Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight Review

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight Review

The Olight Baton 3 is now available in the color-fading “Deep Sea Blue” colorway. Otherwise, it’s a standard Baton 3, which is still great!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue flashlight product page.

Versions

There are a number of versions.  First the packages – there’s the Premium package, which you can see in this review of the Summer edition.  That includes the charging/carry case.  It’s available in black or red as standard colors, or blue, which is a limited color.  And also now in the seasons series, which is another limited color. And then there’s this fade-type color, such as this Deep Sea Blue.

Price

The Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue (Shareasale link) is going for $74.95 right now.


Short Review

Wow, another post on the Olight Baton 3! Yes, this makes a few. There have been a number of editions, and now I own probably 8 of these. This “Deep Sea Blue” is my first Olight to feature the fading style colorway, and it’s great! Otherwise, this is a standard Baton 3, which is also pretty great. While I typically fuss about the CCT on these, it’s actually quite fine – under 5500K on the low modes and still under 6000K on the highest level. Read on for more thoughts.

Long Review

The Big Table

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight
Emitter: Luminus SST-40 (CW (6000K-7000K))
Price in USD at publication time: $74.95
Cell: 1×16340
Turbo Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA):
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary Magnetic
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port with cell: all modes
without cell: no modes
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1200
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1282 (106.8% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 5.8
Claimed Throw (m) 166
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 353lux @ 4.673m = 7708cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 175.6 (105.8% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 6000-7000
Measured CCT Range (K) 5400-5900 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Olight
All my Olight reviews!

^ 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 Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight what's included

  • Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight
  • Cell (customized 16340)
  • Charge case
  • Charge cable (USB to USB-C)
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Manual and papers

Package and Manual

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight package

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight

You may have seen the photo on reddit:  I have a bunch of Olight Batons.  Some that I have reviewed, sure, but I have so many that I haven’t even reviewed.  And a few of those Batons are just about my most used lights – stock emitter and all.

The threads here are anodized, short, square-cut, and very smooth.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight showing threads

Inside is where we begin to see differences.  There’s still “a lot going on” in there but it’s different from previous (non-‘3’) Batons

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight showing internal contacts

Size and Comps

Weight (g / oz) 53 / 1.87
Length (mm / in) 63 / 2.48
Head Diameter (mm / in) 21 / 0.83
Body Diameter (mm / in) 21 / 0.8

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

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight in hand

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 formats.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight beside the TorchLAB BOSS 35 (custom engraved)

Here’s the new Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue flashlight with Grogru.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight with two grogrus

Retention and Carry

We can speak about the Baton 3 having two carry methods.  First is the pocket clip, which is mostly the same as previous generations, but with small tweaks.

It’s a two-way clip, which I don’t often love, but this is a reasonable implementation – being two-way doesn’t cause too much extra size.

There’s also a lanyard hole in the pocket clip.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight two way pocket clip hug Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight two way pocket clip removed

The clip will scratch the body when being installed and removed (it ships installed). That does speak to the tightness with which it connects, though.  So that’s good.

Unlike some other editions of the Baton 3, this Deep Sea Blue includes a lanyard. And it’s not some cheap cloth lanyard.  This is a full silicone lanyard, and is quite great!

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight lanyard Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight lanyard

One other way to carry this little light is the crushed velvet carry case.  This bag is nice, but … I wonder who uses these? I don’t think I have ever used this type carry bag.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight carrying pouch

Power and Runtime

The Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue flashlight is powered by a single lithium-ion cell.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight with 16340 cell

This is a customized 16340, with both positive and negative terminals on the positive end.  A “normal” (or “non-customized”) 16340 will not work in this light.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight 16340 cell

Not only that but the positive terminal is recessed into a plastic shroud.  This shroud will prevent charging of the cell in most if not all bay chargers.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight 16340 cell installed

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight cell contacts

Here’s a runtime test on turbo.  Performance is just like the other Baton 3 lights I’ve tested.

