Olight S1R Baton II Review: Tiny, Mighty Light
The best flashlight is the one you have with you. Thanks to its diminutive proportions, the Olight S1R Baton II is easy to bring with you everywhere.
Sure, the concept that having it is better than not having it is something of an oversimplification. There are many small keychain lights on the market, but most of them produce woefully little light.
Enter this little Olight powerhouse. Though it’s tiny in stature, it’s massively useful.
In short: The Olight S1R Baton II is a top choice for a rechargeable flashlight where low weight, powerful output, and good battery life are key concerns.
Olight S1R Baton II: Small Light Packs Big Punch
I’ve been using the Olight S1R Baton II for a few months. Given that it’s smaller than a pack of chewing gum, I have been consistently impressed with its spectacularly useful light beam.
This tiny flashlight packs a huge punch. At just 2.5 inches long and 1.8 ounces, it’s easy to slip (or clip) into your pocket.
Push the intuitive power button, and the S1R Baton II kicks out up to 1,000 lumens. For most of my needs, I use it on level 2, which creates 600 lumens. I didn’t measure it, but Olight claims it throws the beam 145 feet at this setting, which seems about right.
The Olight also has great battery life at level 2. I’ve never actually killed the battery, but the brand claims a run time of 20 hours on its lowest setting of 12 lumens.
This light has smart battery regulation. It runs at 1,000 lumens for 1.5 minutes, then drops to 300 lumens for up to 37 minutes. Or, if you start at level 2 (600 lumens), you get 1.5 minutes of power before it drops down to 300 lumens for another 45 minutes. If you use the dimmest setting, you get a full 20 hours.
My only gripe with this light, and many Olights, is that you must use the brand’s charger. Olight includes a very useful magnetic charger to power its lights, and it works great. Just set the base of the light on the magnet and plug it in, and the light will glow green when it’s fully charged.
But it requires you to own, and store, and possibly travel with, one more cord. Cord management is a bummer. Of course, the Olight charger is highly efficient — faster than something like a micro USB. Still, you’re out of luck if you lose it.
Other than that single issue (I am nitpicking, but it is admittedly common), the light performs flawlessly.
For a tiny flashlight for EDC use, the Olight S1R Baton II ($65) is a powerhouse that’s tough to beat.