Olight Warrior X PRO tactical flashlight review
Olight produces many, many flashlights per year. The Warrior X PRO is the successor of the Olight Warrior X. The X was a 18650 battery-type tactical flashlight, while the X PRO uses a dedicated 21700 Olight battery. What do you mean by a dedicated battery? Continue reading!
The Warrior X PRO packaging looks fantastic. It feels hefty and it looks gorgeous. You can directly see they didn’t produce it on a whim. They designed this baby into the smallest details. Oh, did I tell you that it has a vibrating low-battery indicator?
What you’ll get inside the box:
- Olight Warrior X PRO flashlight
- TGR ring (Tactical Grip Ring)
- Magnetic USB charge cable
- User manual
The only thing I’m missing is spare O-rings.
Olight Warrior X PRO specifications
|Brand / Model||Olight Warrior X PRO|
|Beam intensity||90,000 cd|
|Battery config.||1*21700 (dedicated)|
|Review date||April 2020|
Handling of the X PRO
The X PRO only uses 1 single switch, located at the tailcap, for power and mode changing. This means that you have to change the position of your hand every time you want to change modes. Fortunately, it only has 2 modes.
The switch feels a little strange compared to regular flashlights. A half-press will put the light into Low mode (which is actually more of a medium) and a full press (click) will turn the light on High.
By default, a tactical ring and pocket clip are attached. You can’t use the pocket clip without the tactical ring, but you can do visa versa. Olight included a second ring, which they call a ‘Tactical Grip Ring’. This ring is made of a kind of rubber to increase grip. This ring, however, doesn’t work with the pocket clip. It’s either the default ring with its pocket clip or no pocket clip at all.
I like the holster a lot. A few things that drew my attention.
- It doesn’t use velcro tape but a magnet to close the flap.
- It has an opening on the bottom. This is probably a safety feature?
- It’s made of very thick material, almost plastic-like. Unlike other holsters this one can’t be folded up. It’s too stiff to do this.
I will talk about the magnetic charging system below.
Build Quality, knurling, threads, and anodization
There is really nothing to complain about the build quality. Even the packaging looks extremely detailed and specially designed. The same goes for all accessories and charging systems. Nothing looks like this could be a cheap flashlight.
It doesn’t have the typical knurling on any part of the light. The tailcap and head design look pretty impressive. All edges are rounded and therefore not sharp. The bezel is not removable, unfortunately.
Anodization looks really good across the light. I usually don’t like very shiny anodization on flashlights, but on the X PRO it adds a bit of a premium feel. Besides the standard black finish, they also have 2 special edition colors, namely OD Green and Desert.
The tailcap is the only part you can unscrew. That’s why there is only 1 set of threading I can talk about. The threads came lubed like crazy and because of that, the tailcap screws really smoothly.
LEDs, Lens, Bezel, and Reflector
Olight doesn’t specify what kind and what type of LED it uses. But at Olightworld they answered a question and said they use a Cree XHP35. And since the LED doesn’t have a dome, this must the XHP35 HI (high intensity). The beam is definitely on the greenish side of things. But that might just be a problem for whitewall warriors LOL.
What I like is the details of the design. The bezel is a blue and crenulated strike bezel, which makes it easy to spot amongst other flashlights while still having a black anodized body. You can’t unscrew the bezel, unfortunately. Olight adds glue on all their lights (Loctite) so you can’t take it apart without force or a great amount of heat. This can be a pro and a con at the same time. A con for people who want, or need to replace their LED, and a pro since the company can be sure nobody opened it up and void their warranty. The lens is kept in place by a glow-in-the-dark O-ring. It’s kind of weak though, but there is at least a little bit of glow.
The reflector is smooth and is supposed to push the maximum beam intensity up to 90,000 cd. This is quite a performance, so I’ll do my best to test this.
- Length: 149mm ( 5.8″)
- Head diameter: 39mm ( 1.54″)
- Body diameter: 23.8 mm ( 0.94″)
- With battery: 238.7 g ( 8.42oz)
Size comparison with other Tactical Flashlights
Compared to some of the best tactical flashlights.
You can easily see its size difference from the other tactical lights, but it’s not extremely long.
Driver & User Interface:
The Olight Warrior X PRO uses a simple but rather unique driver/switch.
There are 2 main modes, Turbo and Low. Low is actually not really low, but 300 lumens.
- Low, Turbo
- Half-press: Low
- Full-press, single-click: Turbo
- Half-press and hold: Low (temporarily.. release switch to turn off)
- Full-press and hold: Turbo (temporarily, release switch to switch off)
- Half-press: Off
- Single-click: Off
Blinky modes menu:
Low battery warning:
- Built-in vibration system.
- Battery <30% = vibrate every 5 minutes
- Battery <10% = vibrate every minute
- Battery <5% = vibrate every 10 seconds
- Not visible by eye, so that is what counts.
Firmware / UI Conclusion:
- Not sure if I like this UI. I prefer something more distinct. Currently, when you press the switch too long, and you release it, the light turns off. I rather have a full and distinct click and not this kind of Long-press = temporary mode.
Batteries and charging:
Here comes a little bummer, in my opinion. Olight uses a dedicated battery and charge system. That means 2 things. 1: you can’t charge the battery in a standard Lithium-Ion battery charger. 2: you can’t replace the Olight 21700 battery with a regular 21700 battery.
The 21700 battery included is an Olight ORB-217C50, Lithium-Ion battery with 5000mAh. Which is a lot more juice than a regular 18650 battery but only slightly larger. 21700 batteries were introduced around 2018 or so. This means they are still relatively new. The maximum mAh for a 18650 cell is currently around 3600mAh. So the 21700’s 5000mAh is a significant increase in capacity.
