“Oh yes, Olight”
I evaluated the Olight Valkyrie PL-Mini for fit, form and function. I received the Olight Valkyrie PL-Mini in a nice package with instructions, an additional locking block for a Picatinny rails, and a charging cord. It is rated at 400 lumens and 1400 candela. It has ambidextrous switches with both momentary on and constant on/off options. I admit that the lumens and candela by the numbers can be deceiving with any light. That is why I like to compare the different models to how they cast light.
I was unsure of the light attachment lever at first. I was concerned that it would be too wide and cause issues going into the holster and may snag on something. I was pleasantly surprised that was not the case. I currently carry a Streamlight TLR 1 on my duty issued pistol. I used a Safariland ALS holster for a Glock 22. After I installed the PL-Mini, the pistol locked into place and was not overly loose in my holster. I tried to see if I could twist or pry the pistol out with the PL-Mini on and I could not defeat the retention devices. During draw the pistol never snagged on anything. The lever remained tight during firing. I also test fitted it to a Smith & Wesson M&P with no issues. I attempted to attach it to my custom 2011 with light rail and it did not fit. I think that would require the Picatinny conversion to work. At the time of the writing, I have not changed the locking rail to check.
The light is noticeably lighter than the other lights I have to compare it to. I own both Streamlights and a Surefire X200 for comparison. The ambidextrous switches do not move much to activate but I didn’t find that to be an issue. Getting them to be constant on vs. momentary took a little getting used to as it is in the same switch versus how the TRL and X200 work. Push, hold, release will give you momentary activation. Push down and let off will give you the constant light activation. This is quite different than the other two more mainstream light activation switches. They seem to be sturdy and don’t move around.
I charged the light over night when I received the it. I let it sit for three weeks with intermittent use to verify that it was still charged. I noticed no decrease in light output. The magnetic charging option is very nice. No need to take the light off to charge it. Just put the connection on the light as you store your pistol. Then you can charge it periodically. Weapon lights are not search lights. With a 75 minute advertised run time, that is a lot of target/ threat identification between charges.
It is noticeably smaller and lighter than the TLR and X200 that I have. It fits flush with a compact Glock (23,19). I did notice an added benefit to the shortness of the light body during test firing on a full size pistol. Normally, when shooting a pistol with a light, the lens of the light becomes obstructed with carbon from shooting. With the light further back, it all but eliminated the carbon build up on the lens. I fired approximately 300 rounds of during the live fire testing.
The light cast the PL-Mini was great. There was plenty of light in the center of beam with a wide cast of light out from the center. This is what I prefer. This gives off enough light to illuminate an entire interior room in a residence. This allows you to see more with your peripheral vision. This could give you beer field of vision and help you identify threats that are not right in front of the weapon.
This was a short evaluation. I would like to run this light longer for more testing. As of now I would use this for home defense situations. It is light and easy to use. It is easy to charge. It has a great cast of light for threat identification. The only question is how will it hold up for an extended amount of time and lots of rounds fired through a pistol with it attached. Lights can take a real beating during the recoil/ cycling process.
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Law Enforcement Professional
Tactical Professional and Consultant