Olight provided me with this sample flashlight for the purpose of this review.
When compared to the previous S2R Baton II, OLight has improved on this EDC flashlight in every way, making this one of the best flashlights of 2023!
Building on 16+ years of industry proven performance, OLight has taken what they’ve learned and created a small, powerful flashlight with huge light output and an impressive battery life.
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The Baton 3 Pro has an incredible max output of 1,500 lumens that can light things up at a maximum of 175 meters away. Or, at the opposite end, has a moonlight feature with a very low-light output that can last for up to 4 months on a single battery charge!
Charging of the 3100 mAh battery is done via their signature USB magnetic charging cable, and takes only 3.5 hours to fully charge.
The flashlight comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee, as well as a 5 year warranty!
How is the Baton 3 Pro?
After the flashlight showed up in the mail, we opened the box and read the instructions. It clearly states that the flashlight should be charged fully before first use, so we opened up the light and removed the battery protective film, and then closed it up and hooked it up to the charger.
Within a few hours, the red light on the magnetic charging cable had turned green, signaling that charging was complete. I played with the different light modes for a while and then finally let my kids try it out (finally according to them! it was literally 2 minutes).
The next morning we packed up for a camping trip, and through the Baton 3 Pro into our bags with our other gear. At the campsite, I went to use the flashlight, and instead of turning on, the button switch, with the built in battery-level indicator, lit up red indicating a dead battery. How did that happen? We just fully charged it?
Oh well, luckily I had taken a second flashlight along.
The next morning I asked my boys about it, and my 9 year old said “I locked it”. What? There’s a lock mode? How do I unlock it? It turns out holding the switch for 3 seconds turns on the moonlight mode, but if you continue holding for 2 more seconds (a total of 5 seconds), then the flashlight ends up in ‘lock’ mode.
This would be most useful if throwing the light into a bag to prevent it from being bumped on. And, if I had read the bright yellow warning insert (pictured farther down this page), I would’ve noticed the comment about locking out the switch to prevent heat build-up that could melt the lens or even cause close objects to burn!
Once I had that solved, we used the light around camp for 3 nights. The battery indicator still shows it’s fully charged, the moonlight mode was great for just enough light to put away gear before bed, and the turbo mode was great for illuminating the forest when we heard noises go bump-in-the-night!
Improvements over the S2R Baton II
When compared to the S2R Baton II, the new Baton 3 Pro has 450 more lumens of light output, and 40 meters of further light throw. When comparing battery life, it has a significantly longer runtime. Dimensions are basically the same, with only a mm difference in length.
And it’s not just the technical specs that beat out the S2R Baton II. Olight has improved the usability of it as well. From the wider and longer two-way clip (for greater durability and added grab strength) to the new design of the grip nurling pattern, the Baton 3 Pro can be packed, carried, hauled, or stored with confidence.
OLight also updated the switch, increasing the size so that you can find it easier in the dark, and also setting it into the body slightly to prevent accidentally activating the flashlight in your pocket or bag.
Baton 3 Pro Specifications
Baton 3 Pro Light Levels
The other flashlight modes are activated by clicking the button, and then while the flashlight is on you can press and hold the button to cycle through the 3 brightness levels.
Turbo mode is activated by a quick double click of the switch while in any mode. In addition, a triple click will give you a strobe light at turbo brightness – which can only be described as blinding and disorienting (that’s what happens when you let your kids play with your flashlight!).
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Max output of 1,500 lumens and a max throw of 175 meters, runs up to 120 days, perfect for long work hours, powerful and useful in outdoor activities.
New body knurling design, non-slip and comfortable to grip; Newly enlarged and concave side switch, make it easier to use while reducing the chance of accidental activation. The widened and lengthened two-way clip is more secure when clipping in the pocket and backpack.
Available in cool white and neutral white. Choose the one that better suits your needs!