18 Best Spotlights (Handheld) in 2023 | [Reviewed by a Marine]

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You might not be able to take the sun with you, but what you can take with you is a bright handheld spotlight.

Flashlights and headlamps are helpful because of their portability and ease-of-use, however, sometimes, you just need something bigger and brighter.

Some of the Brightest Spotlights Available

I’m not going to beat a dead horse with this guide. Experts, feel free to skip ahead to the reviews.

Novices, no worries, I’m going to break everything down and then cover what I think the best spotlights currently available. First, we’ll talk about what to look for in a spotlight then I’ll show you the best spotlights at different price points. The spotlights on this list are the most reliable and brightest spotlights out there.

Quick Summary: Our Top Picks For Spotlights (Handheld) in 2022
Streamlight Waypoint
  • Lumens: 1000
  • Battery Type: up to 60 hours
  • Light Distance: 2200 feet
Stanley SL10LEDS Handheld Spotlight
  • Lumens: 2200
  • Weight: 2.05 pounds
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable 12 volts Lithium-Ion
Fenix LR40R Search Light
  • Lumens: 12000
  • Light Distance: 2099.75 feet
  • Battery Type: ARB-L37-12000 Li-Ion USB-C rechargeable with reverse charging
Eornmor Outdoor Spotlight
  • Lumens: 6000
  • Light Distance: 2600 feet
  • Waterproof: IPX4 – Splashproof
Goodsmann Submersible Waterproof Spotlight
  • Lumens: 4500
  • Light Distance: 1575 feet
  • Waterproof: Resistance down to 1 meter and also floats

Why You Would Need a Spotlight

Lugging around a spotlight isn’t very practical when you’re on the move, but when you’re setting up in one place or in a vehicle like a truck or a boat, a spotlight is a great piece of gear to have.

The world of spotlights can be a bit overwhelming because there are hundreds of spotlights to choose from and there are confusing marketing techniques that make it hard to determine which are actually the best. Thankfully for you, though, I’ve filtered out all of the garbage options that you could stumble upon online.

Although a lot of the spotlights out there are similar, they still have key differences that make them better for certain applications.

For example, if you’re buying a spotlight to spot deer with you’re going to look for different features than you would in a spotlight for boating and marine use.

More on Application of Use

Simply choosing the brightest spotlight isn’t what I always recommend. Intended use is going to be your primary determining factor in choosing the right spotlight for you.

If you just need a spotlight for the house or to spot deer from your vehicle, then maybe you don’t need it to be waterproof. But, if a big camping trip is your intended use, I’d highly recommend investing in a waterproof spotlight.

I always look for durable gear, because in most cases, anything that’s not durable just leads to frustration and me spending more money down the road. Here on Marine Approved we like to implement the “buy once cry once” mentality.


Let’s clear things up, lumens are the way we measure a light’s output in the days of high-tech and LED. We always used to use watts, but now in today’s world, we know that’s not going to give an accurate depiction of a light’s brightness.

So basically, when you see how many lumens a spotlight has, that’s a measure of its brightness. Remember, though, the larger and higher the lumens are doesn’t always mean higher quality or better user experience. High lumen spotlights generate a ton of heat and the brighter the light is, the more battery power it will consume. The tradeoff here is weight, portability, charging options, and possible time you can use it before the battery dies.

With that said, decent quality spotlights tend to come with multiple lumen settings so that you can buy a spotlight with high lumens but only switch to that battery sucking mode when you absolutely need it.

Spotlight Type

There are two main spotlight types that we’ll be focusing on in this guide. There is no better type or form factor, it really comes down to preference, how you plan to use it, and how you plan to store it.

Under-grip spotlights: Undergrip spotlights have grips that are parallel with the light. The main advantage of under-grip spotlights is that most people find them more comfortable hold and use for long periods of time.

The downside is they’re a little more awkward to aim because you typically hold them around waist level.

Pistol grip spotlights: Pistol grip spotlights are my personal favorite because they’re easier to aim, especially if you’re in areas with large elevation differences. For applications like spotting deer, night fishing, and boating, I generally prefer a pistol grip spotlight. Being able to hold the light out in front of you just feels more natural for most people.

Beam Options

Not all bulbs used in these will be created equally. The bulb types and size of the reflectors are going to differ to create a different beam type. There will also be light filters and light intensity options in a lot of lights in this guide.