Olight includes the MCC3 (magnetic charging cable), and the X PRO doesn’t accept any older MCC’s. Another flaw, in my opinion. I don’t like to rely on one charging cable. What happens if I lose it? I can’t charge the battery and can’t use the flashlight. I can understand Olight that they want to decrease the likelihood of damaging their lights by using bad batteries or a bad charger. This also means that you can’t use an adapter to use a 18650 battery. That can be both a pro and a con.
The charge speed is pretty good, even on my 2A wall charger. It draws roughly 1.75A on that charger, but it should be able to charge at a maximum power of 2A. While charging, a little red LED lights up, and it turns green when it finishes charging.
Edit: the following part about parasitic drain should be taken with a grain of salt because of the way the battery and tailcap are connected. You can’t measure amperage the ‘usual’ way. In standby mode, the battery seems to be pulling 4.7mA. If this is correct, that is pretty high. It would take about 1064 hours to discharge a 5000mAh battery. That is about 44 days.
I took all of my readings with a fully charged Olight ORB-217C50 battery.
- I couldn’t get a reading. Probably because of this type of switch.
All output numbers are relative for my home-made Integrating Sphere. It is now set up with an Extech SDL400 Lux Meter for measurements with a Kenko PRO1D ND-16 filter. The base measurement is done with a Convoy S2+ that has been tested at 137 lumens.
My measurements were pretty close, but still a little higher than the specs.
And a close up of the first 4 minutes:
From the runtime graph, we can see that Turbo starts dropping after about 1.5 minutes and slowly decreases till 1100 lumens at 2.3 minutes. Around 22 minutes the next drop to about 980 lumens. A big drop at 1.5 hours to 600 lumens. Another drop at 1 hour 40 minutes to 300 lumens. At 2 hours and 14 minutes, the Olight Warrior X PRO turns completely off. The total runtime on High is 2 hours and 14 minutes.
The first Low battery vibration was felt after 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Low is a very steady 300+ lumens for 7 hours and 44 minutes.
Measurements were taken with a professional Hagner E4-X Lux Meter. I got the following measurements:
- Indoors (5m) Turbo: 101,000 cd = 636 meters / 2085 feet / .39 miles
- Indoors (5m) Low: 13,500 cd = 232 meters / 762 feet
21700 tactical flashlight comparison
Single 21700 tactical flashlights measured: These numbers are NOT from the specifications but measured by our team.
|Flashlight||Battery||Max Output (lm)||@30sec (lm)||Candela (cd)||Distance (m)|
|Acebeam L18||Acebeam IMR21700NP-510A||1249||1051||215,500||928|
|Acebeam L19||Acebeam IMR21700NP-510A||1378||1242||430,300||1312|
|Acebeam L35||Acebeam 5100 mAh||6189||5609||57,000||477|
|Brinyte T18||Brinyte 5000||556||–||144,200||759|
|Cyanksy K3||Cyansky BL12150U||1456||–||95,100||617|
|Cyanksy P25||Cyansky 5000||4236||3300||11,275||212|
|Fenix PD36 Tac||Fenix ARB-L21-5000U||2590||2079||18,675||273|
|Fenix TK16 v2||Fenix ARB-L21-5000U||2657||2222||40,900||404|
|Fenix TK22 TAC||Fenix ARB-L21-5000U||2742||2234||72,250||538|
|Fenix TK22 v2||Fenix ARB-L21||1622||1592||53,000||460|
|Jetbeam PC20||Samsung 40T||1800||–||13,900||236|
|Nitecore MH12S||Nitecore NL2150||1770||–||30,400||349|
|Nitecore MH25S||Nitecore NL2150||1979||1850||68,400||523|
|Nitecore P10iX||Nitecore NL2150HPi||4223||566||8,700||187|
|Nitecore P20i||Nitecore NL2140i||1690||–||36,000||379|
|Nitecore P20i UV||Nitecore NL2140i||1785||1699||29,400||343|
|Nitecore P20iX||Nitecore NL2150HPi||4119||1342||16,000||253|
|Olight Warrior 3||Olight ORB-217C50||2598||2428||25,500||319|
|Olight Warrior M2R PRO||Olight ORB-217C50||2088||1985||28,000||335|
|Olight Odin||Olight ORB-217C50||1999||1884||25,750||321|
|Olight Warrior X Pro||Olight ORB-217C50||–||2334||101,000||636|
Interactive runtime graph
Below are interactive comparison graphs of some of these tactical lights. Hover your mouse to see more details. If you use a mobile device, hold your phone horizontally.
In the following graph, we zoomed in to show the differences better. It shows a better picture of these lights within the first 10 minutes after turn on.
Disclaimer: This flashlight was bought with my own money. I have not been paid to review, nor have I been holding back on problems or defects.
- Very high quality
- Great accessories
- Plenty bright and nice performance
- I’d like a little more control over the modes… but that’s maybe because I’m not used to this kind of UI
- Proprietary Olight battery and charger.
Rating: 4 stars ★★★★
There is a lot to like about this light. It screams quality from the moment you hold the package in your hand. It’s been designed into the smallest details. Everything is designed with a purpose. The buzzing Low Battery warning is a very interesting feature. You can’t miss a low-voltage warning anymore. The LED centered well and the XHP35 is yet very powerful. The only downside of the Olight Warrior X PRO is its use of a dedicated battery and charger. Although this might be an important feature for Olight, it’s not for me as a flashaholic with many batteries and chargers. Therefore, it’s not worth 5 stars IMHO.