Review: Olight S10R Baton III (SST-40, 1x RCR123A)

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Review: Olight S10R Baton III (SST-40, 1x RCR123A)

Olight S10R Baton III

 

Summary:

Battery:  1x RCR123A
Switch:  Electronic Side Switch
Modes:  Moon - Low - Med - Turbo
 + Strobe 
Mode Memory:  Last Mode memorized to a long press from off.
LED Type:  Luminus SST-40 CW 
Lens:  AR Coated Glass 
Reflector:  Aluminum - Smooth
Price:  $59.95
Provided by:  Olight
 Official Olight Store

 

Function / User Interface: 

From off:

A single press turns the flashlight on in the last used mode (Strobe is not memorized). 

A long press turns the flashlight on in moonlight mode.

A double press activates Turbo. 

A triple press activates strobe.


To enter lockout mode, Press and hold the switch for 2 seconds. Moonlight will first come on within the first second, continue holding for another second and the light will turn off. The light will not function until lockout mode is exited by either unscrewing the tailcap or pressing and holding the switch for about a second which will turn the flashlight on in moonlight mode. While in lockout mode a red glow will illuminate the switch for 4 seconds after pressing the switch.

 

While on:

Press and hold to cycle through modes Low, Medium, Turbo.

A single press will turn the flashlight off. 

A double press will activate Turbo.

A triple press activates strobe. A single press to turn off the flashlight. or press and hold to exit into the last used mode.

 

The last mode used will be memorized when the light is turned off. Strobe will not be memorized. Turbo will be memorized for 10 minutes. After those 10 minutes the memory will reset to medium mode.

 

Auto-off timer:

While the light is on, A double press and hold will select between the 3 minute (Indicated by a single flash) and 9 minute timer (Indicated by 2 flashes). The flashlight will automatically turn off after the selected amount of time.

 

Parasitic drain through the electronic side switch is negligible at 25.3µA.

 

 

Charging:

The Olight S10R Baton III comes with a nice little charging dock. The primary interface between the dock and the flashlight is shown below. The center post is spring loaded and makes contact with the tailcap's central, recessed brass contact point. The concentric circle ridges make contact with the outer ring of the flashlight's tailcap interface. This isn't perfect, but it works fairly well. When the magnetic tailcap snaps to the dock it doesn't always land perfectly, but sliding it over slightly will snap it into the proper orientation.

 

 

The included Olight ORB-163C06 RCR123A 650mAh cell arrived at 3.8v.

While charging the indicator light on the charging dock is solid red. When the charging terminates the indicator light turns green.

Charging the cell from 3.015v the charging current begins at .97A and rapidly decreases as the cell is charged. The charge terminates below 100mA and the indicator light turns green. Total charge time is well under 2 hours from a fully depleted cell to fully charged. I have two of these docks now, one from the S30R sample. One terminates at 4.214v and the other at 4.197v, both are well within specifications and are very consistent.

 

 

 

 

Data & Measurements:  

 
My estimated max output is a fair amount higher than Olight's specifications.

 

 

All throw measurements are lux values taken at 7ft and calculated back to 1 meter (Rounded to the nearest hundred). Estimated Max Output (Lumens) values are calculated based on measurements taken 30 seconds after turn on and are obtained through a DIY 'pvc lumen tube' in an effort to achieve diffusion of dissimilar beam profiles. As such, these values should be taken as "rough approximations."

 

 

The following test took place in 65°F Ambient temperature, indoors, with very little air movement. The flashlight sits head facing down on a piece of glass that is recessed inside a 4" PVC pipe. No active cooling was used during the test.

 

The S10R starts off in turbo around 890lm and drops to 850lm by 30 seconds. Output slowly drops until the 1.5minute mark when the turbo stepdown begins and output starts rapidly dropping. The stepdown is complete at 3 minutes and output is now about 365lm. This stepped down output is maintained until about 60 minutes when output drops to 160lm. Output drops again at 64 minutes to an emergency level of about 15lm. I manually end the run just past 80 minutes. Cell measures 3.015v.

 

 

Here is a closer look at the turbo stepdown.

 

 

Pictures:

The Olight S10R Baton III arrived in a small plastic retail box.

 

Contained within are all the goodies. Smile

 

The user manual.

 

Complete with all the various operational instructions, translated in many languages.

 

There is also an Olight flashlight catalog, the micro-USB to USB cable, an Olight Lanyard, the Micro-Dok III, a pre-attached pocket clip, a pre-installed Olight ORB-163C06 RCR123A 650mAh cell, and of course the Olight S10R Baton III flashlight.

 

Here's that new little Luminus SST-40 LED, perfectly centered.

 

A bit closer look.

 

A look at that pretty pink AR coated lens and the beautiful blue PVD coated bezel. My sample's bezel did have an unfortunate number of micro scratches on the flat surface. Thankfully they aren't really visible unless you really look for them.

 

The electronic side switch sticks up a little bit more than other Baton series lights. As such there's a tiny bit more 'squish' until switch activation.

 

As with past samples, the machining, fit & finish is great.

 

The tailcap has a small slot near the back end for lanyard attachment. We can also see the magnetic tailcap that interfaces with the Micro-Dok III and also the magnetic USB cable.

 

 

 

The light ships with a small plastic insulator to prevent accidental activation during shipping.

The threads are anodized and square. A very slight twist and the light will physically lock out. 

 

The S10R Baton III uses the same proprietary cell design as the S1R Baton.

 

Inside the battery tube is a small spring.

 

Here's a look at the SST-40 in moonlight mode.

 

 

 

Comparison:

For comparison we've got a few somewhat common lights.

From left to right: Olight S1R Baton, S10R Baton III, Trustfire L2m, Convoy S2+, Mini-Maglite 2AA.

  

And compared to the other Olights in my collection.

From left to right: H1 Nova, S1R, S10R III, S1A, S2R, S30R III, R50 Pro Seeker, X7 Marauder.

 

 

 

Beamshots:

As with all beamshots in my reviews, every shot is taken using the same settings in manual mode.

In this location the central tree trunk is about 50 yards away. The water line is about 35 yards away. The hanging tree limb in the upper left quadrant of the pictures is about 10 yards away.

 

I took beamshots of several flashlights with similarly measured output and similar throw, with the exception of the Convoy C8 to show a throwier flashlight.

The SST-40 LED in the Olight S10R III makes for an interesting beam profile. It has a well defined large hotspot with a small corona and a large spill. When white wall hunting the spill has a slight purple hue and there are 4 'flower pedals' extending out past the corona evenly spaced around the hotspot.

 

 

Conclusion:

The Olight S10R Baton III is a very good flashlight. Excellent build quality, great beam profile, magnetic tailcap, and integrated charging all in a very compact RCR123A flashlight.

If you white wall hunt often the slight purple hue in the spill may bother you; otherwise, overall the Olight S10R III is very good.

Edited by: sb56637 on 09/02/2017 - 12:02
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Thanks for that!!

Does anyone know why Olight uses those special cells in some of their rechargable lights, but not in others? The S30R series uses a special 18650. However the S15R and the S10RII that I have both use regular button top cells and charge on the same dock. Is it simply that Olight wants to use a propriatary cell so they will sell replacements and spares? Or is there some other technical reason?

Propriatary cells just turn me off. I bought an S30R and returned it for that reason.

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Great review for a great (as an Olight fan I am Silly ) flashlight! Thumbs Up