Laser flashlights (LEP)
LEP flashlights are sometimes referred to as White Laser Flashlights or Laser Flashlights. We keep an updated compilation of the most well-known LEP flashlights currently and formerly on the market.
The list consists of Laser lights available to the general public. There are several lights only available to professionals, which cost in the 4 figures.
The complete white Laser list, sorted by name
What is a white laser flashlight exactly?
It's quite ironic that white light lasers don't actually exist and therefore the name is a bit misleading. These flashlights use blue lasers that shine upon (or through) phosphor that transforms the color of the beam into a whitish/yellowish color.
None of the LEP flashlights I own and tested actually has a bright white beam, but are always yellowish/blueish.
Because they have such a narrow hotspot and almost no spill, they are fun to play with but the applications are limited. You can hit buildings or structures up to 2 miles away, but you need binoculars in order to see what is hit. Some people even said: it's so bright, you can't even see what you are pointing at. Although quite funny, it's not the case when you hit something a couple of hundred meters/yards away.
One application you can use them for is hunting. Some of the laser flashlights include a colored filter, like the ones provided with some Maxtoch lights. They are usually red, but green and yellow filters are sometimes included as well. These are especially handy in case a certain game is less sensitive to that particular color.
Although manufacturers need specifications in order to show what the flashlight is capable off, from testing I have seen that these numbers are 9/10 wrong. They either overperform or underperform. From all the White Laser Flashlights I own, only a handful is spot on.
When you are looking for an LEP flashlight, make sure you read the reviews first. Some manufacturers make ridiculous claims like Jetbeam. The Jetbeam M1X is actually underperforming by a large percentage while the Jetbeam M2S WP-RX is underperforming by a large percentage. My advice: read, read, read... and don't believe the manufacturer's specs.
Always make sure that the one you want to get is actually reviewed and not by someone that hasn't used a Lux Meter. Don't trust those, who say: it throws farther than X, or mine is double the throw of Y. But look at reviews that have them measured with a lux meter, and not just by eye!
Have a look around Lepflashlight.com to see which white laser flashlight fits you best.