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Blog Writer 2.0 | Shared your story in 2021

Blog Writer 2.0 | Shared your story in 2021

Share your story and get a chance to win a whole set of Obulb MC!

 


2021 is a touch year. We are suffering from the quick spread of covid-2019 and its usurped - delta variant, which was more infectious than the original strain of Covid-2019. To lower the impact, we have to reduce the time that we spend outdoors and wearing masks to keep ourselves safe. Maybe the covid-2019 is limited for us to enjoy the fun from outdoors as usual, but there must be some moment left you a deep impression.

 

So, what about sharing your happy, impressive, or unforgettable stories in 2021 with us and getting the chance to win Obulb MC?

 

It will be the second time we listen to  O-Fans stories. Last month, we looked for Blog Writers with a mindset of trying. Surprisingly, we got a great response and received so many warm stories between Olight and O-Fans. And the support and trust you shared by the articles strengthen our resolve to keep on improving. As we mentioned in the Olight UK introduction, we believe no one should be left in the dark. We believe in providing quality illumination products to everyone.

 

Now we are still looking forward to hearing about the story from you. So, how about your first half of 2021? What would you like to share with thousands of O-Fans? As long as you want to say, we all can be good listeners.

 

Here are four rules you should pay attention to before the writing begins:

1. The subject of this article is a story in 2021.

2. This article must have more than 500 words.

3. The article sent to us can't be used on other third-party platforms.

4. All articles entered for the competition must be the entrant's own work. Plagiarism is not allowed.

 


Never hesitate to share your story with us! Several articles will be selected and posted on the blog. Read them and vote for your favorite article in our FB Group. The top 3 who get the most likes are able to win a set of new arrivals - Obulb MCs

 

You must be very curious about the difference between Obulb and Obulb MC. Compared with Obulb which has warm light and red light, Obulb MC has 7 colours condensed into 8 modes to play with. With the tough casing, high level of waterproofing, and convenient charging way, we believe Obulb MC will be your ideal life partner. Never miss the precious chance to get a set of Obulb MC!

 

Are you ready? Please send the article to contact@olightstore.uk before 23:59 25/09 and who knows your blog may release on our website? 


11 Sep, 2021
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My Olight i3T Story - Daniel Barnard

My Olight i3T Story - Daniel Barnard

That title is no word of a lie, and I've actually proven it to be true. My trusty i3T EOS has saved the day on more than one occasion but here's a story of one time that my brilliant, little AAA EDC pocket torch was literally more useful to me than leaving the house with shoes on my feet.

My wife and I had moved to the UK in mid/late 2020. We arrived with our clothes, a few basic essentials (my entire EDC collection included... obviously), moved in with family, waited out our self-isolation period and then started looking for jobs. Everything was new to us, the village we were living in, the bus routes, the cold, the time the sun sets in autumn/winter, we still had to adjust to all of it.

I found a normal 9 – 5 work-from-home job and my wife found a reception job at a hotel where she'd have to work late shifts on at least one day out of the week. On her way back home from her first late shift, we learned 2 things: the village we were living in only used street lights on the main roads, and that the bus doesn't actually enter the village after a certain time at night.

It was a few minutes to midnight and I received a message from her saying that the bus had missed her stop and that she was walking home alone in the dark. Without a thought, I got up, threw on some warm clothes, grabbed my phone, couldn't be bothered to find my shoes because my slippers were already on my feet but I did make sure to grab my EDC pouch on my way out of the door.

I left the house on foot, in my slippers and immediately took out the i3T because the sky was pitch black and there were no street lights in sight. I walked about 20 minutes, met up with her just as she was leaving the main road and entering a footpath covered in nothing but complete darkness. She was using her phone's flash LED to light her way but there's only so much use one can get out of a measly little flood flash on a phone.

