Olight S30R Baton III : small, handy, enduring and powerful
I discovered the Olight brand with their very good model PL mini Valkyrie for Glock. The Olight S30R Baton III lamp produces an impressive beam for a flashlight. Its size and appearance are very similar to those of the Fenix LD12 that I have had for years, with one essential distinction: the S30R Baton III is powered by a 18650 lithium-ion battery (3.6v and 3500mAh) and therefore enjoys a much higher capacity and a much more powerful beam.
With these features, the Olight S30R Baton III is an excellent versatile flashlight for virtually any purpose. Powered by a single 18650 rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Olight S30R III is a perfect illustration of the LED lighting technology progress. Offering a turbo mode of 1050 lumens that can run for 200 minutes (almost 3.5 hours and I checked, this is not just a marketing catch), it beats just about every other flashlight especially those powered by AA batteries. The lamp is delivered with its loading dock, a 18650 battery of 3500mAh and a strap.
I bought and tested a lot of flashlights but for use outdoors or over long distances , the Olight S30R III wins hands down. The beam is powerful and focused correctly, it’s a pleasure to use. It should be noted that the finish of the Olight lamps is very high above all that I have been able to have between the hands so far : it is solid, the welds are clean and the paint is perfect.
The Olight S30R Baton III is set to operate in 6 distinct modes:
- The Firefly mode by Olight offers very low illumination at 0.5 lumens. Enough to illuminate within one to five meter in front of you, this mode has the advantage of being able to operate for more than 100 days with a full battery. There is no typo, I wrote 100 days and for our needs, it is an argument that weighs its weight.
- The low mode is what we expect from 12 lumens: good for a close use that does not require a ton of brightness. In low mode, the life of the battery is 130 hours is a little more than 5 days continuously, which is very satisfactory. The average mode develops 120 lumens and is ideal for probably 90% of the reasons that make us draw a flashlight. With a very good projection distance, an excellent dispersion zone and an autonomy of 15 hours, this mode is the one I use the most.
- The S30R III’s high and turbo modes respectively develop 500 lumens (210 minutes of autonomy). ) and 1050 lumens (200 minutes of autonomy). They are really impressive for such a small lamp, which turns out to be a real lighthouse. This is way enough to light an entire room or to melt your retina…
- The quick access to strobe mode by triple click is also a good thing. If you suddenly find yourself in a situation of danger and you have to give your position, or self-defense where you have to disorient someone, you can enter directly into strobe mode by pressing the switch 3 times, the light is on or off.
Unlike the LD12 that I also use everyday, the S30R Baton III is not equipped with a tactical switch located on the base. This is not a problem and it’s even better since the switch is ideally located and it is very easy to switch from one lighting mode to another. I prefer this configuration because the S30R III also has the advantage of having a flat and magnetic base, which allows its use in candlelight and fix it on metal objects to have your hands free (car hood for example).
The body of the S30R III is well built. The battery does not move one iota in its compartment, which is waterproof according to IPX-8 (resistant to water up to 2 meters deep for 30 minutes). With a pocket clip and strap included, you can wear this lamp just about any way you like.
The feature that decided me to buy this lamp is that it comes with a magnetic USB charging dock.
I was tired of having to constantly change the AA battery of my Fenix LD12 and not be able to use the turbo mode as soon as it was a little discharged. And also, I was getting tired of juggling with empty AA batteries, full ones, empty ones that I think are full…
As soon as I get home, I put my S30R III on its dock and I take it before going out, it’s really very convenient. A red light indicates that the lamp is charging and goes green when the charge is complete. You can find the Olight S30R Baton III and its accessories for less than 80 € on Amazon.
NB: Do not forget that 18650 batteries are dangerous if they are stored incorrectly and must always be transported in specific cases to avoid accidents.
Here is a video showing the various lighting modes as well as torture lamp tests.