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Flashlight Reviews / Olight H16 Wave (Headlamp) / Full Review
« Last post by robo819 on February 22, 2018, 04:19:56 PM »
This is the Olight H16 Wave sent to me for review and NO other compensation other than keeping the light.

Light can be found at the main Olight site ….. is external)
 or on Amazon ….. is external) (links NON affiliated)

The light came in a padded mailing envelope with the Olight box inside that and everything is very neatly packaged in the factory box.
 The H16 Wave is the newest in the line up from Olight and is a compact , light weight headlamp with what they call “wave” technology. The wave technology in this light simply means that once it is activated you can wave your hand in front of the light within 6 inches to turn the light on , or to put it in “standby” mode. When in standby or when the “wave” is active , the button will be lighted in blue.

It uses 2 emitters with 2 different TIR optics , one for throw and one for flood , combining the 2 for a beam that is useful both closer up and also giving some throw.
The H16 uses 2 XP-G3 emitters behind those optics.

The lights head can be adjusted to different angels , with 4 positive stop positions from 90 degrees out to 45 degrees. I have noticed however that the head can be positioned in other spots if you move it carefully and stop between those postitive stop points. This headband is also pretty comfortable to wear , stays put and does not dig into my head like many I have tried.

The battery pack is a proprietary Lipo pack , and it does have some pretty good run times. The design also helps keep the weight balanced out better than having the cell inside the head of the light , by putting that weight on the back of the headband. The cable is held securely via the clips on the headband. There are 4 blue indicator lights on the battery pack and a button you push to know the level of charge remaining and there is an audible alarm to warn when the battery pack needs charging. Charging of the battery pack is done via the built in USB port. There is also reflective safety striping on the sides of this headband.

The head of the light is made from polycarbonate and aluminum as best that I can tell , with the front being the polycarbonate and the back of the head being aluminum ( I am sure to help cooling) as the head of the light does get fairly hot at full power.

The overall beam is pretty good from the H16 and blends pretty well from the 2 separate optics with only a slight artifact / shadow at the very center of the beam when very close to a wall or something , where the 2 beams meet , other than that it really is not noticeable in real life use. Also I do not see much at all of the “olive” color around the beam edges that is present with so many of the XP-G3 based lights in the H16. The only detectable PWM I can find is in the low mode ONLY.

3feet / Medium Mode and 10 Feet Low / Medium / High

Gate 50 yards / High…..25 yards Medium / High ,,,,10 yards Medium / High

My negatives with this light………….
The UI is kind of disappointing in the H16 to me really , considering all the nice UI’s Olight has came out with in many of their lights , especially recently. The UI is a simple High , Medium , Low , and off , in that order and you have to cycle through the modes from high all the way back down to turn the light off, There is NO mode memory on the H16 and the “Wave” feature lets the light turn on or off if you get to close to an object such as trees branches or if you might be working in close proximity of something moving your head around or getting tools or something of that nature too close to the sensor.
 I would also like to have seen the ability to use either the flood side or the throw side of the light as was done with the HS2. This would not only give better runtimes , but would also let you have all flood for the close up work instead of an intense beam.

Overall the light itself is built pretty well and the headband is comfortable , but the UI just isn’t up to par with the newer Olight products IMO.

Charts of the Lumens and the only runtime testing I have done on the light……….

There is a partial tear down and the live footage outdoors comparing the HS2 and the H1R Nova with this light in the video segment. For those who do not want to watch the whole video the beamshots and teardown start at 7:03 of the video timeline and the live outdoor footage starts at 11:22 of the timeline.

Link to Youtube Video ..........

Listed Specs........

Beam Distance (ft) 328
 Beam Distance (m) 100
 Max. Performance (lumens) 500
 Charge type Micro-USB
 Compatible Batteries Customised 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)
 Mode Operation Switch on the bottom of the headlamp
 Form/Size Factor Small size (Car key / Zippo Lighter)
 Series Series H (Headlamps, Multitasking)
 Unique 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.
 Great runtimes – The H16 features a 2000mAh LiPo battery pack that supports a runtime up to 25 hours of continuous use.
 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.


LEVEL 1 (lumens) 500
 Run-time LEVEL 1
 500 lumens (~350lm)
 2h (5m).

LEVEL 2 (lumens) 100
 Run-time LEVEL 2 9h30m.

LEVEL 3 (lumens) 5
 Run-time LEVEL 3 160h.

Strobe No


Waterproof IPX4
 Weight (g / oz) 115 / 4.06
 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
 Packaging Carton Box
 Use fishing, climbing, cave exploration, outdoor activities, house activities
 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

Flashlight Reviews / WowTac BSS V3 "Tactical" / Full Review
« Last post by robo819 on February 20, 2018, 03:26:28 AM »
This is the WowTac BSS V3 sent to me for review and NO other compensation other than keeping the light.

