Olight M2R Pro Warrior Patriotic Edition Flashlight Review

Today I have for review a light that is released today.  It’s the limited edition Olight M2R Pro Warrior Patriot Edition.  It’s a US-flag finished 21700 (proprietary) light with a Cree XHP35 HI (dedomed).  It’s quite a light, and quite a fetching colorway.  Read on for some thoughts and testing!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There are at least two versions of this light.  The Patriotic Edition (seen here), the regular edition in black.  There also have been a couple others – Desert Tan, Camo, and OD Green.  Those three are discontinued.  

Price

This Patriotic Edition is on “opening day” sale for $83.97 (30% off) on July 20 8PM EDT.  Here’s my link to the Olight Store – it helps me massively if you click through.  It’s a referral link, and lets Olight know where the traffic originates…. In other words if you value reviews like mine, over more “promotional” type reviews, then click through here!


Short Review

I both like the Patriotic Edition-ness of this light, and just in general I like the light.  The performance is good.  The outputs are well regulated and meet specification.  I don’t like two things, though:  the proprietary (“customized”) 21700, and that the light lacks any semblance of LVP.

Long Review

The Big Table

Olight MR2 Warrior Pro
Emitter: Cree XHP35 HD ((dedomed), NW)
Price in USD at publication time: $83.97 on July 20, sale day.  Referral link.
Cell: 1x”21700″
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? No
Switch Type: Both
Quiescent Current (A): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB to Proprietary Magnetic
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no Cell?
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1800
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1914 (106.3% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 11.6
Claimed Throw (m) 300
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 873lux @ 5.162m = 23262cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 305.0 (101.7% 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 M2R Pro Warrior Patriotic Edition
  • Olight 5000mAh Proprietary 21700
  • Nylon Carry Pouch
  • Lanyard
  • Charge cable (USB to proprietary magnetic)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Wow what a colorway, right?  First of all regarding the red white and blue – in person it’s great.  I hope it comes through in the photos, but in person it really pops.

You’ll note below (and in all the photos really) that the tailcap and body lines do not line up.  Since the lines on the body and tail are the same width, of course they aren’t going to line up….  This could be distracting, and yes I wish Olight had fixed it… It’d mean that the lines on the tailcap were thicker than the lines on the body – would you consider that a win?  Bit of a wash for me.

But just generally regarding build quality, this light is outstanding.

You can see the little tripod around the tail switch here.  This allows tailstanding and also is one of the charge contact points.

The shape of the body isn’t really knurling at all, but provides good grip.

And old-school flashlight fans will probably like (or possibly hate) these faux-teardrops on the tailcap.

The threads are so smooth, too.  Just over 6 full turns are required for tightening the tailcap – quite long threads.

Both the head and tail have springs – that button on the tailcap is springy.  Also note the bit on the head end that makes the proprietary cell work.  The spring is for positive contact, and the ring around it is for the negative contact on the cell.

One interesting thing that the above contact points mean is that the light will work with just the cell and no tailcap, if you hold the cell in place tightly.

The bezel is very aggressive!

 

Here’s a better idea of how the lines don’t match up.

Size and Comps

Weight (g / oz) 179 / 6.31
Length (mm / in) 136.50 / 5.37
Head Diameter (mm / in) 29.5 / 1.16
Body Diameter (mm / in) 26.20 / 1.03

I actually weight this at 177g, and that does include the cell.

Retention and Carry

First off I’ll mention the pocket clip.  Not only does it fit on the head or tail end of the light, it’s also a “two-way” friction fit clip.  The clip is long and well suited for this light.

You’ll want to know if moving the clip scratches the finish.  Yes and no – it looks more like the black from the clip is rubbing off on to the finish than the clip is scratching the finish.  But your mileage may vary here.

Also included is a lanyard, which attaches in the hole seen above.

There’s a nylon pouch too, which is quite nice.  Both ends have a drainage hole but do not offer access to the light itself.  The pouch opens not with velcro, but with a little quick release.

Power and Runtime

The M2R Pro Warrior is powered by a proprietary 21700 cell.  It’s proprietary in that both positive and negative terminals are exposed on the positive end of the cell.  It will not be charged in a bay type charger.  Also traditional 21700 cells will not work in the light, and can’t be charged by the light.

