Olight Warrior Mini Flashlight Review

Olight has capitalized on the popularity of their 2-stage switch from the M2R Warrior Pro by dropping it into a Baton sized light.  They have just released the Warrior Mini, a dual switch 18650 light.  Read on for some testing and thoughts!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There’s only one version of the Warrior Mini, but it’s available in three colorways – Black, Desert Tan, and Camouflage (seen here).

Price

These re going or $62.97 at the moment because of a massive sale Olight’s having!  Buy yours through this referral link to help me and to tell Olight that sending me lights for review is useful!

Olight’s also having a flash sale (which corresponds to the release of this review, actually!)  Here are some details.  All of those links are referral links.

Flash sale date: 8:00pm September 24th -11:59pm September 25th EDT, lasting 28 hours;

Warrior Mini Black or Desert Tan, 30% off (MAP: $79.95; Sales price:$55.97)
Bundle: Warrior Mini Black or Desert Tan+ i3T EOS (RED), 40% off (MAP: $101.90; Sale s price:$61.14)

Warrior Mini Camouflage (Limited Edition), 30% off (MAP: $89.95; Sales price:$62.97)

Bundle: Warrior Mini Camouflage+ i3T EOS RED, 40% off (MAP: $111.90; Sale s price:$67.14);

MEGA PACK, 40% off
Mega Pack A: Warrior mini Black+ Warrior mini Desert Tan+ Warrior mini Camouflage + Perun Mini KIT DT +  i3T EOS RED, (MAP: $341.75; Sales price:$205.05);
Mega Pack B: Warrior mini Black+ Perun Mini KIT DT+ i3T EOS RED, (MAP: $171.85; Sales price:$103.11) 


Short Review

I didn’t have one of the new Baton series lights, and I always figured the size of those would be perfect.  I think this light suits me even better – I loved the 2-stage switch on the M2R Warrior Pro (and still use that light often), and that technology has trickled down to this 18650 sized light.  I would rather this light had a different emitter than the 6000-7000K cool white, but there’s potential for changing that I think.  The battery is proprietary but can still be charged in bay chargers.  That’s a step in the right direction.  Unfortunately normal 18650 cells don’t work in the light.  All in all I think this is a good light.  And the camo is great!

Long Review

The Big Table

Olight Warrior Mini
Emitter: (6000K-7000K)
Price in USD at publication time: $62.97 at olight store – referral link!
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? Switch warning
Switch Type: Both
Quiescent Current (A): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary Magnetic
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no cell?
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1500
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 1566 (104.4% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 5.5
Claimed Throw (m) 190
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 417lux @ 5.002m = 10433cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 204.3 (107.5% of claim)*
All my Olight reviews!
  • 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 Mini Flashlight
  • Olight 3500mAh customized 18650
  • Olight MCC 1A/1.5A/2A charger (USB to proprietary magnetic)
  • Lanyard
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Check out that camo pattern!  I would probably be inclined to refer to this as a “splatter” pattern.  It’s certainly not any of the standard camo patterns, and many of the blobs of alternating color are just that – actual blobs.  On the knurled body, it’s no big deal.  But on the head, it’s somewhat noticeable.  Not a problem at all for me, but something to notice if you’re a particular camo fan.

The build quality is great.

The bezel is a little unusual.  It’s not knurled in a typical way.  It doesn’t seem to be grippy in a way that’s used for threading (ie, I think it’s press fit in).  It’s just very grippy.  All the edges on all those bump outs are sharp.  They’re short so they’re not sharp in a dangerous way, but sharp in a “grippy” way.  I haven’t ever seen a bezel like it.

The tail end is all metal, since that’s where charging happens.  And also switchy, since that’s one of the two switch options.

Here’s a better look at the camo.  Looks like a four color pattern – green, dark brown, light brown, and tan.  I am not sure what the application method is, but the individual colors are all smooth against each other.  That is, it doesn’t feel like one is stacked upon the other.

The light is serialized.

The body has big grippy knurling (which isn’t really knurling).  It’s aggressive but not hurtful.  Just like the bezel – it’s grippy.

Here’s the best shot of the bezel I can get.  You can see that the raised parts are very, very short.

The tailcap has a tripod base, so that even with the switch and charge port, the light will still tailstand.

The Warrior Mini will also reliably stand on the charge base.

The head comes off, but there are only two parts; the tail end does not come apart or off.

Inside the head, you can see the contacts that make the proprietary customized cell work.  There’s a spring for positive contact, and a brass retaining ring for contacting the negative terminal, which is also on the positive end of the cell.

The tail also has a spring, and a retaining ring.

The threads are coated (anodized? not sure….), square cut, and not very long.  They are nice threads.

Under the clip maintains the camo finish.

There’s a QR code hidden under the pocket clip, interestingly.  I haven’t yet gotten it to scan, to see where it goes.

The bezel does provide some relief so that light escapes when headstanding.

Size and Comps

Weight: 105g
Length: 106.5mm
Head Diameter: 23.0mm
Body Diameter: 23.0mm

If a light will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo).  If a light will tailstand, I’ll show that here, too (usually the fourth photo).  This light does both.

