It quickly became clear that cheap flashlights from China would be a problem and high quality ones were expensive.
Keeping down the costs
My new found Chinese friends/competitors were very clear that the cheap flashlights I was aiming for came at a high price. Most of them would probably not work and some of them wouldn’t work at all. You read correctly, cheap novel stuff don’t work that well.
Every step counts
Apart from the hassle of packaging, battery and switch button checks there was risk that a majority of the flashlights would be defective. I was aiming for a rather low consumer price but the main feature of my flashlight holder was about to ruin it all. It would be much better if my flashlight holder didn’t hold a flashlight.
At this point I was only putting in time and effort. So I carelessly carried on without a solution to this dilemma. The prototypes were developing nicely and there was probably a solution just around the corner.