Review Olight Warrior Mini 2 Flashlight [NEW Proximity Sensor]

olight warrior mini 2 light on

In this Olight Warrior Mini 2 review guide. Let's check out its performance, size, durability, and the new proximity sensor feature.

Let's check it out. 


Overall Dimension

  • Waterproof - IPX8
  • Weight - 4.3 oz
  • Length - 4.65 in
  • Head diameter - 0.98 in
  • Body diameter - 0.91 in

Illumination Performance

  • Beam distance - 722 ft
  • Max lumen - 1750 lm
  • Charge type - USB rechargeable
  • Battery - 18650
  • Light intensity - 12300 cd
  • Light reflector - TIR class lens
  • Mode - Side & Tail switch

Unboxing

Olight warrior mini 2 packaging
olight warrior mini 2 unboxing
  • Warrior Mini 2 flashlight
  • Stainless steel pocket clip 
  • User manual
  • Lanyard 
  • 18650 battery
  • Carabiner-Style Ring
  • MCC3 magnetic USB charging cable
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Who Is This Light For

hiking cave with olight m2r pro

The Olight Warrior Mini 2 is an upgraded version of the original Warrior Mini, but it's slightly heavier and longer. 

The added proximity sensor is useful for anyone working on things up close without blinding the eyes

  • Outdoor hiking
  • Survival Signaling
  • Every Day Carry
  • Emergency
  • Utility
  • Inspections
  • and More

Features

olight warrior mini 2 disassembled

Lumen Levels & Battery Life

The lumen level is a bit confusing if this is the first time using an Olight product. But it's very easy once I show you how to read the table below:

LEVEL 1 (lumens) - 1750(~500lm) (~200lm)

Run-time LEVEL 1 - 4+206+40mins

Meaning 4.5 mins of 1750 from full charge, then it automatically drops down to 500 lumens for 206 mins, then drops down to 200 lumens for 40 mins

LEVEL 2 (lumens) - 500 - 200 lm

Run-time LEVEL 2 - 218 + 55 mins

Meaning 218 mins on 218 lumens from full charge, then it automatically drops down to 200 lumens for 55 mins

LEVEL 3 (lumens) - 120 lm

120 lumen

Run-time LEVEL 3 - 19 hrs

Meaning 19 hrs on 120 lumens from full charge

LEVEL 4 (lumens) - 15 lm

12 lumen

Run-time LEVEL 4 - 164 hrs

LEVEL 5 (lumens) - 1 lm

1 lumen

Run-time LEVEL 5 - 45 days

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NEW Proximity Sensor - The Most Important Feature

olight warrior mini 2 proximity sensor

The proximity sensor is built on the side of the reflector, and it doesn't affect the light beam shape.

The lumen intensity drops when the sensor detects near by surface to prevent blinding the user's eyes.

olight warrior mini 2 proximity sensor

At about 4.5" is where the sensor automatically regulate the lumen intensity, then it will go back to full intensity after moving away from a surface.

It only works for 1750 lumens (Turbo) to 500 lumens, and 500 to 200 lumens.

At lower lumen intensity settings, the sensor isn't activated.

In raining condition, the water droplets will also activate the sensor.

Non Aggressive Lens Bezel

olight warrior mini 2 led lens

The Olight Warrior Mini 2 features an non aggressive lens bezel for every day carry users, so it will not cut up your pants pockets day in and day out.

Strobe Mode

handgun light

The strobe feature can be activated via pressing the thumb button or the tail cap. The user can program the strobe activation method based on preference by doing the following:

Press & Hold Tail Switch (If not already in strobe mode), then press side switch once to enter instant strobe mode

The strobe mode is for signaling, draw immediate attention and as a close up personal defense blinding tool.

Tail Cap & Thumb Button Activation

The user can activate the light using the tail cap switch or the side switch. 

