Olight SR95S-UT (SBT-70) Review: RUNTIMES, OUTDOOR BEAMSHOTS, VIDEO and more!

selfbuilt

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Can we use the flashlight while it is being charged at the same time? Is it not recommended by Olight?
You can, but the light is still running off battery, not the charge trickle. You might get 10-20 minutes more runtime while charging (don't quote me on this) ;)
Yes, as discussed above, it is hard to know how the circuit handles charging while the light is on. The light does run with the charger cable plugged in - but it's unclear if that will give you any additional benefit for continuous runtime (or how much).

As a general rule, it is better to charger Li-ions without a current draw being applied at the same time. This can be confusing for charger circuitry, as the batteries don't behave the same way as when there is no current draw.
 

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Can't believe I've done it but I have sold my SR95UT and have ordered a SR95S-UT...madness. :crazy:
The beamshots have convinced me. It's a shame though that the light remains identical in all other ways. Some slight modifications would have been nice and if it's only to make the it feel different. There are indeed a few niggles: I too find the head is difficult to clean. The only thing here are some modified cleaning tools I guess. The carabiners on the strap are wearing very quickly on the sharp holders. Will have to file the sharp edges down on the new light. And to be honest, a pouch / protector or quiver would be nice to attach the strap to rather than having the light dangling down and getting damaged. The display case is just that: A display case and isn't really useful in real life use. Any ideas welcome! :anyone:

Other than that...I can't wait to switch on that light!! :D
 

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Can't believe I've done it but I have sold my SR95UT and have ordered a SR95S-UT...madness. :crazy:
The beamshots have convinced me. It's a shame though that the light remains identical in all other ways. Some slight modifications would have been nice and if it's only to make the it feel different. There are indeed a few niggles: I too find the head is difficult to clean. The only thing here are some modified cleaning tools I guess. The carabiners on the strap are wearing very quickly on the sharp holders. Will have to file the sharp edges down on the new light. And to be honest, a pouch / protector or quiver would be nice to attach the strap to rather than having the light dangling down and getting damaged. The display case is just that: A display case and isn't really useful in real life use. Any ideas welcome! :anyone:

Other than that...I can't wait to switch on that light!! :D


The protection case is good for storing the light in trunk and to be taken out when needed
Cleaning the head is pain in butt for sure, in exchange of 500g lighter, but it loses IPX8...
 

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The "S" was originally meant for "shorty", here is a SPY photo of the original SR95S UT that didn't make into production, the management thought it was too racy:

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The "S" was originally meant for "shorty", here is a SPY photo of the original SR95S UT that didn't make into production, the management thought it was too racy:

I bet driving the light with less battery is still fine
Since they are using manufactured battery tube, why wouldnt they be able to get special-designed cylindrical cell
Let say having the same size as three 18650, but having 2 in series, each 34mm length
Halving the capacity still allows a safe discharge rate, the factory one runs more than hours so half of it should be still over 30min to fully discharge(>2C)
 

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Greatest review:twothumbs

I liked more the focus of sst90, this led is amazing:eek:oo:
 

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Greatest review:twothumbs

I liked more the focus of sst90, this led is amazing:eek:oo:

You mean you liked the SST-90 better?

I have swapped my SR95UT for the SR95S and can confirm there is a difference. The SBT-70 emitter clearly gives a rounder and brighter hot spot. Since I never had the chance to compare both at once I can't really comment on a difference in throw though. It gets hotter, oh yes but to me only noticeable indoors. There is another difference which hasn't been mentioned yet. The on off button of the SR95S seems to have a raised switch under the rubber cover and is therefore easier to operate. In fact, I find it a tad too easy and would prefer more resistance. It feels a little weird if you hold a massive light like that in your hand and the on off button is sensitive to the lightest touch. It happened a few times that I accidentally turned the light on when putting it back in the case. I know, it has a locking function but, come on having to cycle through all modes three times to activate it is hardly user friendly. What where they thinking? Apart from that...this is a PHENOMENAL LIGHT!! :twothumbs
 

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There is another difference which hasn't been mentioned yet. The on off button of the SR95S seems to have a raised switch under the rubber cover and is therefore easier to operate. In fact, I find it a tad too easy and would prefer more resistance. It feels a little weird if you hold a massive light like that in your hand and the on off button is sensitive to the lightest touch. It happened a few times that I accidentally turned the light on when putting it back in the case.
Hmmm, that may just be variation between samples/batches. My SR95, SR95UT and SR95SUT all have identical switch feels (and I have one of the first production runs of each model).
 

