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The most common consideration when buying a flashlight is the lumen output. If you want the highest lumen output, you can choose the MS18 - 100,000 lumen output.
But there are other things that are also important when buying a flashlight. the Imalent MS18 is a great flashlight, but things like beam pattern, build quality, LED type, lens type, etc. can also affect the performance of each flashlight.
Lumens are the first thing to look for in a flashlight. Having more lumens (lm) means a stronger beam, which has a positive effects on beam distance and visibility. Keychain flashlights generally start at 100 lumens. EDC flashlights start at 500 to 2000 lumens, but some powerful flashlights start from 4000 lumens or more. The most powerful flashlights can reach 10,000 lumen output at mid-level output.
As well as the maximum lumen output, the maximum throw distance is an important factor. The throw distance means how far the light can reach. The strongest flashlights with the most lumen output normally have the highest beam distance, but you can also get flashlights that has a more focused beam with longer throw distance. For example the IMALENT R90TS has a further max beam distance than the MS18 but is not nearly as strong in lumen output.
The type of LED a flashlight uses is also important. The most powerful flashlights normally use LEDs made by CREE but sometimes LEDs from Luminus, Osram, Samsung or Nichia can be just as bright. LEDs come in different color temperature such as cool white or warm white (slightly yellow).
Other things to look out for in a powerful flashlight are waterproof rating and impact resistance rating. Waterproof capability is normally measured in meters and rated as IPX6, IP56 or IP66, these are represents different levels of waterproofing capability. IPX7 or IP67 means fairly waterproof and IPX8 or IP68 means fully waterproof.
So, now you know the basics of flashlights, do you have the perfect flashlight in mind?
Picking the best powerful flashlight depends on what scenario you gonna use it. One of the most important things about flashlights is their size and weight. Flashlights range from a few inches long that will fit in a pocket to bigger lights over a foot long that will light up a massive area. Here we are talking about high-lumen flashlights: this kind of flashlights are powerful enough to light up a few football pitches.
If you do need a rechargeable EDC flashlight that's incredibly bright then the IMALENT MS03 and R30C are both great options. These are both just about 4 - 5 inches (12cm) long and will easily fit into your pocket. The MS03 is the brighter than R30C, at 13,000 lumens, using 3 CREE XHP70.2 LEDs - Ranked as one of the brightest LEDs available. The R30C has the furthest beam distance at 560m, using 3 Luminus SST70 LEDs - which offer a great balance of high lumen output and long reach distance. So if you want the more light then the MS03 is great, but if you want to see further away then the R30C is the best EDC flashlight for you. By the way, these small lights are brighter than car's headlights on full power!
The next step up is so called soda-can flashlights. These are normally the same length as high power EDC flashlights but wider, in order to fit in more batteries. Some of the brightest can-size flashlights are the IMALENT MS06, R60C and RT90. The MS06 can reach up to 25,000 lumen output(equivelent of 2 MS03 flashlights). This is thanks to the 6 pcs of XHP70.2 LEDs. The RT90 isn't as bright, at 4800 lumens, the highly focused Luminus SBT90.2 LED has a max beam distance of 1308m. The IMALENT R60C is the best of both worlds: 18,000 lumens and capable of 1038m max beam distance. They are all equipped with built-in magnetic USB charging port too.
The next step up from powerful soda-can flashlights is large high lumen lights. You should buy one of these when you need to illuminate large areas or as an alternative light source for a long period of time. Some of these high output flashlights weight around 2kg (4 lb) and come with a shoulder strap if you're carrying them for a long time. The 2 best options for large powerful flashlights are the IMALENT MS18 and IMALENT R90TS.
The MS18 is capable of emitting 100,000 lumens on turbo mode with beam distance of 1350m - close to a mile. If you just want the brightest flashlight possible then pick the MS18: the beam is very floody and there's no other flashlight as bright. It has a built-in fan to keep it cool. It can sustain at 25,000 lumens for an hour. it has several lower modes too, so you can get more run time from them. You might have guessed from the name but the MS18 has 18 pcs of XHP70.2 LEDs to support the amazing output.
If you want lots of lumens but more bream distance than the MS18 then the IMALENT R90TS is the one for you. It has a more focused beam that reaches 1750m (well over a mile) but it's still super powerful and can reach up to 36,000 lumens. This is because of the 18 CREE XHP35 HI LEDs, which is well balanced for both throw and flood.
IMALENT is not the only flashlight manufacturer available, but generally you can find the highest lumen flashlights here.
The number of flashlights available may seem overwhelming, but it's easy to pick once you know two things listed below.
Firstly, what are the prefered size for your flashlight? Once you know this then you'll know whether to pick an EDC flashlight, a soda can flashlight or something even bigger and brighter. That should narrow your choice down to just a couple of flashlights. Then you need to consider whether maximum brightness or maximum beam distance is most important to you.
If you want more beam distance then you should pick a thrower, like the IMALENT R90TS. If all you want is lots of lumens then a pure flooder is best, with the IMALENT MS18 being the brightest flashlight available, it's the one to go for. In fact the MS18 is so bright that it also has a very impressive beam distance.