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Olight H05 Headlamps and S1R Baton Light

11/1/16 - Shown here are some products from Olight, a manufacturer of high quality illumination tools. Featured here are the H05 and H05S Active Headlamps, and the S1R Baton light.

Olight - Olight is a name that I've come across many times while looking at EDC flashlights. I noticed that they are generally well-regarded, and offer a good selection of attractively-designed lights. Olight was established ten years ago in 2006, and have built up a good reputation as a maker of quality products.

Headlamps - I was sent two different types of headlamp; the H05 ACTIVE and the H05S ACTIVE. The main difference between them is that the H05S has an infra-red motion detector for hands-free activation/turn off. I actually use headlamps very often, mostly in the garage at night when working on the car or detailed, close-up tasks that require hands-free, direct illumination. Each headlamp comes nicely packaged in a clear plastic box.

H05 Active Headlamp - The H05 ACTIVE is a compact, lightweight, variable-output LED headlamp powered by two AAA batteries (included). It uses a Cree XM-L2 LED featuring a high light transmission rate TIR optic lens. It delivers an output of 10-150 lumens which is suitable for the demands of close range illumination. The H05 ACTIVE has two red indicator LED's to either side of the main lens for low light illumination which can either blink or be set for constant-on. The black headlamp shown below is the H05S; the H05 is only available in Orange, Purple, Blue and Green with matching straps. The adjustable head straps are removable for washing if needed.

 


H05S and H05

H05S

Blue

Purple

Green

Orange

 

Key Features of the H05 ACTIVE:

  • Cree XM-L2 LED
  • Three modes: 150 lumens (steps down to 90 after 10 minutes), 30 lumens and 10 lumens.
  • Powered by two AAA batteries, with two Lithium Ion AAA batteries included with the light. Note that run time is reduced with alkaline batteries.
  • High light transmission rate TIR lens delivers a balanced beam for close-range illumination
  • Adjustable light angles: 10, 25, 35 and 50 degrees below the horizontal position
  • Two red indicator LEDs to find a users location
  • Controlled by a thermal protection program, the high mode (150 lumens) runs for 10 minutes before the brightness gradually steps down to 60% (90 lumens) of the original output
  • Weight 1.53 oz excluding batteries
  • Water resistant (IPX4)
  • Four color options available: green, blue, orange and purple

Included in the box:

  • User Manual
  • 2 x 1.5V Lithium Battery

Advertised run times are as follows:

Mode 1
Mode 2
Mode 3
Lumens
150 step down to 90
30
10
Lithium Ion Batteries
10+280 mins
10 hours
27 hours
Alkaline Batteries
10+180 mins
7 hours
22 hours

Operation:

  • From OFF: Press -> 150 lumens -> Press -> 30 lumens -> Press -> 10 lumens -> Press -> Off
  • From white light on: double-click -> red light constant on -> Press -> red light blinking (2x per second) -> Press -> Off (after shutting off in red light mode, turning it on will return to red light mode. Double click to change to white light mode while in red light mode)

Notes/Observations - I find it curious that the H05 is only offered in bright colours; I'd have expected basic black to be part of the colours offered, so it's not only available as the H05S. That being said, my wife and son like the bright colours and immediately chose their own ones, so it makes sense that Olight appeal to a wider market. All of them share the same rubberized blue on/off button on top. I would rather that the headlamp always turns on in the lowest setting vs. the highest setting. It's just a matter of programming, so I hope that Olight considers that. I'd rather cycle through from low to high than vice versa. Actually, I wish it were programmed such that you didn't have to cycle through the settings to turn the light off. The red LED's are very dim, and are more for use as markers/indicators than as illumination. They're too dim to use for illumination except at a very low level in complete darkness.

H05S Active Headlamp - The H05S ACTIVE differs from the H05 by featuring a hands-free motion sensor mode and brighter main LED (200 vs. 150 lumens). It uses a highly luminous efficient Cree XM-L2 LED coupled with a high light transmission rate TIR lens providing a brightness level ranging from 10 to 200 lumens. Like the H05, it has two red indicator LED's that can be constant or blinking. The H05S has a built-in infrared sensor that controls on/off through motion detection, visible low voltage indicator, and a battery polarity installation indicator.

Key Features of the H05S ACTIVE:

  • Uses Cree XM-L2 LED
  • High light transmission rate TIR lens to deliver a balanced beam for close-range illumination
  • Powered by 2 AAA batteries with an output up to 200 lumens with adjustable brightness levels at:
    200 lumens, 30 lumens, and 10 lumens
  • Red LED lights served as indicators for the user’s location. Steady on or blinking modes available
  • 4 adjustable light angles available: 10, 25, 35, and 50 degrees below the horizontal angle
  • Eco-friendly fabric headband with a 25mm width
  • Built-in infrared light transmitter and receiver to allow motion sensor switches to control the on/off function of the headlamp
  • When the battery voltage is below 1.8V, the red indicator will turn on intermittently and will glow on the user’s nose for easy detection
  • Battery polarity indicator: While removing the cover of the battery compartment, the “+” sign glows in red indicating the direction of the polarity of the batteries.
  • Weight 1.66 oz excluding batteries
  • Water resistant (IPX4)
  • Only available in black

Included in the box:

  • User Manual
  • 2 x 1.5V Lithium Battery

Advertised run times are as follows:

Mode 1
Mode 2
Mode 3
Lumens
200 step down to 120
30
10
Lithium Ion Batteries
10+200 mins
8.5 hours
24 hours
Alkaline Batteries
10+120 mins
6 hours
20 hours

Operation:

  • From OFF: Press -> 150 lumens -> Press -> 30 lumens -> Press -> 10 lumens -> Press -> Off
  • From white light on: double-click -> red light constant on -> Press -> red light blinking (2x per second) -> Press -> Off (after shutting off in red light mode, turning it on will return to red light mode. Double click to change to white light mode while in red light mode
  • Wave operation mode: this enables the light to be turned on and off by passing an object (hand) within 6 inches in front of it. The infra-red motion detectors will turn the light on and off for the next 10 cycles. After that, it will return to manual operation until the wave operation is activated again. To activate wave operation mode, press and hold the switch for more than 1 second while the light is on. The light will flash once to indicate the operation mode has changed.

Notes/Observations - The H05S is only offered in black, and shares the same blue rubberized on/off button on top as the H05. As with the H05, I would rather that the headlamp always turns on in the lowest setting vs. the highest setting when turning on the light initially. In wave operation mode, the light turns back on in the last output mode (brightness and colour).

The H05S has the same basic housing shape/envelope as the H05, but as seen below, differs by having the smoked window at the bottom with the infra-red sensors behind it. Another neat thing is that when the battery compartment is opened, there are lighted battery polarity indicators; the 'plus' signs light up red. They'll actually remain lit for quite a while without batteries (theres a small rechargeable battery inside the light that powers them). In the H05, they're just molded into the plastic and don't light up. There is also a low battery voltage indicator at the bottom that will glow intermittantly to warn the user that the voltage is below 1.8V and will need changing soon.

