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Olight Hunting Torches: Rail Mounts vs Flashlights

OLight Hunting Light

The 1890s were the rough and early beginnings of flashlights. The once primitive technology of bulbs has gone through a lot of improvements like HID bulbs, various bulb filaments, and recently – flashlight modes and LED technology. In 2006, the year when Olight was founded, the market of illumination devices  got the change it needed. Although the company first started with outdoor lights, it slowly shifted to tactical flashlights and hunting lights. But not all hunting flashlights are created equal and Olight certainly doesn’t want you to think that.

Rail Mounts

PL-Pro Valkyrie

PL-Pro Valkyrie

Like every Olight rail mount light, the PL-Pro Valkyrie is compatible with Picatinny (1913) style rails but this Olight hunting light can also be attached on Glock style rails. This device has 4 modes and an IPX-6 rating which offers protection from 12.5mm water sprays coming from any direction for up to 3 minutes.

The low mode on the Valkyrie produces 300lm for 1.5hours while the high mode can produce double the lumens for 45 minutes. The third mode called turbo gives you a light output of 1500lm in 1.5min bursts and then drops to high and then you have the special mode which outputs a 13hz strobe light. You are able to charge the device’s 900mAh battery with a magnetic USB cable and port which are compatible with the remote pressure switch.

BALDR Pro

BALDR Pro

This IPX-4 rated hunting light is capable of staying operational for at least 5 minutes from splashes coming from any direction. The BALDR Pro is RoHS compliant, weighs 129 g and it comes with a sightable green laser. The maximum lm count of 1350 is available on the high mode in 1 min bursts and then it shifts to 500 lm with the low mode being at 300 lm for 210 min with the laser off and 240min with it on.

The BALDR Pro also has a 13 hz strobe mode and a momentary on mode at 1350 lm. The two CR123A batteries allow for a peak beam distance of 260 meters and the laser has a runtime of 75 h with a max output of 5mW and a wavelength range from 645 to 655nm. The 84 mm long light fits on MIL-STD-1913 (picatinny) rails as well as Glock sized ones.

PL-2 Valkyrie

PL-2 Valkyrie

Unlike the BALDR Pro, the PL-2 Valkyrie just like the PL-Pro, has an IPX-6 rating but it only comes with 3 modes. High, strobe and momentary are all the modes you’ll find on this device with the first one using 1200lm in a 1.5 min bursts and then continuing for 70 minutes at 600lm. Strobe mode works at 1200 lm for 70 minutes and momentary on work at 1200lm as well. This 80g heavy unit has a peak beam distance of 235 meters and a peak beam intensity of 13,800 cd (candela).

Flashlights

M3XS-UT Javelot

M3XS-UT Javelot

On the other side we have a beast of a flashlight when it comes to beam distance, the M3XS-UT Javelot. This device is milled from aircraft-grade aluminium which has a Mil-Spec Type III hard-anodised finish. This gives it an IPX-8 rating, which makes it waterproof up to 2 meters and 255 g heavy. The M3XS-UT Javelot is 211 mm long and it has a beam distance of astounding 1000 m with a beam intensity of 250,000 cd. These amazing specs can be powered by 3x CR123A, 4x CR123A or 2x 18650 batteries.

Seeker 2 Pro

Seeker 2 Pro

Unlike the rest of the Olight hunting lights on here the Seeker 2 Pro has 6 different illumination levels, Level 1 to 5 and strobe. The first level is the one that offers the highest output (3200 lm) but only for 2 min bursts, then it continues running on 600 lm for 150 minutes. The second level is capable of providing 1200 lm for 110 min and then drops to half that for 30 minutes. Level 3 gives 300 lm for 9.5 hours, level 4 50 lm for 50 hours and level 5 gives you 5 lm for 12 whole days.

The maximum beam distance of this unit is 250 m and the light intensity is at 15,600 cd. The Seeker 2 Pro has four visual display indicators on each side – the ones on the right are for the battery level and the ones one the left are for the brightness level. This device also comes with a L-dock which allows you to attach\fix it on a table or a wall.

Javelot Pro

Javelot Pro

If you thought the M3XS-UT Javelot was amazing, take a look at the Pro version. This 380 g heavy unit has a beam distance of 1080 m and a light intensity of 291,600 cd. The Javelot Pro also has an IPX-8 rating and it is 36 mm longer than its hard-anodised counterpart thanks to the massive 7000 mAh battery pack. Its four modes are low med, high and turbo with Low starting at 15 lm and it lasting for 8 days with a beam distance of 90 m. Med can beam across a 270 m distance with 150 lm for 23 hours whilst high can do so across 540m with 600lm for 5hours. Turbo is the mode that can produce all the 2100 lm available on the Javelot Pro in 5 min bursts, which then fall to a 1000 lm for 145 minutes.

What Colour Light for Hog Hunting?

Hog Hunting

Green light is the best when hunting hogs as it provides the perfect balance of brightness and light intensity. A green hunting light is not as bright as white light and it is slightly bright than red which is visible enough to help you identify the animal from a long distance without scaring it away.