Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews
Extensive comparative analyses of modern LED flashlights
My goal is to provide objective testing results, in a readable form, to let you decide what flashlight best fits your needs. My reviews are posted on candlepowerforums, to facilitate ongoing discussions with the user community.
My flashlights are expensive to feed with all the runtime tests I perform, so I gratefully accept donations to my Paypal battery fund.
Flashlight Resources See my Testing Methods for further resources
Video overviews of each of my flashlights, plus additional background primers.
Overview of the ANSI/NEMA standard for flashlight testing (FL-1).
My lightbox design, and how I have calibrated it for estimated lumens.
Overview of all my recent outdoor 100-yard beamshots.
This is the latest version of the ArmyTek high-output thrower light, the Barracuda (now with XM-L2 U3). In my review, you will see how the extra "oomph" of the XM-L2 U3 helps with output/throw and runtime, compared to other lights in the 2x18650, 4xCR123A "thrower" class.
Looking for help to get started? Check out my Flashlight Recommendations page to help you sort through all the different flashlight and battery types currently available.