Olight Warrior X Turbo Flashlight Review

Today is Olight day!  There’s an Olight out and about to be on a big sale soon…  It’s the Warrior X Turbo, a two mode light with a switch I loved from the M2R Pro Warrior.  It boasts a White Flat emitter and … well read on for more!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There are two versions of the Warrior X Turbo.  Black and Gunmetal Gray (seen here).

Price

The MSRP of these is $139.95.  They’re on sale at OlightStore.com for $104.97 right now!  That’s a referral link.


Short Review

This is a well built and versatile dead simple very throwy light.  It’ll be great on a weapon, or just for playing around with as your main thrower.  I really like the switch, but I like the proprietary battery much less.

Long Review

The Big Table

Olight Warrior X Turbo
Emitter: Osram CSLPM1.F1 (6000K-6700K)
Price in USD at publication time: $139.95
Cell: 1x “21700”
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
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) 1100
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1141 (103.7% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 221.7
Claimed Throw (m) 1000
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 7520lux @ 5.875m = 259558cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 1018.9 (101.9% 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 Warrior X Turbo Flashlight
  • Olight 5000mAh Proprietary 21700
  • Lanyard
  • Charge cable (USB to proprietary Magnetic)
  • Tactical ring
  • Nylon form fitting pouch
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

This feels like an extremely robust light.  The finish is excellent.

The gunmetal color is really fetching – note that the bezel on this color is black, while the bezel on the black body is blue.

That tactical ring being off axis below was just coincidence – I noticed right after this photo and fixed it.  It sits perfectly correct normally.

The tailcap has big grooves for grip, allowing easy removal for cell swaps.  Of course the light has on-board charging, so maybe you’d never need to swap cells.

The body has grip, but not knurling.

The head has some cooling fins, but overall it’s minimal cooling.  The light does get warm on Turbo!

The Warrior X Turbo will tailstand but it’s a bit reluctant to do so.

I wasn’t able to remove this bezel.  Not saying you couldn’t….

The threads are big and square cut, and very smooth.  I thought they were the same as the M2R Pro Warrior but in fact the body is much thicker on this light.

Both head and tail have a spring, as you would expect in a weapon light.

The bezel allows light to escape when headstanding.

Size and Comps

Weight (g / oz) 294g / 10.37oz
Length (mm / in) 157mm / 6.18in
Head Diameter (mm / in) 58mm / 2.28in
Body Diameter (mm / in) 26.2mm / 1.03in

Retention and Carry

The primary way for carrying this light will likely be the form fit pouch.  The pouch is structured – not really “hard” but it holds its shape when the light is out.  The light fits in only bezel-up direction.

Also included and attached from the factory is a friction fit clip that fits only on the tail end, allowing bezel-down carry.

This clip is a half way around clip, but it’s secured by the collar ring.  So despite the clip itself not being all that tight or maybe secure, the collar holds it in place very firmly.

This collar and clip are also keyed – they’ll only fit in one way.

This collar has a hole for lanyard attachment, too.

The clip includes multiple places a lanyard could attach, as well.  This clip is really quite nice!

A second tactical ring is included.  This one is not keyed, and can not be used with the pocket clip.  I tried to force it a bit before realizing the clip was keyed, and made a nice little dent in the aluminum collar of the soft grip tac ring.

 

There are other retention options for the Warrior X Turbo that I don’t have on hand.  The light has a weapon mount.  You can see that here:

Power and Runtime

The Warrior X Turbo is powered by the same cell as the M2R Pro Warrior.  It’s a 5000mAh proprietary 21700 cell.  This cell won’t charge in your bay charger.  It’ll charge via the tailcap charging of the Warrior X Turbo (or the M2R Pro Warrior, too!).

Standard 21700 cells do not work in any capacity in this light.  (No power, no charging).

The cell is sort of technically a button top, but the button is shrouded by plastic, and there’s a negative terminal on the positive end, too.

The cell goes into the light in the normal orientation – positive end toward head.

Here are runtimes for both modes.  There are just two – Turbo and Low.  Both modes look good – Turbo holds fairly steady for over 20 minutes at ~1000 lumens.  Then the stepdowns follow a program until the light eventually shuts off.  Once the light shuts off it no longer responds to input from the switch.  The light has an interesting vibrate function to warn of low voltage, too.  Below 20% battery, the light will vibrate once every 5 minutes.  Below 10%, the vibrate will be every minute.  And finally below 5%, the light will vibrate every 5 seconds!

Low is rock solid steady for the duration of the runtime, at just over 11 hours.  The claim is 12.5 hours, so this comes up a little short.

The light also has built in charging.  This is a MCC 1A/1.5A/2A charger.  USB to proprietary magnetic.  It’s the same charger as the M2R Pro Warrior.

The connection is magnetic and grabs pretty automatically.

The balance is a little weird, but the light will tailstand on the charge base.

Charging takes a while – over 5 hours, but tops out at around 2A.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 1100/600/300/150 6.5m/107m/27m/52m 1147 ?
Low 150 15.5h 141 ?

I couldn’t measure tailcap current.

PWM

There isn’t any PWM on either mode.  There’s a little ripple on Low but it’s nothing to worry about.

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’s only one switch on the Warrior X Turbo.  It’s a two-stage e-switch, and the feel is (again) just like the M2R Pro Warrior.  This is a very good switch.  It works like this:  Press a little (shallow) for Low.  Press a little more (deeper) for Turbo.  The actuation point could be just a shade better for me – Low could be earlier in the press and last longer, and Turbo could be a little deeper (basically a wider range for Low.)

There is also a locking remote switch for weapon mounts.  That is a separate purchase.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Shallow Press Momentary Low
Off Shallow Click Low
Off Deep Press Momentary Turbo
Off Deep Click Turbo
Low Click* Turbo
Turbo Click Off
  • Yes this means the only way to turn the light off from Low is to turn it to Turbo and then off.

LED and Beam

The emitter in this light is an Osram CSLPM1.F1 (6000K-6700K).  This is the “White Flat 2” emitter.  It’s a bit cool, but boy does it throw!  It’ll also handle a bunch of current, and despite not being able to test that above, I have a feeling this light sends a bunch of current to the emitter!

The emitter is surrounded by a very smooth, big, and deep reflector.  The beam is very much throw, but on the higher mode there is noticeable spill.  It’s specific spill though – almost uniformly lit, aside from the hotspot.

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

(Below isn’t Low and High, it’s just one mode in two different shots.)

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

  • Excellent build quality
  • Dead simple UI
  • Nice weapon mount system
  • Fantastic two-stage switch

What I don’t like

  • Proprietary 21700
  • 6000K-6700K temperature (warmer would be great)
  • Maybe just two modes is great for a weapon light but I wouldn’t mind a middle mode thrown in there.

Notes

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

1 thought on “Olight Warrior X Turbo Flashlight Review

  1. G’day,
    Good review to a point. Did you get to go out in the field fora throw comparison?
    I have looked at a lot of lights, but the video or pics of throw just don’t jell and what I mean is the different reviews show the lights how bright they are close up but nothing has come up to par with their claims about distance.
    I was impressed with the pic of the Warrior XTurbo pinpointing animals across a gully at about 400m. A range finder would confirm this.
    It’s clear as. As I hunt wild dogs this is a light to be looked at to do the job. Have you seen the pic I am referring to?
    Thanks for your time to do a good review I liked the points you made about the light.
    Cheers
    Colin

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