a specific number of times to alert you to the battery power levels, all it takes is 4 short clicks to start. The light will also automatically step down from certain levels when the power is running low to help conserve battery life. To prevent overheating the Zebralight SC600W MK III HI uses a PID thermal regulated output for the two highest output levels.

Pros:

  • Tail standing
  • Programmable
  • Battery indicator

Cons:

  • User interface takes some getting used to

Specs

  • Weight: 2.26 oz without battery
  • Dimensions: 3.8 inches long and 1.2-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting:  3.3 lumens for 18 days
  • Highest Setting: 1126 lumens for 2 hours
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.33

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Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (High CRI):

Eagletac SX30C2

Eagletac SX30C2 CREE Nichi219C Neutral White LED Flashlight Kit -885 Lumens w/NL183 2300mAh Battery

The Eagletac SX30C2 uses a Nichia 219C Neutral White LED to emit up to 855 lumens with a CRI count of 92. Paired with a deep reflector with a smooth coating for maximum beam distance the Eagletac SX30C2 can reach up to 388m according to the manufacturer. The Eagletac SX30C2 offers five brightness levels, as well as two hidden auxiliary levels.  The dual switch design provides users with complete control over the Eagletac SX30C2. The flashlight can be turned on at MIN or MAX with a press of the black or white button depending on level desired. The dual switches also provide access to instant strobe, momentary-on, and a battery level report.

The crenulated stainless steel bezel is made from a HAIII hard anodization aerospace aluminum. The bezel can hold a single 18650 battery; to double the runtime of the Eagletac SX30C2 you can add a second 18650 battery to the extension body tube. The Eagletac SX30C2 can also use CR123 batteries, but runtimes will vary. For the longest runtimes and highest output levels, you will need to use two 18650 rechargeable Li-ion batteries.  The SX30C2 comes with a removable pocket clip made from spring steel, a heavy-duty nylon holster, and a Mil-Spec paracord lanyard with a quick attachment clip.

Pros:

  • Dual switch design
  • Magnetic tail cap
  • Pocket clip rotates 180 degrees

Cons:

  • Black switch is stiff

Specs:

  • Weight: 4.9 oz. without battery
  • Dimensions: 5.6 inches long and 1.9-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 8 lumens for 300 hours
  • Highest Setting: 855 lumens for  1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.28

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Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Compact EDC Budget):

Emisar D1

Emisar-D1-Mini-thrower

The Emisar D1uses an XP-L HI LED that has been mounted on a copper direct thermal path to emit a maximum of 1300 lumens. The Emisar D1 features a smooth reflector to provide users with a very focused beam. Tested by several users in different independent reviews the Emisar D1’s throw has been measured at 438m. The size and lumen output increase the risk of overheating, so the light has full thermal regulation to prevent it from happening.  The light will automatically step down if the internal temperature becomes too hot. Temperature limit is user-configurable, so it can be adjusted to personal preferences, this is a very custom light that is designed for high output for size without considering heat (it gets hot fast).

The Emisar D1 is controlled by a momentary electronic side switch.  A ramping user interface provides anywhere from 0.6 lumens to 1300 lumens with 150 ramp stamps between the low moonlight mode and the highest output mode. To ramp up from low to high simply press and hold the side switch until the desired amount is found. The side switch also provides access to battery check, momentary on, lockout, temperature check, and beacon mode through a series of fast clicks. The Emisar D1 will turn on in the last mode used.

Pros:

  • Compatible with different battery types
  • Moonlight Mode
  • Lockout Mode

Cons:

  • Cannot use unprotected batteries
  • Gets hot fast

Specs:

  • Weight: 2.35 oz without battery
  • Dimensions: 4.10 inches long and 1.46-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 0.6 lumens for 18 days
  • Highest Setting: 1300 lumens for 30 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.09

Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Compact EDC Integrated Charging):

Nitecore MH20 GT

Nitecore MH20GT SUPER BUNDLE with Rechargeable LED Flashlight, USB Charging Cable, Holster, Lanyard, and Mini USB Light

The Nitecore MH20GT is an upgraded version of the Nitecore MH20. When you compare the Nitecore MH20 to the Nitecore MH20GT the main thing you are going to notice is the impressive throw. The Nitecore MH20 GT features a bigger head with a deeper reflector.  Using a CREE XP-L HI V3 LED the Nitecore MH20 GT offers a 395m throw. The 395m throw was verified from actual tests done by independent reviewers.

