Olight has a new flash sale that’s set to kick off tonight (3/18/21) at 8pm ET. The sale will include an orange-anodized Marauder 2, purple gradient-anodizedPerun 2 headlamp, and the newly introduced Baton 3 EDC LED flashlight.
The Baton 3 is the successor to the extremely popular Olight S1R Baton II (reviewed here). I have grown extremely fond of the S1R Baton II in recent months, and purchased more for personal use.
The Olight Baton 3 has a higher maximum brightness rating – 1200 lumens compared to 1000 lumens for the S1R Baton II. In my opinion, this isn’t going to be the reason to upgrade if you have an S1R II that you’re happy with, unless you’re a specs chaser.
The Olight Baton 3 is the same size and shape as the S1R Baton II, and it now features a new texture that is said to be improved. This is the same knurling texture as can be found on the Olight Warrior Mini flashlights.
I’m not sure if I have a preference yet, but the knurled texture does provide for a very secure and comfortable grip.
The magnetic tail cap is strong and provides for versatile mounting options.
Here’s the biggest part of the Baton 3 introduction – a customized power bank for charging your Baton 3 flashlight.
You charge the power bank for USB C, and it can then recharge the Baton 3 up to 3.7 times.
The Baton 3, like its predecessor, are small EDC-sized LED flashlights that are powered by a single customized 16340-sized battery. Although convenient and powerful, 16340-sized batteries lack the charge capacity and runtime compared to the 18650 and 21700 batteries that power larger LED flashlights. This optional power bank means you don’t have to pack extra batteries or charging cords on longer excursions.
The wireless charger that comes with the Olight Baton 3 is available in premium Baton 3 kits, matching the colors of the kitted flashlights. For this flash sale, there are black, red, and blue color options, with blue being a limited edition.
The Baton 3 features improved efficiency and runtime compared to the S1R Baton II. Both have 0.5 lumen moonlight modes.
Flash Sale Pricing
Baton 3: $48.71
Baton 3 Premium Kit: $64.97
Baton 3 2-light Bundle: $84.44
The free shipping threshold has been reduced to $48.71 for this flash sale.
The premium kit comes with the power bank and a USB C charging cable, while the standalone Baton 3 lights come with a magnetic tailcap charger. The premium kit does not come with the tailcap charger since the power bank essentially functions as the flashlight charger.
Flash Sale Timing
The flash sale kicks off to the public at 8pm ET on 3/18/21 and ends at 11:59pm ET on 3/19/21.
Can the Baton 3 “wireless charger” be used with the S1R Baton II?
The user manual cautions that the “smart deactivation feature” will only work with the Baton 3 and not the S1R II. This means that if you forget to turn off the flashlight before placing it in the power bank charger, the Baton 3 will automatically turn off when you close the lid. This won’t happen with the S1R II.
Since the Baton 3 and S1R II have same geometry and magnetic tailcap, it looks like you can use the wireless charger for the S1R II despite it being designed for the Baton 3. We’re checking with Olight to see if this is recommended or not.
Update: The charger will work with the S1R Baton II, but users must be absolutely certain to deactivate the flashlight before placing it in the charger. Users must never place an activated S1R Baton II into the charger. Closing the lid on an activated Baton 3 will deactivate the light, but this won’t work on the S1R II. Charging a running flashlight in the charger is a very bad idea with big risks.
The Baton 3 and S1R II are redesigned internally as well. They work with the same Olight-customized batteries, but in the Baton 3, the orientation is reversed as Olight redesigned the internal contacts. It’s unclear why, but it’s worth noting.