|Product||Olight Baton 3|
|Available at||Olight UK|
|Max Output||1200 lumens|
|Dimensions||Length 63mm, Diameter 21mm|
The Olight Baton 3 is an upgrade to the very popular S1R Baton II.
Olight never seem to stand still with their products… even popular ones that sell well – they come out with improvements to move the bar higher… and the Baton 3 is no exception – brighter and with an increased throw it seems Olight have made the Baton II even better…
Let’s have a look at it in more detail to see if this is actually the case.
The Olight Baton 3 comes with a High Performance Cool White LED and is powered by a single Customized 550mAh 3.7V IMR16340 Rechargeable Battery with a maximum output of 1200 lumens.
Weighing a mere 53g and with a total length of just over 6cm – you won’t even notice it in your pocket.
Charging occurs via the unique wireless charging case that will give an extra 3.7 charges. It can also be charged via the tail cap using the magnetic charging cable that is used on the majority of Olight’s torches, although this charging cable isn’t provided with the torch.
Level 1 will run at 1200 lumens for 1 minute and 30 seconds before dropping down to 300 lumens with an additional run time of 75 minutes – this is to prevent the LED from overheating.
- High Performance Cool White LED
- Length: 2.48 in/63mm
- Head Diameter: 0.83 in/21mm
- Body Diameter: 0.83 in/21mm
- Weight (Body including battery): 1.87 oz / 53g
- Aluminium Alloy
- Customized 550mAh 3.7V IMR16340 Rechargeable Battery
- Wireless Charger
- 3500mAh 18650 Rechargeable Battery
- IPX8 (suitable for continuous immersion in water down to a depth of 2m)
- Olight’s 5 Year warranty
In The Box
- Baton 3 Torch (Battery and Pocket Clip Included)
- Baton 3 Wireless Charger
- Type-C USB Charging Cable
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
- User Manual
The Baton 3 features a high performance LED and TIR lens – the TIR optic lens is utilised on a number of Olight torches.
As with all the Olight torches that I have tested, I found the beam to be of excellent quality – providing a superbly balanced beam into the distance and an excellent area of light close up with no harsh transition areas.
The Baton 3 premium comes with a tailor-made charging case that includes a built-in 3500mAh 18650 battery, allowing you to fully charge the Baton 3 up to 3.7 times wirelessly.
As mentioned above, it can also be charged via the tail cap using the magnetic charging cable that is used on the majority of Olight’s torches, although this charging cable isn’t provided with the torch.
The previous version (S1R Baton II) was a bit limited in terms of its run time… but the charging case with the Baton 3 premium makes it a lot more practical – providing a maximum run-time of 94 days on mode 5 (moonlight mode) and over 7 hours on mode 2 (300 lumens)
Charging The Wireless Charger
The charging case is charged via a standard type-C USB charging cable.
The external indicator above the the type-C port of the wireless charger will light up red to indicate charging and turn green to indicate that charging is complete.
If the wireless charger is charged with the torch inside, then the USB power source will charge the torch first when its capacity is below 5V 1A and will charge both the torch and the wireless charger simultaneously when its capacity is above 5V 1A.
Charging The Baton 3 With The Wireless Charger
The power output indicator (shown in the diagram above) of the wireless charger will light up red to indicate charging and turn green for 10 seconds to indicate that charging is complete before turning off.
Another useful feature is that the when the wireless charger is closed with a powered on Baton 3 inside, it will automatically shut down the torch – this prevents battery drainage, but more importantly stops overheating.
This feature will not work if you are using the charger to charge a S1R Baton II.
The Baton 3 has a magnetic charging base that allows it to easily snap into place in the charger.
The magnetic base can also be used to attach the torch to a metal surface – a very useful feature with many potential uses.
Power Button & Modes
The power button is located on the side of the torch and is slightly raised, making it very easy to locate – even in the dark.
A single short press switches the torch on and another single short press switches it off.
To cycle through the modes, switch the torch on and then hold down the power button – this will cycle through modes 2-4 (300 – 60 – 12 lumens).
Double tap the power button to activate level 1 (1200/300 lumens).
Level 5 (0.5 lumens, moonlight mode) is achieved by holding down the power button for one second, while the torch is off.
There is also a strobe mode which can be triggered by triple tapping the power button.
There is a battery level indicator located on the power button, which lights up when the torch is powered on as follows:
- Green: >60% battery power
- Orange: 10-60% battery power
- Red: <10% battery power
The torch can also be locked by holding down the power button, while the torch is off, for a few seconds – hold it down again to unlock. This is a very useful feature and prevents accidental powering on while the torch is in your bag, for example.
The Baton 3 also features a timer that will automatically power it down after a certain length of time – this can be set for either 3 minutes or 9 minutes.
To activate this, double click and hold the side switch while the torch is on – a single blink accesses the 3 minute timer. Then if you repeat the process, a double blink will occur which accesses the 9 minute timer.
The Baton 3 has a detachable dual-sided metal clip for attachment to a rucksack or garments.
Because the torch is so light, it can be attached to a baseball camp to use as a head torch!
The dual-sided clip adds to the versatility, enabling the torch to be attached to things in either direction.
The body of the torch features a new anti-slip body texture providing a very firm grip – even if your hands are wet, you won’t find the torch slipping.
The S1R Baton II was a really good, compact EDC torch… but its relatively short run time made it a bit impractical.
The Baton 3 premium solves this problem, thanks to the wireless portable charging case… this has transformed this good little torch into a great practical torch that you can realistically rely on for the whole night.
Even with the charging case – it’s small and light enough to carry in your pocket and yet has features you’d normally only find in a bigger torch – such as an IPX8 waterproof rating, a 1.5m drop rating and of course the 1200 lumens maximum output.
Carrying the torch by itself without the portable charger is also an option if, for example, you’re just popping out for a quick predawn hike… it’s even small and light enough to keep attached to your keychain and then forgotten about until you’re in need of light – at which time you won’t be stranded in the dark… and then if you did plan a longer outdoor night-time activity, you could take the charger with you.
There is one aspect of the torch that I feel lets it down a little… and that is that the the battery is a ‘customised’ 550mAh IMR16340 and Olight says that the Baton 3 is not compatible with other IMR16340 batteries – it would have been much more useful to be able to use other IMR16340 batteries as backup options.
But apart from that, there is very little to criticise this great little torch about… all in all – a fantastic upgrade to the S1R and a highly recommended EDC torch.
The Olight Baton 3 is available from Olight UK.
I hope you’ve found this review useful.
If you have any questions or comments, then please leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.