The Nitecore MH20 GT is powered by a single 18650 battery and is considered the most compact rechargeable light in its class. The 18650 battery provides enough power for the MH20GT to emit a maximum of 1000 lumens for up to 1 hour. The Nitecore MH20GT offers five brightness levels, in addition to three concealed modes. A deep pocket clip allows you to carry the light with the light being fully concealed. The rounded edge of the clip prevents tearing of clothes or skin.

Pros:

  • Thermoelectric separation technology
  • Rechargeable
  • Two stage switch

Cons:

  • USB port hard to close
  • No lockout mode

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 4.37 inches long with a 1.25-inch diameter
  • Weight: 3.15 oz without batteries
  • Lowest Setting: 1 lumens for 680 hours
  • Highest Setting: 1000 lumens for 1 hour
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.25

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Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Overall):

Olight M2XUT

Olight M2X-UT Javelot 1020 Lumens CREE XM-L2 LED Flashlight 810m Long Throw Distance Search Light with Two 3400mAh 18650 Batteries and Charger Kit

If you are looking for the best single 18650 flashlights with the best throw, the Olight M2X-UT is a perfect choice and it has great candela for the price. The Olight M2X-UT features a customized CREE XM-L2 LED paired with a large smooth reflector to create a tightly-focused beam. The de-domed LED, large smooth reflector, and the Olight M2X-UT’s large head gives the light an amazing throw. Individual reviews have measured the throw at 883m, 73m more than what the manufacturer claims.

Using a single 18650 battery the Olight M2X-UT emits a maximum of 1020 lumens for up to 1 hour. The light offers three different brightness levels, plus strobe mode. A forward tactical tail cap switch powers the light on and off and provides instant access to the momentary on feature. Brightness levels and strobe mode are accessed by rotating the head of the light or by tapping the tail cap. A built-in memory feature recalls the last brightness level used. The aircraft grade aluminum body is impact resistant up to 3.3 feet and offers an IPX-8 rating.

Pros:

  • Intelligent Temperature Control System
  • Twisty Head
  • Excellent Throw

Cons:

  • Head twist requires 2 hands

Specs:

  • Weight: 7.7 oz. without battery
  • Dimensions: 6.4 inches long and 2.5-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 20 lumens for 30 hours
  • Highest Setting: 1020 lumens for 1 hour
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.12

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Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Budget High CRI):

Jaxman M8

JAXMAN M8 long-range throw version 18650 flashlight Max output 700lm camping cycling outdoor Lamp(no battery included) (Nichia 219B Warm White/4000K)

The Jaxman M8 comes in two different versions. The one we chose for the best budget High Cri is the Jaxman M8 with a Nichia 219B Neutral White 5700k/CRI90 LED. With the Nichia 219B LED the manufacturer claims the maximum beam distance is 50m. The Jaxman M8 features a water and scratch resistance glass lens with a durable aluminum textured reflector.

The Jaxman M8 is powered by a single flat top rechargeable 18650 battery.  The Jaxman offers both reverse polarity protection and over discharge protection. The Nichia 219B LED emits a maximum of 350 lumens on high using a digital current, constant drive circuit. Users have the option of three brightness levels, plus strobe and SOS mode. The Jaxman M8 is controlled through a button located at the bottom of the cap.

Pros:

  • Starts in High
  • Rechargeable
  • Low voltage indicator

Cons:

  • No mode memory

Specs:

  • Weight: 4.12 oz without battery
  • Dimensions: 5.11 inches long and 1.33-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 20 lumens for 45 hours
  • Highest Setting: 350 lumens for 135 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.66

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Best Single 18650 Throw Flashlight (Adjustable Focus “Zoomie”):

Klarus FH10

Klarus FH10 Long Range Adjustable Beam LED Hunting Flashlight 700 Lumens with Holster, Lanyard, and Orings

The Klarus FH10 is the first Klarus light to use an aspherical lens. The lens is made from ultra-clear glass and offers 97% light transmission. The glass lens has been hardened and treated for heat resistance. The Klarus FH10 is a long-range light with an adjustable lens to provide you with a spot and flood style beam. To adjust the beam, simply rotate the flashlight’s head. Dual tactical tail cap switch allows for easy one-handed operation. Even with gloves on.

