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Review Olight S10 L2 Baton XM-L2,400Lm,1x(R)CR123A +3D pics

Hello
This is my first review on the new server :bigsmile: .
Many of you are very familiar with this light.This is one of the smallest CR123 size lights and often used as EDC light.
Olight S10 is now upgraded with XM-L2 LED and has maximum output of 400 lumens.This is just great output of such a small light.
The user interface is also changed and now is even more convenient and easy to use.
I tested this light in the last month,I used it as EDC light and when I were outdoor late at night to take beamshots.Olight S10 L2 was very helpful light.



Simple and practical design with straight lines makes it excellent choice of an EDC flashlight.
Beautiful matte,black finish,excellent anodizing all over the body.
Big,convenient,easy to use ‘electronic’ type side switch.It has a quiet click sound.
Good sturdy pocket clip-removable.

The S10 L2 comes in a nice transparent plastic package.

Accessories-very nice lanyard,split ring,two spare O-rings,black silicon pad to replace the magnet in the tail(if you want to remove it),User Manual.

Specifications (from Olight website)
a)Aviation grade aluminum body, with anti-scratch type III hard anodizing.
b)Updated the LED to the latest Cree XM-L2.
c)There are four brightness levels: Moon-light, low, middle and high. These levels can be memorized when the light turned off; one special mode: strobe.
d)Under off status, single click will turn on the light, quick double clicking can get high brightness, triple-click enable strobe mode, while long time press enable moon light.
e)With strong magnet in the end of tail, the flashlight can be stick on the iron surface. The magnet can be removed and replaced by users.
f)Invertible U-shape embrace clip.
g)Stainless steel head ring, which can bear higher tensile impaction
h)Flat tail cap, can be easily head stood.
i)S10 has high efficient synchronous boost-buck driver circuit, perfectly support CR123A & RCR123A battery.
j)Time based thermal management, after lighting on high mode for 4.5 minutes, the output ramps down to 50% of high brightness to avoid overheating.

Dimension
Length 70,5mm
Diameter 23mm
Weight 42gr
Nice compact flashlight.


Flat tail cap for secure tail-standing.


Compared to other CR123 EDC flashlights.
JETBeam RRT-0 and Sunwayman S10R.

Nitecore RCR123A on the left,AA battery on the right.

Nitecore RCR123A,Olight S10 L2,Sunwayman S10R,Jetbeam RRT-0,Klarus RS16,AA battery.



Very good machining.Excellent anodizing and knurling.I like the square shape knurling.Provides very good grip and is easy to clean.
Triangular-cut threads,very well made.Anodized for wear resistance.

There is a strong magnet under the spring in the tail.It gives a great possibility of attaching the flashlight to metal objects and hands free use.
The magnet can be easily removed with tweezers.
The battery tube is of good thickness.
Reverse polarity protection in the head.

The battery tube is sized for standard CR123A batteries and longer protected 16340 batteries don’t fit.
I use a Nitecore NL166 battery.It has minimal dimensions for protected battery and fits well.

The S10 L2 is equipped with the latest and most efficient LED,Cree XM-L2.
Aluminum orange peel reflector for smooth floody beam.
Diameter 16 mm.
Ultra clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating.
Thick stainless steel bezel protects the glass and reflector from impact.

Perfectly centered LED.

User Interface
The UI is simple-convenient and easy to remember.
4 constant brightness modes and one flashing mode-Strobe (10Hz).
High 400 Lumens / 1h 15min
Mid 85 Lumens / 7,5h
Low 5 Lumens /108h
Moonlight 0,5 Lumens / 360h

Press the side switch to activate/deactivate the light.

Press and hold the switch to cycle thru the different brightness levels Low-Mid-High(repeating in this order).
To activate Strobe-quick double press from any mode.Press and hold the switch to return to the previously used mode.Short click will turn off the light!
Olight S10 L2 memorizes the last used mode and next time when you turn on the light,it will start with the last used mode.
It does not memorize Strobe mode.

There is a very nice feature in the new L2 version of the S10 flashlight for quick access to High and Moonlight mode.
From Off, press and hold the switch for 1 second to activate Moonlight mode.(Actually this is the only way to activate Moonlight mode)
From Off, quick double press activates High mode directly.It’s a very useful EDC feature.
There is also locking function. From OFF,press and hold the switch for more than a second (the Moonlight mode will start and stop) to lock the switch.
To unlock,press and hold for a second will activate Moonligh and the switch is then unlocked.(the flashlight comes always on Moonlight mode after unlocking)
This is good protection of accidental activating the light when carried in the pocket.

