Olight has come out with a new i5T Plus LED flashlight, and it’s the spotlight of their latest flash sale.
This is a 2xAA flashlight, which makes it brighter and larger (but still manageable) EDC flashlight compared to AAA-powered penlights.
But, this isn’t just a new flashlight size, there are changes in the lighting characteristics as well.
For what I believe to be the first time in the 2 years since I’ve been following the brand, Olight is giving customers color temperature choices.
You can select an i5T Plus in cool white (5700K – 6700K), neutral white (4000K – 5000K), and warm white (2700K – 3700K).
I presume that Olight provides ranges as there could be some variation between flashlights.
The i5T Plus is also launching with two handle styles. You can buy it with a traditional i5T anti-slip double helix grip pattern, or with a pebble etching pattern.
At this time there are also 4 body color options: black, blue, orange, and olive drab green.
I have a test sample of the neutral white flashlight (thank you, Olight!), and the i5T Plus is essentially a longer i5T. I’m as pleased with the i5T Plus beam profile as the i5T, which I find well suited for close-up and short-distance lighting needs.
You get 2 brightness settings – low and high.
The i5T Plus can deliver 550 lumens max at the high setting, and 15 lumens at low.
The max brightness is duration based. You can get 550|300|55 lumens max brightness for 3|30|130 minutes. (This is presumably done for temperature regulation purposes.)
I like the i5T, as it’s compact and easy to stash in drawers, around the house, or in the car. AA batteries are widely available, and I particularly like to power them with primary (non-rechargeable) 1.5V lithium cells that have a very long shelf life.
The i5T Plus, from what I can tell so far, is considerably brighter, and you also get longer battery life. Looking at the spec sheet, the AA i5T goes from 300 lumens to 150 and then 30, whereas the 2xAA i5T Plus starts at 550 before dropping to 300 and then 55 lumens.
My i5T seems brighter than my i5T Plus, but it’s not. The neutral white i5T Plus seems quite bright, but also less harsh. The i5T has 910 candela max light intensity, and the i5T Plus 1900.
I generally prefer neutral white flashlights for closeup lighting tasks, and cool white for distance.
If you’re looking for an everyday flashlight that might be used closeup, I’d point you to the i5T Plus with neutral white color temp. If you want better contrast at a distance and a brighter-looking light, go for cool white.
The i5T Plus isn’t as bulky as some other brand’s 2AA flashlights, which is good, but its 5.71″ length might not be for everyone.
I like the simple operation – you get a clicky tailcap with soft-press for momentary-on or hard-press for on/off operation. If you’re looking for more than this, consider a different light.
Lastly, it has an IPX8 waterproof rating and can run for up to 54 hours on low (15 lumens) with a fresh set of batteries.
Flash Sale Price: $31.96
Olight’s latest flash sale ends 5/20/22 at 11:59pm ET.
(To be clear, these lights do not have variable color temperatures, you choose the style you want at the time of purchase.)
Olight also has a new lime green S2R Baton II LED flashlight with neutral white and cool white color temperature options.
While not as small as the Baton 3, the S2R Baton II is a great size for EDC (everyday carry) and is powered by a rechargeable 18650-sized Li-ion battery. As with most Olight rechargeable flashlights, this one has a customized battery and is recharged via a magnetic tailcap USB cable.
Flash Sale Price: $59.96
i5T Plus & S2R II Bundle Price: $80.43
If you start with i5T Plus, you can select any color and select the lime green S2R Baton II from down the page for a custom bundle. The S2R Baton II is a $48.47 when purchased with an i5T Plus.