Olight S1R Baton II Review: All the Light You Want
Hey there lumen heads! Today we have a review of the brand new version of the one of the most bought and carried EDC lights on the market, the OLight SR1 Baton II. The first version of this light is often the preferred daily carry light for many people in the EDC scene who want a compact, powerful light with a good user interface and great price to value ratio. The SR1 Baton II is no different, in fact, it’s even better!!
Let’s go through the tech specs of this mighty little light. With the help of the all new customized 10C discharge current lithium-manganese battery, the S1R II delivers a huge output of 1,000 lumens in a small pocket light powered only by a single IMR16340. The provided IMR 16340 is a 550 mAH sized battery, so you’ll get plenty of use out of the light. It utilizes a Cree XM-L2 CW LED at a 6500k color temp ( very bright white ). It weighs in at a mere 1.8 oz, so it won’t weigh down your pocket. It has a beam distance of about 476ft and a max of 1k lumens. It’s other settings are moonlight : .5 lumens , low: 12 lumens. Medium: 60 lumens, High: 600 Lumens, and Turbo 1000 lumens. These settings will last 8 days, 20 hrs, 3 hrs, 1.5 min and 1.5 min respectively.
The body is constructed of aircraft grade aluminum with some fantastic “frag” milling, which provides a good grip and certainly a nice aesthetic. The activation is a side button instead of the rear clicky that we’re used to seeing in some tactical lights, but this isn’t a problem. The side activation light also has 3 colors indicating your battery life. Green: Power>60%, Yellow: Power is between 10% and 60%; Red: Power<10%)
Let’s get into a couple of my favorite aspects of this light. The charging. Olight has a proprietary rounded edge USB charger that links onto the back of the SR1. Not only is it fun as heck to let it snap on, on its own, it also fast charges their battery for you. A complete charge from nothing takes less than an hour! The second of my favorite aspects of this light is that becaue of the use of the magnetic charging interface in the back, you also have a strong magnet to mount the light on any magnetic metal surface. This is far and away my favorite aspect of this light. It takes it from purely EDC to a work light, an emergency light, or a light you use while working on the inside of a car engine. It’s no longer a balancing act, or grinding down your teeth to hold your light steady.
The UI (user interface) is decent for an EDC light, though I wouldn’t necessarily choose this for a purely tactical light as it doesn’t have the usual options you’d expect. It has a very pleasing ramp up in light power so you don’t get that blinding POW of 1k lumens popping on. You can have it turn on with the 1k lumens or any of the other modes if you leave it at that mode. Then you can cycle through the modes by holding down the switch momentarily. It also has a BLINDING 1k lumen strobe mode if you ever need to use it to disorient someone or an animal that is a threat. Some may bemoan the side activation compared to the rear clicky, but I think that comes down to personal preference than anything.
Included with this light are a hybrid clip (allows for you to carry lens up or lens down, or on a hat like a headlamp) , a lanyard (with a really nice needle to help thread onto the light) a cloth carrying bag, USB charger , and 550mAH battery.
Overal Thoughts: This is a KILLER EDC light. The original SR1 is a community favorite and this one just improves on the original. This light will do everything you need on a daily basis and more. Don’t hesitate to pick one up.
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