Why it matters:

The bulb type, lenses, and reflectors are going to impact the strength and longevity of the beam directly.

Reflectors and lenses: The depth of the reflectors will determine the focus of the light photons being emitted from the bulb. Regardless of the reflectors’ ability to intensify the beam, the photons will eventually spread out far enough that the light won’t be visible from a certain distance. The reflectors and lense will help improve the range that the beam can reach.

Bulb Types

LEDs: LED lights can last anywhere from 12 to 24 years and are 80% more efficient than more traditional lights. This gives your battery a longer life.

Incandescent bulbs: Incandescent lights are a little more old school and usually use xenon or halogen. More of the energy going into an incandescent bulb is wasted to heat energy.

Light filters: Light filters aren’t just filters that’ll change the color of your light beam. Many spotlights offer filters for you to switch out on your spotlight, to prevent you from sticking out as much or to prevent your pupils from opening too wide.

Red light filters will put less stress on your eyes and make it easier for your eyes to readjust after you turn your spotlight off. Red light filters are also great for being less conspicuous.

Light intensity settings: Having a spotlight with high lumens is pretty cool, but it can also drain your battery power faster. Shining your light half a mile away will be awesome until your battery dies 2 hours later. Switching through the light settings will help you preserve that precious battery life for when you need it most.


The majority of the materials used in spotlights are usually pretty light. The batteries make up for most of the weight. You don’t want your spotlight to feel like a brick, but if it’s heavier, it probably has a bigger battery that will give you more duration.

Weight probably won’t be a major factor for most, unless you plan on taking it backpacking, in which most cases you would just need a flashlight or headlamp. Spotlights are bulkier in most cases anyway, but it’s still something to factor in depending on your application of use.

Battery Type

Like I just said, weight, specifically a battery’s weight, is going to have a direct correlation to the size and mAH. mAH is an ampere-hour and is a way to judge how many units of power the battery can hold. The more mAH a battery has is usually a good indicator of how long a single charge will last.

Quick tip: The advertised battery life on these spotlights is often not realistic. These estimations are based on the most power-conserving options.

To keep it simple, there are two major differences in the batteries on this list — rechargeable batteries and non-rechargeable batteries.

Rechargeable batteries are always a pro since always having to purchase new batteries is a pain. If you decide on a spotlight with a rechargeable battery, then I also recommend investing in a solid USB battery pack. These battery packs can be used to recharge your phone and other gear, but it’ll also restore your spotlight’s power. Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of rechargeable batteries aren’t easily rechargeable, so keep an eye out for that.

For non-rechargeable battery-powered spotlights, I’d recommend always having spare batteries on hand.


If you’re an avid outdoorsman, this may be one of the most underrated factors to keep in mind.

The last thing you want when you’re camping is an unreliable light source. Many of the options on this list are waterproof, but not all, so keep that in mind.

The most vulnerable part of a spotlight is the battery and electrical components, so cheaper spotlights may be more prone to failure from a drop.

For budget shoppers, you’ll mostly find spotlights made of Aluminum alloy and ABS plastic. Aluminum and ABS aren’t bad materials, but I wouldn’t expect them to put up with too much extreme abuse since they don’t absorb shock as well as some other materials.

On higher-end spotlights, they often use rubbers and polycarbonates along with some ABS and aluminum. Rubbers and polycarbonates will stand up to abuse and shock a lot better. Rubber absorbs the shock, and the polycarbonate is actually shatterproof. Polycarbonate is actually used to make bulletproof glass.

Here Are the Best Spotlights


1. Streamlight Waypoint (Editor’s Choice)

Streamlight 44910 Waypoint 1000-Lumens Spotlight with 120-Volt AC Charger, Yellow

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Lumens: 1000
Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery Type: up to 60 hours
Light Distance: 2200 feet
Weight: 1.52 pounds
Waterproof: IPX8 – Submersion to 2 meters and it floats
Color Options: Yellow or black

My Review: The Streamlight Waypoint is my go-to spotlight for many reasons. It’s durable, lightweight, has a long-distance beam, holds a charge well, has a good battery life, and is available in multiple power options.

By far the most popular model and the one that I will be reviewing here comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and 120V AC charger, but there is a cheaper model that can be powered with a 12V DC converter that allows for infinite run time or C-cell batteries (if you’re interested, you can also check out this version through the link above).