The Wave operation feature is neat, but isn't suitable for all tasks. It's designed to be use when your hands are wet, dirty, covered in oil etc, or otherwise occupied, such that a wave in front of the light turns it on and off. Note that it can be anything passing in front of the lamp within about 7 inches that will activate the infra-red sensors. So, if you're working under your car, in very close quarters, it can actually be unwanted as the light will turn on an off everytime you move your head close to an object. Working on an engine and it's a useful feature (although moving your head past an open hood may turn off the light if you're close enough). I found it useful when my hands were dirty and my wife came to ask me something. I was able to wave my hand to turn the headlamp off so I could face her without blinding her. Once you turn on the Wave operation mode, it's used for the next 10 on-off cycles, then the lamp returns to manual switch mode. If there are no operations for 10 minutes after the light if turned off with the Wave operation, the light will disable Wave operation so that it doesn't turn on inadvertently (like if it's tossed into a backpack).

The TIR (Total Internal Reflection) optics on the H05 and H05S produce a nice, artifact-free beam with a practical width that's good for close-up arm's length work, or illuminating the ground while running, walking or cycling at night. Both the H05 and H05S are lightweight enough to be unobtrusive under most conditions; some heavier headlamps can bounce when running. The low 10 lumen mode is bright enough to illuminate a path for walking while the medium and high modes are bright enough for cycling; depending on how fast you're going.

 


H05S


Adjustable angle

Battery compartment

Battery polarity indicator

H05 vs. H05S

Red LED lights

Bottom comparison

 

S1R Baton - The S1R Baton (S1R) is a very compact, rechargeable EDC flashlight, powered by a single RCR123 rechargeable lithium battery (included) of high discharge rate, with a maximum output of 900 lumens. It ulitizes a Cree XM-L2 LED with TIR optic lens and delivers an artifact-free, balanced beam. The S1R has five brightness levels and a strobe mode, covering an output range of 0.5 to 900 lumens. The outer appearance of S1R follows the style of Olight's BATON Series. It comes with a magnetic charging USB cable, lanyard and soft drawstring pouch in which everything fits into.

Key Features of the S1R Baton:

  • Cree XM-L2 LED and PMMA TIR lens
  • Powered by a 550mAh RCR123 giving a maximum output up to 900 lumens. Can be used with any CR123A battery, but output and runtimes might differ.
  • The flashlight can be charged through the magnetic contact charging port (other batteries may also be used in S1R, but cannot be charged)
  • 750mA portable USB charging cable
  • Brightness increases or decreases gradually: when the flashlight is switched on/off, it will light up or fade gradually to protect eyes from the stimulation caused by sudden brightness changes
  • Flat magnetic tailcap that allows it to be secured to ferrous metal surfaces as a hands-free option
  • Lockout mode can be activated on the side switch for protection against accidental activation, along with a low-voltage indicator underneath
  • Reverse polarity protection circuits
  • Removable spring clip
  • Timer Setting: Short (3 minutes) and long (9 minutes)
  • The standby current is below 30uA
  • Water resistance rating IPX8 (Immersion to a depth of 1m or more)
  • Impact resistance 2m
  • Weight 1.27 oz (not including battery)
  • Length 2.6", bezel/tailcap diameter 0.83"
  • Body material 6061-T6 with Type III hard anodize coating


Included in the box:

  • Lanyard with threading needle (needed to get through the tiny lanyard hole on the tailcap)
  • Soft drawstring pouch
  • User Manual
  • MCC Magnetic Charging Cable
  • Customized Olight 550mAh 5C RCR123A Battery ORB-163C05

Advertised run times are as follows (on full RCR123 battery charge):

Mode
Turbo S
Turbo
High
Medium
Low
Moonlight
Lumens
900 step down to 300
600 step down to 300
300
60
12
0.5
Run time
1.5+50 mins
1.5+55 mins
60 mins
4.5 hrs
33 hrs
15 days

Note that Turbo S mode of 900 lumens and Turbo mode of 600 lumens are tested when the battery is full. The maximum output varies as the battery voltage changes. When the battery runs below 3.6 V, the Turbo S cannot reach 900 lumens, and when the voltage goes down to 3.1V, the Turbo S mode performs the same as the Turbo mode. When the voltage drops below 3.1V, the maximum output is restricted to 300 lumens.

The S1R comes similarly packaged to the headlamps; in a clear printed plastic box and internal carding. The light and included accessories make a very attractive package. The blue-coated bezel ring and switch ring accents are reflected in the logo on the lanyard and brown carry pouch, and anodizing on the magnetic charger.

At 2.6" long and 0.83" in diameter, the S1R is one of the smaller size CR123-compatible lights. It's small size isn't realized until it's held in the hand. I've illustrated it below with a couple of CR123 lights, the Nitecore SRT3, and the Sunwayman V11R. The SRT3 and V11R have mode selector rings which make them longer, but they're just there as reference in case you own one. As I mentioned above, the S1R has blue PVD coating accents on the bezel and switch rings, which I find very attractive. The bezel, body and tailcap are round, except for the portion of the body around the side switch, which is octogonal. This prevents the light from rolling if the clip is removed. The bottom of the tailcap is flat to allow the light to stand on its tail.

The body and tailcap are knurled for a secure grip, and the tailcap has a small lanyard hole. Each S1R is individually serial numbered on the side.

 


Package


Bezel and reflector

Leatherman Wave for size reference

Size comparison

 

The S1R comes with an Olight 550mAh RCR123 customized battery, which you really don't have to take out of the light unless you replace it. Regular CR123A batteries can be used in the S1R, but the output is reduced. The positive end of the battery is installed facing the rear. Charging is done in the light with the included magnetic charging cable (MCC). I find this a really neat option, as it can be used anywhere you have a USB port (they're all over the place nowadays). The MCC has a blue anodized USB plug on one end, and a matching blue anodized button/base. The button itself is magnetized, and has gold-plated contacts which interface with the tailcap (also magnetized) of the S1R. Get the blue button close to the end of the S1R and it snaps right to it. The MCC cable is 19" long, which is long enough such that your light isn't hanging from a wall socket USB charger or computer USB port. When connected to a power source, the base lights up where the cable enters it; red for charging, and green for charged. Simple and convenient.

 


Included battery and inside the cap

Magnetic charging cable

Cable attached to light

Charging

Charged

 

Operation (all operations are performed with the side switch):

  • From OFF: Press -> last memorized mode -> Press -> Off (only the moonlight, low, medium, and high modes can be memorized when the light is off. The Turbo and Turbo S modes will only be memorized as high modes for 10 minutes. After that, the memorized mode will revert to the medium mode)
  • Moonlight mode - From OFF: press and hold for more than one second -> moonlight mode -> Press -> OFF
  • Change brightness level - From ON: press and hold side switch to automatically cycle through low -> medium -> high -> low (repeat). Release switch to select level. Press again to turn off.
  • Turbo/Turbo S mode - From OFF or ON: double click side switch -> Turbo -> double click -> Turbo S. Double click to switch between Turbo and Turbo S modes. Click to turn off.
  • Strobe - Triple click side swtich -> strobe -> Press -> OFF
  • Lockout mode - From OFF: press and hold side switch for about 2 seconds. The light will enter moonlight mode briefly then switch off. If the switch is pressed under lockout mode, the switch will glow red momentarily, indicating that the light is in lockout mode. To exit lockout mode, press and hold the switch for more than one second and the light will enter moonlight mode.
  • Timer - the light has a short timer (3 minutes) and a long timer (9 minutes). From ON, double click and hold to access timer settings from current brightness level. The light will blink once to indicate the short timer is activated. Double click and hold again and the light will blink twice to indicate the long timer is activated. The light will either turn off in 3 or 9 minutes depending on what timer is set. When the timer is up and the light turns off, the light will return to the last timer setting when the user is about to enter timer again.

