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Tool and EDC Review: Olight i3 EOS LED Flashlight (Purple)

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Published on Mar 7, 2012

My thoughts and views on the Olight i3 flashlight.

For years I have faithfully carried a knife and various multitools, and have gotten along more or less "okay". One facet of everyday carry that has, until recently, eluded me, has been the humble flashlight. Historically, I have either found them to be underpowered or far too large for comfortable pocket carry. In recent years, technology has advanced significantly and leading manufacturers have found all sorts of clever ways of packing intensely bright lights into all manner of highly useful and extraordinarily portable packages. Enter the Olight i3.

Olight is no newcomer to the flashlight game. Operating under various company names, and also manufacturing lights for other brands, they have been providing the consumer with lots of great lighting options to fit almost any budget. Their i3 sits at the lower end of their "i series", in terms of power, battery life, and overall thickness and size. However, while small and ultra-light, it is exceedingly useful and an absolute joy to carry.

Highlights include a strong and well-designed pocket clip, the ability to stand on its tail end (to use as a "candle", in order light a room, tent, or other wide area), and three modes of operation: 20hrs at 2.5 lumens (low), 1.5hrs at 20 lumens (med), and 40mins at 70 lumens (high). Each mode works well and can be clearly differentiated from its neighboring mode(s), so you're certain to find a use for each one, depending on the task at and.

Offered in five pleasing colors (red, yellow, blue, purple, and black), it's easy to find at least one that catches your eye and would fit in visually with the rest of your EDC. The light is well-constructed and appears built to last. Mine arrived with no visual flaws and I found the overall fit and finish to be superb.

At under $25, I haven't found too many lights to rival the i3 in terms of quality, brightness, and form factor. From the research I've done online, it would appear that those that do may in fact be produced by Olight themselves for these other companies, anyway. If that's the case, I can't say I'm surprised, as this particular model excels in every aspect of a small, everyday carry light and deserves to find its way into as many hands (and pockets!) as possible.

Recommended.

Specifications:

Lamp: Cree XP-G R5 LED
Out the front: 70 lumens
Output time/level: 20hr @ 2.5 lumens (low), 1.5hr @ 20 lumens (medium), 40min @ 70 lumens (high)
Waterproof: IPX-8 standard (2 meters depth)
Size: 2 3/4" (70.8mm) [L] x 1/2" (14.0mm) [D]
Weight: 0.5oz./13.2g (without battery), 0.8oz. (with battery)
Made in China

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