Review // Olight PL-Mini Valkyrie -- Weapon Light

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Review // Olight PL-Mini Valkyrie -- Weapon Light

This is the Olight PL-Mini Valkyrie weapon light , sent to me for review from Olight and NO other compensation other than keeping the light.

The PL-Mini can be found at the following links (NON affiliated)…….

https://www.olightstore.com/olight-pl-mini

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Olight-PL-MINI-Valkyrie-400lumen-Cree-XP-L-Recha...

The PL-Mini is a very compact and very robust little weapon light that can be mounted on the stock Glock rails or ANY Picatinny rail mount , whether on a pistol , rifle , or shotgun. The package includes the Light itself , the magnetic charger , the adapter for the Picatinny rails (comes with Glock rail mount on it) and the tool for changing to that adapter.

Being a weapon light the PL- Mini size is very small and the UI was kept very simple , with a single mode for constant on , or a single “tactical” mode and the light is made to be ambidextrous. The constant on is activated with a quick press of either of the switches that are located at the very rear of the light and in position for an easy touch when mounted on a pistol. To turn the light off from the constant on mode another quick press is all that is needed. The tactical , or momentary on , is done with a press and hold of either switch and goes off when released , no matter if only held for a couple of seconds or for a long period , as long as the switch is fully depressed and held , the light stays on and then goes off when the switch is released.

The PL-Mini uilizes the XP-L HI emitter with 400 lumens and a fairly wide , but yet also fairly defined hotspot , the PL-Mini has a good coverage for indoor and Tactical type use. The beam indoors is plenty to light up most any room and with the momentary on function the light becomes very tactially friendly , as you can use it quickly , let go of the switch for the light to go off and then reposition if needed. The PL-Mini will also go pretty much unnoticed as far as feeling any extra weight on your weapon , as it is a very lightweight at only 62 grams total.
The PL-Mini would also be suited for outdoor use for shorter distances of probably 40 yards or less , which if using a pistol , is more than enough distance to see.

With the quick release cam lock lever on the light , it makes changing out the light , or moving it to a different weapon very easy and only takes seconds to do. You simply pull outward on the lever to unlock the light , move it to the next weapon and then push the locking lever back down to lock it onto your weapon of choice.

I also dropped this light onto the (simulated) wood floors in my house from shoulder height (I am 5’9”) 10 times in a row , just to see how it handled the shock of hitting and bouncing from that height. The light is still working as it should and I couldnt even find a mark on the anodizing , so I would say just from that test the PL-Mini will stand up to at least SOME rough treatment.

The cell inside the (sealed) case is listed as a 260 mAh Li-Po , but even with that the light gives just over an hour of constant run time without turning it off. My readings as far as the Max lumens and the run times both were almost spot on with what Olight has listed for this light. Only 1 lumen difference and 2 minutes difference on the run time. (The lumens and run time I tested are listed in the chart below.)

Overall I am very pleased with this little light. I think Olight has come up with a very nice , compact and very functional weapons light that will serve its purpose well.

Run Times and lumens Testing…..

I forgot to add the pictures of the PL-Mini installed on the pistol in the video portion so here those are……..

For those who do not want to watch the whole video the still pictures and beamshots start at 6:03 of the timeline and the outside live footage starts at 8:43 of the video timeline.

Video followed by listed specs…………

GENERAL DATA
Beam Distance (ft) 246
Beam Distance (m) 75
Max. Performance (lumens) 400
Charge type Magnetic USB charge base
Compatible Batteries Customised Li-Ion Battery
Light Intensity (candela) 1400
Light Form Standard hotspot diameter with impressive distance. The perfect all-around beam profile.
Lens / Reflector Type Smooth reflector (central area and flood area)
Mode Operation Side Switch
Form/Size Factor Small size (Car key / Zippo Lighter)
Series Series PL (gun flashlight)

Unique Characteristics •ambidextrous switch that can be only side pressed (from up to down);
•smallest pistol flashlight with recharging function;
•narrow and simple design perfect for IWB carry;

LIGHTING LEVELS

LEVEL 1 (lumens) 400
Run-time LEVEL 1
400lumens (~60lm);
•1h10m (1m).

