Friday, June 13, 2014

Review - Olight ST25 Baton Flashlight

If you haven't yet figured out, Olight makes some incredible flashlights. The flashlight that we'll be looking at today is the ST25 Baton. This light is advertised as an Emergency Preparedness Flashlight, and it would definitely exceed in that role. The ST25 outputs a blinding 550 lumens, from a flashlight that uses only 2 AA batteries.

The ST25 has a beautifully machined aluminum body. The light is type III hard anodized in black, for scratch resistance. The light is 6.0" long, 0.8" in diameter and weighs 2.6 oz without batteries (4.4 oz with 2 AA batteries). The light is textured for grip and is long enough to fill the hand comfortably.

The ST25 uses a CREE XM-L2 LED which outputs 550 lumens on Turbo mode. In fact, this light has 6 lighting modes:
Turbo - 550 lumens - 0.5 hour runtime
High - 300 lumens - 1 hour runtime
Medium - 100 lumens - 6.5 hour runtime
Low - 10 lumens - 60 hour runtime
Moonlight - 1 lumen - 200 hour runtime
Strobe - 550 lumens

The lightning modes are actuated with the side switch on the light. This switch is also used the turn the flashlight on. There is also a flat tailcap switch on the back of the light, should you prefer to use the light in that way. Neither the side switch, nor the tailcap switch provide a momentary on, feature, however.

The reflector on the flashlight is smooth, but the light still has a medium-sized center spot with a good amount of spill. It's a great compromise, which should perform well for lighting up a larger area, as well as giving you enough throw to illuminate distant objects.

Like I mentioned, the ST25 is powered by two AA batteries, but can also be used with a 14500 battery and a spacer (not included). It's surprising how bright this light can get with only 2 AA batteries, but as technology improves, we will see even brighter flashlights with even longer runtimes.

The ST25 is also very comfortable to carry. The light includes a removable deep carry pocket clip, making the light practically disappear in any medium-sized pocket.  In case you should ever need to, the light is also waterproof to 2 meters, but will probably go deeper as well.

If you're looking for a bright everyday carry/emergency flashlight, then the ST25 Baton by Olight may be just that light.

Do any of you have any experience with the Olight ST25? If so, let me know in the comments below.