Review: Olight S1 LED Baton Flashlight

I have dozens of flashlights ranging from very small and just a couple of lumens to larger super bright models. Ever since I was a kid and had an old silver flashlight that had an ultra-cool button on the switch that allowed me to do morse code with it I have been hooked. Flashlights today are lighters, smaller, and much brighter than just a decade ago.

The Olight S1 Baton represents modern flashlight technology at its best providing excellent brightness in a small package. I have been using the S1 over the last two months. Here are my thoughts…….

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Specifications

– Utilizes Cree XM-L2 LED, creating a brightness level up to 500 Lumens

– 4 Variable Brightness Levels Plus a Strobe Mode

– Strobe – high – mid – low – moonlight

– IPX-8 Waterproof Standard

– S10 Baton safe in water up to 2m deep

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– Magnetic Tailcap for Attaching to Any Steel Surface

– Battery: CR123 Lithium Ion

– Length: 2.4″ inches

– Reverse Polarity Protection

– Includes Pocket Clip and Lanyard

 

Build/Construction

Solid. The Olight so far has proven to be rugged and well built. No machining marks can be seen and craftsmanship looks to be Grade A. Threads are smooth and the lens is clear. On/Off button has been solid and consistent. Pocket clip is extremely strong but with a light this small it is not needed. It belongs in my pocket.

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The knurling is noticeable and makes for gripping this tiny light easy. The hexagon-shaped collar keeps the Olight from rolling around when on uneven surfaces.

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Performance

The Olight S1 throws a true 500 lumens. There are many lights out there “claiming” x-number of lumens and Olight is accurate in its specs. For a flashlight so small it amazingly bright. The Olight has a flood beam which generally I am not a fan of however with 500 lumens being thrown there is plenty of illumination for walking down trails or even running in total darkness.

Runtime has been phenomenal.

The magnetic tailcap provides a strong bond to any ferrous steel. This can come in handy when working on a car, during a power outage, or any situation where two hands are needed.

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Summary

If you’ve read this far you know I am very impressed with the Olight S1. I own so many flashlights but when it comes as close to perfection as possible the S1 is there. It really is an engineering marvel to have the combination of small size, incredible brightness, and long runtime. At a price of around $50 it is a great deal.

Highest recommendation. For more information click HERE.

Rourke


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5 Comments

  1. Yeah Rourke, I’m a light freak too. I’ve got lights all sizes and strengths but I think you prepper writers are missing the boat somewhat when you promote these monster-power lights all the time. I think in a social breakdown situation in the city or trying to move discretely around in the country the worst thing you want to use is a thousand (slight exaggeration) lumen light. Good to shine in an attacker’s eyes, good to get the attention of a passing boat if you’re stuck on an island. But a practical light to ALSO have is one of those small, low power giveaways at conferences (also on Amazon, of course) or something similar for simply nosing around.

  2. I try to avoid anything with a magnet as I wear the best self winding watches. Made of low magnetic stainless steel, the movements are still capable of being magnetized.

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