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

Here’s a referral link to the official product page.

Versions

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight all models

Price

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).

(Register or Log in your account during flash sale, a FREE i1R2 Keychain Light will be automatically added to your cart.)

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.


Short Review

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

The Big Table

Olight Warrior Mini Rainbow
Emitter: Luminus SST-40 6000K-7000K
Price in USD at publication time: $83.97 (sale price)
Cell: 1×18650
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP? No
Switch Type: Both
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary magnetic
Chargetime
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)*
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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

I got an early edition of the Seasons Warrior Mini, so here’s what I got.  Not the full package.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight what's included

But we know from previous posts that all this stuff is included:

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight real full package

  • Olight Warrior Mini Flashlight
  • Olight 3500mAh customized 18650
  • Olight MCC 1A/1.5A/2A charger (USB to proprietary magnetic)
  • Lanyard
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Again, I got no box.  But here’s what it should look like:

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight manual

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.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight on side

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.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight on side

The colors fade in and out from green to blue to purple all over the light.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight on side

Even the clip has the finish!

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight on side

The build quality is great.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight showing tail and side

The coloration is just fantastic, too.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight pocket clip connection

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight pocket clip

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight pocket clip detail

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight pocket clip detail

A metal switch cover in matching anno would really set the light off!!

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight e-switch

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight side knurling

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight tailcap detail

There’s a bit of etching.  Namely the brand name, a leaf, and “Spring 2.”

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight laser etching

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight on low

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.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight positive terminal contacts

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

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight open head and tail springs showing

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.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight open showing threads

Still nice threads, though – square cut and a little bit anodized.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight thread detail

Size and Comps

Weight: 124g
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).

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 mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight beside torchlab boss 35

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.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight pocket clip detail and serial

 

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight pocket clip detail

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!)

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight magnet

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.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight 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.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight 3500mah 18650

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight 3500mah 18650

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.)

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight 3500mah 18650

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.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight runtime graph turbo

The output on High is nicely flat and regulated, at around 542 lumens.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight runtime graph high

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 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!

Camo Warrior Mini seen below.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight magnetic charge base

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.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight charge graph

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 1500/500/170 4m/205m/55m 1462 3.54
High 500/170 218m/50m 542 0.77
Medium 120 18h 120 0.16
Low 15 150h 15 0.01
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.  (Again, the Camo version – I randomly forgot to get some shots I always use in reviews for this light…)

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight tailswitch

Next is the indicating side e-switch.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight side e-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.

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight emitter

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

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight on low

olight warrior mini rainbow spring 2 led flashlight emitter

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

  • Wooo fantastic rainbow!!
  • Even better than just rainbow, is the whole season set!
  • 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

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1 thought on “Olight Warrior Mini Spring 2 Flashlight – Is Titanium best for Flashlights?

  1. Specifaction says it’s weight 124g, not 105g (which is the weight of standard one).
    Which is quite insane, titanium version, that is 19g heavier, than the steel one, makes absolute no sense to me.
    Unless you’re a kind of rainbow-guy.

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