The Search For Inexpensive Pistol Lights That Perform
Greetings! Today, I will review the OLIGHT PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie, a compact, modestly priced weapon-mounted light. As a firearms professional, I have tested and used many weapon lights. I do have pricier lights mounted that I am very happy with, but when I hear of a product that holds up over time and can get the job done, I like to check it out. I’ll share my findings in this “OLIGHT PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie Product Review” post.
Table of contents
- The Search For Inexpensive Pistol Lights That Perform
- A little Bit of Background
- OLIGHT PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie
- Features of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie
- Design and Ergonomics of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie
- Battery and Charging of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie
- Testing the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie in Action
- Price Comparison to Other Weapon Lights
- Pros and Cons of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie
- Conclusion: OLIGHT PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie Product Review
- FAQs: PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie Product Review
A little Bit of Background
I purchased the OLIGHT PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie for a PSA 5.7 pistol that I recently picked up. Previously, I owned the FN 5.7 and was a big fan! Unfortunately, the FN, along with several other firearms, was a casualty in funding my divorce almost 20 years ago.
The PSA 5.7 was significantly cheaper than the FN, and I didn’t want to spend much money on a light until I could test the handgun, so I chose less expensive options for the light and sights. Below is my take on whether the modest amount I spent on the OLIGHT was worth the dough.
PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie vs. OLIGHT PL-3 Valkyrie on the PSA Rock 5.7
I tried both the mini and the full-size OLIGHT PL-3 Valkyrie, and although I felt the bigger light looked better on the pistol, I opted for the mini. The deciding factor was how comfortable the switch was on the mini. It rested right on the front of the trigger guard, while the larger lights switch was a bit more of a reach to engage. The light is stronger on the PL-3, but the mini light things up to my satisfaction.
My Weapon Light Criteria
Everyone’s criteria for a pistol light will be different, but for a frame of reference, I’ll share what I wanted in a light. I wouldn’t be using the 5.7 as a carry piece but more as a bedside pistol, so my demands were a bit different than if I were using the gun for a daily carry.
- I did not want the light to stick out past the slide.
- The light should be enough to illuminate my house, but not the outdoors as a priority.
- I wanted a very comfortable transition from trigger to light switch.
- I was less concerned with a battery-powered light because the charger would likely be right by the pistol.
OLIGHT PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie, on paper, looked suitable for my demands. Weighing just 2.57 ounces and measuring a little over two inches in length, this light has 600 lumens of brightness and 2500 candela output. Whether I needed to identify a potential threat or illuminate a dark area quickly, I felt the light would have me covered. This versatile light is compatible with a wide range of handguns, allowing you to mount it on your preferred firearm easily. The light has two modes, one for touch to activate momentarily and one for constant on.
Regarding ergonomics, the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie tucks right into the trigger guard and is very accessible to activate.. Its complete housing adjustability also allows for customization and compatibility with various platforms. Whether you’re a right-handed shooter or a lefty, this light operates the same. You won’t need to replace batteries. The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie is easily charged as a home pistol with its rechargeable battery.
Features of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie doesn’t have the features of some lights that are three to four times the price, but it will get the job done effectively for close-quarters illumination. Its compact and lightweight design (2.57 oz) allows easy carry and mounting on a wide range of handguns, making it a versatile option. The specifications state the 600-lumen light has a beam throw range of 100 meters. I did a little test on this to satisfy my curiosity, and the results are listed below.
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie features a simple two-setting operation for easy activation, including an on/off mode and a momentary mode for quick bursts of light. The light is also rechargeable, utilizing a proprietary magnetic charging system that is convenient and reliable. It is spec’d at a 60-minute run time.
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie has adjustable rail adapters for easy installation and a secure fit. The light’s fully adjustable housing allows ergonomics and compatibility.
|Beam Throw Range||100 meters|
Design and Ergonomics of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie
The design of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie is sleek and compact, offering both functionality and aesthetics. Its lightweight construction ensures it does not add unnecessary weight or bulk to the handgun it is mounted on. The compact size allows for easy maneuverability and quick target acquisition.
