Mixed feelings about this one....
December 11, 2014
I had been looking at this light for a while, so when It appeared on sale the price looked much more acceptable and I went for it. I own other Olight flashlights, so I anticipated a high level of satisfaction. As it turns out, that is mostly true. Olight, along with Fenix, Nitecore, are among my favorite light makers because they always manage to exhibit a high level of quality, reliability, and functionality.
My selection of current LED light producing wonders numbers high enough to elicit a rather strongly worded suggestion that I might be approaching a domestic limit. Nonetheless, I was eager to see the very high output from the SR Mini, as well as, finally, a quality light with a lighted power button which, cleverly, will indicate a low battery condition. Thus is the promise on this web site, as well as YouTube, and various other sites.
My observations about this light are as follows (pros & cons). I should point out that one element of the item as very plainly shown on this site in photos and described in the feature section has dramatically changed. The power button (according to Battery Junction customer service) has been universally changed from a solid lighted switch to a rubber covered switch; only you know what you needs and expectations are, thereby affecting how you feel about the result.
Pros:As promised, the SR Mini sheds a very noticeable amount of light through its diffuse lens in a flood pattern. It is relatively small so it can easily be carried in a cargo or jacket pocket, bag, backpack, etc. The power switch can be used to place the light in lockout mode so it cannot be accidentally turned when stowed away, a common feature on Olight Flashlights these days. This is a simple, straight forward light, but there is one more less noticeable built in feature I do appreciate. It does not employ a separate battery carriage like many lights, but rather has three cylindrical voids built into the case, where you place 3 x 18650 or 6 x cr123a batteries. Less rattling, and fewer potential contact issues!
Cons:After lustily retreiving it from the typical transparent Olight packaging, I had to wait a few days to discover that this light isn't all I had hoped it would be, due to the fact that the batteries I ordered for it still have not arrived, so I had to find some temporary substitutions. The disappointment for me is the result of the unannounced change Olight made (referenced earlier in my comments). The power button is now black soft rubber and I personally find it to be less desirable because I can't easily feel a click, or hear it. This is awkward for me (might not be for others) because of the requirement to quickly click the switch several times to change modes (brightness levels, or induce flashing mode). I have found it significantly more difficult to achieve predictable results, consequently.
A brief word about brightness levels...this light is extremely bright, even in low mode, Too much so for me, In my experience, a low mode value of a third of this would be desirable, because of the proximity of trees, buildings, etc. you can be blinded by reflected light. That's just me.
The second and most glaring omission is the light in the power switch; because it is no longer a solid button, but a soft rubber cover over the switch. I was told that there was an overheating problem with the lighted button! This was a feature I wanted, thus my frustration and disappointment.There was no prior indication that this was the reality, and I didn't know about it, therefore, until I put batteries in the SR Mini and started looking for the light, so to speak. As stated before, we do not all have identical needs & expectations, so not everyone will be troubled by these observations. Just good to know if you do care. One final comment, concerning the price of this light. For my purposes, it seems to be overpriced by a factor of two, more or less. Knowing what I know now, I probably would not have bought it, even on sale. The market will bear what it will bear. I was told I could get an RMA and send this on back, but I was reading the fine print, and not only would I bear the cost of postage, but there is a 15% restocking, if I recall correctly, so I will probably just keep it. The bottom line is this: it is a good light and worthy of your consideration, as long as you are aware of the factors I have mentioned.