We walked home from that point with complete ease, being able to see the entire path in front of us at every turn, chatting about the importance of focused and directional lighting and laughing at my poor choice of footware. Yes, we would have been fine without the Olight, but having it with me made life so much easier for the few minutes that I needed it. We got home safely, ordered her an i1R 2 EOS to add to her keys.



Buying the i3T EOS was a very impulsive decision I made years ago. I had seen it gaining popularity in EDC forums and eventually figured “yeah, what the heck” and got one for myself. Ever since opening the packaging, it's been my go-to light source and I don't see that changing any time soon. It's replaced every cheap Chinese AAA torch that I had previously. It's even remained my number 1 choice of the torch after trying out a few newer options from other companies. Nothing beats the solid and grippy aluminum body, reversible pocket clip, nice crisp tail switch and very respectable 180 lumens.

I honestly feel naked leaving the house without it and life is constantly giving me reasons to use it. While typing that last sentence I remembered that last week I opened up and fix a part of the laptop with the i3T clipped to a cap as a light source; Its usefulness knows no bounds.


In conclusion: EDC pocket dump photos are littered with i3T's and for good reason; they're built like tanks and they perform as expected and prove their worth, over and over again. They're portable enough to be taken everywhere and useful enough to be needed anywhere. If you don't have one in your collection, I suggest ordering one or 2. Word of warning though: You may end up accidentally starting a collection of them. It's a very deep rabbit hole... but at least it won't be a dark trip down said rabbit hole.

13 Aug, 2021
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4. 10 Games to play with your Olights - Will Henwood

4. 10 Games to play with your Olights - Will Henwood

Determined to justify the multitude of Olights in my collection to my longsuffering ‘why do you need so many torches?’ partner, I set out this summer to think up some games that I could play with my family as we all got together for our multi-generational, multi-household family holiday.  Equally, some of these ideas would work with adults, perhaps a group of friends away on a road trip or get-together.  What’s your favourite Olight based game? Let us know in the comments below!


 Night walk 

We’ve all become masters of the walk thanks to lockdowns, but how many night walks have you had? It’s a great time to hear wildlife come to life and enjoy the stars and moon phases on clear nights.  A superb treat for urbanites holidaying in more remote places, the night sky is an awesome sight.  A red filter or Olight with a red beam can help to protect night vision to better see the stars.

 

 Olight indoor star gazing 

Place your OBulb or OLantern mini under a large colander. Block up holes with blu tack to create your own Ursa Major, Plough or Casseopeia.  This works well as consolidation after a night walk.

 

 Olight tag 

You need a big outdoor space (I played this on Filey beach with the kids) and lots of small, equally powered lights. Your collection of i3ts or i3es are perfect for this. Start the game with ‘everyone’s torch is on’ before moving to ‘stealth ninjas’ where the sneaky so-and-so just ignites to tag their prey.  Torches of different power are a good way to add a handicap, the bigger kids or adults drawing the less powerful beams.  

This also works well if you have lots or torches with clips (I found i3t’s perfect for this) and players who can be trusted to apply sensible levels of contact!  The torch is clipped to the back of each players t-shirt or backwards cap and has to be snatched.  Have a good test to ensure you aren’t in danger of bending any clips, this isn’t covered by warranty!

Cool the kids down after the game by sitting to listen to the night sounds around them.

 

 Olight disco 

Safety should be your first consideration here, but coming up with the best idea to create disco lights is almost as fun as the disco itself.  Use your imagination to find as many moving objects as possible and covers to create a disco vibe.  I’ve used, turntables, ceiling fans and my personal favourite of the kids’ rotating catch-a-fish game to create a solid disco atmosphere.  A cover, such as a colander used in the indoor star gazing activity covered with a coloured scarf can also add some sparkle. Just make sure no high powered torches are covered!  All that’s needed is a Bluetooth speaker and a cheesy Spotify playlist off you go.  The magnetic bases of many Lights make this possible.  Some well placed OBulbs can complement the moving lights well.  Our DJ also used the M1t Raider plus on strobe (thankfully at intervals) to get the ravers ‘reaching for the lasers’.