Some of you may feel the light is too small
for a handgun the size of the PSA Rock 5.7, and the photos do actually make it look small, but in hand, it works well and performs excellent
The light’s housing is adjustable, allowing installation flexibility and compatibility with a wide range of handguns. This adjustability ensures the light can be positioned most comfortably and efficiently for the user. The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie also features ambidextrous paddle switches, making it easy to activate and operate for both right-handed and left-handed users.
Mounting the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie is a breeze thanks to its quick detach mount system. The light comes with adjustable rail adapters, allowing easy installation on various handgun models. The quick disconnect feature enables users to swiftly attach or remove the light without using tools or excessive effort. Whether you need to switch between firearms or remove the light
for storage, the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie’s mounting system ensures convenience and flexibility.
Battery and Charging of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie
The battery and charging system of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie is easily located at the bottom of the light and doesn’t require removal for charging. The light is powered by a rechargeable polymer lithium-ion battery, which provides enough power for a continuous hour of use. This ensures that the light can last through extended periods of engagement without
the need for frequent battery changes. The rechargeable battery also eliminates the hassle and cost of constantly purchasing and replacing disposable batteries, making it a cost-effective and eco-friendly option.
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie’s charging system utilizes a snap-on puck-type magnetic charger, similar to the charging system used for Apple Watches. This convenient and reliable charging system allows easy and hassle-free charging. Attach the magnetic charger to the designated charging port on
the light itself to charge the light. The magnetic connection ensures secure and stable charging.
A small built-in charging indicator on the charger helps monitor the charging status of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie. When the light is charging, the indicator shows a red light. Once the battery is fully charged, the indicator switches to green, indicating the light is ready for use. This simple and intuitive charging indicator eliminates any guesswork and ensures that users can easily determine when the light is fully charged and ready to be deployed.
|Battery Type||Rechargeable polymer lithium-ion|
|Battery Life||Up to 1 hour of continuous use|
|Charging System||Proprietary snap-on puck-type magnetic charger|
|Charging Indicator||Red when charging, green when fully charged|
Testing the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie in Action
As part of my evaluation of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie, I conducted makeshift performance testing to assess its capabilities in low-light conditions. Its ability to deliver a bright beam of light impressed me, providing ample visibility for target identification and engagement. The light’s 600 lumens of brightness proved highly effective in illuminating close-quarters dark areas, allowing for clear and precise visuals. It wouldn’t be my first choice outside, but the performance was respectable.
I specifically evaluated the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie’s performance during the testing phase in close-quarter low-light environments. The beam illuminated the surroundings effectively, providing visibility to navigate and engage targets. The photo to the right was taken in a pitch-black dark basement hall, and the light lit the area up from the tip of the slide down the hall.
I tested it throughout the house, which is my intended use, and it did not disappoint. The beam is wide,, and even in the much more expansive living room, it lit the length and the width as if the house light was on.
Beam Throw Testing
I didn’t go all out to assess the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie’s beam throw capabilities because, again, that’s not what I’ll be using it for. After removing the light from the gun, I ran up to the park across from my house to get perspective on its application outdoors.
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie is spec’d to carry the beam 100 yards; although my test was anything but scientific, I would be comfortable using it in an effective range of about half that. That being said, it works for me. I have an FN 509 that I carry that has a light well-suited for the outdoors, and that isn’t my intended purpose for the OLIGHT. You decide what works for you.
Overall, in my humble opion the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie’s performance in low-light conditions was solid. Its bright and focused beam, combined with its suitable beam throw range, makes it a respectable choice for my in-home defense purpose and a bargain at the price.
Price Comparison to Other Weapon Lights
Several key factors come into play when comparing the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie with other popular weapon lights. Let’s examine how the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie stacks up in price against well-known competitors: the Streamlight TLR-1, Surefire, and Modlight.
- Streamlight TLR-7:
- The Streamlight TLR-7 is known for its compact size and is designed for subcompact handguns.
- SureFire XC1:
- The SureFire XC1 is a compact pistol light designed for concealed carry. It’s known for its small size and lightweight design.
- Inforce Wild 1:
- The Inforce (Compact) is a compact weapon-mounted light designed for pistols. It’s known for its sleek design and lightweight.