Light can be found at the main WowTac site ….. is external)
or at ..... (links NON affiliated)
Wowtac does receive Technical support from Thrunite , so I think it is safe to say they produce some good quality lights.

This is a totally new “Tactical” designed light and unlike any other light I have seen to date. The tail switch is designed with both the side switch and the main end switch made into the tailcap!
 It looks and sounds a little awkward at first , but once I had the light in hand it really isnt bad at all to operate. Depending on how you hold the light , it can easily be operated with your thumb or your index finger either one without much movement at all and without repositioning your hand at all to get to both of the switches.

The Bss V3 came in an Amazon box with the Wowtac box inside that and everything was well packaged. The kit includes the Light , extra O-rings , the strike bezel , the red lens , a detachable clip , a 3400mAh Wowtac USB rechargeable cell , the USB charging cord and instruction manual.

The BSS V3 uses a XP-L V6 emitter and produces a listed 1150 lumens of output. It is designed with a threaded lip on the inside of the bezel so that you can use the light with a smooth bezel , or you can screw on the strike bezel , or the Red lens can be used instead , for situations that it may be needed.
The Knurling is well done on the light and the anodizing all looks very good with no bare or thin spots that I could find. The Lens is AR coated and the emitter is well centered.

The tail and side switches both are set in and machined very nicely and the branding is well etched.

The clip is pretty standard , but well made and pretty stiff , so it should hold pretty well to attach the light without letting go or slipping. The clip also sits nicely on the light without any ends protruding too much to catch on the inside of the pocket or what have you. The light does have fins , although not deep ones , they seem to do the job.

The driver is also made unique to any other I have seen so far. On the BSS V3 , what looks like the driver inside the head , is simply a positive contact board. The actual switch board and driver board both , are housed inside the tailcap on this light , with a set of 4 wires running from 1 board to the other one to tie everything together. This is a constant current driver and seems to be pretty well regulated. There is of course reverse polarity protection built in and there is also a Low Voltage warning. The low voltage is indicated with 2 quick blinks periodically when the cell voltage starts getting depleted.
There is a step down starting at 2 1/2 minutes when the light is turned on in High mode and it is a very gradual step down until the 5 minute mark , where the light levels off at around 550 lumens. The head (light) never gets really hot. I would feel fine (safe) going back into High mode immediately if it was needed , once the step down occurred.

The UI was kept pretty simple , I am sure because this light was designed for “tactical” use.
The main tail (end) switch is used for momentary on with a half press or a full press powers the light on in constant current. The side switch is used for the momentary strobe function with a press and hold (from off) to activate the hidden strobe mode momentarily and it goes off when the switch is released. If you want constant on in the strobe mode , then you hold the side switch down when the light is powered on , and a quick click of the side switch to go back to your regular modes from there. The Low , Medium and High modes are changed with the side switch also once the main power is turned on from the tail switch. The light always comes on in high and then goes to medium and low with each corresponding click. There is NO mode memory on the BSS V3 and the light always comes on in High mode when the regular modes are used , again I am pretty sure due to this being a “tactical” design and the full power being used in most tactical situations when the light is first turned on.

With the “smooth” bezel , the beam is pretty throwy for the small reflector and transitions pretty good , for a fairly smooth beam overall. With the strike bezel attached (due to it protruding alot) you do get some “flower petal” looking edges , but still have a good throw with decent spill. The Red lens does what it is supposed to do , giving use for map reading in low mode , preserving night vision and / or keeping the overall light less visible if needed for a tactical situation.

At 3 feet on Medium with all 3 bezels and 20 feet on Low/ Medium / High with smooth bezel………

At 75 yards-High / 50 yards-High / 25 yards Medium and High………

Overall I think this is a very well built light and keeping in mind it was designed for tactical use , I think Wowtac did a good job with the new design , for the intended purpose.

Here are the testing charts for what testing I have done with the light………

For those who do not want to see the whole video but would like to see the rest of the beamshots , stills and live outdoor footage , the stills and beams starts at 7:32 of the video timeline and the outdoor live footage comparing the BLF A6 and the ThruNite Neutron 2C V3 starts at 12:39 of the timeline.

Link to Youtube Video.........

Listed Specs............

•WOWAC BSS V3 is designed for professional tactical purpose. When light turns on, default is on HIGH mode.
•One USB rechargeable 3400mAh 18650 battery included which provides 1150 lumens output.
•Cree XP-L V6 LED
•Reverse polarity protection design to protect from improper battery installation.
•Aircraft-grade aluminum body.
•Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating.
•Low Power Indication: When the voltage of the battery is low, the light will blink twice periodically.
•When the light is off, press the side switch to activate strobe mode, and hold 5 seconds to get constant strobe.
•Click the tail switch to turn the light on and off. When it is turned on, it is HIGH mode.
•Dimension: 139mm*25.4mm*24mm; weight: 86g (excluding battery).
•30 days worry-free money back; 2 years limited warranty for flashlight; 1 year limited warranty for battery.