At first glance, you might think the specs of this spotlight aren’t all that impressive for its price. After all, over $100 for a 1000 lumen spotlight doesn’t seem like a great deal. The thing is Streamlight Waypoint has a deep parabolic reflector that allows the beam to travel further than you’d expect from a 1000 lumen spotlight and many other standout features.

One nice feature that sets this spotlight apart is the cover that protects the light. This is a nice feature because along with protecting the light, it allows you to mount it on a boat, truck, ATV, or other vehicles.

The beam has 3 strength settings, 1000 lumens, 550 lumens, and 35 lumens. You can easily switch between these by using the well-placed switch at the top of the pistol grip.

The bulbs are C4 LEDs that are designed to be better at help conserve energy while still being very bright. On the lowest setting, the spotlight can still shine over 3 football fields.

Another thing I like about this spotlight that makes it perfect for marine use is that it is polycarbonate and completely waterproof. If you manage to drop it in deep water, it’ll just float on top of the water. It has an IPX8 waterproof rating, which means it can be under 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

The power source is a 120-volt battery that can last up to 80 hours if you only keep it on the lowest setting. On the highest beam, it’ll only last 3 hours. In my opinion, this is the best spotlight out there around the $100 price point. Whether you need a marine spotlight for boating or a spotlight to take camping, this is an excellent choice.

One of my favorite YouTubers actually did a review on this spotlight, I’ll link it below.


2. Stanley SL10LEDS Handheld Spotlight (Best Value)

STANLEY FATMAX SL10LEDS Rechargeable 2200 Lumen Lithium Ion Ultra Bright LED Spotlight Flashlight with USB Power Charger

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Lumens: 2200
Battery Type: Rechargeable 12 volts Lithium-Ion
Light Distance: N/A
Weight: 2.05 pounds
Waterproof: No

My Review: The SL10LEDS from Stanley is one of the less sophisticated spotlights on this list. Most of the other spotlights have a lot of features, but this one is about a 4-trick pony.

The beam only comes with 2 strength settings, high and low. The LED lights are the brightest on this list, but they’d get the job done around the house or other indoor settings. It does come with a red light filter attachment if you want to take it out in the woods.

The battery is advertised to last up to 7 hours, but that’s on low. The highest setting will run down the entire battery in less than an hour. You definitely need to be more conservative using the power on this light. The good news is that you can easily recharge it. The spotlight also has a USB socket for you to charge your phone or other accessories.

The warranty is only for 1 year and is limited, so any manufacturing problems will be covered, but not damage caused by your use.

Stanley added rubber around the lens bezel to help protect it from shock damage if accidentally dropped.


3. Fenix LR40R Search Light (Super Bright and Compact)

fenix LR40R Rechargeable 12000 Lumen Search Torch, Black,

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Lumens: 12000
Battery Type: ARB-L37-12000 Li-Ion USB-C rechargeable with reverse charging
Weight: Little over 1lb
Light Distance: 2099.75 feet
Waterproof: IPX65

My Review: The Fenix LR40R is more of a form factor than most of our other recommendations but make no mistake, this thing is tiny but mighty and a lot of people really like the flashlight shape with floodlight capabilities. These things can easily fit in a glove box or center console whereas you might not have space for something with a big T shaped light and handle.

Okay, I know, nearly three hundred bucks for a tiny flashlight doesn’t seem worth it, but it is when you get 12000 real lumens and over 2000 feet of potential beaming power. These things are highly powerful and highly versatile making them one of my favorite handheld lighting solutions I’ve gotten to review.

Speaking of versatile, a lot of spotlights lack the ability to change things up and utilize the light in a wider beam whereas the Fenix LR40R can cycle through a dense and pinpoint beam or be dialed back for a nice and wide floodlight type of lighting configuration that makes setting up camp in the dark really easy. If you only want to pack away one lighting solution but you think you’ll need a spotlight beam and a floodlight, this may be an excellent solution.

Furthering the versatility of this powerful handheld light is the fact they have taken notice of what the people want and need nowadays. Any device with power that can back that power into a smartphone is valuable, in my opinion, as I always find my mobile phone dead when I need it the most. These lights are charged up via USB-C and can reverse charge too, making them a very helpful battery bank during the day. Furthermore, you can easily swap the rechargeable Li-Ion batteries and store them in the included Edison Battery storage cases. Another point on versatility is this device’s ability to strobe and even send S.O.S lighting sequences.

