Olight Warrior X Pro Flashlight Review – The Best Cree XHP35.2 HI Flashlight?

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi laying on side

Olight just released a new version in the Warrior series of lights – the Warrior X Pro.  It’s not just a body upgrade, though (red is new).  It’s also an emitter upgrade!  Read on to see what makes this an unusual little light, and the best Cree XHP35.2 HI light available!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There are a bunch!  Some of these are already discontinued.

Price

The MSRP of these is $129.95.  As with most new Olight models, however, there’s a big sale going on now!

Flash sale date: 8:00pm October 22nd -11:59pm October 23rd EDT, lasting 28 hours;
VIP customers(above Silver) will have the early access to our Flash Sale from October 20th EDT.

Warrior X Pro Red, Green or Blue(Limited Edition), 30% off (MAP: $129.95; Sales price:$90.97)

Bundle: Warrior X Pro Red, Green or Blue(Limited Edition)+ i5T EOS(ODG), 40% off (MAP: $162.90; Sale s price:$97.74)

Olantern Basalt Grey, Wine Red or Moss Green, 30% off (MAP: $79.95; Sales price:$55.97)

Bundle: Olantern Basalt Grey, Wine Red or Moss Green+ i3T EOS(ODG), 40% off (MAP: $101.90; Sale s price:$61.14)

Olantern (Basalt Grey) + Warrior X Pro(Blue), 40% off (MAP: $209.90; Sales price:$125.94)

Olantern (Wine Red) + Warrior X Pro (Red), 40% off (MAP: $209.90; Sales price:$125.94)

Olantern (Moss Green) + Warrior X Pro(Green), 40% off (MAP: $209.90; Sales price:$125.94)


Short Review

This light shares the dual switch interface of some of the other newer Olights.  I like it – and this is a good implementation of it.  Just two modes, so it’s hard to mess up.  I also love the use of this emitter – Olight is showing unusual dedication to providing a neutral white option of this light.  All in all, this is a nice light!

Long Review

The Big Table

Olight Warrior X Pro
Emitter: Cree XHP35 HI (NW – Chemical Dedome)
Price in USD at publication time: $129.95
Cell: 1×21700
Turbo Runtime Low Runtime
LVP? No
Switch Type: Two-State Tail switch
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: proprietary magnetic
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port with no cell?  No.
with cell?  No.
Claimed Lumens (lm) 2100
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 2074 (98.8% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 32
Claimed Throw (m) 500
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 2030lux @ 5.932m = 71433cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 534.5 (106.9% 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 x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi what's included

  • Olight Warrior X Pro Flashlight
  • Olight 5000mAh 21700 (customized, proprietary)
  • Lanyard
  • Charge cable (USB to proprietary magnetic charge base)
  • Tactical ring (one installed, one spare for use without the clip)
  • Pouch (stiff nylon)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi laying on side

In case you’re keeping score, this makes two red lights in a row reviewed!  This one is absolutely stark red.  Deep red, glossy finish with a sheen.  It’s a quite nice red.  And it’s very red.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi tailcap

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi clip

The head of the Warrior X Pro is probably the second thing you’ll notice.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi midsection

It’s a very “ray gun” head.  It’s good for cooling.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi head

The bezel is somewhat sharp and great for striking.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi bezel

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi emitter shot

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi tailcpap

The body is properly grippy.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi pocket clip

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi pocket clip

With the tripod tailcap, the light will tailstand.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi tailstanding

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi lanyard hole

There’s limited printing on the light, but that includes branding, and a QR code, and a serial number.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi qr code on side

The threads are quite long, anodized, square cut, and smooth.  They’re very nice threads.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi threads

That brassy looking bit in the tailcap is ever so slightly springy.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi tailcap off

The head has a spring in the center, and around that spring is another ring.  Those three little dots aren’t innies, they’re outties.  

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi springs

Those little dots make contact to the negative terminal on the positive end of the cell.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi springs and contact

 

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi tactical ring groove

The tactical ring which has the lanyard hole (seen above) is keyed to the pocket clip (seen below) is removable.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi threads

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi pocket clip keyed

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi tactical ring installed

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi pocket clip off

In case you were wondering, the some parts between the Warrior X Turbo and Warrior X Pro are interchangeable.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi parts swap with warrior x turbo

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi bezel

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi cell direction

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi

The bezel surprisingly comes right off.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi bezel and reflector removed

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi bezel and reflector out

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi bezel

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi on with parts out

Here’s an emitter shot.  It took me a while to figure out what this actually is.  More on that later!

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi emitter shot

Size and Comps

Weight (g / oz) 239 / 8.43
Length (mm / in) 149 / 5.87
Head Diameter (mm / in) 39.0 / 1.54
Body Diameter (mm / in) 26.2 / 1.03

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).

