Monday, September 18, 2017

Olight S1R Baton Review

Video of the box opening.

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
    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
    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