The construction of this flashlight/spotlight is absolutely phenomenal. Where most spotlights consist of some type of plastic that may not hold up to much abuse with flimsy feeling rubber buttons, you get an oxidation-resistant aircraft-grade aluminum body with stainless steel switches on the Fenix. A lot of people buck the extra buck for a version of their favorite spotlight with water resistance features but with the Fenix, they all come with a standard IPX68 rating, meaning they’re good to submerge in up to 2 meters of water.

Rough, tough, versatile, and blindingly bright, the Fenix is an all-around a monstrosity of a light.

There is a con here that I really want to bring to your attention and actually applies to many devices like this but it is especially frustrating when you pay nearly $300 to get one of these. The battery pack that comes with these is amazing, so long as you get one that’s rather fresh. If the unit sits on the shelves for a few months without getting any charging cycles, the batteries will eventually lose their charge and if they sit uncharged for a long time, the batteries will degrade quickly. Some people have gotten these flashlights with batteries that have been heavily degraded due to being uncharged for long periods of time and as such, you might want to order spare batteries just in case you get one that’s a few months old.


4. Eornmor Outdoor Spotlight (Budget Pick)

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Lumens: 6000
Battery Type: Rechargeable 9000mAH Lithium-Ion
Battery Life: up to 24 hours
Light Distance: 2600 feet
Weight: 0.9 pounds
Waterproof: IPX4 – Splashproof

My Review: The Eornmor Outdoor Spotlight is a good under-grip rechargeable spotlight for those of you on a tight budget.

It has a bright LED beam that can reach over 8 football fields. The beam has a high and low setting. The low setting can only reach half the distance (1300 feet). For a light that’s under $30, 2600 feet of reach is pretty impressive.

While the max battery life advertised is for the lowest setting of 24 hours, one the highest setting it will last far less. The battery life is almost always going to be lower than the advertised life anyway. The rechargeable battery also doubles as a power bank.

The plastic body is IPX4 waterproof. An IPX4 rating guarantees that the light can handle water splashed on it, so you can easily take it out in the rain, just don’t drop it in deep water. This is a pretty good cheap spotlight, but don’t expect great durability.


5. Goodsmann Submersible Waterproof Spotlight

GOODSMANN Rechargeable Spotlight Waterproof Flashlight 4500 Lumen Handheld Searchlight Hunting Light with EVA Carrying Case USB Adapter Car Charger 9924-H101-02

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Lumens: 4500
Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Light Distance: 1575 feet
Weight: 1.64 pounds
Waterproof: Resistance down to 1 meter and also floats

My Review: The Goodsmann Submersible Spotlight is one of my favorites and the highest quality spotlight on this list. It’s super bright, durable, and you can even take it underwater.

The body is constructed from a combination of ABS plastic, polycarbonate, rubber, and aluminum. The polycarbonate and rubber make it more shockproof and impact resistant.

The 4500-lumen beam comes with three light modes. High, low, and SOS mode where it flashes an emergency light. On high, the beam can go over the length of 5 football fields.

This light is waterproof, and you can even use it underwater. However, it also floats, so taking it underwater might be a pain if you lose your grip.

In high mode, you can only expect to get 1-1.5 hours of battery life, but on low, you can get up to 2.5 hours. The battery life might sound low, but this light is more of a premium quality. The materials used and the durability it has makes it the highest-value spotlight on this list.

Just to give you extra security, Goodsmann offers customers a 1-year warranty to cover any potential problems you might run into.


6. Browning High Noon 4C

Browning 3717760  High Noon 4C Light, Black

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Lumens: 1400
Battery Type: 2 Rechargeable 5000mAh Li-Po batteries with CR123A (hence the 4C in the name) battery backup system and reverse charging
Light Distance: 2175 feet
Weight: Little over 1lb
Waterproof: IPX rated to 1 meter and also floats

My Review: If you’re looking for something durable and reliable this is a good option. Browning is a legendary company known for caring about its customers. The Browning High Noon 4C is one tough spotlight and I really like the pistol-style design they’ve come up with.

The construction is outstanding for the price and far exceeds the quality and durability of most other spotlights at this price point. It isn’t the brightest or furthest beam you can get but sometimes a tradeoff for durability is worth it and, speaking of build quality, these are waterproof down to a meter which doesn’t sound like a lot but they float, making these excellent boating buddies.

