Olight Perun 2 Review [2023 Upd.] Is it a Good Headlamp?

Last Updated on March, 2023

Olight Perun 2 is a multipurpose flashlight manufactured by the well-known flashlight juggernaut “Olight.” The company has been in the flashlight business for 15 years and is known as an innovator in the flashlight industry. 

Olight Perun 2 stands out from others because it combines the features of a headlamp and a conventional flashlight with a maximum output of 2500 lumens. 

Yes, you read correctly; it is a hybrid flashlight. This is ideal if you’re looking for a flashlight first and then a headlamp.

Is Olight Perun 2 the ideal flashlight for me? Keep reading to find out.

 Overall: 4.75/5
Olight Perun 2
4.7
Brightness
4.8
Beam Distance
4.7
Runtime
Features
  • Vibration warning when the battery is lower than 10%
  • A sensor in the angled head
  • Clippable to surfaces/hands-free
  • Olight signature magnetic charging cable
  • Convertible headlamp
  • Magnetic base
Brand Info
  • Known for its high-quality, durable and versatile flashlights, headlamps, and other tools
  • Designed with the latest LED technology & made with durable materials
  • Olight was founded in 2006 in China
  • Olight’s ultimate goal is to cheer you up in the darkest moment
Product Benefits
  • The combination of both a headlamp and a flashlight provides great brightness suitable for EDC and outdoor activities
  • It is both durable and handy, making it perfect for use in a variety of activities
  • It has good runtime in the medium mode, and the beam distances in all the modes are excellent
  • The user interface is easy to use, making it extremely convenient to use

Packaging Details of the Perun 2

Your Olight Perun 2 will come in their signature Olight high-quality packaging. You will receive a white, reusable box with a magnetic latch that carries the product name and specifications on the front. Your Perun 2 will be placed safely inside a layer of foam. The accessories listed below will be neatly placed beneath the foam layer. 

You have been officially welcomed into the Olight family by Olight. On the flap, there is a welcome message!

olight perun 2 in the package
a human holding olight perun 2 Headband
a human holding olight perun 2 magnetic Charging cable
a human holding Lanyard
a human holding Lanyard installation tool
a human holding Pocket clip
olight parun 2 user manual
  • Olight Perun 2 headlamp (battery included) 
  • Headband
  • Charge cable (USB to proprietary magnetic)
  • Lanyard
  • Lanyard installation tool 
  • Pocket clip
  • User manual

Perun 2 Specifications & Features

The Perun 2 is a hybrid of a conventional flashlight and a headlamp; it comes with an Olight branded head strap that can easily slide the Perun 2.

The size of the Perun 2 is perfect for carrying in hand to get your everyday needs done, or you can clip it anywhere using its pre-installed S-clip. 

The Perun 2 weighs only 161g (5.6 oz) and is 4.75 inches long. From my experience, this size is the optimum for an EDC light or a headlamp.

It would have been significantly challenging to grip onto in everyday tasks if it were shorter. If it were longer, it would have been uncomfortable as a headlight. 

In that case, Olight is a genius in designing the Perun 2. But it is powered by a single 21700 rechargeable battery, which makes the light notably heavier.

That makes the Perun 2 uncomfortable to wear for extended periods or while running, jogging, or exercising. You certainly don’t want 161 grams plus a tight head strap bouncing up and down on your forehead.

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Below are the specifications of Olight Perun 2

Light sourceCree XHP50.2 High-Performance Cool White LED
Max. Lumen output2500 
Beam distance 544 ft (166m)
Battery 4000mAh 21700 rechargeable battery
Charging USB to proprietary magnetic
Charge time3 hrs
Runtime Turbo mode 2mins, lowest mode 12 days 
WaterproofIPX8 (up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes)
Modes
Strobe No
SOS Yes
Body materialAluminium Alloy (high durability) 
Weight 161 g
Length 4.75 in (120.7 mm)
Head Diameter1.13 in (28.6 mm)
Body Diameter1.06 in (27 mm)

Unique Features 

  • Vibration warning when the battery is lower than 10% (Vibrate once every 30 seconds)
  • A sensor in the angled head
  • Olight signature magnetic charging cable
  • Convertible headlamp (head strap included)
  • Clippable to surfaces/hands-free (removable clip included)
  • The magnetic base enables sticking the flashlight to anything ferrous

In Perun 2, Olight has provided you with a plethora of carrying options. Lanyard installation is provided as an optional carrying method, and you will receive a lanyard installation tool. Install or uninstall it as you see fit. 

