I just recently purchased a Streamlight Protac 2l for a pocket carry flashlight and love it. At 180 lumens it is very bright for its size. However with this purchase, came another need. I'm now in search of the absolute brightest flashlight I can find under $50. Size is no issue (still needs to be handheld, no bigger than a maglight), it doesn't necessarily have to have strobe or defense ridges, but would be a plus. This will be more of a larger, work used flashlight.
Here is one example. It sounds to good to be true, but I know someone that has purchased these and has had great success. However, with so many options I cant begin to track down all the candidates.