Runtime and measurements

I tested the flashlight with a Nitecore RCR123A battery.
Battery voltage(no load)=4,16V
Current draw
I High= 960mA
I Mid= 156mA
I Low= 18mA
I Moonlight =8mA

When the light is off,it is actually in stand by mode and takes a little current 5 μA for that.This is a really low value,so it will not affect the battery lasting.

The S10 L2 makes a brightness step down after 4 minutes on High.
This is made to protect the flashlight from overheating.
After the step down the brightness is flat for about 45 minutes.Excellent result
And then a little surprising cut-off.


Measurements taken with a lux meter.

The four current draw levels in percentages.

HD Video
No voice,but added annotations.


Turn on the annotations.

Beamshots

The light from the XM-L2 LED used here is warmer tint than most flashlights I’ve tested.It is not clean white color.
Floody beam with big hotspot and quite enough throw for EDC use.The hotspot is very bright used at close distance.

1 meter,White wall,1/20 sec,WB Cloudy

Olight S10 L2 Low-Medium-High

Comparing to other flashlights. Distance 30 meters.

As usual I tested the waterproofness of the Olight S10 L2.
Waterproof IPX-8 rated.
Olight S10 successfully passed the test without any problem.No leaks,no fog under the lens.
Fully functional,even if it is wet.




The magnet in the tail provides many possibilities for attaching this small light to different objects.
This makes it very useful hands free light.

My full equipment. :bigsmile:

A few 3D pictures for the fans! 8)

Check out the 3D spring, it is very attractive. 8)

Link to the gallery,to see these 3D pictures in full size and with black surrounding.
http://flic.kr/s/aHsjJUaxgL

Thanks For Reading!

Olight S10 L2 Baton was provided by Olight for test and review.

Edited by: sb56637 on 09/02/2017 - 12:01
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Nice review, thanks Smile
Those 3D pics are interesting Smile

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Thanks for another great review for a really good little light.

The low mode should be lower.

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awsome photos and review ! Smile

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Thanks! Wink
The second 3D picture has very successful,deep background. When you move left,right only the background moves. :bigsmile:

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I bought one of these on the 15th from an eBay seller and it arrived today in the UK. He has them listed for about £23 ($35) and last years version, but I got this years XM-L2 version.

Very good service IMO, I would buy from him again.

Excellent review.

Here’s the advert: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Olight-S10-Baton-Compact-Size-Flashligth-Torch...LED-15-days-/140969839334?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item20d2750ae6

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gregs656 wrote:
I bought one of these on the 15th from an eBay seller and it arrived today in the UK. He has them listed for about £23 ($35) and last years version, but I got this years XM-L2 version.

Very good service IMO, I would buy from him again.

Excellent review.

Here’s the advert: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Olight-S10-Baton-Compact-Size-Flashligth-Torch...LED-15-days-/140969839334?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item20d2750ae6

Just want to say I’d already looked at that listing, however I took a chance on your advice, for which I must now thank you! Indeed it was an L2 that turned up!! It arrived this morning from HK, not bad only 11 days and that was including weekends, very good service.

Anyway, stuck one of the awaiting freshly topped up 123’s in and took it out in the pitch dark to try it. I must say the moonlight mode is great, just enough to see by. Then I put it on full power and well…. my reaction was two words, and the second one was “ME” !!!

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Moonlight mode on this flashlight is pretty useful in full darkness. And the best thing is that it can be activated directly from Off anytime when needed. No need to cycle through all modes. This feature makes the flashlight twice more useful.
Enjoy it! 8)

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Sucks it doesn’t have real thermal regulation Sad

You’d think when they updated to XML2 they woulda done that.

-Jamie M.

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toysareforboys wrote:
Sucks it doesn’t have real thermal regulation Sad

You’d think when they updated to XML2 they woulda done that.

-Jamie M.


I think all lights should be thermally regulated,because manufacturer don’t know where we’ll use the flashlight.
But probably they are not ready for that and could cause more problems than benefits.Just my opinion. Steve
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FlashLion wrote:
I think all lights should be thermal regulated,because manufacturer don’t know where we’ll use the flashlight.
But probably they are not ready for that and could cause more problems than benefits.Just my opinion. Steve

My new Zebralight SC600w MKii L2 is fully thermally regulated, I was hoping I would see that show up in a bunch of the new generation lights Sad

-Jamie M.

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toysareforboys wrote:
FlashLion wrote:
I think all lights should be thermal regulated,because manufacturer don't know where we'll use the flashlight. But probably they are not ready for that and could cause more problems than benefits.Just my opinion. :steve:
My new Zebralight SC600w MKii L2 is fully thermally regulated, I was hoping I would see that show up in a bunch of the new generation lights Sad -Jamie M.

At twice the price or more, the ZL should be fully thermally regulated.

The low mode should be lower.

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the 3D picture make me dizzy :~

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Thanks FlashLion for another nice review. Fantastic pictures as usual.

