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Olight i1R 2 PRO review: keychain flashlight test
Olight i1R 2 PRO specifications
|Brand/model||Olight i1R 2 PRO stars & stripes|
|Max. Lumens||180 lm|
|Max. Beam intensity / distance||580 cd|
|Review date||June 2022|
Do you love stars & stripes? And are you looking for a new keychain light? Well, then this review might be for you.
Olight upgraded the Olight i1R 2 EOS with the Olight i1R 2 PRO to increase the maximum output from 150 lumens to 180 lumens, while the lowest mode stayed at 5 lumens. Besides the increased maximum output, Olight upgraded the charging port from Micro-USB to USB-C, and also made The one in this review has the exact same specifications as the i1R 2 PRO, but with a unique coating. So even though this review is for the limited Stars & Stripes edition, it should perform the same as the original ones.
If you’re into they tiny lights, don’t forget to check out our buyer’s guide of the best small flashlights.
While Olight ships most of its flashlights with interesting and good quality packaging, the i1R 2 PRO uses a rather simple one. But for the price point, I don’t really complain. So, what’s inside the package?
- The flashlight: Olight i1R 2 PRO
- USB-A to C cable
- Keychain attachment ring
Flashlight in use
These flashlights have a particular use case in mind: hang it on your keys. The battery capacity and size won’t make it an everyday use, but you can carry it in your pocket any day, and anywhere you want.
This is great as a backup light, finding something in your car, truck, or when you drop something at night. It’s still much better than a phone light, because it has a much nicer beam, throws farther, and you can drop it.
The twisting for activation and mode switching is quite easy, but since it’s such a small flashlight, it might be a bit uncomfortable handling. I wished they added a magnet at the bottom so you can attach it to metal. You can buy a unique hat clip and a magnetic mount for the i1R at Etsy, but I don’t think it fits the PRO version? Even though it’s pretty small, it’s still bigger than its predecessor.
Also, this limited edition light is almost too nice to put on your keys.
Build Quality, and Warranty
You can’t disassemble the i1r 2 PRO, since that would expose the battery and the internals. That would also void your warranty, and likely increase the risk of breaking something. Everything is tightly packed on the inside, so I wouldn’t recommend trying to open it.
The keychain ring is the only thing you can remove from the light. It’s adequate enough for on your keychains.
The anodization seems to be a bit sensitive for wear and scuffs. I noticed some spots after just a bit of use. It doesn’t look like I can remove them, so if you want to keep it in pristine condition, put it on your shelves.
When you unscrew the 2 parts of the flashlight, they are held together with some sort of invisible ring. The USB-C port is now uncovered and you can charge the light. At first it looked like there is no room to inswer the USB cable, but the included cable has no problem attaching.
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LED, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector
Nope, Olight doesn’t mention the brand, type, bin or anything of the emitter used in the i1R 2 PRO. Some people might be able to tell what type of LED it is by looking at it, but I’m not 100% sure.
But fortunately, I have a little tool that can measure several things, like CRI, CCT etc. I’m talking about the Opple Light Master III (or PRO). So it can give a good indication of what kind/quality of light it produces.
If you just look at the beam, you can see a very clear hotspot and weak spill. Althought the drop off isn’t too harsh, you can clearly see where the edge of the hotspot is. And if I look carefully, I can see a slight tint shifting in some parts of the hotspot.
Anyway, here are the measurement with the Opple:
- CCT: 4952K
- Ra (CRI): 70.9
- DUV: -0.0006
These numbers show that the beam temperature is relatively cold, with a normal, low CRI, and DUV just below the BBL.
Dimensions and size comparison
|Length (turned off, shortest)||52.3 mm||2.06 “|
|Length (turned on, shortest, high mode)||51.56 mm||2.03 “|
|Length (fully extended)||62mm||2.44 “|
|Head + body diameter||16.3 mm||0.64 “|
The body and head diameter are the same. The shortest length would be with high mode activated, so carrying the light would mean it’s about 1 mm longer.. not really much different.
|Weight in grams||Weight inOz.|
|With battery||22.4 grams||0.79 oz.|
Keychain Flashlight comparison
Size compared the some of the best keychain flashlights
Group 1: Olight i1R 2 EOS vs Olight i1R 2 PRO.
