Does Olight's Mini 2 Valkyrie have what it takes to light up your world?
Guns are getting smaller and the smaller the gun, the harder it is to accessorize it. One decently viable accessory I believe you are better with than without is a weapon-mounted light. If I could only have one handgun upgrade, it would be a WML.
Smaller compact carry guns need small compact lights, and there is a large demand in the market for mini weapon-mounted lights. We are seeing a few different models emerge, and this includes the PL Mini 2 Valkyrie from Olight.
This compact white LED weapon light (Cree XP-L HD CW) is designed to attach to any gun with a Picatinny rail, so immediately guns like the Springfield Hellcat and Taurus G3C come to mind. I swapped it between a variety of guns stashed in my GPS Range Bag and it fits and functions with them all. The Mini 2 Valkyrie fits both firearms, by the way. Size-wise the best way to describe it is as the Glock 26 of weapon lights. That’s one way, but for those who prefer a data-driven bend, here are the numbers.
Weight: 2.57 Ounces
Length: 2.07 Inches
Head Diameter: 1.26 Inches
Body Diameter: 1.28 Inches
The Mini 2 Valkyrie has a clean bright beam that illuminates very well. The beam effectively cuts through darkness and these bright white lights are harsh for a bad guy to adjust to. The light itself has a lot of spill, which allows it to fill a room with light and provide peripheral vision filling light. It could double as a home defense light and would be quite useful in that role.
The Mini 2 Valkyrie has an adjustable mount that allows you to move the light forward and rearward to accommodate a wide variety of guns. This will enable you to use the light on any sized gun and makes the controls very accessible.
The controls are very nice and well thought out, and the buttons deliver tactile feedback with a pleasant noise. They are also straightforward to reach, even if you have small hands.
The Mini 2 Valkyrie does have a rechargeable battery, which isn’t my jam, but I do like the included low battery light. It glows slightly red and lets you know it's time to hook it up to the magnetic charging cable it comes with - which is also a nice touch.
The QD mount makes for quick install and removal so it's super easy to swap from gun to gun.
Throughout my testing, the light never flickers or pops off, at least not in the last 600 rounds of 9mm. It seems to hold up very well to testing and is surprisingly robust. You can sling lead without issue, and without worry that your light will shut off.
The 600 lumens advertised light power isn’t the most realistic description of the actual light. The Olight Mini 2 Valkyrie has an output of 600 lumens for the first minute. After that, the light begins to dim, and in ten minutes, the light will reduce its output to 60 lumens total. I would appreciate fewer lumens for a constant beam I could count on.
I’m not a massive fan of rechargeable lights, I actually prefer being able to swap batteries, even if it’s less convenient. If the battery dies and I need to hit the road, I would rather toss a new battery than worry about charging it. I also let my phone die all the time, so this is more personal than anything else.
While its throw is a little short, for a subcompact weapon light, it's easy to be less picky. All in all, the Olight Mini 2 Valkyrie is a decent little light at a great price.
What do you think?
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.
He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms based hobbies.
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