Olight S15R AA/14500 XM-L2 rechargeable flashlight review

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Olight S15R AA/14500 XM-L2 rechargeable flashlight review

I have no idea how to start a review, you know, the grand opening sentence, so I will leave it like that for now Big Smile !

Anyway, bought it from Gearbest here during their sale, looks like the light will be sold at 22.99$ until its out of stock - not sure about their quality though, read on to see what I mean or go straight to this therad here:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/42791


So, is it worth the money paid? Yes, in my humble opinion it is - small, well built, good design, good output, simple user interface with direct moonlight, direct high mode access and hidden strobe and comes with both rechargeable battery and charging pad(this pad appears to be overcharging so be cautious and always check voltages when the it shows that the charging has finished)!  Olight also offers 5 year warranty on this light which is great!

 

My review will be short since this light isnt new and there are plenty of long and detailed reviews, I will be talking about stand-out points of this light, the rest can be found online if youre interested in more.

 

Some pictures with content and included charging pad first, battery is already inside the light from factory, so no separate pictures of it, but its Olights 14500 rechargeable:

ContentPad

 

The light turned out to be surprisingly small, perfect for EDC, especially in summer time when you need lots of light in small form. Love its looks.

Light

 

Someone in some review said that magnet in S15R is slightly less powerful than one in previous verson, S15, but I dont own previous one, so cant say.

It is plenty strong to hold Leatherman Wingman and not fall off when being shaken within acceptable limits. There are no problems for light to stay firmly attached to any flat surface at any angle as long as the hole base of tailcap is covered.

Manget

 

Low voltage indicator works, it looks, only with 14500 and gives low voltage warning shrotly before the light turns off. My measured time was exactly 45 minutes on high when flashlight turned off, last few minutes I had my light behind my back so didnt notice when exactly the red light lit up.

Voltage

 After light shut off I waited for a minute and turned it back on, on moonlight it didnt show low voltage warning, but on high it appeared instantly and turned off after few seconds. After short pause it would turn on but now showed low voltage on all modes during almost all of my mode switching attempts(modes work fine, the light just shuts off after a while).

 Runtime on medium was 2 hours and 50 minutes exact with supplied 14500 battery by Olight. The light was infront of my nose, but I didnt pay much attention to notice low voltage warning, but as previously, it was for very short time and then the light shut off. Battery showed 3.02V when out of the light.

Runtime on low was 23.5 hours with supplied 14500 battery.

I dont intend to test runtime on moonlight, but I suppose that subtracting 30-50% from Olights claimed runtime should be sufficient if we compare how low and medium modes ran in real life versus what Olight state in their specs.

Overall output is good, love the moonlight mode, high mode. Would love to see medium mode slightly lower to achieve longer runtimes, say, at least 6h straight without noticeable drop in output.

For example, when walking on a trail with some ambient light around low mode is too low while medium is too bright.

Low mode is great with red TW-10 diffuser though! Plenty of light without being blinding!

PICTURE WITH RED DIFFUSER - COMING SOON

White diffuser, naturally, gives out more light, thus even with moonlight mode enable it emits plenty of usable light in total darkness.

PICTURE WITH WHITE DIFFUSER - COMING SOON

Red filter comes with what it seems to AR coating on both of its sides, at first I thought that they sent me white diffuser, but when unpacking noticed that its tint shifts from silverish to red. When in use, it gives out soft red beam, but there is one thing to take into consideration - due to AR coating there will be some greenish ring around outer edge of the spill. In fact, it goes from soft red at the center towards orange and then greenish, but as mentioned, only green spill borders will be noticeable in real life use, unless youre white wall hunting for it ;)!

 BEAMSHOT WITH RED FILTER ON AND PICTURE OF GREEN RINGS AROUND SPILL - COMING SOON

 Included lanyard is big when compared to light, but just the right size to fit around hand, I prefer not using it, but when operating my light in the dark Id rather have it secured with lanyard.

Lanyard

 

 

 Now, the picture part is done, here are some more thoughts on this light in written form:

 

Clip moves around light rather easily, but thats not an issue for me

Becomes scorching hot at 25 minute mark on high - not sure if there ever was step down on mine?

