If you’ve read our gear reviews, you’ve read about Olight’s weapon lights and combination light/lasers. Olight’s latest is the new BALDR S Tactical light. It’s a larger, more powerful version of their BALDR Mini Weapon light (read our writeup of that here).
Everything that was true about the BALDR Mini is true of the BALDR S, so read the review of the slightly smaller unit lined above. The BALDR S is a combination light and laser designed for use primarily on compact and full size handguns.
It attaches to your pistol’s rail with a quick release mount.
The mount attaches in a snap with a side lever. Olight includes rail bars to fit standard Picatinny rails as well as GLOCK’s proprietary rail.
Like the Mini, the BALDR S combines the light and laser emitter in one compact unit. The unit has a slide switch that lets you select from light only, laser only, or both when you use one of the two actuation switches on each side.
Press and hold one of the switches for more than a second and it will turn off when you release it. A quicker flick one of the switches turns the unit on. Press again to turn it off.
The smaller BALDR Mini fits many smaller pistols. Aside from the overall length difference (only ¼ inch0 the two units are the same. Well, that and the fact that the bigger BALDR S gives you 200 more lumens — 800 total — of light-em-up power.
It’s difficult to see the BALDR S’s green laser dot in the image above, but it’s not at all hard to see it in person. The human eye is about six times more sensitive to green light than red light and the BALDR S’s green laser stands out clearly, even in full sunlight.
And like Olight’s other flashlights and weapon lights, the BALDR S is USB rechargeable.
- Output: 800 lumens
- Intensity: 4400 Candela
- Water Resistance: IPX4
- Length: 2.48 inches
- Width: 1 inch
- Weight: 3.35 oz
- Price: $129.95
Things That Don’t Suck: Olight BALDR S Tactical Light is written by Dan Zimmerman for www.thetruthaboutguns.com