450 Lumen Pistol Light – Olight Valkyrie PL-1 II

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I was taught in a training class years ago that 60-80 lumens on a short range weapon light was more than adequate for defensive situations. Has that sentiment changed with advances in LED technology? A new pistol light, the Valkyrie PL-1 II from Olight, projects 450 lumens, which leads me to believe that their is increased demand for high output lights on handguns.

The mounting system centers around an adjustable throw lever, which I much prefer to screw-mount solutions. The Valkyrie is waterproof; also a great feature for a defensive handgun setup.

Olight Valkyrie II @TFB

Olight Valkyrie II @TFB

From the Olight Webpage:

KEY FEATURES:

  • Applicable on MIL-STD-1913 and Glock sized rails
  • Uses a single CR123A battery delivering an output of 450 lumens and a beam distance of 106 meters
  • Switch on/off silently. Push forward directly or hit the side of the switch to activate
  • Heavy duty stainless steel lever making it easy and fast to attach and release
  • Hardened glass coated with an anti-reflective coating on both sides allowing for 99% light transmission rate for maximum clarity
  • IPX6 Waterproof

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES:

  • Weapon Light x 1
  • 1600mAh CR123A Battery x 1
  • 1913 Rail Mount (for 1913 Rail) x 1
  • T6/T8 Socket Head Wrench x 1
  • Instruction Manual

The PL-1 II is our refined and upgraded version of the original PL-1 weapon light.

We have spent over a year in development for this project producing countless prototypes to create the perfect weapon light that our users can depend on for years. We have dramatically increased the strength of the mounting mechanism that will NEVER become loose or fall off of any firearm that has a rail.

Our dual spring system and insulated interior protect the light from any recoil or temperature change that the light encounters. We have included a rail insert and tool to change for the 1913 and Glock style rails so it can fit any type of firearm you have with perfection.

Olight Valkyrie II @TFB

Olight Valkyrie II @TFB

Olight Valkyrie II @TFB

Olight Valkyrie II @TFB

Olight Valkyrie II 450 Lumens @TFB

Olight Valkyrie II @TFB

Olight Valkyrie II @TFB

Olight Valkyrie II @TFB

Missing from the specifications is the battery runtime ratings – I’m guessing 30-45 minutes with the listed output.  But, as I like to remind our readers when I write a review, everything is compromise. The power for those 450 lumens has to come from somewhere.

MSRP: $99.95


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  • Reef Blastbody

    Pete, check the “additional information” tab on the page for the Olight, it says 1 hour run time.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Thank you! I’ll update.

    • Cal S.

      Kinda like a red giant, eh? Might throw off a lot of light, but it’s not long for this world.

      • Nick

        The Surefire XC-1 is only producing 200 lumens with a 1hr runtime. Granted it’s a compact light that runs off of 1 AAA but an hour for 450 lumens seems a lot more reasonable.

        • Cal S.

          Interesting. All I know is that my $45 NCStar light is still serving me well 3 years later, lol.

  • Bob

    I fully understand the need for more light. But it does come to a point that if you’re going to use it for the typical reasoning of home defense. Then at some point, it is too bright and you will experience back splash and blind yourself. Most homes are painted with semi-gloss paints in lighter colors. These help reflect light and brighten up a room. Now your average room is lighted with a couple 60w bulbs. That’s on average between 450 lumens to 800 lumens. But that isn’t focused or directed. It is diffused and also somewhat channeled with the use of lamp shades, etc….

    But in a darkened environment, with your eyes adapted to that environment, and all of a sudden you throw 450 lumens in a concreted area. Your eyes will hate you. You will get back splash and your vision will crap out.

    Now, I’m in no way saying less light is better. I’m just saying that if you go with more; just like with penetration of drywall when it comes to self defense. You need to understand how to use a light properly in a self defense situation.

    • Cal S.

      I think it doubles as a less-lethal face-melting device.

      But seriously, yes I’d be more inclined to put this on my Sub2K I take hiking and camping than a home-defense weapon.

    • Rick O’Shay

      The easiest way to assess this would be to get a light you intend to mount on your HD firearm, wake up at 2am, go into your living room and flip it on.
      Did you get blinded? Maybe don’t use that. Is it not bright enough? Maybe do some more shopping.
      For all the time and discussion we spend on talking about practice and equipment and training and tactics, this seems pretty fundamental to me.

      • Cymond

        I did precisely that, and concluded that my old(ish) 160 Lumen TLR-1S is brighter than I want/need for night time home defense. It’s partially because it has such an intense hot spot in the center of the beam.

        I haven’t found an alternative yet. I’m considering an 80 Lumen TLR-3.

    • Frank

      Lumens are just a measure of overall light output, not peak brightness. With as small of a reflector as this has I’m betting it’s peak brightness is lower than a 320 lumen Surefire 6px. What a lot of people don’t get is with higher output lights you get a lot more peripheral light which gives you better situational awareness. That being said I don’t think I’d trust an olight for something as demanding as a pistol light.