 

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spark001uk wrote:

Just want to say I’d already looked at that listing, however I took a chance on your advice, for which I must now thank you! Indeed it was an L2 that turned up!! It arrived this morning from HK, not bad only 11 days and that was including weekends, very good service.

Anyway, stuck one of the awaiting freshly topped up 123’s in and took it out in the pitch dark to try it. I must say the moonlight mode is great, just enough to see by. Then I put it on full power and well…. my reaction was two words, and the second one was “ME” !!!

Glad you like it. It’s a complete bargain at that price, I think.

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zelee wrote:
the 3D picture make me dizzy :~

Sorry :bigsmile:
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Nice review! I just had to buy one just now,to make company for my 3 day old Fenix PD-12. One can never have too many lights!! Thanks,HB

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Wow FlashLion, great review! Very professional. This light to me, seems to be the perfect EDC. Side switch, (which I love in lights), simple UI, very small and powerful. What’s not to like? Smile

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Gebe wrote:
Wow FlashLion, great review! Very professional. This light to me, seems to be the perfect EDC. Side switch, (which I love in lights), simple UI, very small and powerful. What’s not to like? Smile

The green tint. …the only the holding me back :/
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wonderful review!

I regret selling mine Sad

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
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Can’t wait for mine to arrive. Great review!

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Still loving mine. It’s a great light – I had thought about taking the magnet out, but it had proved useful.

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I have the original S10 version, which I modded to upgrade the emitter to a 500k XML2 T6 neutral. Great light. I love the new shortcut the L2 version has to max.

The S10 is one of the best pocket EDC lights available.

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I think so. It doesn’t seem to get much attention though?

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Reflection wrote:
Gebe wrote:
Wow FlashLion, great review! Very professional. This light to me, seems to be the perfect EDC. Side switch, (which I love in lights), simple UI, very small and powerful. What’s not to like? Smile
The green tint. …the only the holding me back :/

I just received mine a few days ago and it has a definite green tint in all modes. Not excessive but the green is there.

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Gebe wrote:
Reflection wrote:
Gebe wrote:
Wow FlashLion, great review! Very professional. This light to me, seems to be the perfect EDC. Side switch, (which I love in lights), simple UI, very small and powerful. What’s not to like? Smile
The green tint. …the only the holding me back :/

I just received mine a few days ago and it has a definite green tint in all modes. Not excessive but the green is there.

Oh yeah. I had this problem with my L1 S10 model. I fixed it by replacing the emitter and the lens.

I read that they changed the lens in the L2 model. Supposedly the beam is still slightly greenish, but nowhere near as bad as it was originally.

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The green tint is most definitely less severe than with the XM-L emitter, the S20 I had was quite green. The S10 I’ve got is slightly green in moonlight and low BUT I don’t think it makes any difference when you actually use the light. I generally use moonlight in the middle of the night, part of my business is looking after people’s dogs while they are away, and this often involves getting up in the middle of the night if the dog wakes me up for what ever reason – I promise you that at the times you need to use moonlight, you don’t notice the tint – but it is lovely to have a mode that doesn’t blind you!

Low is not much use out side, it just isn’t quite bright enough in my opinion (for walking) and the very slight green tint is not noticeable indoors when you are using the light on low, say for finding something or lighting up a tight space and so on.

I also think with current controlled lights you are going to have to accept some tint shift.

Its a practical light, a real user.

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gregs656 wrote:

I also think with current controlled lights you are going to have to accept some tint shift.
….

Agreed… for lower power settings. At max power there shouldn’t be much tint shift and I expect to not see any green tint.

Most of the greenish tint from the original S10 wasn’t caused by the emitter. It was actually caused by the coatings on the lens. Replacing the lens fixes it pretty easily.

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Agreed… for lower power settings. At max power there shouldn’t be much tint shift and I expect to not see any green tint.

Most of the greenish tint from the original S10 wasn’t caused by the emitter. It was actually caused by the coatings on the lens. Replacing the lens fixes it pretty easily.

Yes I have read that. As I say, the slight green tint on mine is only perceptible on moonlight and low.

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I agree with all the above statements concerning the green tint. My example though is green in all modes but I will say it’s less in high.

However, it doesn’t bother me in real world use but if it was any greener, I would have sent it back.

I still say, (even with the green in mine), it’s a dynamite little light especially with the side switch. The build quality is excellent and the UI is so simple which I really like. I also like the extra bonus of the magnet in the tail as it does come in handy occasionally.

I have a Nitecore EA4 that I never use because, (to me), the UI is way more complicated than it should be and every time I go to use it, I can’t remember the UI drill.

Again, even though there is the green, I can’t recommend this light more highly for someone who wants a tiny, easy to use, quality built light that they can put in their pocket and hardly know it’s there.

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