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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Olight i3s EOS

This is the smallest usable flashlight I have ever held in my hands. Olights i3s EOS is their latest revision to the series and while it is the same size and weight as its predecessor (2.76 inches in length and 0.55 inches in diameter and a scant 0.39oz), the output is now up to 80 lumens on high thanks to the addition of CREE industries' latest emitter, the XPG-2.

When the light arrived to me, it came in an attractive display case which included the light itself, a Duracell AAA battery, a chain with a keychain clip, documentation, and a few extra o-rings should one go bad.

The brightness of this little light is very surprising considering its size. My only complaint is that the beam is very floody which makes sense as the reflector is both very narrow and shallow. The i3s has three modes of operation; tightening the head starts it out in medium mode at 20 lumens, with a quick loosening and retightening of the bezel it moves to high mode at 80 lumens and once again down to moonlight mode at 0.5 lumens. To further reitterate the small size of this guy, it is the same diameter as a AA battery and only 20mm longer...

Here it is next to the Lighthound Balder HD-1 and Streamlight Microstream;

The pocket clip on this light is okay at best. The clip does not want to go on to anything thicker than the pocket of a pair of khakis yet slips off very easily. I do think that it is cool that the pocket clip can be reversed, this allows for use on a ballcap as a headlight of sorts. This light has a flat tailcap so that you may tailstand the light if needed. The i3s EOS also comes in 5 colorations (blue as seen here, black, red, purple, and gold) so it will make a great gift to someone (including yourself). When I show people this light they are very impressed at its power to weight/size ratio.

They also dig the blue!

1 comment:

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