Olight Perun Mini Orange Flashlight Review

I have the fortune of having in my hands today the new limited edition orange Olight Perun Mini.  Read on for some thought and testing and photos, but be advised I’m loving the orange (of course.)  There are some interesting changed from Olight in the “headlamp” package, this time around.


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There are two versions – one is black, and the other is the orange limited edition (seen here).

Price

The sale price right now is $45.47 – that includes both models.  This is 30% off.  Here’s a referral link – go buy it!


Short Review

As I’ll use the light, it’s a nice entry into the 16340 category.  I don’t typically use these as headlamps, opting to just carry them like any EDC style light.  The output is good, the UI is good, the size is good…  But as a headlamp, I don’t like that the head band is separate, and while the velcro Olight patch is neat, I’m really not a huge fan in this iteration.

Long Review

The Big Table

Olight Perun (LE Orange)
Emitter: [Unspecified]
Price in USD at publication time: $45.47 right now on sale!  Referral link.
Cell: 1×16340
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (A): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary Magnetic
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no Cell? No.  With cell: all modes.
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1000
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1022 (102.2% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 3.1
Claimed Throw (m) 100
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 165lux @ 4.364m = 3142cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 112.1 (112.1% of claim)*
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  • Measurement disclaimer:  I am an amateur flashlight reviewer.  I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment.  I test output and such in PVC tubes!!  Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).

What’s Included

  • Olight Perun Mini Flashlight
  • Olight “Customized” 550mAh 16340
  • Olight Velcro patch with attachment for flashlight clip
  • Lanyard
  • Charge cable (USB to proprietary magnetic)
  • Lanyard puller
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Most importantly this light is orange.  The orange is good, too.  It’s a little “sheeny” to be an orange that is Just Right™ but it’s very close.  Close enough.

The build quality is good as you’d expect.  The light feels smooth in hand, and the body provides adequate grip for unscrewing the body.

The head unscrews from the body – and that’s the extent of the parts.

The head end has a short spring, and a rubber gasket.  That gasket more or less prevents the cell being installed incorrectly.  The tail end does not have a spring, but has multiple contact points for the positive end of the cell.

The tailcap has a charging connection.

The threads are short, anodized, and square cut.  Short threads are kind of nice, because you’re fighting against the pocket clip to get the body back on to the head.

Here’s my Mini collection.

Size and Comps

61.5mm x 21mm and 52g.

Retention and Carry

Since it ships attached to the light, let’s talk about the pocket clip first.  It’s a black friction fit clip, which has the typical Olight connection.  I like this because it means the light is in a reliable place in relation to the clip.  Olight has added a little dot at the end of the arms to keep the clip from twisting off, too.  Finally, the clip is a “both ways” clip, which I normally don’t like at all.  The “primary” way to use the clip works well (that is, clipping with pants nearest the body of the light) but the secondary way is less ideal.

This clip would allow attachment to the bill of a cap, though this being a right angle light means that won’t be that ideal.

Next for retention is the Olight velcro patch.  The light slips into a plastic retainer, utilizing the pocket clip.  This connection feels very secure, but still just relies on friction.

The back of the patch is the “hook” side of the velcro.

The manual states a 60 degree rotation, and that looks about right.  I haven’t calibrated my eye-protractor in a while though.

Also an option for the Perun Mini but not included is the “Headband III.”  Olight included this one in my review kit.

It’s a very simple headband.  Just the around the head part, and just around one inch thick.

Also very adjustable.

The loop portion of the velcro is on the headband.  It’s around 4 inches long.

The real thing with this setup is that the hook of the patch is what can potentially contact your forehead.  If you push the light around to adjust it, you’ll definitely feel that hook.  Does it work though?  Sure, it’s effective.

The magnet in the tailcap for charging also holds the light fairly reliably, too.

A final option for carry is the included lanyard, which connects through the hole in the tailcap.

Power and Runtime

Olight includes the cell required for the Perun Mini.  It’s a “customized” 16340, with a claimed 550mAh.  “Customized” in this case means the positive is in the usual place, but there’s a ring of negative surrounding that.

Below see both ends of the cell.  The negative end is normal.

All this does mean that non-customized 16340 cells will not charge in the Perun Mini.  However, conveniently, non-proprietary 16340 cells will operate fully on all modes.

Here are a couple of runtimes.

The light has built in charging as well.  Included is a cable – USB to magnetic connector.  This one is the “MCC 1A” and that’s important since there are many versions that look just about the same.

The charger snaps very cleanly to the light, and the light will sit upright on the base, too.

Here’s a charge graph.  Charging is good, and well over 1C.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 1000/250 1m/1h25m 1022 2.21
High 250 1h38m 252 0.38
Medium 65 6h 61 0.08
Low 15 25h 13 0.02
Moon 2 4.5d 0.01

PWM

No PWM on any mode.  Yay!

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned.  Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!

User Interface and Operation

The Perun Mini uses a single e-switch on the head.  It’s a big flat switch, and nice and soft.  It is not the least bit proud, which allows the light to headstand.  The Perun Mini is perfectly vertical when headstanding, too.

The switch is also just the least bit clicky.  If your attack angle is exactly straight down, you’ll feel it.  But if you are off axis even a little, you’ll wonder if you’re pressing it right, and you might have to fiddle with it a bit.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click On (Mode Memory, Moon, LMH only)
Off Hold Moon
Any Double Click Turbo
On Hold Mode advance (Moon, LMH only)
Turbo Double Click Exit Turbo to previous mode (except if previous was high, then results in Medium)
Any Triple Click SOS
SOS Click Off
On Click Off
On Click and Hold (quickly)** Timer (Single blink: 3 minutes, Double blink: 9 minutes)
Timer Click and Hold (quickly)** Switch between 3 and 9 minute timers.
Off Hold (>2s) Lockout
Lockout Hold (~2s) Unlock (and goes to Moonlight)

LED and Beam

The emitter in this light is unspecified.  That bothers me more than it probably should, but really how simple is it to just state the emitter.  I reached out to Olight and at the time of this release they have still not commented with an update.

Chances are that this is the same emitter as the bigger Perun, which was a Cree XHP50.2.  It’s stated as CW, at least.

There’s a dimpled TIR, which gives a very smooth rolloff throughout the beam.

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.

Tint vs BLF-348 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)

Test light is on the left!

I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348, because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!

Conclusion

What I like

  • It’s orange.
  • Complete package
  • Onboard charging looks good
  • Small
  • Hits specifications

What I don’t like

  • Unspecified emitter!
  • Velcro patch has hooks that touch skin

Notes

  • This light was provided by Olight for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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