The Klarus FH10 offers three interchangeable colored LEDs that can be accessed with the push of a button when needed. The white light uses a CREE XP-L HI V3 LED to emit 700 lumens up to 500m. The green light uses an OSRAM LT CP7P LED with a maximum power of 3000mW and a distance of 345m. The red light uses a CREE XP-E2 P4 LED with a maximum power of 3000mW and a distance of 225m. Beam distance has not been tested independently; it is currently what is stated on the manufacturer’s website.  Each LED offers three brightness levels to choose from, plus strobe. User interface is the same for all three emitters

Pros:

  • Fits standard gun mounts
  • Colored LEDs
  • Dual springs

Cons:

  • Color button is sensitive

Specs:

  • Weight: 9.35 oz without battery
  • Dimensions: 7.09 inches long and 1.93-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 15 lumens for 260 hours
  • Highest Setting: 700 lumens for 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.22

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Best Multiple 18650 Throw Flashlights on the Market

Best Multiple 18650 Throw Flashlight (2X18650):

Olight M3XS UT Javelot

Rechargeable Bundle:Olight M3XS-UT Javelot 1200 Lumen CREE XP-L LED Flashlight, Two Genuine Olight 2600mAh 18650 Batteries, and LumenTac 2 Channel Charger

The Olight M3XS UT Javelot uses a CREE XP-L Dedome LED to emit a maximum of 1200 lumens. The Dedome LED pairs with a smooth reflector to issue a tightly focused beam. The manufacturer’s website claims the Olight M3XS UT Javelot has a maximum beam distance of 1000m, but independent tests claim otherwise. Based on tests done independently by reviewers the Olight M3XS UT Javelot has a maximum beam distance of 1020m, more than what the manufacturer claims it is capable of.

The dual switch design provides the same tail cap switch as the M3X and adds a side switch for quickly switching between modes. The light offers four brightness levels plus strobe mode. The Olight M3XS UT Javelot can be powered by two 18650 rechargeable batteries or three CR123A batteries. Runtimes and output levels vary based on batteries used. For optimal performance customized Olight 2600mAh 18650 batteries are strongly recommended. The Olight M3XS UT Javelot offers a narrow handle with nice machining for the best grip and a large diameter tail cap button is ideal for gloved operation.

Pros:

  • Multiple power options
  • Excellent throw
  • Optional extension tube for batteries

Cons:

  • Greenish tint

Specs:

  • Weight: 8.99 oz without battery
  • Dimensions: 8.3 inches long and 2.48-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 3 lumens for 360 hours
  • Highest Setting: 2 hours 10 minutes lumens for 55 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.15

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Best Multiple 18650 Throw Flashlight (2X18650 Budget):

Maxtoch Shooter 2X

MAXTOCH Long Shooting 1450lm Tactical Hunting Flashlight, Dedomed CREE XM-L2 U4, 1200m+ Distance with 3 Modes, IPX8 Waterproof, Utmost Version of Thrower Flashlights, White, Set 1

The Maxtoch Shooter 2X uses a CREE XM-L2 U4 Led to emit a maximum of 1450 lumens. Powered by two 18650 Li-Ion rechargeable batteries the manufacturer of the Maxtoch Shooter 2X claims a beam distance of over 1000m. Independent tests done by reviewers’ show the Maxtoch Shooter 2X has a measured beam distance of 1200m. The Maxtoch shooter can also be powered by four CR123A batteries, but runtimes and output might be altered. Even on the highest setting users won’t have to worry about fluctuating output as the Maxtoch Shooter 2X uses a constant current to ensure a stable output.

A tap-on tactical tail switch provides easy one-handed operation to all three brightness levels offered by the Maxtoch Shooter 2X. A memory function allows for the light to be turned on in the last setting used. Made from a solid aluminum stick the Maxtoch Shooter 2X has a mil-spec Type III hard-anodized finish allowing it to be impact resistant up to 4.92 feet. The anti-slide and wicking design add to the lights impact resistance. The IPX-8 rating ensures the light can be used in all types of weather.

