The Olight S35 and S65 are two of the best options available for super high output lights which use the AA battery. The S35 uses 3 AA batteries and pumps out 380 lumens thanks to the CREE XM-L LED. The S65 uses 6 AA cells paired with a CREE XM-L LED allowing it to emit 700 lumens on the max brightness setting. There aren’t many AA lights which can compete with these two in terms of performance. Olight has found a way to squeeze a whole lot of power out of the normally lackluster AA platform. If you’re looking for a light which uses the ubiquitous AA battery while still having tons of output, then the S35 and S65 fit the bill perfectly.
The new JETBeam RRT-3 is a true monster of a light. Instead of the single SST-50 that the old version used, this new version uses triple CREE XM-L LEDs to pump out a blistering 1950 lumens. The ideal power source for the RRT-3 is three 18650 rechargeable lithium batteries. The 18650 cell will offer the highest output and the longest run time when compared with the CR123 primaries that most lights use. Operation of the RRT-3 is made simple with the use of a rotary switch paired with a tail cap clicky. The clicky turns the light on, and the rotary ring adjusts the output – it’s really that easy. Check the video below out to get a feel for just how insane this light really is.
When you need to turn night into day, the choices don’t get much better than the RRT-3.
The Klarus XT20 is a tactical light with mega output. The XT20 differs from a lot of tac lights in that it has two whole heads built into the same bezel. Having two heads means that it has two different LEDs set into two different reflectors. This set up allows the XT20 to have ridiculous output with a very unique beam pattern. The hot spot is wider than most, while still being extremely intense. The XT20 uses two CREE XM-L LEDs to pump out 1200 lumens of light on high. Having that much output makes this torch perfect for search and rescue, or just as a general duty light. The XT20 also features Klarus’s dual switch system which has become very popular due to its ease of use.
With its phallic shape and crazy output, this is one powerful light!
We took a cool light and made it even cooler with the addition of some color. The EagleTac T20C2 is no longer only available in boring black. We have more than a few colors to choose from, so there should be something for just about everyone. The coating is durable and very scratch resistant, so you don’t have to worry about treating the light like its made of glass. Let’s face it, in the flashlight world we see a sea of black. The addition of some color makes these lights stand out from the crowd. We still have a few different colors in stock as of right now, but who knows how long they will last.
When someone asks for an affordable, high output light the JETBeam BC40 is the one that I mention almost every time. The performance is amazing at its very modest price, which is well under 100 dollars.
Using a CREE XM-L and 4 CR123 batteries the BC40 can spit out 830 lumens on the max brightness setting. Performance like that is mostly only seen in high dollar lights which are 4 to 5 times the cost of the BC40. The version in the video uses a warm tint LED which will represent colors with higher fidelity. The warmer tint means that greens and browns will still be green and brown, without having a blue tint cast over them.
With output that high and a price that low, there is a reason the BC40 is one of our most popular lights. If you’re in the market for a mega torch that won’t break the bank, then look no further than the BC40. Seriously, it’s that good.
The Surefire UB3T Invictus is one of those lights that leaves you with a smile on your face. From the super high build quality to the blistering output, there is literally nothing else like this on the market today. Using three CR123 lithium batteries the UB3T is able to spit out 800 lumens on the max brightness setting. Thanks to Surefire’s TIR (total internal reflection) lens those 800 lumens are concentrated into a nice clean and tight beam which throws way past 100 yards. At distances 100 yards and closer the UB3T has almost too much output.
A torch like this doesn’t come around often, so I imagine this will be Surefire’s flagship for at least a few years. It’s hard to explain just how well this light performs, so luckily we included a video below for your viewing pleasure!
The Maelstrom X10 is virtually the same light as 4Seven’s popular S12, but with one major change. The X10 features the new CREE XM-L LED while the S12 uses a Luminous SST-90.
The smaller XM-L LED of the X10 will give it the edge in throw compared to it’s brother, the S12. While the S12 does put out more light overall, the X10 will appear to be brighter at distance due to the increased throw. The X10 uses a single rechargeable 26650 battery to push the XM-L LED all the way to 640 blinding lumens. While there are plenty of lights with comparable output, they don’t even compare in size to the X10. The X10 is one of the smallest and brightest lights to ever come through our store. Getting that much output out of a torch this small is definitely an accomplishment.
If you need something small that will light up the whole world around you, then the Maelstrom X10 is definitely the light you are looking for.
The M20 and M21 have proven themselves to be amazing lights. The new upgraded LED makes an already great light even better. The XM-L LED allows both lights to have more output while also being more efficient. Not only will both lights be brighter than the previous versions, they will also run longer. The user interface is essentially the same as the previous versions but there have been improvements. Both lights still use the dual button system which has become widely popular in this class of lights.
The M20 and M21 are the epitome of the tactical light. Both will work well as a duty light, weapon light, or just an every day companion.
Some of our favorite lights here at GoingGear are the ones which are simple, and bright. The Olight i6 Paladin definitely fits those criteria, so naturally it has become a favorite with us and many others as well.
The i6 Paladin is the perfect example of a user friendly torch with tons of output. Using a CREE XM-L LED and 2 CR123 lithium batteries the i6 can push out 420 lumens on the max brightness setting. On low, the i6 still pumps out 80 lumens, which is more than enough light for most day to day tasks. When the low setting just isn’t enough, a simple turn of the head delivers over 5x as much light. The user interface is just as simple as it sounds in that last sentence. Unlike most other lights in this category, switching between brightness settings doesn’t require a complicated maneuver. When the light is on, twisting the head allows the user to choose between high and low. It really is just that simple.
Sometimes we stumble across lights that just work, and work well. The i6 Paladin is definitely one of those lights.
The Olight i1 EOS is very similar to the Quark mini that 4Sevens makes. Both lights are ultra compact with super output and run time relative to their small size.
The i1 uses a CREE XM-L LED which is powered by a single CR123 lithium cell. The i1 has three different brightness settings which makes picking the amount of light you need very convenient. Instead of only having a very low and very high output, you have the choice of choosing a middle ground between the two. Something that I really like about the i1 is that it has a pocket clip, unlike most other lights its size. A flashlight this size with a pocket clip can pretty much disappear when you’re wearing it. Instead of sitting at the bottom of a pocket, the light is clipped just inside the pocket which keeps it out of the way.
I’ve long praised the virtues of the small but powerful flashlight. This i1 is a perfect choice for someone looking for a tiny torch.