Olight S2R Baton II complete review
Introduction of Olight S2R Baton II
Olight never disappoints when it comes to making sturdy flashlights. After the S2R Baton version, the light company upgraded the EDC flashlight to a smaller and more compact flashlight. Olight S2R Baton II was born. It is impressive at first sight and comes with a detailed box.
The 6-mode flashlight is IPX8 rated, as most of Olight’s products. The aluminum black body looks stylish with one side switch. The side switch is connected to a LED battery indicator, a unique concept we have not witnessed in other flashlights.
Priced at $70, the S2R Baton II is an excellent everyday carry light. The packaging is okay and I love that Olight ships the flashlight with its battery. Let’s look at a detailed S2R Baton II flashlight:
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Insid the Box
Olight ships the S2R Baton II in a stylish packaging box. From the first impression, you can recognize the detailed and high-quality packaging. For a flashlight worth $70, I think Olight gets their customer needs right.
Besides top-quality packaging, the S2R Baton II comes with the following accessories:
1 S2R Baton II flashlight
2 pocket clips (black and blue)
1 18650 Olight battery
MCC II magnetic charging cable
As a compact flashlight, you may not need a holster. I think that is why Olight includes a pouch and not a holster. The 3.6V Olight battery has a capacity of 3200mAh. It can run for hours, especially when using on Moonlight Mode. I will highlight the 6 modes later in this review.
Difference Between Previous Product
As an upgrade of S2R Baton, I expected S2R Baton II to have better performance. As usual, Olight did not disappoint as there is an upgrade in all levels. For an EDC flashlight, we are all looking for the smallest size possible. Olight has reduced S2R Baton II by 5%, an approximate 5mm difference from S2R Baton.
The new upgrade also has a higher output of 1150 lumens. Its predecessor, S2R Baton, has an output of 1020 lumens. The S2R Baton flashlight had 6 modes, including the Strobe mode. However, the newer version, S2R Baton II comes with 5 modes. Olight decided to remove the Strobe mode, which I agree with. After all, it served no purpose in the 4 inches S2R Baton pocket flashlight.
The output and runtimes are okay. The Turbo Mode only lasts for 2 minutes. The maximum beam length is up to 135 meters according to Olight. However, this flashlight is only ideal for small tasks.
Both flashlights are IPX8 rated and Olight claims that they have survived a 1.5m drop. Another similarity is the LED battery indicator on the switch. The switch is almost flat on the flashlight body which makes sense. As a pocket flashlight, a flat switch makes it difficult to put the light on by accident.
High-quality EDC flashlights are slowly gaining popularity. As an outdoors enthusiast, I prefer having extra light in my car or pocket. S2R Baton II is an excellent upgrade from the previous S2R Baton version. The former is not only more detailed but also smaller. In addition, I like the overall design. Below I have put down an outline of the things to like about the S2R Baton II flashlight. I hope that you agree with me.
You can easily clip this light into your pocket. Olight accompanies 2 pocket clips when shipping S2R Baton Flashlight. Alternatively, you can clip it to your keys. This way, you will not have to keep misplacing it as I do. Also, I like that the pocket clips hold the beam up.
The lanyard can hold up to the flashlight weight. Now, Olight is very specific when it comes to batteries and charging cables. S2R Baton II has an impressive charging speed but can only use Olight magnetic charger. Olight ships the flashlight with its dedicated 3.6V 3200mAh 18650 battery. Getting another battery will cost up to $19, which is the 1 downside of all Olight flashlights.
You have to press the side switch deliberately when switching the light on or off. But since this is not an emergency or tactical flashlight, that’s okay by me.
The pouch is nice when you are traveling. It allows you to pack your flashlight well in your backpack or suitcase.
Unfortunately, the output is not exactly impressive, especially for regular users. This light has a maximum output of 1150 lumens. In other words, the light will last for 2 minutes only on Turbo mode before dropping down to 400 lumens. At 400 lumens, the flashlight is on the High mode which will last for at least 3 hours.
Read on to see the complete output and battery runtime for this flashlight.
Built Quality of Olight S2R Baton II
It is difficult to get someone paying $70 for a flashlight this size. But everyone who knows Olight and their built quality knows the value of their products. They focus on making sturdy and durable flashlights. An 1150 lumens flashlight this size is nothing but powerful.
S2R Baton II comes with the blue pocket clip installed and an additional black clip. However, I find both clips easy to bend, which would mean losing your flashlight. I would rather use the light on my keychain instead.
On the plus side of having a dedicated battery, you cannot damage the flashlight. But, if the battery is damaged, it means that you must spend at least $19 to order a new one. Besides, this light is impact resistant and waterproof. Not many manufacturers make sturdy and IPX8 rated flashlights of this size.
The light will fit perfectly for any adult hand. S2R Baton II flashlight has knurling that provides a good grip. A flashlight this size could otherwise easily slip from your hands.
The single side switch makes it easy to switch from one mode to another. We will look at this in the next section of this review.
Olight designed S2R Baton II flashlight for regular use. However, we can all agree that it is not the ideal light to bring to your camping trip. It offers an output of up to 1150 lumens, for two minutes only. But, S2R Baton is a great choice of flashlight gifts, or for collectors. You can carry it to fetch something in the car or garage.
The good thing is that it is very easy to use. The single switch is very convenient for beginner flashlight enthusiasts. You can switch from one mode to another when holding the flashlight in one hand. Use your thumb to switch the light on.