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My SR95 and SR95sUT buttons are identical. I like that the covers glow.:)

What varied for me is the free-swinging lanyard ring. The ring on the head of my SR95's swings freely, even rattling a bit, but the SUT's rotates with a bit of friction, which I prefer. Both bezels seem completely tight. :thinking:

In 4 battery packs, 2 have free-swinging lanyard loops and the other two have a bit of friction to them. No explanation for this. :shrug:
 

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What varied for me is the free-swinging lanyard ring. The ring on the head of my SR95's swings freely, even rattling a bit, but the SUT's rotates with a bit of friction, which I prefer. Both bezels seem completely tight. :thinking:
In 4 battery packs, 2 have free-swinging lanyard loops and the other two have a bit of friction to them. No explanation for this. :shrug:
Yes, this can be quite variable. It seems to be a question of how flat they are - perfectly flat rings spin freely, while slightly "wobbly" ones have higher resistance and don't turn as easily.

My SR95 shoulder strap rings was extremely free-spinning at both ends (especially the head), but my SR95UT and SR95SUT are more "typical" for the SR-series, with more resistance..
 

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Great review Selfbult!
Still I like my "good old SR90" and are not planning to buy a newer version because of it's better throw as long as I am capable of blinding some ducks in the creek at 200 yards distance or flashing out a burglar with 10Hz strobo at 10 feet :D
The many spacings that has to be cleant after walking around in the woods or once fallen at the ground is also a reason that I like my SR90 more.
The improvement of the battery pack however is very nice; a reason to put it on my birthday-christmas list :naughty:
 

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Yes, this can be quite variable. It seems to be a question of how flat they are - perfectly flat rings spin freely, while slightly "wobbly" ones have higher resistance and don't turn as easily.

You nailed this! Took a rubber mallet, tapped the attachment points of the rings towards the middle of the light. One tap apiece added an almost imperceptible bend, and they stopped swinging. Thanks! :D
 

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Awesome Review! Bought many lights based on your reviews including this Beast!
look forward to the S15 review with 2/3 extentions.
 

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bump for my question of how many amps is the emitter driven at on high. Is that something I should be able to figure out with math... at least ball park? :)
 

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Ok,,,Let's assume[I think it is a good assumption!] that the Fenix RC-40 and the Olight [SBT-70] reviewed on here have great optics.

I am not quite totally[!] understanding when you mix lumens, PBI[Candelas] and [beam distance]throw! Tell me if this makes sense or correct me if I am wrong[I am still an amateur and new to this site!:eek:]

The Fenix RC-40 has 3500 lumens, 126,000 candelas and a throw of 776 yards. The Olight[SBT-70] has 1250 lumens, 250,000 candelas and a throw of 1093 yards[1000 meters].

Does that mean that the hot spot[intensity of light] of the Olight is the only part of the entire light output that is brighter?? Being that the RC-4O has almost three times the lumens the overall light output is brighter? From what I have learned I think that the candelas[PBI] is a major factor of how long the throw is[beam distance], they seem to be inner related.


Input would be greatly appreciated!:)

ciao,,,,,Capolini:thumbsup:
 

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:welcome: to cpf.

The flashlight wiki page on ANSI FL-1 and my ANSI FL-1 page on flashlightreviews.ca should answer a lot of your

questions.

Thanks selfbuilt,,,love your detailed, infomative and helpful reviews and your suggestions,time for me to learn more!

I got the[already have the original] New TK-75 a few hours ago! I hope its improved candela rating does not disappoint me! I am going to do my "amateur" naked eye review in about 2 hours to compare both TK's!!

Young man, could you please do this review?

Original TK-75 VS. NEW TK-75 VS. RC-40 VS Olight SBT-70??!! :thumbsup: :twothumbs:thanks:

How is up in Canada?

ciao,,,,,Roberto,,,,,"Capo di Capo"
 

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Ciao Roberto! Benvenuto al forum!:)

Non ho potuto trovare informazione sul nuovo TK75, mi potrebbe dire cosa ha cambiato? Forse é stata aggiornata ai XM-L2?

Cheers:)
 

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Hi! I recently got my sr95sut from dx.com, got a good deal compared to the dutch webshops. Had to wait a month before it arrived.
On arrival the case was a bit broken. But the insight were all there, so the case did its job!
Yesterday a friend of mine shot some beamshots with his phone. And I would like to share them with you. Seeing this thread and review helped me allot too!
 
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