Olight seems to have taken to heart their love of iterative advancement and bumped up the release schedule dramatically.
Meat and Potatoes
I’ll admit it. I’m trying to play catchup here a little bit. Olight has been releasing new and incredible lights as prolifically as libidinous rabbits. 3 such of these are the revamped Model II versions of the S10R and S30R, as well as the all-new S2. The first two of these are redesigns of the already existing S10R and S30R. Honestly, these aren’t any gigantic overhaul, but something that feels much more like minor updates. Both of these were quality lights in their own right, so updated outputs and efficiency are distinctly beneficial. Outputs on both lights have been boosted by as much as 20%, reaching an astounding 500 lumens on the S10R II. The S30R II has increased range as well, now boasting 1020 lumens on high.
The S10R II also includes Olight’s new blue trimming for a really slick aesthetic appeal. Both of these lights use the Olight Dock chargers and include potent power sources right in the packaging. The S30R II is actually available in 2 different flavors, a standard 3200mAh cell, and an astoundingly large 3600mAh cell. This version in particular looks like it might include just a little by way of proprietary connections, but I’m not entirely certain about that.
The S2 is more of a truly new light, though it is most effectively described as an 18650 version of the S1. Really, this little light is the biggest deal of the bunch. Packing 950 lumens in one of the smallest form factors I’ve yet seen for an 18650 powered light, the S2 really rocks the boat as far as EDC lights go. Supremely pocketable, and using my personal favorite, a collimator lens, the S2 is one of the most capable small lights that I’ve ever seen. It does still slightly stretch the definition of a pocket light in my book, but it counters that with the capabilities of a much larger torch.
UI on all 3 lights is an extremely similar multi-mode with mode memory, and shortcuts to moon mode and full power. There are slight differences though. The S2 (like the S1 before it, I now notice) does not allow memorization of moon mode. It also comes with 4 standard constant-output modes (5 total with moon) instead of the 3(4) available on the S10R II and S30R II. All of the activation buttons are also not identical among the trio. The S10R II has what I’ve come to call the Gen 2 switch, which is fully recessed and made of rigid plastic, whereas the S30R II and the S2 both come with the Gen 3 (again, my term) switch with a super low profile rubber switch cover. Admittedly, all the options are still less than ideal for instantly locating the power button in the dark, but the Gen 2 is by far the worst at this. Conversely, I struggled more with accidental pocket activation on the Gen 3 switches. Pick your poison, I guess.
The Olight dock chargers are a brilliant idea, in concept. I’m not 100% certain they hold up in practice though. I’ve been through quite a number of different charger docks now, starting with the original R series batons that had upgraded charger docks shipped to me shortly after their release. I don’t yet know what the difference between the originals and the upgraded chargers actually was, but I suspect it had to do with ineffective charging. circuitry, rather than physical changes. Now, I’ve had quite a number of different lights come through with the same basic chargers, but they all seem to have ever so slight changes to the physical dimensions and power throughput, that I no longer know for certain which ones work in conjunction with each other. There must be some measure of interchangeability between them, but I can’t guarantee which one will charge the particular light I happen to be carrying without just trial and error. Getting only one light and its respective charger, this wouldn’t be an issue, thankfully. It’s only during situations like mine where multiple similar lights are owned and used on a regular basis.
These are solid lights. The minor complaints I have weren’t a real problem over the long run, but the lights all performed admirably as EDC illumination. Don’t expect these floody little powerhouses to light up the goalposts on the end of a dark football field, but for close-in usage, they are indisputably useful.
Provided for review by the kind folks at Going Gear.