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OLIGHT SR51 ( Picture Heavy )

I received this light yesterday. It has one of the prettiest beam profiles I have ever seen. This mini review is going to be two fold. I would like to pick the brains of a few of you. My esteemed lumen colleagues. But to start… Lets look at the light.. Here it is…

OLIGHT SR51 THE INTIMIDATOR




PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Feature:
1. World-class super bright Cree XM-L LED
2. Max 900 lumens(OTF),700 meters long throw.
3. Max 10 hours long runtime
4. Anti battery polarity reverse protection
5. Two digitally controlled constant brightness levels and strobe
6. Access to strobe instantly
7. Rugged indestructible aluminum body with anti-scratching type III hard anodization, Engineered anti-slip knurling for a tightly firm grip
8. Highly water resistant to IPX-8
9. Mil-spec: MIL-STD-810F
10. Mini orange peel reflector offers perfect beam and long throw.
11. Super Strong anti reflex coating lens?99% effective transmission
12. Excellent tridimensional heat dissipation ability
13. Friendly user interface, press and hold the switch for transferring mode.





My own asessments & questions.

First I know this is a bit of a older light. But, Damn! This thing has the most awesome beam I have ever seen. No discoloration or artifacts. Just a nice sizeable hotspot with smooth even corona.

It is super well built & much smaller than I expected. It unscrews in the middle for battery carrier access. It uses 18650 (2) or CR123 (6). Both carriers were included with this light. Along with presentation box, lanyard, diffuser, extra parts. Everything I needed.

I have to admit… This light makes me feel very nostalgic. It reminds me ( Size & Shape) of the old flashlights of my youth. Except this one ate it’s spinach & would be kicked out of any competition for the use of performance enhancing pharmaceuticals.

The curious thing to me is the orange peel reflector. Why is this done? They say the OP reflector is what makes the beam of this light awesome. But, why? What are the pro’s & cons of OP versus standard reflectors? Thanx for reading D

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Orange peel reflectors average out any variations in intensity of the beam from the LED and its surrounding.

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texaspyro wrote:
Orange peel reflectors average out any variations in intensity of the beam from the LED and its surrounding.

+1 Thanks! It certainly shows…

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Dale wrote:
texaspyro wrote:
Orange peel reflectors average out any variations in intensity of the beam from the LED and its surrounding.

+1 Thanks! It certainly shows…


The SR51 was the first “real “ light that my brother bought. It is pretty responsible for the madness we are possessed with today. Lol. Still one of his favorites.
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Super nice light….

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Built like a tank with beautiful knurling. Olight builds awesome lights

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You trade you V3 for it?

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Got this & a small sun zy-T08

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Not sure why…. Just personal preference I guess

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Well I would say you and Brad both picked up fine lights. Darn good trade for both of you. Congrats.

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Just that long handle … This 51 just suits me better. Just waiting for Brad to take the V3 out & play with it & report in.

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I am waiting and waiting for a clone of this baby to come out. Timeless form factor.

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Rusty Joe wrote:
I am waiting and waiting for a clone of this baby to come out. Timeless form factor.

+1

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Dale,

I told you the beam on that light was the best out of my entire collection. And that’s saying something if I can say that without boasting, but rather giving credit to the Olight SR51 which is now yours. That light will fool anyone on how light it is. Olight done well. That was my first real good light purchase.

I got the Catapult V3 XM-L2 U2 in the mail Sat since it now is 12:50AM my time. I posted pictures already. I love it.

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Foy is certainly no expert but driven the way I imagine it is, with that wide opening around the emitter, a 63mm diameter OP reflector is going to have throw, just not as much as an SMO.  That is actually why I think an Olight beam is so damn impressive.  They put the emitter at a very precise depth in relation to the reflector and they meant to arrive at that exact degree of stippling.

Nothing on an Olight is an accident.

The SR50 version with an SST-50 had a killer beam too.  Was SMO, I think?

 

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I know they say a smooth reflector throws better, and I believe it does. But I’m telling you the SR51 would out throw my FandyFire STL-V6 by a little bit. The op reflector wasn’t like the op reflector on a lot of flashlights.

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The funny thing is, my only Olight is an i6 that I bought 2 or 3 months ago. I am so impressed with that torch! Like yours, It has the nicest beam of all my lights, by far. It throws way more than it should and has lots of spill. It also seems so much brighter than it should be for 1.5A.

I am now a big Olight fan.

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Here’s what Olight had for the specs.

That probably is real close.

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ILIKEFLASHLIGHTS wrote:
Here’s what Olight had for the specs.

That probably is real close.

Thanks man! I pulled the product specs down off Amazon… I thought the 700 meter throw was a bit of a dellusion of granduer. But all in all a awesome light. 475 meters is a bit more believable.

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The SR51 will compete with the Sunwyaman T40CS and Olight M3X.

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My neighbor was a bit shocked at the brightness… Jesus , Dude… What kinda flashlight is that? … LOL

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Rusty Joe wrote:
I am waiting and waiting for a clone of this baby to come out. Timeless form factor.

Absolutely. There should be more side by side 2×18650 lights around.

Olights are good lights. I still like my s35 a lot, even though other 3xaa / 4xaa soda can lights are out now.

Great little general purpose light. Well made, good feel, simple UI, no frills. What you need and nothing more. (If only the tint was more neutral.)

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KInda a cross between the old retro lights & the new high tech throwers. Kinda a middle range light. Not a EDC, I guess you could think of it as a intermediate size search light.

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MySR51 always tests at about 52K which is very good for an OP reflector. The lumens tends to fall a little short of the listed 900 lumens, I think closer to 850 otf if I remember correctly. Along with the throw, it also has the nicest and widest flood of anything in its class that we own, such as the M3C4, 7G5, HD2010, etc.
It’s an awesome light. The ONLY issue I find with it is a lack of a true low. Would have been nice to have a level under 100 lumens. But it is a SR – search and rescue – marketed light, so I new that when I bought it.

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The low isn’t very low ar all. But a firefly mode on a search light prolly wouldnt be recevied well… Lol. I can see the SR51 taking its place as one of my all time favorites.

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nice light dale! – strange… it looks like its almost asking to be modded? J)

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
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jmpaul320 wrote:
nice light dale! – strange… it looks like its almost asking to be modded? J)

Great minds think alike. TBH, I wouldn’t want ti mess thebeam profile up. I imagine it could be turned into a total beast. But I wont sacrifice the beam. If I need some longer & brighter? I’ll just reach in the curio. Wink

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Dale wrote:
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nice light dale! – strange… it looks like its almost asking to be modded? J)

Great minds think alike. TBH, I wouldn’t want ti mess thebeam profile up. I imagine it could be turned into a total beast. But I wont sacrifice the beam. If I need some longer & brighter? I’ll just reach in the curio. Wink

I believe if you just changed it to an XM-L2 U2 emitter and did nothing else the beam profile wouldn’t change. I still do not blame you for keeping it stock. The Olight SR51 is a classic and a standard for quality lights.

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That dont use battery packs?

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Just hold down the blue button. The light cycles itself thru low & high. How did this feature not catch on? Very handy for us lazy folks.

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you need a zebralight if you like that electronic switch Smile

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