Olight H16 Wave Review – Headlamp for Backpacking (5 to 500 lumens)

A Review of the Olight H16 Wave USB Rechargeable LED Headlamp for Backpacking & Camping.  

This is my current headlamp for camping trips requiring more critical lighting needs. Trips with higher demands on run-time and / or brightness. A perfect example of this would be my recent sub-zero winter camping trip that I took the Olight H16 Wave on.  The higher powered rechargeable battery pack gave me extra confidence in my run-times during the less than battery-friendly frigid temps.

This is also a light that I would grab for any camping or backpacking trip where night hiking was expected and / or when extended time doing chores at camp after dark is anticipated.

The 5 lumen low mode provides a surprising amount of functionality, along with a huge 160 hour run-time.  For high visibility needs, the 500 lumen high mode provides longer distance spotting capability, while still being able to run for around 2 hours continuously.

Links for full Manufacturer’s Specs, Features, etc

Specs and Features, as per Manufacturer

  • General Data
    • Beam Distance (ft) 328
    • Beam Distance (m) 100
    • Max. Performance (lumens) 500
    • Charge type Micro-USB
    • Compatible Batteries Customized Li-Ion Battery
    • Light Intensity (candela) 2500
    • Light Form:  Far-range focused beam and close-range wide flood combined.
    • Lens / Reflector Type: TIR bead lens (converged and wide beam)
    • Series: Series H (Headlamps, Multitasking)
  • Notable Characteristics
    • Hand wave operation – This motion sense setting saves users the trouble of reaching for the power switch in the dark, and keeps the headlamp clean from dirty hands.
    • Wide area illumination – Dual LED light head paired with a custom lens delivering great close-range illumination combining both a wide and focused beam.
    • Smart power level indication – Four-level blue LED battery indicator and low-power audible beep warning at 10% charge to keep you updated on your power status.
    • Beam angle adjustment – The light head has three adjustable levels from 0~45 degrees.
    • Reflective head strap – reflective stripes on both sides of the head strap to improve visibility and safety for the user.
  • Lighting Levels & Run Times
    • High – 500 lumens, (steps down to 350 lumen after 5mins), 120 minutes
    • Medium – 100 lumens, 9.5 hours
    • Low – 5 lumens, 30 160 hours
  • Technical Characteristics
    • Waterproof IPX4
    • Weight (g / oz) 115 grams / 4.06 oz
    • Length (mm / in) 58 / 2.28
    • Head Diameter (mm / in) 24 / 0.94
    • Body Diameter (mm / in) 38 / 1.50
    • LED:  2 x Cree XP-G3
  • Package Contents
    • Olight H16 flashlight x 1
    • 2000mAh 3.7V Lithium Polymer Battery(built-in) x 1
    • USB-microUSB rechargeable cable x 1
    • headband x 1
    • Replacement Cable Clip x 2
    • user manual x 1

Olight S1 Mini Baton – My Go-to Flashlight for Ultralight Backpacking

A Review of the Olight S1 Mini Baton USB Rechargeable LED Flashlight.

This is currently my go-to flashlight for backpacking and camping trips due to it’s low-weight, 600 lumen capability when needed, and ultra-long run-time in moon light mode for tent and hammock lighting. I also find it to be a handy work project and EDC light (every day carry).

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Specs and Features, as per Manufacturer