They’re constructed out of high-quality polycarbonate with thick rubber armoring all over the shell making these an excellent choice for use in high abuse situations. This is easily one of the best waterproof spotlights out there, especially at this price point.


7. Bigsun Q953 Spotlight

BIGSUN Rechargeable Spotlight, High High Lumens 100000 LED Flashlight with Red Lens, 10800mAh USB Power Bank, Left Side Floodlamp & Warning Lamp for Home Security, Camping, Boat, Hunting and more

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Lumens: 6000
Battery Type: Rechargeable 10000mAH Lithium-Ion
Light Distance: 2600 feet
Weight: 1.12 pounds
Waterproof: No

My Review: The BigSun Q953 is a feature-packed rechargeable spotlight made of aviation-quality aluminum alloy with a strong beam and large battery.

On the highest beam setting, the light can shine through the length of 8 football fields. It has 3  brightness modes that you can use, high, medium, and low. There’s also flood lights on the side for you to use like a lantern with a high and medium brightness options. For emergencies, there’s an SOS mode that flashes red and blue lights.

That 10000mAH battery helps the highest level beam last up to 16 hours, but can last up to 20 hours if you use the more conservative settings. The big battery also works as a power bank for you to charge your phone with a USB.

On the top of the spotlight, it has a folding tripod for you to set up and free your hands in the dark. The spotlight also comes with a sling attachment to make it easier to carry if you don’t have a bag.

I couldn’t find anything about BigSun advertising the spotlight to be waterproof or resistant, so I’d recommend to keep it as dry as possible. If the light manages to fail you, BigSun offers a worry-free lifetime warranty.


8. Buysight Rechargeable Handheld Spotlight

BUYSIGHT Rechargeable Spotlight,Spot Lights Hand held Large Flashlight 6000 lumens Handheld Spotlight Lightweight and Super Bright Flashlight (Aluminium_Alloy Black)

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Lumens: 6000
Battery Type: Rechargeable 9000mAH Lithium-Ion
Light Distance: 2600 feet
Weight: 1.75 pounds
Waterproof: No

My Review: This heftier spotlight from Buysight sports a big battery with a strong beam made from aviation-grade aluminum alloy.

This spotlight has a beam containing 2 LED beads that can reach distances longer than 8 football fields. It has the main spotlight and 2 floodlights on the side with 3 light settings, high mode, low mode, and SOS. SOS mode is a strobe light that flashes red and blue from the sidelights. The floodlights also serve a dual purpose as a lantern.

The battery is pretty big, but that’s to power all of the lumens it has. The high mode is advertised to last up to 10 hours, while the low setting can last up to 24 hours. They guarantee you to get 1000 full charges with the battery before it needs to be replaced.

Some handy features that it includes are a tripod, and the rechargeable battery doubles as a charging station for your phone.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this spotlight being waterproof advertised, so be careful taking it in wet situations.

Bottom line: This is one of the brightest spotlights out there. The only real downside is that some people have reported issues with quality control. The good news is that Buysight offers a life-time warranty if you’re not quite confident in the quality (double-check the Amazon listing to ensure that is still offered at the time of sale).


9. DEWALT 20V Spotlight

DEWALT 20V MAX LED Work Light, Pivoting Head (DCL043) , Red

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Lumens: 1000
Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Light Distance: 1500 feet
Weight: 1 pound
Waterproof: No

My Review: This rechargeable spotlight from Dewalt was made to get things done around the house and on job sites.

The beam is powered from 3 bright LED bulbs that have 2 different strength settings for you to switch through depending on your needs. There’s a fourth LED bulb just for a red light to preserve your night vision in the dark. On the highest brightness setting, it can shine across 5 football fields. There’s also a protective mold over the lense to protect it from bumps and falls.

The rechargeable battery is actually interchangeable, so if you don’t have time for a charge up, you can just change it out if needed. It’s like many rechargeable drills.

Important note: The battery isn’t actually included. However, you can easily pick up DEWALT batteries for this spotlight on Amazon here. You can find the DEWALT battery charger here. You can even pick up a few and easily swap them out without having to rely on a single battery. DEWALT makes chargers with multiple charging ports, so after you get back from a job site or work you can have 2-4 batteries charging at the same time. You can find a 4 port charger on Amazon here.

