Monday, September 18, 2017

Olight S1R Baton Review

Video of the box opening.
http://www.greenmountaincouple.com/2016/11/olight-s1r-baton-box-opening.html

Technical Data from Olight is located at the bottom of the review.

The Olight S1R Baton is incredibly bright for its size, and uses one rechargeable CR123A Olight Battery. The Olight S1R baton has magnetic charging, which is super convenient. No having to remove the battery to charge it or find and space for a charging dock. I just plug mine in next to the bed and it lays on the floor. The charging cable could stand to be a little longer. I put it on the floor because the cable is not long enough to put it basically anywhere else. The exception of course is unless you charge it in a kitchen that has counter top height outlets, or if you plug it into another USB capable device like a computer. You can buy a generic USB extensions, which I have not seen a need to do.



Battery life is decent enough, it is really hard for me to say since I try to keep it charged so it does not go dead. The one time I ran it dead, it seemed like it ran at the highest settings for maybe a hour.


Durability is fantastic. I have dropped this flashlight on all kinds of surfaces from varying heights and it keeps working. I wish I could say the same thing about all flashlights I have owned. No real significant wear to the flashlight. A few small nicks, and the anodizing is wearing off on the butt cap.


I have few gripes with the Olight S1R baton. Mine is simply not reliable. For some reason it wont work reliably. I pull it out of my pocket and push the button and it does not come on. I have documented what is going on in the video below.... I have figured out if I remove the butt cap and put it back on that it will start working again.

 


I also carry a lighter even though I am not a smoker, its all ways good to be prepared right? Well I cant count how many times I pulled the flashlight from my pocket and sent my lighter flying into the air. The magnet on the but cap grabs onto my lighter and it strong enough it holds right on no problem. At first I thought this was the issue as to why my Olight S1R Baton was unreliable, I even documented it attached to the lighter and voltage going into the lighter when tested with a volt meter. I am not so sure if this is the reason why the flashlight is so unreliable. 


Turning it on by accident seems to be something that happens to me a lot. This is the #1 Reason why I like having a button on the but cap of the flashlight not on the side.

 
Conclusion: I am going to continue to use the Olight S1R Baton until I get a better option. This flashlight is rock solid as far a durability, and features are concerned. Mine however lacks the ability to function flawlessly, which makes it a sub standard EDC flashlight. May update this review if Olight responds to these issues. Something I wished I had is a cover for the magnet/charger port.

Beam Distance (ft)476
Beam Distance (m)145
Max. Performance (lumens)900
Charge typeMagnetic USB charge base
Compatible Batteriescustomised RCR123A HDC
Light Intensity (candela)5250
Light FormWide/broad hotspot. Perfect for up close illumination.
Lens / Reflector TypeTIR reflector (big, defined wide hotspot)
Mode OperationSide Switch
Form/Size FactorSmall size (Car key / Zippo Lighter)
SeriesSeries S (EDC, General Use)
Unique Characteristics
  • industrial silicone wide switch for optimal performance and longevity
  • The size of a pinky finger. Perfect for a pocket or clipping to a hat for hands free operation
  • No roll design with distinct angles. Magnetic charging offering the easiest way to charge your light on the market
  • LIGHTING LEVELS
    LEVEL 1 (lumens)900
    Run-time LEVEL 1
    900 lumens (~300lm);

  • 50m (1.5m)
  • LEVEL 2 (lumens)600
    Run-time LEVEL 2
    600 lumens (~300lm);

  • 55m (1.5m)
  • LEVEL 3 (lumens)300
    Run-time LEVEL 3
  • 1h
  • LEVEL 4 (lumens)60
    Run-time LEVEL 4
  • 4.5h
  • LEVEL 5 (lumens)12
    Run-time LEVEL 5
  • 33h
  • LEVEL 6 (lumens)0.5
    Run-time LEVEL 6
  • 15 days
  • StrobeYes
    SOS / BEACONNo
    TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS
    WaterproofIPX8
    Weight (g / oz)54 / 1.9
    Length (mm / in)66 / 2.59
    Head Diameter (mm / in)21 / 0.82
    Body Diameter (mm / in)20 / 0.78
    LedCree XM-L2
    PackagingCustom plastic enclosure.
    Useeveryday carry , car, camping, fishing, household, EDC, general use
    Package Contents
  • Olight S1R flashlight x 1
  • MCC Magnetic Charging Cable x 1
  • 550mAh 5C RCR123A Battery x 1
  • Lanyard x 1
  • Pouch x 1
  • User Manual x 1

  • Sunday, August 7, 2016

    OLIGHT H05 ACTIVE Headlamp review

    I received this headlamp for review from Olight. I always to my best to make unbiased reviews of products, paid for or gifted to me.

