The branding slogan, “Adapt and Conquer” seems a little over the top but this Marauder 2 is undeniably powerful, yet big enough or small enough, depending on how you look at it, to hold in your hand.
Yeah, you know it, my torch fetish has kicked in again so when I had the chance to get hold of more Olight products I just couldn’t say no.
I’ve already been using the Warrior X Turbo for some time now and it has a lot to love so getting hold of something that has a load more versatility just seemed the right thing to do.
The Marauder 2 is both a spotlight and a floodlight with variable adjustment on power output. This feature allows not only the use of the max light you can get out of the torch but also the capacity to dim the light when the power is not required, hence saving battery power.
The Marauder 2 Features
Let’s have a look at the torch and its basic features.
- Bright LED: Max 14,000-lumen flood beam or flip to an 800-metre throw
- Built-in Proximity Sensor: Safest in its class with a thermal sensor, a proximity sensor, and cooling fins to protect against overheating and obstruction
- Double Button Cooperative Power: A simple toggle switch to select either spotlight or floodlight; an intuitive rotary knob switch to turn on the light and circle through 7 output levels
- USB Charging & Discharging: Capable of 30W charging and 30W reverse charging. Only take 2.5 hours to fully charge. I really like that the torch is able to charge a phone, a pad, or any device that uses a USB-C power source.
I like the idea of being able to alter the output and to this end this torch has seven light output settings. By simply rotating the dial you can adjust the light just where you want to and you can do it easily without changing your grip.
The torch has a locking feature which took me awhile to work out but only because I didn’t read the instructions properly. Once I worked this out I found the torch easy to use.
I’m not sure how often I would use the reverse charging function, ie power bank, as I have plenty of other charging options but I guess it’s there if I need it.
I like the solid feel and weight of this torch but this is the first one that I’ve used with a square frame of light as a spot beam. It’s kind of like looking through a picture frame and it takes a bit of getting used to.
This time round I thought instead of showing figures of light output or stating that the Marauder 2 can put out so many lumens I decided to use my unique location to show real world results. Here at Kings Canyon, where I’m a ranger at present, gave me the ideal opportunity to show what the torch can do.
If you really want to see all the technical data then you can whip over to the Olight page and see for yourself. If you want to stay here on our page then I’ve provided some general data below so you have some figures to work through in your mind.
Charge type: USB-C Charging Cable
Customized Three 3.6V 5000mAh Rechargeable Lithium-ion Batteries (Built-in)
Light Intensity (candela): 99,200
Mode Operation: Rotary Knob Switch & Toggle Switch
Beam Distance(m): 800
Max. Performance (lumens): 14,000
Form/Size Factor: Medium Size
Light Form: High Performance Cool White LEDs
Waterproof to IPX8
Dimensions: 140mm lg x 79mm head diameter x 53mm body diameter
LEVEL 1 (lumens): 200, through to LEVEL 7 at 14,000
This is an impressive torch to add to my collection. As a Ranger and first responder here at Watarrka National Park we are sometimes called out at night, and to be honest, having a versatile torch like the Marauder 2 is a definite bonus.
We also get out and about at night searching for reptiles or frogs after rain so not having to carry a separate spotlight also makes it easy to get into the action quickly and without too much pre-planning.
If you use the power dial to advantage you can get quite a long run time while the auto intensity feature puts that initial more powerful beam out there to give you the most information right from the start.
Although I’m not a fan of the square frame I have to say that I’m super impressed by the floodlight option. Walking through the canyon area at night was amazing and whilst I’ve done it using a simple headlight before, this was next level.
LED lights can and do generate a bit of heat and one benefit of this was it keeps your hand warm without at any time getting too hot.
These impressive LED lights aren’t cheap by anyone’s standards but I’m still a “you get what you pay for” kind of guy. If you do anything outside at night more frequently then this torch, or for that matter any of Olights many light options, will serve you well.
What, you want more?
As an added bonus I also got hold of the new Baton 3 Pro. This torch is a small form factor at about 100mm long by 20 odd mm in diameter.
The little Baton 3 Pro is great for when you need an everyday torch with a long battery life. It clips onto your belt, your pocket or in my case onto my backpack.
It has a nice, localised light throw and is sufficient when you don’t need a super bright light. With a maximum output of 1,500 lumens, it can run up to 120 days, which is perfect for long hours of work.
This torch also has a proximity sensor which is designed to increase the flashlight light output during daily use, while automatically reducing the brightness when the sensor detects an obstruction nearby.
You can also choose between two colour temperature options, cool white and neutral white, so you can select the one that is more suitable to meet your daily needs.
To top it off the Baton 3 pro is fully charged in only 3.5 hours with the USB magnetic charging cable. The torch is also IPX8 waterproofed and I like the magnetic base which means you can affix it to the supplied bracket or anywhere else you like that is metallic.
If you’d like any more details on the Baton 3 Pro you can find them here. I can see this one being an everyday part of my kit whether I’m at work as a ranger or when we are out travelling the outback.
Both torches were supplied by OLight Australia but as always you can expect an honest review of products because we use what we obtain in our travels or work.