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LED flashlights: 12 flashlights tested

Selected products in tabular overview

Flashlights - THRUNITE TC12 V2 test winner

test winner

Thrunite TC 12 V2

64.88 euros

Flashlights - OLIGHT S2R BATON II

Olight S2R Baton II

EUR 73.95

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Price-performance winner

Flashlights - KLARUS XT11R price-performance winner

Price-performance winner

Klarus XT11R

EUR 50.95

Flashlights - FENIX PD35 TAC

Fenix ​​PD35 TAC

EUR 64.65

Flashlights - WDTPRO S5000

Wdtpro S5000

21.24 euros

Flashlights - VARTA NIGHT CUTTER F30R

Varta NightCutter F30R

EUR 31.95

Flashlights - LEDLENSER P5R CORE

Led Lenser P5R Core

EUR 59.00

Flashlights - ANKER BOLDER LC90

Anchor Bolder LC90

29.99 EUR

Flashlights - LEDLENSER P7

Led Lenser P7

59.99 EUR

Flashlights - ENERGIZER VISION HD FOCUS

Energizer Vision HD Focus

46.99 EUR

Flashlights - OBI/EMIL LUX ALULINE 40583

Obi/Emil Lux Aluline 40583

EUR 17.79

Flashlights - MAXESLA TK10113

Maxesla TK10113

6.06 euros


Modern flashlights provide as much light today as only large professional lights used by the fire brigade and civil protection services a few years ago. The naming of the industry is correspondingly imaginative. She likes to talk about “tactical lamps”, which are suitable for self-defence, emergencies or expeditions thanks to their flashlight and SOS functions. For use on and in the car, however, light output and burn time are more important. In addition, a car flashlight should be easy to stow in the glove compartment or trunk floor. AUTO BILD tested twelve LED flashlights according to these specifications – from cheap hardware store bargains to high-tech lights.

Winner in the AUTO BILD flashlight test: Thrunite TC12 V2

Thrunite TC12 V2

TC12 V2
  • healthy and light
  • harmonious illumination
  • six light modes

Price €64.88


The test winner goes to the Thrunite TC12 V2, which is not only convincing in the total of six light modes, but also collects a lot of points with its harmonious illumination. With 158 out of a possible 200 points, she leaves the competition behind.

How AUTO BILD tested it

We carried out the test with lighting expert Stefan Boissier-Mohr from Gartow in Brandenburg. In his laboratory, the luminous flux of all lamps was measured in an integrating sphere, and the illumination was also assessed in field tests. In addition to the pure light output, which accounts for 50 percent of the overall rating, the test team also evaluated the lighting duration. The same applies to handling with the criteria of operation, feel, extras (e.g. lamp holder supplied), operating instructions and packaging (the latter should be as sustainable as possible).

LED flashlights (2022): test – presentation – technology – accessories

AUTO BILD tests 12 LED flashlights


The test results at a glance

Above all, we wanted to know whether the often high factory specifications for brightness are correct. Or is this exaggerated? Without exception, current models rely on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as the light source. LEDs provide high brightness with low power consumption. The quality of the LEDs and the optics built into the lamp are decisive for good light output. If both are of high quality, even small flashlights can achieve extreme brightness values.

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Twelve LED flashlights in comparison


The important measured value is called luminous flux. It is given in lumens. The AUTO BILD test impressively shows that distrust of manufacturer information is appropriate. That’s what Energizer calls its Vision HD Focus a luminous flux of 400 lumens in the highest brightness level, but only reaches 240 lumens when measured. With the cheap product Maxesla (price per unit: six euros), instead of the promised 2000 lumens, the light comes out about ten times less. Fortunately, there is another way: Fenix, WdtPro and Thrunite achieve very respectable values ​​in all brightness levels that are close to the factory specifications.

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L-Ion 18650 or 2x CR123A

two years law. warranty

Integrated Li-Ion; 3.6V; 2600mAh; 9.36Wh

two years law. warranty

two years law. warranty

two years law. warranty

€6.06 (2 pcs for €12.11)

two years law. warranty

Conclusion on the flashlight comparison

Of course, the mobile phone also brings light into the darkness. But a really wide and bright radiance can only be provided by a good flashlight. She makes life easier. Especially in the dark winter. Therefore: The purchase of a compact and powerful lamp is a sensible investment.

The most important questions about LED flashlights

How many lumens should a good flashlight have?

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With a flashlight it is not only important how long it can shine, especially the light output is of great importance. The light output consists of illumination and luminous flux. The luminous flux is given in the unit lumen. Our test winner among the compact LED flashlights, the Thrunite TC12 V2, measured a luminous flux of 800 lumens. The third-placed Fenix ​​PD35 Tac lamp even achieves 920 lumens.

Which flashlight do you recommend?

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The test winner in the AUTO BILD flashlight test 2022 is the Thrunite TC12 V2. The flashlight not only impresses with six lighting modes, but also with a harmonious illumination. A tip for bargain hunters: Our price-performance winner, the Klarus XT11R. A bit more expensive, but also recommended: The Olight S2R Baton II, which took 2nd place. The same applies to the Fenix ​​PD35 TAC, which offers the best light output in the flashlight test.

Which small flashlight is the best?

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Twelve compact flashlights were tested in the AUTO BILD flashlight test 2022. The Thrunite TC12 V2 emerged as the test winner. It not only offers harmonious illumination, it also impresses with its light output. It is followed in second place by the Olight S2R Baton, third is our price-performance winner, the Klarus XT11R and the Fenix ​​PD35 TAC, which offers the best light output in the test.

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