Olight Marauder Mini Flashlight Review

Olight Marauder Mini Flashlight Review

New from Olight is a Mini version of the Marauder Mini flashlight! It offers the same great rotary interface along with red, green, and blue!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a ShareASale link to the Olight Marauder Mini Flashlight product page.

Versions

Three versions were available.  Midnight Blue looks to be sold out, but black and orange are both still available.

Price

The Olight Marauder Mini flashlight sells for $139.99 at the introductory price (MSRP $199.99). That price seems to hold for either (available) color.

There’s a package deal though, as always with Olight. You can add on a little box opener knife for just $1 more. In fact, there are a few items you can pick through to add on. Here’s a ShareASale link for the Olight Marauder Mini and the bonus, at only $140.99.

Olight wanted me to mention a few deals, too: 

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Also buying Marauder Mini can get the tier gift Nightclaw/Obulb.

Short Review

There’s a whole lot to love about the Olight Marauder Mini flashlight. Throw is fantastic, the output is good, and offering multiple levels of red or green or blue just makes the light extra fun! The unusual cell size (32650) does not bother me; I’m quite pleased that it’s possible to replace the cell. I do wish the Mini offered USB-C charging (and possibly a powerbank feature) as the Marauder 2 does. All in all, this one’s a big winner!

Long Review

The Big Table

Olight Marauder Mini Flashlight
Emitter: Flood (Cool White)
Price in USD at publication time: $139.99
Cell: 1×32650 (included)
Runtime Graphs
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: Rotary
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary Magnetic
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port with cell: all modes
without cell: no modes
Claimed Lumens (lm) 7000
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 5455 (77.9% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 4.4
Claimed Throw (m)
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 854lux @ 6.061m = 31372cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 354.2
Claimed CCT 5500-6000
Measured CCT Range (K)  
Item provided for review by: Olight
All my Olight reviews!

 

Olight Marauder Mini Flashlight
Emitter: Throw (Cool White)
Price in USD at publication time: $139.99
Cell: 1×32650 (included)
Runtime Graphs
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: Rotary
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary Magnetic
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port with cell: all modes
without cell: no modes
Claimed Lumens (lm) 900
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 869 (96.6% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 95.7
Claimed Throw (m) 600
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 2440lux @ 6.101m = 90822cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 602.7 (100.5% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 5000-6000
Measured CCT Range (K)  
Item provided for review by: Olight
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 Marauder Mini flashlight what's included

  • Olight Marauder Mini flashlight
  • Olight 32650 cell (proprietary and customized)
  • Charge cable (USB to proprietary magnetic)
  • Lanyard
  • Nylon holster
  • Manual etc

Package and Manual

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight box

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight box

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight lens cover

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight

The Marauder 2 had “fantastic heft.” The Olight Marauder Mini flashlight has that too, but in a “more manageable” format. It carries a bit better because it’s not quite so big.

On the end of the Olight Marauder Mini flashlight is a bit of printing, along with the charging connection.

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight tail end

The Mini maintains a nice grip area (that is a magnet for dust!) around the body. It’s appropriately labeled with “Marauder Mini” text.

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight grip area

Unlike the Marauder 2, the Marauder Mini has a removable tailcap! I love this, and wish the Marauder 2 had this as well. This means the 32650 cell is replaceable. No matter how hard it is to get or whether you have to buy them from Olight directly or whatever – it’s replaceable.

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight tailcap off

Inside, you can see the contacts. Those contacts hit the customized cell in the right place, and also explain why you can’t use a “standard” 32650 cell in this light.

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight internal contacts

Size and Comps

Weight: 16.3 oz (462 g) (Battery Included)
Length: 5.12 in (130 mm)
Head Diameter: 2.58 in (65.6 mm)
Body Diameter: 1.73 in (44 mm)

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).

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight in hand

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

Also above is 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.

Below is the Olight Marauder Mini flashlight (left) alongside the Marauder 2 (right). 

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight beside marauder 2

Retention and Carry

Primarily you’ll be carrying this light by means of the lanyard, which attaches through this “coin slot loop.”

