The World’s Brightest Flashlight: Enough Power to Set Paper on Fire

The World's Brightest Flashlight
With the Torch and Without the Torch

Brightness is typically indicated in lumens, a measure of the total output of a light source. A classic Mini Maglite flashlight peaks at around 15 lumens. A typical LED headlamp puts out roughly 50 to 100 lumens. A 100-watt light bulb clocks in at around 1,750 lumens.

The Torch Flashlight from Wicked Lasers, touted as “the world’s brightest and most powerful flashlight,” blinds the competition with a whopping 4,100 lumens. That’s enough juice to cook an egg or ignite paper, as the videos below demonstrate.

The Torch is a compact, handheld little monster that powers a 100-watt halogen bulb with a rechargeable battery system specifically designed for the Torch. The casing is military grade aluminum, with a simple push-button on/off switch at its base.

As these two photos demonstrate, it’s astonishingly bright…

…but it’s not exactly practical. The extreme heat from the bulb causes the metal casing to become dangerously hot within a few minutes. (The Torch User Manual recommends using protective gloves during operation.) Battery life is nearly non-existent; a full charge lasts only 5 to 10 minutes. And it’s not cheap. The flashlight sells for $199. The battery system runs an additional $49.

But if you want to start a fire or cook an egg with a beam of light, then this is the toy for you:


About the Author…

Matt Heid


Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear expert: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.

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