In search of mega throwers and flooders: the world’s furthest distance and brightest flashlights

How would you like to see literally miles away in the dark? Some of these lights have a beam that throws so far that you need binoculars to make the most of them. There’s been a few new massive flashlights recently. Here’s a quick run down.

Hanklights! A brief overview of Intl-Outdoor’s Emisar and Noctigon flashlights

Flashlights from Intl-Outdoor are very highly regarded on Budget Light Forum and r/flashlight. They’re made by a friendly guy called Hank and you can only buy them on his website. There’s even a special r/hanklights. These lights can all be ordered in many different configurations, with different drivers and LEDs. Although there’s only 8 (soon …

Convoy flashlight naming guide

Convoy have a whole load of flashlights, all with confusingly similar names. Convoy sell their flashlights on the Convoy AliExpress Store, Banggood and Nealsgadgets but there’s so many that it’s impossible to work out which one is which. Here’s a rough overview of the main ones. This isn’t going to be fully comprehensive but should …

Flashlight parts

From top to bottom, a flashlight is normally made of these parts: 1. Bezel2. Lens3. Reflector (or TIR)4. LED5. MCPCB (board the LED is soldered to)6. Metal heat sink (shelf or pill)7. Driver (makes the LED get the right current and voltage)8. Cell9. Tail cap 1-7 are contained within the head. Number 6 is where …

Measuring lumens without an integrating sphere or calibration source

Some people were asking how to measure lumens without much equipment. I’d recommend making a cheap integrating sphere (or tube) but you can get a rough idea of lumens with just a phone and desk lamp. Get the ceiling bounce app if you have an Android. Or search the app store for something like lux …

Osram White Flat LEDs: W1, W2, Boost HL, Boost HX

Osram have a few different emitters that they use in flashlights, mainly for high throw. People refer to them in different ways, normally as White Flat. This post aims to clear up the naming and also help me remember which one is which. Bits of the information are based on this long thread on BLF, …