It seems like a lot to remember, but as long as you get familiar with the light and use the different modes, you'll remember most of them. It's when I switch between different lights and haven't used them for a while that I tend to forget mode push button operations. It's a good idea to keep the manual handy, or someplace where you can find it. That's one of the pros/cons about push button vs. other mode selection options that you have to weigh. Lights that have ring selectors make it more simple to switch between modes, but they add weight and length.

Notes/Observations - While I really like flashlights, I'm not always up to date on the latest offerings out there like some flash-a-holics are. That's why I was really impressed to hear that 900 lumens was possible out of a single CR123 light. And rechargeable? Icing on the cake. It's pretty amazing how technology has progressed over the years. Small, EDC lights just keep getting better and better. The S1R offers a lot of features for the price, and being rechargeable helps cut down on battery costs. I can't find any fault with the quality; the S1R looks very well-made to me. As an EDC light, it's an ideal size.

As it comes, the light is carried bezel up vs. bezel down like most of the lights I have. Worn in the pocket, I had to get used to turning it around in my hand. However, the clip oriented this way enables the S1R to be clipped to the brim of a cap or hat, or other thin edge. The clip feels strong and provides a confidence-inspiring amount of tension. Good thing that the S1R spring clip is reversible, for bezel down carry in the pocket, which I prefer. I also rotate the clip so it's opposite the switch which makes the switch easier to find by feel. I don't generally use lanyards on EDC lights, but I can certainly see that they'd come in handy under some circumstances. The lanyard hole in the tailcap is tiny, so its a good thing Olight supplies a threading needle to help get the cord through the hole. The magnetic base of the S1R is another useful feature; it'll stick to any ferrous surface like the ladder shown below.

Performance of the S1R is impressive. There isn't a big practical difference (to my eyes) between Turbo and Turbo S mode; but both are very bright, and unexpected out of a light this size. Note that the light will get hot in the Turbo modes, which is why the output will step down after 1.5 minutes to the high 300 lumen mode so it doesn't overheat. For the higher modes, the light turns on 'gradually' over a split second instead of instantaneously, so it's not such a shock to the eyes. The cool white beam is clean and without artifacts. The beam has a large (flood) hot spot with little spill; more suitable for general use vs. a long-throw spot beam. Definitely wide enough to illuminate an average sized room up close, and a whole house from further away. While the beam will reach out further, I think that the practical range is about 50 yards depending on conditions and what you're actually trying to see. I didn't take any beamshots as your conditions may vary, and there are some good beamshot photos in other reviews if you search online for them. At the low end of the range, the moonlight mode is really useful as a night light in a room, tent etc. The S1R is a versitile EDC light with amazing performance in a tiny package.

Olights are available directly from the Olight store, as well as Amazon US and Amazon Canada.

 


Lockout indicator

Lanyard

Clipped to brim

Clip reversed

Magnetic base

Olight H1 Nova Headlamp

 

11/23/16 - The H1 Nova is a very compact (adult thumb-sized), uni-body aluminum alloy LED headlamp with an output range of 2 to 500 lumens powered by a single CR123A battery. The light is removable from its silicone headmount and can be used as a stand-alone pocket light.

The H1 Nova was inspired by the flagship Olight pocket light, the S1 Baton; with the goal being to produce a compact, heavy duty, all-metal construction, high lumen headlamp.

Key Features of the H1 Nova:

  • Cree XM-L2 LED and TIR bead lens to deliver a balanced and soft beam (available in cool white LED or neutral white LED)
  • Five brightness levels and SOS mode covering 2-500 lumens
  • Runtime based thremal management program: Under the turbo mode, the headlamp stays at the maximum output for three minutes before gradually dropping down to the high mode after one minute.
  • Compatible with CR123A (included) or RCR123A (16340) rechargeable lithium ion battery.
  • Gradual brightness change: when the flashlight is switched on/off in medium, high and turbo modes, it will light up or fade gradually to protect eyes from the stimulation caused by sudden brightness changes
  • Flat magnetic tailcap that allows it to be secured to ferrous metal surfaces as a hands-free option
  • Lockout mode can be activated for protection against accidental activation
  • Low profile silicon switch on head
  • Removable spring clip
  • Water resistance rating IPX8 (Immersion to a depth of 1m or more)
  • Impact resistance 1.5m
  • Carrying case with head strap and silicone mount
  • Weight 0.84 oz (light only, no battery), 1.74 oz (light and headstrap not including battery), 2.4 oz (light, headstrap and battery)
  • Length 2.3", bezel diameter 0.8"
  • Body material 6061-T6 with Type III hard anodize coating


Included in the box:

  • Semi hard carrying case
  • Headlamp
  • User Manual
  • Spring clip
  • CR123A 3V 1600mAh battery

Advertised run times are as follows (on a fresh CR123A or full RCR123 battery charge):

Mode
Turbo
High
Medium
Low
Moonlight
Lumens
500 step down to 180
180
60
15
2
Run time
3+170 mins
3 hrs
8.5 hrs
42 hrs
15 days

The H1 Nova comes nicely packaged in a cardboard and plastic box with features and specs printed on the back. Everything is contained in a semi-rigid zippered carrying case, which is accented by Olight's signature blue. The top lid of the case has a small mesh sleeve in which the user manual and some marketing material. The marketing material can be discarded and a couple of spare batteries stored there instead. The headlamp sits in the lower part of the case, and some instructions are printed on the part where the spring clip is stored. There's a foam cylinder to which the clip squeezes onto until it's needed. All in all, a nicely presented package.

 


Package

Carrying case

Inside the case

User manual

Spring clip storage

 

The H1 Nova has an adjustable black elastic heastrap with blue accents, and a blue molded silicone light mount from which the light can be removed for stand-alone use. The light mount has two rings which fit around the two grooves on the light's body. The silicone material is stretchy, and grips the light securely, but not so tight as to prevent rotation. The light can be rotated at any angle in the rings; a feature I prefer to three or four pre-determined angles. To install or remove the light from the mount, you simply push it out or into of the rings while stretching/moving them accordingly.

 


Headstrap rolled up


Infinitely variable angle

Removed from silicone mount

Silicone mount

 

I thought that the S1R Baton was a small light when I first handled it, and the H1 Nova is even smaller. Same diameter but shorter in length, the Nova is about the size of an adult's thumb. The light has a right-angle head, instead of the normal inline head, which allows for more positioning options. It's especially useful when the light is standing on its tailcap. The angular head also prevents the light from rolling when placed on its side. The lens has Olight's signature blue-accented PVD coated stainless steel bezel around it, and a similarly coloured ring encircles the on/off switch, which has the universal power (or I/O) symbol molded into the rubber. The switch doesn't 'click', but is nonetheless positive. Grooves on the head act as cooling/radiating fins, although I'm not sure how effective they are. Each Nova is individually serial numbered.

