Tiny yet versatile clip light.
What's the best type of flashlight? The one you are most likely to carry and have on hand when you need it! The Olight Oclip has become one of my favorite lights with its versatile magnetic clip and white/red output. Enjoy a 4 lumen red light for up to 5 hours, and multiple white modes: 1.5 lumen 30 hour moonlight mode, 10 lumen 12 hour low mode, 100 lumen 90 minute medium mode, and up to 300 Lumen high mode (one minute with step-down to 180 lumen x 1 hour). Easy to clip, easy to carry, magnetic affixable, and a lanyard hole.
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Tiny yet versatile clip light.
Growing up, we had several giant flashlights that took multiple C or D-cell batteries. I always wondered if they were designed for self-defense and added a secondary light feature because they were hefty and never seemed that bright. Additionally, it seemed like we never had a flashlight as they were too big to carry around as a daily tool. My view of flashlights and, more specifically, everyday carry lights changed when I bought my Olight S1R Baton II from my brother-in-law. I was unaware of the Olight/Obuy community, frequent sales, loyalty levels, gifts, and the various light choices. From throwers to floods, cool to warm to neutral light, large output to smaller size, weapon/defense, and to everyday carry, there should be a light for everyone. I have become enamored with their smaller lights and found the Oclip to be something I had to have. Luckily, I picked up one of the unique Thanksgiving lights for my collection.
The Oclip arrived in a 1 7/8 inches wide by 4 3/4 inches tall by 1 1/16 inches thick retail package. The clean white background contrasted nicely with the outer presentation of the information/light. The cover panel displayed the Oclip name along the top of the panel, a short descriptive product statement, and a full-sized, frontal image of the olive-colored OLIGHT along the lower segment. I loved the vibrant LED screen, the olive-green Oclip body, and the white OLIGHT logo/name on the front of the light. The right side panel provided a QR code along the bottom of the panel and another QR code sticker. The left side panel provided two award labels (French Design Award, and Muse Design) along the top of the panel and a two-year warranty label along the bottom of the panel. I appreciated the open space on both side panels; there is a tradeoff between making the packaging too busy and providing adequate coverage. In this case, I would have liked to see a side and back view of the light on the outer shell.
The rear panel provided a descriptive Oclip feature paragraph, a helpful specifications table, a product content list, manufacturer labels, and a UPC barcode. The specifications table on the rear panel detailed the high mode (300 lumens for 1 minute with 180 lumens stepdown for 60 minutes), medium mode (100 lumens for 90 minutes), low mode (10 lumens for 12 hours), moonlight mode (1.5 lumens for 30 hours), and red light mode (4 lumens for 5 hours). Furthermore, the table detailed the 70m throw, 1300 candela, 48.5 x 21 x 23 mm (1.91 x 0.83 x 0.9 inch) dimensions, 30 gram/1.06 oz weight, and the 280 mah 3.7V (1.036) WH battery. Lastly, the box promised the Oclip, USB charging cable, and user manual.
I opened the box, slid the inner tray outward from the main package, and removed the tiny 29-gram Oclip light, 9-inch long USB-A to USB-C cable, yellow “READ ME” card, and the accordion-style multilingual instruction manual. The charging cable had standard USB-C and USB-A prongs with plastic covers. The USB-C prong had a 5/8 inches long by 7/16 inches wide by 3/16 inches thick body segment and a tapered 7/32 inches diameter neck segment. The USB-A prong had a 5/8 inches tall by 9/16 inches wide by 1/4 inches thick body segment and a 3/16 inches diameter by 3/16 inches tall neck segment. The main cable measured 6 5/16 inches long by 1/8 inches diameter. To test the cable, I gripped each prong and neck segment, bent the prongs forward/backward, side-to-side, and pulled against the prong/body segment. I repeated the process several times, plugged each prong into/out of a power block, and found no flaw in the cable or prongs after 100 attempts. I loved the included prong covers and their role in reducing debris accumulation.