runtime graph

Charging

The Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue flashlight gets the “regular” charging style.  There’s no “wireless case.”  Like all the other Baton 3’s, this one has a charge base on the bottom.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight charging port

The regular MCC1A charger is included. This is a proprietary magnetic setup.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight charging cable Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight on charge base

Here’s one charging graph. There are really no surprises here.

charging graph

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 1200/300 1.5m/75m 1282 2.41
High 300 95m 309 0.41
Medium 60 7.5h 60 0.07
Low 12 33h 9 0.01
Moon 0.5 20d 0.4 0.00

Pulse Width Modulation

There’s some sawtooth going on on the lower 3 modes, but I’m hesitant to call this PWM directly.

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  Also, here’s the light with the worst PWM I could find.  I’m adding multiple timescales, so it’ll be easier to compare to the test light.  Unfortunately, the PWM on this light is so bad that it doesn’t even work with my normal scale, with is 50 microseconds (50us).  10ms5ms2ms1ms0.5ms0.2ms.  In a display faster than 0.2ms or so, the on/off cycle is more than one screen, so it’d just (very incorrectly) look like a flat line.  I wrote more about this Ultrafire WF-602C flashlight and explained a little about PWM too.

User Interface and Operation

The Olight Baton 3 has an indicating e-switch on the head end of the side of the body.  The switch cover has a bit of texture and is proud enough that it’s easy to find.  It’s also not so proud or soft that it will easily activate accidentally, at least in my experience.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight e-switch

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight e-switch

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight e-switch Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight e-switch indicating green

Here’s a UI table!  You’ll know this user interface for years.  The S1R Baton II uses the same UI.

State Action Result
Off Click On (mode memory)^
On Hold (release at desired mode) Mode cycle (Moon, L, M, H) (no Turbo)
Off Hold Moonlight
Any Double click Turbo
Any Triple-click Strobe
Strobe Click Off
Strobe Hold Previous Mode
Off Long hold (past Moonlight) Lockout
Lockout Hold Unlock to Moonlight
     On Click and Hold (quickly)^^ Timer (Single blink: 3 minutes, Double blink: 9 minutes)
 Timer Click and Hold (quickly)^^ Switch between 3 and 9-minute timers.

^ Moon, Low, Medium, and High are memorized.  Turbo is memorized as High.
^^ The manual states this as “Double click and hold” but I think it should be  “click and hold” quickly.  Any form of double click ends in Turbo or Strobe.  The manual hasn’t been corrected yet, after all these years of this model.

LED and Beam

The new edition, the Olight Baton 3 Premium Edition, boasts a new Luminus SST-40 emitter.  And yeah it’s cool (6000-7000K) (seven thousand Kelvin what)…  But it really pumps out the lumens.

Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight emitter Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight TIR Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight emitter on Olight Baton 3 Deep Sea Blue Flashlight emitter on

Olight has gone with the usual setup for the Baton 3:  A press-fit bezel, a TIR optic, and a cool white CCT (“6000K-7000K”).

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

Despite the “claim” or “default numbers being listed” as 6000-7000K, what we actually see is something much warmer (but not actually “warm”).  I measure this at around 5400-5900, depending on which mode you’re in. Lower modes will have warmer output.

Another thing we can note from these results is that the dUV does the opposite – as the mode level increase, the dUV decreases. This is usually seen as a good thing because it means the light is going from a “more green” tint to a “less green” tint.

So actually what we see on turbo is positively not really bad.  Around 5900K and nearly on the black body line…

Beamshots

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)

I keep the test flashlight on the left, and the BLF-348 reference flashlight on the right.

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

Conclusion

What I like

  • Build quality is quite good, as usual
  • These fading colors are great!
  • Full package includes charging and cell
  • The UI retains neat features from previous models, like the 3 or 9-minute timer
  • Output does hit the claimed specification
  • Doesn’t include “wireless charging case” – something I don’t want to use anyway (and a lower price because of that!)

What I don’t like

  • Proprietary cells don’t work in bay chargers
  • Greenish output on lower levels

Notes

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