Strobe No
SOS / BEACON No

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Waterproof IPX6
Weight (g / oz) 62 / 2.19
Length (mm / in) 61.2 / 2.41
Head Diameter (mm / in) 31.2 / 1.23
Body Diameter (mm / in) 26.9 / 1.06
Led Cree XP-L HI
Packaging Carton box
Use Police, military, tactical use
Package Contents •Flashlight x 1

•Magnetic charger USB cable x 1
•260mAh built-in lithium polymer battery
•1913 Rail Mount (for 1913 Rail) x 1

•T6/T8 Socket Head Wrench x 1

•Instruction Manual

Click any link to see MY REVIEWS:

Maxtoch M24 Sniper / Maxtoch 2X Shooter (2016 factory dedomed) , 2X - XHP 70.2 / Maxtoch Xsword / M1 Archer *** ### ThruNite // Archer 2A V3 / Ti4T / TN4A HI / TH10 / TH20 / C2 Mini / TC12 V2 / T01 /  , neutron 2C V3 , TC20 / Catapult V6 / TC15 / *** ###  Olight // H2R Nova , S10R III / S30R III / H1 Nova / H1 R Nova / X7 Marauder , PL Mini ,  M2R warrior //// Orca T11 / Nitecore EC20 / BLF A6 / Custom Convoy C8 / Lixada Triple 3800LM / Lixada 1000LM / LuxStone X30 / Manker E02 / Manker E14 II /  ### Thorfire /// PF03PF04 , Upgraded PF04 , C8 , S-50 ,  VG-10 , VG25 , C8s , BL30 , TK4A  , S1 , VG15 S  , TK 18 //// ##WowTac// A4 , A1 (original) , A2 headlamp , A3 //// Acebeam L16 /// Massdrop (Lumintop) Brass EDC

Edited by: robo819 on 05/22/2018 - 01:47
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Thanks for the review. I like the size and price.

Are you planning to take it apart, so we can figure out how hard it is to replace the “non-replaceable” battery?

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Glad to do the reviews.

As far as taking the light apart I already tried and after taking out what screws that would come out and trying to pry in a couple of spots the light seems to be glued or very solidly put together. I probably wont go any further for now as I really like this little light and would like to see at least some use out of it before I do completely break it.

Pretty sure you would have to find an exact fit for the cell IF you were to get the light apart though , because there can’t be any room to spare inside that tiny housing I don’t think for a cell that didn’t measure exact.

Click any link to see MY REVIEWS:

Maxtoch M24 Sniper / Maxtoch 2X Shooter (2016 factory dedomed) , 2X - XHP 70.2 / Maxtoch Xsword / M1 Archer *** ### ThruNite // Archer 2A V3 / Ti4T / TN4A HI / TH10 / TH20 / C2 Mini / TC12 V2 / T01 /  , neutron 2C V3 , TC20 / Catapult V6 / TC15 / *** ###  Olight // H2R Nova , S10R III / S30R III / H1 Nova / H1 R Nova / X7 Marauder , PL Mini ,  M2R warrior //// Orca T11 / Nitecore EC20 / BLF A6 / Custom Convoy C8 / Lixada Triple 3800LM / Lixada 1000LM / LuxStone X30 / Manker E02 / Manker E14 II /  ### Thorfire /// PF03PF04 , Upgraded PF04 , C8 , S-50 ,  VG-10 , VG25 , C8s , BL30 , TK4A  , S1 , VG15 S  , TK 18 //// ##WowTac// A4 , A1 (original) , A2 headlamp , A3 //// Acebeam L16 /// Massdrop (Lumintop) Brass EDC

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robo819 wrote:
Glad to do the reviews.

As far as taking the light apart I already tried and after taking out what screws that would come out and trying to pry in a couple of spots the light seems to be glued or very solidly put together. I probably wont go any further for now as I really like this little light and would like to see at least some use out of it before I do completely break it.

Understandable. Unfortunate, because I hate user-inaccessible proprietary batteries, but I would be hesitant to go any further than you did.

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I just tried to open mine… that was a fail too…
I removed all screws, but I can’t access the driver or LED or even battery…

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X3 wrote:
I just tried to open mine… that was a fail too… I removed all screws, but I can’t access the driver or LED or even battery…

It seems like those tiny little pins that are dang near unseen are holding some of it together and the rest of the light is either glued or pressed together very well.