The tailcap is magnetic and flat-bottomed, so the light can stand on its end or attach to any ferrous material. The single supplied battery is installed with the positive terminal towards the tailcap. The included spring clip is removable and can be installed to either groove on the body, so that the light is head up or down. I suspect that most people will just use it with the head up.

 



Tailcap and battery

Clip attached to light

Compared to S1R Baton size

 

Operation (all operations are performed with the power switch on top of the head):

  • From OFF: Press -> last memorized mode -> Press -> Off
  • Moonlight mode - From OFF: press and hold for more than one second -> moonlight mode -> Press -> OFF
  • Change brightness level - From ON: press and hold switch to automatically cycle through low -> medium -> high -> low (repeat). Release switch to select level. Press again to turn off.
  • Turbo mode - From OFF or ON: double click switch -> Turbo. Click to turn off.
  • SOS mode - Triple click side swtich -> SOS -> Press -> OFF (SOS mode flashes the light in turbo mode in the standard SOS signal).
  • Lockout mode - From OFF: press and hold switch for about 2 seconds. The light will enter moonlight mode briefly then switch off. If the switch is pressed under lockout mode, the LED will light up in moonlight mode momentarily, indicating that the light is in lockout mode. To exit lockout mode, press and hold the switch for more than one second and the light will blink and enter moonlight mode.

Notes/Observations - While the H1 Nova isn't the first aluminum-bodied, detachable headlamp (when I saw the Nova, it reminded me of the Zebralight Headlamp), it's the first one I've used. I think I'm sold on the concept. Up until now, I've either used regular hand held flashlights or dedicated headlamps like the Petzl, Princeton Tec, and the H05 previously featured. I use headlamps a lot, especially when working on my car. I carry and use hand held lights for all sorts of other things; like walking around the neighbourhood at night. My son like to carry one so he can shine it around. Dedicated headlamps aren't very good as handheld lights because the hanging strap just gets in the way and they aren't ergonomic. Hand held lights aren't hands free unless you only need them pointed in one direction. By combining the two, you pretty much get the best of both worlds. Like the S1R Baton, it's very well made and I couldn't find any issues with the quality of manufacturing or finish.

The carrying case is a bit large for carrying just the headlamp and clip, and could have been made more compact. Since we can't make the case smaller, we can make better use of its internal space. The block of foam in the bottom part of the carrying case that has printed instructions on how to remove the H1 from the silicone mount and a note that you have to remove the insulating film inside the tailcap that covers the battery terminal before using the light. Those become redundant after the first use. The clip is stored in that area, but the round piece of foam that the clip secures to is removable from the foam block. The whole block of foam is just held in the case with transfer adhesive so I took it out to utilize the space for other small items like spare batteries.

I think that up until a couple of years ago, there just wasn't the technology available to squeeze 500 lumens out of an all-metal light that was small and light enough to use as a headlamp. So, for a headlight to be powerful, it was usually heavier than the small, compact lights; sometimes necessitating an additional/separate battery pack in the rear. As LED technology advanced, and the lumens started creeping up, the compact single-cell lights got brighter and brighter. The H1 Nova is a great example of this as it's a tiny light; not much bigger than a thumb and very light. It's even smaller than the S1R Baton I reviewed above, but is capable of putting out an impressive 500 lumens in Turbo mode. As a headlamp, the medium and high modes are more than enough for normal room-distance use. The low mode is bright enough for reading or close-up use. The moonlight mode can be used for navigation or reading in complete darkness without messing up my night vision or disturbing others too much. The infinitely adjustable angle is really nice, which I prefer to a few preset angles. The press button switch on top of the head isn't as easy to actuate when the light is worn on the head as it's on the side, as most headlamps have switches on top. I got used to it though, using my thumb instead of my index finger to activate it. The light can be worn with the switch facing the left or right. The headstrap is easily stowed in a pocket when not in use, if you don't want the bulk of the carrying case.

The H1 Nova's beam is a wide angle soft beam. It's wider than the beam on the S1R; covering approximately twice the area at the same distance. As with the S1R, it's a very clean beam with no visible artifacts, providing an even flood of light. Just for kicks, I tried swapping the tailcaps on the Nova and S1R Baton. They'll work on each other, but the S1R will not work with it's own rechargeable battery and the Nova's tailcap; it'll only work with a regular CR123A battery. The Nova worked with the S1R's tailcap and both batteries.

Used as a stand-alone hand-held light, the right angled head has its pros and cons. The light is actually so small that you can't just hold it completely in your hand and point it like you would an inline head light like the S1R. The hand pretty much engulfs it, and you have to hold it with just a few fingers while shining it around. Where the right angled head has the advantage over the standard inline configuration is when the clip is used. The strong spring clip enables the light to be clipped vertically onto a shirt pocket, backpack straps, PALS webbing, belts etc with the light pointing forward, instead of straight up or down like a regular light would. I can still clip it to the brim of a cap; it just needs to be clipped from the side and on top. I wish there were a good way of storing the spring clip on the headband when not in use so that it's always available on the light instead of in the case. The spring clip can be clipped onto the elastic band, but I'm paranoid of losing it.

The light also works well when standing on its tailcap on horizontal surfaces, or attached magnetically to a ferrous object. I've illustrated it below stuck to a lug nut on a wheel. Just like inline lights with magnetic tailcaps, you'll have to find the surface orientation that works to point the beam in the direction you want.

So far, the versatility of the H1 Nova is unmatched by my other headlamps that I've used; I really like the ability to use it as a stand-alone light without the headstrap. It's a great little package.


Moonlight and high modes

Size reference

Clipped to PALS webbing

Magnetic base

 

 

 


Olight H1R Nova Headlamp

 

2/25/17 - Just after you bought the Olight H1 Nova headlamp, or thought that things couldn't get any better; Olight introduces their brighter and rechargeable version: the H1R Nova. Just like the H1 Nova, the 'R' is a very compact, uni-body aluminum alloy LED headlamp that is removable from its silicone headmount and can be used as a stand-alone pocket light. Output for the R has been bumped up to 600 lumens on turbo with a customized RCR123A battery (included).

The H1R Nova is the rechargeable version of the H1 Nova which was inspired by the flagship Olight pocket light, the S1 Baton; with the goal being to produce a compact, heavy duty, all-metal construction, high lumen headlamp.