Driver & User Interface:
Just like the previous version, the PRO has only 2 modes. It’s a twisty: tighten the head slightly to enter Low, and tighten completely for High.
- Low, High
- Tighten slightly: low mode
- Tighten completely: high mode
- Unscrew to turn off
- No shortcuts
Blinky modes menu:
Low battery warning:
- The light reduces output, so you have enough time to recharge the battery.
- No electronic lockout, just unscrew the head to turn it off
- Not visible by eye
Batteries & Charging
Olight upgraded from Micro USB on the i1R 2 EOS to USB-C on the i1R 2 PRO. That’s a good choice, because USB-C is a much safer type of connecter because you can connect it both ways, unlike a Micro-USB connector, which only fits 1 way.
The included cable is a USB-A to USB-C, and that’s totally fine for me, because most USB ports on cars, airplanes, busses, RVs, trucks, laptops, desktops, printers, monitors, TVs, etc. have USB-A.
There is a red indicator LED lit during charge, and it turns green when finished. After a while, the green light also turns off.
The battery is built-in and has a total capacity of 130mAh, which is pretty low. Therefore, according to specs, the runtime on High is less than 30 minutes, and 12 hours on Low. And according to the technical details, it’s a 10220 type lithium-Ion battery.
Charging a pretty drained i1R 2 PRO takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes, and the charge current is about 100mA. About 150mAh went into the battery, according to my USB meter.
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.
|Mode||Specs||@ turn on||30 seconds||10 minutes|
|High||180 lm||226 lm||209 lm||151 lm|
My unit performed quite a bit better than specs. That’s unlike the predecessor, that claimed an output of 150 lumens, but measured at 122 lumens. The output was still over 200 lumens after 30 seconds.
- Impossible to measure
Runtime: Battery life
The runtime test was done with the 50cm integrating sphere, including the Kenko Pro1D ND-16 filter and Extech SDL400 data logging Lux Meter.
|Mode||Specified runtime||Measured runtime (ANSI FL1)||Time till shut off|
ANSI FL1 standards: The runtime is measured until the light drops to 10% of its initial output (30 seconds after turn on). This does not mean that the flashlight is not usable anymore. The last column shows how long the light actually works till it shuts off. * If there is a + symbol, it means that the test was stopped at that particular point, but the light was actually still running. This happens with certain drivers, firmware, or batteries. It is not recommended to run batteries flat, because that could damage the batteries/battery.
Throw Measurement: Peak beam intensity and beam distance
Measurements were taken indoors at 3 meters with a Hagner E4-X Lux Meter. The lowest mode is too weak to measure at 10 meters, or even 5 meters. They were taken 30 seconds after turn on, in line with the ANSI FL1 standards.
|Mode||Specs||Candela measured||in meters||in yards|
Extra info: Peak beam distance according to ANSI FL1 standards: The calculated value of distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. (0.25 lux is about the brightness of a full moon shining on an object).
For the following beamshots I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk2 and a 50mm lens. manual settings: ISO1600, 1/30sec , F4, 5000K
The wall is about 5 meters away, and the fence about 4 meters.
btw. I repainted the wall a few months ago, so the latest images are looking a bit different. Also, the white isn’t perfectly white, but a little greyish, compared to the previous white painting.
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.
- Very nice stars & stripes design
- Plenty bright for a keychain light
- No PWM
- Includes USB-C cable
- Bigger than its predecessor
- The battery is not replaceable
Explanation on star ratings:
1: Avoid: my phone flashlight would be a better choice – 2: Poor: significant defect or issues; almost unusable – 3: Average: some defects or issues; but still usable 4: Good: recommended (minor issues) – 5: Great: highly recommended
5 stars: ★★★★★
It’s almost too nice to carry.
The i1R 2 PRO has a few advantages over the older i1R 2 EOS. These include a slightly bigger battery (70mAh vs 130mAh), a longer runtime, higher output, more throw, and USB-C charging.
The only thing that could keep anybody from buying this over the i1R 2 EOS is the bulkier size, and slightly more weight.