Olight PL-Pro Valkyrie
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Olight’s PL-Pro Valkyrie is designed as a powerful, full-featured weapon light for pistols, rifles or shotguns.

Olight PL-Pro Valkyrie
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The PL-Pro Valkyrie has Olight’s integral quick-release mount that makes attaching it to any rail fast and simple. It comes with interchangeable bars for either GLOCK or standard 1913 Pic rails. Olight lists the PL-Pro as being compatible with these pistols . . .

I attached the new Valkyrie to a non-GLOCK GLOCK, on which it mounted and worked well. I shot it as extensively as my ammunition inventory would allow. I also popped it on an AR for a couple of magazine and it did just fine (as you’d expect) and put on a Remington 870 DM for a few rounds of buckshot, too.

If you want to use the PL-Pro on your AR, Olight offers an optional magnetic remote pressure switch for use on a rifle (or shotgun). While we haven’t tested the switch, it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t work as advertised. The switch connects to the light’s magnetic charging port on the bottom of the light.

In the end, though, most users will see the PL-Pro Valkyrie as a pistol light and use it that way.

Olight PL-Pro Valkyrie
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As for output, that’s where the PL-Pro Valkyrie really shines (sorry). The weapon light has three settings; low, high and strobe. Low is 300 lumens and high is a whopping 1500 lumens. The PL-Pro is rated with a 280-meter throw, almost the length of a football field.

In order to maximize the throw distance, the PL-Pro Mini produces a fairly focused beam. That means the field that it illuminates isn’t as wide as some lights, but I didn’t have trouble seeing things off-center, even at midnight. That beam width is a conscious decision Olight made in favor or producing a longer reach.

Olight PL-Pro Valkyrie
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The PL-Pro Valkyrie has two rocker switches (they depress inward, rather than up and down) that control momentary or constant on/off, brightness, strobe, or activation of the light’s lockout mode. The switches have a slight tactile detent and an audible (though quiet) click when using them.

Olight PL-Pro Valkyrie
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Like most Olight lights, the PL-Pro Valkyrie is rechargeable (it has a lithium-ion battery) with a magnetic USB cable. It takes about 1½ hours to fully charge a fully depleted battery.

To see how long the battery lasts, I did what most users will never do — I turned it on and left it on. Be aware that the PL-Pro Valkyrie has a power-saver setting that dims the light after about a minute or so. Turn it on full power and you get the full 1500 lumens. After a minute it begins to dim to what looks like about half power.

That’s probably sooner than a lot of users would expect, but when you think about it, most users will never leave their light on for more than a minute at a time. If they do, the half-power setting may cut the beam’s throw distance, but it’s still more than enough to light up a room or a decent size yard.

The light lasted one hour and ten minutes before going dark. On low power, it lasted just short of two hours before the batter was drained.

Olight PL-Pro Valkyrie
Courtesy Olight

The Olight PL-Pro Valkyrie has an IPX6 water resistance rating. Technically that means it’s safe from “high pressure water.” You can’t dunk it, but it should be good in a downpour. I put it my sink at hit it for a solid minute with the spray nozzle. That’s more water than it’s likely to get in an hour or two under a pistol or rifle in a rainstorm. I wiped it off and it’s worked flawlessly ever since.

In the end, the PL-Pro Vakyrie does what it’s designed to do. It’s more than bright enough for the vast majority of users (as long as you don’t leave it on for too long) and it’s priced competitively with similar lights from reputable makers.

The PL-Pro Valkyrie is available in your choice of black or tactical peanut butter. It usually retails for about $129, but Olight is having a flash sale that starts tonight and they’re pricing it at $100.69 (the sale begins at 8:00p eastern, use this link).

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  1. I was gonna get an El cheapo light for my Taurus G3 but this looks a helluva lot better for reasonable $(just had a bad experience with an amazon charger). Except it’s huge. I like the blinding 1500 lumen power though.

    • Check some of their other weapon lights out, they have much smaller ones that are better suited for a pistol (I have a Baldr Mini that works great).

    • I put a mini Valkyrie on my 19x and I like it fine, good value. I like that it doesn’t extend past the barrel and smoke up that desert tan.

  2. Kinda lazy and set in my ways with the cr123 platform. I like tossing a battery and starting fresh in seconds, no putting on the charger or taking off, although rechargeables are capable of higher output. Looks like a nice light.

    • My problem with that is that if a battery will last for an hour, once I have used it around 10 minutes I feel a real need to replace it so I have the full hour. Recharging fills the bill fine, otherwise I’d need to buy batteries in bulk!

    • The Valkyrie is way too bulky for a handgun, IMO. Mine is mounted (with pressure switch) on one of my ARs. I have Olight PL Minis on my Glocks.

  3. CHINA. No thanks. Americans need to wake the fook up and stop buying stuff from China whenever possible. Olight is 100% China owned, made and run. Sure they may employee a few Americans but that is PR BS at the end of the day.

