Olight Warrior Mini Spring 2 Flashlight – Is Titanium best for Flashlights?
Olight loves special editions! Olight buyers do too, it seems! Just announced is another “Seasons” set, but this time not a small Baton. This is the Warrior Mini Seasons Series! I have the Spring 2, which is a rainbow titanium. This Olight Warrior Mini 18650 LED flashlight is of course very similar to the Warrior Mini I already reviewed, but this one is titanium, so I prepared a full test series of it, too! Read on!
Official Specs and Features
Olight Warrior Mini Flashlight Versions
Right now the Seasons are going for $83.97 (each). MSRP is $119.95. As with most Olight products like this one, there’s a Release Extravaganza. Here are the details:
Flash sale date: 8:00 PM November 25th -11:59 PM November 30th EST.
VIP customers(Silver and above) will have the early access to our Flash Sale from November 20th EST.
UP to 45% OFF site-wide
FREE Gift: i1R2 Rechargeable Keychain Light in random color (Worth $19.95).
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Perun 2 Black, 30% off，$62.97, bundle i3T DT, 40% off, $67.14
Perun 2 Orange (Limited Edition), 30% off, $69.97, bundle i3T DT, 40% off, $73.14
Warrior Mini Ti (Spring 2/ Summer 2/Autumn 2/Winter 2), 30% off, $ 83.97
Warrior Mini Cu (Eternal 2), 30% off, $69.97
Warrior Mini Ti Spring 2/ Summer 2 / Autumn 2 / Winter 2, bundle Warrior Mini CU (Eternal 2), 35% off, $142.94
Coupon Code will work during sales on non-sale listings ONLY.
This is a fun iteration of the Warrior Mini, which I already liked. I am pleased to see the Seasons series continue, but I really wish there was a neutral or warm emitter option mixed in with these.
Long Review on the Olight Warrior Mini Flashlight
The Big Table
|Olight Warrior Mini Rainbow|
|Emitter:||Luminus SST-40 6000K-7000K|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$83.97 (sale price)|
|Turbo Runtime||High Runtime|
|Quiescent Current (mA):||?|
|Charge Port Type:||Proprietary magnetic|
|Power off Charge Port||With cell: All modes.
Without cell: No modes.
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||1500|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||1462 (97.5% of claim)^|
|Candela per Lumen||5.5|
|Claimed Throw (m)||190|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||324lux @ 5.394m = 9427cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||194.2 (102.2% of claim)^|
|All my Olight reviews!|
^ Measurement disclaimer: Testing flashlights is my hobby. I use hobbyist-level equipment for testing, including some I made myself. Try not to get buried in the details of manufacturer specifications versus measurements recorded here; A certain amount of difference (say, 10 or 15%) is perfectly reasonable.
I got an early edition of the Seasons Warrior Mini, so here’s what I got. Not the full package.
But we know from previous posts that all this stuff is included:
- Olight Warrior Mini Flashlight
- Olight 3500mAh customized 18650
- Olight MCC 1A/1.5A/2A charger (USB to proprietary magnetic)
Package and Manual
Again, I got no box. But here’s what it should look like:
Build Quality and Disassembly
Since this Warrior Mini and the one I previously reviewed are so extremely similar, much of the text from that review will be seen again here.
New for this edition are two notable things. First, this light is made of titanium (not aluminum). Secondly, the finish is rainbow! I’m not exactly sure if it’s anodized or… what… but it’s very neat.
The colors fade in and out from green to blue to purple all over the light.
Even the clip has the finish!
The build quality is great.
The coloration is just fantastic, too.
A metal switch cover in matching anno would really set the light off!!
There’s a bit of etching. Namely the brand name, a leaf, and “Spring 2.”
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, but definitely titanium. If you know what I mean, you know what I mean. They’re just about as scratchy as many titanium threads, so are distinctly titanium.
Still nice threads, though – square-cut and a little bit anodized.
Size and Comps
Head Diameter: 23.0mm
Body Diameter: 23.0mm
If the flashlight will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo). If the flashlight 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 formats.
Here’s the Spring 2 with the Camo. They’re the same except finish (and body material).
Also I have a S Mini Baton from years back…. Same rainbow finish! Now I have a pair. 🙂
I still think this is the best Baton, too. I don’t need that on-board charging, so this was a fantastic small light!
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. (Photo from the camo review!)
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.
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). (Photo of Camo Warrior Mini.)
Here are a couple of runtimes.
Output steps down from an initial ~1600 lumens to over 1462 at 30s. 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. The light doesn’t seem to shut off.
The output on High is nicely flat and regulated, at around 542 lumens.
The indicating switch also helps during runs. At around 4V, the switch is lit green when the light is on. At around 3.7V, the switch is “not green” (maybe orange, or maybe off, it’s quite dim). At 3.0V the switch begins to flash red. The switch flashed red all the way down to 2.0V (on bench power), getting dimmer all the way down.
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 charging 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!
Camo Warrior Mini seen below.
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|
|Moon||1||45d||~||~ (very low)|
Pulse Width Modulation
For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor. Also, here’s the light with the worst PWM I could find. I’m adding multiple timescales, so it’ll be easier to compare to the test light. Unfortunately, the PWM on this light is so bad that it doesn’t even work with my normal scale, which is 50 microseconds (50us). 10ms. 5ms. 2ms. 1ms. 0.5ms. 0.2ms. In a display faster than 0.2ms or so, the on/off cycle is more than one screen, so it’d just (very incorrectly) look like a flat line. I wrote more about this Ultrafire WF-602C flashlight and explained a little about PWM too.
User Interface and Operation
There are two switches on the Warrior Mini. First is the metal tail switch which also is used in charging. (Again, the Camo version – I randomly forgot to get some shots I always use in reviews for this light…)
Next is the indicating side e-switch.
Here’s a UI table! This is the same UI as is on the M2R Warrior Pro.
|Off||Click Side Switch (SS)||On (Mode Memory)|
|Off||Double Click SS||Turbo|
|Any||Triple Click SS||Strobe|
|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.
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)
I keep the test flashlight on the left, and the BLF-348 reference flashlight on the right.
I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348 because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
Conclusion on the Olight Warrior Mini Flashlight
What I like
- Wooo fantastic rainbow!!
- Even better than just rainbow, is the whole season set!
- 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
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