The fastest growing trend in the outdoor retail world is anything marketed as being tactical. One segment of this category that truly has tactical benefits is in the illumination area. There are a lot of companies that make and market tactical flashlights that serve many different functions. Some can mount onto firearms while most create a blinding light to stun or blind a target. These lights are marketed to military personal, first responders, and sportsmen and women.
I recently got my hands on the new M22 Warrior LED flashlight by Olight. The M22 features an advanced CREE XM-L2 LED light source that has a maximum brightness of 950 lumens. The output of this light is very impressive. Users can select 4 different setting which include 950 lumens, 250 lumens, 20 lumens, and a strobe mode which is done at brightest setting. Changing the settings between the various output modes is as easy as turning the head of the flashlight back and forth.
The tale switch also has more functions than just turning the light on and off. Simply pushing the switch partway you can activate a momentary on setting. Pushing twice quickly automatically turns on the full brightness setting and pushing three times activates the strobe setting. Users can also program the default light output by simply turning the light on, changing the setting to any of the three outputs, and then turning the light off. The next time you turn it on, it will automatically go to the last setting. This can be changed at anytime.
The build of the light is very strong. Olight uses an anti-scratch hard anodized aluminum on the exterior of the light. The head is large and features a heat-sink style to dissipate heat and create a focused beam. Attached to the head of the light is a stainless steel bezel designed to be used in a self-defense scenario and to also protect the ultra clear lens. The light also has both a removable cigar style grip as well as a pocket clip.
The M22 Warrior can be powered by using either two CR123A batteries or one 18650 rechargeable cell. If you are using the CR123A batteries, the light comes with a plastic battery sleeve to keep them from rattling inside of the housing. Either battery choice will give you up to 30 hours of runtime while the light is set to the 20 Lumens option. The 250 Lumen option drops runtime down to 2 hours, while the 950 Lumen output will only give you 1 hour of light. For optimal performance, high quality batteries are suggested.
Inside the box you not only get the M22 Warrior, but you also get some useful accessories. These include replacement o-rings, an extra rubber boot, a lanyard, a light diffuser, the battery magazine, and a holster. The holster seems to be extremely useful regardless of the intended use for the light. It is semi-ridged and will protect the light when not in use. On the sides of the holster are two sleeves to hold extra batteries. The light also comes packaged in a hard case that can hold all of the included accessories. Olight also provides a 5 year warranty for the owner.
Overall I feel that the Olight M22 Warrior flashlight stacks up against some of the more expensive tactical flashlights on the market. At a retail price under $100, it is hard to beat the features that are packed into this package. Consumers will quickly realize the value in this light and will most likely become their favorite flashlight. To purchase this flashlight as well as batteries and other accessories, visit Battery Junction.
- LED: Cree XM-L2
- Runs on: 1 x 18650 or 2 x CR123A batteries
- Low: 20 Lumens/30 Hours
- Medium: 250 Lumens/3 Hours
- High: 950 Lumens/1 Hours
- Peak Beam Intensity: 23,256 cd
- Length: 5.67″ (144mm)
- Diameter: 1.61″ (41mm)
- Weight: 5.15 oz (146g)