Charging pad charged my light to some 4.17V or so.

Good thing about it is that you can also pass-through current to another device through included USB out, this is how I charged my other battery with MC1 connected to it:

One more charging observation - it could be my tiny LCD voltage testet, but after putting it to charger on its charging pad when the battery was batery used, it showed 4.26-4.27V when freshly off the charging pad and above 4.20V after some minutes, but after running it on high for minute or two, it backed down to 4.1xV, didnt check if the voltage rebounded back to 4.20V after this short use.

UPDATE: It seems that this is NOT just one case, it happened again with the same battery and the same charging pad, beware!

Have both orange and white wands-diffusers for it, they work good, white one is GITD one, both make this light good for direction showing in the dark without blinding anyone, they also fit my JetBeam BA20 just fine.

Bought also Olights red filter for it, now can use it to preserve night vision because orange wand-diffuser isnt that much preserving, still waiting for it to arrive though.

Fits well in my UF-H2B's headband, so with red filter it can serve as night vision preserving head light.

Blue GITD oring around the lens functions, I believe green ones are more brighter and longer lasting though.

S15 extension tube should fit well, according to others that is, making this light even more versatile and gives it both good runtimes and output with 2x NiMh's comparable to single 14500, still waiting to arrive.

Charging pad is very convenient and easy to use, however, I wonder if direct micro USB socket in the light itself wouldnt be even more convenient for charging, then you would need only micro USB cable to charge it, one less thing to worry about because today micro USB cables are the most common(phones, tablets, power banks - they all use them for charging). But I do understand, that such solution could increase the lights size considerably?



 How to improve this little gem:

F*ck the rest, if the charging pad appears to be overcharging the battery, it can shorten battery lifetime at best and blow up your light at worst!

NW tint would be great, this one comes with CW which is more towards warm/greenish

Medium mode could be little bit lower to allow longer runtimes, slight drop in medium wouldnt make much difference in visible brightness, but would increase runtime which I would like to be at least 6h on medium instead of Olights quoted 4h(and 2 hours and 50 minutes in reality with supplied battery).

NiMh charging capability also would be great

Switch could be lit up in the dark, its well pronounced, but due to the size of this light it would be easier to find where the swith is in the dark

Clip is not reversible, I would prefer to carry my light with head down in my pocket, but thats nothing special

 

Yay or nay?

For 22.99 that GB currently asks this is really easy buy, plenty low moonlight with decent runtime and very good high output for 45 minutes with included 14500 battery and charging pad(someone should test it how good it performs overall) so I ordered another one.

Its up to you, some have received lights with good charging pads, other not so and get their batteries overcharged by a considerable margin!

Also, battery on my first light(the one reviewed here) appears to have hooked positive end while battery on other light that I have received appears to have some corrosion issues, see here for more:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/42791

 

I will update this review with pictures and conclusions when used with 2xNiMh as well as comparison of orange/white wands and red diffuser filter when it arrives.
(They have arrived, lazy to do the update, will do so later Wink

 

Thanks for reading ;)!

Edited by: vēer on 11/09/2015 - 14:22
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Good review. Still waiting for mine…

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mine arrives tomorrow, so thanks!

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Nice little review with some great points covered, Veer!  I considered getting one of these but am holding out for an irresistible price on an S20R. The Baton series are my overall favorite EDC lights. My S20 (1st gen) stayed in my pants was my EDC for a couple years. I love the idea of the simple charging dock even better.  Can the dock be used if the magnet is removed from the tailcap?

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Thanks for the review. I hummed and hawed over this one at the very good Gearbest price, but decided that it was too underdriven to pull the trigger. Still, I have the little baby brother – the S1 – on the slow boat from China.

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Nice review. I just got this too and was playing around with it today. I noticed that level 3 was a bit more than 7 lumens. Looks like a well built light. I don’t know what I’ll use it for yet, but in sure I’ll find something.

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Does it charge other brand 14500 s. This one doesn’t have the funny terminals like the 18650 right?