Here’s the test light with the venerable Convoy S2+.  Mine’s a custom “baked” edition Nichia 219b triple.  A very nice 18650 light.

And here’s the light beside my custom engraved TorchLAB BOSS 35, an 18350 light.  I reviewed the aluminum version of the TorchLAB BOSS in both 35 and 70 format.

And here’s the Warrior Mini with the M2R Warrior Pro Patriot Edition.  The size difference is stark!

Retention and Carry

A pocket clip is included and attached.  It fits in exactly only one orientation, and is a “two way” clip.

I don’t usually like these two way clips and this one is particularly egregious – carrying this light in the “bezel down” orientation will leave more than half the light out of the pocket.  That said, the “normal” orientation for this clip is just fine, and the “second way” of it doesn’t hinder things too much.  So just plan to carry it as a bezel-up light.

The clip also has two holes in the shoulder.  This is the lanyard (included) attachment point.  The lanyard will not attach anywhere else.

The Warrior Mini is suitable for use on the brim of a cap, so makes a good hatlight too.

The magnet in the charging tail cap is also strong enough to hold the light in a horizontal position.

Power and Runtime

The Olight Warrior Mini is powered by a custom single lithium ion cell.  The appropriate cell is included – a customized 3500mAh 18650.

The “custom” part is seen below – both positive and negative terminal are exposed on the positive end.  One interesting aspect, and massive improvement over previous iterations of this type cell is that the positive terminal is not recessed.  This means the cell can charge in a bay style charger!  Unfortunately that’s where the good news ends:  This customized type cell is required for operating the Warrior Mini.  This is still a step forward, though.

There’s a good bit of cell sticking out of the body when the cell is resting inside.

And the cell goes into the light in the “normal” way – positive terminal toward head.  (This is in contrast to some of the other similar Olights like the S1R Baton II, a light that otherwise looks incredibly similar to the Warrior Mini).

Here are a couple of runtimes.  I had intended to run the next mode but at 18 hours long, my computer can’t really handle that spreadsheet!

Output steps down from an initial 1660 lumens to over 1500 at 30s.  In fact the light stays over 1500 lumens (the official claim) for over 2 minutes.  It does warm up while doing this!  Once the light steps down, the output is incredibly flat for hours.  Then there’s another stepdown, which lasts for under an hour, and then the light begins to decline in output.  The switch warns the user of low voltage along the way.  First green, then orange, then solid red, then flashing red.  I stopped both of the tests seen below at random times but the cell voltage was (coincidentally) 2.52V each time.  This is purely chance, and the light doesn’t seem to shut off.

The output on High is nicely flat and regulated, at around 555 lumens.  Sorry for no temp here – I had the logger running but the probe wasn’t connected!  (In the test above, the logger cells died, and so that log shuts off at around 280 minutes.  When I charged those cells, I forgot to reconnect the probe!)

There’s also on-board charging, by way of a magnetic charge base and a magnetic charge connector in the tail (both parts are magnetic!).  The charge base is the common Olight MCC, which can charge at 1A, 1.5A, or 2A.  As I said above, this cell can be charged in a regular bay charger too!

Charging proceeds at well over 1A, and the 3500mAh cell is charged in around 4 hours.  The charge base is red when charging, and green when not being used or the cell is “completely charged.”  I noted in charge testing that the on the charger would turn green before the trickle CV phase had stopped putting power into the cell.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 1500/500/170 4m/205m/55m 1566 3.42
High 500/170 218m/50m 555 0.76
Medium 120 18h 120 0.16
Low 15 150h 15 0.02
Moon 1 45d – (very low)

PWM

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 Warrior Mini.  First is the metal tail switch which also is used in charging.

Next is the indicating side e-switch.

Below is a shot of the red indication on the switch.

Here’s a UI table!  This is the same UI as is on the M2R Warrior Pro.

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>M>H) (Moon and Turbo are excluded from cycle)
Turbo Double Click SS Return to previous mode (If previous was “High,” returns to Med)
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 (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 emitter of choice for this light is a Luminus SST40.  The temperature is Cool White, at 6000K-7000K.  This emitter is under a TIR, and there is no glass over the TIR.

Honestly the beam is not only cool but also green on the lower modes.  On Turbo I don’t notice it at all.

As stated above, the bezel does allow a tiny bit of light to escape when headstanding.

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

  • Size
  • Cell can be charged in bay charger
  • Meets output and throw claims
  • Very flat regulation after stepdowns
  • The Camo pattern is interesting
  • Two-stage switch is good

What I don’t like

  • No LVP
  • Very cool white emitter
  • Proprietary cell required for use of light

Notes

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

2 thoughts on “Olight Warrior Mini Flashlight Review

  1. Hi..

    What if i turn on the light via SS, and while on, I press the TS… What would happen? I hv the M2R, it will turn off after I press the TS.

    1. It’s the same here. The TS has total control over the light. First you’ll hit the lower output, then turbo, then when released, the light will go off. (as with M2R, as you described.)

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