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    Default American (USA) made flashlights

    Sorry if this is a repeat. I did a search, but didn't find a comprehensive list.


    Which flashlight companies make their products in America (USA)?

    I will compile the posts and try to keep an updated list here:

    (Manufacturer's statement provided when possible)

    Adva-light
    AELight
    Arc "Made in the USA"
    Big Beam
    Duracell
    Elektrolumens*
    Eveready
    First-Light USA
    FoxFurry
    FNS USA
    Fulton Industries "As one of the largest flashlight manufacturers in the U.S., Fulton produces a complete line of heavy-duty, industrial, consumer, government and military flashlights."
    Greenlee
    Heliotek "Made in the USA"
    Inova “Assembled in USA with US and globally secured components.”
    Insight Technologies
    Kohler-Brightstar
    LRI/Photon Freedom Micros
    Leupold
    Lumaray
    Maglite “Flashlight designed, patented and manufactured in the U.S.A. Flashlight may include come imported components.”
    Malkoff "Made in USA"
    McGizmo (custom light builder)
    Muyshondt Nautilus
    Night-ops (BlackHawk - Gladius) "Our night ops lights are made in several different countries depending on the light purchased. They are made in Spain, China and S.Korea and also the United States."
    Novatac
    Peak Beam (Maxa Beam) "Proud to be made in USA"
    Peak LED Solutions
    Pentagon Light**
    Pelican
    Princeton Tec*
    Ra Lights (HDS Systems)
    Steamlight*
    Surefire
    Tektite "Made in the U.S.A. We're committed to keeping jobs in America. Unlike many other manufacturers, Tektite brand lights are made in America, not just "Designed in the U.S.A." or assembled in the U.S. from foreign-made parts. We mold our plastic parts, assemble our electronics, and machine and stamp our metal parts in our New Jersey factory or locally. We include US-made batteries whenever possible (bulbs come from overseas). Whenever possible, we buy U.S. made machine tools and equipment for our factory, and we only buy trucks from U.S. manufacturers."
    Terralux
    TnC Products
    Underwater Kinetics "Our products are carefully manufactured in the U.S.A at our facility in California."

    * = some imported products
    ** = imported parts assembled in USA

    Please note:
    Quote Originally Posted by nikon View Post
    The circuitry for some of the lights you'll see mentioned here may possibly come from other countries.
    (p.s. I don't have an agenda here, and I don't only buy USA products.)
    Last edited by fresnorich; 04-26-2009 at 06:56 AM. Reason: update

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    First-Light USA, makers of the Tomahawk and Liberator Lights.

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    I believe Surefire, Peak, Arc HDS and Maglite are entirely made in USA.

    Not sure about

    Streamlight
    Pelican
    Night-ops
    Pentagon lights
    Inova
    Tektite
    LRI
    etc


    Should probably also draw a line between custom makers and regular manufacturers.

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    Novatac is another that's wholly made in the USA.

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    I'm pretty sure about
    Princeton Tec
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    Default Re: American (USA) made flashlights

    Peak LED Solutions also, I believe.

    The circuitry for some of the lights you'll see mentioned here may possibly come from other countries.
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    HDS and McGizmo also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobo View Post
    Not sure about

    LRI
    LRI means "Laughing Rabbit Incorporated". You'd think with such a name they had to be Chinese, but they're based in the US. Then again, at least some of the components are Chinese - Nichia LEDs, for instance.
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    I'm pretty sure Tektite are also made in the U.S.A.
    From the Tektite web site:
    Made in the U.S.A.
    We're committed to keeping jobs in America.
    Unlike many other manufacturers, Tektite brand lights are made in America, not just "Designed in the U.S.A." or assembled in the U.S. from foreign-made parts. We mold our plastic parts, assemble our electronics, and machine and stamp our metal parts in our New Jersey factory or locally. We include US-made batteries whenever possible (bulbs come from overseas). Whenever possible, we buy U.S. made machine tools and equipment for our factory, and we only buy trucks from U.S. manufacturers.
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    Inova is USA

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    Streamlight still has the majority of their lights made in America but they are increasing their Asian-made lights every year. I think they need a vote of "Yes" with an asterik. Pelican is the same way, AFAIK.

    Pentagonlight is shrouded in controversy. It has been put forth by well-respected posters that the main components are made somewhere else and then assembled in the US. As far as I know they do bill themselves as American manufacture.

    Inova is American made as much as any of the other companies. Certain parts like the base LED and some circuitry come from elsewhere but the % is equal to most of the other manufacturers on the US list.

    What about Underwater Kinetics? Webpage says yes.
    Our products are carefully manufactured in the U.S.A at our facility in California.

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    I believe Kohler-Brightstar is U.S.A made.

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    Pelican is USA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fallingwater View Post
    LRI means "Laughing Rabbit Incorporated". You'd think with such a name they had to be Chinese, but they're based in the US. Then again, at least some of the components are Chinese - Nichia LEDs, for instance.
    I thought Nichia was Japanese? most LEDS iirc come from other places too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crenshaw View Post
    I thought Nichia was Japanese? most LEDS iirc come from other places too.

