Holiday Flashlight Guide 2020 – You Should Buy These!

Here’s a Holiday flashlight guide for 2020!  I hope 2020 has been a great year for you!  It’s been a great gear year, that’s for certain.  Notably we got a redesigned TorchLAB BOSS, with many advancements there.  We also saw more widespread acceptance of USB-C charging, and emitters like the Samsung LH351d helped us have the best of many good aspects a flashlight can offer.

But should you buy any of the flashlights from 2020?  Any good lights to gift this year?  Read on!

Note that I don’t thrive on giving advice – I’d rather post all the data I can post and hope you can make an educated decision.  But I know there’s a lot of information on the site, so it can be daunting to pick something.  I hope this guide will help!  And I welcome your input in the comments!

You Need a New Flashlight

Already Own All These, Right?

My long time readers will probably already have these bases covered with personal favorites.  But if you’re new here or just passing through, you can see this as the first wave of recommendations.

EDC Flashlight

If you have no EDC flashlight, start with the Wurkkos FC11.  I haven’t had the FC11 but the other Wurkkos I did have (the HD20 headlamp) was well built and so feature rich.

If funds allow it, the TorchLAB BOSS is an excellent choice.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 torchlab boss 35 ft

EDC backup (One is None)

No backup? Buy the Zebralight SC64w HI.  You’ll note that the Zebralight below is the SC64c – but not actually.  There’s a world famous modder on r/flashlight who puts Nichia 219b emitters in these, and that’s what I have here.  I’d rank this one higher than the SC64w HI, but availability is much more limited.  In any case, there’s nothing else out there like the Zebralight user interface!  It offers so very much.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 zebralight sc64w

Headlamp

If you don’t have a headlamp already, buy the Skilhunt H04 Mini.  I do not have an H04 Mini yet, and when I need a headlamp I grab the Olight Perun Mini.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 olight perun mini headlamp

Small Thrower

If you don’t already have a small thrower, I recommend the Convoy C8+ from MohrLumens.com.  For just ~$20, it’s a great entry into the fun of throwers!

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 convoy c8+ thrower

Big Thrower

No big thrower? Start with the Thrunite TN42.  It’s not even a newer light, but still so remarkable.  Thrunite is a solid brand, and easily one of my favorites.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 thrunite tn42 big thrower

Wall of Light

The Lumintop FW21 Pro was my best built of the FW series lights, and blisters out an astonishing 10,000 lumens.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 lumintop fw21 pro wall of light

That’s about it for what you should already have.  But what about flashlights “just because they bring me joy?”  I have some ideas there, too!


Own Those? Buy These

EDC Flashlight

TorchLAB BOSS 35 FT ($$$$$)

There is simply no other flashlight like the TorchLAB BOSS 35.  I have been a fan for ages, and I have more than I should probably admit.  The new FT (Forward Taper) is great, and offers new electronics (Lux-RC 371 v2.0 driver) and a new pocket clip (the “Speed Clip”).  All of these make a package that can not be beat.  Even if you have a BOSS RT, you should buy a BOSS FT.  Yes, this is not an inexpensive light, but it’s still one that you should experience.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 torchlab boss 35 ft copper edc

MechForce MechTorch Gen2 ($$$)

The generation 2 of this light answers every single complaint I had about the first version MechTorch.  The new one is great, and so feature packed.  The Gen2 only comes with the H17f driver, so you get massive programmability out of the box.  It’s available in many colors, not just the flag version you see below.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 mechforce mechtorch gen2 titanium edc

Convoy S2+($)

Everyone needs to own multiple Convoy S2+ lights.  These are a staple in any collection.  They’re great as a beginner mod light, and they are in expensive.  I own at least 4 of these, and one of my very favorites is a 2700K emitter edition (very warm), which is great for around the house at night use.  I reviewed that light here.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 convoy s2+ orange zeroair edition

Okluma DC0 ($$$)

But only the new DC0.  I reviewed the first DC0 here and saw plenty of room for improvement.  The new aluminum version answers most if not all of the complaints I had with the original, and looks to be an absolutely fantastic light.  Also available in titanium.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 okluma dc0 titanium edc

Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 ($)

If you’re into the size and portability of the Okluma DC0 but not into the price (or lack of NiMH support) then the Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 is for you.  The Tool AA 2.0 is available in aluminum and titanium just like the Okluma DC0, but has  1.5V cell support (primary alkaline, NiMH), and has a lighted tailswitch!  I reviewed the Tool AA 2.0 here, and liked it enough to follow it up with a Nichia 219b 3000K modified version, which is my nightstand light!

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 lumintop tool aa 2.0 titanium aluminum edc

RovyVon A23 ($)

I have thoroughly enjoyed RovyVon as a brand, and when I’m going out on a short jaunt, my reach-for is very often the aluminum Aurora A23 you see below.  It just travels very well!

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 rovyvon a23 edc keychain

And grabbing the aluminum is despite having these two below, as well – brass (my favorite) and titanium (everyone else’s favorite).

Headlamp

Skilhunt H04 Mini from KillzoneFlashlights.com ($$)

I don’t have the Skilhunt H04 Mini yet but I have reviewed the 18650 variation and I’m very pleased with it.  The Mini version looks to improve more than just size, so it’s definitely a worthy contender!  Here’s the H04 RC, a very similar light.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 skilhunt h04 headlamp

Small Thrower

Malkoff E2XT ($$$)
Manker MC13 ($$)

The Manker MC13 is part of the Muscle Combo (which I recommend anyway).  By itself, the MC13 (top, pictured below) is a great Flat White thrower.  Bonus is that the shorty (18350) tube fits this light, too!  Manker put a very nice user interface in this thrower, too.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 manker mc13 flat white muscle combo

Acebeam E10 ($$)

Buy the Acebeam E10.  Despite having an unusual cell (23650), the cell is included, and the light is very fun!  I remarked recently that Acebeam is a favorite brand of mine, and I stand by that!  The E10 is capable, as well as some other lights Thrunite makes that fit other categories, too!

