Olight is obviously loved, loved by the Norse gods. Baldr, Odin, Freyr are all names of flashlight models. But among the Ases there was a place for a Slav. One, really. But in three different nominal models. And the latest one just came out. What to expect from Olight Perun 2 mini?
The full-size Olight headlamp was released in 2020 and I already talked about it told.
A year later, the first generation of Olight Perun mini came out and I talked about it Same.
So a lot of time has passed for the update and the update came out not at all decorative. The headlights are definitely different.
Both versions, of course, look amazingly stylish (which is what Olight is famous for) and are available in different colors.
So what are the differences and similarities?
Like the previous generation, this is a compact L-shaped headlamp. 64 * 22mm and 54g are frankly insignificant sizes. And they should appeal to that flashlight user who is chasing maximum space and weight savings. In terms of dimensions, the flashlight remained unchanged.
The situation is similar with food. Olight Perun 2 mini still uses 16340 battery. However, if the complete battery of the first generation had a modest capacity of 550mah, then 650mah is declared for the new one.
The battery is the weakest point of this model.
First, the flashlight has traditional magnetic charging.
This, of course, that the flashlight can be magnetized and used in this form. Also, obviously, a flashlight can be attached to a backpack strap or breast pocket. By the way, the headband in the second generation has become much nicer.
So, Olight’s magnetic charging was abandoned only twice in my memory. Type-C had a work light Olight Odience and futuristic bright long-range Olight Marauder II.
Here they are in the photo below.
Magnetic charging means that you simply cannot charge the flashlight without a cable. However, it is unlikely that the Olight Perun 2 mini audience has only one flashlight of this brand, so there will certainly be a supply of standard charging cables.
The downsides are elsewhere. First, Olight Perun 2 mini can only charge a native and expensive battery, which also has a minus on the plus side. Luckily, the Olight Perun 2 mini will at least work just fine with regular third-party 16340 batteries. And this is a big plus in the situation with «native» batteries. And here the traditional example of maximum unfriendliness is the Nitecore i-series of flashlights (example). However, I am inclined to assume that the buyer, who is ready to pay a considerable price for a flashlight, in most cases will be able to overpower 1-2 spare native batteries.
I don’t like anything else anymore. 16340 is In fact old food standard. And here the example of 18650 and 21700 batteries is indicative. With a difference of a few millimeters, the last cardinally more capacious (+ support classic 18650). And most of the big brands didn’t take much time to release flashlights powered by such power.
In the situation with 16340, everything is much worse. There is 18350 standard which only 2mm longer. In this case, the battery capacity will be one and a half to two times more. Major brands completely ignore this popular size among advanced users. But there are no completely budget brands. And in pursuit of the minimum size, you can buy the most popular and frankly inexpensive headlamp Sofirn SP40or Wurkkos HD15wind the complete tube under 18350 and use it.
Here is the difference in size
Again. In a 18350 flashlight, you may well use the symbolically smaller 16340. But not vice versa. Why are Olight and other major manufacturers avoiding this size? My answer consists of only two words, but it is inappropriate to quote it here due to directness and obscene language.
Olight does not explicitly label the LED used, which traditionally makes one suspect the worst. But it gives (for which the manufacturer honor and praise) the choice of versions with cold and neutral light. The version is indicated directly on the body of the flashlight.
Here you can see the first significant difference. Optics in the first version was purely short-range, «cellular» TIR lens. In the second, this is another TIR-ka, but already radically more long-range. It was 2500kd and it became 5950kd (150m declared) — more than a 2x increase in range.
The second difference is that Olight Perun 2 mini has a red light with instant access from OFF (not from ON)
The maximum brightness here has become somewhat higher, 1100lum against 1000. However, I would not take it seriously. It must be understood that such a brightness will quickly heat the case to the threshold of a thermal cutoff that resets the brightness. And the energy consumption in this mode will quickly deplete not the most capacious battery. And after some time, the battery voltage will drop below the threshold of being able to start the turbo.
Management remained unchanged. The traditional user-friendly interface, which is used in different variations in many flashlights from different manufacturers.
The bottom line is a stylish, compact and lightweight headlamp with a light aimed at near-medium distance, a good selection of modes (2-5-60-250-1100 lum) and 40 lum of red light. The downsides are the traditionally high price, native battery and the missed opportunity to use a radically more practical 18350 battery. Surely, Olight users will like this flashlight. And according to my observations, this is a very faithful audience, the manufacturer seems to be oriented in the first place.
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