Today I have another flashlight review for you. It has been a couple of off weeks due to the Summer but I think I have things back on track so I'm excited to get going. I picked the S1R Baton II up along with a few other flashlights a few weeks ago and I have been carrying it a lot. Let's take a look.
Length: 63 mm (2.48“)
Head Diameter: 21 mm (0.82“)
Body Diameter: 21 mm (0.82“)
Weight: 51 g (1.8oz)
Impact Resistance: Unknown
Control: Side Switch
Light Source: Cree XM-L2 CW
Power Source: CR123A/RCR123A
Reflector: TIR Reflector
Pocket Clip: Yes, Reversible
Additional Features: Magnetic Tail Cap for Charging, Small Lanyard Hole, Power Indicators, Lockout Mode
The biggest thing that I like about this knife is the magnetic recharging capability. That is the main reason that I picked it up, and I have not been disappointed. That ability has made keeping this light charged a breeze. I have not needed to recharge super often, but when it has gotten low I have been able to just throw it on the charger real quick and leave it overnight. Next I like the size overall, and how compact it feels. I have come to like the size of its big brother the S2R Baton II but this light has become a go to for when I want a smaller carry. Even then, it still isn't tiny and has some heft so it has come to fill that middle of the road area n my carry. Another feature that I like has been the ability to enable the lockout mode and keep the light from coming on in your pocket and running down the battery. I do not think that the texture really adds a ton of grip but it might be just the right amount for some people. Lastly, I still love Olight's pocket clips, for me they stay really secure and provide enough tension while also giving you the ability to use it on a hat. I have had them start to come out of my pockets a couple of times, but these have all been when I was pulling my work keys out and they are incredibly bulky.
I only have a few things to point out and they are really just nitpicks so they definitely have not gotten too frustrated at this point. First, while I have gotten used to side switches, I still really prefer tail clickers just because it feels more natural. It is possible to incorporate a metal button into the tail without getting rid of the charging capability, but this means slightly more complicated parts. Next, I actually really like having to hold the button in order to turn the light on which is not how the S1R Baton II is designed, luckily it does have a lockout function which takes care of the issue for the most part. Lastly, while I definitely understand the capabilities that CR123A batteries offer and have gotten used to keeping them as a part of my inventory, it is always a big plus when flashlights use more common batteries.
Ultimately, I have really enjoyed carrying the S1R Baton II. I carry it a little bit less than the S2R but it still holds a solid spot for me. As I said earlier, it definitely is not the most minimal light but finds its home when you are trying to maximize your pocket space with the most efficient options. Both Batons are great offerings from Olight and a great place to start.