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight lanyard attachment point

Unlike the Marauder 2 (or “M2”), this little loop does not seem to flip out and in the photo above is as exposed as it gets.

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight lanyard attached

Olight includes a nice stretchy holster for the Marauder Mini. It fits in one direction and the light shouldn’t be used while inside.

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight nylon pouch and holster

Power and Runtime

I’ve covered the cell fairly thoroughly by this point, but it’s a single lithium-ion cell. Much like many of Olight’s other cells, this one is customized and proprietary in that it has a shroud around the positive contact, and has both positive and negative contact points on the positive end.

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight with included cell

This is not the end of the world. It’s very nice that it’s even possible to change the cell, even if we’re required to buy one directly from Olight. I am also pleased that this light runs on a single lithium-ion cell; any configuration of series or parallel just adds more complexity than I often like to fool with. (That said, cells in series or parallel is exactly why a light like the bigger Marauder 2 has the cells built in…)

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight with included cell

The cell goes into the light in the usual direction – positive end toward the head.

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight with included cell installed

Here are a number of runtime tests. I tested the highest 3 modes for flood and throw but didn’t test any of the color modes for runtime.

runtime graph

runtime graph

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runtime graph

The light does shut off with low voltage protection, and the stepdowns seem to approximate what Olight’s manual claims. 

Charging

Olight has slipped back into its proprietary charging ecosystem for the Marauder Mini. 

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight charging stuff

This charger is a “charge base” style item, which connects to USB power on one end and magnetically to the (or “a”) flashlight. Olight has a ton of lights using this same connection, so if you’re already in, this won’t be a problem. 

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight on charging connector

Because I did so many runtimes, I also did a bunch of charge tests, too. The charging indicator on the charge base is red while charging and green when charging is complete. It’s noteworthy that the indicator turns green WAY before the termination I’m displaying below. The cell seems to keep charging after the indicator turns green, so I just let it. In every test, the final voltage was 4.17V, so it doesn’t seem to be overcharging.

charging graph

charging graph

Modes and Currents

I’ve written this chart like Olight wrote the manual. Every mode’s top level is called “100%” and the stepdowns are a percentage of that number (instead of just stating what that number is…) I don’t know why Olight did the list this way. 

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Flood Level 7 7,000 (100%) – 23% – 13% 2m – 160m – 10m 5455 (0s)
5373 (30s)
15.00
Flood Level 6 3,200 (100%) – 41% – 14% 10m – 170m – 10m 2490 5.11
Flood Level 5 1,600 (100%) – 50% – 25% 160m – 10m – 15m 1303 2.34
Flood Level 4 800 (100%) – 50% – 25% 320m – 5m – 15m 653 1.15
Flood Level 3 400 (100%) – 45% – 23% 630m – 10m – 10m 333 0.59
Flood Level 2 200 21h 153 0.30
Flood Level 1 100 35h30m 78 0.18
Throw Level 7 900 (100%) – 56% – 37%  10m – 200m – 40m 869 4.01
Throw Level 6 700 (100%) – 71% – 15%  40m – 175m – 45m 654 2.46
Throw Level 5 500 (100%) – 60% – 20%  220m – 30m 20m 484 1.62
Throw Level 4 300 (100%) – 33%   7h – 20m 309 0.90
Throw Level 3 200 11h30m 200 0.56
Throw Level 2 100 21h30m 104 0.29
Throw Level 1 50 43h30m 45 0.15
Red Level 4 200 (100%) – 90% – 60% – 40% – 20 % 5m – 305m – 10m – 10m – 10m 238 1.21
Red Level 3 150 (100%) – 90% – 60% – 30% 100m -430m -10m -10m 165 0.68
Red Level 2 100 16h30m 99 0.38
Red Level 1 50 30h 49 0.21
Green Level 4 220 (100%) – 91% – 55% – 41% 30m – 250m – 10m – 10m 188 1.39
Green Level 3 180 (100%) – 94% – 50% 490m – 10m – 10m 148 0.79
Green Level 2 140 14h 111 0.49
Green Level 1 100 22h30m 84 0.32
Blue Level 4 120 (100%) – 33% 260m – 40m 35 1.42
Blue Level 3 100 (100%) – 40% 420m – 10m 25 0.90
Blue Level 2 80 10h30m 19 0.61
Blue Level 1 55 17h 11 0.37

Pulse Width Modulation

None of the modes have PWM. The mode order in the photos below is 7 flood, 7 throw, 4 red, 4 green, and 4 blue, and all are lowest to highest. That’s the same story for all the series photos below, too.  