The tail switch is for tactical thumb grip light activation

olight warrior mini 2 tail cap switch

It gives positive feedback, water sealed, and it can be programmed between constant on/off or instant strobe. The raised height of the button gives the user more tactile feel of the control with or without gloves.

olight warrior mini 2 side switch

The side switch is used for cycling through different lumen settings

Note: The mode cycling switch works better if the proximity sensor isn't near a surface, otherwise it will not engage.

olight warrior mini 2 tail cap view

For personal defense use, for personal defense, we actually recommend checking out the Olight M2R Pro because it has a more powerful lumen intensity and features strike bezel rings.

olight warrior mini 2 vs m2r

You can absolutely use the Warrior Mini 2 for personal defense, but not as a striking tool.

For steady momentary on light, the user just need to press the tail cap half way to activate, which is highly recommended to leave light in this mode to give the user super tactile & responsive button operation.

The thumb activation button is an EDC feature that allows for constant-on and to cycle through different lumen intensities by double tapping the button.

Magnetic Base

usb mcc charging

One thing we absolutely love about every Olight light product is the magnetic base. It's pretty much the standard for all of their lights.

It's a charging port and a mounting platform.

The user can stick the light to any magnetic surfaces to provide hands free light mounting solution.

olight warrior mini 2 ceiling emergency light

Use For Emergency Lighting

Grip Texturing

olight warrior mini 2 knurling texture

The Olight Warrior Mini 2 features full length aggressive knurling textures to give the user a very positive grip without slipping when activating the light via tactical grip.

It doesn't feature any anti rotation geometry, but the metal carrying clip helps prevent rolling while placing it on a inclined surface.

Carrying Clips

olight warrior mini 2 carrying clip
warrior mini 2 pocket edc carry

The main metal carrying clip is snapped in place in a fixed position without rotational freedom. 

The tail cap retention clip features a small metal ring for lanyard attachment, and it can rotate around the light body.

olight warrior mini 2 rear retention clip
olight warrior mini 2 tactical grip

For normal daily carrying, the clip will not fall out unless the user deliberately apply pressure to pull it out for a much more comfortable tactical grip.

The user can comfortably carry it in the pocket and also clip it on a hat for POV lighting.

Rechargeable Battery

olight warrior mini battery insert

The Warrior Mini 2 features the same 3.6V 18650 battery with 3500 mAh capacity.

The 18650 type battery is the most common modern day battery for this size that can provide high output capability over CR123A.

It's also rechargeable to save you money.

Power Indicator

olight warrior mini 2 power battery indicator

The power indicator shows the user the status of the battery:

Green - 75% or more

Orange - 30-75%

Red - Less than 30% left

Durability

The light is made out of aerospace grade aluminum. Under normal use, this thing is built to last.

Does it survive drop? take a look:

olight warrior mini 2 drop test

It's also rated for 1.5 meter drop (5 ft drop). Waterproof up to 2 meters.

In order to illustrate the durability of this light, there is no better way to show it than this:


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Common FAQ

Where is Olight products made?

Olight products are manufactured and assembled in Guangdong, China. 

How Do I Program The Tail Cap Switch?

Press and hold the tail switch + press side switch once to enter instant strobe mode

My flashlight does not turn on or charge

A. Before you use or charge the flashlight out of the box, please unscrew the tail cap to take the insulating film out from the flashlight and try again.

B. The tail cap needs to be screwed down tightly. Please try swabbing the contacts in the tail cap with some rubbing alcohol to thoroughly clean them.

C. If the flashlight still cannot be turned on or charged, connect the flashlight to a powered charging cable. If the light turns on while being charged, this means the battery is defective.


Wrap Up

The Olight Warrior Mini 2's proximity sensor is the key feature of this light for anyone looking for a smart EDC light that can automatically adjust lumen intensity when approaching a hard surface without blinding the eyes.

Overall, the Warrior Mini 2 is similar to the original Mini even it's actually slightly bigger but it's also much more powerful.

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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