Pros:

  • Stable output
  • Memory function
  • Rechargeable

Cons:

  • Memory mode requires a 4-second wait

Specs:

  • Weight: 11.11 oz without battery
  • Dimensions: 9.84 inches long and 2.72-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 250 lumens for 12 hours
  • Highest Setting: 1450 lumens for 55 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.09

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Best Multiple 18650 Throw Flashlight (3X18650):

Klarus G35

Klarus G35 2000 Lumens CREE XHP35 HI D4 LED 1000 Meters Tactical Flashlight Use 3x 18650 Batteries With SKYBEN USB Light and Battery Case

The Klarus G35 uses the newest CREE XHP35 HI D4 LED to emit a maximum of 2000 lumens. According to the Klarus website, the G35 has a maximum beam distance of 1000m making it an excellent choice for search and rescue and other outdoor activities. An updated aluminum alloy reflector design provides the perfect beams pot to give the beam the best throw.  The Klarus G35 requires three 18650 rechargeable Li-ion batteries to run. In an emergency, the light can use a single 18650 battery or two CR123A batteries, but you must carefully follow the instructions to prevent any damage to your light.

The Klarus G35 offers a dual switch design for easy operation. Each switch operates independently and can be adapted to users’ requirements. The Klarus G35 offers four brightness levels, plus two strobe/flash modes. The light provides a one-touch low and turbo option through its instant tactile interface. Intelligent temperature control system automatically adjusts output based on internal temperature to prevent overheating. A battery capacity indicator light allows for controlled usage based on a battery charge.

Pros:

  • Lockout function
  • Intelligent load check system
  • Mode memory

Cons:

  • High is a little on the low side in regards to lumen output

Specs:

  • Weight: 13.08 oz without battery
  • Dimensions: 6.31 inches long and 2.87-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 10 lumens for 210 hours
  • Highest Setting: 2000 lumens for 3 hours
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.10

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Best Multiple 18650 Throw Flashlight (4X18650):

Thrunite TN42

ThruNite TN42 2000 Lumen CREE XHP 35 Hi LED Flashlight Black Powered by 4 x 18650 Batteries(Cool White)

The Thrunite TN42 uses a CREE XHP35 HI LED to emit a maximum of 2000 lumens of cool white light. Thrunite claims that the TN42 has a maximum beam distance of 1550m, but tests prove otherwise. Independent tests conducted by reviewers’ measure the throw of the Thrunite TN42 at 1601m, a little over 50 meters more than what the manufacturer claims. The CREE XHP35 HI LED is powered by four 18650 batteries and provides users with five different brightness levels plus a strobe mode. The Thrunite TN42 is controlled via a side switch and provides users with a memory function that works with high, medium, and low modes only.

The Thrunite TN42C uses Intelligent Temperature Control technology to prevent any damage to the light from potential overheating and it helps extend the life of the light. ITC technology lowers the current if the temperature in the LED or drivers reaches 176 degrees Fahrenheit. The TN42C comes with a low voltage indicator that will turn from blue to red to indicate the battery needs to be replaced/charged.

Pros:

  • Memory mode
  • Rechargeable
  • Bright with an excellent throw

Cons:

  • Heavier and bulkier than expected

Specs:

  • Weight: 23.49 ounces with batteries
  • Dimensions: 8.11 inches long and 3.93-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 38 lumens for 4 days
  • Highest Setting: 2000 lumens for 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.12

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Best Multiple 18650 Throw Flashlight (Modded):

Acebeam K70VN

Acebeam-K70VN

The Acebeam K70VN is being referred to by the manufacturer as the “new Throw King.” The light uses a single CREE XHP35 HI LED to emit a maximum of 2470 lumens. Tests conducted by independent reviewers discovered the light’s throw measures 1530m compared to the stock Acebeam K70 at 1300m. The amazing throw is due in part to the smoothly polished reflector and the ultra-clear tempered glass lens. The 98.3% light transmittance allows for maximum light output. The single emitter/reflector allows for a tighter and brighter hotspot on the Acebeam K70VN.