    The Olight H05 headlamp comes in a plastic box as shown below (sorry for the glare).
     The headlamp comes with a owners manual, and 2 lithium iron batteries which are supposed allow for 40 hours run time at 10 lumens, which i usually good enough for basic navigation and finding stuff in a pack or at camp. It is capable at running at 150 lumens for 10 minutes and then automatically lowering its self to 90 lumens for up to 280 additional minutes with lithium batteries.


     For me the advertising for how waterproof it is, is a little misleading in a way. The Olight H05 headlamp is not waterproof, but rather water resistant to splashing. IPX4 or IP04 rating is water spray from any direction. The box my headlamp arrived in does not specify this but this graphic from Olight does, which is as of the date of publishing this review quite prominent on there website.

    The headlamp is quite attractive and is small in form factor. It weighs 1.9 ounces, with batteries as that is how I would be using it. It comes in 4 colors, Orange, Purple, Green, and Blue like I received. The colors are a little bright for my taste, but I would think would be super easy to find in a pack, or on the ground if dropped. To be honest I wish I would have received the orange headlamp, I am quite partial to orange as a color.

    The headlamp does come with a 2 year manufacturers defect warranty, which is good but not as good as some of their competitors.

    Video review of the function indoor, and outdoor with a comparison to another headlamp I own.


    Prices seem to range between $24.00 and $28.00 depending on the place you purchase it.

    There are a lot of factors to consider when purchasing a headlamp. What it will be used for, battery life VS how bright it is, how rugged it is and of course aesthetics. Would I have purchased this headlamp for myself? Probably not. I am a fan of Olight, I do own one of the flashlights which I have yet to review. I take certain things into consideration when making my purchases, and this headlamp falls a little short of those standards for me. I do think this headlamp is good for backpacking, getting to and from a hunting spot, but not something I would necessarily by as a survivalist. The Olight H05 is impressive with its normal lighting functions, but falls short with the red lights.




    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Tex-mex Zucchini Boats


    4 zucchini (I only used 3 Opps!)
    1 15 oz Can Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained
    1 Cup of Salsa (Your preference of spice)
    1 Cup Brown Rice
    1 15oz Can of Corn (I used 2 cobs, because we had fresh on hand)
    1 Cup Cheese
    2 Tsp Cumin
    1 Tsp Chili Powder

    Cook the rice (I used instant). In a skillet combine the black beans, salsa, rice and corn. Heat over medium-high heat. 
    Meanwhile cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds, leaving about 1/4 inch of zucchini all around. 
    Once the skillet mixture is heated put the zucchini into a 9x13 pan and fill each zucchini with the mixture. Sprinkle the cheese over everything and bake at 400* for 25-30 minutes. 

    Enjoy!

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Spicy Fish Tacos



    🐟Spicy Fish Tacos🐟
    2 lbs Fish (We used Tilapia)
    Salt & Pepper
    2 tsp Paprika
    1/2 tsp Cayenne 
    1 Tsp Garlic Powder
    1 Tsp Ground Cumin
    2 TBSP Canola Oil ( We used Coconut Oil)

    Slaw
    4 Cups Shredded Cabbage
    1/3 Cup Chopped Cilantro ( Didn't have so I threw in some dill)
    2 Green Onions, minced
    1 Clive Garlic, minced 
    3 TBSP Distilled White Vinegar
    1 tsp Salt
    2 tsp White Sugar ( We used stevia) 
    Lime Crema
    1/3 Cup Sour Cream (We used Greek Yogurt )
    3 TBSP Mayo
    juice and zest of 1 lime (I used 1/2 tsp of lemon juice)

    Basically cook the fish. Throw all the slaw items together and toss in a large bowl.

    To make the crema, whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl. 
    Serve fish in a warmed tortilla with slaw and crema.

    Enjoy!

    #21DayFix Day 1- 3

    Let's just say that that I may complain that I am sore, but that means it's WORKING!

    So we started with Total Body Cardio on Sunday. I was dripping sweat like you wouldn't believe. I burned 280+ Calories in ONLY 30 MINUTES! The rest of the day was spent with me working from 9:30-3:00. After we went to my Aunt & Uncles camp to celebrate Memorial Day with the family.



    Monday was Upper Fix, we knocked the workout out nice and early. After some shakeology for breakfast we headed off to see the parade in Middlebury. We then came home and spent the rest of that day relaxing and hanging out at home as a family.

    This morning (tuesday) was lower fix day. My legs are so sore that the squats and lunges were a HUGE challenge for me. Now the rest of my day will be hanging out at home with a crazy almost 2 year old and a sick hubby.
    Oh and we will be having Taco Salad for Dinner! #tacotuesday
    Have a great day!