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 acebeam e10 flat white

Big Thrower

Acebeam T27 ($$$)

While I haven’t had the Acebeam T27, I do have the Acebeam L17.  I love the L17.  I also love Acebeam.  An while the L17 and T27 aren’t all that similar, I trust that it’s a solid light.  You can buy the Acebeam TT27 at killzoneflashlights.com.

Olight Warrior X Pro

You might be surprised that I’m recommending the almost-always cool white Olight.  But this one is a rare exception.  The Olight Warrior X Pro is available in neutral white, and still performs great!  I reviewed it here.  Get yours here.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 olight warrior x pro neutral white thrower

You Want a Flashlight To Give Away

If Lithium Ion Cells are Ok

Convoy S2+ ($)

Like I said in my review, everyone needs to own this light.  I’d buy it from MohrLumens.com because shipping is from the USA, but stock is sometimes limited.  Pick a warmer emitter (from 2700K to 4500K), and include the matching 18350 (“shorty”) body in your purchase.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 convoy s2+ orange

Olight Warrior Mini ($$)

This light gets a mention, because it’s a great gift light.  The Olight community is massive, and you sort of automatically buy in with their lights.  Gateway lights, if you will.  The Warrior Mini is my choice here because it’s highly pocketable, includes a cell (actually a complete package – everything you’ll need), and is available in many colorways.  I reviewed the Olight Warrior Mini Camo here and the Olight Warrior Mini Spring 2 edition here.  These are available on OlightStore.com.

If You Prefer to Give Alkaline (or rechargeable)

Or just don’t want a removable cell.  You may know not to trust just everyone with lithium ion cells, and some people may just not have a charger.  There are plenty of reasons to stick with lights that either have built in cells, or use non-lithium ion cells.  Here are a few good choices.

RovyVon A23/A24/A29 ($)

Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 ($)

Yes, it makes the list twice.  The Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 is perfect for a gift light.  First, it’s a great light.  Secondly, if it causes someone to get interested in flashlights, then they can already have the lithium ion option!  With a 14500 cell, they’ll have a bonus of a lighted tailswitch.  Available on amazon.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 lumintop tool aa 2.0

Just for the Fun of It

Can Light

BLF or Sofirn Q8 ($$)

The BLF Q8 or Sofirn Q8 is as close as I’ll come to a can light recommendation.  I swapped in some Samsung LH351d emitters into one of my Q8’s years ago, and while it’s now perfect (of course), I could not tell you the last time it was used.  These are fun, but not terribly useful.  The Sofirn Q8 is still available on amazon.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 sofirn q8 can light

YLP Gryphon G180 ($$)

If you really must add a can light, a medium compromise I’ll consider for a can style light is the YLP Gryphon G180.  This light uses just three 18650 cells, and has a nice neutral white temperature, and sports very good sustained output.  Also there’s a battery carrier, which I prefer over having cells pressed directly against the positive contact.

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 ylp gryphon g180

Sofirn LT1 ($$)

Basically a can style light but a lantern is the Sofirn LT1.  Also runs Andúril and also is loved by the community.  If you need a lantern, this one is a great choice!  It’s available on amazon too.

LEP

Weltool W4 ($$$)

I love throw as much as the next flashlighter, but I would much rather have the throw produced by a light with a Flat White emitter.  Flat whites are extraordinarily useful, but LEPs are so very specific.  Unless you’re lighting a shore from a boat 500m off the coast then… your money is probably better spent elsewhere.  However if you’re convinced that you really need a LEP (and trust me I get it), I can say that the Weltool W4 is quite well built, and performs extraordinarily.  

zeroair's holiday guide 2020 weltool w4 lep


I hope this has been a helpful post!  It brings to light that there are a few lights I should put on my Christmas list – namely the Sofirn LT1 and the Acebeam T27.

I wish you the best in your search for a new light, or the search for the best gift to give!

Author: zeroair

6 thoughts on “Holiday Flashlight Guide 2020 – You Should Buy These!

  1. I have read almost all of your reviews and I really enjoy reading them. I also got my first custom flashlight BOSS Al 70 because of your review (not quite a fan of RT though)! Thanks for constantly updating such a nice flashlight “database” and wish you a happy holiday!

    1. Fantastic! The aluminum BOSS is still my favorite BOSS, despite having brass and titanium too. Glad you have the same experience!

      I think it’s the forward taper (FT) you aren’t a fan of? I agree that it’s quite different! But in it’s own right it’s a spectacular light. The new driver is great, too!

      But I’m not giving up my older BOSSes. 🙂

      Thank you for reading!

      1. Ah, you are right, I meant not a fan of FT. The curve from head to body to tail isn’t that natural as RT in my opinion.

        BTW, I also tried to get a quote of engraving from the same guy at Etsy, but the price was just above my budget. Maybe he realized how difficult to engrave a 7075 Al flashlight after finished your engraving Lol.

  2. Thanks for this! Just in time for secret Santa. Which 2 bay charger would you recommend that can handle 18650, 21700 and 26650?

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