Review – Olight S30R Javelot Flashlight

Review – Olight S30R Javelot Flashlight

When I first learned about the S30R Javelot, I was looking to replace one of my EDC lights with something that had more throw (beam distance). The specs on the S30R Javelot seemed to fit that perfectly. So I shot an email off to my contact at Olight. I just wanted to check and see when it would be available and if he had a place that he would prefer me to purchase it from. He replied with a coupon code for me to get it from Amazon.

 
Ahhhh, the perks of being an Amazon Prime member…I had my nifty new gadget in just 2 days. That was 3 weeks ago (from the time I’m writing this). In those 3 weeks, I’ve had a lot of time to use and abuse this little beast.
The light uses a textured reflector to create a smooth wall of light – no artifacts or rings just the focused hot spot in the center and a broad spill of light around it.

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Every seam is O-ring sealed. The pocket clip has a deep carry design, like all of the Olights I’ve owned, but the battery cap sits about 3/4″ above it. This leaves just enough exposed to be able to grab it easily from a pocket.

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The soft-touch switch has several functions.

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Clicking it once will turn the light on, in whichever mode was active last time the light was used. With the light OFF, a press and hold on the switch will bring up the MOONLIGHT mode. With the light ON or OFF, a double click activates TURBO mode (900 Lm).

 
Olight includes a 2600 mAh / 9.6 Wh, 18650 battery.

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Olight sells higher capacity batteries as well – they have to cut costs and encourage additional sales in some way. Picking up a second battery is always a good idea.

 
First impressions:
1. I like the new packaging. It’s just easier to open and seems to be less wasted materials and space.
2. I was surprised that it lacked some of the accessories that I’ve come to expect from Olight. Gone are the spare “O” rings and the lanyard.
3. The charger is smaller than I expected and that’s a good thing.
4. The throw is incredible for a light with a 1″ diameter

 
After 3 weeks of daily (or nearly) use, I’ve come to these conclusions;
While the center spot is very defined and very bright, the spill provides a usable amount of light. I use this flashlight as one of my 2 (and a half) – EDC lights. That means it is always in my pocket. I use it nightly to take the dogs out. I’ve used it twice a day (or more), 5-6 days a week, to load and unload my work truck. This time of year I begin and end most of my days in darkness.

 
The light has a magnetic tail cap (that’s how it attaches to the charger).

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It has been handy on several occasions. I replaced the door locks and actuators on my dad’s truck. Being able to hang the light INSIDE the door put light where I truly needed it. It would be great for under the hood of a car, too.

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Durability:
I was on a 10′ ladder and set the light down on the top step. When I turned, I knocked it off. It was ON when it fell onto bare concrete. This bad boy didn’t even flicker. It’s got a small nick in the anodizing, now. If that’s the only battle scar, from a 10′ fall, I can live with that.

 
The downside:
My only complaint; I wish it had a lockout mode like some of their other models. I have had a couple accidental activations. It’s amazing how long it takes to notice that my pocket area is 20° warmer than the rest of me. It’s mostly a product of my carry position. I’ve solved this by loosening the tailcap 1 turn.

 

Conclusion:
This has fast become my favorite EDC light. Slightly larger than I would normally carry but it still fits in my pocket. The broad range of outputs allow me to choose the right amount of light for the task but that Turbo Mode does a great job of reaching out and putting light wherever you need it.

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 Check out our video review here:

Olight S30R Javelot – YouTube




Manufacturer‘s Description-
The S30R Javelot is the long beam distance version of our extremely popular S30R II. The S30R Javelot has a maximum of 900 lumens and a beam distance of 264m/866ft. The aircraft-grade aluminum body contains the all new CREE XP-L HI LED which delivers a cool white focused beam for long distance. The S30R Javelot allows you to have the performance of a large flashlight in the palm of your hand.

 
KEY SPECIFICATIONS:
* Cree XP-L HI LED with a maximum output Up to 900 lumens and a Beam Distance of 264 meters/866 feet
* 2600mAh 3.7v 18650 Battery (Battery Included)
* Tough Ultra-Clear Tempered Glass lens with a two-sided anti-reflective coating.
* Type-III Hard Anodizing Aircraft-grade Aluminum Body Material
* IPX waterproof rating
* 6 different modes including turbo, moonlight, and strobe

 
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES:
* Charging Dock
* Micro-USB Cable
* 2600 mAh 3.7V 18650
* User Manual

 
This product has the following specifications (ANSI/NEMA FL1-2009 Standards):
Max Output (lumens)
900
Low (lumens)
1
Max Run Time (hours)
38 days
Beam Distance
264m / 866 ft.
Peak Beam Intensity (candela units)
18,500 cd
Water Resistance
IPX8 (up to 2 meters)
Impact Resistance
1.5 m / 4.9 ft.
Head Diameter
26mm / 1.02 in.
Length
118.5mm / 4.66 in.
Battery Type
18650
Weight (oz)
4.30

 
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