Olight S10-L2 Neutral
September 10, 2014
A) Modes are well spaced. However, moonlight mode is brighter than I wanted. Without any easy/reliable method for confirming output, I think the light is performing to spec/design, and my expectation came from using my EDC whose moonlight is ~0.1 lumens versus the Olight's ~0.5. There's definitely a visible difference between the two! I think 0.5 lumens is servicable for my intended use of navigating a tent filled with sleeping family, but my preference is for lower lows.
High is stupid bright for one cell and a body this small. =)
B) Beam has a large but well-defined hotspot. Due to the smooth reflector (which is well designed/matched with the emitter), there is a bit more throw than I expected from a light this small. It is, however, a flooder, not a thrower. There are some minor beam artifacts resulting from the smooth reflector, but they are only noticeable on a wall when you're looking for them. Because this light serves as a backup headlamp for me, I would have preferred a MOP reflector surface, but I can see Olight designing this beam as a decent balance between flood & throw, trying to make everyone happy. It's a good compromise.
C) Tint is better than expected... I'd read reports of green spot and purple rings in the Baton lights, which I don't see in my sample. The tint is slightly warmish & yellowish. Perhaps that's because I got the neutral white, and there's less blue in the mix to turn things green?
D) UI is very good. Not Zebralight good, but close. I like it. People who think Zebralight UI is too damned complicated -- but otherwise like side-buttons -- will dig the S10-L2 UI. Of course, with the side-button UI comes the risk of accidental activation... and that risk is very high with this light. If you want to carry it in your pocket for any frequency or length of time, you need to get in the habit of locking it out -- either with the built-in electronic feature, or by loosening the tailcap.
E) Clip is sturdy/grabby, but otherwise poorly designed. This weakness has been well documented on CandlepowerForums (and elsewhere), and frankly I was expecting it. I wouldn't EDC this light with the stock clip because it's too difficult and annoying to clip/unclip from your pocket frequently -- it requires two hands to do properly. If the light will be carried at the bottom of your pocket, or in a bag, toolbox, glovebox, etc. when not in use, it's not a deal-breaker. But if you love a good clip, you won't love this light.
The flip-side/good news with this clip is that once you get it attached to your pocket (which takes ~5 seconds of fiddling), it isn't coming off on it's own unless you bang into something pretty hard. And then your pocket would probably rip in the process. Seriously, you could play basketball, go swimming, etc. and the light will still be there. As I said, it takes two hands to remove. The clip is also is reasonably secure on a hat brim, which was my main requirement.
Pros:1) Nice neutral tint, not noticeably green (as was reported about earlier lights in this series)
2) Good mode spacing and options, -- has Moonlight mode <1 lumen, and is plenty bright on high
3) Good regulation, good runtimes
4) No PWM or visible circuit noise
5) Strobe mode is hidden in UI, but readily available for those that want it
6) Pocket clip is (~too ;) sturdy and attaches to a hat brim for makeshift headlamp use
7) On/Off and switching modes easy with one hand
8) Stable tail standing
9) Diffuser cone available
10) Tailcap magnet works as advertised