I’ve been using Olight S2 Baton as EDC for years. I carry a headlamp in backpack when camping, but rarely use it.
80% of the time that I use the Baton, I clip the light on a baseball hat brim so low weight and reverse clip are huge factors.
I definitely like the TIR beam shape.
UI is ok, definitely do not want Andruil. Low does not need to be moonlight.
No usb charging - not worth the weight or potentially higher parasitic drain.
The one aspect I’d most like to improve is CRI (or even just warmer tint). Slightly more lumens on high would be welcome, but really I try to use a different light for that case to preserve the EDC battery.
I’m not finding a light that is better? Am I stuck doing the somewhat destructive mod (removing bezel) to my trusty baton? If so, what higher CRI emitter can I reflow to original board that has nearly the same output but higher CRI/warmer?
Edit, what is currently the highest capacity 18650? I’m guessing just about any can handle the amps on high, so I might as well improve run time.
Interesting, I’d never seen the TK18. 15% heavier, but I’d probably barely notice that. Would be great if it had side switch, I forgot to mention that. Makes operating when on a hat easier than a tail switch.
I edcd the S2 Baton for four years, from Feb 2016 to Feb 1020, and when I finally decided to upgrade to a little bit bigger, I bought lots of single 18650/21700/26650 lights to see which one I would like the most. I finally decided on D4V2 W2.
The D4V2 W2 beat out the EC50, P60 quad XP-L, MK34, MMU-X3 50.2, TM9K, NSX53, FW3 & FW4 W2, MS03, MT07, KR190.2, FT02S, and FW21Pro90.2. It was a tough decision, because I really like all of the others a lot.
My second carry light, 21700, is the EC03. I still love and occasionally rotate carry the others.
Is the d4v2 50% heavier empty? I should try some similar lights on my cap just to see what weight is acceptable.
I will check out OTR. Just higher Cri and the best cell would be awesome, if it saves me a few hours modifying. I like doing some mods but this baton seems like a PITA. I definitely don’t want olights new versions.
Like you, I use my EDC on my cap bill and always have. Nice thing about the OTR is that they have the same style clip as the older Olights. The forward swoop of the clip shifts the center of gravity rearward so the light doesn’t feel like a lead ball hanging off your cap bill.
Seems like the On The Road U18 v4 is exactly my specs except TIR. Maybe I could find a TIR that fits. I like the wide hot spot they give, works great w/ low modes.
Haven’t found a review for the xhp50 or sst-40. I definitely don’t want 6500k, but maybe I’ll get xhp50 and swap in a higher CRI emitter. Looking at tests it seems like the xhp50 4000k is more efficient than sst-40, though maybe not enough to matter.
S2 baton clips fits the S11C body very well. Zoom head rubs on it slightly, but not really any harder to adjust. I’m going to have to open one up and see about the driver. Needs at least one lower mode.
Somehow I think I’ll end up with the U18 and the M200. It never ends!
If you want a similar U/I to your Olight, then the Wurkkos FC11 would be a reasonable option. Samsung LH351D emitter available in multiple color temperatures. Grab a Sofirn 18350 tube to swap out with the FC11s 18650 tube when you want to mount it on your hat. I have one set up in each configuration.
Legacy. There were larger lights that OLIGHT put out with the Baton name. Then they made these mini versions like the S1, S2, S10, S15… still using Baton. I guess because it’s the same basic design / UI.
I agree, great light. Skilhunt has made some really decent affordable flashlights. I have an H03 and keep meaning to picking up an M200 at some point. The magnetic charging works very well and it’s so nice not having to shove a metal plug into a socket and risk bending/breaking.
You are correct on the clip. I have so many lights with different styles of clips that it is not a consideration for me. I just move the clips between lights. As a matter of fact, I have one from an Olight S2R baton II on one of my FC11s now.