Key Features of the H1R Nova:

  • Cree XM-L2 LED and TIR bead lens to deliver a balanced and soft beam (available in cool white LED or neutral white LED. Neutral shown here)
  • Five brightness levels and SOS mode covering 2-600 lumens
  • Runtime based thermal management program: Under the turbo mode, the headlamp stays at the maximum output for three minutes before gradually dropping down to the high mode after one minute.
  • Compatible with customized RCR123A (included) or any CR123A or RCR123A (16340) rechargeable lithium ion battery (brightness and run times may be different if the supplied battery is not used).
  • Gradual brightness change: when the flashlight is switched on/off in medium, high and turbo modes, it will light up or fade gradually to protect eyes from the stimulation caused by sudden brightness changes
  • The flashlight can be charged through the magnetic contact charging port (other batteries may also be used in H1R, but cannot be charged)
  • 750mA portable USB charging cable
  • Flat magnetic tailcap that allows it to be secured to ferrous metal surfaces as a hands-free option
  • Lockout mode can be activated for protection against accidental activation
  • Low profile silicon switch on head
  • Removable spring clip
  • Water resistance rating IPX8 (Immersion to a depth of 1m or more)
  • Impact resistance 1.5m
  • Soft case with head strap and silicone mount
  • Weight 1.82 oz (including battery)
  • Length 2.4", bezel diameter 0.8"
  • Body material 6061-T6 with Type III hard anodize coating


Included in the box:

  • Soft drawstring carrying case/pouch
  • Headlamp
  • Magnetic Charging Cable (MCC)
  • User Manual
  • Spring clip
  • RCR123A 3.7V 650mAh battery

Advertised run times are as follows (on a full RCR123 battery charge):

Mode
Turbo
High
Medium
Low
Moonlight
Lumens
600 step down to 180
180
60
15
2
Run time
3+180 mins
100 mins
5 hrs
20 hrs
6 days

The H1R Nova comes packaged in a plastic box with features and specs printed on the back. Instead of the semi-rigid case that the H1 Nova comes in, the H1R comes in a brown soft drawstring pouch like the S1R Baton. The headlamp, manual, and charger can all be carried in the case conveniently.

 


Box

Unpacked

What's included

 

The H1R Nova has an adjustable black elastic headstrap with blue logo, and lacks the blue stripes that the H1 strap has. The molded silicone light mount is black instead of blue, which I also prefer. The light can be removed from the mount for stand-alone use. The light mount has two rings which fit around the two grooves on the light's body. The silicone material is stretchy, and grips the light securely, but not so tight as to prevent rotation. The light can be rotated at any angle in the rings about 180 degrees; a feature I prefer to three or four pre-determined angles. To install or remove the light from the mount, you simply push it out or into of the rings while stretching/moving them accordingly. The orientation (head to the left or right) is molded into the base of the mount, and the typical installation is with the head to the right. This is so the tab on the one silicone ring can be used to aid in removing the light. However, it really doesn't matter, and the light can be inserted into the mount either way so you can access the switch with your left or right hand.

 


Headstrap


Light can be reversed in mount

 

The main main physical difference between the H1 and H1R is the magnetic charging base on the R. This adds 0.1" to the length of the light, which is minimal. It's still about the size of an adult's thumb. The light has a right-angle head, instead of the normal inline head, which allows for more positioning options. This is especially useful when the light is standing on its tailcap. The angular head also prevents the light from rolling when placed on its side. The lens has Olight's signature blue-accented PVD coated stainless steel bezel around it, and a similarly coloured ring encircles the on/off switch, which has the universal power (or I/O) symbol molded into the rubber. Grooves on the head act as cooling/radiating fins, although I'm not sure how effective they are. Each H1R Nova is individually serial numbered.

The tailcap is magnetic and flat-bottomed, so the light can stand on its end or attach to any ferrous material. The single supplied rechargeable battery is installed with the positive terminal towards the tailcap. The included spring clip is removable and can be installed to either groove on the body, so that the light is head up or down. The drawstring pouch has a small webbing sleeve sewn to the side of it. This is to aid in removing the spring clip from the light. The clip is just slid into the sleeve and the light pulled away from the pouch. The clip isn't very tight on the sleeve, so I'd err on the side of caution and store it inside the pouch rather than leave it on the sleeve.

 



Top switch and bottom cap

Clip removed from light

H1R vs H1

H1 (top) vs. H1R

Clip remover

 

The H1R comes with an Olight 650mAh RCR123 customized battery, which at first glance, looks identical to the one that comes with the S1R. Looking closer at the markings and the ORB-163C06 battery that comes with the H1R is 650 mAh, 2.4Wh and the S1R's ORB-163C05 is 550 mAh, 2.0Wh. Regular CR123A batteries can be used in the H1R, but the output and runtimes may be different. If you compare the advertised run times for the H1 and H1R, you'll notice that the runtimes for the rechargeable light are reduced from that of the non-rechargeable H1 due to the difference in rated mAh of the non-rechargeable vs. rechargeable batteries. The positive end of the battery is installed facing the rear.

Charging is done in the light with the included magnetic charging cable (MCC), which is the same one supplied with the S1R. It can be used anywhere you have a USB port (they're all over the place nowadays) and takes about an hour to charge up the H1R battery. The MCC has a blue anodized USB plug on one end, and a matching blue anodized button/base. The button itself is magnetized, and has gold-plated contacts which interface with the tailcap (also magnetized) of the H1R. Get the blue button close to the end of the H1R and it snaps right to it. The MCC cable is 19" long, which is long enough such that your light isn't hanging from a wall socket USB charger or computer USB port. When connected to a power source, the base lights up where the cable enters it; red for charging, and green for charged. The H1R is also compatible with the Micro-dok that comes with the S30R III reviewed below. Note that the S30R dock charges at 1A vs. the 0.75A of the H1R MCC, so it'll be faster but *may* reduce battery lifespan.

 


RCR123 battery included

H1R vs. S1R baton batteries

Magnetic charging cable

MCC attached to light

Works with desktop charger

 

Operation of the H1R is identical to the H1 (all operations are performed with the power switch on top of the head):

  • From OFF: Press -> last memorized mode -> Press -> Off
  • Moonlight mode - From OFF: press and hold for more than one second -> moonlight mode -> Press -> OFF
  • Change brightness level - From ON: press and hold switch to automatically cycle through low -> medium -> high -> low (repeat). Release switch to select level. Press again to turn off.
  • Turbo mode - From OFF or ON: double click switch -> Turbo. Click to turn off.
  • SOS mode - Triple click side swtich -> SOS -> Press -> OFF (SOS mode flashes the light in turbo mode in the standard SOS signal).
  • Lockout mode - From OFF: press and hold switch for about 2 seconds. The light will enter moonlight mode briefly then switch off. If the switch is pressed under lockout mode, the LED will light up in moonlight mode momentarily, indicating that the light is in lockout mode. To exit lockout mode, press and hold the switch for more than one second and the light will blink and enter moonlight mode.

Notes/Observations - Please read my notes/observations for the H1 Nova above because other than the rechargeable capability of the H1R, they're practically identical in physical attributes and usage. I actually prefer the soft drawstring pouch that comes with the R, as it's just less bulky than the semi-rigid case that comes with the H1, but probably not quite as protective. The headlamp, clip, MCC and a spare battery all fit comfortably in the soft pouch. I also prefer the all-black mount and strap on the H1R. Just personal preference.

The added .1" length of the R is unnoticeable on the head. As mentioned above, run times differ between the H1 and H1R when used with the supplied batteries, but this is usually not much of a concern to me because I always carry spare batteries in the cases; whether they're rechargeable or non-rechargeable. For daily//frequent use, I think the H1R will have the upper hand on the H1 because it's just easy to throw onto the charger (where my other rechargeable O-light flashlights are) and top up. If the headlamp is going to be stored in a car or pack for emergency and infrequent use, then maybe the H1 might be more practical if rechargeable batteries aren't needed. Both regular and rechargeable batteries can be used in the H1 and H1R, but the H1R just has the capability to charge the supplied battery inside the light. Other rechargeable batteries will have to be charged externally.

