Emergency Charger for Olight Flashlights
Even though many of the rechargeable Olights can last more than 24 hours on a single charge, there may be a time that you forget to bring one of the MCC1A/MCC3 charging cables with you. In that case, you can still keep your rechargeable Olights powered up through an emergency Oport Keyring charger. Pair a USB-A to USB-C or USB-C to USB-C cable with a >5V wall charger and the Olight Oport for that Uh-Oh Scenario and enjoy your activities a while longer.
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Portable Magnetic Charger for Olight Flashlights
When my brother-in-law asked if I wanted to buy an Olight flashlight, I did not understand the depth of the allure of the brand. I started with a single cherry red S1R Baton RII light and quickly expanded into a sleek black Warrior X Pro, an orange Perun Mini, and then found myself waiting for new sales/releases, and holiday specials. I have mostly shied away from the non-rechargeable lights and weapon lights, instead focusing on those that used the MCC1A, MCC3, and now MCC3-C magnetic chargers. I loved the option to recharge lights, to carry lights portably, and thanks to the Olight Oport, to always have a magnetic option nearby.
The Olight Oport arrived in a 1 3/4 inches wide by 3 7/16 inches tall by 7/8 inches thick retail box. Like many of the Olight Products, you will find a clean/sterile white outer packaging with a bold, vibrant, blue/green OLIGHT name/logo at the top of the cover panel and on both side panels. I liked the splash of color and the contrast against the spacious white backdrop. You will find the flat grey Oport name beneath the company name/logo and above a silver/grey, slightly raised, glossy image of the Oport. I appreciated the true-to-size image of the egg-shaped keyring device.
However, I felt that they should have provided a few additional views to round out the product/features (keyring, back view, and exploded/open view). The rear panel provided many of the product specifications and successfully added to the user’s understanding of the device. The panel listed compatible Olight products, (Warrior Mini 2/Warrior X/X Pro/X, M2R Warrior, M2R Warrior Pro, S1R, S1R II, S2R, S2R II, S1OR III, S30R III, baton 3, Baton Pro, Odin, Odin Mini, Odin Turbo, Seeker 2/2 Pro, Perun, Perun Mini, Array, Freyr, Obulb, Javelot Turbo, H1R, H2R), the 5V/1A USB-C input, the 4.2V/0.65A/1A/2A CC/CV charging output, the product dimensions: 21.8g/0.77oz, 35.5 x 21.9 x 9.6mm (1.4×0.86×0.38in), address information, product manufacturing labels, and an SKU barcode. Even though the panel was a bit on the busier side, it provided a needed overview for those interested in the product.
I lifted the top flap, and removed the inner plastic tray, the yellow “READ ME” panel, and the plastic-wrapped keyring. I then removed the Oport (0.7-ounces by 7/8 inches wide by 1 3/8 inches tall by 3/8 inches thick) from the plastic tray, opened the small bag, and removed the silver/grey carabiner with lock gate (0.1-ounce, 1-inch diameter semi-round carabiner). I inserted the lip of the carabiner into the slot/cutout of the Oport and fastened the device to my keyring.
I was pleased with the weight, the size, the metallic silver/grey finish, and with the security of the two-part setup. After carrying the Oport in my pocket for the last few weeks, I noted a few small scuffs and light surface scratches, but no obvious/concerning defects. It is important to note that the device contains a strong internal magnet, which may stick to some items in your pocket. I did not find the magnetic strength to be a weakness. Rather, on the contrary, the magnet strength proved invaluable to the design and flexibility of the charging function of the Oport.
The rear surface of the Oport had a semi-circular left/right directional arrow on the main flat surface. If you hold the upper section of the top segment (front half) with one hand and rotate the back panel approximately ninety degrees clockwise with the other hand, you will disengage the locking mechanism and open the charging port. I removed the 0.4-ounce magnetic charging port from the 0.3-ounce cover and inspected the design.
The inner surface of the cover provided a large smooth plastic layer with a 1/4 inch center cutout. The charging port had a large black plastic layer with a gold/brass colored charging ring (11/16 inches total diameter by 1/16 inches thick, and centralized 1/8 inches thick post). The segment of the Oport that was hidden within the locking mechanism provided a USB-C connection port and LED status light.
To use the port, simply plug a USB-C to USB-C cable or USB-A to USB-C cable into an appropriate 5V/2A charging adapter and into the Oport. You can then add a compatible Olight flashlight to the charging port for convenient on-the-go power. The yellow instruction manual provided a helpful how-to-use section on the front and five bulleted notices on the back: the need for > 5W power output for optimized charging, the red (charging) and green (fully charged/disconnected) LED, safe charging mode (if added/removed >4x), and the need to wait for the indicator light to return to green before charging another light. When finished, remove the USB cable, place the top panel back onto the magnetic charging surface, and rotate the Oport into the locked position for storage.
I found the Oport device to be the perfect companion for my Perun Mini/Warrior X Pro lights, which have become my main Cub Scout/BSA camping setup. I typically carry a Momax Q Power Touch 10000 mAh battery for my iPhone 14 Pro Max, a Pitaka Power Dongle for Apple Watch, a USB-C to Lightning, and USB-C to USB-C cable within a small Maxpedition ditty bag. Combined with the RENOGY E-Flex 10W power adapter to recharge the Momax battery, I have been able to enjoy a long weekend away from city power. To test the output, I plugged a Klein tools multimeter into the USB-A port of the Momax battery and found the multimeter displayed 5.18V/0A.
When I added my new Olight Baton 3Pro Max to the Oport, the multimeter displayed 5.06V/1.64A, while the Oport LED glowed Red. To finish the charging process, I plugged the Klein Tools multimeter into a USB HUB and allowed the 5000mAh battery to charge through the Oport device (~3 hours). Once the battery was fully charged, the Oport’s LED changed to green and the rate dropped to a 5.06-5.17V/0.07A trickle. Neither the cable, nor Oport charger felt hot throughout the testing process. Once finished, I returned the Oport to the front panel on my keyring and locked it back into place.
I was impressed with the petite size of the charger, the keyring hook, the ingenuity of the twist-off charging head, and the ability to replace a full-size Olight MCC3 charger in a pinch. The rate of charge with the Oport device appeared to be similar to the included Perun Mini, Baton 3 Pro Max, Warrior X Turbo, and S1R Baton II cables. Despite the many amazing design features of the Oport, you will still need to carry a separate USB-A to USB-C or USB-C to USB-C cable to pair with a wall charger. Perhaps a future iteration of the device will allow for an included short USB-C cable to plug into a wall outlet for added convenience.
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