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Olight Baton 3 TI Summer Review: (Limited Edition) EDC Flashlight
Olight Baton 3 s1r III specifications
|Brand/model||Olight Baton 3 Ti Limited Edition|
|Beam intensity||6,889 cd|
|Battery config.||1*16340 (proprietary)|
|Review date||November 2021|
Several months ago, we reviewed the Olight Baton 3 premium edition, and Olight asked us to review the new, limited edition. Sometimes there are slight differences between a ‘regular’ and a ‘limited edition,’ but according to the specifications, they look identical. Keep in mind that this could also be referred to as the Olight S1R III baton.
The Summer Limited Edition also includes a wireless charging device named: Baton 3 Wireless Charger. It looks similar to the one of the Baton 3 we reviewed earlier. The only difference is the color and finish, I think. Again, Olight is setting itself apart from the competition with these types of innovations. Besides working as a regular charger, it also has a battery that can wirelessly charge the Baton 3. Keep in mind, the charger is specifically designed for the Baton 3, although you can still charge the Baton 2 with some sidenotes. I’ll add more details later on.
Its packaging is just like we are used to from Olight. High quality with just the number of necessary accessories. Inside the box, you find the following:
- The Olight Baton 3 Titanium flashlight
- Blue Baton 3 Wireless Charger
- USB-A to USB-C cord for charging the power bank/ wireless charger
- Olight 16340 battery (Proprietary, and installed)
- Microfibre cleaning cloth
- Battery insulator warning
- Warranty card/manual
Flashlight in use
The Baton 3 uses a single 16340 battery and is, therefore, a pretty small flashlight. If you have large hands, it could be a bit difficult to operate it. In that case, you’re better off getting a 18650 flashlight, like the Olight Warrior Mini 2.
The Olight Baton 3 comes with a portable charger.
Another way to carry it is by using the 2-way pocket clip. Because the light is so tiny, you can clip it to the visor of your baseball cap, and work like a headlamp.
Tthere is a tiny hole in the pocket clip where you can attach a lanyard. The hole is located close to the place where the clip attaches to the flashlight. Olight doesn’t include a lanyard in the box.
And as a backup, you can attach the tailcap to something metal using the built-in magnet.
Oh, and don’t forget to remove the insulating film inside the charger and the flashlight. The one inside the charger is pretty apparent upon opening the lid, but the one inside the flashlight isn’t that obvious. And just because of that, Olight added a yellow warning card to make you aware. Like with the original Baton 3, the clip gets in the way while unscrewing or tightening the body.
The wireless Baton 3 charger could be a good choice while on the road, and you don’t want to carry around an 18650 flashlight. The battery inside the wireless charger has a total capacity of 3500mAh, while the 16340 battery has 550mAh.
Build Quality, and Warranty
In terms of build quality, it is a typical Olight flashlight. This means its build quality is high. There are no sharp edges or any blemishes on the flashlight.
But since this is Titanium, the threads are a bit squeaky. I didn’t notice it was Titanium until I opened it up. Also, re-attaching the body is not easy with the pocket clip installed; keep that in mind.
There’s a pretty robust and non-removable magnet built into the tailcap. Keep this in mind if you want to pocket carry it.
I’m not so sure how strong the wireless charger is. Although I couldn’t find any defects, it feels a bit lightweight. Out of the box, it looks gorgeous, though.
Within five years of purchase: Return the product to Olight, and we will repair or replace it as long as the light is not working because of factory defects. This does not include obvious user wear or extreme damage.
After 5 years of purchase: Return the product to Olight and we will repair or replace it. We will assess the fees involved and will let you know once we receive it. More details can be seen here: https://olightworld.com/olight-warranty
LED, Lens, Bezel, and Reflector
Olight doesn’t usually say much about the type of LED they use. But this time, the color temperature is actually printed on the bezel of the Baton 3, which is quite unusual. Mine has a cool white emitter with a temperature of 6000-7000K. A color temperature of 7000K is actually really cold and maybe unpleasant to some. But when I use the flashlight, it doesn’t seem blueish at all. So that’s a pro.