If asked to choose between the H1 and H1R, I'd pick the H1R for its in-light charging capability, all-black headstrap/mount and soft pouch. Either way you can't go wrong though - they're both very versatile headlamps.

 

 

 

 


Olight S30R Baton III Flashlight

 

12/9/16 - S30R Baton III Flashlight - The S30R Baton III (S30R) is the third generation of Olight's flagship S30R flashlight series, and is a rechargeable EDC flashlight powered by a single 18650 rechargeable lithium battery covering an output range of 0.5-1050 lumens. It ulitizes a Cree XM-L2 LED with smooth aluminum reflector to deliver an artifact-free, focused beam. The S30R has five brightness levels and a strobe mode. It comes with a 4.2V 1000mAh Desktop Charging Dock.

Key Features of the S30R Baton III:

  • Cree XM-L2 CW LED and smoth aluminum reflector with hardened glass lens
  • Powered by a rechargeable 3500mAh 18650 battery giving a maximum output up to 1050 lumens.
  • Thermal management system protects the light from heat. The 1050 lumen turbo mode will stay on for two minutes before stepping down to the 500 lumen high mode within one minute.
  • The flashlight can be charged through the magnetic contact charging port via the Desktop charger (included) or portable USB magnetic charging cable
  • 4.2V 1000mAh Desktop charging dock
  • Brightness increases or decreases gradually: when the flashlight is switched on/off, it will light up or fade gradually to protect eyes from the stimulation caused by sudden brightness changes
  • Flat magnetic tailcap that allows it to be secured to ferrous metal surfaces as a hands-free option
  • Lockout mode can be activated on the side switch for protection against accidental activation
  • Reverse polarity protection circuits
  • Removable stainless steel spring clip
  • Timer Setting: Short (3 minutes) and long (9 minutes)
  • Water resistance rating IPX8 (Immersion to a depth of 2m)
  • Impact resistance 1.5m
  • Weight 3.88 oz (including battery)
  • Length 4.49", bezel diameter 0.98"
  • Body material 6061-T6 with Type III hard anodize coating


Included in the box:

  • Lanyard with threading needle (needed to get through the tiny lanyard hole on the tailcap)
  • User Manual
  • Desktop charging dock with 50cm Micro-USB charging cable
  • Customized Olight 3500mAh 18650 Battery

Advertised run times are as follows (on full 18650 battery charge):

Mode
Turbo
High
Medium
Low
Moonlight
Lumens
1050 step down to 500
500
120
12
0.5
Run time
2+200 mins
210 mins
15 hrs
130 hrs
100 days

Note that Turbo mode of 1050 lumens is tested when the battery is full. The maximum output varies as the battery voltage changes.

The S30R Baton III comes in a clear printed plastic box and internal carding with the included accessories, similar to how the S1R Baton was packaged. It's larger than the S1R, but you get the advantge of increased brightness and runtime. Still, at 4.5" long, and less than an inch in diameter, it's still quite a small light. It has the signature Olight blue PVD coating accents on the bezel and switch rings, which are very attractive. The bezel, body and tailcap are round, except for the portion of the body around the side switch, which is octogonal. The head diameter is larger than the body so the clip is needed to prevent the light from rolling. The head has cooling grooves machined around its perimeter to aid in heat dissipation. The bottom of the tailcap is flat to allow the light to stand on its tail. The body and tailcap are knurled for a secure grip, and the tailcap has a small lanyard hole. The tailcap is magnetized for attaching the light to a ferrous metal surface. Each S30R III is individually serial numbered on the side.

 


Package

What's in the box


Blue PVD accents

Bezel and lens

 

The S30R III comes with a customized, dual-polarity Olight 3500mAh 18650 battery, which you can leave in the light at all times unless you replace it. The positive end of the battery is installed facing the rear. Included with the light is a 4.2V 1000mAh Desktop charging dock. The dock is triangular in shape, with small suction cups on the bottom for added stability on flat, smooth surfaces. The included micro-USB cable is about 20" long and plugs into the side of the dock. The dock has an additional USB port on the side, into which the S1R Baton's magnetic charging cable (MCC) can be also plugged into for charging both lights at once. The dock has a charging status light which glows red while charging and green when charging is completed. The dock is also compatible with the S1R Baton. The S1R's MCC can also be used on the S30R when you're traveling and don't want to carry the dock. Note that while other 18650 batteries can be used in the S30R III, only the customized Olight battery can be charged in the light. I was not able to use two CR123 batteries to function properly in the S30R III.

 


Included battery and inside the cap

Desktop charging dock

S30R on dock

Charging (red), Charged (green)

Charging both lights at the same time

Magnetic charging cable compatible

 

Operation (all operations are performed with the side switch):

  • From OFF: Press -> last memorized mode -> Press -> Off (only the moonlight, low, medium, and high modes can be memorized when the light is off. The Turbo mode will be memorized as the high mode. The strobe mode is not memorized)
  • Moonlight mode - From OFF: press and hold for more than one second -> moonlight mode -> Press -> OFF
  • Change brightness level - From ON: press and hold side switch to automatically cycle through low -> medium -> high -> low (repeat). Release switch to select level. Press again to turn off.
  • Turbo mode - From OFF or ON: double click side switch -> Turbo. Click to turn off.
  • Strobe - Triple click side swtich -> strobe -> Press -> OFF
  • Lockout mode - From OFF: press and hold side switch for about 2 seconds. The light will enter moonlight mode briefly then switch off. If the switch is pressed under lockout mode, moolight mode will flash momentarily, indicating that the light is in lockout mode. To exit lockout mode, press and hold the switch for more than one second and the light will enter moonlight mode.
  • Timer - the light has a short timer (3 minutes) and a long timer (9 minutes). From ON, double click and hold to access timer settings from current brightness level. The light will blink once to indicate the short timer is activated. Double click and hold again and the light will blink twice to indicate the long timer is activated. The light will either turn off in 3 or 9 minutes depending on what timer is set. When the timer is up and the light turns off, the light will return to the last timer setting when the user is about to enter timer again.

The modes are almost identical to that of the S1R, so the more I use both lights, the more I get familiar with the modes of operation. One difference is that in lockout mode, the S1R button glows red when pressed, but the S30R button doesn't illuminate. It just flashed in moolight mode to indicate the light is locked out.

Notes/Observations - The S30R Baton III is similar in size to double CR123 lights; definitely longer and a bit wider than the S1R Baton. Just to show how far flashlight technology has come in the past decade, I've illustrated it below with my old SureFire Centurion C2 light, which puts out 80 lumens with the LED conversion. The C2 was a bit of a bulkier design than the original SF P60, and the main bulk was in the head. Nowadays, you can get a lot more output from a smaller diameter head, which makes it more convenient for EDC in a pocket. So, as far as size goes, the S30R is definitely compact and light enough for EDC on the belt or in a pant pocket. It fills the hand better than the mini lights making it easier to manipulate. The magnetic base is strong enough to hold the light horizontally when stuck to a ferrous surface (in this case below, a table leg). I would have liked the spring clip to reversible for head-down carry in a pocket like their S30R II; it wouldn't have been too much trouble to put a clip groove near the tailcap. I don't use the lockout feature much as I haven't had it turn on accidentally yet, but one nice thing is that the clip can be rotated on the body to cover the side switch so you can lock it out that way.


