I bought the Olight M20-X after doing a lot of online research on the different torches powered by 18650 or CR123A batteries. I was looking for a light that was as compact as a 2 x AA battery model but more powerful.
I found that most of the premium flashlight producers offered very similar models in this category, so I chose what I considered to be the best combination of output, runtime and price.
+ 9/10 all-around amazing gear
+ Great build quality
+ Strong even beam
+ Excellent runtime
+ Relatively inexpensive
– 250m throw claimed by Olight
- Diameter: 33.5 mm (1.31”)
- Length: 140 mm (5.51”)
- Weight: 120.5 grams (excluding batteries) = 4.25 oz
The Warrior came with some useful accessories such as a glow-in-the-dark tail cap and spare o-rings. I was very impressed by the holster supplied. It is not only very sturdy, but also offers side pockets to carry spare batteries. There is also a battery case to stop CR123A batteries from rattling inside the holster.
Of course, the torch itself was my main focus of attention. I liked the solid build quality, and, after removing the tactical ring and the steel clip, the M20-X felt great in my hand too. The torch is made out of aircraft grade aluminium.
The M20-X has a lock-out function to stop it switching on by accident. It also has a momentary activation feature and memorises the last light level used.
According to the Olight the M20-X Warrior has the following output and runtimes:
- 500 lumens for 1.5 hours
- 100 lumens for 5 hours
- 10 lumens for 85 hours
- 500 lumens for 3 hours Strobe
These figures were very important for me. Although the torch is brighter with CR123A batteries, Olight M20-X claims that the runtime is longer (one hour longer) with a single 18650 rechargeable cell. I was prepared to trade the brightness for the runtime and had decided in advance that I would power it with a 18650 rechargeable.
For my test I just fitted the flashlight with a fully charged 2600mAh 18650 battery, switched it on max and watched how the light developed until the very end. Continue reading “Flashlight Review: Olight M20-X Warrior 500 Lumens”