Olight S1 Baton

How small do you want your superlight? Olight would like to make a suggestion. How about supremely pocketable? Barely noticeable?

Tiny, but huge.

Olight S1 Baton

Meat and Potatoes

Olight’s latest release in their now venerable Baton series redefines how tiny a torch can be. The Olight S1 Baton feels like a miniaturized S10 or S10R, but with some serious boosts to performance.

Featuring a Cree XM-L2 LED and driven to some serious levels, the S1 cranks out a searing 500 lumens of light in Turbo mode. Granted, you don’t get a lot of time at that level, thanks to the thermal management that has serious interest in self-preservation, but even a minute to a minute and a half is quite a feat when it comes to a torch barely larger than the CR123A cell it houses. It even still has the magnetic tailcap allowing for quick mounting for hands-free use. Incredibly useful.

When I say it’s small, I mean really, really small. It’s actually ever so slightly shorter than the Olight i1 EOS that uses a head twist as a switch. This is all while including a body mounted side switch! How is this possible? What sorcery did they employ to make this happen? Well, most notably, they chose my very favorite collimation technique, the TIR lens. Optical lenses like this have always been my preferred method for directing the light generally forward. It always makes for such a smooth, evenly distributed beam that absolutely puts to shame anything I’ve seen in a reflector. The focus of the S1 is quite broad, so those 500 lumens won’t be projecting a new speck on the moon, but it is a capable area illuminator. In practice, they did light up a high school softball field well enough that I was able to have foreknowledge of the fleeing rabbits my dog was about to chase as I walked him after dark.

Told you it was small

Comparison

Fit and Finish of the S1 is right on par with what we’ve seen so far as well. It does have a new set of Blue tinted accents, that is a nice aesthetic touch, but they don’t affect function in any way. One thing to keep in mind (and this is engraved right on the barrel) is that the battery needs to be inserted with the + side toward the tailcap, rather than the head. It’s a good thing the light has reverse polarity protection though since this detail slipped my notice my first time using the light. Thankfully this counterintuitive approach didn’t result in a puff of blue smoke and a much less detailed review.

Watch it. They mean it.

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Constructive Criticism

Really, for this section it would almost be easier to just link you back to the similar segments of previous baton posts. The S1 doesn’t stray too far off script from those. The pocket clip is still tension mounted. The activation switch, while somewhat improved, is still trying to thread the needle between “activates in your pocket”, and “where is the darn thing?”.

The usual suspects.

Pocket clip and switch

Really, though, my biggest complaint about this tiny wonder is that it might be too powerful. I’m using a set of slightly older 16340 cells to run my testing, rather than constantly shelling out for CR123As. The full power turbo mode has some complaints to lodge when it comes to those cells. It appears to trip the overcurrent protection after only 20-30 seconds on Turbo, at least on one cell. I intend to pick up some more primaries to see if this changes things, but it doesn’t seem to like my well broken in RCRs all that much. Obviously, this is a situation where your mileage may vary, but something to keep in mind. I seem to be relegated to either lower output modes, or using disposable cells. I guess that’s the price I pay for this much power, huh?

Conclusions

The S1 Baton isn’t anything near as new and unique as Olight’s marketing department would have you believe, but that doesn’t mean it is pedestrian by any stretch. It is another solid entry into the Baton series, just smaller and lighter than any we’ve seen so far. The beautiful beam from the TIR lens is easily enough to bump it into a favored position, despite some finickey aspects to its battery appetite.

Provided for review by the kind folks at GoingGear.

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