Review Guide – Olight PL Mini 2 Pistol Light

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In this review guide, let's take a look at the Olight PL Mini Valkyrie Mini 2.

By far this is the most popular budget option 600-lumen LED compact size pistol light on the market for compact and sub compact pistols, and it can also be used on subguns.

Is this light for you?

let's check out its core specs, beam pattern, laser-quality, control ergonomics, compatibility, and battery performance.

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Olight BALDR Mini Core Specs

  • Beam Distance: 100 meters
  • Max. Performance: 600 lumens
  • Candela: 2500 cd
  • Charge type: Magnetic USB charge base
  • Battery:  Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Weight: 2.57 oz
  • Head Diameter (in): 1.26
  • Body Diameter (in): 1.28
  • Length: 2.07
  • LED: High-Performance Cool White LED

What's Included In The Packaging

Olight PL Mini 2 packaging
olight pl mini 2 included items

The Olight PL Mini 2 comes with the following items:

  • PL Mini 2 (battery built-in) x 1
  • Picatinny (MIL-STD-1913) Rail Mount Adapter x 1
  • HM2.5*4.5 Socket Cap Screw x 2
  • MCC (Magnetic Charging Cable) Special Edition x 1
  • H1.5 Allen Wrench x 1
  • Oval Point Set Screw x 1
  • Cone Point Set Screw x 1
  • User Manual x 1

Core Features

Beam Pattern, Lumens & Candela

streamlight tlr 7a in low light warehouse

The Olight PL Mini 2 features a 600 lumen LED with up to 2500 cd, the light is slightly brighter than the Streamlight brand TLR 7A, but based on my first impression, the light is very bright on a fully charged battery, and it has an effective 40 yard throw and a super wide flood beam to lit up everything right in front of the user.

As far as beam pattern goes, the light beam is balanced between throw and flood, which it has a softened center corona with a wide flood, similar to Surefire's TIR lens performance that is optimized for close quarter tactical low light applications.

For a light this size, it's quite impressive to have this level of performance.

Light Beam Color Tint

The Olight PL Mini 2 features a neutral tint, which helps with identifying object's subject contour, color, details and gradation.

Why is it important ? Accurate color rendition helps the user accurately identify the subject in the dark by bring out the details such as color that a coolish tint beam can't.

A light with cool (bluish) tint tends to make certain color appears to be different than its true color. For example - Dark red looks black, white looks blue, dark green looks brown....etc

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QD Mount & Adjustable Slider

olight pl mini 2 slider

The Olight PL Mini 2 can be quickly installed and removed off the rail via the QD lever mount. It locks solid and stays on tight when experiencing recoil. We have tried this on a 1911 shooting 45, Glock 22 shooting 40SW, and it will definitely hold when shooting 9mm.

The light also comes with a GL rail adapter for a better mount with less slack on a Glock pistol frame.

The Most Impressive Feature - The adjustable position mounting system is particularly useful for adjusting the light position on the rail to bring the control switch closer to the shooter's reach, and it also minimizes the overall profile of the setup.

Activation Switch Ergonomics

olight pl mini 2 control switch

The light features two simple ambidextrous toggle switch on both sides, and the shooter can easily control the switch without any issue.

  • Press and hold for momentary light activation
  • Quick Tap to engage constant on.

Some people like the way the switch works, and some people don't like the fact that the user has to press, hold & release the toggle button for momentary on/off. At the end of the day, you have to practice the light you have to get the muscle memory.

Battery Endurance

olight pl mini 2 charging via usb power bank

If you are looking for a rechargeable light that saves you money on batteries, then the Olight PL Mini 2 has exactly what you want to make it last long.

Whether you tend to play with the light while watching TV or use it frequently for training, the PL Mini 2 will last you a very long time with its built-in 3.7V 230mAh Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery.

To charge the battery, all you need is the USB MCC cord (labeled "SPECIAL" that comes with the package. Charge it at anytime via any USB power sources on the go.

Construction Quality

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The overall construction of the PL Mini 2 is very solid, and the body surface is black anodized to provide scratch and corrosion protection.

The overall profile of the design felt similar to Surefire XC2 that is small and simple for conceal carry, and it's very slim on the sides to sit flush with the width of the gun.

Under normal use the PL Mini 2 works great. As far as torture test goes we recommend you watch this video below and see it for yourself:


Available Holster Selections

At the time of writing this review there are a few companies making them, and you can check them out below:

Final Verdict

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The Olight PL Mini 2 is a super bright compact size pistol light for anyone who is looking for a budget friendly and yet effective weapon light system for compact & subcompact size handguns for range training and home defense.

It fits on most pistol and long guns as long as there is a rail system

People who use this light get more training mileage out of it without burning their wallet buying batteries, and it's absolutely a cool product that we recommend.

If you want the laser model, please check out the Olight BALDR Pro.

If you want something more than just a budget option light, please check out the Surefire XH30, and also check out our detailed pistol weapon light guide on our site.

Pros

  • Super Small
  • Super bright beam for indoor applications
  • Adjustable mount positions
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Very positive & responsive ambi control switch

Cons

  • Lack of holster options
  • Potential snag hazard due to the QD lever
  • Recharging port attracts unwanted steel parts

Ying Xu

US Air Force veteran nuclear weapon officer. Aerospace engineering bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas. Experienced as a certified NRA range safety officer. Working as a search engine expert for BadAssOptic.com