S10R III Baton and S30R III Baton: 2 Old New Olight Flashlights

Thanks to Foong of Mount Xplorer Outdoor Gear, received a S10R III Baton and a S30R III Baton for testing and review.

The release of this 2 flashlights seems like an act to fulfill a promise of Olight to release an updated version of S10R II and S30R II. The strangest thing is the S10R III instead of using XM-L2, it’s using an SST-40 LED. Except for a key different, this 2 flashlights have a redundant sibling, S1R and S2R. The key difference is S10R and S30R is using reflector instead of TIR lens found in S1R and S2R.

See the following tables for a brief comparisons between S10R III vs S1R and S30R III vs S2R:

Due to different beam shaping/profile system, it’s down to whether you want a more throwy light with smaller hotspot or a generally less throwy light with a big hotspot. In fact, in my opinion, this 2 lights should’ve been release prior to S1R and S2R!

Let’s see some beamshots (~20 meters away from tree top, f/3.5, exp. 1/2 sec, ISO-400):

From the above beamshots, although it may not be very clear the S10R III beamshots compare to others, but from the S30R III vs S2R pictures, you can see the centre hotspot of S30R III is brighter but coverage area is lesser when compare to S2R.

Following is some subtle differences between S10R III and S30R III besides the physical appearance and brightness:

I’ve given up on documenting Olight’s UI since the S1R release as they keep changing the UI for every new light release. There are only 2 things that remain consistent among their electronic side switch UI, the on/off and mode cycle.

Let us now look at some unboxing pics. First the box…


The flashlight… S10R III…

although it looks like the high discharge 550mAh battery used in S1R Turbo S, it is actually a normal 650mAh RCR123A customized for recharging in S10R III. I would not recommend to use this battery (163C06) in S1R Turbo S, although the S1R battery (163C05) could be used in S10R III.

Lockout indicator on S10R III… a Red LED flashes up for a short while when light is in lockout mode.

On S30R III, the lockout indicator is a quick moon mode flash.


Comparisons to other flashlights…

About S30R III Tailcap…
The sample S30R III I receive has a defective tailcap, it does not turn on nor change, using multimeter to probe…

no continuity at this 2 points whereas there is continuity between this 2 points in S2R tailcap. So I had to use S2R tailcap for this S30R III testing.

Now, I’m leaving the best to the last… the MicroDok III.

very strong suction cap, and there are 3 of them at the bottom.

when charging…

when finish charging…

The USB charging dock is actually pretty good. It can also be used to charge S1R and S2R faster than the Magnetic Charging Cable which only offers 750ma charging current while this can charge at 1A. Fast and convenient. With the strong magnet at the S-series tailcap, you can even charge it upside-down if you want to (provided you can securely attach the suction cap)… not that I would recommend you to do so…

In conclusion, I’m pretty impress with the S30R III Baton despite the problem with the tailcap… the S10R III? err… not so much… well, after we experience the 900 burning lumens of S1R Turbo S, this S10R III?!! meh… honestly, they should have release the S10R III right after their S1A as both have the same brightness, release a similar form factor (CR123A-size) light after you release a scorching 900 lumens S1R and yet max out at a lower 600 lumens seems like a step backward… even-though I personally think the heat generated with currently used LED (XM-L2) at 900 lumens in such a small form factor light will likely shorten the LED and battery life.

Just finish a runtime test of S10R III moon mode, ~15.1 days, light runs until off. Nice...
My concern is, the included rechargeable battery protection circuit was tripped and reads 0V upon removal from the light.
Is this good for the battery? I'll leave it to you to conclude.

So this only works with those special Olight batteries which need a protection board to survive the short circuits it will make…
And what happens when you put the battery in the ‘normal’ way and you put it on the dock?

by 'normal' you mean putting in the battery positive terminal (button-side) towards the head?

if that is what 'normal' means, then nothing will happen. seriously, nothing. you can't switch on the light, you can't charge the battery. sitting the light on the charging dock will not trigger any charging action as there is no connectivity (circuit still open) between the positive and negative terminal to the battery in the tailcap.

btw, imo, there is nothing 'abnormal' about putting in the battery positive terminal (button-side) pointing towards the tailcap. Inova flaslight does that too. and for us ol'faithful incandescent folks, we still remember the good ol'day when the incandescent bulb works both way.

That’s why i wrote ‘normal’ not normal. :slight_smile:
But we’re used to put the cell in head first.
But i see the positive contact of the tailcap is recessed, which is actually the obvious thing to do, so it won’t cause problems when the battery is reversed.

It would be interesting if you compared the version 2 models to the new 3’s.


yes, you’re right, it would be… I do not have the version 2 on hand… in fact, I lost track of the Olight releases after their i3-series until being contacted to share my opinion with their newer release. What I do know is the the S10/S30 version 2 has charging problems with the tailcap which they corrected in this version 3. But in doing so, they introduce a new challenge in the tailcap design… for which… was informed just a couple of days ago that it is now enhanced/fixed in the MxR series.