Olight M2R Warrior (NW) Review (Video available)

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Olight M2R Warrior (NW) Review (Video available)

The Olilght M2R Warrior is the newest light from Olight and one of the most highly anticipated of the year. The first time we saw it was at Shotshow. The M2R Warrior is designed as a tactical light and includes several features Olight is known for and a few new ones. Thanks to Olight for sending this out to me to take a look at.

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*Video version of this review: * 

Construction
Olight has put a lot into the physical design of this light.   The anodizing is a high quality gloss black. Starting at the top you have a signature blue Olight bezel with some non deep crenelations  in it. Below that you have the aluminum head and body. There are tier drop cuts in the head  for heat dissipation and further down you have more traditional heat syncing . It has a nice polygonal edges to help it,

keep from rolling away. Inside this you have an electronic switch surrounded by a nice blue bezel with an LED in the center that is used for Low battery notification, lockout notification. Below that you have raised bumps https://i.imgur.com/DE6I2sr.jpg on the body of the light giving added grip and something a little different from traditional knurling. At the end you have the new stainless steel tail switch https://i.imgur.com/GX6Mfdf.jpg which has magnetic recharging, as well a second electronic switch which offers a silent momentary mode, and then a full press to lock in power. More on modes in a bit. Labeling is kept to a minimum, with branding near the head is always done so it can be read from left to light not as you rotate the light https://i.imgur.com/3rpqvWs.jpg . The branding is at 2 and 10 positions when looking head on. The CE mark is opposite the button and the tail clip has a bit on instruction on how the new tail switch works.

Inside this light uses a dual tube design  which allows for the use of the two electronic buttons and the non proprietary battery. Do not remove this inner tube, it’s held in with an O ring https://i.imgur.com/xP9ObVC.jpg and is hard to impossible to put back in place. The light will still work but lack of it could affect it’s IPX-8 water rating.

Measured weights and sizes with my caliper and scale are below.
Weight with Included Olight battery = 5.43 oz
Length = 129.9mm
Diameter at its widest = 28.53mm
Diameter at its narrowest = 25.48mm

LED
My M2R Warrior uses a Cree XHP35 LED in Neutral White. Cool White is also available.

The Lens itself is made of glass and anti reflective coated. The reflector itself is highly polished with a heavy orange peel. When combining this with the LED you get a light pattern that’s a little hard to describe. It has a hot center but with quite a bit of flood on the spill. The transition is very smooth. The result is a light the is kind of a do it all. It’s not a true thrower but throws decently, and it’s not pure flood but does that pretty well too.

Heat
High output lights put out heat, this is nothing new and the M2R isn’t an exception. During my 3 hour runtime test I measured the light at the 2 hour mark with an infrared thermometer and the body where you hold your hand was a warm 122F. This radiated through out the light. This is fairly warm for the 2 hour mark. During my standard 1 minute test during turbo it reached 91F.

*Runtime chart *

Modes
This light has 2 main modes of operation, a Standard and an Enhanced Tactical mode. I did most of my testing in standard mode because I prefer to have turbo available at the rear switch instead of strobe like in tactical mode. See the manual for how to switch between modes.

In standard mode the light goes up to 1000 lumens in turbo and bumps to 700 lumens after about 3 minutes. From there it has medium 1 at 250 lumens, and medium 2 at 60 lumens, low at 15 lumens and then moon at 1 lumen. In Enhanced Tactical mode all is the same except Turbo is 1500 lumens no matter if you use the rear momentary switch or the side switch to lock in. To me it would be much easier to just have turbo mode be the same level in both modes.

Mode Specs

UI is similar to other Olights but with some differences. Long press from Off to go to moon light mode, Double click to go to burbo, and Triple click to go to strobe.

There the front eswitch is mostly used as a mode switch but can be used to turn the light on and off from off as well.

The rear tail cap is multi purpose. It’s the charging base and a dual mode switch. It’s a silent switch in both modes but you can feel what’s happening. When in Standard mode the tail switch is a momentary turbo (1000 lumens) or you can lock in turbo. In Enhanced Tactical mode the rear tail switch is momentary tubeo (1500 lumens) or if you lock in you get strobe. It’s a bit of an odd design. Memory mode is available except for turbo and strobe.

*Table and Outdoor Shots *

Charging
Olight has taken a bit of criticism recently with their magnetic charging system. However the M2R improves by making a safer charging system. While the tail cap still has exposed voltage that matches the batteries nominal voltage its amperage is greatly reduced. I measured the amperage at 0.02aH on the new switch.

The biggest improvement in my opinion on the charging system is that this light no longer needs the proprietary Olight batteries https://i.imgur.com/Ee1sVVf.jpg. Now the light will use standard button top or flat top high drain 18650 batteries and charge them. This light is compatible with the included magnetic doc or the Micro-Dok II system. Operation is just the same, as on other Olights, the LED on the charger is red when charging and it goes green when charged.

Packaging and Accessories
The packaging of the Olight M2R is extensive, a lot of work went into the design and execution here. The outside is pretty typical of Olight with the rear having pretty extensive information about the light. Inside https://i.imgur.com/VO32jx0.jpg there is a nice box that’s covered by a plastic cover with directions on how to switch between switch between tactical and normal modes. Inside you get the light, with the battery preinstalled. Below and to the side you have the accessories which include The charging cable, holster, and lanyard. https://i.imgur.com/SkwZxOv.jpg The M2R Warrior comes with a new holster https://i.imgur.com/hCWaXle.jpg for Olight. This holster has a clip in the front that’s protected, in the back it has a snap and velcro. Inside its slightly padded https://i.imgur.com/OqxHv0I.jpg too. This is a pretty nice holster for daily use.

