Olight M20S-X Flashlight - Unboxing and Initial Impressions

On Friday a man dressed in brown delivered a brown box.  It was filled with packing peanuts, lots of packing peanuts, and the Olight M20S-X that I won through the Battery Junction Cover Photo Contest on Facebook.

The Olight M20S-X comes in a plastic clam shell case with a foam insert to keep everything in its place.

In the case is the flashlight itself, two cr123a batteries, battery magazine, lanyard, nylon holster, white light diffuser, spare o-rings and a spare rubber switch-cap.

Initial Impressions


Straight from the box the light appears to be pretty well constructed.  The two cr123a batteries fit into the magazine and slide into the body of the light.  The light is designed to accommodate either an 18650 battery or two cr123a batteries and the magazine prevents the smaller cr123a cells from rattling against the sides of the body.

The flashlight fits well in the hand.  It doesn't have "traditional" knurling but instead uses an embossed square pattern on the body.  It's not as aggressive in texture as knurling and, in the short time I've handled it, it seems to an effective system.

One of the most immediately noticeable features is the crenelated strike bezel on the front of the light.  It is removable and simply screws on and off.  The tailcap, according to the short manual, also sports crenelations but the switch protrudes beyond them.

The light is bright; it has a maximum output of 500 lumen.  The emitter is a CREE XM-L LED.  It sports three brightness levels and a quick-access strobe feature.  I haven't yet had an opportunity to utilize the light outdoors.

Accessories, etc.

The flashlight came, as mentioned, with a holster, lanyard, diffuser, and various replacement parts.

The holster is nylon with rigid walls.  It's not something I plan to use.  The lanyard is the essentially the same story; I won't be using it for the flashlight.

The diffuser is a nice little accessory and might come in handy on occasion.

Like most flashlights, the Olight M20S-X comes with replacement o-rings and a replacement switch-cap.

I don't plan to carry this light in a pocket everyday; I prefer single-cell lights for EDC.  I do plan to keep it in my backpack and, on occasion, on my person.  Of course, it's in the review pipeline...

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