We’ve had really good luck with Olight weapons lights in the past. They’re well built, intelligently designed, and priced reasonably. For a good overview, see some of our other posts here, here, and here.
Every other weapon light or light/laser combination we’ve tried has been a USB rechargeable design using Olight’s distinctive magnetic charging cord, but with the new Baldr Pro tactical light with green laser, Olight’s elected to power the unit with a couple of CR123 batteries.
This is a full-size light for mounting on compact and full-size pistols.
In terms of size, the Baldr Pro is the same size as the Valkyrie PL-Pro…with the addition of the laser at the bottom.
The user interface is the same. Rocker switches let you activated it from either the left of the right side. A quick click turn the unit on. Another quick click and it’s off. Click and hold the switch for about a second and the unit will turn off when you take your finger off the switch.
Pressing both switches at the same time puts the Balder Pro into strobe mode. Double-tap either button and the light toggles between 300 lumens and 1350 lumen turbo mode.
There’s a three-position switch on the bottom to let the user select light only, laser only or both.
The batter compartment is accessed at the back. Lift up the black latch and the rear tilts open.
CR123 batteries aren’t cheap, but they’re powerful and long-lasting (especially the lithium variety). Olight rates it with a maximum run time (light only) of four hours. Ours lasted about a half hour more than that in low power mode.
Having trained with both red and green lasers, there’s really no doubt that green is the better choice. While it sucks more power and tends to cost slightly more, green laser light is more visible in all lighting conditions, especially in daylight.
Olight’s MSRP is $149.95 but they sell it at their store for $97.47 or about $105 from that big Bezos store. That puts a very good, very versatile light for a home defense or duty gun in reach for just about anyone.
Length: 3.30 in
Width: 1.44 in
Height: 1.75 in
Weight: 4.55 oz
Mode 1: 1350 (just under 2 hrs, laser off)
Mode 2: 300 (4 hrs, laser off)
Waterproof: IPX4 rated