I just tested it with my Opple Light Master 3, and it measured between 5500 and 5800, which isn’t too bad. And an Ra of 66.5, which is also normal, not High CRI.
The bezel is impossible to remove by hand. So, you can’t look behind the TIR optic at the actual LED. That being said, you can see some characteristics of the LED, and to my understanding, it looks like a Luminus SST40 LED. It has those lines on the LED board, that are visible on SST40 LEDs.
The TIR optic almost looks like a reflector with a translucent centerpiece. The translucent center makes it hard to clearly see the LED. Because of this type of TIR, the beam has a very distinct (large) hot spot with a smooth spill that has no rings.
Dimensions and size comparison
- Length: 63.05 mm / 2.48 ”
- Head diameter: 21.1 mm / 0.83 ”
- Body diameter: 19.5 mm / 0.76 ”
- Empty no clip: 40.1 g / 1.42 oz
- clip: 5.2g / 0.18 oz.
- With battery+clip: 63.9 g / 2.25 oz
EDC Flashlight comparison
Image 1: Olight Baton 3 titanium vs Olight Baton 3 aluminum
Image 3: Olight flashlights: Olight Baton 3, Olight i5R EOS, Olight Warrior Mini Ti Summer, Olight Warrior Mini 2, Olight Warrior M2R PRO.
Driver & User Interface:
Olight uses its own drivers and user interfaces. They are usually pretty well thought out, as you will see in the following section. Before we dive into this, I’d like to point out something special. The Baton 3 has 2 sleep timers. You can set the timer to 3 minutes and 9 minutes, besides the safety feature I just mentioned in the above section.
- Moon, Low, Medium, High, Turbo (Moon and Turbo are not part of the normal mode cycle)
- Single-click: to last used mode, mode memory
- Double click: Turbo
- Triple-click: Strobe
- Press and hold for 1sec: Moon mode
- Press and hold more than 2 sec: Lockout mode (repeat to deactivate again)
- Single-click: flashlight turns off
- Double click: Turbo
- Triple-click: Strobe
- Press and hold: changes output modes from low to high (excluding moon and turbo)
- Click + Click and hold: select the sleep timer in any mode.
- To Turbo: Double click from on and off
- To Moon: long press from off
- To Strobe: triple click from on and off
- To activate the sleep timer, you have to do a double click while holding the switch at the second click. In the Anduril manual, this is shown as 2H (2 clicks and hold the switch pressed at the second click). This doesn’t mean that the output reduces slowly, but it will just turn off at either 3 minutes or 9 minutes.
- When you activate the sleep timer, you see 1 blink (for 3 minutes) or 2 blinks (for 9 minutes). Just turn the light off to de-activate the timer.
- I don’t really understand the use case of this function, except if it was ramping down slowly, because that can be used as a bedside lamp.
- If you use the timer in Turbo, you will notice a decrease in output after 1 minute, because that’s the normal output drop.
- Yes, including Moon, not Turbo
- There is a 10 minutes memory for High. After 10 minutes the flashlight will turn on at Medium.
- Turbo has no memory, but will automatically turn on at High for the first 10 minutes after shutting of the flashlight. After those 10 minutes memory will bring it back on in Medium. This is another built in safety feature.
Blinky modes menu:
- Only strobe (3 clicks from either the On or Off position)
Low battery warning:
- The switch has a very small indicator LED that shows different colors for battery life.
- Green: 60-100%
- Orange: 10-60%
- Red: 5-10%
- Blinking red: 0-5%
- Press and hold the switch for more than 1 second when the flashlight is off.
- Not visible by eye.
Batteries & Charging : Olight Baton 3 Wireless Charger
The Baton 3 wireless charger is a case, specially designed for the Olight Baton (S1R) series. You can even charge the Olight S1R II (according to the manual). But the II edition doesn’t have the safety feature built-in.
The safety feature will de-activate the flashlight when you close the lid of the power bank. This feature only works with the Olight Baton 3 (S1R III), and doesn’t work with the S1R II.