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    I think the Nichia company is Japanese, and they have some of their LEDs made in China.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5kids View Post
    I'm pretty sure about Princeton Tec
    FWIW, although Princeton Tec produces some products in the USA, a good portion of their production has been moved overseas - headlamps especially. This list is misleading if caveats like that are not noted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lobo View Post
    ...Arc HDS... are entirely made in USA.
    Not sure if you missed a comma, but Arc and HDS (now called Ra Lights) are different companies, and have been for a while. Although Arc and HDS had a history of making lights together as Arc, that has long since passed. But both companies are US-made lights (Arc & HDS/Ra Lights).

    Quote Originally Posted by spoonrobot View Post
    Streamlight still has the majority of their lights made in America but they are increasing their Asian-made lights every year.
    I've noticed the same thing. Some of their lights now boast "Assembled in USA".

    john

    EDIT: While some companies use "some" parts that are made overseas, perhaps we should ALL AGREE that the products listed here as "Made in USA" comply with the official definition set by the Federal Trade Commission here:
    For a product to be called Made in USA, or claimed to be of domestic origin without qualifications or limits on the claim, the product must be "all or virtually all" made in the U.S.

    What does "all or virtually all" mean?
    "All or virtually all" means that all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. That is, the product should contain no — or negligible — foreign content.
    Fresnorich, I hope you can keep up this list! It could serve as a valuable tool for people interested in buying US-made lights - however, accuracy is key, as well as updating to reflect any production changes a company previously listed as US-made may make.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crenshaw View Post
    I thought Nichia was Japanese?
    Yep, my mistake. Still not made in the USA, though.
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    I believe Insight Technologies is US made. They make a licensed copy of the Gladius, among other lights. I've selected their products for various military applications in the past.

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    Default Re: American (USA) made flashlights

    Inova, Pelican and Underwater Kinetics are all made in the USA. The Gladius is U.S made too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobo View Post
    Should probably also draw a line between custom makers and regular manufacturers.
    Quote Originally Posted by jch79 View Post
    FWIW, although Princeton Tec produces some products in the USA, a good portion of their production has been moved overseas - headlamps especially.This list is misleading if caveats like that are not noted...

    EDIT: While some companies use "some" parts that are made overseas, perhaps we should ALL AGREE that the products listed here as "Made in USA" comply with the official definition set by the Federal Trade Commission here:

    Fresnorich, I hope you can keep up this list! It could serve as a valuable tool for people interested in buying US-made lights - however, accuracy is key, as well as updating to reflect any production changes a company previously listed as US-made may make.
    I'll do my best, guys. Keep the recomendations/suggestions coming. I'm thinking maybe I should make the list in alpha order and provide links to each company.

    Do you agree that we should make a distinction between custom makers and regular manufacturers or should we just keep them together in one list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jch79 View Post
    Not sure if you missed a comma, but Arc and HDS (now called Ra Lights) are different companies, and have been for a while. Although Arc and HDS had a history of making lights together as Arc, that has long since passed. But both companies are US-made lights (Arc & HDS/Ra Lights).
    Yup, missed a comma.
    But didn't know that HDS goes by the name Ra Lights now. Pretty cool name.

    Quote Originally Posted by fresnorich View Post
    Do you agree that we should make a distinction between custom makers and regular manufacturers or should we just keep them together in one list?
    I think I'll retract my own statement, since this list is about where the lights are made, not if they are made by a "qualified" manufacturer, as I misinterpreted the thread in the beginning. It's also not that easy to distinguish a manufacturer from a custom maker, easier to say where a light is made.
    So I vote "no" on my own suggestion.

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    Great progress so far, Fresnorich!

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    What about Glo-Toob? Anyone knows where it's made?
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    Insight also makes the Gladius in license, and has all the time. The license agreement prevented them from selling the light under their own brand name for a certain time.

    The Insight Typhoon is not a clone of the Gladius, it's the same light re-branded.

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    This thread is very dangerous to my wallet...

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    Here's one I found in a Google search: FNS USA

    Viper X-11:
    http://www.fnhusa.com/support/images.../FNM0106mb.png

    Striker-6 Tactical:
    http://www.fnhusa.com/support/images.../FNM0107mb.png



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    Don't forget Pierce. The Pierce M10 is an awesome little light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datiLED View Post
    Don't forget Pierce. The Pierce M10 is an awesome little light.
    Unfortunately according to their website it's been discontinued and it looks like no other products are available. Too bad. It looks like a light I'd have surely purchased.

    http://www.piercelight.com/Purchase.htm


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    Plus, IIRC, the Pierce wasn't made in USA. I wrote them asking, and I seem to remember them saying it wasn't. I guess it doesn't matter now though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jch79 View Post
    Plus, IIRC, the Pierce wasn't made in USA. I wrote them asking, and I seem to remember them saying it wasn't. I guess it doesn't matter now though!
    What?!? I was under the impression that the M10 was made in the US. This is worse than finding out that Santa isn't real.
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