Olight has released the Freyr RGB flashlight – not just RGB of course, but also a main white emitter.  This flashlight is fitting into the “customized, proprietary 21700” platform by Olight, so there’s plenty of cross compatibility.  Read on for some testing and thoughts!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s an affiliate link to the product page.

Versions

Right now there is just the one version, which you will seen in the review.

Price

The going price of the Olight Freyr RGB flashlight is $129.95, and you can get yours here.  Unfortunately the pre-sale ended yesterday – I just couldn’t get the review out by then.  The price was around $95 or so at that time.


Short Review

First of all, I love the format of this light.  The 21700 size is perfect, and the head flares just right.  It’s a very flashlighty flashlight.  Now, I don’t love the beam profile that the RGB causes through the optic – this really squares off the white beam (you’ll see this later).  The RGB is certainly neat, and if that’s the kind of thing you use, then this is a good choice for you.  The proximity sensor is much too aggressive (I desoldered mine!)

Long Review

The Big Table

Olight Freyr
Emitter: Luminus SST-40 (Plus RGB)
Price in USD at publication time: $129.95 at olightstore – referral link
Cell: 1×21700 (included)
High Runtime Low Runtime
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: Both
Quiescent Current (mA): 4.41
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary Magnetic
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with cell: all modes
without cell: no modes
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1750
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1612 (92.1% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 20.3
Claimed Throw (m) 360
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 2350lux @ 3.863m = 35069cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 374.5 (104% of claim)*
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  • Measurement disclaimer:  I am an amateur flashlight reviewer.  I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment.  I test output and such in PVC tubes!!  Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).

What’s Included

olight freyr rgb flashlight what's included

  • Olight Freyr RGB flashlight
  • Olight 5000mAh customized and proprietary 21700
  • Olight branded nylon pouch
  • Diffuser
  • Pocket clip
  • MCC Charge cable (USB to proprietary magnetic)

Package and Manual

olight freyr rgb flashlight box

olight freyr rgb flashlight manual 1 olight freyr rgb flashlight manual 2 olight freyr rgb flashlight manual 3 olight freyr rgb flashlight manual 4

Build Quality and Disassembly

olight freyr rgb flashlight feature photo

I wish I understood the name better.  The branding is right there on the side of the light – Freyr.  All I can think of when I see that is Friar Tuck.

But like Friar Tuck, this light is built very solidly.  The 21700 cell really adds a weight that feels substantial, and in hand it’s really just about perfect.

Here’s the optic – the “legs” you see aren’t actually legs to support the optic.  They’re legs that push the color RGB emitter beams out.  Also at the 5 o’clock position is a little proximity sensor.  More on that later.

olight freyr rgb flashlight emitter

The tail end is the now-standard dual stage switch, with a tripod for tailstanding.

olight freyr rgb flashlight switch

Olight has introduced some fan-like cooling fins on the head.  These were first on some Olight I don’t have – I know the Marauder 2 has them, but possibly other/earlier lights too.  I’m not sure just how functional they are, but they certainly look neat.

olight freyr rgb flashlight side switch

olight freyr rgb flashlight bezel

olight freyr rgb flashlight e-switch

The body knurling is great for preventing the Olight Freyr from slipping out of your hand.

olight freyr rgb flashlight body grooves

Below, see that the tailcap allows tailstanding still.

olight freyr rgb flashlight tailstanding

olight freyr rgb flashlight with pocket clip

olight freyr rgb flashlight clip installed

olight freyr rgb flashlight in pouch

This diffuser ships as seen below.  It fits into the carry pouch too (as seen above).  It’s nice that the whole thing can be carried as one unit, and you won’t have to have parts stored elsewhere.

olight freyr rgb flashlight with diffuser for storage

olight freyr rgb flashlight stored in diffuser

The tailcap has a springy brass colored button.  I doubt it’s actually brass, though.

olight freyr rgb flashlight tailcap spring

Threads here are like other newer 21700 Olights.  Very smooth, moderately fine, square cut, anodized, and quite long.

olight freyr rgb flashlight threads

olight freyr rgb flashlight cell install direction

Below you can see why this light requires the customized and proprietary cell.  The center spring (in the body) is for positive contact.  The external ring (with the three nubs) is for negative contact.  That external ring is likely what allows power to the tailcap, and/or charging.

olight freyr rgb flashlight springs and contacts

olight freyr rgb flashlight springs and contacts

olight freyr rgb flashlight tailcap and tailswitch

Size and Comps

Weight (g / oz) 202/ 7.13
Length (mm / in) 136/ 5.35
Head Diameter (mm / in) 40.5/ 1.59
Body Diameter (mm / in) 25.6/ 1.01

If a light will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo).  If a light will tailstand, I’ll show that here, too (usually the fourth photo).

Here’s the test light with the venerable Convoy S2+.  Mine’s a custom “baked” edition Nichia 219b triple.  A very nice 18650 light.

And here’s the light beside my custom engraved TorchLAB BOSS 35, an 18350 light.  I reviewed the aluminum version of that light in both 35 and 70 format.

olight freyr rgb flashlight beside torchlab boss 35

Retention and Carry

A pocket clip is included with the Freyr.  It’s Olights usual two-way clip.

olight freyr rgb flashlight beside pocket clip

My opinion is that it works best as seen below – connected on the tail-end.  Here it is really a deep carry clip, though you might not want the wider head of this light in your pocket.