Click any link to see MY REVIEWS:

Maxtoch M24 Sniper / Maxtoch 2X Shooter (2016 factory dedomed) , 2X - XHP 70.2 / Maxtoch Xsword / M1 Archer *** ### ThruNite // Archer 2A V3 / Ti4T / TN4A HI / TH10 / TH20 / C2 Mini / TC12 V2 / T01 /  , neutron 2C V3 , TC20 / Catapult V6 / TC15 / *** ###  Olight // H2R Nova , S10R III / S30R III / H1 Nova / H1 R Nova / X7 Marauder , PL Mini ,  M2R warrior //// Orca T11 / Nitecore EC20 / BLF A6 / Custom Convoy C8 / Lixada Triple 3800LM / Lixada 1000LM / LuxStone X30 / Manker E02 / Manker E14 II /  ### Thorfire /// PF03PF04 , Upgraded PF04 , C8 , S-50 ,  VG-10 , VG25 , C8s , BL30 , TK4A  , S1 , VG15 S  , TK 18 //// ##WowTac// A4 , A1 (original) , A2 headlamp , A3 //// Acebeam L16 /// Massdrop (Lumintop) Brass EDC

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robo819 wrote:
X3 wrote:
I just tried to open mine… that was a fail too… I removed all screws, but I can’t access the driver or LED or even battery…

It seems like those tiny little pins that are dang near unseen are holding some of it together and the rest of the light is either glued or pressed together very well.


I removed the long pin that joins the two switches together and it did’nt do aything more…
It seems the key is to remove the plastic cover Under the rail fixation but it seems to be glued with a black/grey glue (for waterproof purposes I guess)

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Well maybe after this one sees a little usage I will get nasty with it and make it come apart one way or another.
For now I think the little light will live a peaceful life for at least a little while though.

I guess I can understand these companies that give a good warranty with the lights gluing them really , it is kind of a safe guard to keep curious people like us from tearing into them and then swearing we did nothing to break anything or void the warranty………hahaha

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Maxtoch M24 Sniper / Maxtoch 2X Shooter (2016 factory dedomed) , 2X - XHP 70.2 / Maxtoch Xsword / M1 Archer *** ### ThruNite // Archer 2A V3 / Ti4T / TN4A HI / TH10 / TH20 / C2 Mini / TC12 V2 / T01 /  , neutron 2C V3 , TC20 / Catapult V6 / TC15 / *** ###  Olight // H2R Nova , S10R III / S30R III / H1 Nova / H1 R Nova / X7 Marauder , PL Mini ,  M2R warrior //// Orca T11 / Nitecore EC20 / BLF A6 / Custom Convoy C8 / Lixada Triple 3800LM / Lixada 1000LM / LuxStone X30 / Manker E02 / Manker E14 II /  ### Thorfire /// PF03PF04 , Upgraded PF04 , C8 , S-50 ,  VG-10 , VG25 , C8s , BL30 , TK4A  , S1 , VG15 S  , TK 18 //// ##WowTac// A4 , A1 (original) , A2 headlamp , A3 //// Acebeam L16 /// Massdrop (Lumintop) Brass EDC

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Thanks for the review.

I have been looking for something smaller than the Streamlight TL-1 HL This looks like it might be a good choice.

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I need one half that size to mount on my Glock 29. Thank you for the review.

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Blades wrote:
I need one half that size to mount on my Glock 29. Thank you for the review.

Glad to do the reviews guys……….

I am not aware of any out there that are smaller than the PL-Mini right now ……especially that might have close to the 400 lumens and the run time.

I have been wrong before though.

Click any link to see MY REVIEWS:

Maxtoch M24 Sniper / Maxtoch 2X Shooter (2016 factory dedomed) , 2X - XHP 70.2 / Maxtoch Xsword / M1 Archer *** ### ThruNite // Archer 2A V3 / Ti4T / TN4A HI / TH10 / TH20 / C2 Mini / TC12 V2 / T01 /  , neutron 2C V3 , TC20 / Catapult V6 / TC15 / *** ###  Olight // H2R Nova , S10R III / S30R III / H1 Nova / H1 R Nova / X7 Marauder , PL Mini ,  M2R warrior //// Orca T11 / Nitecore EC20 / BLF A6 / Custom Convoy C8 / Lixada Triple 3800LM / Lixada 1000LM / LuxStone X30 / Manker E02 / Manker E14 II /  ### Thorfire /// PF03PF04 , Upgraded PF04 , C8 , S-50 ,  VG-10 , VG25 , C8s , BL30 , TK4A  , S1 , VG15 S  , TK 18 //// ##WowTac// A4 , A1 (original) , A2 headlamp , A3 //// Acebeam L16 /// Massdrop (Lumintop) Brass EDC