Are There Budget Flashlights "Made In The USA"?

Hello all you wonderful folks. :) I realize that many of our flashlights are made in China and can be knock off models of a big name brand flashlight. I also realize that more expensive brands such as Fenix and 4Sevens are also made in China but have better quality control and warranties than say an Ultrafire. Surefire is a quality light but is expensive and our "made in China" lights are far brighter for 1/4th the price. I am ok with the quality of my UF 504B with Manafont XML dropin because I am an EDC guy. If my life depended on my flashlight then maybe I would buy something more robust. :)

Which brands of flashlights are made in the USA? I know that Maglite use to be....I am not sure if they still are. A Maglite is made very well but also not very bright. I came to this forum because I could not afford those $150 Surefire and Fenix lights in the first place. So, what is out there in the flashlight world that is "made in the USA"?

Isn't the new Mini Maglite Pro+ US made?


Not too many that I know of. Maglite was always the USA light. If you want budget, you go to china, pretty much. Now you could buy in the US from Illumination supply or from Shiningbeam. They are both US sellers of lights. There are others like Lighthound (I believe). I'm sure more people know more answers. I'm a magmod kind of guy, so I don't look at the other stuff any more.

According to Maglite: "Flashlight designed and manufactured in the U.S.A. Mag Instrument's factory is located in Ontario, California. Includes some imported components. Accessory products manufactured in the U.S.A."

And there's always Old-Lumens or JohnnyMac brands...

The Maglite Pro uses a Cree XP-G, and is pretty bright. I'd like to see Mag adopt the XM-L in some of their bigger lights.

Home Depot was selling 2D MagLite LED at $16 during last year Thanks Giving sale. Pretty darn good deal if you ask me!

Don’t quote me on this, but I think Peak lights are made in Louisville KY. Of course they are even more expensive than Surefire…


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What about streamlight and pelican? I've got several of each brand and they are made in USA and top notch customer service. They aren't quite "budget" but they aren't as high as surefire either.

Some guy named E1320 makes drop ins In the US of A from Chinese parts and US emitters via China.

I believe Cree and Luminus still make there emitters here also.

Oh and hey welcome back it's been a while since you posted.

Didn't realize Streamlight are USA made. Probably good stuff made here and cheaper line made overseas.

I thought Streamlight were made in China?

Edit: My TLR-3 was "Assembled in the USA"

Some really sneaky ways to say made in USA//albeit chinese parts .

For example marc jacobs purses ...Made in Italy ..

Well not really ..according to the made in italy rules the handle is assembled and tags attached is all it takes to make it ...MADE IN ITALY

Never mind that one of the largest populations of chinese in Europe is in Milan ITALY ...So it appears people don't want to pay Italian workers to even put the handle on .....Huh... go figure ..

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Probably only some of their product line is made in USA.

You need "all or virtually all" of the manufacturing costs produced in the USA for it to be labeled as "Made in the USA," however, it must be assembled here. That's how the FTC defines it.

I researched it back when I learned most bicycle brands are now being manufactured in China and Taiwan. Even high-end Specialized and Cannondale have moved to Taiwan factories. My 1996 Specialized Stumpjumper was "Made in the USA" and a newer model read "Assembled in the USA."

Streamlight as a whole are not USA made. They have many models made overseas.

Maglite is pretty much the last man standing... I think.

I think some Princeton Tec lights are still made in the US. Back in the day, I believe all of them were. Now it says "assembled in USA" on most.

I'm going to stick up for our modders here, and say that the handmade lights are still made in the USA, from mixed material sources.

Support your local hobbyist !


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P.S. Good to see you back here.