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Northern Stroll reviews: The Olight Warrior X Turbo

Following our earlier review of the Warrior X Pro, Olight kindly sent us the new limited edition Warrior X Turbo for a photoshoot and write up. And boy what a torch this is.

Capable of producing 1100 lumens thrown over 1000m, the Olight Warrior X Turbo on paper might surprise some, having half the lumens but double the range over the Warrior X Pro. There’s a very good reason for this.

The X Turbo is actually a supersized X Pro with less flood but much greater beam intensity. Designed as a tactical thrower, for use by police, mountain rescue or armed forces (or anyone else needing to see things a whole kilometer away in the darkness) the Warrior X Turbo has a cold white beam that produces a very intense small hotspot.

The light itself is focused to a point as much as possible using the larger head. This is the reason why despite almost half the brightness compared to the Warrior X, the Warrior Turbo manages to give the a throw of 1 km vs 500-600.m for the others in the series. That said, this by no means a beast vs some of the larger throwers out on the market and still manages to be impressively compact.

Like the Warrior X Pro, the Turbo feels very solid and great in hand. The build quality and attention to the packaging feels oddly reassuring, and you can tell you are looking at a top of the range, well engineered product.

Specifications & technical stuff

Operational Modes

High: 1100 lumens for 6.5 minutes dropping steadily through 600 lumens for 105 minutes, to 300 lumens for 27 minutes followed by 150 lumens for a final 52 minutes.

Low: 150 lumens for 12 ½ hours runtime

There are plenty of reviews online using luminance kits checking the output of the Turbo show that it really does output pretty close to or dead on these specs.

Throw: up to 1000m

Waterproof to: IPX8

Impact resistance: 1.5m drop rated

Weight: 294h including battery

Just like the Olight Warrior X PRO, the Warrior X Turbo uses only a single switch with two modes, High and Low.

When you half-press the switch, it will turn on in Low-mode. A full click will turn it on in High mode, (or Turbo in that regard). But, if you hold the light in either (half-press, or full-click) for longer than 1 second, it's working as a momentary-on. When you release the switch, the light will turn off.

As with other Olight torches, the Warrior X Turbo is waterproof, has been reliably tested to be proof against drops, and it charges proprietary batteries using an improved magnetic charging cable (which snaps to, very handily)

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). This version is also compatible with a range of accessories to aid mounting and control on rifles.

Our impressions

We absolutely did not expect that a flashlight with the dimensions of a regular Warrior X Pro would be able to produce such a beam. It perfectly does what he was created for – to simply throw light at the maximum possible distance and turn night into day at that specific spot.

This isn’t an EDC torch by any means. It’s larger and heavier (albeit only slightly) and the extreme power and distance means it is complete overkill for walking the dog. The ‘low’ setting of 150 lumens is more than enough to see where you are going, and you can freely illuminate the road in a very large radius. But any ordinary EDC flashlight will be much more convenient here, so leave this one at home.

So if you need something compact and at the same time long-lasting and far-reaching to mount under the barrel of your gun or take with you on long search and rescue missions – take a closer look at the Olight Warrior X Turbo.

Because of this, and to put the torch through its paces, we’re giving it to our local Mountain Rescue. Because the Peak District can get very dark indeed, (pitch black in many places) with no light sources and often long distances between landmarks and features, what better group to test the full capabilities of this torch. Head over to the Northern Stroll blog in the new year to see part 2 and find out what Mountain Rescue thought of this beast of a thrower.

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