Pete wrote in about an Awesome Sauce LED flashlight that he wanted to recommend. Awesome Sauce? Yup. Must be a heck of a good flashlight!
I haven’t tried any of Olight’s flashlights yet, but hear good things about them from time to time. Olight is based in China, like some of the other popular brands in the LED flashlight market, such as Fenix.
Here’s what Pete said about his Olight S30R rechargeable flashlight:
Like most gear junkies I love flashlights. Who doesn’t; LOL check out this awesome light-
My favorite things about it:
1- I can charge it without needing to plug it in OR take out the rechargeable batteries.
2- If I’m using this in the field and the battery dies, I can pop out the rechargeable battery and pop in some factory batteries as a backup. You can’t do this with most rechargeable lights that must be charged with the batteries IN the light.
3- It used rechargeable batteries! At night you can pop this on your bedside charger and it will always be charged for the next day or if something goes bump in the night. I cant tell you enough how much it sucks to whip out a nice light to only have dead batteries in it.
Features & Specs
- 5 brightness modes
- 1000 lumens, 1 hr runtime
- 600 lumens, 2 hrs runtime
- 100 lumens, 10 hrs runtime
- 20 lumens, 26 hrs runtime
- 1 lumen, 720 hrs runtime
- Strobe mode: 1000 lumens, 2 hr runtime
- IPX-7 waterproof rating
- 1.5 meter (~5 foot) drop rating
- CREE XM-L2 LED emitter
- Powered by 2x CR123A Li batteries or 1x 18650 rechargeable battery, both are included
- Measures 119 mm (4.7″) long, 25 mm (1″) in diameter
- Housing is type III anodized aircraft-grade aluminum
- Removable pocket clip
- Glow in the dark bezel O-ring
- Side switch with low battery indicator
- Magnetic tailcap and charging port
What I find to be well thought out is how the microUSB charging dock can also charge your electronics devices when not being used to charge your flashlight. That way it earns a spot on your desk even if you don’t recharge your flashlight battery too often.
Note: Do NOT attempt to place the flashlight on the charger if it’s equipped with CR123A Li batteries. The charger can only be used when the flashlight is loaded with the included 18650 battery.
One thing I was worried about is that users would have to cycle through all of the settings every time the flashlight is powered on. Olight says that this isn’t the case, and that the light’s memory function will automatically return the flashlight to the last-used brightness level each time you turn it on.
Given all of the S30R’s features, I think I would agree that it is an Awesome Sauce flashlight. Thanks Pete, for the recommendation!
Price: $80 including batteries
Buy Now(via Amazon)
I recently had rechargeable flashlights on my mind, since Maglite came out with a rechargeable version of their excellent Mag-Tac LED flashlight. The plain bezel version is ~$100 via Amazon, and the crowned bezel version is ~$120 via Amazon.
If I went through batteries frequently, such as on a daily or weekly basis, I might be compelled into choosing between the Mag-Tac and Olight S30R, or another flashlight of similar size and design.
But for as infrequently as I got through CR123A Lithium batteries, even with multiple flashlights that take this battery size, the box of Surefire batteries I bought back in November ($20 via Amazon) will surely last me at least through the next few years.