The wireless charger has a capacity of 3500mAh, and is likely a 18650 battery. The battery inside the Baton 3 is a 550mAh IMR16340 with the code: ORB-16C05-10C and is a proprietary battery for the Olight Baton II and III. You can’t use a ‘normal 16340’ battery with this flashlight.
Charging with the wireless charger plugged in, takes over 2 hours at 2A. But when you insert the flashlight, and your USB power supply can only manage 1A, the charger will charge the flashlight before charging the charger battery.
And when the USB power supply can do 2A, it will charge the battery inside the Baton 3, and in the powerbank/wireless charger at the same time.
You can charge the flashlight inside the wireless charger with the lid closed. You won’t see any charging indicator unless you open the lid again.
Since the battery has a capacity of 550mAh and the wireless charger 3500mAh, you might assume that you can recharge the battery 6 times (6*550= 3300). In reality, there is a waste of energy during the charge, so you can only charge the 16340 three times.
The wrapper of this latest edition looks different from the Baton 3 we reviewed earlier.
All output numbers are relative to my homemade Integrating Sphere. It is set up with an Extech SDL400 Lux Meter for measurements including a Kenko PRO1D ND-16 filter. The base measurement is done with a Convoy S2+ that has been tested at 255 lumens.
The numbers in the 10 minutes column were taken from the runtime graph, and the other 2 measurements were taken manually.
|Mode||Specs||@ turn on||@ 30 sec||@10minutes|
Compared to the original, aluminum, version, the Titanium version produced a little less output, but not a difference you would notice by eye.
The runtime test was done with the 50cm integrating sphere, including the Kenko Pro1D ND-16 filter and Extech SDL400 data logging Lux Meter. The tests were done with the included 16340 550mAh battery.
First a comparison between the original aluminum version, and the Titanium version.
Turbo had the first major drop just before the 1-minute mark, when it dropped to roughly 280 lumens. After 1 hour and 16 minutes it drops down to roughly 61 lumens and then turns off at 1 hour and 18 minutes. (specs: 75 minutes)
High starts at roughly 292 lumens and continues that for almost 1 hour and 25 minutes when it drops to 61 lumens. It turns off at 1 hour and 29 minutes. (6 minutes shorter than the aluminum version I tested) (specs: 95 minutes)
Medium mode runs for 7 hours and 17 minutes straight at roughly 61 lumens till it thuts off. There is no step-down. This is 22 minutes shorter than the aluminum version. (specs: 7.5 hours)
Low runs for a ridiculous 32 hours and 17 minutes straight at roughly 11 lumens. It then turns off abruptly. (Olight advertised this mode at 33 hours, and it’s about 2 hours shorter from the aluminum version we tested)
I haven’t tested moon mode, but it is supposed to run for 20 days, and when I look at the above numbers, I think this is pretty trustworthy.
Measurements were taken indoors at 5 meters with a high-end Hagner E4-X Lux Meter. (after 30 seconds).
Moon wasn’t measured because it was just too dim at 5 meters.
- Titanium Baton 3 Ti summer indoors: 7250 cd / 170 meters / 186 yards of throw
- Regular Baton 3 indoors: 7675 cd = 175 meters / 192 yards of throw
Olight claimed an intensity of 6889 cd and 166 meters of throw for both models, and my measurements were higher.
For the following beamshots, I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk2 and a 50mm lens. manual settings: ISO1600, 1/4sec , F4, 5000K
The shed is about 65 meters / 71 yards away.
Disclaimer: This flashlight was sent to me for review at no cost by Olight. I have not been paid to review, nor have I been holding back on problems or defects.
- Limited edition with unique design features
- Plenty bright
- Wireless charging for on the road
- 2-way pocket clip
- Great runtimes
- The battery can only be recharged 3 times with a fully charged wireless charger.
- Small capacity battery
4.5 stars: ★★★★⋆
When you look at the quality and performance of this little flashlight, you must admit it’s pretty darn good. The runtime of up to 20 days from a 550mAh battery is also pretty awesome. The included wireless charger is a very nice idea, and I think you can’t go wrong with this flashlight kit if you don’t mind its tiny size, and small battery capacity.