Our Editor in Chief Pete asked some of us to honestly evaluation some Olight lights. No this was not a request direct from Olight. As Luke C. had described in his Olight S2R Baton evaluation, this is a non-shill evaluation. I had currently purchased some Olights on my personal with my personal cash ahead of Pete asked us to.Yeah. Generally we request loaner guns and gear on a test and evaluation basis straight from the manufacturer. As you may perhaps know me by now, I like weapon lights and the Olight Valkyrie lights have been priced reasonably with decent overall performance on paper. As the title states, we will take a appear at the PL-PRO Valkyrie pistol light.
1st The PL-two Valkyrie
I initially bought the PL-two Valkyrie final year on August 24, 2018. The tan PL-two was a restricted production run and was on sale. I bought two of them for $153.99 shipped. No that is not the value for 1 but the value for Each PL-two Valkyrie lights. That tends to make 1 light only $76.99 shipped!
The PL-two is powered by 2xCR123 batteries and pumps out 1,200 lumens for the 1st 1.five minutes of continuous use. Then it drops down to 600 lumens if you leave it on. The PL-two has a run time of 70min.
There are side activation buttons on either side for ambidextrous activation. The buttons rock inwards and have a tactile click to them. A rapid press and the light stays on. Press and hold the button for momentary activation. If you press each buttons simultaneously the light will strobe.
The PL-two light makes use of a locking lever to clamp the light to a pistol accessory rail.
PL-two vs. PL-PRO
The PL-PRO came out earlier this year. And just like the PL-two, Olight had an introductory sale when it came out in May perhaps. I purchased two of them for $191.88 shipped generating 1 light just $95.94. It is a tiny bit additional pricey than the PL-two but suitable now, on-line, the PL-PRO charges $129.99 though the PL-two is $99.95.
The major distinction among the PL-Pro and the PL-two is the reality that the PL-PRO is rechargeable. Aesthetically they are nearly identical save for the darker tan anodizing on my PL-PRO and the magnetic charging port on the bottom. Otherwise, they are almost identical.
The PL-PRO is brighter than the PL-two at 1,500 lumens nevertheless it has a shorter run time. Just like the PL-two, the PL-PRO will turn on at 1,500 lumens for the 1st 1.five minutes then drop down to 600 lumens if left on. Run time is only 45 minutes although. The PL-PRO does have a secondary brightness level of 300 lumens. This reduced output benefits in double the run time of 90 minutes. When the light is on, double tap the activation button. If you turn off the light, the light will bear in mind which mode you have been on. If you squeeze each buttons simultaneously, the PL-PRO will strobe.
The PL-PRO is not developed to be opened by the user.
A single concern I have with the magnetic charging port is the reality that it is magnetic. I suppose you could use your light to enable choose up an AR takedown detent pin and spring? I can recognize the USB charging cable obtaining a magnet but why does the light have to have a magnet? It will just attract undesirable metal bits.
As I described, the USB cable is magnetic and there is an added advantage to this style of recharging port, the PL-PRO comes with a remote tape switch. You can use the PL-PRO as a lengthy gun weapon light.
The USB magnetic charging cable has a related connection point. The shiny silver rings are each magnetic. Couldn’t Olight have created the ring on the PL-PRO out of a ferrous material rather than a magnetic 1?
In contrast to some other Chinese light companies, Olight integrated a rail grabbing mount for the tape switch.
Though the magnetic remote tape switch appears like a cool accessory it does have some concerns. The 1st trouble is the place of the magnetic charging port. Given that it is at the bottom of the light, the cable has to attain all the way there. Exposing a lot of cable.
Olight employed a flat cable among the magnetic cap and tape switch but this tends to make it additional hard for cable management. I can’t use Larue rail clips with integrated cable management hooks. I finish up obtaining to twist the cable to get it to bend down toward the handguard. Nevertheless, this is nonetheless a possible snag hazard. I guess you could alleviate this with some zip ties or rubber bands but it is not perfect.
Shooting With The PL-PRO
There is not substantially to say about this. It operates so properly that it is boring. I was expecting failures due to recoil or the clamp failing resulting in the light flying off the gun. Nope, none of that occurred. The PL-Pro just continued to execute.
The PL-PRO will function in a Safariland ALS holster created for SureFire X300. This does not imply it will function in any SureFire compatible holster, just that the ALS does not lock onto the light but rather the barrel hood and slide.
The PL-PRO does not have a excellent run time but it is effortless to recharge it. Just preserve the USB charging cable plugged in and slap the magnetic charging cap onto the light. No will need to take the batteries out and use a charger. Yes, this is a slight concern if your batteries die, you can’t merely reload with some fresh CR123A batteries. It is a compromise for comfort.
The overall performance and beam pattern are pretty good. I would place it up against a Streamlight or SureFire pistol light. The value is the most effective element. Though I did get them for much less, that was only mainly because Olight runs sales all the time specifically when they announce a new light. It was a bit of a danger becoming an early adopter of the PL-PRO but I currently had the PL-two and figured the overall performance would be related, just the battery life is much less.
The PL-PRO is presently out there in black or desert tan for $129.95. If you want a rechargeable pistol light that will not break the bank then take a appear at the PL-PRO.