Please note, this light was provided to us free of charge for the purposes of a review. However all thoughts are my own, and they are very much the thoughts of a casual flashlight user!)
Before we get into this review I should explain where I live.
The Peak District can get very dark. Pitch black kinds of dark, in many places. There are no man made light sources, and no natural light sources, especially getting into winter with cloudy skies and no moon visible.
In the past, I’ve been someone who’s been quite happy using the £15-25 torches bought from supermarkets or outdoor shops, using camp lights and even the light on my phone. So when Olight got in touch with us and offered the chance to review their new limited edition Warrior X Pro, I did wonder how different it could be.
Capable of producing 2100 lumens thrown over 500m, the Olight Warrior X Pro is certainly an illumination powerhouse. With 2 brightness settings and 8 hours run time on the low setting (we left it on to check, it does) it is definitely capable of a lot, for a long time.
In addition, the Warrior X Pro is waterproof, has been reliably tested to be proof against 3m drops, and it charges twice as fast as the Warrior X series, using an improved magnetic charging cable (which snaps to, very handily)
It looks tough, feels tough and is reassuringly weighty in the hand for such a relatively small torch.
Also worth noting, in the box you also get a belt pouch and pocket clip, a charging cable, wrist strap, and tactical grip ring (which can replace the default ‘chunky’ ring on the torch).
Compared to standard every day carry (EDC) torches it’s quite large, but seriously, what a light. I’d describe it vs other normal torches as driving with full beam on in the dead of night, compared to using standard headlights. It really makes a difference, and one that gives you confidence in the dark.
On that note, you do need to be careful with a light like this in a populated setting. You shouldn’t shine it at someone’s house, and always take care when using this around cars at night as you could cause an accident if pointed at the driver. You could also blind someone from up close, or at the very least annoy them.
However, this is where the low setting comes in. This emits a mere 300 lumens from the front of the light, similar to EDC torches, allowing you 2-in-1. That’s still bright, but you could get away with using it in a more suburban environment for dog walking or just general use at night.
It beats the current £15 store bought lights by an extremely long shot (and it should, it costs nearly 10x more) but having used it repeatedly for over two weeks on night time photography sets, dog walks and general trekking I can confidently say I’ll never be satisfied with anything less in future. This is an impressive piece of hardware that I fully expect to last many years.