While there are many generic items that are just as good as the brand-name items, there are also many items for which this is not true. Flashlights are one of the latter. Some brands import cheap units from overseas and slap their brand on them, which means the quality suffers. To avoid this problem, one can choose flashlights from a top brand that uses only the best quality materials. Many of these are American flashlight brands.
Below are many of the top high end flashlights available.
Anker LC90 LED
This one is the top choice by many reviewers for usefulness. It provides up to 900 lumens at the top level, can reach 200 meters (two football fields), and can be adjusted from narrow to wide beam. It offers up to six hours of runtime on medium, with five settings: high, medium, low, strobe, and SOS. It is water resistant and rugged against rough handling. It also has a grippy finish and a wrist strap to prevent dropping, despite its durability.
Nite Ize Inova T10R 3500
This tactical flashlight offers up to 3500 lumens of light to a distance of up to a quarter mile. Its modes include high and low, variable dim, strobe, and SOS. Its construction is shockproof and crush-proof as well as waterproof to 1 meter and water resistant, as well as impact resistant with 1 meter drop proof durability. It comes with a complete kit that includes a power bank, an AC power cord with three adapters for international travel, an S binder clip and a carrying case.
Nite Ize Inova T4R
This compact flashlight is easy to carry and easy to recharge. It is engineered with precision to be an excellent choice for security professionals and anyone who wants or needs a tactical flashlight. It is sturdy, with five lighting options – high (constant and momentary), low, strobe, and variable dim. Its high beam is 850 lumens that projects up to 840 feet.
Maglite LED 3-Cell D
Often the first flashlight people think of when speaking of high-end flashlights, the Maglite is large and powerful. Its craftsmanship is of superior quality and is weather-resistant and drop-resistant as well as being anodized for corrosion resistance. The knurling around the center section aids in gripping the instrument and both the size and brightness are suitable for both security and protection as well as lighting.
BioLite BaseLantern XL
This lantern has a handle that doubles as a base for it to sit securely on a surface if desired. The lantern offers 500 lumens and also features dimmable LEDs that can change color. A Bluetooth app allows the lantern to be adjusted from a smartphone with a variety of options, including a sleep timer, feedback on the battery life, and activation by proximity. A rechargeable power bank gives the lantern plenty of extra power.
BioLite HeadLamp 330
The ease of hands-free is accompanied by a nice bright 330 lumen light in a molded ultrathin housing to keep it in place in this headband light. The battery will last up to 40 hours on low, and over three hours on high. The rechargeable batteries can be recharged with USB connection. The band is moisture wicking and adjustable.
Panther Vision FLATEYE
This waterproof and shockproof device is rechargeable and stable due to its shape. Easy to carry and use, the light features a pocket clip and multiple settings, including high, medium, and low, which range from 1025 lumens to 26. The strobe feature is also available if needed for safety.
This waterproof flashlight has three independent flashlights that can connect via magnets to create one enhanced flashlight. Each one has a lanyard to keep them handy when using fewer than three at a time. Each has 4 modes: 100%, 25% brightness, strobe, and SOS. They recharge with a USB cable; all three can be charged simultaneously.
Energizer Vision Headlamp
Dimmable LED bulbs offer up to 400 lumens of light and up to 4 hours in the lower setting. Seven modes of hands-free light are high and low, wide and wide low, red and green night vision, and emergency red flashing. Virtually indestructible, this headlamp is water resistant and drop resistant up to a meter. It is comfortable and lightweight.
Energizer LED Tactical
The metal body on this Energizer flashlight is sturdy, water resistant, and drop resistant up to 1 meter. Its super bright light runs up to four hours and can offer up to 1000 lumens. It is rechargeable via USB. Its reliable performance offers seven modes: high and low, high spot and low spot, high wide and low wide, and emergency strobe. It focuses digitally with one button press. Recharge fully in about four hours.
Goal Zero Torch 250
This versatile light source has a solar panel built in and can also recharge via USB or hand crank. Output reaches 250 lumens as a flashlight, floodlight, or emergency light. A half-bright mode will save on power, extending runtime, which can range from 7 to 48 hours. It can also recharge mobile devices with the included USB cable.
Stanley Fatmax Spotlight
A spotlight of 2200 lumens will light up a work area or provide emergency light as a handheld spotlight or on the collapsible stand. It can be recharged with a wall or car charger with the included adapters. The lithium-ion battery will stay charged up to a year on standby and will provide up to 7 hours of light on the low setting. The trigger can be set to high, low, or off.
Nebo Big Larry Mechanic Inspection Flashlight
New technology provides intense 400-lumen light from this anodized aluminum flashlight. The LEDs are protected behind recessed housing and accompanied by a magnetic base that allows the light to be placed ideally for whatever project is being done. Low and red flashing options are also available. The light is durable and water resistant, ergonomic and portable.
Streamlight 75458 Stinger
This 8.85-inch flashlight contains optimized electronic components that provide steady regular light from the Luxeon LED. It is shockproof and durable. It will run up to 1.5 hours on high, and 5 hours on low before needing to be recharged. Three intensity modes and a strobe are selected with the tail cap switch or the body switch. The tactical tail cap is strong. The rubberized grip aids in keeping hold of the light while the unbreakable lens is scratch resistant.