    Before you say it….yes I know many other lights are made there. But just going to Streamlight which is an American company, run by Americans but has most of their lights made in China is better than Olight. Step up to SureFire where 98%+ is made in the US and owned by a US company.

  4. “280-meter throw, almost the length of a football field.” – either the 2 doesn’t belong, or there has been some serious rule changes since I quit watching NFL

  5. Here’s the problem with Surefire, they are expensive, some handgun lights can run close to $900! Really!

    I hate supporting Chinese products, but, these are cost prohibitive for a vast majority of consumers.

    • That’s bull and you know it. At most, a Surefire pistol light will run about $300. At most. Is it expensive? Yes. Have they exploded and killed someone like Olight has? No.

      • Actually they have exploded too. The unlucky guy who had his olight exploode in his mouth was using an older model that had the batteries front to back, rather than side to side, and that can cause overheating and explosions if the batteries don’t have similar levels of charge. Olight doesn’t make lights that work like this today.

        I have several Olights, all work fine and customer service was good. The PL and Balder with the laser work great…also the mini pistol light does too. I bought all mine on sale and probably would go higher end for a little more if I pid full price.

        As for China, businesses are owned and staffed by people, not governments. It’d be hard for me to blame a worker in China for any fucked up shit the Chinese government does. Besides, literally almost anything you can’t eat, eat with, sit on drive or shoot is madein China. International trade is we buy their cheap consumer products–yea!–and they buy our cars, etc.

  6. I have the original PL Valkyrie and the PL Pro valkyrie. Both are great lights for the $$. Catch them on sale on holidays for an even greater deal.

  7. 280 meters = 918 feet 7.622 inches

    A football field feels that long when there are several really big guys, wearing the wrong color shirts, chasing you. And their shot at a scholarship, or being picked in the draft, depends on catching you.

  8. TTAG running more Olight shill posts. Make sure you disclose these lights have killed exploded and killed people before all the cheapskates who don’t know any better run out to get one.

      • Well, Hell, Ragnar, thanks for the link! Solves the question for me, glad I already stopped using 123 batteries, even without knowing why. I was sold on 18650s years ago.

      • Thanks for that link, it’s good stuff to keep in the back of your head.

        I took inventory:
        My EDC flashlights each use a single 18650 Li-Ion rechargeable.
        I have some IoT gadgets around the house that use CR123A, and the Streamlight TLR-3 on my carry pistol uses a CR2. Those are Li-metal, but they’re used as single cells so this problem can’t occur.
        But the Streamlight TLR-1 on my full-size “business” pistol uses two CR123A cells in series – exactly the problem configuration.

        Now I’m really, really glad to know this!

        • Didn’t this article say somewhere that you can just pitch the 2 123 cells and use a rechargeable 18650? Seems like that would be the best solution!

        • “Didn’t this article say somewhere that you can just pitch the 2 123 cells and use a rechargeable 18650?” No, it said “Most modern flashlights the size of 2xCR123A lights use a rechargeable 18650 battery” meaning if you’re a flashlight designer meeting a product requirement of about that size and shape, you’re more likely to use a single 18650 than a pair of CR123As end-to-end.

          They’re close enough in size (18x65mm vs. 17x69mm) that some devices can fit either – if they’re designed to. Their nominal voltages (3.7V for 1×18650 vs. 6V for 2xCR123A) are different enough, and the power delivery and drain curves of the different chemistries are different enough, that the device’s controller can manage either setup only if it’s designed to.

          Mechanically, the TLR-1 packages its pair of CR123A cells side-by-side, not end-to-end, so interchanging is not a possibility.

    • My original high-end light is a Surefire 9P from 1995. Still a great light that performs as well as it did when knew (albeit with outdated technology), but nowadays all my weapon and hand-held lights are Olight. Love ’em.

      I guess I’m a cheapskate who doesn’t know any better. I’ll let you know if one of them explodes and kills me.

  9. Things that DO suck about them: They are made in China which means that you are supporting our enemy when you buy them.

  10. Every Olight weapon light I’ve had rocks back and forth just a little bit and is not secure as my Streamlight TLR ones. Why can’t Olight come up with a better much more secure spring tension screw mount system instead of that quick disconnect flip? Who needs a QD light on a defense sidearm? Bad guy comes into the picture, holll up lemme just find that flashlight and quickly put it on the dust cover, gimme a sec. Come on, Olight – give us something more secure and doesn’t rock back and forth and you’ll have more business.

    • Uh-Oh. M, the Olight I have does indeed rock back and forth just a little bit, right up until I flop that lever to the lock position, after which it feels like it’s welded. You might wish to reexamine, took me a while to discover that, they could explain the mounting and locking better in the literature. My second one, OTOH, came out of the box and was solidly locked onto the gun in about 5 seconds, I could move it to another gun in another 10 seconds, that QD works great once you figure how it works.

      • Respectfully, I’m no idiot. I was referring to the rocking forwards and backwards jiggling half a millimeter when the lever is in the *locked* position. Maybe it was just my particular PL-1 II and yes I did use the proper rail key for my particular pistol.


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