You wanna know another unique feature? The magnetic base. You can’t imagine how useful this is until you get into such a situation. Perun 2 is perfect for keeping in your car as an emergency light. If you get a breakdown, you can stick the Perun 2 into your car’s hood or anywhere else of your choice. 

The Perun 2 is equipped with a Cree XHP50.2 emitter and a cool white LED which is the most suitable for a headlight and to have a clear vision. The body is built with high-quality aluminum alloy, but as you know, it is mainly a headlight; it doesn’t offer you any self-defense mechanisms such as a steel bezel or strobe. 

Build Quality and Durability

a human holding perun 2

According to our testing and findings, the overall build quality is solid and durable enough for tactical activities. The Clover Gradient color theme on the Perun 2 is quite unique and stands out among competitive products.

The Olight Perun 2 is built with “aluminum alloy” and has an impact resistance of 1.5 meters. The waterproof and dustproof rating is up to IPX8 standards, which means it is waterproof up to 1.5 meters under freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Now you know how durable this little beast is.

This is useful for running errands or doing housework. The magnetic base makes it attachable to a shovel, spade, or any metal object. Isn’t the Perun 2 a must-have? 

Operational Functions (User Interface)

a human holding perun 2 and showing a switch on the head

The Olight Perum 2 has a switch on the head of the flashlight, which is handy for a hybrid light. You can access all five modes and the timer through one switch (Moonlight, Low, Medium, High, Turbo).

It also includes mode memory feature which’ll return you to the mode you last used before turning off the flashlight. 

The Olight branded over-the-head headband comes with a silicon bracket attached to slide-in the Perun 2. You can adjust it, and it is comfortable enough to work for a few hours outdoors with the Perun attached to it.

However, I found running with the Perun attached to the headband quite uncomfortable.

How to Use the E-Switch to Access These Modes?

From Off:

  • Turn On/Off: Single click
  • Moonlight mode: Press and hold the switch for more than 1 second
  • Electronic lockout mode: Press and hold the switch for 2 seconds
  • Direct access to turbo mode On/Off: Double-click the switch
  • SOS: Quickly triple-click the switch

From On:

  • Cycle through modes: Press and hold the switch
  • Timer configuration: Double click and hold the switch till blink (one blink = 3 mins timer, two blinks = 9 mins timer). The timer is accessible in any mode.
  • Low Battery Indication: When the battery drops below 10%, your Olight Perun 2 will vibrate once every 30 seconds. Recharge the battery immediately. This is a unique feature of this light. (this feature is not applicable when it’s running on moonlight mode)

Proximity Sensor Function 

The Olight Perun 2 headlamp has an infrared distance (proximity) sensor built in.

When in HIGH, TURBO, or SOS mode, the sensor detects any obstruction nearby (approximately 50mm) and switches to MID brightness.

When the obstruction is eliminated, it will revert to its previous mode.

Undoubtedly, the best benefit of this feature is its ability to turn off the light if an obstruction is present for more than one minute.

But the sensing feature will not work in moonlight, low, or mid modes. This feature is truly innovative.

a human holding olight parun 2 at night

There’s certainly a downside to that feature; when you want the light to be placed closer to an object, the Perun 2 will think it’s an obstruction that may reduce the brightness and turn off if it stays in the same position.

Some Perun 2 users cover the sensor with a little tape piece. But it’s totally your choice to decide what you’re going to do.

Performance 

The Olight Perun 2 has five different brightness settings to accommodate your needs for light. For a few reasons, this feature is fantastic.

Even though you have the option of using 2500 lumen output, you can choose the lowest settings to see just enough without drawing unwanted attention to yourself and minimizing battery drain.

However, keep in mind that more brightness means less runtime.

For a hybrid flashlight, the lumen power is relatively higher; even though the maximum of 2500 lumens only lasts for 2 minutes, Olight has given you the luxury of enjoying that high brightness.

But it is a long-lasting headlight; you can run it for 12 days straight from one full charge in the moonlight mode for 5 lumens. The SOS mode is accessible in a shortcut. Three clicks from off or on. 

Specification MoonlightLowMidHighTurbo 
Lumens530120500/↓2702500/↓800/↓500
Runtime12 days66hr18hr240m/30m2m/130m/45m
Beam distance59ft (18m)118ft (38m)242ft (74m)544ft (166m)

Charging Process and Battery Life

olight perun 2 on the charge

The Perun 2 comes with an Olight-branded proprietary 4000mAh 21700 battery. On the tail of Perun 2 is the magnetic charging port, which is unique to Olight. It includes a magnetic MCC3 charging cable with a 2 amp maximum capacity. 

