There are two main functions in controlling a flashlight: turning it on or off, and selecting different modes. Olight has thoughtfully designed its line of flashlights with controls that are intuitive, ergonomic and specifically suited to the task at hand. For instance, a tactical flashlight intended to be used by law enforcement, military and armed citizens features different types of controls than a general purpose flashlight designed to be absolutely as small and compact as possible. We have carefully considered how flashlights are used in various types of applications and developed different types of controls for each. We encourage you to examine each light and choose the one that is best suited for your needs.

Activating the light

Olight’s flashlights feature switches located on the side or tail end of the body to turn the light on and off. Side switches are versatile, extremely compact and easy to actuate in regular usage and with larger and longer flashlights. Some of Olight’s side switches are very simple to operate — just press once to turn on the light, and press again to turn it off. Some are so-called clicky switches, which provide momentary activation by partially depressing the switch as well as alternately clicking on and off by depressing the switch fully.

Tail-cap switches are commonly used for tactical applications because when held in an “icepick” grip a tail switch can be easily located by feel (with or without gloves) and regardless of orientation of the light, and many techniques have been developed over the years to employ a light in this fashion. However, tail switches can become awkward to employ on long flashlights. Olight uses clicky tail switches, which provide momentary activation by partially depressing the switch as well as alternately clicking on and off by depressing the switch fully.

Selecting modes

Olight builds state-of-the art flashlights with multiple brightness levels, strobe modes to disorient attackers, and lock-out modes to prevent accidental activation. All this functionality could be confusing, so we have designed our lights to be straightforward and intuitive. Our lights have three main methods of selecting modes, depending on the model: the side switch on the body, a side switch on the tail cap, and the selector head.

Models with a single side switch on the body typically turn on and off with a single press of the button, and cycle through different brightness levels by holding the button down continuously (they will remember the last setting used). They also usually have “quick access” features, such as double clicking the switch — when the light is off, this will immediately activate the light at its highest brightness level, and when the light is already on, this will activate strobe mode.

Tactical models feature separate controls to avoid any possibility of confusion and to ensure all functions can be accessed easily while under stress and with gloves — the tail switch only activates the light (as described above), and the selector head or a side switch on the tail cap changes modes. The tail switch also provides quick access to the brightest output and strobe mode with a quick double or triple press, respectively. And by either pressing the side switch on the tail cap or twisting the selector head, you can easily cycle through different brightness levels and modes.