 

 Perspective skills masterclass 

Hone those drawing skills by shining an Olight onto a vertical object such as a vase, drinks bottle or even another Olight! See how the perspective and shapes change when the light is shone from alternative angles. To highlight the changes, place the item on a large piece of paper (a tube of redundant wrapping paper and a sharpie are perfect for this), trace around the shapes created, cut them out and compare the results.

 

 Ghost story 

Not for the extremely small or easily spooked! Needs no explanation, but the ultimate classic. Be prepared to discover just how active your little one’s imagination is!  If your ghost stories are terrible, there are thankfully plenty available online, for all ages.  Great to pair with a campfire and a few roasted marshmallows to create a spooky atmosphere. A Freyr on low power is a great tool for this game so that the audience can judge which colour makes for the scariest lighting.  I asked the 'spirits' to ‘move’ my s2r II by using a hidden magnet in my hand under our plastic picnic table, particularly devious... 

 

 Spy messages 

Create your own codebook, or use morse code for older kids or the adventurous. An ideal game if the little one has a friend in a nearby house for midnight spy communication.  Try a tailcap enabled torch such as the M2R Pro, warrior, warrior mini etc for maximum flash ability.  Equally as fun with mum or dad sending messages from the end of the garden while the spy prepares for their mission 'to go to bed on time', indoors, with a warm milk in hand. 

 

 Hide and seek 

Played this and it worked particularly better than I expected! Just like daytime hide and seek, but played in the dark with hiders having to work really hard to find a lightproof hiding place.  I umpired the game and applied penalties for anyone caught with their torch hidden or off! Smaller keychain torches are the key here, such as the i3e and i1r 2 on low.

 

 Hidden messages 

Petroleum Jelly glows well under a UV light.  For owners of i5UV or i3UV eos OLights, your little 007s can create some secret messages with the aid of a thin paintbrush.  These can be painted onto paper or onto wipe clean surfaces around the house (just make sure these get a wiping afterwards!).  Once it’s dark, challenge 006 to go and search out the secret messages.  For England James...

 

 The good, the bad and the torches 

Saving the best until last! Great with a larger group, particularly those with a penchant for different torches. The gradual elimination means it can fill a bit of slack time in the evening. Pairs of ‘pilgrims' face off to have a western style ‘gunfight’ with turned off torches in their pockets or clipped to a belt. A referee says ‘draw’ and the first torch singer to ignite their torch and shine their beam on the opponent's chest takes the win. The winner stays on and the last cowgirl or cowboy standing is crowned sheriff. If using high powered models then a pair of glasses or a baseball hat rim pulled over the eyes, or indeed a blindfold might be a good idea. For experienced hombre, the blindfold can add an extra element to the whole affair!  The reverse clip on the warrior mini 2 works particularly well for a quick draw.  I’m off to get ‘colt peacemaker’ engraved on my warrior mini...


13 Aug, 2021
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OLIGHT Freyr Review - Simeon Krastv

OLIGHT Freyr Review - Simeon Krastv

I would like to share my experience of the Olight Freyr with anyone who is wondering whether or not to invest in it. TL;DR – if you can only afford to buy one torch, let it be the Freyr.

Before I discovered Olight, I did not know much about torches. I had a vague idea in the back of my mind of the importance of a good and reliable torch but never stopped to think that much about it. I work in the Emergency Services, and while a torch often comes in handy on a nightshift, I never thought I would invest £100+ in one.

One night, I saw a colleague use his Olight Warrior X Pro in front of me, and when I saw the throw and the brightness of the beam, I immediately thought – “I NEED ONE OF THESE!”. I started researching, and decided on an Olight Seeker 2 Pro, which was the torch offering the most lumens (apart from the Marauders). At this time, the Freyr hadn’t been released yet.

