The OLight R50 Pro Seeker is a beast of a torch, boasting 3200 lumens on turbo mode, and a 50 hour battery life on it’s lowest power mode of 60 lumens, which by the way, is bright enough to see what you are doing on the darkest of nights. In this article, I will do an OLight R50 Pro Seeker review, and explain what is just so damn good about this torch.
OLight R50 Pro Seeker Review
The first thing that strikes me about the OLight R50 Pro Seeker is the build quality, it feels solid and very well build, it is heavy, but not too heavy, and feels like it will last quite some time. The grip on the R50 Pro Seeker is just the right size, and fits in your hand very nicely, the on/off/modes button is easily accessible when you are holding the flashlight, meaning you can switch between modes without any fuss.
The magnetic charging base is a new addition to the R50 Pro Seeker, the older model, the R50 Seeker had a mini USB charging port on the base, though, I would rather have the magnetic charging unit, it is less lightly to break, or get blocked up with dust and dirt. The magnet is pretty strong, though it will not damage your phone, I have held it right beside mine, and it still works fine. I wouldn’t be too sure about credit cards though.
The case that comes with the torch feels very sturdy, it is moulded into a semi hard case, so it keeps its shape well, and the flashlight fits in neatly. It features a belt clip, and a plastic loop which can be used to attach the case to a backpack.
OLight R50 Pro Seeker Specs
- LED Module: XHP70 Cree Cool white LED
- Orange Peel reflector paired with a slightly concave, coated lens to create a balanced beam
- Low power lockout indicator on switch – Glows red when battery is low, or locked and the button is pressed
- USB rechargeable through the magnetic base – 1A charging current
- 3200 Lumen Turbo Mode – 1.5 minutes runtime, then thermal cutout
- 1500 Lumen High Mode – 160 minutes runtime
- 400 Lumen Medium Mode – 7.5 hours runtime
- 60 Lumen Low Mode – 50 hours runtime
- Strobe Mode
- IPX8 Waterproof Rating
- 15,600 cd
- 250m beam range
- 4500mAh lithium rechargeable battery
R50 Pro Seeker Features
This torch has a lot to offer, it has a superb throw, and the spread is just great, it really can light up the whole area in front of you. If you are looking for a flashlight for work within the 5-200m range, then this is the one to go for. I use it for hunting rats at night around farms, and the way this torch lights up the area we are shooting is unreal. No more tiny hotspots, but instead a really wide beam that lights up the whole area we are watching. It kind of reminds me of the spread on my H2R Nova headlamp, though a little more focused.
The R50 Pro Seeker is defiantly not an EDC torch, though it does fit in your pocket without any problems, being on the larger side, you do notice it. The flashlight itself is around the height of a can of coke, and no wider than 2 male fingers side by side.
Being waterproof, this torch is great for any outdoor activity, camping, hiking, fishing, even hunting, as I use it for. It is rated up to IPX8.
There are a number of a number of different features this torch has to offer, first off, it has 5 different lighting modes, Turbo, High, Medium, Low and Strobe mode. These modes can be accessed from the one button the torch features. To change mode, simply switch on the flashlight, and hold in the button to cycle through the modes. Release it when you get to the mode you want to use. To access the strobe mode, just press the button 3 times quickly. The strobe light is blinding, so beware!
The OLight R50 Pro Seeker also features a lockout mode, just hold the on/off button down for 3 seconds, and the torch will not switch on until you unlock it, using the same method.
When the battery on the R50 is in need of a charge, there is a red LED under the push button which will light up. The same LED will also light up when the torch is locked, and the button is pressed.
When charging the R50 Pro Seeker flashlight on the magnetic charging base, there is a little light that either glows red, or green, depending on the charge state, when fully charged, the light glows green, and when the battery is charging, it will glow red.
The magnetic is pretty strong, so you don’t need to worry about it coming off if the torch falls over on your bench. One downside is, this torch will only charge with an OLight specific battery, so if you have any spare 26650 batteries, think again.
Around the lens, there is a bezel, which glows green for a short time after you switch the torch off. I have yet to find this feature useful, but it is pretty cool none the less.
The LE Kit vs Normal Kit
So what’s the difference here? Is the Law enforcement kit supposed to be used by law officials only? We all love torches marked tactical, navy seal, SAS…. whatever, but, truth is, you can use this torch to light up under your bed sheets if you so wish.
The main difference between the LE version and normal version is the accessories it comes with, and the charging base. The LE version of the R50 doesn’t come with the magnetic charging base, but instead with a holster thing, that you set the torch into to charge.
It does have one pretty cool feature though, when the flashlight is in the holder, and is plugged into the mains, if the power is cut, the flashlight will turn on, on its lowest mode of 60 lumens, allowing you to easily find it. The normal version doesn’t do this.
Brightness, Spread and Throw
The OLight R50 Pro Seeker in my opinion is more designed towards having a great spread and throw combination, and not one or the other. With a max beam range of around 250m, this torch can throw a pretty good distance, more than I will ever need.
The first thing I noticed with this flashlight was how impressive the spread of the light is, and the hotspot. Some torches have an unusable hotspot, meaning that it is too bright to actually see anything. The R50 is just right, even on Turbo Mode at 3200 Lumens, you can still see what you are shining the torch on.
Turn this thing on in a shed, and it will light the whole place up, no problem!
I find medium mode for most situations is just right, even when shooting birds off beams in a shed standing at 35 foot high.
R50 Pro Seeker Video Review
This is a great all round flashlight, it has a good spread, and throw, and the hotspot is just right. The battery life is great, and the torch looks really cool overall. If you are looking for a do it all type flashlight, then this is 100% the one to go for. You will not be disappointed.