Review: Olight S1R Baton I everyday carry flashlight
The Olight S1R is a flashlight. What can one write about a flashlight? Turn on. Shine out far and wide. Turn off. Repeat. I thought that way, too until I discovered the Olight flashlights.
Olight is one of those brands that makes flashlights that have well thought extra features that make them ideal and convenient to use, and I'll cover those a little further down this Olight S1R review.
The S1R Baton is my second flashlight from Olight. The other one I use is the Olight S30R III that I reviewed and both flashlights belong to the same product family: The "Baton" family of flashlights.
Note that this review is about the S1R Baton I that I own and use. Meanwhile, Olight released a new version, the S1R Baton II and I'll cover the differences between those two versions in this review.
I bought the Olight S1R Baton 1 as an everyday carry flashlight. Let's begin this review with my requirements for such a flashlight, so you know why I chose the S1R Baton I.
My requirements for an everyday carry flashlight
As I already own the "bigger" brother, the S30R Baton III, I looked at the S1R Baton I to see if it would meet my requirements for an everyday carry flashlight and if I would be able to use accessories from the S30R with the S1R and vice versa. My needs are:
- As small as possible for carrying it in the pockets of my trousers, Scotts eVest or daypack.
- It should be as bright as possible with different brightness levels including what I call a" low light" mode.
- Long lasting battery (with respect of the small form factor of the flashlight)
- Battery must be chargeable inside the flashlight without the slightest disassembly. I simply don't want fiddle around.
- Water-resistant; not the" scuba diving" kind of water-resistant but more the "dropped it into a wet spot and still works" thing.
- Somehow attachable to other things without the need to carry additional, bulky, accessories.
Let's discuss each of the above requirements, one by one.
Describing Package Contents for Olight flashlights is a little difficult. There are so many offers out there, that will add a second battery or a second charging cable and stuff like that.
But in the basic version I bought, you'll find the following:
- Of course, the Olight S1R Baton I
- Wrist strap
- Charging Cable
The Olight S1R Baton I is genuinely a small flashlight
The packaging makes the S1R flashlight look bigger than it really is because the bottom of the packaging contains the charging cable, clip, pouch, and wrist strap.
The S1R flashlight is truly small. With a length of 2.59 inches, it's the size of my little finger, and its diameter is a bit smaller than a 10 (Dollar) cent coin. It just fits in the palm of my hand. That small form factor makes it a perfect everyday carry flashlight that doesn't add much bulk if you carry it in your trousers or a pocket of your jacket.
With the clip that's included, you can attach it to all kinds of pockets, be it your trousers or inside your jacket and you'll have it at hand in no time.
How bright is the Olight S1R Baton I?
This small flashlight has five brightness levels, three "normal" and two turbo modes.
The brightest one is called "Turbo S" and delivers bright 900 Lumens for 1.5 minutes. Then, I guess to prevent overheating, it automatically reduces the brightness to 300 Lumens and still runs for almost an hour.
To enter the turbo modes of the Olight S1R:
- Short press the side button to turn the flashlight on
- Double press the side button quickly to enter the first "Turbo" mode with 600 Lumens.
- Double press the side button quickly again to enter "Turbo S" mode with 900 Lumens.
It also has what I call a low light mode (Olight calls it a moon mode). In this mode, you'll get just a little light that's great to find the keyhole or to adjust something on your tripod in darkness. This mode is also great for camping or if you need a night light in a hotel (or hostel) with bunk beds.
How long does the S1R Baton I last at the brightest level?
At the brightest setting, the Turbo S mode, which is 900 Lumens for 1.5 minutes before it automatically switches down to 300 Lumens, the S1R Baton I runs for 50 minutes. And that's almost 12 minutes longer than its successor, the S1R Baton II.
If you only use the 600 Lumens turbo mode, you get 600 Lumens for the first 1.5 minutes, followed by 300 Lumens. In this mode, the S1R Baton I will run for 55 minutes.
And finally, the S1R Baton I has a 300 Lumens mode that will give you 1-hour total runtime. The successor, the S1R Baton II lacks this mode completely.
And those numbers are pretty impressive if you ask me, given the small size of this flashlight.
From some real-world experience, I can tell you that this is pretty much enough for many use cases, including the exploration of a few rooms of an abandoned building you discover by accident.
Olight S1R Baton I Battery and Charging
The Olight S1R Baton I has a removable 550 mAh RCR123 battery that can be charged inside the case. No disassembly required. This was an essential feature for me as I don't want to fiddle around to remove the battery and charge it an external charger that I would have to carry with me.
You know I love to travel light and strive to avoid all extra stuff I need to carry.
Note that for in case charging you need to use the included RCR123 battery. Other batteries (brands) of the same model will work, but you need to remove it for charging.
Is the Olight S1R water-resistant?
Olight advertises the S1R as being water-resistant up to 2m. I haven't tested that (and probably never will), but that sounds like it will survive an hour in the rain or a drop into a wet spot.
Speaking of dropping: Olight states that the S1R will survive a drop from a height of up to 1.5 meters.
Attaching the S1R to any metal surface with the magnet on the back
One nice thing about the S1R and other flashlights from the Baton family is their magnetic tail-cap. Using that magnet you, can attach the light to basically anything metallic like your tripod, a tent pole, a metallic handrail and so on.
What's the difference between the Olight S1R Baton I and the Olight S1R Baton II?
In 2018, Olight released a new version of the S1R Baton. I still use the "I" model, but for the sake of completeness, I've added the main differences between the two version here:
|Specs||Olight S1R Baton I||Olight S1R Baton II|
|Dimensions||2.6 x 0.78 x 0.78 in||2.48 x 0.83 x 0.83 in|
|Weight||1.28 ounces||1.76 ounces|
|Runtime Turbo||900 LM + 300 LM after 1.5 mins.: Total 50 min.||1000 LM + 300 LM after 1.5 min.: Total 38.5 min.|
|Runtime normal||60 Lumens: 4.5h||60 LM: 3h 40 min|
|Battery||550mAh RCR123||550mAh 3.7V 10C IMR16340|
One notable difference about the runtime is that the Olight S1R Baton I has a mode for 300 Lumens that will last for 60 minutes. The S1R Baton II lacks this mode completely.
Also, in the turbo modes, the S1R I will run a few minutes longer than its successor, though the S1R Baton II has a few more Lumens than its predecessor.
So, if you need a long-running everyday flashlight, I'd still buy the S1R Baton I.
If you need 100 Lumens more, which comes at the price of reduced running time, then go for the S1R Baton II. The Olight S1R Baton I is still available at Amazon.
Final thoughts on the Olight S1R Baton I
There's not really much I can complain about; Maybe that the "Turbo S" mode that delivers 900 Lumens only lasts for 1.5 minutes. But as the S1R reduces the brightness a little bit after those 1.5 minutes and still runs for almost an hour, that's no issue for me.
For a more extended excursion inside dark areas like lost places, I have my Olight S30R III, that I've reviewed.
Other than that, the Olight S1R Baton I flashlight is what I was looking for. A perfect flashlight for everyday carry. You can buy the Olight S1R Baton I from Amazon. The successor, the Olight S1R Baton II is also available from Amazon.