The light can be used in all modes while charging, but it will charge at a slower rate. You should only use 5 lumens “MOONLIGHT” or 30 lumens “LOW mode.” while the light is charging. However, it’s best not to turn on the light while charging. Moonlight mode will provide a 12-day battery life.

  • Charging in progress is indicated by a “RED” LED indicator on the MCC3 Charger’s tail.
  • Fully charged is indicated by a “GREEN” LED indicator on the MCC3 charger’s tail.

Price, Warranty and Refund Policy of the Perun 2

The black and desert tan lists at $89.95, and the orange at $99.95. No refunds will be entertained by Olight. 

Warranty: 

  • Within 30 days: Contact the original seller for repair and replacement. No refunds available
  • Within five years of purchase: Contact Olight for repair or replacement. This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, modifications, or misuse.
  • Battery warranty: Olight offers a one-year warranty for all rechargeable batteries. 
  • After five years of purchase: Olight will charge fees to repair or replace the light.
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Olight Perun 2
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Customer Reviews of the Perun 2

We went through the Olight Perun 2 customer reviews and found that the majority of them were pleased with this light. The light’s weight as a headlamp, however, was a deal breaker. 

Customers complain that the Perun 2 is too heavy and the head strap is too uncomfortable to wear for extended periods. Aside from that, the Perun 2 is a must-have.

Do We Recommend the Olight Perun 2? 

olight perun 2 in the Headband

The short answer is YES. 

Long answer; YES, if you also need a flashlight and wish you had a headlamp.

The Perun 2 is an excellent choice for an everyday carry flashlight to keep in your hand, bag, pocket, car, or clippable place. It is practical as a headlamp. If you are looking for a flashlight that has headlamp features, the Perun 2 is THE flashlight for you. 

In short, Olight Perun 2 is handy, as you can clip it to your belt, trousers, or shirt, wear it on your head, carry it in your hand, or stick it to ferrous surfaces. It will also enable you to experience the luxury of far more lumen output than you ever could with a conventional headlamp.

Pros & Cons of the Olight Perun 2

Pros

  • Combination of both a headlamp and a flashlight
  • Great brightness, suitable for EDC & outdoor activities
  • Good runtime in the medium mode 
  • Beam distances in all the modes are excellent
  • Easy-to-use User Interface 
  • Durable & handy

Cons

  • A little heavy for a headlight
  • No strobe

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FAQs

The Olight Perun 2 takes 3-4 hours to charge, according to the manufacturer and our testing. It has a single 21700 lithium-ion cell with a battery capacity of 4000 mAh, which is a relatively average charging time.

The Olight Perun 2 is waterproof and dustproof to IPX8 standards, making it waterproof up to 1.5 meters under freshwater for 30 minutes. It is not suitable for salt water.

The Olight Perun 2 vibrates when the battery power drops below 10% as a low battery indicator. It needs to be recharged as soon as possible.

No, the Olight Perun 2 does not have a strobe mode, but it does have an SOS mode that can be quickly accessed by triple-clicking the button.

Yes, the Olight Perun 2 is an excellent EDC flashlight with an impressive maximum power of 2500 lumen output, five selectable brightness modes, and a long-lasting moonlight mode. It also features a pocket clip and headlamp convertibility.

Yes, the Olight Perun 2 is a headlamp that can be used as a headlight for outdoor activities or detached from its head strap and used as an everyday carry flashlight.

No, the Olight Perun 2 is not suitable for self-defense due to its lack of a strobe mode with 500+ lumens, though it does have a maximum of 2500 lumens in turbo mode and 500 lumens in high mode, as well as an SOS mode.

Final Thoughts 

Olight Perun 2 is a solid pick because the design and functionality of its two-in-one flashlight and headlamp find an excellent mix for both characteristics.

Besides that, the maximum brightness of 2500, impressive runtime, easy UI, SOS all make this flashlight a top choice for anyone. 

I hope my Olight Perun 2 review has helped you determine whether this flashlight is right for you, and if it is, you can order one from the Olight official website here. 

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Olight Perun 2
Olight Perun 2
Brightness
Beam distance
Runtime
Price

4.7

4.8

4.7

4.6

Overall Score

4.7

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Pros
Combination of both a headlamp and a flashlight
Great brightness, suitable for EDC & outdoor activities
Good runtime in the medium mode
Beam distances in all the modes are excellent
Easy-to-use User Interface
Durable & handy
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Cons
A little heavy for a headlight
No strobe

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Dillon Morrison
I have been involved in the flashlight community since 2007. My brother has a flashlight shop from where I have tested and reviewed more than 600+ different types of flashlights. You can find more about me here.

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