I like having a light on my home defense gun. I also like having options. Olight’s original BALDR Mini weapon light and (green) laser gives you the option of using a light, a laser or both at the same time. I’ve had one on one of my home defense guns for over a year.
Now Olight’s new BALDR RL Mini gives you the same features in a less expensive red laser version.
The Chinese-made BALDR RL Mini is small enough and flexible enough to fit on most subcompact pistols.
The BALDR RL Mini’s laser emitter is located inside the unit rather than separately, as it is other combination light/lasers. That makes for a smaller overall design.
Like Olight’s other pistol lights, the BALDR RL Mini uses their excellent quick release design that makes installing it and getting it in the best position for your handgun simple.
Flip open the QR lever and the mount slides off the light/laser unit. You can then attach the mount section to the rail on your handgun (Olight includes two crossbars, one for standard 1913 Picatinny rails and one for GLOCK’s proprietary mount).
Once the mount is positioned, all you do is slide the light unit on and position it to give you the most comfortable access to the two rocker activation switches.
The switches themselves are as simple as it gets. A quick press and release on the rocker on either side turns the unit on and keeps it on. Another press turns it off. Depress either rocker and hold it down, and the unit shuts off when you let up on the switch.
In addition to left and right on/off rocker switches, the BALDR RL Mini has a slide switch on the underside that lets you choose what features to use…light only, both light and laser, or laser only.
The BALDR RL Mini charges its lithium battery using Olight’s simple magnetic USB cable. Charging from zero takes an hour and the unit has a maximum run time on a full charge of 40 minutes of continuous use.
It’s hard to get the combination of the BALDR RL Mini’s 600 lumen light and laser to show well in a photograph, but both are very clearly visible to the naked eye.
One of the most attractive aspects of the BALDR RL Mini is its price. The red light version is prices $20 less than the green light version. MSRP for the BALDR RL Mini is $109.95, but if you’re interested, Olight has them on sale until midnight tonight for $87.96.
The BALDR RL Mini is a powerful, versatile and, maybe best of all, affordable red light that’s perfect for most gun owners’ needs. It makes for a great addition to your home defense gun.
Things That Don’t Suck: Olight BALDR RL Mini Weapon Light and Laser Sight is written by Dan Zimmerman for www.thetruthaboutguns.com