Review Olight PL-2 Valkyrie XHP35 pistol light!

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Review Olight PL-2 Valkyrie XHP35 pistol light!

This light was provided by Olight! Please check out the Olight 10th Anniversary Sale!

Ok, so I shoot often and a lot. But I have never been a fan of anything other that a C8 rifle mounted or a C8 or P60 off hand hold. But, this little guy has changed my mind. I have always felt that most dedicated pistol lights were just to weak to be of much use, not this one!

Olight specs:
GENERAL DATA
Beam Distance (ft) 770
Beam Distance (m) 235
Max. Performance (lumens) 1200
Charge type Optional charger
Compatible Batteries 2 x CR123A/RCR123A
Light Intensity (candela) 13800
Light Form Standard hotspot diameter with impressive distance. The perfect all-around beam profile.
Lens / Reflector Type TIR reflector (big, defined wide hotspot)
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 front pushed or side pressed
compact to fit all standard pistol sizes
narrow and simple design perfect for IWB carry
LIGHTING LEVELS
LEVEL 1 (lumens) 1200
Run-time LEVEL 1

1200lumens (~600lm);
1h10m (1.5m) – 2 x CR123A 1600mAh 3V.
Strobe Yes
SOS / BEACON No
TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Waterproof IPX6
Weight (g / oz) 80 / 2.82
Length (mm / in) 82.5 / 3.25
Head Diameter (mm / in) 32.5 / 1.28
Body Diameter (mm / in) 36.5 / 1.44
Led Cree XHP35 HI
Packaging

Carton box
Use Police, military, tactical use
Package Contents
Flashlight x 1
1600mAh CR123A Battery x 2
1913 Rail Mount (for 1913 Rail) x 1
T6/T8 Socket Head Wrench x 1
Instruction Manual

Carton front, back and the light!… all the important details!
front
back
pkg
side2

This light comes with 2 mounting rail adapters, one for the 1913-???- and one for the Glock. I think that they really mean 1911! I mounted this light on an FN 5.7 and Rock River AR15 for testing. Texas Shooter taught me something… the rail Picatinny rail is indeed the MIL-STD-1913 rail!

The light mounts solidly and I would not worry about it coming loose.

This light is a little different that other pistol lights! Olight managed to stuff 2 CR123A’s or optional RCR123’s into a light driving an XHP35! They chose to use a TIR rather than a conventional reflector and lens. Personally, I think this was a great choice!
tir
battery

My personal carry is a Springfield XDS and I have not found a useful light for it, but for a normal sized pistol or even an AR this is a great little light.
mounted 1
And yes, we each checked and verified it was unloaded. My daughter loves this pistol and brandishes it well!
mounted2

Target illumination at around 30 feet, it was still very dusky when this photo was taken. The skeeters were thick!
25 feet

The 2 buttons in the following photo control the light. Tap either one for a constant on light, hold either one for a momentary light and press both together for a ridiculously bright continuous strobe!
mount

I really enjoyed working with this little pistol light! I actually had the most fun with it mounted on the Rock River AR, it netted me 1 dead skunk the first night! I have not decided whether it will stay on the AR or will find a home on my Springfield 1911, but either way it has a home! This is the first true pistol light that I felt had enough output to be a very useful tool. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an application specific light in this class!

Thanks Matt

EDC rotation:
FW1A, LH351D 4000k (second favorite)
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (favorite light!)
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
S2+, XM-L2 T6 4C

Edited by: sb56637 on 09/02/2017 - 12:02
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Could you give us a beam shot? One with a wall and a human size target at different ranges.

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I could, but it will be next weekend. I only have a place to work with guns on the weekends.

EDC rotation:
FW1A, LH351D 4000k (second favorite)
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (favorite light!)
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
S2+, XM-L2 T6 4C

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Very nice review. I have been looking at the PL-2 valkyrie sense it came out. My TLR-2 crapped out on me a while ago and for 330.00+ dollars it was not worth it. Thank you for the review.

Doug S.