The World's Strongest Flashlights

By Susan Miller , last updated January 23, 2012

While the jury is still out on which flashlight is officially the world's strongest, the following flashlights are serious contenders for the title. Each has unique features that set it apart, and, depending on your specific needs, may make it the right flashlight model for you.

The Torch

The Torch, made by Wicked Laser, is being tested by the Guinness Book of World Records to see if it is the world’s strongest flashlight. With its 4100 lumens beam, it can be used by campers, hikers and other outdoor types to light paper on fire, cook eggs and toast marshmallows. It can also light matches. If you want a strong flashlight for outdoor use, this would be a good choice. The Torch sells for $149.95.

The WiseLed Tactical NG

The WiseLed tactical NG flashlight delivers an output of up to 3300 lumens when turned to its highest setting. It is used by outdoor enthusiasts for camping, hunting, guarding a site, sailing, and creative types even use it for light painting. The WiseLed tactical NG flashlight sells for 635 Euros, which translates to about $825.

The Knucklehead

Streamlight’s Knucklehead is a fire and rescue light. It has a 360 degree rotating head to flood the area with light. The Knucklehead has four different modes. When it’s on high, it puts out 200 lumens and can run for 3.5 hours at 1150 candela peak beam intensity. On low, it puts out 63 lumens and can run for 16 hours at 350 candela peak beam intensity. In Moonlight mode, it can run for 20 days. In Flash mode, it runs for 8 hours.

SureFire 6PX LED

If you want the world's strongest flashlight to fend off muggers, the SureFire 6PX LED tactical flashlight is the one you will want. The SureFire is an LED light that can temporarily blind the person it’s pointed at with a single touch. If you then twist the end, it will stay on, and will remain on for about two hours if you need it on that long. The SureFire sells for $115.

High Intensity Xenon

The High Intensity Xenon flashlight claims to be the brightest torch in the world at 3500 lumens and is used by law enforcement, the military, border patrol, fire departments, and marine and coast guard. It is said to put out light equal to a stadium floodlight, only in the form of a hand held flashlight. It can easily been recharged.

Helios PH40

Polarian claims to have the world’s strongest flashlight with its Polarian Helios PH40 and PF 40, which both have outputs of close to 4,200 lumens and are typically used as searchlights. Polarian USA now has the PH50 and PF50 with outputs of 5,000 lumens.

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