The cell goes into the light in the “normal” way – positive end toward the head.

Here are three runtimes.  The three highest outputs.  Turbo steps down completely in under 5 minutes, but it takes over 1 minute to begin the dramatic decline.  Once it’s stepped down, output is exceptionally stable at around 750 lumens (as claimed).  A final stepdown to around 250 lumens happens at ~150 minutes.  These are timed stepdowns, per the manual.

Note up front that in all these runtime tests the light did not exhibit LVP.  The cell was at a “tripped” or 0.00V level when the test was over.  The charge circuit in the light reset this trip without issue.  The switch does indicate that the voltage is low, as follows:

Green: >75%
Orange: ~30%-70%
Red: <30%
Blinking Red: <10%

The output on High looks about like the output on Turbo, aside from the first 5 minutes of actual Turbo output.  The duration overall is about the same.

Medium 1 is even more remarkably stable than the above two.

As mentioned, the M2R Pro Warrior has on-board charging via a USB to magnetic connector.

The name of this one is the MCC 1A/1.5A/2A, noteworthy since Olight makes a number of these charge bases.

The light will stand while on the charge base.

Here’s a charge test – charge rate goes up to over 2A and takes around 4 hours.  My logger seems to be on the fritz and I attribute these dropouts to the logger and not the light.  I tested charging with another device and I do not see these same dropouts.

The charge connector has a red/green indication, too.  While charging, the indicator is red.  When charged, this indicator switches to green.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 1800/750/250 4.5m/45m/45m 1914 5.83
High 750/250 60m/40m 763 1.46
Med 1 250 10h 250 0.39
Med 2 60 40h 61 0.09
Low 15 130h 14 0.03
Moon 1 50d ~ 0.01

PWM

No PWM on any mode.

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

There are two switches on the M2R Pro Warrior.  First is the metal tail switch which also is used in charging.

Next is the indicating side e-switch.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click Side Switch (SS) On (Mode Memory)
Off Hold SS Moon
Off Double Click SS Turbo
Any Triple Click SS Strobe
On Click SS Off
On Hold SS Mode Advance (L>M2>M1>H) (Moon and Turbo are excluded from cycle)
Turbo Double Click SS Return to previous mode (If previous was “High,” returns to Med 1)
Off Long Hold SS Lockout (Technically “Moon then lockout”)
Lockout Click SS Switch indicating lockout (red for 2s)
Lockout Hold SS Unlock to Moonlight
Any Hold (“half press”) Tail Switch (TS) Med 2 (in Config 1, default)
Turbo (in Config 2)
Any Click TS Turbo (in Config 1)
Strobe (in Config 2)
Off Hold TS, Click SS Switch between Config 1 and 2 (there is no confirmation except the modes seen per Config)

LED and Beam

The manual, product page, and an email I got when I asked, state only that this is a “High Performance NW LED.”  Some searching indicates it’s probably a dedomed (by Olight) NW Cree XHP35 HD.  The light uses a TIR, and the beam is a very even spot.  I am by no means an expert on weapon lights, but this seems suitable.

And it’s actually NW, too.

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

  • I really do love the Patriotic Edition-ness of it
  • Build quality is great
  • Runtimes match claim very specifically
  • Output is extremely well regulated!
  • Complete package including cell
  • UI is easy to grasp and not overly complicated
  • The beam profile

What I don’t like

  • Proprietary cell
  • Overall it’s a bit big
  • I don’t like Olight being cagey about the emitter.  Just tell what it is.

Notes

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

3 thoughts on “Olight M2R Pro Warrior Patriotic Edition Flashlight Review

  1. You can get the tail cap to line up if you sand the battery tube end down just a tiny bit. Don’t over do it. Lol

    1. Take the tail cap off, stand the light with led facing up. Put some sandpaper on a flat surface, maybe 600-800 grit, and move the light around in a figure 8 motion. The end of the battery tube is already raw aluminum so by taking off just a little material it gets shorter and allows the tail to be tightened just a tiny bit more.

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