Then all I had to do is wait for the sale, and, luckily, they are fairly regular. I got my Olight Seeker 2 Pro for £90, which was about £50 cheaper than regular price. I had to get it in mint because I wasn’t fast enough and all the black ones were sold out, but that’s the thing with Olight – you snooze, you lose. They keep you on your toes.

I was mightily impressed – it arrived pretty much instantaneously, it was well packaged, and the build quality was impressive. It has a premium feeling to it – you make contact with the material and you know it is premium. It is the good stuff. I couldn’t wait to get it all charged up and try it.

It didn’t disappoint. I was shining it from the upper window into the back garden, and it literally flooded the garden with light. It was as if I went about 5 hours back in time and it was still daylight. I switched it on in the room and pointed it at the ceiling – it was as if the sun was shining directly in the room, you couldn’t tell it was night.

It packs some really handy features as well. The strobe is cool, and the battery indicator is very useful as you always know when it is time to charge. The moonlight mode is also great if you want to see but be discreet about it. All round great torch.

What I found out later was that it probably wasn’t the best choice for work. With Olight, it is good to ask for advice and tap into the community experience before choosing, and I didn’t do that. The Olight Seeker 2 Pro is very special and very useful, but what I needed was more throw and a more concentrated beam rather than floodlight all around me. The torch was still coming in handy, but I knew that there were others there which would have been more suitable for my needs. The Olight Seeker 2 Pro would be more suitable if I needed it for a different purpose, so I wasn’t doing it justice.

Then the Olight Freyr came out and I got it. The Freyr immediately solved my issue and became my main choice. While it loses 1450 lumens, it gains 110 metres in beam throw compared to the Seeker 2 Pro, and that was exactly what I needed. Let me give an example – imagine you have to look at the end of a dark alley. The Olight Seeker 2 Pro will light up everything around you, and you will get a really bright flood in the immediate vicinity. You will be able to see every detail around you, but what I usually find is that the focus is to the front, and not to the background. With the Olight Freyr, you just point and shoot, and the concentrated beam will show you exactly what you are looking for at pretty much any practical distance you might need.

It comes with a very handy traffic wand, which I haven’t had the opportunity to use yet, but I am sure one day it will be extremely useful for signalling or traffic management. I like the fact that it has the two buttons – one on the tail, and one at the side. It still has the strobe, and the lockout mode, and, of course, it is an RGB torch, so you can change the colour of the light to red, green, or blue. It is absolutely fascinating.

For my day-to-day work, I found I don’t need to carry the traffic wand constantly, so I keep it in my bag. This makes the case a bit big, but the good news is the Olight Freyr is a very snug fit in the case of the Olight Seeker 2 Pro, which is absolutely ideal. It also comes with a pocket clip if that works better for you. And finally, it has the thermal and proximity sensors which means you will have to try really really hard if you wanted to set your pocket on fire – you are thoroughly protected.

Now I use my Olight Freyr for work. I have only had it for about 6 months, but it has come in handy in more situations than I can count. Anyone who is working nightshifts and needs good visibility at long distances, I totally recommend it. Meanwhile, I have repurposed the Olight Seeker 2 Pro and use it at home, where it is very handy for absolutely any task that needs completed in the dark. It uses very simple tactics – just turns the night into a day.

In conclusion, while I love my Olight Seeker 2 Pro, I must say that the Freyr is the most versatile torch Olight have made so far. It is just the right size, lumens, throw, and the RGB mode and wand are just the bee’s knees. My advice to anyone who is planning to buy a torch is to join the Facebook Group – OLIGHT UK GROUP – and post what their circumstances are. The community is very helpful and experienced and will be able to answer all your questions and show you their torches and what they are capable of, so definitely worth trying. Or just drop Olight an e-mail, they are a really friendly bunch and will do their best to assist you.