  • General Data
    • Beam Distance (ft) 427
    • Beam Distance (m) 130
    • Max. Performance (lumens) 600
    • Charge type Micro-USB
    • Compatible Batteries 1 x CR123A/RCR123A
    • Light Intensity (candela) 4200
    • Light Form:  Wide/broad hotspot. Perfect for up close illumination.
    • Lens / Reflector Type TIR reflector (big, defined wide hotspot)
    • Series Series S (EDC, General Use)
    • Available color temperature: Regular – cool white 6500k, 70 CRI (seen in review) or HCRI model -cool white 5500k, 90 CRI
    • HCRI version built for perfect color reproduction with illuminating objects eliminating all unwanted extra tints.
    • No charger is needed for charging the battery. The included battery is rechargeable through a built-in Micro-USB port, therefore it may share the same charging cable with a phone.
    • Magnetic tailcap. The flashlight attaches securely to any ferrous metal surface for hands free use.
  • Lighting Levels (for regular 6500k model)
    • Turbo – 600 lumens, 1 minute bursts
    • High – 330 lumens, 60 mins
    • Medium – 60 lumens, 6 hours
    • Low – 15 lumens, 30 hours
    • Moon – 0.5 lumens, 15 days
  • Other Modes
    • Strobe
    • Auto shutoff timer, 3 mins or 9 mins
  • Technical Characteristics
    • Waterproof IPX8
    • Weight (g / oz) 43 / 1.52
    • Length (mm / in) 54 / 2.13
    • Head Diameter (mm / in) 21 / 0.83
    • Body Diameter (mm / in) 21 / 0.83
    • Led Cree XM-L2
  • Package Contents
    • 650mAh RCR123A Rechargeble Battery with microUSB charging port
    • 50cm charging cable USB-microUSB
    • Pocket Clip
    • Lanyard
    • Instruction Manual

 

 

Olight HS2 Headlamp for Running & Hiking – Review

A Review of the Olight HS2 Headlamp for Running & Hiking.

In this gear video I go over my personal experiences with using the Olight HS2 rechargeable headlamp system, specs, features, and operational procedures to access the Olight H2R Nova’s light modes and charging functions. As a backpacker more so than a runner, I also go over my thoughts and experiences with using this as a running headlamp vs a hiking and camping headlamp.

HS2 Specs, as per the Manufacturer

  • Beam Distance Max: 279 feet / 85 meters
  • Max Performance (lumens): 400
  • Charge type: Micro-USB
  • Compatible Batteries: Customized LiPo Battery
  • Light Intensity (candela): 1,800
  • Light Form: Wide/broad hotspot. Perfect for up close illumination.
  • Lens / Reflector Type: TIR bead lens (wide/broad beam)
  • Mode Operation: Side Switch
  • Size Factor: Small size (Car key / Zippo Lighter)
  • Series: Series H (Headlamps, Multitasking)

Unique Characteristics

  • Can be powered directly from any USB power source – never run out of battery.
  • Dual LED system for long range and up-close wide illumination.
  • Audible beep at 10% battery capacity to alert the user to charge.
  • Compact and lightweight at only 4 ounces.

Lighting Levels

  • Dual Beam High: 400 lumens , 2 hours 12 minutes
  • Dual Beam Low: 100 lumens , 9 hours
  • Single Beam High (wide or spot): 200 lumens , 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Single Beam Low (wide or spot): 50 lumens , 18 hours
  • Moon 1 lumens Cool White / 1 lumens – Neutral White – 45 days
  • Strobe: No
  • SOS / BEACON: Yes

Technical Characteristics

  • Waterproof: IPX4
  • Weight: 4.06 oz , 115 grams
  • Length: 24mm / 0.94 in
  • Head Diameter:  23mm / 0.91 in
  • Body Diameter: 45mm / 1.77 in
  • LED: Cree XH-G2
  • Use: EDC, car, camping, fishing, household, general use, fishing, climbing, cave exploration, outdoor activities, house activitie

Package Contents

  • Flashlight Olight HS2 x 1
  • Rechargeable  2000mAh 3.7V Lipo x 1
  • head strap x 1
  • Pouch x 1
  • Replacement Cable Clip x 2
  • 1.5-meter Micro-USB Cable
  • instruction manual x 1

Other items Seen / Discussed in the Video

12,000 Lumen Flashlight?! – Olight X7R Marauder Review

A detailed review of the Olight X7R Marauder 12,000 Lumen Flashlight

In this gear video I go over my personal experiences with using the Olight X7R Marauder Rechargeble flashlight system, specs, features, and operational procedures to access the Olight X7R’s light modes and lockout function.

