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.
From the Olight Webpage:
- 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
- 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.
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.