I plugged a Klein Tools Multimeter into a UGREEN GAN X200 charging hub and the USB-A to USB-C cable between the multimeter and Olight Oclip. The USB-C port was located along the side panel adjacent to the LED screen. When I connected the Oclip light to power, the multimeter displayed 5.05V/0.30A, while the centralized LED within the power button illuminated. I started charging at 7:29 PM and had a fully charged light by 8:45 PM. The “Happy Thanksgiving” version of the Olight had an 11/16 inches square by 1/8 inches tall LED light along the top and an attractive Olight logo with “happy thanksgiving” design along the bottom of the panel. The right side panel had a 7/16 inches long by 3/16 inches oval-shaped power button, while the left side-panel had a rubberized-covered USB-C port.
The back of the light had a small white QR code, product manufacturing labels, a lanyard hole, and an Oclip logo atop an alligator-style clamp. The clamp hinge/lever was located at the opposite side of the LED light and opened to ~3/4 inches wide. The inner surface of the clamp had a rubberized, raised, 5/8 inches long by 3/16 inches tall rubberized foot with a 5/8 inches wide by 5/8 inches tall ribbed rubberized pad. The back segment of the clamp, both the inner surface and outer surface, had a strong, sturdy magnet, which allowed me to affix the light to a refrigerator, to my Craftsman Toolbox, and other metallic surfaces like a car hood.
The device shipped in lockout mode and was easily activated by a press-hold of the power button. When needed, press the power button to activate the light. From the off position, you can press and hold the power button to start moonlight mode or single press to activate the light. I loved that the memory function allowed the light to return to the previously used state instead of returning to the low mode. You can press-hold to rotate between the low, medium, and high modes. A double power button press will move between white and red modes. When in red mode, you can press-hold the power button to change between red solid and red blink mode. From the off position, a triple press will activate the white strobe mode. From either the white or red activated state, a triple press will activate the white light beacon (slow strobe). Even though the modes were relatively intuitive, the instruction manual may prove helpful to many individuals. I liked the ink-outline drawings/diagrams and the overall layout of the instructions. Additionally, I was impressed with the multi-lingual presentation and the dictionary at the end of the manual.
The manual/packaging promised 90-minutes of run time for the 100-lumen medium mode. I removed the battery from power at 9:23 PM and turned the light onto medium mode. The light was still active at 12:45 AM, but extinguished by 1:08 AM. Once fully depleted, the light had no additional power/illumination capability. I replaced the charging cable on the light at 09:00 AM and allowed it to fully charge again by 10:28 AM. The small circular LED will transition from red to green to alert the user to the charged status. I removed the light from power and activated the red light mode at 10:34 AM. The light extinguished at 4:18 PM, a bit longer than the 5 hours listed on the website and in the instruction manual. I recharged the light and tested the promised 30-hour duration moonlight mode. I started at 07:05 AM and noted the light was still on at 9:00 AM the following morning, when I rechecked the light. By 1:45 PM, the light extinguished. I was pleased with the output, the duration, and the portability of the light.
I was impressed with the might of the tiny Olight Oclip. Even though the light only measured 13/16 inches wide by 1 7/8 inches tall by 11/16 inches thick light, it seemed to output ample light. I liked the color scheme, “happy thanksgiving” greeting, magnetic backing, rubberized feet on the clamp, light modes, button layout, and the USB-C charging feature. Even though I appreciate the quick/magnetic charging capabilities of many of the Olights, I found the plug-in feature comforting. My main critique would be about the included cable. I would have preferred a USB-C to USB-C cable and a slightly longer cable, but I understand the ubiquity of USB-A blocks.
The light exceeded my expectations and met or beat the listed output duration. I did not find the light worked well as a hat light due to the location of the LED with the clip. For this to work better as a hat light, the LED must be at the opposite end near the hinge. Instead, I found it worked much better as a lapel clip light. I did not have a meter to evaluate the output lumens but noted significant differences between moonlight, low, medium, high, and red modes. The strobe feature should work well for bicycles or emergency needs. I could enjoy this light for weeks by pairing the device with a 10,000 mAh battery. It has now joined my Perun Mini 2 in my camping/backpacking gear, and I have purchased a second for my everyday carry.