13 Aug, 2021
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Product Experience - Neil Hawley

Product Experience - Neil Hawley

Have you ever realised that you had been missing something but until you bought it you did not know? Strange as you may think but that is how I felt after I let the Olight M2R Warrior Pro into my world. I read the reviews on the official Olight UK website and watched so, so many videos on Instagram and YouTube plus so many more in regards to this light. All who reviewed said that it was the perfect EDC / Tactical light. I can confirm that now with over 32 (some of the same models but in different colours) Olight lights that my Orange M2R Warrior Pro is by far my favourite and in my and others opinion, it is the best light on the market! I have 3 M2R Warrior Pro’s, 2 black and 1 Orange. The workmanship, style, usability and overall presentation from Olight are amazing. Even the box that the M2R comes in creates a great customer experience.  

 

Some have had concerns with the magnetic charging but as with most reviews this is a personal opinion as this is my personal opinion. But I find the way you charge the M2R is so convenient, safe, and fast, this is as easy as it could be. The tail switch is magnetic but I find this a great positive and does help me within my work as well as being able to use the L-Dock Kit to charge hands-free if you will. 

 

As for the light output the M2R Warrior Pro sends out, WOW how much do you need? From 1 lumen running for 50 days, yes 50 days!! Then to the other end of the brightness level, we have 1800 lumens for 4.5 minutes. I have other Olight’s that put out 180 lumen’s, 300 lumen’s and a couple that send out 600 lumens and they are all so bright that you have to look away if shining directly into your face (I highly discourage this as this could damage your eyesight, so please be careful) so 1800 is super bright. There are other levels of output but I find I use the Moonlight 1 lumen for most of my look around the house checks, but if I need that quick boost I just tap the tail switch all the way in and boom... instance 1800 of clear light! 

 

The feel of this touch in the hand is something that you have to experience for yourself. I could ramble on and on and on about the build quality and how it feels but I do urge you to pick one up and see for yourself as you will not want to put it back down. The weight feels just right, the finish is well… just pick one up and you will see what I am trying to say. 

 

It has a very easy to use lock-out mode and I use this when stored or carrying in the daytime. When night comes I just hold the side button in for a few seconds and she’s back up and ready to be used. Having the convenient colour LED in the side button shows Green when the battery is good, Amber when the battery is half left and Red for please charge up soon. 

 

There is the option for a less aggressive bezel and if you are carrying the M2R Warrior Pro head down in your pocket I do urge you to purchase a replacement. The 2-way belt-clip can be left (from the factory) near the head or can be relocated near the tail for deep in the pocket carrying. This clip can be removed altogether and is very easy to relocate but will not just fall off. This is because as with all of the M2R Warrior Pro, it is extremely well made.  

 

I have the Warrior Mini and also a Warrior Mini 2 and they are amazing lights in their own right. I use those when working in a suit or walking to the gym, but given the choice, it’s the M2R Warrior Pro all the way. Olight just need to bring out a Union Jack version and I will then have 4 Olight M2R Warrior Pro’s in my collection, and that’s a good thing. Extremely well made, beautiful to look at and the user experience I feel is second to none. Final note: Highly recommended. 

 

Stay safe everyone and let Olight help light up a brighter future for us all. Take care. 

 

Write By Neil Hawley


13 Aug, 2021
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7. Olight Odin Turbo - Mike Duffy

7. Olight Odin Turbo - Mike Duffy

 Introduction 

The Odin Turbo is an exciting new product in the Olight line-up that stands out as being the first LEP light Olight have produced. As a Class 1 laser it displays some very different characteristics to other throwers in the Olight range. Needless to say, I was excited to pick one up and give it a try!