X7R Marauder Specs & Features, as per the Manufacturer

  • Beam Distance: 1247 feet /  380 meters
  • Performance (in lumens): 12,000
  • Charge type: USB Type C
  • Compatible Batteries: Customized Li-Ion Battery
  • Light Intensity (in candela): 36,100
  • Lens / Reflector Type: Smooth
  • Reflector (central area and flood area)
  • Mode Operation: Side Switch
  • Form Factor /Size Factor: Large size (Deodorant Spray / Coke Can)

Lighting Levels

  • Turbo S: 12,000 lumens, 12 mins / step-down to 7000 lumens, 110 mins
  • Turbo: 7,000 lumens, 3 mins / step-down to 7000 lumens 120 mins
  • High 3,000 lumens , 2 hr 10 mins
  • Medium 1,000 lumens , 6 hrs
  • Low 500 lumens , 14 hrs
  • Nightlight: 10 lumens, 30 days
  • Strobe: Yes
  • SOS / BEACON: No

Technical Characteristics

  • Waterproof: IPX7
  • Weight: 665 grams / 23.46 ounces
  • Length: 129mm / 5.08 inches
  • Head Diameter: 68mm / 2.67 inches
  • Body Diameter: 52mm / 2.05 inches
  • LED: 3 x Cree XHP70 CW
  • Use: Search & rescue, self-defense, car, camping, fishing, household, general use, climbing, cave exploration, outdoor activities

Package Contents

  • Flashlight Olight X7R x 1
  • Holster x 1
  • Lanyard x 1
  • C5V 4A Type-C Wall Power Adapter x 1
  • 0.8-meter USB / Type-C Cable x 1
  • Instruction manual x 1

Olight’s Official Website for more info.

Other Items Seen in the Video

Thorfire PF04 Penlight Flashlight
Olight H2R Nova Headlamp / Flashlight
Olight HS2 Running Headlamp

Olight H2R Nova Review – 2300 Lumen Palm Size Flashlight / Headlamp System

A detailed review of the Olight H2R Nova versatile illumination tool.

In this gear video I go over my personal experiences with using the H2R Nova flashlight / headlamp system, specs, features, and operational procedures to access the Olight H2R Nova’s light modes and lockout function. I also talk about my thoughts on the systems application for backpacking, camping, personal defense, and daily chores, based on my use of this light as my EDC (every day carry) light over the course of several weeks of testing.

H2R Nova Specs, as per the Manufacturer

Beam Distance Max: 501 feet / 153 meters
Performance (lumens) 2300
Charge type Magnetic USB charge base
Compatible Batteries customized 18650
Light Intensity (candela) 5850
Light Form Wide/broad hotspot. Perfect for up close illumination.
Lens / Reflector Type TIR bead lens (wide/broad beam)
Mode Operation Front SwitchForm/
Size Factor Medium size (Permanent Marker)
Series Series H (Headlamps, Multitasking)
Unique Characteristics Huge beam spill (TIR with diffuser lens)
Optimal for packstrap, pocket, headlamp, pocket light and headlamp in one with magnetic charging.
Magnetic tail fix, 90 degrees light illumination direction

LIGHTING LEVELS

  • Turbo 2300 lumens(~750lm) 1h10m- Cool White / 2000 lumens (~750lm) – Neutral White1h50m (1m)
  • High 600 lumens Cool White / 550 lumens – Neutral White 2h30m
  • Medium 150 lumens Cool White / 140 lumens – Neutral White 10h
  • Low 30 lumens Cool White / 27 lumens – Neutral White 50h
  • Moon 1 lumens Cool White / 1 lumens – Neutral White – 45 days
  • Strobe: No
  • SOS / BEACON: Yes

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Waterproof IPX8
  • Weight 2.26 oz , 64 grams
  • Length 110mm / 4.33 in
  • Head Diameter (mm / in) 25 / 0.95
  • Body Diameter (mm / in) 23.2 / 0.91
  • Led Cree XHP50
  • Use: everyday carry , car, camping, fishing, household, EDC, general use, fishing, climbing, cave exploration, outdoor activities, house activities.
  • Package Contents: Flashlight Olight H2R, 1 pocket clip, 1 head strap, 1 silicone mount, 1 customized Olight 18650 3000mAh battery, 1 Magnetic Charging Cable,  1 EVA Pad (replacement of the magnet), Single-sided Adhesive Replacement EVA Pad, instruction manual

Other items seen in the video: Aukey 30,000mAh USB Battery BankThorFire BD04 FlashlightThruNite Universal Charger