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, with is 50 microseconds (50us).  10ms5ms2ms1ms0.5ms0.2ms.  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 Olight Marauder Mini flashlight.  First is this rotary switch.

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight rotary control and switch

I will say that the rotary interface here doesn’t quite suit me. The switch seems to be some weird combination of rotary and “speed sensing switch” (there’s a real name for it I’m sure). If you rotate the dial very slowly, either nothing will happen, or you’ll rotate the switch nearly all the way around for one change in level. In other words, the levels are not specific places on the dial. You rotate until the level changes. The rotary rotates freely; there are no stop points here (that is, it’s not like the rotary on the Olight Olantern Classic 2 Pro, for example. In normal use this is fine, but if you’re trying to dial in specifically to level 4 or whatever, it can be frustrating.

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight rotary control profile

Not only does this switch serve as a dial, but it’s also clicky.  There’s a fair bit of action on it, too.  Travel is around 1.5-2mm.

Also, when rotating the dial, both the highest and lowest levels have a vibrating warning. This vibrate also happens when a cell is installed and makes proper contact. 

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight rotary control being depressed

I find the indicators that surround the rotary dial to be very fainter than on the Marauder 2. Maybe not quite so much as “hard to see” but…  I did find myself double-checking to see if they were lit. 

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight rotary control

There’s a second switch, too.  It’s this little toggle, which switches between flood and throw.  The rotary doesn’t care which way the toggle is; the rotary UI is the same.  On the toggle, “up” or “forward” is the Spot emitter, and “down” or “back” is the flood.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click Rotary Switch Battery indicator (if the light has been off >30s)
Off Rotate Rotary Switch 90 degrees Unlock
Unlocked Click Rotary Switch On in previously used level.  (Level can not be changed while output is off.)
On Rotate Switch Clockwise Increase output level
On Rotate Switch Counterclockwise Decrease output level
On Click Rotary Switch Off
Any Flip the Toggle Switch Switch from Flood to Spot (also lights indicators around rotary switch
Unlocked Double Click Rotary Switch Level 7 (another double click accesses Level 4)
Unlocked Triple Click Rotary Switch Strobe
Off Click Rotary Switch 15x Iterate the proximity sensor

LED and Beam

I can’t see where Olight has many any specific definitions of what the emitters in the Olight Marauder Mini flashlight are. At the very least, I can guess that the flood emitters are Osram P9. Olight does state the CCT. Flood emitters are 5500-6000K and the throw emitter is 5000-6000K. 

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight emitter array

The bezel has some teeth that allow light to escape while headstanding. Also notably (and thankfully) there does not seem to be a proximity sensor present here!

Olight Marauder Mini flashlight emitters on while headstanding

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

Despite the claims of 5000-6000K for these emitters, I’m reading a bit cooler on the flood emitters (5700K-6200K) and much cooler on the throw emitter (6400K-7600K). For the throw emitter, I added one extra test. The fringe of the throw beam has a bit of aberration, and that actually quite a bit warmer, at around 4500K. It’s a small area though, and not “warm in the good way” type of warm.

Beamshots

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

What I like

  • Great build quality
  • Replaceable 32650 cell
  • Single cell
  • Good size
  • Throw is great
  • Flat output on most modes
  • Rotary dial is a nice interface
  • Seems price nicely at around $140
  • I love having RGB

What I don’t like

  • The 32650 cell is proprietary and customized
  • Emitters are low CRI – high CRI flood would have been fantastic
  • One lower (very low!) mode for each of RGB would be nice

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