So first I’ll share the basics - the light features a rear tail switch similar to other Olights, with easy access to both high and low mode in a single click. The high mode boasts a modest 330 lumens, but with throwers the lumen count is often misleading and this has never been truer than with this LEP light. Those 330 lumens produce a massive max beam distance of 1,050 meters in a compact package, with 275,625 max candela and literally no light spill at all. It’s magnificent to see! The light is powered by a 21700 battery compatible with many other models and features wireless charging (MCC3 cable provided). It’s also IPX8 waterproof to 2-meters and has been drop-tested to 1.5 meters. So basically, it’s ready for whatever you decide to throw at it! (apart from an X9R – never throw an X9R at anything you don’t wish to destroy )

 Disclaimer 

The Odin Turbo is primarily a weapon light and comes with all the essentials to attach to a rifle, including Olights exclusive rotate-to-lock slide rail mount and a durable magnetic remote switch for easy activation. It’s easy to see how this unique light could be very useful for long range through a scope and plenty of reviews on YouTube on this topic. In this review I’ve focused on the Odin as a handheld tool as that is my intended use for it and I found there wasn’t much information online about this lights potential as a slim handheld thrower.  

Beam Shot

The beam comparison photo shows the Warrior X Pro on the left and the Odin Turbo on the right, as demonstrated by my lovely wife. The sign in the centre of the beam for both photos is approximately 175m away. The photos don't do it justice (it was dark!), but we can clearly see the Warrior X Pro had far more flood whereas the Odin Turbo is literally a direct beam of high-intensity light with zero spill. The sign was considerably better illuminated by the Odin Turbo, at the expense of not seeing any of the surrounding field-of-view. This is the expected result given the Odin has double the range (1,050 vs 500 meters), 1/6th of the Lumen output (330 vs 2,100 lumens) and puts out a much higher beam intensity (275,000 vs 90,000 candela).

The beam is truly unique and quite spectacular to see. The light shoots directly to the target like something from a sci-fi film – beam me up Scotty! Peripheral vision is pretty much zero, but that’s not really the point with this one. The sign is considerably more visible with the Odin and this tech comes with several other advantages that we’ll come on to shortly.

 Size Comparison 

I did a quick size comparison against the Warrior X Pro which I would consider Olights smallest ‘serious’ LED thrower, and also the M2R pro which is of course one of the EDC fan favourites. When comparing the two throwers, the Odin is a little bit longer but far more importantly it has a considerably smaller head diameter. The M2R pro is only a little bit smaller and is commonly considered to be the most pocket friendly 21700 Olight, but of course the throw is incomparable (300m vs 1,050m). To reach a similar throw distance we would need to use a Warrior X Turbo (1,000m), but here the head diameter is 87% larger than the Odin Turbo as the WXT relies on a large, smooth reflector to propel the light so far, unlike the laser excited phosphor (LEP) technology. An 87% larger head equates to 3.5x the surface area, so it really is a massive difference in terms of the light’s footprint either in the pocket or on a belt/vest. Of course, you’ll get considerably more spill with the WXT which does output more lumens, so I think there’s a strong argument to have both – the Odin Turbo when you want to keep things compact and the Warrior X Turbo when size is not an issue.                                   

 Run Time 

The run time on the Odin Turbo is also a massive advantage, as it can hold at turbo for a huge 30 minutes (Warrior X Pro = 2 mins, Warrior X Turbo = 6.5 mins), and has a 7.5 hour run time on low mode. The nature of the tech means it achieves this huge distance with relatively low lumens, so the torch doesn’t get as hot as it’s larger LED counterparts and the 21700 battery can maintain that maximum distance beam for considerably longer. This is an excellent bonus in real world use!  

Conclusion 

This is a specialized light. It's not going to be effective close up and won’t be the right light for everyone, so don’t expect this to illuminate the ground in front of you when you’re walking the dog. This light is perfect for spotlighting a specific area at long range, so if you have a need for that type of beam in a compact package then this is the light for you. Having personally tried all of the Olight throwers, the Odin Turbo is hard to beat pound-for-pound. The Odin’s beam distance to size ratio is simply unparalleled.

Fun factor also can't be discounted. This thing is a freakin’ laser beam! It's surreal to see and has a 'wow' factor about it. Seeing is believing.

The Odin doesn’t replace the traditional LED thrower for me, such as the Warrior X Turbo or the Javelot Turbo. Rather it complements them as a different tool for different circumstances. With the Odin Turbo it’s all about size, longevity and distance, at the expense of any light spill. When size is no issue, I’d reach for a Javelot Turbo first to provide that extra oomph that comes with considerably higher lumens.

