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Review Olight H2R Nova Headlamp
« on: June 14, 2017, 03:37:29 PM »
This is the Olight H2R headlamp sent for review by Olight , no other compensation other than keeping the light.

Light can be found at the Main Olight store …… is external)

or on the Ebay site …. is external)

The price of the H2R at the time of this review $89.95 with all the included accessories such as the included Olight cell (proprietary) , magnetic charger , clip , magnetic headband , padded adhesive strips and user manual.

I know there are already several reviews out on this light but here is my take on it , complete with live video footage showing the H2R compared to the Olight X7 Marauder at the 3000 lumen setting in the main video……..

To my knowledge this is the most powerful headlamp produced to date with a rated 2300 lumens and to be such , it is a really compact light that uses the 18650 sized cell for power. This light is designed much like the H1R Nova headlamp and just a bigger version of that one basically with much more output.
 The light utilizes the XHP 50 emitter for all this power an that sits behind a nice TIR optic that gives a very smooth floody beam. The H2R also has the Blue bezel ring and blue ring around the switch button that Olight has become so well known for. The light can also be used as a pocket carried light , head up or head down , with the Bi-directional clip that comes with it , as well as a work light or lamp using the magnetic tailcap , as it can be stuck to any metal surface.
 The charging can be done via the included charger , through the tailcap of the light , or the cell can be removed and charged as with any other cell on an external charger. I have used a couple non-proprietary cells in the light and they seem to perform well as long as you use a High drain cell with a button top , as the flat tops cells are not long enough.
 The output is amazing to me that this small headlamp can make the kind of brightness that it does when the turbo mode is used as everything within 60 to 80 yards of you becomes like daylight. The modes other than the turbo are also well spaced with the High mode at just over 600 lumens , the Medium at around 160 to 170 lumens , the Low at around 35 lumens and then the Moonlight mode at about 0.5 lumen. Also for the amount of heat the H2R is making the light handles it decently as it is probably next to impossible to get a light this small to run cool with the amount of heat it makes.
 The UI is…….A long press to turn on in Moon Mode , a quick single press to turn the light on in the regular L/M/H , press and hold for about 1 second to change in regular modes , a double click to get into Turbo and a triple click to get into the SOS mode. The light also has mode memory and will come on in the L/M/H depending on the last used mode and also the moon or Turbo will memorize for up to 10 minutes , after that only the L/M/H will be in memory. There is also a maual lockout as well as the electronic lockout. The electronic is done by pressing and holding the switch button down until the light blinks and to get back out of the lockout you simply press and hold until the light blinks again.
 One other feature I wanted to mention is that the light holder on the headband is magnetic also so the light can be held in place by the magnet when you use the headband until the rubber strap is in place to hold the light firmly.

The overall versatility , the build quality and the nice appearance , just makes this one a winner in my book with the new H2R headlamp.
 The rest should be covered in the video portion of the review.

Below is my testing charts………

For those who don’t want to watch the whole video the still shots and beamshots start at 4:48 of the timeline and the live outside footage starts at 15:25 of the timeline.

Video followed by the listed specs………


Beam Distance (ft) 501
 Beam Distance (m) 153
 Max. Performance (lumens) 2300
 Charge type Magnetic USB charge base
 Compatible Batteries customised 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 Switch
 Form/Size Factor Medium size (Permanent Marker)
 Series Series H (Headlamps, Multitasking)
 Unique Characteristics •Huge beam spill (TIR with diffuser lens)Smaller than a pinky finger.

•Optimal for packstrap/pocket/headlamp

•Pocket light and headlamp in one with magnetic charging. Buy one light and get two!

•Magnetic tail fix, 90degrees light illumination direction


LEVEL 1 (lumens) 2300
 Run-time LEVEL 1
 2300 lumens(~750lm) – Cool White

2000 lumens(~750lm) – Neutral White
•1h50m (1m)

LEVEL 2 (lumens) 600
 Run-time LEVEL 2
 600 lumens – Cool White

550 lumens – Neutral White

LEVEL 3 (lumens) 150
 Run-time LEVEL 3
 150 lumens – Cool White

140 lumens – Neutral White

LEVEL 4 (lumens) 30
 Run-time LEVEL 4
 30 lumens – Cool White

27 lumens – Neutral White

LEVEL 5 (lumens) 1
 Run-time LEVEL 5
 1 lumens – Cool White

1 lumens – Neutral White
•45 days

Strobe No


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