But the pocket clip also fits on the head end.

olight freyr rgb flashlight with two way pocket clip head side

Second is of course, the nylon formed pouch.  The pouch is intended for carry with the diffuser, so if you opt out of that, the light will be just a little bit loose in there.

olight freyr rgb flashlight in nylon pouch

The pouch has a hole in the top, but no access to the switch or output.

olight freyr rgb flashlight in nylon pouch

olight freyr rgb flashlight in nylon pouch with diffuser storage

olight freyr rgb flashlight nylon pouch

Power and Runtime

The Olight Freyr is powered by a proprietary 21700 cell.  It’s proprietary in that both positive and negative terminals are exposed on the positive end of the cell.  It will not be charged in a bay type charger.  Also traditional 21700 cells will not work in the light, and can’t be charged by the light.

olight freyr rgb flashlight 21700 cell

olight freyr rgb flashlight 21700 cell shrouded contact

The cell goes into the light in the “normal” way – positive end toward the head.

Here are a couple of runtimes.  High steps down completely in under 3 minutes, but it takes over 1 minute to begin the dramatic decline.  Once it’s stepped down, output is exceptionally stable at around 950 lumens.  A final stepdown to around 300 lumens happens at ~115 minutes.  These are timed stepdowns, per the manual.

Green: >75%
Orange: ~30%-70%
Red: <30%
Blinking Red: <10%

Here’s the Low output.  It’s extremely stable for a over 9 hours, just like the manual states.

As mentioned, the Freyr has on-board charging via a USB to magnetic connector.  The name of this one is the MCC 1A/1.5A/2A, noteworthy since Olight makes a number of these charge bases.

olight freyr rgb flashlight charge cable mcc

olight freyr rgb flashlight charge tailcap

Here’s a charge test – charge rate goes up to over 2A and takes around 4 hours.

The charge connector has a red/green indication, too.  While charging, the indicator is red.  When charged, this indicator switches to green.

olight freyr rgb flashlight charge graph

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 1750/850/300 2m/150m/28m 1612 4.84
Low 300 9.5h 298 0.46
Moon 5 15d 0.01
Red 30 22h 30 0.19
Green 60 14h 60 0.35
Blue 25 12h 25 0.38

Pulse Width Modulation

There’s no PWM seen here.  Photo order is Moon, Low, High, Red, Green, Blue.

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned.  Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!

User Interface and Operation

There are two switches on the Freyr.  First is the metal tail switch which also is used in charging.

Next is the indicating side e-switch.

olight freyr rgb flashlight side e-switch

Here’s an example of it indicating in green, while the main output is red.

olight freyr rgb flashlight side e-switch indicating green

Here’s a UI table!  The user interface for the Olight Freyr RGB flashlight is very similar to the M2R Pro Warrior, except of course that the M2R Pro Warrior doesn’t have RGB!

State Action Result
Off Click Side Switch (SS) On (Mode Memory, including RGB)
Off Hold SS Moon (White)
Off Double Click SS High
Any Triple Click SS Strobe
On Click SS Off
On Hold SS Mode Advance (Moon>Red>Green>Blue)
High Double Click SS Low
Off Long Hold SS Lockout (Technically “Moon then lockout”)
Lockout Click SS Switch indicating lockout (red for 2s)
Lockout Hold SS Unlock to Moonlight
Any Hold (“half press”) Tail Switch (TS) Low
Any Click TS Turbo

LED and Beam

While Olight doesn’t state what the emitter is, I’m fairly certain it’s a Luminus SST-40.  Olight does state it’s 6500K.  Also on the light are red, green, and blue emitters, which can be seen in the “legs” of the optic below.

olight freyr rgb flashlight emitters

The RGB emitters affect the TIR optic in such a way that the beam of the white emitter is changed very dramatically because of them.  They’re also … “regular”… emitters – not the usual 5mm RGB emitters.  So if you wanted to reflow something else to those, it’d be pretty easy.  The secondary board is a separate ring from the main Luminus board, too.

Also see that little black spot in the optic – that’s the proximity sensor.  I found this sensor to be way too aggressive, and I desoldered it (!!!) to just completely disable it.  The sensor will cause the Freyr to step down from High to Low if bounce is detected…. I found this to happen within about 2 feet (feet) of an obstacle.

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.

In order to demonstrate how the RGB comes out of the light through those legs in the optic, please see below – I’m holding the light steady in one position, and cycling through the colors.

Tint vs BLF-348 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)

Test light is on the left!

I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348, because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!

Conclusion

What I like

  • Excellent flashlighty shape!
  • Nice complete package
  • White emitter really throws
  • RGB is a fun novelty
  • Well regulated output
  • Easy access to

What I don’t like

  • RGB sort of ruins the white output beam shape.
  • Not enough white modes.
  • CW emitter with no NW option.

Notes

  • This light was provided by Olight for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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1 thought on “Olight Freyr RGB Flashlight Review”

  1. Freyr is the Norse god of earth’s fertility and peace and prosperity. I imagine it goes along with Olight’s Spirit series of S2Rs they also just released (Honor, Peace, Freedom, Courage).

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