•Spare O-rings x 2
•USB charge Cable x 1
•Pocket Clip x 1
•Red Lens Cover*1
•Strike Bezel*1
•Instruction Manual x 1
•Customized USB rechargeable 3400mAh 18650 battery x 1
HMMMM , you must be seeing something else other than what I see.
Plus the meter I have to take measurements is pretty darn accurate and usually runs close to the factory listed lumens , as this one does for the most part.
General Flashlight Discussion / Re: How long do you use flashlight models
« Last post by SG-1 on February 19, 2018, 05:48:37 PM »
I will change to a different light after the every day carry flashlight fails.  So far that takes about a year of use & abuse. Too many different lights to try.  So far,  I have not standardized on any specific brand.

The search & rescue models are replaced after the new gear provides 50% more lumens or run time.
It does not look like 10000 lumen flashlight. It looks like 2000 lumen light.
General Flashlight Discussion / Re: How long do you use flashlight models
« Last post by limphoni on February 19, 2018, 02:07:22 PM »
I always jump to the newer model.
General Flashlight Discussion / How long do you use flashlight models
« Last post by bykfixer on February 18, 2018, 05:22:14 PM »
In todays ever changing world of lighting tools, do you tend to keep using a favorite, or does it get upgraded as new ideas become available?

As a vintage light collector I still upgrade from time to time. Not one to jump at the latest, brightest, longest running lights I tend to spot models that tend to be an improvement for a given purpose.

I have friends who opt to use old favorites year after year and largely dismiss those newer offerings. An old ARC AAA for example.
I also have friends who will pre-order certain lights in order to be ahead of the curve as it were. Mostly because of the tint and CRI changes. Some opt for the better runtime and some prefer the brighter output.

Where do you stand?
This is the NiWalker MM18JR (72) sent to me for review from NiWalker and NO other compensation other than keeping the light.

The Light can be found at the main site …. is external)
I do not have a price at this time , nor is the price listed on thier site (it is by inquiry at the main site)

The MM18JR arrived in a DHL envelope with a box inside that , which was well taped and held the NiWalker box itself. The Package includes the MM18JR , A nice heavy nylon strap (lanyard) that is easy to attach and take off via the clip in design , an extra O-ring and the instruction manual.

Upon unpacking the light and looking it over , I found no bare or thin spots in the anodizing , the knurling is well done and the overall fit and finish are very nice on this light. There is even a tripod mount on this one.

The lens was very clear and the sliver colored bezel sits nicely inside the outer black anodized part of the head , giving a very nice finished look there. There is only knurling on the tail end of the light (tailcap) but the tapered build of the tube makes for a nice feel and grip.

The MM18JR runs on 4 × 18650 cells and comes with a well made battery carrier with ceramic rods and it can be inserted either direction in the tube. Just be sure you get the cells oriented right in the carrier itself.

The light has 3 emitters , 1 x XHP 35 HI and 2 x XHP 70.2. You can use only the XHP 70.2 emitters with 6 levels of brightness for flood , or use only the XHP 35 HI with 6 levels of brightness for all throw. There is also the choice to use all 3 emitters. The main switch gives you 7 levels of brightness and you can get the full 10,000 plus lumens from there , or go all the way down to 5 lumens using all 3 of the emitters at once and / or set one of the auxiliary switches for the 100% mode if you so choose.
 There is a switch panel on the side of the head with 3 switches that control all the modes and functions of the light and the panel is also well done. There is the main switch and 2 auxiliary switches on the panel itself. The 2 auxiliary switches let you program the mode you want into the memory and each one can be set to memorize different modes of your choosing.

The main “power” switch has an indicator in it that will be green when the light is powered on and the indicator light will turn red and start flashing when the cells are nearing depletion , or as most call it a “Low Voltage Warning” indicator.
 Please be aware that there is NO Low Voltage cut off on this light , but you will know without a doubt when the cells are getting pretty low, not only due to the brightness level going wayyyyy down , but also because of the red blinking warning light.

The driver is a constant current driver and is built with 2 separate sections to accommodate the 12v XHP 35 and the 2 XHP 70.2’s are on the other part of the driver for the 6v. There are a ton of wires inside this light so I have not even attempted to figure out what all of them go to just yet (and may never do so … lol). The light does seem to be well regulated though in all the modes other than the full 100% Turbo. The cells take a hard hit when using the 100% but still I got 47 minutes of 4700 plus lumens , so really that is not too terrible either considering the staring load on the cells. When using the XHP 70.2’s (although I havent done proper testing yet other than all 3 emitters) the light does get considerably better runtimes , as it does also with the single XHP 35 and I think for the output you get , it is doing about as good as could be expected from any light.