One of the unique things about this spotlight is that the head can actually be pivoted to make a 180-degree angle. This will be useful if you want to handle it like a typical flashlight. It also has a belt hook to hook onto a work belt or whatever you need to connect it to.

Another nice thing is that Dewalt offers a 3-year limited warranty.


10. Titan M10

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Lumens: 1000
Battery Type: Rechargeable 4400mAH Lithium-Ion
Light Distance: 1100 feet
Weight: 1.15 pounds
Waterproof: No

My Review: The Titan M10 is a premium versatile spotlight that’s packed with features and useful tools. If you’re looking for a spotlight with a little more features, then I’d recommend picking up the X10 model instead for a bit more money.

This spotlight uses LED bulbs with 3 different settings. High brightness for when you need to see long distances, low for when you need to conserve battery, and then emergency mode, which is essentially a strobe light for emergencies.

In emergency mode, the battery can last up to 60 hours. On low, it can last up to 6 hours, and then on high, it can only last up to 2 hours. You can use the rechargeable battery to take the spotlight wherever you want, or you can use the DC charger to plug up in your truck or another vehicle.

The light also comes with strap attachments to make it easier to carry, and a bipod to free your hands. If you opt for the X10, you’ll get a tripod instead.

Titan gives a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee if you found anything not to please you.


11. Nyxray Rechargeable Spotlight

Super Bright Spotlight, 6000 High Lumens Rechargeable Spot Lights Handheld Flashlight Boat Light with 9600mAh Battery Tripod and USB Output, IPX4 Waterproof

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Lumens: 1020
Battery Type: Rechargeable 4.2 volt 9600mAH Lithium-Ion
Light Distance: 2624 feet
Weight: 1.56 pounds
Waterproof: Yes

My Review: The Nyxray is a spotlight you really can’t’ go wrong with It’s super bright, made of ABS and aluminum, waterproof, and has a rechargeable battery.

If you’re having a hard time imagining how far 2,624 feet is, this spotlight could beam through the length of over 8 football fields or half a mile. It might sound like overkill, but having that power is pretty awesome, just don’t shine it in any one’s faces.

The Nyxray comes with 6 different light settings. It actually has 3 lights on it, the main beam, and 2 sidelights, so you don’t get tunnel vision. The Beam and sidelights both have a high, low, and strobe setting. The side light strobe setting flashes red and blue for an SOS signal.

If you use the light conservatively at a low setting, the light could last up to 30 hours, but if you need the bright mode, don’t expect more than 10 hours at best.

A cool, unique feature about this spotlight is that the rechargeable battery serves a dual purpose as a power bank for your phone and other USB powered gear. It also has a tripod for you to set the light up in a fixed position.


12. Energizer Tactical Spotlight

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Lumens: 1000
Battery Type: Rechargeable 7.4 volt 3000mAH Lithium-Ion
Light Distance: 1000 feet
Weight: 0.95 pounds
Waterproof: yes

My Review: The NoCry Spotlight is a high-powered spotlight that’s compact, rechargeable, waterproof, and shock-resistant.

The battery can last for 6 hours on the highest setting and up to 20 hours on the lowest setting of 100 lumens. It comes with a wall and car charger, so you can pretty much take it with you anywhere, especially with a battery pack.

The spotlight comes with a removable red filter when you need to be a little more stealthy. They don’t advertise how far the beam can blast out to on high, but I’d take a good guess that it could go out over 2000 feet with its 1000 lumens on high.

There’s virtually no amount of water that’ll be able to destroy this spotlight. It’s waterproof up to 3 feet underwater, and it floats. It can’t go under 3 feet if it’s floating.

As an added special feature, it comes with a little folding tripod to free your hands while working.

Warning: Some units have had a history of a soldering issue. On the bright side, it has a 4-year warranty. If you get a crappy unit, they ship a new one out to you for free.


13. Brinkmann Qbeam

Brinkmann 800-2380-W Max Million III Waterproof ABS Plastic Construction Rechargeable Spotlight

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Lumens: 1200
Power Source: Corded Electric
Light Distance: 1400 feet
Weight: 2.5 pounds
Waterproof: No

My Review: The Brinkmann Qbeam is a corded spotlight meant to plug into your vehicle’s phone charging port made from ABS plastic.

