Olight’s PL-Pro Valkyrie is designed as a powerful, full-featured weapon light for pistols, rifles or shotguns.
The PL-Pro Valkyrie has Olight’s integral quick-release mount that makes attaching it to any rail fast and simple. It comes with interchangeable bars for either GLOCK or standard 1913 Pic rails. Olight lists the PL-Pro as being compatible with these pistols . . .
I attached the new Valkyrie to a non-GLOCK GLOCK, on which it mounted and worked well. I shot it as extensively as my ammunition inventory would allow. I also popped it on an AR for a couple of magazine and it did just fine (as you’d expect) and put on a Remington 870 DM for a few rounds of buckshot, too.
If you want to use the PL-Pro on your AR, Olight offers an optional magnetic remote pressure switch for use on a rifle (or shotgun). While we haven’t tested the switch, it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t work as advertised. The switch connects to the light’s magnetic charging port on the bottom of the light.
In the end, though, most users will see the PL-Pro Valkyrie as a pistol light and use it that way.
As for output, that’s where the PL-Pro Valkyrie really shines (sorry). The weapon light has three settings; low, high and strobe. Low is 300 lumens and high is a whopping 1500 lumens. The PL-Pro is rated with a 280-meter throw, almost the length of a football field.
In order to maximize the throw distance, the PL-Pro Mini produces a fairly focused beam. That means the field that it illuminates isn’t as wide as some lights, but I didn’t have trouble seeing things off-center, even at midnight. That beam width is a conscious decision Olight made in favor or producing a longer reach.
The PL-Pro Valkyrie has two rocker switches (they depress inward, rather than up and down) that control momentary or constant on/off, brightness, strobe, or activation of the light’s lockout mode. The switches have a slight tactile detent and an audible (though quiet) click when using them.
Like most Olight lights, the PL-Pro Valkyrie is rechargeable (it has a lithium-ion battery) with a magnetic USB cable. It takes about 1½ hours to fully charge a fully depleted battery.
To see how long the battery lasts, I did what most users will never do — I turned it on and left it on. Be aware that the PL-Pro Valkyrie has a power-saver setting that dims the light after about a minute or so. Turn it on full power and you get the full 1500 lumens. After a minute it begins to dim to what looks like about half power.
That’s probably sooner than a lot of users would expect, but when you think about it, most users will never leave their light on for more than a minute at a time. If they do, the half-power setting may cut the beam’s throw distance, but it’s still more than enough to light up a room or a decent size yard.
The light lasted one hour and ten minutes before going dark. On low power, it lasted just short of two hours before the batter was drained.
The Olight PL-Pro Valkyrie has an IPX6 water resistance rating. Technically that means it’s safe from “high pressure water.” You can’t dunk it, but it should be good in a downpour. I put it my sink at hit it for a solid minute with the spray nozzle. That’s more water than it’s likely to get in an hour or two under a pistol or rifle in a rainstorm. I wiped it off and it’s worked flawlessly ever since.
In the end, the PL-Pro Vakyrie does what it’s designed to do. It’s more than bright enough for the vast majority of users (as long as you don’t leave it on for too long) and it’s priced competitively with similar lights from reputable makers.
The PL-Pro Valkyrie is available in your choice of black or tactical peanut butter. It usually retails for about $129, but Olight is having a flash sale that starts tonight and they’re pricing it at $100.69 (the sale begins at 8:00p eastern, use this link).
Things That Don’t Suck: Olight PL-Pro Valkyrie Weapon Light is written by Dan Zimmerman for www.thetruthaboutguns.com