Going Gear Visits the OLIGHT Factory in China

Olight, the Chinese manufacturer of flashlights, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. They’ve invited Marshall of Going Gear to visit their facility in China and see how their flashlights are made – from prototyping and testing to the actual manufacturing. You can find the factory tour video below.

Earlier, Going Gear also released videos showing some Olight prototypes…

and the Olight testing facility…

and their office.

What I think is good about Olight is that they design, test and make their own products and market under their own brand. So you have an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) there.

The more common practice with many Chinese brands is that there is an OEM facility with all the manufacturing capabilities to make the product and there are different brands which simply outsource the entire manufacturing process to that big company. If ordered in sufficient quantities, these big manufacturers will be happy to put any logo you want on the product. In other words, all you need to start a new company is to develop a logo and ask the large manufacturer to put it on the batch of products you are going to purchase. That’s why products of many Chinese-made brands look virtually identical if the logo is ignored.

As you’ve learned from the videos, in the case of Olight, it is a different story. They design and manufacture their flashlights themselves.



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  • tony

    Thank you for sharing. flashlights from China are catching up in quality, nothing hi tech about manufacturing them, bodies are machined in house, LED modules are sourced from elsewhere. Surefire lights are way overpriced in comparison

    • Jared Vynn

      Maglite is US made and works fine for me without costing an arm and a leg. Still as durable and reliable as ever.

      • No one

        I guess it helps that the D battery size magliites double great as an emergency truncheon in the event you need to beat an attacker senseless.

        • Scott Tx

          I dont even think about maglite anymore since they held off so long upgrading to modern LEDs, etc. Not that they’re bad, they just moved out of my mind while shopping for new lights. (edit, going to go see what they’re selling these days right now…)

          • Scott Tx

            a couple that use cr123 but still nothing that runs on 18650s. and looking at the output lumens on their larger lights they’re still using antique LEDs.

        • Jared Vynn

          5 D cells make for quite the weighted truncheon. My little 2 AA cree led isn’t good for use as an improvised weapon, but I found a solution.
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b695c7f3717e6445520e87f494fce796c20009def21ff186aaa1dec558edb717.jpg

        • .45

          This is very true. I have a Fenix on my keychain that blows my big old Maglites out of the water when it comes to brightness, but one of my big Maglites is a whole lot more comforting when I’m walking at night and hear the running paws and snarl of a big dog. ;D

      • Bradley

        Yes maglite makes a really good product from 10 years ago, and a really good one from 20 years ago. I don’t know how durable and reliable they were whenever ever was, but I’ve had three of the led “pro” aa models die on me while eorking.

    • No one

      Well It’s hard to ask too much from a flash light.

      1. Shine brightly.

      2. Don’t break.

      In that case, “You have ONE job flashlight!”

  • Jim Slade

    I wonder exactly whose bootlegged intellectual property it actually is?

    • No one

      Their own?

    • john huscio

      (Vaguely) Surefire

    • TDog

      Well aren’t you just the cutting edge of sarcastic humor? [end sarcasm]

    • Bradley

      Um, no one’s

      • No one

        Pretty sure I’ve never made a flash light.

  • Cal S.

    Oh, the factory that makes the same flashlights that range in price from “Oh, we’ll just put this with the other SWAG on the table” to “Navy SEALS use this one tool to win every fight! Get yours for just $waytoomuch.99 + $9.99 shipping!”

    😉

    • Bradley

      The cheapest olight model I know of costs about $15 and that’s their little keychain light they’ve had forever. If you know of someone giving them away please let me know.

  • Swarf

    I carry the brass olight aaa (with a 10440) around my neck every day, and it it a great little light that looks good, too.

    Puts out a surprising amount of light, enough to hit the grid 60′ up.