In these dark days, light in the darkness is obviously very appropriate. And with the S1R and S2R Baton II flashlights from Olight you are well equipped. I am looking at both flashlights together in this review, even though in terms of battery life and light output, there are some differences, but in terms of operation and functionality they are quite similar, and also my experience with both lamps, is almost identical / equally good.
I used the flashlights during camping and night hikes through the forest in the Netherlands.
S1R Baton II
This is the small version of the Baton flashlight with a length of 63 mm, a diameter of 21 mm and a weight of 51 grams. The rechargeable IMR16340 battery delivers 1000 lumens in the highest Turbo mode with a range of 145 meters and the flashlight will last 37 minutes. There are also 4 other lighting levels with the differing specifications:
- Turbo – 1000 lumens – 37 minutes 145 meters
- High – 600 lumens – 45 minutes – 100 meters
- Medium – 60 lumens – 3 hours 40 min – 40 meters
- Low – 12 lumens – 20 hours – 15 meters
- Moon – 0.5 lumens – <1m – 8 days
S2R Baton II
The Olight S S2R came to market this autumn as an updated version of the S2R Baton. The S2R is significantly larger than the S1R with a length of 10cm, a diameter of 23mm and a weight of 98.5gram. With this, it has room for the 18650 rechargeable battery which, compared with its small brother, adds a lot of battery life. In the highest lighting levels, it compromises a little bit on the length of the beam.
- Turbo – 1150 lumens – 230 minutes – 135 meters
- High – 400 lumens – 4 hours – 80 meters
- Medium – 120 lumens – 14 hours – 40mLow – 15 lumens – 100 hours – 15 meters
- Moon – 0.5 lumens – <1m – 60 days
Ease of Use
Both flashlights are fairly easy to operate by the indicator switch. By pressing it once you turn on the flashlight. It will turn on in the last used lighting level. By keeping the switch pressed down, you go through the 3 main levels (High to Low)
If you hold down the switch while switching on, the light goes to the moon level. That is actually the lighting level that I use most during camping. It is a kind of moonlight mode in which you actually have enough light for most of the stuff you do around the camp in the dark. During cooking, I also used the Low level. While walking or hiking I kept to the medium and sometimes the high level.
Pressing the switch three times gives you the stroboscope mode, with which I accidentally frightened a couple walking in the forest in the dark. That is really mega intense mode. In any case, in the High and Turbo levels, you should really not shine anyone in the eyes. It gives a large amount of light that can really bother you for quite a while.
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Last weekends' microadventure in the dark forest near my home gave the opportunity to use the Olight S1R Baton II extensively. This small rechargeable lamp is just an amazing piece of kit. With five different light intensity settings from "moonlight" to full 1200 Lumen floodlight. And clips on perfectly to the visor of my cap. Here's me finding the best setting to light my cooking. @olightworld #fieldtest #camping #light #dark #flashlight #lightinthedark #forest #night #adventure #microadventure #nature #outdoor #outdoors #getoutside #getoutdoors #stayactive #theoutbound #beauty #beautiful #fall #autumn #exploremore #wildernessculture #mountainlife #wanderlust
Using the flashlight in short:
- From the “off” position you can:
- Press once and the light is on.
- Press and hold for the moonlight position
- Press twice and you go to the Turbo mode
- Press three times and you are in the stroboscope position (be careful!)
Last but not least, holding down the button for two seconds will enter the lamp (after passing by the moonlight mode) to a lock-out position. This protects the flashlight from turning on accidentally. To exit the lockout position all you need to do is to press and hold down for about a second and the moonlight level will be turned back on.
Battery life indicator
I deliberately call the switch a switch indicator, because it is not only a button to switch between the different modes, but it also shows how the battery levels are in each lighting level. It can turn green, orange and red depending on whether the battery is full, half full or almost empty when used in a specific lighting level. So very useful. This also helps you to make choices about the amount of light you want to be using. And again, what I have noticed is that it is often much less than you think.
Regarding the flashlight performance, I have neither measured the lumens nor did an exact test on the promised distance. I have done a maximum test (at room temperature) with the S1R. After about 20 minutes the indicator lamp is red. After the promised 37 minutes on Turbo, the S1R continued to shine proudly. Around 42 minutes the lamp switches back to a less intensive setting. This keeps the lamp full to about 55 minutes.
If this result is indicative of the other times and intensities (and also for the S2R) then the lamps over deliver on the promised battery life. Mind you, colder conditions can have a negative influence on the battery life.
The flashlights are both very nice to hold. With a sturdy ribbed grip, they feel good in your hand. There is a clip on both flashlights with which you can clip the camp and your belt, and which I used to put the S1R on the lid of my cap during camping. With that, you actually have a headlight which might not be as flexible to aim as a regular headlight but it works really well. You can easily detach the clip from the flashlight if you want to use it without.
The flashlight also comes with a lanyard so you can hang the flashlight and it makes it just a bit more difficult to lose. (In my case I lose quite a lot of stuff, but less easily if there is a lanyard on it I noticed).
On the back of the flashlight is a magnet with a double function. On the one hand, you can use this to attach the flashlight to steel, but it is also where the MC II USB cable locks itself for charging the flashlight.