Olight Introduces the M1X Striker

Olight M1x

At the recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Olight introduced a new tactical flashlight called the M1X Striker. The new flashlight is a “defensive adaptation” of the company’s M18 Maverick flashlight.

The new flashlight has a maximum output of 1,000 lumens – though it can only maintain that for five minutes before the programming automatically reduces it over three minutes to 550 lumens. Presumably, this is to improve battery life and to limit how hot the flashlight body gets. In my own testing of other flashlights, I have measured surface temperatures on some flashlights to exceed 140˚ F.

Even with the ramping down of output, a pair of CR123A batteries are rated to power this light for only 60 minutes total (5 minutes @1k lumens + 55 minutes @ 550 lumens.) This is less than the published numbers for similar flashlights from other companies. However, the real information can be seen in a graph of output over time – something than Olight and many other companies do not provide.

As I have mentioned in previous articles, lumens is the unit of measurement for total light output. It is important but does not tell the complete story. Olight lists the peak beam intensity as only 9,000 candela suggesting that this 1,000 lumen flashlight offers a fairly wide flood beam rather than a tight beam. This suggests it is better for searching a room than a field.

Olight claims the flashlight has an IPX8 rating – in this case, waterproof to 2 meters for 30 minutes – and a drop resistance of 1.5 meters. These ratings do not conform to the ANSI FL-1 specifications, nor does the company indicate how it tests the lights determine its specs.

This light has a striking bezel and dual switches. It also has five different output modes plus a strobe. The MSRP is $60.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • Bill

    Striking bezels are great – for tearing up your pockets, scratching someone, if not yourself, and really irritating them, and contaminating your light and yourself with someone’s biofluids that you really don’t want to. There’s a reason why no one has ever painted a cheese grater black and called it a tactical self-defense device.

    • Beaker Man

      Tactcal cheese grater -scrambles to file patent application

  • Sianmink

    Make one that takes a rechargeable 18650 and uses their nifty charging base, and I’ll bite. Hell, I’ll probably just get an S30 R II instead.

    Also I don’t think I’d strike with a light that’s only rated for a 1.5 meter drop.

  • Jack Morris

    I have a couple Olights and I love those things. I keep one mounted to my Daniel Defense M4V5 and one of them travels around the house. The ones I have are built really well. High quality components, polished machining on the body and threading, plus they actually are water proof. I played “dive for the light” while night swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. It still works, and the salt water didn’t leave a spot of rust.

    • rob in katy

      I have a couple for home/car use. Was just thinking the other day about which I would use on the AR SBR. M18? Which model are you running.
      Thanks in advance.

      • Jack Morris

        I use the “M20 Warrior”.
        It’s been on the rifle for a few years now; so I wouldn’t be surprised if they offered a better alternative nowadays.

  • rjackparis

    i actually have this light, it’s pretty good. finish is fine, though since i use it as an edc light i have to carry it pointy end up to save my pants.

    which means i have to be careful about my leather seats in my car.

    also, it doesn’t seem as bright other lights. but the button combos are good, double tap for high. and triple tap for strobe.