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Olight New Rechargeable WML PL-3R Review From O-Fan [Giveaway!]

Olight New Rechargeable WML PL-3R Review From O-Fan [Giveaway!]

Olight first introduced us to their new “rail mounting” system last year with the introduction of the Valkyrie PL-3. With an adjustable sliding block, this compact weapon-mounted light could be adapted to a much wider variety of weapons. It is powered by two replaceable CR123A batteries and has a maximum output of 1,300 lumens. As the successor to the very popular PL-2, the PL-3 comes with a modest upgrade in performance and maintains the same overall dimensions, keeping it relatively compact.  The most impressive upgrade though is the industry-leading adjustable key-block. With three different positions, the key-block can be adapted to your specific weapon and then locked securely into place using the set screw. This gives the user a much more secure fit as well as an improved overall experience.

For those who prefer Oligh's magnetic charging cable system (MCC) to replaceable batteries, you are in luck because Olight is releasing a new and improved version of the PL-3, the PL-3R! But this isn't simply updating the PL-3 to be rechargeable. The new PL-3R comes with performance improvements as well.

Performance of the Valkyrie PL-3R

The PL-3R gets a nice boost in performance over the PL-3, going from 1,300 lumens to 1,500 lumens.  This puts it on par with the performance of the PL-Pro's max lumen output of 1,500 as well.  The runtime on high also gets a boost when compared to both the PL-3 and PL-Pro, going from 1.5 minutes to 2 minutes before stepping down.  The PL-3R steps down from 1,500 lumens to 600 lumens like the PL-Pro and remains there for 36 minutes before stepping down a third and final time to 300 lumens of output.  

1500 weapon light

Another improvement over both the PL-3 and PL-Pro is the addition of a secondary high setting.  Both the PL-3 and PL-Pro have 2 modes, high and low, whereas the PL-3R now includes a third mode, high 2. The secondary high setting for the PL-3R is 1,000 lumens. The benefit of this mode is the massive increase in runtime, a whopping 12 minutes of continuous room-clearing illumination!  After 12 minutes at 1,000 lumens, the PL-3R steps down to 600 lumens for an additional 23 minutes.

Perhaps the most welcome improvement over the PL-3 is that the PL-3R will now remember the High 1 or High 2 setting.  Being able to grab your weapon and activate the light immediately on the last setting used is an important feature should you need it in a high-pressure situation.

weapon light

Compatible with Long and Short Builds

PL-3R Valkyrie is compatible with almost all short-build rails, thanks to the included 1913 and GL adapters. it's also compatible with Picatinny railed long-range builds, as the PL-3R Valkyrie magnetic charging port can be magnetically connected to a remote pressure switch (not included).

tac weapon light

What's included

Included with the purchase of the Valkyrie PL-3R is the following:

  • PL-3R WML

  • 900 mAH 3.6V Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery

  • USB Magnetic Charging Cable (MCC1A)

  • 1913 Adapter and Screw

  • H2.5 and H1.5 Allen Wrenches

  • User Manual


The Valkyrie PL-3R is a great upgrade to the PL-3 and the PL-Pro.  With the outstanding adjustable rail mount, it can fit a wide range of weapons.  Once locked in place with the set screw, it fits securely with no movement, even under the most extreme use scenarios.  While the magnetic charging cable system may not appeal to everyone, it is a welcome option for those that prefer being able to quickly and easily recharge the light without having to remove it from their weapon.  The use of the lithium polymer battery also reduces the overall weight by a little over 10%.  Couple these improvements with a boost in output and runtimes, in addition to being able to remember being left in the “high” mode, and you have a fantastic weapon mounted light that is sure to exceed your expectations.  Grab one during this sale if you are looking for a great WML!

Thanks for reading.

💕Friendly Notes: Thanks O-fan for the product review.

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All Reviews (95)


A little hesitant after hearing of past product issues but this light surpassed my expectations. Very bright with good ta tactile controls. Quick detach has a solid lockup. I use it on a home defense g17.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2023, 18:18:09

Robert Loose

Between the new locking system, the multiple rail adapters and all the other added features this new WML knocks it out of the park. I've never owned a Olight WML and have always went with other brands because of their certain features. Not any more. This will be my next WML purchase and can't wait to try it out.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2023, 11:58:41

Nicolas Furfari

Great light to add to my pistol for home protection. Great build and it's rechargeable which I love that aspect.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2023, 11:19:58

Pauline Jones

One thing I particularly love about the PL-3R Valkyrie is that it remembers the High 1 or High 2 setting. Love that it's compatible with all short build rails. I also like the lithium polymer battery to help reduce its weight.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2023, 09:21:23

Squirrelly Dan

Not sure if the lumen increase will really help but I like that it's rechargeable

Posted on: Apr 21, 2023, 15:19:00

Drew User

This light looks phenomenally , would love to mount it on my equipment.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2023, 15:08:45

Joe Arcuri

I like that there is a secondary high setting on this one. And being rechargeable is a plus for me.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2023, 09:31:36

* PL-3R valkyrie *

very nice lights this will be my 5 th olight love them all

Posted on: Apr 20, 2023, 22:31:46

Olight User

I absolutely love my PL2 Valkyrie on my VP9 for 5+ years now. This is definitely a major step up from it and would love to have it for a different cordless hole puncher.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2023, 22:26:03

Lui Coot

PL-3R first off the lumen output is great! Its rechargeable and just about the perfect size. I don't know how I feel about the mounting. It maybe more stable and less prone to loosening but I kind of liked the adjustability of the clamp style mount. ie the PL-2 mini. We shall see.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2023, 19:09:36

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