Olight S2 Baton review (TIR, 950lm, XM-L2 CW,18650/2xRCR123A)

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Olight S2 Baton review (TIR, 950lm, XM-L2 CW,18650/2xRCR123A)

Greetings,
This review will be dedicated to newest member of the Baton family, the S2.



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What’s special about this light?+*

1. TIR optics. The light distribution is really nice, very appropriate for EDC light. A huge hotspot with a lot of spill that very gradually fades into darkness.
2. Size. The flashlight is very compact, in length it is even shorter than the already compact S20.
3. The known “goodies” from the Baton series. Meaning: strong magnet inside the tailcap, SS bezel, a proper moonlight mode and timer function, that came from S1.
4. Price. The manufacturer recommended price is 49.95$. That’s not too much to ask for an almost ideal EDC light backed by 5 year warranty.

Let’s start?


The flashlight comes in a really small partially translucent plastic box.



There are not much bundled accessories. The flashlight comes with user manual, lanyard and an adapter for using two RCR123A batteries (to avoid rattle).




Here it is. The design is simple, without looking at the label you know it’s an Olight. The size is really nice, I think that owner of this light won’t switch to using AA lights – the size is just right.


A flat tailcap with built in magnet. Of course that with such tailcap the light can be easily used in candle mode.



The negative contact (the cells go with negative contact first, unlike most other lights) has a spring, just like the positive.
The threads are square-cut, and anodized.



Comparison with Zebralight SC600W mkII. As you can see (and it’s also backed by the specs) the lights have the same length. Zebra feels much “beefier” in comparison.


Both lights are a pleasure to use. Olight’s button has a much more pronounced click feel.


The flashlight is really easy to use, the user manual is not a must, but …

1. There is mode memory, that does not work for turbo,moonlight and strobe mode. A short click will turn the flashlight on and off.
2. Holding a button for longer than one second will turn the flashlight on in moonlight mode. Afterwards each press and hold will switch modes in the following order : low->mid->high->turbo->low-> …
3. Double clocking the button from OFF mode will turn the flashlight on in turbo mode. Double clicking from ON will toggle the various timer settings. Tripple click from any mode will enable strobe mode.
4. After two minutes in turbo mode (950 lumen) the brightness will fall to 500 lumen. You can instantly re-activate turbo mode.
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Let’s see it in action+*

A short comparison with ZL . The tints are much exaggerated, Olight is not that blue, as Zebra is not that Orange. I included this picture for you to notice the hotspot size. It’s simply huge on Olight…







A lot of light, it’s all near you. It is not a thrower, but this is what you usually need for real life scenarios. I think it could also be used as a bike light.

Some numbers (CD in a meter’s distance)

No surprises here. Not a thrower, as expected.

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Final words, conclusion+*

Well, a really nice light, almost perfect in many ways. I am sure it will be a hit just like S1.

I’d like to thank *Olight *for providing me the review sample.

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Questions? Suggestions? I will be happy to assist.

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Really nice light, I love the Baton series. Thanks for the nice review Smile

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Great review! The beamshot tint comparison is always such a problem wth the tints, I am glad that you showed it, the hotspot looks much better on the S2!

I am really liking the Olight UI as well, the ZL has a lot of features I would not end up using anyway…

Looks like another great offering from Olight!

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Great work on the review, I was just looking at this one. Looks solid as usual from olight although I do miss that it doesnt have the soft lock out like the other batons.

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For most uses indoors, and a many applications outdoors, I prefer the wide hot spot of a TIR over that of a standard reflector. For the same reason, I like the floody setting on most zoomies for indoor use.

I am still learning about things like DC-Fix and clip-on diffusers. I understand those can go a long way towards redeeming a reflectored light for closeup jobs. Boaz recently sent me some DC-Fix, and I have a diffuser on the way for my BLF A6 Special Edition

Size-wise, how does the Olight S2 stack up against the ZebraLight SC62w?

From my reading, the only negative thing I can find about the S2 is a personal one. It is tint. I would love to see this with a quality neutral-white and/or high-CRI emitter. Something like the Cree XM-L2 EasyWhite used by ZebraLight in its H600Fd Mk. III might be very nice. At 5000K and 84-CRI, ZebraLight is getting 870 lumens out of that one. The Nichia 219C also comes to mind.

Thanks for a great review.

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I am happy you liked the review.
Regarding a comparison with ZL62, Zebra is still shorter.

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KeepingItLight wrote:
… I have a diffuser on the way for my BLF A6 Special Edition

I’m still looking for a good diffuser for my A6. May I ask what you ordered?

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I’m still disapointed by the cool white of my S2…
Did someone managed to mod it ? How can I remove the bezel and optic ?

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Hello, i own an s2 baton. One question…through the silicone of power button I can see the light (it lets the light pass )that increases along with the various light modes, as if it is transparent, instead when it is off it is black. Is this normal?
Thanks in advance

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luca955i wrote:
Hello, i own an s2 baton. One question…through the silicone of power button I can see the light (it lets the light pass )that increases along with the various light modes, as if it is transparent, instead when it is off it is black. Is this normal?
Thanks in advance

It’s normal, as you said the button cover is tansparent and some light shines through the back of the TIR optic and the switch cover.
When the light if off, the cover seems black.
Try shining another light through the optic, you’ll see it Under the switch too

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Thx!