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The Olight OPEN 2 EDC pen is the second edition pen from Olight, and a refinement of the first.  The bolt action pen features a side emitter, and an e-switch. Read on!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Olight OPEN 2 EDC pen product page.

Versions

Just two versions as far as I can tell.  Blue (seen here) and black.

Price

The Olight OPEN 2 EDC pen is selling for $59.95 at the moment.  You can buy yours at OlightStore.com – that’s my referral link!


Short Review of the Olight OPEN 2 EDC pen

I don’t love bolt action pens, and certainly not ones which have the action so low on the barrel.  I will say, however, that the ability to separate the light from the body and have usable [both parts] is pretty clever.  This does, however, mean that when used as one, the whole thing is very long.  Also I appreciate USB-C charging, and also that the flashlight part hits the claimed specifications.  All in all, it’s a solid effort, just not one I’d buy.

Long Review

The Big Table

Olight OPEN 2 EDC pen
Emitter: Osram P9 (Cool White) (unofficially)
Price in USD at publication time: $59.95 at OlightStore.com
Cell: Internal
High Runtime Graph Medium Runtime Graph
LVP? ?
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port All modes
Claimed Lumens (lm) 120
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 130 (108.3% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 0.5
Claimed Throw (m) 16
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 17lux @ 2.098m = 75cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 17.3 (108.1% 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

what's included

  • Olight OPEN 2 EDC pen
  • Spare refill
  • Charge cable (USB to USB-C)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

inside box

manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

feature photo

The build quality here is good, and fairly standard fare for Olight.

emitter and switch switch and emitter detail

 

bolt pen bolt closed bolt in writing position

The ink comes wax tipped, and sealed.

pen sealed pen sealed

Olight does sell refills, too.   I’m unsure if this is a standard cartridge, or if you’ll have to get refills from Olight.  I have a suspicion that this ink is proprietary….

ink refill ink refill

The threads between the flashlight part and the body part are very smooth.  They’re’ anodized, and lubed.

threads

The charge port is protected by a seal when the parts are screwed together.

connection point halves red emitter

The tip also comes off easily.  Same threads but the diameter of the piece is a little narrower than the flashlight half.  Removal of the tip is how you’ll swap inks.

pen tip removed tip off ink out into the tip

 

Size and Comps

Weight (g / oz) 38 / 1.34
Length (mm / in) 145 / 5.7
Tip Diameter (mm / in) 0.6 / 0.024
Body Diameter (mm / in) 12.7/ 0.5

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).

Like I said, for use as a pen, and when all as one piece, it’s quite large.

Retention and Carry

The pocket clip is the only real means of carry for the Olight OPEN 2 EDC pen.  It’s a decent enough clip, but features a proprietary removal screw.  It’s a bit stiff, and also a bit difficult to get over a pocket – the mouth is quite small.

Note that there does appear to be a slot for tritium in the clip, which is an interesting touch!

Power and Runtime

halves

The Olight OPEN 2 EDC pen is powered by an internal cell, which Olight states as a 110mAh battery.

Here are runtimes for the three higher modes.
runtime graph high runtime graph medium runtime graph low

Nothing too exceptional, but noteworthy that the specs are in fact hit!

Charging

The OPEN 2 features USB-C charging.  The charge port is hidden between the pen halves.

usb-c charge port

An appropriate cable is included.  It’s a very short USB to USB-C cable.

charge cable charge cable

Charging looks good, and does not require a full hour to complete.
charge graph

While charging, the red LED is lit.  When charging is complete, the red indicator goes off.  There is no other indication that charging is complete.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
High 120 20m 130 ?
Medium 60 40m 72 ?
Low 20 2h 25 ?
Moon 5 8h ?

Pulse Width Modulation

There is PWM on every mode.  Such PWM, that I had to change my timescale just to show a complete cycle of it.  The PWM is so slow you’d think it would be terribly visible but surprisingly it’s not actually.  It is visible, but not oppressive.  First, the normal timescale:

And now the timescale where you can see a full cycle:

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

A single e-switch operates the Olight OPEN 2 EDC pen.  It’s in the tail, and is very proud.  It prevents tailstanding, too.

emitter

Despite looking like a pen clicky, it’s not at all. The pen is completely controlled by the bolt action.  This tail switch is only for the flashlight.

red emitter

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click Moon
On Click Off
On Hold Mode cycle (LMH)
Any Double Click High
High Double Click Previous Mode
Off Hold (>3s) Lockout
Lockout Click Red indicator
Lockout Hold Unlock (to Moon)

LED and Beam

Though Olight doesn’t state what emitter is used in the OPEN 2 EDC pen, based on other Olights I have I’m fairly confident this is an Osram P9.

emitter

There’s a diffusing window, and the output is entirely flood.  That red emitter seen below isn’t usable as a red secondary, unfortunately.  It only indicates charging, and lockout.

red emitter

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

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

  • Hits specifications for Output
  • Also hits specs for throw
  • Good combo when used as individual parts
  • Build quality is good
  • USB-C charging
  • Simple user interface, and Moon is the default
  • Pocket clip has a tritium slot (!!!)

What I don’t like

  • Bolt action
  • Overall size
  • Price
  • Pocket clip hard to use

Notes

  • This light was provided by Olight for review. I was not paid to write this review.
  • This content originally appeared at zeroair.org.  Please visit there for the best experience!
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