- Viridian C5L:
- The Viridian C5L is a compact weapon light and laser combination designed for pistols.
- SureFire XC2:
- The SureFire XC2 is a compact pistol light with an integrated laser. It fits compact and subcompact handguns.
|Olight PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie||$89|
|INFORCE Wild 1||$139|
|Viridian C5L with Laser||$229|
|SureFire XC2 with Laser||$404|
As we can see, the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie holds its own against these well-known weapon light brands in price. Ultimately, depending on the application, you must decide if the other lights’ additional performance, hardiness, and features merit the price. I have purchased and used all but one of these lights and found value for the intended purpose with every purchase, with the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie being no exception.
Pros and Cons of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie’s several strengths contribute to its success. Its compact and lightweight design allows easy carry without adding bulk or weight to your handgun. The adjustable housing of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie is also worth noting, as it offers ergonomic capacity and compatibility with various handguns.
Another significant strength of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie is its close-quarter capabilities. With a brightness of 600 lumens and a good beam throw range, this light delivers a focused beam that can effectively illuminate dark areas. This weapon light’s simplicity and ease of use are commendable, with its two-setting operation and ambidextrous paddle switches for easy activation. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the price also has a bearing. What it delivers for the price provides excellent value.
That being said, it’s important to consider the potential weaknesses or cons of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie. While the advertised lumens are impressive, I felt that they are aggressive. I found the light very suitable and functional but wouldn’t be comfortable if I did have to pick targets out in the dark at 100 yards. Additionally, the rechargeable battery may not be preferred by all users, who may prefer disposable batteries. When considering the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie as your weapon light of choice, these factors should be considered.
Compatible Holster Manufacturers
Finding holsters that accommodate individual pistol lights is not always easy, but Olight lists certified Holster manufacturers on their website, and as I find more, I will add them here.
For the PSA 5.7, which can be a hard holster to find, I opted for the Close Quarters Kydex IWB and liked it so much I came back to their website and picked up the OWB and two magazine holders.
- Close Quarter Kydex
- Vedder Holsters
- Kobra Kydex LLC
- Last Line of Defense
- Werkz Holsters
- Just Holster It, LLC
Conclusion: OLIGHT PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie Product Review
In conclusion, the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie from OLIGHT is a compact and versatile weapon-mounted light with solid performance. Its compact size, lightweight design, and respectable capabilities make it a versatile option for those needing a compact weapon light.
The adjustable housing of the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie allows for the ability to fine-tune switch location and compatibility with a wide range of handguns. Its rechargeable battery and reliable charging system make it a convenient and user-friendly choice. Although there may is some limitations in terms of light strength outdoors at a distance and personal preference regarding rechargeable batteries, the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie offers a compelling package overall.
In my final thoughts on the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie, I recommend it to anyone looking for a budget-friendly, compact, close-quarter weapon light. Its performance, design, and features make it an excellent choice for everyday close-quarters engagements. When you factor in cost, it’s clear that this light over-delivers for the money.
- The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie is a compact yet powerful weapon-mounted light with 600 lumens of brightness and a total output of 2500 candela.
- It is compatible with many handguns and offers complete housing adjustability for maximum ergonomics.
- The light has a rechargeable battery and is durable construction.
- The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie features a simple two-setting operation for easy activation.
- Its compact size and lightweight design make this light perfect for close-quarters engagements.
FAQs: PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie Product Review
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie is compatible with a wide range of handguns and comes with adjustable rail adapters for easy installation.
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie delivers a brightness of 600 lumens, providing a powerful and focused beam of light.
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie has a beam throw range of 100 meters, allowing it to reach distant targets effectively.
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie’s rechargeable battery provides enough power for a continuous hour of use.
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie utilizes a snap-on puck-type magnetic charger for easy and hassle-free charging.
Yes, the PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie is IPX6 waterproof, ensuring its durability in various environments.
The PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie has ambidextrous paddle switches for easy activation.
No, it uses its rechargeable polymer lithium-ion battery and is incompatible with non-rechargeable batteries.