The UI is definitely different on this light , but once you start using it really it is not that difficult at all.
 The main switch turns the light on with a single click with the 2 XHP 70.2’s in the lowest setting. From there it is a semi long press to the next level (maybe 1/2 second) , or you can press and hold the button to cycle the modes until the desrired mode is reached , then release the button. To cycle to the single XHP 35 only you click to turn the light on , click again for the single emitter and one more click gets all 3 emitters. Once you have the emitter (or emitters) that you want turned on then to cycle the modes is as described before hand. As mentioned above , each of the auxiliary switches can be set to any mode or emitter combination you choose and once they are set a simple click on or click off on those. To get the momentary on 100% , from off you press and hold the switch. To get the full 100% constant on you press , release and then click and the light stays on at 100%.
 To lock the light out , it is a triple click of the main switch from off. The strobe is a double click of main switch from off. The hidden SOS / Beacon / warning flash , are accessed from the main switch also. When the light is on you press and hold the main switch for changing hidden modes and the light will flash to let you know you are in the next mode.

The tint on the XHP 70.2 emitters is in the cool range (I am guessing around 6500K) and the XHP 35 is much more in the neutral range (my guess is around 4800K to maybe 5000K) when using the XHP 70.2 only of course you have all flood and with the XHP35 you get a good throw with a useable spill to it. When using all 3 emitters you have the big flood area with a nice bright hotspot in the center of all that flood beam.

The below beamshots are at 1st , 70 yards (100% or ALL emitters) and the camera sitting at 78 yards. 2nd , 175 yards 100% , 3rd , 175 yards XHP 35 only Level 6 . 4th 100 yards ALL emitters 100% , 5th 100 yards XHP 35 only Level 6.

I forgot to mention the tailcap and the bezel are well glued on this light. I did get the tailcap loose , but will have to find a big spanner wrench or other tool to fit the bezel before I have a go at getting that loose. Nothing else other than the bezel and tailcap is glued though. The threads I’ve gotten loose are all well cut on the light also.

Please be aware this light does get very hot after 5 minutes or more of use in the higher 2 or 3 modes , easpecially in the 100% mode. You need to have some airflow or cool air outdoors. I would NOT advise running this light in higher modes as use for tailstanding indoors , but the medium or lower modes would be fine.

Overall this is a well built light with good design , big output and serves well with a range of outputs , as well as serving for both a flooder and a thrower.

Here are the charts for the testing I have done so far…..

There are a lot more pictures and beamshots in the video. For those who do not want to watch the whole video the still pictures of the light and teardown along with the rest of the beamshots starts at 8:06 of the video timeline and the outdoor live footage comparing the Olight X7 Marauder and the Convoy L6 starts at 13:17 of the timeline.

Link to the Yo0utube Video..........

Features and UI ………….


Utilizes total 3 U.S. made emitters – 2xXHP70.2+1xXHP35 HI

Maximum output up to 10,000 ANSI lumens

Highly efficient constant current design offers maximum output and runtime

Smart triple Multi-function clicky side switches.

Memory function to remember last output setting used (except main switch)

Advanced thermal protection circuit prevents overheating

Unique smooth reflector design provides great throw beam distance and beam pattern

Aircraft grade aluminum, mil-spec hard anodized for maximum wear

Toughened ultra-clear tempered glass lens with anti-reflective coating

Large cooper heat sink pad for superior thermal conductivity

LED indicator turns red (below 12V) to alert user to switch lower output mode and

recharge batteries in time

User Interface

-Press hold the main switch for momentary activation (100% Output). Do second press hold within 3 seconds for 100% output constant on.

-Double click the main switch for strobe.

-Triple click for lock out (main switch, switch A and B)

There are three settings in main switch setting 1 (2xXHP70.5) > setting 2 (1xXHP35 HI) > setting 3 (2 x XHP70.5 × 2 + 1xXHP35 HI). You may select your desired setting first and then press hold the main switch when light is on for changing outputs

-When the light is on – double click to access hidden modes (SOS, warning flash, beacon)

-Press hold the main switch for changing hidden modes.(light fast flashes to let user know you are in next mode)

-You can save one different mode or output on switch A or B (Press hold switch A or B that you want save)

-Once you release the switch, the light comes on constant output with mode memory.

-All three switches are able to operate independently when modes/outputs are saved
New Member Introductions / Re: Noob from NM
« Last post by SG-1 on February 13, 2018, 04:59:32 AM »
Good, we are on the same page now.
New Member Introductions / Re: Noob from NM
« Last post by OneleggedPeter on February 12, 2018, 07:15:28 PM »
Ah, now I see my error...I missed the sentence about "There are some very impressive headlights..."...  I just checked out the links you posted.  Thanks for the help!!
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