The Acebeam K70 is powered by four 18650 rechargeable Li-ion batteries. The Acebeam K70VN uses a highly efficient and intelligent circuit board design to ensure maximum performance and longer run times. The light offers tactical knurling for a better grip. A monetary forward click tactical switch powers the light on and off. The Acebeam K70VN uses a magnetic body ring to select between the 6 brightness levels and strobe.

Pros:

  • Longer throw than stock model
  • Upgraded battery carrier
  • Extra internal copper HS

Cons:

  • Lower max lumens than the stock model

Specs:

  • Weight: 20.81 oz. without batteries
  • Dimensions: 8.11 inches long and 3.46-inches wide
  • Lowest Setting: 1 lumens for 1200 hours
  • Highest Setting: 2470 lumens for 4 hours
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.15

Best 26650 Throw Flashlights on the Market

Best 26650 Throw Flashlight (Budget 26650):

Convoy L2 

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The Convoy L2 uses a domeless XP-L HI emitter paired with a smooth reflector to provide a tightly focused beam with an amazing throw. Independent reviews have shown the throw for the Convoy L2 measures at 746m. The Convoy L2 is controlled via a forward clicky switch located on the tail cap. The tail cap switch provides access to three brightness levels and strobe mode. To access strobe quickly double press the forward clicky switch.

The Convoy L2 has the ability to accept multiple battery types. With the Convoy L2 users can use one or two protected or unprotected button top 26650 batteries. Users can also use one or two protected or unprotected button top 18650 batteries, but must also use the required battery spacers. To use a double cell user will need to use the included battery tube extension or can purchase a different one separately. The one that currently comes with the light comes with both anti-roll and smooth rings.

Pros:

  • Memory function
  • Low voltage indicator
  • Multiple battery options

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Not a clean or neat hotspot

Specs:

  • Weight: 20.81 oz without batteries
  • Dimensions: 9.45 inches long and 2.54-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 500 lumens
  • Highest Setting: 1000 lumens
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.06

Best 26650 Throw Flashlight (Single 26650):

Manker U21

MANKER U21 1300 Lumens CREE XHP35 HI 2A USB Fast Rechargeable 18650 / 26650 LED Flashlight 700 Meters Small Powerful Thrower Flashlight

The Manker U21 offers a CREE XHP35 HI emitter in both cool and neutral white with an aluminum reflector. According to the manufacturer’s website, the Manker U21 offers a maximum beam distance of 700m, but actual tests conducted on the light show differently. Based on data collected by independent reviewers the Manker U21 has a maximum beam distance of only 648m.

The Manker U21 can be powered by either a single 26650 battery or a 18650 battery. The fast 2A current USB charging function offers overcharge and discharge protection for both battery types. Controlled by a click switch located on the side of the Manker U21 the light offers a maximum of 1300 lumens for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Users have the ability to switch between 5 brightness levels plus strobe and SOS mode.

Pros:

  • Memory mode
  • Double springs
  • Useable spill, excellent throw

Cons:

  • Rattle issue with 18650 battery

Specs:

  • Weight: 10.23 oz without batteries
  • Dimensions: 5.83 inches long and 2.32-inch diameter
  • Lowest Setting: 15 lumens for 12 hours
  • Highest Setting: 1300 lumens for 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Cost per Meter (MSRP): $0.10

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The Best Long Range Flashlight

According to our research and reviews the longest throw led flashlight that uses only a reflector and does not have any custom modification is the Nitecore TM36. Now as you probably realized during this article that you first need to decide how big of a flashlight you need. How far do you need to throw? What kind of beam distance do you need? Does it need to fit in your pocket? Do you need any other features like a moonlight/firefly mode or the ability to recharge the batteries inside of the flashlight? You will have to decide on all of these things before you make your purchase of one of these high lumen flashlights.

So, for now the monster throw king is the Thrunite TN42 with an independently measured 1601m throw. There are many other throw flashlights on the market but these are the ones that we feel are the top. Thank you for reading this “Best Of” article please take a look at our other Best Flashlight articles. Please also take a look at our Super-Size Flashlight Comparison Guide where you can filter flashlights down to the specifications that you want.  If you are new to flashlights and are not sure about some of the vocabulary here please read our tactical flashlight buyers guide. Also, if you liked the content here please follow one of the long range flashlight links to Amazon and get yourself one.

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