Olight R50 Pro Seeker Review
It comes in a well designed box. It is cardboard so it wont last a lifetime but it’s certainly made to a high standard. The large box suggests it houses a large torch but actually when opening the box you find a very small (for the spec) handheld pocket piece that could easily be overlooked in a line-up of high power torches. I certainly couldn’t call myself an expert of high end, high powered torches but, this is easily half the size of the others I have handled. If size is an issue for you then this is definitely worth looking at.
The build quality and design is exactly as I have come to expect from the Olight brand. Flawless. They really have a good team in their R&D department because everything you could dream of has been addressed. As the body of the torch is smaller than the head they have bevelled the head where your thumb and forefinger lay upon it to make it incredibly comfortable to hold. Even the hexagonal feature which holds the button is perfectly sculpted with secondary bevels so that it doesn’t in any way irritate the hand. Finally the micro textured grip feels great and I couldn’t find an edge that hadn’t been altered to make it feel as smooth as possible. As I said, it’s flawless and another great creation from Olight.
The charger is another magnetic base cap sort of affair Olight are reeling out over their line-up. It attaches to the torches surface which eliminates the need for a USB or other slot which tends to be the weakest part of many torches these days. You cant break it and you cant get water in it. What more could you want? It charges through the standard USB adapter you find on most devices now but it also comes with a converter to 3-pin for UK households.
As far as brightness goes, it’s very good. I have used several torches that have similar specs that are substantially larger and heavier than this one. It really is a pocket torch and is undoubtedly my favourite hand sized torch of any so far. Really the only other torches I like more are stupidly powerful ones that shine for miles and require a backpack just for themselves but, they are just novelty. This is a genuinely practical torch that you can keep in your pocket rather than your pack. Most 3000+ lumen torches are things you use but don’t necessarily keep handy. You get them only when you think you need them. This though, is something you would use daily and I fear I will be fighting Mr Gav for this one. It also has a glow in the dark strip on the inside of the lens which I cant imagine ha any function although it probably does for them to put it in, beyond just being nice. It’s a weird little touch that is pleasing for no apparent reason. I want this on all of my torches now.
The usual Low medium and high settings are what you would expect. Medium is the obvious choice for most as it really is bright enough for you to see comfortably and gives you a good 7+ hours of use. The low is 50 hours which is a good chunk for a camper/outback adventurer or caver(aka mentalists). I think for a caver this is probably the best torch I could recommend due to its size. It’s definitely not going to give you grief in a small space and when you get the larger spaces will really light up the whole area. It has a strobe function as well which is great for night paintballing scenarios. It really will screw with the enemy and is small enough to mount on a gun. The difference between the high and turbo settings are noticeable but not so much that it benefits you really. I don’t find that it is “that much” more powerful in the real world despite turbo being 1700 lumens more according to the technical specs, it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s more than double the power. The difference in battery life between the high and turbo is 10 minutes which I find unrealistic considering the supposed increase but as I said this is real world and obviously technical specs don’t necessarily represent the experience you get. It lights things up very clearly 50 meters away and beyond that nothing really matters anyway for most people.
All things aside if somebody asked me what torch would be worth buying today, this is it. There are more powerful torches. There are longer lasting torches. This is the smallest of the hand-held power-houses I have come across that is both well designed and quality built. It feels great and looks good (I don’t like the reflector in the lens although the glow in the dark ring more than makes up for it). It does lack an SOS signaller but the strobe would certainly get some attention if people where looking for you. I honestly couldn’t think of another torch I would take over this one for pretty much any outdoor activity beyond blinding astronauts and really I cant say any more than that. Whatever 3000-ish lumen torch you were looking at that wasn’t this one, stop it and look at this instead.
Buy one here from the OLight UK Store.