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Thanks Veer for the thorough review.

Just got mine, bought it w/ the intention of giving it away but like it enuf that I’m having separation anxiety :-).

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Thanks, folks, for the warm welcome :D!

 

Now, regarding raised questions:

- I have not tried to take apart its tailcap to see whether charging will work without magnet. However, magnetic base helps alot to keep the light on the pad and centered, if I wouldnt know that S15 also had magnet in its base, I would guess that the main intention here was to have a magnet to fixate the light securely on the charging pad.

 

- Johnny, that sounded wrong, like you've got only flashlight in your pants for years lol

 

- Woody, Ive been thinking about upgrading one of mine with neutral XP-G2 or similar to have more throw, to me the overall output currently is decent, but I wouldnt mind of having more throw. Then again, for those tasks Manker T01 could be just close to perfect. More amps on output would probably overheat this tiny light too much, there isnt much of mass to shed the heat, I used fan after first 25 minutes when I noticed how hot the light became.

 

- Mhanlen, if do you decide to spend your time on review, Id be interested in runtime tests of yours, they are as real as they get ;)!

 

- Gunga, I see no reason why wouldnt it charge other lights batteries, it comes with normal 14500 and I have ordered Sanyo's UR for it.

 

- Siata94, for this price the whole package is very attractive, hence why I pulled the trigger on another one before I even received this one!

 

General question to those who do reviews and those who read them - is it OK to post direct link to the place where I bought it regardless of current price?

I dont want to come off as a shill considering that all of my recent purchases(all but two order, that came from TinyWind) came from Gearbest, so it could be suspicious to some that all of these lazy reviews of mine will have GB's links in them :D! 

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Can – it wont, if you turn it on and then put on the pad, it will turn off.

Another thing – the charger wont always charge when connected to computers USB ports or to power bank – apparently it depends how much V/Amps said USB port can deliver.

It worked fine on my Xiaomi 10Ah powerbank – plug the charger and put the light on or do it before plugging into the power bank, because the bank will cut off the output power if no demand for power detected and bare charger isnt enough to start the juice flowing.

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Thanks for the review. Always good to get people insights into what their opinions are of a flashlight.

 

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A well known syndrome that I can only overcome if I have two examples of a torch in my clutches after I have given one away. :santa:

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ah, being that’s a known medical condition, now I won’t feel so guilty if I keep it Smile

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great review on this and I got mine last week too. It was a great buy.
I don’t even use the charger pad, I still put it in my UM20/i4. Also, soft lock out is always a plus from Olight.

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Mine still doesn’t show up on the tracking page.
I’m crossing my fingers Glasses

I'm switching my BLF account into LumenZilla. Thanks!

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Mine arrived a couple of days ago and I love it. It is a great general duty light or back up light. I turns up anyt will be my EDC for a while (until my Olight S1 turns up anyway). I managed to snap my lanyard mind you when I was trying to pull it through the end cap hole via a bit of bent wire so I won’t try that method again! I have ordered another S15R as I think these will make a great Christmas present for not flashoholics.

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Nice review.  Got mine a week or so ago and I would say your review is spot on.  I have noticed that it's a bit picky about setting the light on the charger (actually, the charger jumps up to it due to magnetic pull).  For some reason, it doesn't seem to get a good electrical connection each time.  I haven't tried to figure out what is wrong yet.

Does the indicator light on the charging base do anything when the light is fully charged?

EDIT: Fixed a bunch of typos above.  I really need to proof read before posting.

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Thanks!

Lits up green.

Base on mine is stable, no contact issues when placing light on, I always make sure that its placed correctly which is rather easy with its magnet – its either on or not, there is no middle position on mine ;)!

My order with red filter, extension tube and Sanyo 14500 has arrived to my country, will probably be delivered next week so will update review with some more pictures and observations then :)!

BTW, charged the light today again with its charger, voltage when fully charged at the battery was 4.25V with my UNI-T meter and 4.24V with cheap LCD voltmeter.
I thought that protection cirquit wont allow to charge that high? Or is it that both of my metering units have to calibrated?