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 that light in both 35 and 70 format.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi beside torchlab 35

Here are some other Olights!

Retention and Carry

There are a few ways to carry the Olight Warrior X Pro.  Probably the best will be this nylon pouch.

It’s a stiff (but not “hard”) nylon pouch, which affords primarily bezel up carry.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi nylon pouch

As you can see below, the light can go either direction into the pouch.  I wouldn’t really call it “usable” inside the pouch, but you could force the idea.

 

Secondly is the belt clip.  It’s a nice clip, which is physically restricted by the keyed aluminum tactical ring.  What that means is that with this tactical ring in place, the pocket clip can not fall off.  The clip has a couple of places to attach a lanyard.  The clip itself is also keyed – it’ll only go in this exact spot, which covers the cell orientation printing.

That clip specifici spot can be seen below.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi pocket clip keyed

The clip is a bit of a “half moon” style – but again is completely captured when the metal tactical ring is used.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi pocket clip off

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi pocket clip

The lanyard can attach on the pocket clip seen above, or through a loop on the metal tactical ring seen below.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi lanyard hole

Power and Runtime

Olight includes a cell that is required for the Warrior X Pro.  The ORB-217C50 is a proprietary customized 5000mAh 21700.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi cell laying

The cell is proprietary in that it will only charge in these style lights.  It’s customized in the sense that the negative terminal is exposed on the positive end, and the positive terminal is shrouded by a plastic ring.

This is the same style as used in some Thrunites, and there is a little bit of cross compatibility.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi cell protected terminal

Other 21700 cells will not function in this light, and other cells can not be charged in this light.

Below you can see why there’s the proprietary requirement.  Inside the head (the positive end) has a spring, and a metal springy part around the spring.  The spring makes positive contact, and the ring makes negative contact.  It won’t work any other way.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi springs and contact

Here are a couple of runtimes.  That covers all the modes – there are only two.  The runtime looks pretty good – 2074 lumens covers the 2100 lumen claim.  That 2100 lumen claim is modified for this light specifically, since the non-NW versions do churn out a little more lumens.   The Warrior X Pro holds that output for around 1m 15s, then steps down to around 1000 lumens.  The light shuts off after a few stepdowns, and that shutoff seems to be when the cell is completely dead.  I read 0.0V on the cell after ever runtime.  That could be cell protection kicking in, or it could be that the cell is actually depleted.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi runtime turbo

Here’s the Low runtime.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi runtime low

Onboard charging happens through the tripod metal tailcap.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi tailcpap

A charger is included.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi charge cable

This charger is the MCC1A/1.5A/2A, and is standard among these lights now.  It’s USB to magnetic proprietary, and can be used as a charge base for tailstanding.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi charge cable

One thing that makes me think the cell protection is tripped and not fully depleted to 0V is that charging doesn’t soft-start.  Basically the charging “untrips” the protection, and then goes about charging around 2A.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi charge graph

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 2100 2m/100m/23m 2074
Low 300 8h 265

PWM

No PWM on either 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’s only one switch on the Warrior X Pro.  It’s a two-stage e-switch, and is just like the Warrior X Turbo, as you’d expect.  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 is just right, unlike some other two-stage switches.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi tailcpap

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi tailcap

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi lanyard hole

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 Deep Click Turbo
Low Shallow Press Off
Turbo Click Off

I reported elsewhere that the only way to turn the the light off from Low as through Turbo – that’s not actually right.  A shallow tap will also turn the light off!

LED and Beam

The emitter in this light threw me – Olight doesn’t typically report their emitters (!!!), but all indications were that this is a Cree XHP35 HI.

But what you see below is not like any Cree XHP35 HI you’ve ever seen.  That’s right.  In fact this is a Cree XHP35.2 HD that Olight chemically dedomes (which does in fact make it “HI”).  That makes this the first light to be using the Cree XHP35.2 emitter!  And it’s smart of Olight to use this version and dedome it, because that gives a very pleasant tint.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi emitter shot

With how easily the bezel can be removed, if one wished to swap the emitter it’d be very possible.

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi emitter shot

Surprising to me was that there’s a bit of glow around the inside of the bezel!

olight warrior x pro 21700 cree xhp35 hi bezel glow

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

  • Olight committed themselves to the neutral white version, and I fully applaud that.
  • Output meets specifications
  • Complete package light
  • Charging is good
  • Another good implementation of the two-stage switch

What I don’t like

  • Proprietary and customized 21700 cell
  • I would be happy with a third mode in there somewhere, though that doesn’t play well with the two stage switch.

Notes

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