As for me - I’m now pairing the Odin Turbo with the infamous Seeker 2 Pro, offering easy access to a long-range thrower when circumstances require without adding excessive bulk to my carry. Massive flood and huge range in two torches that can both fit together within a single trouser pocket – it’s a hell of a combination!

Thanks for reading my review, have a great day!

Write by Mike Duffy.






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Share Olight Story - Julian Morse

Share Olight Story - Julian Morse

For a long time I watched with envy our American cousins make YouTube videos about OIlight products. They were not available in the UK but I could clearly see that their quality and functionality were admired and loved by those that owned them.

Then recently I discovered Olight’s UK website and immediately began to buy products without concern as to whether or not they were any good. I knew they would be and had no worries about buying the more expensive items.

I purchased the Baton 3, a small but powerful torch that had its own rechargeable carry case making its utility of the highest standard. The build quality, light output and design were superb as I had predicted Olight products to be and was hooked.

My love of torches goes back to when I was a child and Olight brought out the 9 year old in me spurring me on to discover other of their products.

Olight were also adding some of their smaller devices as free gifts with their larger items. The iR2 EOS was one such product, a tiny rechargeable EDC/keychain torch that produced a brilliant spread of light.

I bought one for my wife. Her interest in torches is basically zero. However, I screwed the cap down a little and the lamp illuminated a basic but useful amount of light. “oh”, she said, “that’s nice”. I then screwed it down further and the iR2 lit up the entire room. She said “wow”, took it off me and I am no longer allowed to touch it.

I also bought an ir2 for both my daughters and my son in law, all of them had a similar reaction. And the ‘wow’ factor continued when I unscrewed one to reveal the micro USB port, not only demonstrating it was rechargeable, but its ‘pop apart’ design was superbly thought out and so neat in its execution.

Some years ago I bought my son in law a powerful LED torch powered by two 18650 batteries. As a heating engineer who was often working in dark locations it was excellent but soon failed for him on a practical basis because recharging it required removal of the 18650s for use in an external mains powered charger as there was no internal charging circuitry. I decided to buy him the Seeker 2 Pro 3200 Lumens Compact EDC Torch which could charge directly with its own magnetic charging lead, a feature of many Olight products. This meant he could charge it easily in his van or via a phone charger and was an instant hit for him. It is now a permanent feature of his essential tool kit.

The gadget freak in me also resulted in a purchase of the Olight Open 2 Rechargeable EDC Penlight, a robust pen with a brilliant rechargeable light in the top half making it my EDC for work and home. It has proven very useful as a light on many occasions as it always immediately to hand being my go-to pen.

By now my love of Olight products was becoming a little obsessive because they are simply so good. But practical application had to drive need. And I saw such need in the Olight Obulb Mini Light EDC Torch. This inexpensive little device happily illuminates an entire room. But I bought it for the car where I could attach its magnetic base to the lift gate of my car when open for wide illumination at night when unloading or loading items into the boot. For that price I bought two, one for the car and the other as a bedside lamp, an application for which the Olight Bulb is well suited.

Finally I bought an Olight i3T Brass AAA Battery LED Torch for my brother in law’s birthday. A small but beautifully finished brass design that arrives in an air tight package to protect its finish. My sister called me shortly after his birthday recounting how, on the night of his birthday, they took this small torch outside and were stunned to see it illuminate the entire garden. It is now one of his prize possessions!

My desire for these torches are driven by the geek and child in me, but their practical uses are limitless for the domestic and professional owner. If you have no interest whatsoever in torches, you will still love an Olight.

Some may think it is a little odd to be so excited about something as supposedly mundane as a torch. But when companies like Olight take LED technology and apply them into consumer products by encasing them in practical and innovative designs, they are irresistible. The quality of build and materials is of a very high standard, and innovations such as internal charging even in the tiniest of lights with some satisfied by their own unique magnetic charging leads makes for a compelling product solution.