Brinkmann uses a bright halogen bulb, the halogen bulb helps make the beam a little wider. Although halogen does use more power, you shouldn’t have to worry about that too much since it plugs into a power source. There’s only one high setting for the brightness.

The fact that the light needs to be wired up to its power source is a disadvantage. The wire is 8 feet long, so you’ll be very limited with your mobility.

It comes with a limited warranty for the first year.


14. Odear Brightled Lamp

Odear Super Bright Torch Searchlight Handheld Portable LED Spotlight USB Rechargeable Multi-Function Flashlight Outdoor Long Shots Lamp

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Lumens: 6000
Battery Type: Rechargeable 9000mAH Lithium-Ion
Light Distance: 2600 feet
Weight: 1.7 pounds
Waterproof: Yes

My Review: The Brightled Lamp by Odear is a tough and bright waterproof spotlight made from ABS plastic.

The LED spotlight only has one high beam setting that can reach over 8 football fields and 2 sidelight options. The sidelight can do a floodlight mode, where the 2 sidelights light up, and it can be used as a lamp. The third red light mode can be used for more gentle lighting at night or as an emergency flash.

Odear doesn’t advertise the battery life. However, using my best judgment, I’d take a guess that it could last around 10-15 conservative hours when considering the battery’s mAH and the 6000 lumen light. The charging cable is USB, so you can easily plug it into your power bank or wall charger.

The Brightled Lamp also comes with an adjustable shoulder strap, but personally, I don’t ever use the shoulder straps that some spotlights come with.

The ABS plastic case is waterproof and shock-resistant.

Bottom line: This is a super bright spotlight with some nice features, but it’s not very durable. That said, the spotlight comes with a 12-month warranty (double-check the warranty is still offered before you buy if that’s important to you). Product listings change sometimes and I don’t want to mislead you.


15. NoCry Spotlight

YIERBLUE Rechargeable Spotlight with 2000 Lumen LED, IP67 Waterproof Handheld Flashlight Searchlight with Detachable Red Light Filter, 10000mAh Long Running

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Lumens: 1000
Battery Type: Rechargeable 7.4 volt 3000mAH Lithium-Ion
Light Distance: 1100 feet
Weight: 0.95 pounds
Waterproof: yes

My Review: The NoCry Spotlight is a high-powered spotlight that’s compact, rechargeable, waterproof, and shock-resistant.

The battery can last for 6 hours on the highest setting and up to 20 hours on the lowest setting of 100 lumens. It comes with a wall and car charger, so you can pretty much take it with you anywhere, especially with a battery pack.

The spotlight comes with a removable red filter when you need to be a little more stealthy. They don’t advertise how far the beam can blast out to on high, but I’d take a good guess that it could go out over 2000 feet with its 1000 lumens on high.

There’s virtually no amount of water that’ll be able to destroy this spotlight. It’s waterproof up to 3 feet underwater, and it floats. It can’t go under 3 feet if it’s floating.

As an added special feature, it comes with a little folding tripod to free your hands while working.

Warning: Some units have had a history of a soldering issue. On the bright side, it has a 4-year warranty. If you get a crappy unit, they ship a new one out to you for free.


16. Stanley SL5HS

STANLEY SL5HS Rechargeable 1200 Lumen Lithium Ion Ultra Bright LED Spotlight Flashlight,Black

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Lumens: 1200
Advertised Battery: Lithium-Ion
Light Distance: 1800 feet
Weight: 1.6 pounds
Waterproof: No

My Review: The Stanley SL5HS is an affordable LED spotlight that’s a good option for the budget-minded

The light comes for 4 light options, full, high, low, and halo. The advertised runtime is only an estimate on the lowest conservative setting. The halo light utilizes 8 LED lights around the lense’s perimeter.

The advertised battery life of 10 hours is an estimation based on the lowest setting, I wouldn’t expect the spotlight to get more than 25% of that on its highest. It comes with two types of chargers for you to plug up to your wall outlet or car charger.

The spotlight also has a foldable stand for you to prop the light up when you need to free your hands.

In some reviews, people have complained about the battery not lasting much longer than a couple of months after the purchase. If this happens to you, it’d be best to take advantage of Stanley’s one-year warranty.


