The Best 18650 Flashlight – Reviews in 2017

Curious about what’s available out there for the best 18650 flashlight, with their efficient little battery? I did a little research and distilling on Amazon to weed through the Flashlights powered by 18650 batteries to see where you’re going to get the most out of your dollar; so you don’t have to.

Best 18650 Flashlight

Technical details mostly don’t enter into this, other than how bright are they and (where available) how long they will last. I’m looking at cost per unit, ratings and durability (read: value of said unit). The point of this list is not to nerd out and go crazy over specs, but to save you time shopping around. I sorted by rating first, and immediately removed from the list any items with less than 100 ratings. New toys are great, but often times things with few ratings haven’t been in the market long enough to determine things like reliability and life cycle, and frankly, it’s too easy to buy good reviews. So with that in mind, let’s see what the best offerings are.

#1: iCoostor Handheld Tactical Torch

First on the list is the iCooster handheld. Most of these flashlights are roughly the same size, with this one coming in at 151 grams. It has 3 light intensities, a strobe and SoS mode. The bulb life has some oddly conflicting information though. One source says it would last 100,000 hours, another says 50,000.

Though the latter specifies the LED chip; I’m not entirely sure why there would be two different numbers there. More importantly though, the battery span appears to be 1.5-20 hours on AAA batteries. The flashlight (as most 18650 compatible tubes) includes an adapter for three AAA. And while this one advertises ‘waterproof’, there is no elaboration in terms of depth/pressure, so I interpret this to mean water resistant. In other words, I would exercise caution near deeper pools of liquid.

#2: MIZOO LED Torch

Up next is the MIZOO LED Torch. This flashlight touts a lot of the same specs as the previous one, getting a maximum light output of 1000 lumens (same as the iCooster). It has a curious, and interesting telescoping shaft, which is meant to adjust the light output, like a quick extend zoom lens. Same number of light modes (high, medium, low, strobe, and SoS), as well.

But interestingly, this flashlight boasts significantly lower wattage (5 watts as compared to 10 watts for the iCooster). All things considered, there doesn’t seem to be much disparity so far, outside aesthetics. Except the number of reviews. The iCooster has more than twice as many, which is still only 200, but it consistently pleases more people.

#3: LuxPower Tactical V1000 LED Flashlight

The LuxPower offering stands out in quite a few ways. Firstly: it has (by far) significantly more reviews at over 590, almost unanimously positive. It also carries two in the package, presumably so you and a friend can blind each other. It touts the same 5 modes of the other lights, but emphasizes a more rugged design, and showcases a picture of the light completely submerged in a fish tank, which suggests this one can take a beating.

And if that were in anyway inaccurate, you can be sure the reviews would suffer. It also weighs in heavier at 5.3 ounces, which further reinforces that it’s built a little sturdier. Another 1000 lumens model, this appears to be the best value so far.

#4: OxyWild MD50 Super Bright LED Flashlight

With a slightly more humble technical showing is the OxyWild MD50. It’s a little longer than the other ones so far (1-2 inches) and from that little extra comes in at a whopping 14 ounces, so it’s dramatically more heavy. However, it’s significantly less bright. The details list a ‘Lumious Flux’ of 800 lm, but customers and sellers appear to be reporting something around 500 lumens (half of every other model).

With a slightly more humble technical showing is the OxyWild MD50. It’s a little longer than the other ones so far (1-2 inches) and from that little extra comes in at a whopping 14 ounces, so it’s dramatically more heavy. However, it’s significantly less bright. The details list a ‘Lumious Flux’ of 800 lm, but customers and sellers appear to be reporting something around 500 lumens (half of every other model).

#5: MsForce Headlamp

Wrapping up this list, out of left field we have a massively powerful, 6000 lumen, headlamp by MsForce. While slightly difficult to compare, just on illumination and number of LED chips, this one is like 3 of any of the others, with each flashlight having twice the brightness. While this one seems to lack the SoS pattern, it does contain a strobe, and boasts a remarkable 20 hours battery life on the highest setting.

This is explicable, by the fact that it is actually holding multiple 18650 batteries in the pack that sits at the back. Despite this, however, it is lighter than the OxyWild flashlight. The fact that it’s a headlamp adds significant practical application to this one as well. And at over 500 reviews, it most certainly well received by it’s consumers.


Bottom Line

Among all these tactical flashlights, two easily stand out. The LuxPower Tactical V1000 and the MsForce Headlamp. A lucky break! Since they are two entirely different devices, the only decision to really contemplate is what you need it for. They both appear to be able to take quite a lot of rough use, as well. So if you’re looking for something the carry with you on (for instance) a hiking trip and you’ll have free hands, or a camping mate, the LuxPower set seems ideal. If you’d rather have your hands free, however, and don’t mind parting with a little extra money, the Headlamp appears as if it will treat you quite well.

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