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This is the first review I have seen for the S15R so it was well worthwhile.I ordered mine 2 weeks ago , so still waiting.

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perhaps a sliver to add to your review…

unfor I dropped it last night while walking the dog, it fell 2’ onto the sidewalk. To my surprise
the tail got dinged enough to wear off a chunk of the black anodizing.

oh well, it’s def a keeper now, can’t give it away like that Smile

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Looks like it benefited you :D!

I really dont believe all the hype that people mention about annodizing – it will scratch off, it will break off when dropped and so on, not sure why people keep on cultivating this myth of “indestructible” anno :D!
As soon as you start using new light, it will get wear and tear pretty quickly, unless you baby them with fibre gloves and store in peanut foam boxes.

Yes, it is more wear resistant than simple paint, but its not bulletproof and its certainly not drop proof either! Its not some plastic-rubber combo composite paint that will not break when misshaped.

My 0.02$

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received mine today. Beautiful light/package. Amazing deal for some $22. Sure it ain’t the brightest. Would make great gifts, include a Ni-MH cell for them so no worries.

Hoo-yah!

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Nice little review. I am also waiting for mine to arrive from that same special price at GB.

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saypat wrote:
received mine today. Beautiful light/package. Amazing deal for some $22. Sure it ain’t the brightest. Would make great gifts, include a Ni-MH cell for them so no worries.

Hoo-yah!

I also purchased SR15 as gift for my brother in law.
Flashlight + battery + charger for that price is excellent.

I'm switching my BLF account into LumenZilla. Thanks!

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I got ripped off! ($24. LOL

Anyways. Great review. I like mine. Like it a lot more after putting a Nichia 219B and 45 degree optic in there. Nice fat hot spot and super clean tint. The levels are a bit lower too which I prefer.

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saypat wrote:
received mine today. Beautiful light/package. Amazing deal for some $22. Sure it ain't the brightest. Would make great gifts, include a Ni-MH cell for them so no worries. Hoo-yah!

 it will be a nicer light than the sk68's people are fond of gifting ..

 I'm still waiting on mine ....Why am i always waiting when everyone else has already received their lights ?

Oh yeah ..cuz it took days of wrestling with whether or not to buy these .

the battery sells for $5 ...and the chargers on ebay  are $13.

 

So you have to ask yourself ... is this light worth $5 ?

 thats only $2 more than a sk68 .

A comparable light that sold really well was the SC01 Solarstorm for $12.95

 for me the tough decision was .. how many to buy ?

 

 Any way you look at it ..it's a deal 

 $3 battery / $10 charger = a $10 light .

 $2 battery / $7 charger -> $14 light

 5year waranty / 4 nice modes/moon mode/rechargable/extension option /. beats the life out of any solarstorm 

 if i didn't have a bazzillion lights already i'd buy a bunch of these .

My guess is people will be a little shocked how small these lights are . it almost looks like Olight knows this and tries to make the light look even bigger in the way they package the light .

looking forward to getting this one .

       καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν

                            

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Does the charger have the problems people are complaining about on CPF? About the blinking red light and it not charging the light properly

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Mine blinks only when theres either not enough current(?) coming from USB port or when USB port automatically shuts off(Xiaomi power bank) when no light is present when charging pad is being connected to power source.

Can you post link to CPF discussion?

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http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?388746-*new*-Olight-S...

Starts from there more or less.

Apparently the chargers that come with the label “rev 2” are ok

Can you check yours please, veer?

Thanks

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Checked – chargers box had no Rev2 sticker on it, charger itself comes with white print on it, so it appears to be the new, revised charging pad.

But posts at CPF indicate that back then people had charging pads sent with Rev2 sticker and visually old pad version and working fine, it was a year ago, so Im not sure, didnt read further than end of the first page you sent.

(Ok, thats strange, I thought I just posted a reply and was about to edit it, but my post isnt visible :D?!)

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confused here. My lettering is white but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s ok? No Rev 2 anywhere on mine or the box.

Maybe someone in the know can straighten this out for us please…. thanks.

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