A single click will switch on the flashlight. On 2 clicks, S2R Baton II will go on Turbo Mode. When you click and hold the switch, the flashlight will scroll to different modes. This flashlight saves the last mode you were using when switching it off.
In conclusion, Olight S2R Baton II is an excellent EDC flashlight to bring along everywhere. Besides, it has an impressive design and looks cool especially when using the blue pocket clip.
Once again, for a sturdy flashlight this size, Olight has done it well. S2R Baton II has an impressive user interface and a unique concept. Being shorter than the previous S2R Baton light, this compact flashlight has become my favorite.
The black aluminum body is an excellent choice. Not only does it look good but the knurling offers an excellent grip. Now, this flashlight is easy to use and offers up to 5 modes, including a Turbo mode of 1150 lumens.
To switch the flashlight on, press the switch once. 2 clicks will take you to a Turbo mode for only 2 minutes and then to a high. You can access the rest of the modes by holding the switch down. Find the mode that works for you and leave it at that. This way, you will not have to set it once again since the flashlight memorizes your last mode.
A single press will switch the flashlight off. Again, a press and hold will take you to Turbo mode, even when the flashlight is off. One second press will activate the moonlight mode, one of my preferred modes. This mode has an output of 0.5 lumens and can run for weeks without charging the light.
The battery indicator on the switch is directly to the point. When your flashlight battery has above 70% charge, it will remain green. Here is how the tri LED indicator works.
Above 70% – Green
15% – 69% – Yellow
Below 15% – Red
Of course, when the indicator lights up red, it is time to charge your S2R Baton II flashlight. With a battery capacity of 3200mAh, you will not be charging it regularly. We will look at the S2R Baton II flashlight output and battery runtime in the next section.
But all in all, one thing which I really like about Olight’s flashlights is their magnetic charging cable. It is really comfortable and looks nice also.
Brightness Outputs and Runtime of Olight S2R Baton
S2R Baton has a maximum output of 1150 lumens. This is quite impressive for an EDC flashlight. At the same time, this flashlight allows you to switch through 5 modes. And a 3200mAh battery capacity has a lot to offer when using this compact flashlight.
The lowest mode, Moonlight mode has an output of 0.5 lumens. It is the best mode when you are saving battery life. The Moonlight mode can run up to 60 days. Isn’t that impressive? However, you can only use this mode to read or fetch something in the car. It would do well in a pitch dark room.
The Low mode offers an output of up to 15 lumens. This is relatively a high output and can last for up to 100 hours. Then there is the Medium mode, offering up to 120 lumens followed by a High mode of up to 400 lumens.
The table below has a rough estimate of the S2R Baton II flashlight performance.
It is unlikely you will need to use the turbo mode on this flashlight. After all, I barely use mine despite bringing it everywhere. The Moonlight version has been very effective for me. Besides, charging your battery to full again will take only a few hours. The magnetic charging system is faster than the traditional USB charging system.
Olight S2R Baton II is Best for...
Having a flashlight nearby is an everyday requirement, especially for people who spend a lot of nights outdoors. S2R Baton II is a perfect sturdy EDC flashlight for everyone. You can clip it in your pocket, or use the lanyard.
When you are on your camping trips, this waterproof flashlight will come in handy. However, you should not rely on it as your main source of light. This is great when you are searching through stuff, though.
Olight S2R Baton II make an excellent gift for teenagers for birthday or Christmas gifts. Besides, it has a sturdy, impact-resistant body and is also waterproof. It would take extreme force to damage this flashlight, which makes a good durable gift.
Pro-s and Cons of Olight S2R Baton II
As with everything, there is the good and the bad about the S2R Baton II flashlight. We will start with the pros.
Sturdy and durable EDC flashlight
High lumen small flashlight
Body designed to provide a good grip
Fast magnetic charging
It is expensive for an EDC flashlight
Pocket clips can easily bend
You must use a dedicated battery and charger
S2R Baton II is an impressive EDC flashlight. The brightness output is high for such a small flashlight. However, it is not the type of flashlight first responders or the military can use. The battery runtime at the Turbo mode is quite low.
Despite Olight’s claims that the flashlight has a beam length of 135m, I disagree. The beam light is good enough for basic use, definitely not for security purposes. However, we cannot take away S2R Baton II’s high lumen indestructible flashlight quality.
On a scale of 1-10, our rating for the S2R Baton II flashlight would fall on 7.5. It is a high-quality product, as all Olight products are, but $70 is a lot for that size. The performance is impressive as the overall flashlight design.
It is an excellent piece for flashlight collectors and enthusiasts.
Where to Buy Olight S2R Baton II
I ordered my flashlight from Amazon. In US this is probably one of the main places to get it. But Olight also has a very good online store, so you can for sure buy it from there also.
If you want to see it first, then go to local camping store. Also Olight has very good store locator – so be sure to use it 🙂
Final Verdict to Olight S2R Baton II
Olight designed S2R Baton II flashlight with portability in mind. They include a pouch, lanyard, and two pocket clips for this reason. Upon testing this flashlight, I am surprised that it has such a high output. If you are looking for an indestructible EDC flashlight, this is the one.
While I value the detailed flashlight, Olight could have added a little bit of aggressiveness to the body. Despite the knurling, it is easy to slip if you have oily or sweaty hands. I would recommend this piece as a gift for teenagers, friends, and relatives.