If you are in the market for a great new mini flashlight, you have almost certainly landed on the brand Olight. It might be a new name to you, but they make some awesome flashlights and they have been very popular choice in portable lighting for years.
For the past few weeks I’ve been steadily using the Olight I3T EOS, a pocketable, brass flash in the EDC (everyday carry) style. It’s a $30 flashlight with a ton of great reviews on Amazon (where it’s primarily sold), it’s tough, and it looks great.
Olight I3T EOS Basics
The Olight I3T EOS is a great looking brass flashlight with an 180 lumen LED and IPX8 certification for water-resistance. It’s been drop tested and it comes from a brand many of us has bought from before.
At 75 grams this flashlight is no lightweight, especially considering that it’s just 3.5 inches long. The good news is that if you want something lighter, you want something that is black, or you want to save $10 you can get the aluminum model, which is about 30 grams.
The flashlight is activated but pushing a button on the back. It’s rubberized so it works well with gloves on but it’s firm so you won’t accidentally activate it. One push turns the flashlight on low, a second turns it off, a third turns it on high, and then the fourth turns it off.
Low mode will get you 5 lumens and 16 hours of run time, while high mode is 180 lumens and just 21 minutes of run time.
Olight I3T EOS Review
I purchased the Olight I3T EOS when in need of small flashlight for my pocket and keeping in the car. I specially wanted something that ran off of AAA batteries so that I never hard to worry about recharging it (I keep rechargeable AAA batteries on-hand). I wanted a LED flashlight, with a clip, and I didn’t want anything expensive because there was a very high chance that I’d be dropping and possibly misplacing it.
I was immediately surprised by the weight and just how nice the brass body was. I’m used to small aluminum and steel flashlights, like a Maglite, but this was definitely a step up. The downside of the weight is that you can feel it in your pocket and you really do need the flip for it to stay in place.
As far as the brass goes — it looks and feels great, but it’s a soft metal and it’s going to take some dings if you drop it. I don’t mind my flashlight looking worn so that’s find, but if you don’t want the bumps, scratches, and dings, get the aluminum model.
I’d like to see a third brightness mode available as low mode is not very bright and high mode has barely any run time. A middle ground with 100 lumens and, say, 3 hours of run time would be just right for most plumbing and electrical jobs where you need some extra light but don’t want to possibly damage your smartphone.
Overall the flashlight has been great and it’s held up well. It does what I need without problems and while the batteries don’t last that long, you can use rechargeable (just not Li-Ion) so that’s OK with me.
Olight I3T EOS Specifications
- Brightness: 180 lumens, 900 candela
- Weight: 75 grams
- Dimensions: 3.5 x 0.6 inches
- Pocket Clip: Yes, removable
- Body Material: Brass
- Battery Style: 1x AAA
- Drop Test: 1.5 meter (4.5 feet)
- Water Resistance: IPX 8 (waterproof)
- Switch Type: Rubber button on end (aka tail switch)
- Warranty: 2 years
- Where are Olight flashlights manufactured?
Olight flashlights are manufactured and and the company is headquartered in China. The US location is headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey.