Olight Review: Warrior Mini 2 Tactical Flashlight

5.0 rating

Olight sent us a Warrior Mini 2 flashlight to review. Watch our YouTube review of this light here. Get a Warrior Mini 2 from Olight here.

The Olight Warrior Mini 2 Tactical Flashlight is the update of the Warrior Mini. Small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, the Warrior Mini 2 features 5 settings: 1, 15, 120, 500, and 1750 lumens. It charges magnetically with the included USB charger and can stay on from 246 minutes to 45 days depending on the setting you choose.

The Olight Warrior Mini 2 Tactical Flashlight has settings from 1 lumen (compared to about 4 lumens for a nightlight) all the way up to 1750 lumens. For comparison, a car’s headlight projects 700 lumens on dim and 1200 lumens on bright. The Warrior Mini 2 is almost 50% brighter than a car’s headlights on high beam.

Run Times for the Warrior Mini 2 Tactical Flashlight

Because you might need your flashlight to shine for a very long time, Olight uses a step-down feature to keep from blowing through your battery charge too quickly. On the Turbo setting the light will stay at 1750 lumens for 4 minutes, then step down to 507.5 lumens for 206 minutes, then stay on at 192.5 lumens for another 40 minutes.

On the high setting, you get 500 lumens for 218 minutes and then 200 lumens for 55 minutes. The medium setting gives you 19 hours at 120 lumens. The low setting maintains 15 lumens for 164 hours. The moonlight setting maintains 1 lumen for 45 days. That’s a month and a half!

SettingLumensProjectionRun Time (Step Down)
Moonlight145 days
Low1519 meters164 hours
Medium12057 meters19 hours
High 500117 meters100% 218 minutes, 40% 55 minutes
Turbo1750220 meters100% 4 minutes, 29% 206 minutes, 11% 40 minutes
Brightness Specs for the Olight Warrior Mini 2 Tactical Flashlight

Specs for the Warrior Mini 2 Tactical Flashlight

The Warrior Mini 2 has a Bounce Proof Rating of 1.5 meters, which means you should be able to drop it 5 feet without harming it. The Waterproof Rating is IPX8, which means that it is fully waterproof.

I weighed the Olight Warrior Mini 2 with its battery, and my food scale said 4 ounces without the clip or 4 1/8 ounces with the clip. The carabiner weighed 3/8 of an ounce.

I measured it to be 4 1/2″ long, 7/8″ wide at the head, and 2 7/8″ in circumference in the middle without the clip.

The max light intensity for the Warrior Mini 2 is 12,300 candela. That is the equivalent of 12,300 wax candles in an otherwise dark room. The light is a high performance LED with a TIR optic lens and protective glass lens.

The Warrior Mini 2 comes in Black and Desert Tan. For an upcharge you can get it in Regal Blue.

Features
Charging CableMCC3 Magnetic USB Type A .5 meters
Bounce Proof Rating1.5 meters
Waterproof RatingIPX8
Dimensions (including battery)4.65 x .98 inches
Weight (including battery)122 grams/ 4.3 ounces
Max Light Intensity12,300 candelabra
Battery3500mAh 18,650 rechargeable lithium
Charging Time3.5 hours
SettingsMoonlight, Low, Medium, High, Turbo, Strobe
MaterialAluminum Alloy
Special FeaturesCarabiner with lanyard, proximity sensor
Specs for the Olight Warrior Mini 2 Tactical Flashlight

Instructions for the Warrior Mini 2 Tactical Flashlight

My only complaint with Olight’s products is that the instructions are printed in extremely small font in order to squeeze the whole story in 19 languages onto one map-folded insert. In order for my aging eyes to do this review, I used the camera app on my phone to zoom in on each section.

The instructions do include illustrations of the various parts of the flashlight along with icons indicating the specifications, which I have transcribed for you into the two tables above.

If you can’t read the printed information you can go to the listing on Olight’s website and learn more about the Warrior Mini 2.

This is the first set of instructions from Olight that included a full (tiny) page of instructions in words rather than icons. The instructions contain a paragraph each on all the features. I found these instructions very helpful when learning to use the light.

The Accessories that Come with the Olight Warrior Mini 2

The Warrior Mini 2 comes with a carabiner and lanyard as well as a clip. Evidently Olight is worried that you might overestimate its carabiner, because it says “not for climbing.” The carabiner is made to support up to 5 kg (11 pounds), so it is suitable for attaching the flashlight to the lanyard.

The carabiner attaches to the light via a small ring on a clip at the base of the light. Open the carabiner by pushing the spring inward.

The carabiner is metal, so you run the risk of draining the battery if you leave it attached and it contacts the magnetic charging plate. Store the flashlight with the carabiner detached.

The lanyard is big enough to fit around your wrist so that you don’t have to worry about dropping the light. Thread it through the small ring on the clip at the base of the light.

You also have the option of mounting the light with a clip located just below the head. The arms of the clip encircle the body of the light and the clip itself has a double fold so that you can attach it to your pocket with an upward or downward motion.

Olight’s Reputation

Olight has followers as enthusiastic as any I’ve ever seen. They make high-quality, innovative, and durable lights. Olight frequently has flash sales, and you can visit our discount page to find out if they are having one now. Grab the light you want, because they tend to sell out.

Charging the Warrior Mini 2 Tactical Flashlight

Warrior Mini 2 with magnetic charger

Olight’s magnetic charging process is quick and easy. Attach the blue circular magnet to the charging plate on the tail cap of the flashlight and plug in the charger.

The charger plugs into a USB outlet, or you can provide your own adapter and plug it into the normal wall outlet. Olight reports that a full charge takes about three and a half hours, or longer if you are using a USB source such as your computer.

The battery indicator on the side switch lights up when you hit the switch. Green indicates >60% charge. Orange indicates a 10-60% charge. The indicator turns red at 5-10% and blinks red below 5%.

The Case

A knurled barrel provides extra traction for the Warrior Mini 2

The aluminum alloy case is solidly built.

The tail switch and the side switch press easily and click solidly to let you know that you have turned the light on or off. The knurled body helps you maintain your grip when your hands are cold or wet.

The bulb is protected within a spiked recess so you won’t be likely to crack it if you drop it bulb-down. This could also serve as a weapon in case of a surprise attack.

The Olight logo is printed on one side of the head of the light, with WARRIOR Mini 2 and the serial number on the other side.

Using the Side Switch on the Warrior Mini 2

The Warrior Mini 2 has a tail switch and a side switch

The side switch is on the side of the light’s head and consists of a soft pressure-sensitive switch. The small row of green dots on the left tells you the setting you have chosen. The battery indicator is integrated into the side switch.

Single click the side switch to turn the light on or off. It will return to the previous setting when you turn it on. Press and hold the side switch to cycle through low, medium, and high settings.

Activate the moonlight setting by starting with the light off. Press and hold the side switch for at least one second.

To enter the turbo setting, double click the side switch. This is a very bright light, so make sure it is pointed away from your eyes. Double click again to return to the prior mode.

Triple click the side switch to enter strobe mode. Use caution with the strobe because it is disorienting enough to be used as a weapon.

To lock the light, start with it off. Press and hold the side switch for about 2 seconds. It will enter moonlight mode and then lockout mode. A quick press will activate the red indicator on the switch to let you know the light is locked. Unlock the light by pressing the side switch until the moonlight mode is activated.

We tested the Warrior Mini 2 in daylight, a dark hallway, and outside on our pistol range after dark. See our YouTube video to watch Chris go through all the settings. The 1 lumen barely showed up on the video because it is just enough to allow you to find the light in the dark. The turbo setting, on the other hand, lit up the night well enough to see all the way to the target 15 yards from where we were standing.

The strobe light is designed to call attention to someone who needs help or to disorient someone who is attacking you. Be careful with strobe lights because some people are prone to seizures and migraines when looking at a strobe light.

Using the Tail Switch on the Warrior Mini 2

The tail switch can be configured two ways. In the first configuration, a half-press produces medium light and a hard press activates the turbo setting. Press quickly to turn the light on or off.

In the second configuration, a half-press activates the turbo setting, a hard press activates the strobe light, and releasing the switch turns it off.

To switch between the two configurations, press and hold the tail switch and single press the side switch.

The Proximity Feature of the Warrior Mini 2

In order to prevent overheating, the Warrior Mini 2 dims its light when it comes too close to an obstacle. After 60 seconds at close proximity the light will turn off. I tested it against a dark green table cloth and the proximity sensor kicked in at 1 inch. A white piece of paper activated the proximity sensor at 5 1/2 inches. My hand activated the sensor at 4 inches.

Olight’s Guarantee

Olight offers a 30 day return policy from the time you received the product and will pay for the shipping of the return. Returned items must be in the original packaging and in original condition. Any free items must be returned with the merchandise.

Warranties vary depending on the product, so read the description carefully. The Warrior Mini 2 Tactical Flashlight comes with a 5 year warranty and free shipping within the United States.

Our Recommendations

We are consistently pleased with the products we review from Olight, and we recommend you try them. The Warrior Mini 2 is a powerful but portable tactical flashlight.

Check out the other products we have reviewed from Olight: the Seeker 3 Pro, Baldr S weapon light, i5T EOS Brass Flashlight, PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie Weapon Light, Warrior 3, and the Baldr Mini 600 Lumen Weapon Mount Laser Flashlight.

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Carla Pittman

Carla is a Speech Pathologist working in Home Health by day and a blogger by night. She married Chris in 2008 and is working to help him unite his love of guns with his passion for teaching others to carry safely. Her other impetus for blogging is to make Americans aware of their Constitutional rights, which are at risk in the current political environment.

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