Removable clip

Size compared to S1R Baton

Compared to SF Centurion C2


Magnetic base

There's not too much of a difference (to my eye) between the 900 max lumens of the S1R Baton and the 1050 of the S30R Baton III. Why wouldn't one just get the S1R as it's almost half the size? The answer is run time, and beam shape. The S30R has a spot beam vs. the wider flood beam of the S1R, as shown below. The S1R beam has a bright, wide spot (which becomes a flood as you get further away) with some side spill and very little corona. The S30R beam has a smaller but brighter hot spot with a well-defined corona and very little side spill. The two photos below were shot with the flashlights about a foot and a half in front of the wall, in moonlight and low modes respectively. The S30R beam also has more throw, with the concentrated hot spot reaching out further than the flood of the S1R. The S30R would be the one to pick for longer distances. As with the S1R, the beam on the S30R is artifact-free. If I estimated the practical usable distance of the S1R to be 50 yards, the S30R extends that to about 75 yards.


Moonlight modes

Low modes

Run time is where the 3500 mAh battery of the S30R far outlasts the 550 mAh battery used in the S1R. Not only are the hight and medium modes about twice as bright as on the S1R, but the run times are tripled. On low, where they share the same output, the runtime is quadrupled on the S30R, and on moonlight the S30R will last an astounding 3 months! The moonight mode is useful as a night light in a room or tent to be left on the whole night. On the S1R, for the higher modes, the light turns on 'gradually' over a split second instead of instantaneously, so it's not such a shock to the eyes. I don't think that the S30R has this feature, as it's not listed, and seems to turn on instantaneously.

The charging dock is unobtrusive on my desk and I like that it can be used to charge any compatible Olight flashlight. That makes it very easy to keep them fully charged. I also like the fact that it has the extra USB port for 'daisy chaining' other chargers. I can plug my phone charger into it without having to occupy another wall socket. Quality of the S30R is just like the S1R and Nova H1 previously featured; it looks very well-made. While larger than the S1R, the S30R isn't too large for EDC and makes it a great choice for those who can use its extended run time and throw.

 

 


Olight H2R Nova Headlamp

 

6/24/17 - The Olight H2R Nova headlamp is a 18650 rechargeable battery powered, uni-body aluminum alloy LED headlamp that is capable of a max output of 2300 ANSI rated lumens. The CREE XHP50 LED along with Olight's TIR bead lens delivers a broad, balanced, even beam. It's removable from its headmount and can be used as a stand-alone hand-held light.

The H2R Nova is similar in size to the S30R Baton III rechargeable pocket light; with the goal being to produce a heavy duty, all-metal construction, high lumen headlamp.

Key Features of the H2R Nova:

  • Cree XHP50 LED and TIR bead lens to deliver a wide/broad, balanced beam (available in cool white LED or neutral white LED. Cool White shown here). Cool White LEDs provide a cleaner, clearer image than typical incandescent bulbs. Light produced from a Neutral White LED is very similar to natural sunlight, making it less strenuous on your eyes than typical LED light and perfect for photography. Both LEDs have a lifespan of over 50,000 hours of use.
  • Five brightness levels and SOS mode covering 1-2300 lumens. Peak beam distance 500 ft. Peak beam intensity 5850 cd.
  • Runtime based thermal management program: Under the turbo mode, the headlamp stays at the maximum output of 2300 lumens for one minute before gradually dropping down to the high mode after one minute.
  • Compatible with customized 18650 (included) battery, or any 18650 rechargeable lithium ion battery (brightness and run times may be different if the supplied battery is not used). Note that only the Olight customized battery will allow charging when in the light. Other batteries have to be charged externally.
  • Gradual brightness change: when the flashlight is switched on/off in medium, high and turbo modes, it will light up or fade gradually to protect eyes from the stimulation caused by sudden brightness changes
  • The flashlight can be charged through the magnetic contact charging port (other batteries may also be used in H2R, but cannot be charged). Low battery warning - light blinks once per minute when running low on power.
  • 750mA portable USB charging cable
  • Flat magnetic tailcap that allows it to be secured to ferrous metal surfaces as a hands-free option
  • Lockout mode can be activated for protection against accidental activation
  • Low profile silicon switch on head
  • Removable spring clip
  • Water resistance rating IPX8 (Immersion to a depth of 2m)
  • Impact resistance 1.5m
  • Head strap and plastic magnetic mount
  • Weight 6.14 oz (including battery and head strap). 3.6 oz for the light and battery only.
  • Length 4.33", bezel diameter 0.95", body diameter 0.91"
  • Body material 6061-T6 with Type III hard anodize coating


Included in the box:

  • Head strap and mount
  • H2R Headlamp
  • USB Magnetic Charging Cable (MCC)
  • User Manual
  • Stainless steel spring pocket clip
  • Customized 3000 mAh 18650 rechargeable lithium ion battery

Advertised run times are as follows (on a full 3000mAh 18650 battery charge):

Cool white:

Mode
Turbo
High
Medium
Low
Moonlight
Lumens
2300 step down to 750
600
150
30
1
Run time
1+110 mins
2.5 hrs
10 hrs
50 hrs
45 days

Neutral white:

Mode
Turbo
High
Medium
Low
Moonlight
Lumens
2000 step down to 700
550
140
27
1
Run time
1+110 mins
2.5 hrs
10 hrs
50 hrs
45 days

The H2R Nova comes packaged in a cardboard box with features and specs printed on the back. No pouch or case is included, but the H2R will fit in the soft cases of the H1R and S2R Baton.

 


Box

Unpacked

What's included

 

The H2R Nova comes in a cardboard package which includes the light, head strap, magnetic charging cable, user manual and some foam pads. The light has a right-angle head, instead of the normal inline head, which allows for more positioning options. This is especially useful when the light is standing on its tailcap. The angular head also prevents the light from rolling when placed on its side. The frosted TIR bead lens has Olight's signature blue-accented PVD coated stainless steel bezel around it, and a similarly coloured ring encircles the large silicone on/off switch, which has the universal power (or I/O) symbol molded into the rubber. Grooves on the head act as cooling/radiating fins. Each H2R Nova is individually serial numbered.

The tailcap is magnetic and flat-bottomed, so the light can stand on its end or attach to any ferrous material. The single supplied rechargeable battery is installed with the positive terminal towards the tailcap. The included spring clip is removable and is dual-sided, so the light can be carried in the pocket head up or down.

The H2R is very similar in size to the S30R Baton III; but it's not just a Baton III with right-angled head. Outputs, supplied batteries, run times are different, so the H2R is a brand new design. Side by side with the H1R, the H2R is obviously larger and heavier; but it has three times the output and much longer run times.

