Olight always impresses the flashlight community whether they come out with a handy keychain flashlight or a bright tactical flashlight. When I came across the Olight X9R Marauder, I knew I had to check this torch out. It’s a beast of a flashlight, but it delivers such a high output that it’s unbelievable! Even if it might not be the most practical flashlight. Today I’ll be going over the features of the Olight X9R Marauder flashlight and tell you my opinions at the end.
Extremely Bright Search and Rescue Flashlight
25,000 lumens. That’s how much this LED flashlight delivers. It’s an insane amount of light. With its six Cree XHP70.2 LEDs, we’re getting a lot of power out of this light. It’s definitely a beast and not one that’s easy to carry. It’s over a foot in length and is heavy enough that it’s a bit difficult to carry for any significant period of time. You could use the pretty big briefcase that the light comes in to carry it or you can use the shoulder strap that Olight included which would be my preference.
The beam on this flashlight is a combination beam that’s more on the flood of your side which quite surprised me. I was expecting more of a flood light than what it is. It definitely has a hotspot but it dissipates very cleanly into the spill. It has a maximum beam distance of 630 meters which is really impressive and further than I expected.
Olight X9R Marauder Multiple Brightness Levels
Operating the Olight X9R Marauder is thankfully easy. You wouldn’t want a difficult operation with such a huge flashlight. It has one side switch that you click for on or off and you hold to cycle through the brightness levels. You can double click it to get to the 25,000 lumen turbo mode or you can triple click it for a strobe. By the way, the strobe mode is 12,800 lumens so it is an intense strobe mode.
You can also lock out the side switch by pressing and holding the switch for over two seconds. To unlock it, press and hold the switch again. A lockout feature is great considering the amount of light this torch puts out.
As you can imagine, this LED flashlight has many brightness levels. It features 9 total outputs and that includes a strobe mode. So let’s go over the brightness levels since we already talked about the strobe.
Level 1 is 25,000 lumens and that lasts for 3 minutes before it drops to 6400 lumens.
Level 2 is 12,800 lumens and lasts 10 minutes before dropping to 6400 lumens.
Level 3 is 6400 lumens.
Level 4 is 3200 lumens.
Level 5 is 1600 lumens.
Level 7 is 400 lumens.
Level 8 is 200 lumens.
So it has lots of brightness levels which gives you a lot of versatility. To make it more convenient, there are two separate indicators that sit on either side of the switch. One indicator shows the battery level and the other indicator shows the brightness level. So if you’re feeling confused as to which brightness level you’re in, you can check the indicator and know instantly. I like indicators at the best of times, but this flashlight really needed one so I’m glad Olight included it.
Rechargeable LED Flashlight
The X9R Marauder flashlight is rechargeable! Can you imagine constantly changing out the batteries of this beast? It’s great that you can charge the battery directly through the light. The X9R Marauder features a battery pack that’s equivalent to eight 18650 batteries. That’s a lot of power! This battery pack is proprietary and you can’t use any other batteries in this flashlight. It charges with proprietary AC and DC cables that are included with the light as well. I know not everyone is a fan of proprietary batteries and cables, but it makes sense to me with this flashlight.
It’s great that this Olight flashlight is rechargeable even if the cables and battery are proprietary. It makes it convenient to charge the battery and I’d find it annoying to have to put eight 18650 lithium-ion batteries in every time the batteries drained. In my opinion, this light needed a proprietary battery pack for that reason.
Who Needs 25,000 Lumens?
This is the big question, isn’t it? Truth be told, I can only think of one person who would get a good amount of use out of this powerful flashlight and that would be a search and rescue worker. Because it’s ultra bright and because it has a combination beam, I think it would be great for search and rescue. That 25,000 lumens is like you’re turning on the sun in the area in front of you and that would be extremely helpful in a search and rescue situation.
Other than that, you have flashlight enthusiasts such as myself who just really want the brightest flashlight that exists. The brighter, the more exciting and the X9R Marauder is definitely exciting.
Final Thoughts on the Olight X9R Marauder Flashlight
Pros: 25,000 lumens. I don’t think I need to say more than that. It’s an incredibly powerful flashlight. The combination beam is great and I really like the indicators. The X9R Marauder has a simple operation and the lockout function is always good.
Cons: There are a couple of downfalls with this light, particularly the proprietary battery and cables. That’s often a make-it or break-it deal for a lot of flashlight users. It’s also very pricey. Olight isn’t the most economical to begin with, but the price is pretty shocking on this light.
Conclusion: If you’re wanting power, I don’t think you can find better than this search and rescue flashlight! It’s phenomenal just how bright this LED flashlight is. So if you’re really wanting the 25,000 lumens, check out the Olight X9R Marauder rechargeable flashlight.