Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review - Olight S15 Baton - Perhaps the Best EDC Flashlight on the Market

Every once in a while, you see a light that is just so incredible that it amazes you. The innovation and technology packed into a small package is quite beautiful. A few weeks ago, I came across the Olight S15 and that was my experience. This light is about the most perfect EDC (everyday carry) flashlight that I have seen to date.

The S15 may be the best EDC flashlight on the market.
The S15 incorporates the best features of an EDC light all into one very tiny and affordable package. The light retails for about $50, and boy do you get a lot of light for the money. The first thing that struck me about the light is just how bright it is. The S15 uses one AA battery and output a blinding 280 lumens!!!

Now, let that sink in for just a minute. I am used to AA flashlights outputting 50, 80, maybe 100 lumens, but never 280. That alone is enough to get this flashlight. You used to be limited to using CR123 or CR2 batteries if you wanted a bright flashlight, but no longer, if you have an S15. But wait, there's more!

The S15 uses the CREE XM-L2 LED.
The S15 uses the new CREE XM-L2 LED, which has amazing brightness and excellent runtimes. Olight claims a runtime of 45 minutes on max, which is quite good considering you're only using one AA battery. The reflector is smooth, not textured, but still gives you a nice, diffuse beam. While not at "floody" as other lights I have used, this light is still great at illuminating a large area.

The light is actuated by a side switch located just under the head of the flashlight. Depressing this switch turns the light on, as well as switches the modes. There are four brightness modes as well as one strobe mode, which I will show below:
Max - 280 lumens
Medium - 70 lumens
Low - 7 lumens
Moonlight - .5 lumens
Strobe - 280 lumens

The light is made out of aluminum and Type III Hard Anodized in black. The anodizing and machining is very good, with no stray marks or spots in the anodizing. The grip area is nicely knurled for a comfortable, but solid grip. Right below the head of the light, there is an hexagonal-shaped part, which is there to keep the light from rolling if set down.

The bezel of the light is stainless steel and silver-colored, which I'm assuming is to help reflect light. Before I get ahead of myself, let's look at the dimension of the flashlight. The length is 3.4", while the diameter is 0.9" at the head and 0.8" at the body. The weight of the light is 2.5 oz with a standard alkaline AA battery and 1.6 oz without.

The S15 includes a removable
deep carry pocket clip.
Another thing that struck me about the light was the flat tailcap. Having a flat tailcap allows you to place the light facing up, while bouncing light up off of the ceiling of a room. That way, with a tiny light, you can light up a large area if you need to.

Another feature that blew me away was the integrated rare earth magnet found within the tailcap. I have seen a similar magnet on the excellent Preon P0 by FOURSEVENS. This magnet sticks to any ferrous material, allowing you to have hands-free lighting when fixing your car, computer, or whatever else you may be working on.

I said this was an EDC light, didn't I? For carry, this light includes a deep carry pocket clip that holds the light securely and is removable.

All in all, the S15 by Olight has impressed me a lot. I would definitely recommend this light to anybody looking for a small, bright and functional EDC flashlight. Not only that, but it uses standard AA batteries, which you can find anywhere. This like would be great for a bug out bag or emergency kit as well.

What do you think of the S15? Do any of you have any experience with it?

Let me know in the comments below.


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