If, like me, you are ‘of an age’ you will realise that Olight products are a modern example of how such an important and useful tool such as the humble torch has come on over the years and I for one, will continue to watch with interest as to how Olight continue to innovate to make these genuinely useful products even better.

In the meantime there are many other products Olight have on offer that I would love to own, especially the Olight Marauder 2 14000 Lumens Flood and Throw Torch which I can only imagine is an incredible torch. But I have to be sensible when it comes to the wallet, but one day perhaps.

In the meantime, thanks to Olight products, I can safely say that no one in my family will ever be left in the dark.

 

Write By Julian Morse


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My EDC Story - Diego Arrojo

My EDC Story - Diego Arrojo

I remember watching an EDC video from Mike (Last Line Of Defense) six years ago and showed his EDC flash light of choice: a compact, strong build, many different modes with a moon light that I have never seen before and with magnetic charger. When I saw that magnetic charger I said to myself: I NEED THIS FLASHLIGHT!!! Ran to the description and it was there Olight S1r Baton. At the time I was living in Brazil and had no access to Olight products. I knew I had a friend going to USA on the following week, so I asked for his hotel address and bought one straight away. 

After EDC for one year the S1R Baton I moved to UK where it became much easier to have access to Olight products. 

Still impressed with the quality and how easy it was to charge I decided to buy a new one, but which one? So I ended up buying the S2r Baton II and the M2R Warrior Pro. When they arrived I became amazed one more time by the run times, the quality and how resistant they were. The next day they released the Seeker II, OMG I can’t buy a new flashlight, my wife is going to kill me. So I tortured both of them every single day, the M2R Pro at work and the Baton on my pocket as a backup. I was impressed how even the paint on them was so good. I don’t take easy on my equipment and after a year there was not even a single scratch. 

Suddenly a new flash sale. Seeker Two Pro, here I go, ended up buying the seeker two pro and an iT3. When it arrived I just remember going through the package and installing the charging dock on my bedside. I couldn’t be happier, I will never forget the moment taking all my Olight flashlights and taking a picture of all of them together, was feeling like a dad taking a family Christmas picture with all his children. 

After a couple of months the charger of my M2R Pro stopped working, it wouldn’t change the color from green to red when you attach the magnet. I called my friends from the Irish branch and they asked me to send my cable back to them. I did. Two days later there it was, a brand new charging cable. Customer service is everything, and Olight got it right. But if I will give you a tip: don’t call the Irish guys you won’t understand a single thing mate, its better to send them an email so you wont need to scratch your brain out with their accent.

My latest acquisition is the Perun Mini, I love the 90 degree angle on it and it just feels right and let's not forget the patch that comes with it, what a brilliant idea. I got a limited edition Orange and I’m super happy with it. Now I am rotating between all of them on my EDC iT3, Peru, S1R, S2R and always keeping my I1R 2 on my keys. 

When the released the O-Pen I was very excited but at the same time it didn’t look very nice, maybe too thick, I don’t know, not my cup of tea I would say. But now they got it exactly how it should looks like: slim, bolt action, the flashlight on the clip and the laser on the tip, that’s two extra points! I’m now waiting for it to arrive in UK to put my hands on and start using it to write on my journal. 

Overall I feel that Olight has the best products on the market and there is no product of them that I wouldn’t have. I believe the reason they are doing so many good products is that they listen to their clients, they want to hear their opinions and improve their products, as Theodore Roosevelt said: “It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles… The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena”, the opinion of the people who’re using their products every day putting it to the test on the actual field. 

What I would like to see in the future is some more collabs with some artists like the o-Knife they just did it. Maybe some color patterns and a brand new laser flashlight that is a new technology where you can get incredible throws. 

I’m looking forward to seeing what Olight has hidden in their sleeves for the future. 

Write By Diego Arrojo


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