    • raz-0

      a 60W light bulb is 800 lumens.

      I have a a few 1000 lumen lights that are floody. They do not light up the room as well as two 60 watt bulbs, and you do not get blinded by your choice of paint.

      Both have a medium ode of 400-50 lumens. They are a non issue with blinding yourself.

      You are however committing to darkish stuff being DARK due to compromising your night vision, but that applies to much lower output lights as well.

  • TZH .

    I have the gen 1 Valkyrie on my AR15, 400 lumens is fine for my indoor-backyard setup

  • PK

    Weapons lights just keep getting less expensive, don’t they. Interesting, but that seems overly bright for a handgun. Maybe on a rifle it would be more suitable.

  • Roy G Bunting

    I like that it only takes 1 CR123 battery, as for lumens and runtime, there are a lot of big claims that usually only compare to the lights of the same brand.

    Surefire used to have a scope cap filter for their lights to preserve night vision, i think that is a design feature that should make a comeback.

    • Nick

      Might as well just add a lower power mode then, even though the filters reduce output you’re still going to chew through batteries since the light is still running at full power. I never had issues with my X300u, it would illuminate a huge area if needed but wasn’t so bright that I’d blind myself unless I did something stupid like shine it at a white wall a few feet away.

      • Roy G Bunting

        A second switch either way would work for me. Having more than one mode on the on switch always seems awkward to me.

  • Hoplopfheil

    I had a nice light on my bedside gun for a while, until one night when I couldn’t sleep I switched it on to see how well it worked.

    The reflection off of the white walls was so intense it blinded me. So now I have a mini Maglite next to it instead.

    • BillC

      Then you’re doing it wrong. You aim low or high and let the spill light up the room/area. The brighter/more lumens of the light, the more spill/illumination it has. More light is ALWAYS better.

      If you then have to aim/illuminate a target/person, the body isn’t reflective. Also, funny how if you do get “blinded” by the reflection, when you stop the reflection, you aren’t “blinded” anymore.

      You don’t run around pointing guns, aiming down the sights at unkowns at chest level in the daylight, why would it be any different in the dark with a light?

      Maglite, GTFO. *Shakes head* Maglite.

      • Hoplopfheil

        I guess I could put my hand over the light, but that’s dangerously close to the muzzle and I might as well have no light.

        There isn’t a place you can point a light like that where it won’t reflect off of the walls. A smallish square room (like say a bedroom) with white walls and a white ceiling is like a reflection chamber. When the light is on, the whole room is lit up. Which is a bad thing if your eyes aren’t adjusted.

        Unless the situation took place in my indoor tennis court (which I don’t have), the light is going to reflect back from very close.

        • BillC

          “I guess I could put my hand over the light, but that’s dangerously close to the muzzle and I might as well have no light”
          -What in the H#ll are you talking about?

          “There isn’t a place you can point a light like that where it won’t
          reflect off of the walls. A smallish square room (like say a bedroom)
          with white walls and a white ceiling is like a reflection chamber”
          -You aim the light, and your pistol, at the ground, at a low-ready, where the floor meets the wall. The ground, like carpet, soaks up a lot of light, but you are using the light spillage. This still works just fine if the floor is tile or wood.

          “Unless the situation took place in my indoor tennis court (which I don’t
          have), the light is going to reflect back from very close.”
          -Are you being dense on purpose? Why are you acting like light is a bad thing? Better not turn on your house lights, or go outside in the sun. What if light gets in your eyes? Again,why are you putting bright light directly on the wall mere feet away, with the intention of “blinding” yourself? Again, you are doing it wrong.

          If your answer is to use a less bright, or dim light (maglite), you are doing it wrong. Brighter light will always let you identify your target, illuminated your target, all at a greater distance too, even indoors. Again, brighter lights ILLUMINATE MORE OF A ROOM as well.

          What aren’t you getting about this?

          • Hoplopfheil

            You’ve described exactly what I tried.

            I’m glad it works for you, but I found it to be blindingly bright, as I already said.

            Take a deep breath. Relax. Lie back and think of England, whatever it takes to calm you down.

          • Cymond

            “Better not turn on your house lights, or go outside in the sun. What if light gets in your eyes?”

            I guess you’ve never walked out of a dark movie theatre on a sunny day.
            And thankfully, my wife warns me before she flips on the light in the morning so I can shield me eyes. It takes me at least 30 seconds to adjust to the change.

            And no, I’m not joking.

          • ODgreen34

            Reflective light is at least enough of a problem for a couple of makers to offer smart lights that automatically dim when they see too much reflectivity …. sure fire and I believe Fenix have them

  • Gary Kirk

    Will stick with my Streamlight TLR1..
    That damned thing is bright enough..

  • C. Her

    Wow $100. Wouldn’t mind adding one to test against my 2 Streamlight TLR’s.

  • Raginzerker

    I don’t know much about weapon lights, but, the batteries (Or battrees we’re I’m from) don’t seem to last long on these high output lights