NOTE: This is a mere tabletop review of a product which as of this writing has only been with me less than a week. Everything written down here are mere first impressions and questions about durability or endurance will only be speculative.
First off, let me thank Armscor Global Defense Inc. for inviting me to speak at the “Tactical, Survival and Arms” or TACS Expo Part 1 for which I received this Olight S2R Baton II as a token of their appreciation for my participation in the TACS.
|The Olight S2R Baton II (center) along with my modest|
collection of high-output torches.
The flashlight trend lately has become pretty much an “arms race” of illuminating power. Admittedly, I was one of those who fell for firepower before I realized that “runtime” is more essential when it comes to survival situations. Mind you, I still own and carry a couple of high-output torches specifically for tactical or search and rescue purposes.
This is exactly why I am extremely pleased with the Olight S2R Baton II. Its illuminating power is broken down into 6 modes: Turbo (1150-400 lm); High (400 lm); Medium (120 lm); Low (15 lm); and Strobe; but what really turned me on is the “Moon” mode which throws a mere 0.5 lumens which makes it perfect for EMTs and medical professionals who need to do pupil checks. The strobe is also especially useful in directing traffic or increasing one’s visibility should the need present itself during a 10-52 call.
|The S2R Baton II is just about as compact as the Lumintop|
"Tool AA" (top) and the Xeno E03 (bottom)
On paper, the S2R Baton II boasts of many technical features but what impressed me the most is how compact the torch is considering that it packs a full-sized, 18650P battery. Size-wise, the S2R Baton II is just about as big—or small—as my Xeno E03 which runs on AA-cell batteries. That’s a big plus factor especially for a high output torch! At least now, I have a blaster which weighs only about a third of my full-sized torches.
The proprietary magnetic charger is also a big plus in terms of convenience. The charging device itself can be plugged into any USB port, mobile phone charger or power bank and the battery cell does not need to be taken out of the torch body. This lessens the wear and tear on the cap threads and the battery cell itself and since everyone most likely carries a mobile phone, charging should not be a problem for as long as one remembers to bring the magnetic cable along.
The S2R Baton II also comes with a 2-way belt clip so the torch can be carried with the bulb in either the “Up” or “Down” position. Honestly, I am not fond of the “clip-on" clip as this can come off if it gets snagged. Taking the clip off can also cause unsightly blemishes so I left it on but I let the torch slide bulb-down in the pocket tethered to a lanyard.
|Size comparison between the S2R Baton II (18650P cell) |
and Xeno E03 (AA-cell):
Overall, the S2R Baton II covers a lot of my needs especially as an EMT or rescuer. Full-featured and compact; It definitely fills the role of EDC torch in my book and pretty much a Swiss Army Knife of flashlights.