 


H2R with removable clip


Dual sided pocket clip

Head details

S30R Baton III vs H2R

H1R vs. H2R

 

The H2R Nova has an adjustable black elastic headstrap with blue logo and grey accents, and has an extra over-the-head strap to provide support for the H2R's additional weight. The headband has two triglides for easy adjustment. The over-the-head strap has a single triglide for adjustment. The light mount is hard plastic with a rubber security strap, which secures the light into the mount. The mount also has a magnet, which is strong enough to hold it in place. I'd recommend the use of the rubber strap over the light at all times, though. The two extra adhesive foam pads that come in the box are meant to replace the foam pads on the back of the mount, if you for some reason want to take the magnet out. I have no idea why anyone would need to do that though. At any rate, I'm treating the larger one as a replacement should the original one on the mount get damaged. I really like this style of mount better than the soft ones used on the H1 and H1R - it'd be nice if they just switched to this style. The light can be rotated in the mount so it's pointing at any angle up or down. The mount also fits the S30R Baton III so you can use it as a side-mounted headlamp, as well as the smaller H1R.

The triglides on the headstrap and loops on the mount are slotted, which enables removal of the straps from the mount. This also allows the over-the-head strap to be removed from the headband, should the user want to use the light without it. I prefer to use it with the head strap, so that I don't have to keep the headband as tight to keep the heavier light from slipping down. With the head strap, the head band can be loose enough such that the whole assembly just sits on the head without exerting too much elastic pressure on the head.

 


Head strap

Light mount

Light mounted

Foam pads

Top strap removed

Head band only

 

The H2R Nova comes with a customized, dual-polarity high-drain Olight 3000mAh 18650 battery, which you can leave in the light at all times unless you replace it. The positive end of the battery is installed facing the rear (the customized battery actually has both positive and negative terminals at one end to contact the inside of the cap for internal charging). Charging is done in the light with the included magnetic charging cable (MCC), which is the same one supplied with the S1R and H1R. It can be used anywhere you have a USB port (they're all over the place nowadays). The MCC has a blue anodized USB plug on one end, and a matching blue anodized button/base. The button itself is magnetized, and has gold-plated contacts which interface with the tailcap (also magnetized) of the H2R. Get the blue button close to the end of the H2R and it snaps right to it. The MCC cable is 19" long, which is long enough such that your light isn't hanging from a wall socket USB charger or computer USB port. When connected to a power source, the base lights up where the cable enters it; red for charging, and green for charged. The H2R is also compatible with the Micro-dok that comes with the S30R III reviewed above. While other 18650 batteries can be used in the H2R, only the customized Olight battery can be charged in the light. I was not able to use two CR123 batteries to function properly in the H2R.

The use of a proprietary battery for in-light charging can pose a dilemma when the light needs to be used for a long trip, away from USB chargers. The obvious solution would be to buy multiples of the customized Olight battery, but they're not cheap. Other 18650 batteries can be used but cannot be charged inside the light, so an external battery charger needs to be brought along. With the CR123 powered H1R, spare CR123 batteries can be brought along and purchased at most places in the U.S., but since the H2R doesn't work with two CR123 batteries, that's not an option.

 


Magnetic charging cable

Customized Olight 18650 battery

S30R and H2R beams on low

 

Operation of the H2R is as follows(all operations are performed with the power switch on top of the head):

  • From OFF: Press -> last memorized mode -> Press -> Off
  • Moonlight mode - From OFF: press and hold for more than one second -> moonlight mode -> Press -> OFF
  • Change brightness level - From ON: press and hold switch to automatically cycle through low -> medium -> high -> low (repeat). Release switch to select level. Press again to turn off.
  • Turbo mode - From OFF or ON: double click switch -> Turbo. Click to turn off or double click to return to the previous memorized brightness level.
  • SOS mode - Triple click side swtich -> SOS -> Press -> OFF (SOS mode flashes the light in turbo mode in the standard SOS signal).
  • Lockout mode - From OFF: press and hold switch for about 2 seconds. The light will enter moonlight mode briefly then switch off. If the switch is pressed under lockout mode, the LED will light up in moonlight mode momentarily, indicating that the light is in lockout mode. To exit lockout mode, press and hold the switch for more than one second and the light will blink and enter moonlight mode.

Notes/Observations - Typical of all the other Olight products I've featured here, the H2R looks well constructed and finished. I was a bit surprised that the H2R didn't come with a little pouch like the H1R, as a pouch is handy to have with the additional strapping and larger light; but it does stuff into the H1R's soft drawstring pouch.

After using the dimunitive H1 and H1R Nova headlamps, which are about as large as my thumb; the H2R's additional weight and size was definitely noticeable (approx 6 oz vs. 2 oz) on my forehead. Knowing this, Olight smartly added the over-the-head strap to the elastic headband, which provides the support needed without having to tighten up the headband too much. The H2R can be used with only the headband and without the head strap, but it just needs to be snugged up enough to prevent it from slipping down. I prefer to use it with the over-the-head strap. The straps are very easy to adjust.

One thing I noticed with the H1, H1R and H2R lights is that unlike headlamps with the LEDs centered on the middle of the forehead, the heads will be offset slightly due to the nature of the mount and removable light. All I do is bias the body of the light so that the head is as close to centerline as possible. It's more important to do this with the H2R due to its longer body. Having the light closer to centerline doesn't make it feel lopsided at all. The magnetic mount is really convenient for switching from hand-held to headlamp configuration without having to secure the elastic retaining strap. Note that the magnet is not meant for active use; the light will fall out if knocked or jarred, so use the elastic retaining strap whenever possible. The last thing you want happening is for the light to fall out of the mount as you're leaning over the hood of your car while polishing it.

As I mentioned above, having to use the proprietary custom Olight battery for in-light charging may pose an issue under some circumstances if you aren't near any computers or outlets to charge it. Bringing along spare 18650 batteries is the only option if you can't recharge the battery as it won't work with two CR123 batteries. This applies to the S30R Baton III as well. Interestingly enough, I was able to recharge the H2R with a Solarmonkey solar charger, using the magnetic USB charging cable plugged into the Solarmonkey.

The additional weight of the H2R over the H1R is offset by its output and run times. The H1R on high (100 lumens) will last 100 minutes. The H2R on medium (150 lumens) will last 10 hours. The H2R puts out a nice, even broad flood beam that is very bright at the higher settings. The lumen output can be deceiving though. Because it's a flood, it doesn't quite have the throw of a spot beam like the S30R at a similar output, but I was surprised at how far it would illuminate at night. The head of the H2R does get hot on turbo mode, which only lasts a minute before it very gradually drops down to 750 lumens. Turbo mode is not meant to be used sustained; it's meant for momentary use. Turbo mode is very impressive; it's amazing how much light can come out of a flashlight of this size - it literally lights up my whole front yard like a bright flood light. I would have liked an additional brightness level at 1000 lumens instead of going from 600 in high to 2300 in turbo. At the other end of the spectrum, the 1 lumen moonlight mode is really nice to have in the middle of the night when your eyes are already adjusted to the darkness.

As a hand held light, the H2R works very well. The H1R is actually so small that it's not as easy to hold as your hand engulfs it. The magnetic base is also handy for attaching it to various ferrous objects, and the pocket clip works well (for pocket or hat brim carry). It's another versatile light from Olight. Whether the increased output and run time is needed vs. the tiny size of the H1R, that's up to the user to decide; but it's nice to have options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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