Every brand in the database needed to meet a set of minimum requirements. Before recommending a brand, please look over these.
There must be a single canonical source of information about their items. Generally speaking this means an official website.
Perhaps most importantly, this source of official information should have details and hard numbers about their products. Without precise information my database can't be any good.
Since we value that precision, they should make a consistent product that does not deviate too far from their specifications.
A brand should be unique. I adore companies that innovate and push the boundaries. I despise copycats. Flagrant ripoffs are not cool.
Similarly the honesty and integrity of the company matters. If they buy positive reviews then they don't make the cut.
For a product be included at all, it should be a regular production run item and easy to buy. No limited editions, no customs.
Similarly, the product should be available from multiple retailers. No exclusive versions.
To expand further on the idea of "regular" items, there should be standard models. A mix-and-match buffet of options with thousands of possible models is just not logistically practical for me.
Their prices should be reasonable for what you get. This one is hard to pin down, but "I know it when I see it." I may be open to suggestion if a high-end brand actually is worth the money.
Of course there is flexibility in these. Some designs are licensed, not copied. Sometimes "limited" editions are commonly available for years. Maybe they make one or two outrageously expensive items. If a company goes above and beyond in one area, it can make up for other deficiencies.
Flashlight Brands That Can't Be Added
Please remember that just because the brand isn't appropriate for my site, does not mean that I personally don't like them. Convoy makes a solid product at a great price and acts on community feedback. Peak's lights are unique and wonderfully built. Even Ultrafire has helped me through some dark times.
- Too expensive: Light Monkey, Lens Light
- Buffet style: Elzetta
- Limited production: Oveready
- Lacking website or numbers: Convoy, Ultrafire, Eagle Eye, Thorfire, Peak
- Inconsistent product: Ultrafire
- Copycats: Nitenuman, Utorch
- Buys reviews: Folomov
All good? Then shoot on over to parametrek.reddit.com and post a request.