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Offline rookiedaddy

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Spoiler Review: Olight H1 Nova Headlamp
« on: November 15, 2016, 02:25:59 AM »
I'll start with a conclusion to justify the spoiler:
...In the year 2016, if you want to get an Olight Headlamp, get the Olight H1 Nova Neutral White, and forget the Cool White version ever existed.
There you have it... you can skip the rest of the text and move on...

Not convinced? Here are the Pros and Cons:

Pros
- Lightweight
- Short
- Can use rechargeable RCR123
- 500 lumens Turbo mode
- Neutral White option
- Clip
- Tailcap/Physical lockout
- Magnetic base/tailcap
- Nice pouch
- It remembers last used mode (except Turbo)

Cons
- Cool White option
- Electronic lockout
- Turbo mode is hot
- No lanyard hole

Take a look at the following beamshot:

It is what it is... regardless of CRI, the neutral white is simply... better! (Yes, I'm bias when comes to using artificial light outdoor and urban settings)

other modes comparisons:




compare the above with Fenix HL50...






a pic to compare H1 Nova to Fenix HL50


and a feature comparison table..

I really wish H1 Nova has a similar conversion/adapter to use AA size battery tho...

a beamshot of SMini Turbo mode (BeadBlaster Ti) to compare to...

hmmm... not much to compare to...

and a group shot with SMini and S1...


still reading? ok, here are some boring stuffs to roll your time over...

It comes in a box... (duh! Olight send me both Cool White and Neutral White)






and further "protected" by a pouch...



It's a nice pouch, and a good one to keep H1 Nova in it together with a couple of spare batteries and/or the new Olight UC cable if you are on rechargeable RCR123.

H1 Nova User Manual


remember to remove the battery insulator before use... yes, a CR123A is included in the light.


some close-up shots...










and let's finish it with a boring tint comparison...


oh, almost forgot to give you a tip... when you "double-click" to go into Turbo mode, you can "double-click" again to go back to whichever mode you were before Turbo mode, and if you are anyway like me, you will spend a good deal of time putting the light in low mode and double-clicking watching the light ramping up and ramping down... all in the name of stress testing the electronic switch.

again, it's the year 2016, if you ever wanted to get an Olight-branded headlamp, it is the H1 Nova Neutral White that you want, it is the H1 Nova Neutral White that you need, it is the H1 Nova Neutral White that you always desired... tell yourself there are no other Olight headlamps... there is one and the only Olight H1 Nova Neutral White... now... and now... you are feeling very tired... your eyes can hardly stayed open... ZZZZzzzzz 

Offline NorthernHarrier

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Re: Spoiler Review: Olight H1 Nova Headlamp
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2016, 02:36:59 AM »
Great review that provided some very useful information - I wanted to learn more about this new product.  Excellent beam shots that show the beam profile being very diffuse.  The quality and detail of your reviews and photos is the reason I did not bother to put my post on the S Mini Ti in the review sub-forum.

I have only one question, though: if and when I buy a H1, do you think I should get the neutral tint version or the cool white version?  ;)
I went to the store to buy batteries - but they weren't included, so I had to buy them again.  -- Steven Wright

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Re: Spoiler Review: Olight H1 Nova Headlamp
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2016, 05:50:47 AM »
I have only one question, though: if and when I buy a H1, do you think I should get the neutral tint version or the cool white version?  ;)
Definitely the neutral tint version.  ;D

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Re: Spoiler Review: Olight H1 Nova Headlamp
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2016, 03:02:12 PM »
Just concluded a low-mode (2-lumen) runtime test with the Cool White version using a fresh Olight CR123A Primary battery:


Starting Voltage: 3.24V
Ending Voltage: 2.17V
Runtime: ~8.9 days


Manufacturer claims 15 days...  :o

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Re: Spoiler Review: Olight H1 Nova Headlamp
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2016, 12:25:34 PM »
testing a small headband mod for quick attach and detach...

the original headband


cut away the loop and glue a small neodymium magnet


H1 Nova clip just snapped on to the magnet...


mod works for S Mini too...

and easy 360 rotation for S Mini...

not suitable for Copper or heavier lights, not for running nor hiking... it's pretty secured for what I intended -- light close up task. :D


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Re: Spoiler Review: Olight H1 Nova Headlamp
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2016, 03:27:09 PM »
Nice idea!  I like it!  You could also epoxy a small magnet to the clip for an even more solid mount you could probably run and do outdoorsy stuff with.