17. Goodsmann Realtree Tacticpro

GOODSMANN Spotlight Camo Hunting Spot Lights 12 Volt Marine Spotlight Tacticpro 1500 Lumen Realtree AP-Snow Halogen Spotlighting 9924-H102-02

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Lumens: 1500
Power Source: 12 volts DC connection
Light Distance: 2030 feet
Weight: 1.77 pounds
Waterproof: No

My Review: The Goodsmann Tacticpro is a durable camo spotlight made from ABS that’s meant to put up with abuse. The camo is pretty much just for looks, I don’t see it as actually practical camo that’ll keep you hidden.

This spotlight doesn’t have a battery, it’s power source is a DC socket, so you’ll need to plug it up to something if you want to use it. It’s best for vehicles like your truck or boat.

The beam uses a bright halogen bulb. This makes it bright but doesn’t necessarily save very much power, thankfully it’s not battery powered. It’s a pretty basic spotlight, but for what it is, it’s quality and will get the job done.

Goodsmann advertises that this spotlight is tough. However, if you manage to prove them wrong, they’ll ship you out a speedy replacement.


18. Cyclops Revo 1100

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My Review: Cyclops is well known for their monstrosity, the massive 18 million candle power Thor that is neither light nor really handheld and probably not what you’re looking for but if you haven’t seen those yet, check them out because they’re pretty cool!

A more conventional and user-friendly approach offered by Cyclops is the Revo and Mevo, which I’d choose the Revo all day. Its three times as powerful for only about double the price, so the Revo is the clear choice in terms of bang for your buck.

The Cyclops Revo is exceptionally well built and utilizes a dual Luxeon LED configuration to achieve incredible battery efficiency as well as insanely bright lighting. Something I haven’t seen very often is a red lens shader that comes included with Revo. This is to be used when you’re intermittently using the light and you don’t want to ruin your eyes adjustment to the darkness. You may have noticed it takes several minutes for your eyes to adjust going from a bright environment to a dark environment and when time is critical, you don’t want to have to wait several minutes to adjust each and every time you switch on your spotlight.

Key Features:

Lumens: 1100
Battery Type: 2 6V 2.5Ah Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) rechargeable via AC/DC or 12V adapters that are included
Light Distance: About 1800 feet
Weight: About 2lbs
Waterproof: No – Battery is vented to reduce heat and increase battery lifespan


What should I look for in the spotlight?

You should look for voltage, the color of the light, whether the light is a wide beam or narrow beam, the size of the bulb, and whether the bulb is dimmable or non-dimmable.

What are the types of spotlights?

There are 7 different types of spotlights. They are:

The ellipsoidal spotlight
The piano convex
Beam projector
Follow spotlights
Parabolic Aluminized Reflector (PAR) spotlight
Parabolic Aluminized Reflector pin spotlight

What are red spotlights used for?

Red spotlights are mostly used for hunting. It is most widely used to hunt coyotes and wild hogs. Red lights do not create shadows or spook the prey therefore easier to keep an eye on.

How do I know if my spotlights are led?

If the light gives a slightly yellow or orange color when switched off, they are LED lights. Also, LEDs have many lighting pores or elements rather than a single one.

What is the Best Spotlight for Spotting Deer?

Before you hike into the woods to shine a 6000-lumen spotlight at deer in the dark, remember it’s probably illegal to use a spotlight to hunt deer where you live. Some states and provinces might have different laws, so do your own due diligence before you consider doing that.
If you’re just looking to go deer watching for the heck of it that’s fine in most cases. If you’ll be in a truck, you could use one of the spotlights that connect with a DC outlet, so you don’t have to worry about battery life. On the other hand, all of our listed spotlights will get the job done.

What is the Best Spotlight for Boating and Fishing?

For fishing or boating, you’re going to want a spotlight with good battery life so your light doesn’t become obviously useless, and it’s going to have to be waterproof. Too many companies advertise their spotlights as good for fishing or boating but aren’t even waterproof.
Personally, I’d recommend the Goodsmann Submersible Spotlight, just because it’s the most waterproof and you won’t have to worry about it getting ruined from the water. And if you drop it in the water, it’ll just float.

The Wrap-up

Many of these spotlights are fairly similar and have a lot of the same features. However, they do vary slightly on a lot of these features. Remember to choose the best spotlight that’s going to fit your needs for whatever application you use it for. Not all of these spotlights are waterproof, and not all of them have rechargeable batteries, so be sure to check out each one’s specifications before you buy.

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