Pro’s

  • No proprietary battery needed for the magnetic charging system to work! Flat tops or button tops are accepted and charged. You need a 6A+ continuous discharge for turbo to work.
  • The tail switch has a fantastic feel, is quiet/silent and manages magnetic charging too.
  • Great beam pattern from the heavy orange peel reflector. Less spotty and more practical.
  • Good carry pocket clip.
  • Neutral and Cool White LED options

Con’s

  • It’s a little longer then I want to EDC in a front pocket in the office, but shorter than other “tactical” style lights.
  • Magnet isn’t quite strong enough to hold the light on some slicker magnetic surfaces in a vertical position, but the light will hang just fine.
  • A little slower charging system than standard USB through this new tail cap.
  • Two different “turbo” modes is confusing. I would prefer one instead.
  • No extra orings were included in the package.

The Olight M2R Warrior is a pretty impressive light in my opinion. I like the direction Olight is trending with this light by using a safer charging system and stepping away from the use of expensive proprietary batteries. For me it’s a little larger then I want as an in pocket EDC when sitting at a desk job. However, if I was standing more I think it would work well. The included holster is high quality and another good option for carry. The beam pattern https://i.imgur.com/fujFV5V.jpg makes this a very versatile light for many use cases. I think it’s slightly less Tactical and more EDC Tactical.

I didn’t have any trouble with the two electronic switches. I thought in standard mode the UI was easy enough to use but you’re never going to make everyone happy. I have seen some reviews wishing the light did more, but if so that would further complicate the UI. Right now the UI is similar to other Olights with a few small changes. What I don’t get is why Olight didn’t just include one Turbo mode instead of two for the two different modes. The construction is what I expect from Olight and they have done a nice job on this one. I can definitely see why it was delayed a few times as the engineering really shows through https://i.imgur.com/JCp6syb.jpg . I don’t think there will be any trouble with this light holding up. I am looking forward to seeing if they come up with a weapon mount for it.

You can purchase it at your favorite Olight retailer or on the offical ebay store http://bit.ly/M2ReBayUS

Edited by: liquidretro on 10/29/2017 - 12:29
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I’d like to ask a few questions.

1) In what “TACTICAL” situations would this light (M2R) be BETTER to have than the Olight M1X?

2) Do those advantages seem to be worth $100.00 to you?

3) Can you think of any tactical situations where the M2R would not be as good as the M1X?

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I’d like to ask a few questions.

1) In what “TACTICAL” situations would this light (M2R) be BETTER to have than the Olight M1X?

2) Do those advantages seem to be worth $100.00 to you?

3) Can you think of any tactical situations where the M2R would not be as good as the M1X?

I don’t have an M1X to compare it to directly. The M2R is configurable to have turbo or strobe on the momentary of the tail button, It’s also brighter and rechargeable. It also has Neutral white and Cool white options. I think for the price it’s a solid value if you want a tactical light thats EDC able to. I don’t have an M1X to compare and say it’s directly comparable or worth it to upgrade. It looks like the M1X might be a bit more narrow and it has a more aggressive front crenelations but that’s just going off pictures.

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The M2R is configurable to have turbo or strobe on the momentary of the tail button,

That doesn’t really answer the question, does it? It sounds like you’re saying you need to know what emergency is coming before it happens so you can program/configure your light. That should be fun when someone is coming at me at night with something in his hand. Flat Stare

The M1X cost $60.00 is 1000 lumens with a smooth reflector and very tactical. The M2R is a little brighter with an orange peel reflector, not much of a strike bezel, not as tactical and costs $100.00. Blushing

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I think for the price it’s a solid value if you want a tactical light thats EDC able to

Really? When you could get an R50 Seeker which is USB rechargeable, with a maximum of 2500 lumens, at about the same price. Glasses

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The M2R is configurable to have turbo or strobe on the momentary of the tail button,

That doesn’t really answer the question, does it? It sounds like you’re saying you need to know what emergency is coming before it happens so you can program/configure your light. That should be fun when someone is coming at me at night with something in his hand. Flat Stare

The M1X cost $60.00 is 1000 lumens with a smooth reflector and very tactical. The M2R is a little brighter with an orange peel reflector, not much of a strike bezel, not as tactical and costs $100.00. Blushing

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I think for the price it’s a solid value if you want a tactical light thats EDC able to

Really? When you could get an R50 Seeker which is USB rechargeable, with a maximum of 2500 lumens, at about the same price. Glasses

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No, if your going to use it in a tactical way you change the mode and leave it there. Personally its more of an EDC for me and strobe isn’t a feature I use often. I have other means for “attackers in the night” as you say. The R50 is a larger light in diameter and doesn’t have a tail switch at all. It also doesn’t have dual springs and uses proprietary batteries to get the recharging feature to work, nor does it have neutral white last I looked. The reason there are thousands of models of flashlights on the market is so that everyone can find what works best for them. Have a nice day.

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No, if your going to use it in a tactical way you change the mode and leave it there.

Or save your money ($40.00) and buy a tactical light, like the M1X. Wink

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Personally its more of an EDC for me.

I agree… great minds think alike… I don’t think it’s very “tactical” either. Did you notice what happens to the light if you lockout the e-switch? A real bummer for you in an emergency when fractions of a second count.

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I have other means for “attackers in the night” as you say.

I never said he was an “attacker”… that’s what the light’s for, to identify friend or foe and what’s in the persons hand quickly/ASAP, so you won’t have to use your “other means” on them unless it’s necessary.

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The reason there are thousands of models of flashlights on the market is so that everyone can find what works best for them.

So why do you think Olight marketed it as “Tactical”?

You have a nice day as well… and a nice night, enjoy your NEW light! Smile