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    Default Review: Skilhunt H02 Headlamp with Full HD Video Review and Pictures.

    Ok, so this one took me a while. Well 2 weeks, but it's done and it marks my second Skilhunt review, with the H02 Headlamp graciously sent to me by Skilhunt for review. In the video review you'll see night footage, testing, and some nice waterfall scenery plus run time, time lapse photo series. The video is where I spent most of my time, so consider that the main review.


















    Anyway, I won't skimp on a picture review either, so here goes. The H02 is Skilhunt's entry into the 18650 sized headlamp category.














    Here are the specs for the lamp as provided by Skilhunt.




    Battery (1x) 18650, (2x) CR123 , (2x) 16340, (2x) RCR123
    Operating Voltage 3v-9v
    LED XML-2
    Color Black
    Accessories Manual, Warranty Card, o-rings, magnet replace o-ring, lanyard, clip, headband
    Length 110mm/4.33in
    Body Diameter 22.8mm/.9in
    Head Diameter 31mm/1.22in
    Weight 63g/2.2oz
    Impact Resistance 1.5m
    Water Resist Rating IPX-8
    Body Construction Type III Anodized Aluminum
    Lens Bead Surface Optic





    Here are the output ratings given by Skilhunt.






    FL1 Standard Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
    Output Lumens 820 550 280 5
    Runtime 1 hr 1 hrs 45 mins 4 hrs 120hrs








    So first up, let's go over the basics- the exterior. How does it look? Well it measures up with just about any other premium light. The anodization is perfect, as should be expected.





















    It has a beaded glass optic, that is held into place by a stainless steel bezel. One thing to not is that the beads are on the outside of the light, so it's rough to the touch. This is runs opposite to the Armytek wizard, which is smooth to the touch. Maybe the Wizard Pro has it facing inward?












    It comes with a nice clip that allows you to carry the light on your backpack or wherever.














    Inside you'll find a spring at either end that will help with shock reduction if you were to drop it.














    You can see the magnet in this photo. You can replace it with the thick black o-ring seen in the video if you want. You just need a tiny Philips screwdriver.














    The H02 has an electronic switch. It isn't sensitive enough to active in your pocket, save for a heavy jarring, but it's also easy enough to intentionally activate with your thumb. If we consider the Armytek one of the more harder electronic switches to depress, and the Sunwayman D40A an easy switch to depress, figure that it falls in the middle to the slight Armytek side of the scale.















    It fits nicely in your hand too.















    So this is the second light now that I have with a magnet in the tail cap. It works well and held firmly to a variety of metal surfaces. You can even see it picking up some rocks from the stream bed in the first photo.


















    Alright how about the modes and user interface? The user interface is the same as the Skilhunt DS line, and it's fully demonstrated in the video. It's basically four modes with mode memory, and a hidden strobe. A quick press to turn it on and scroll through the modes, and a long press to turn it off. Here is what the mode spacing looks like. I am putting them in the order they are laid out in the user interface.



















    How about let's compare it to a few other popular lights. All these lights are set to their maximum output levels.
























    And now a few closeups of the beam profile and a comparison to the Wizard Pro.















    How about runtimes?



    Level 1... This is the brightest runtime, but it only stays bright for a few minutes before stepping down to high mode. Then it stays fairly constant for two and a half hours before getting pretty dim. I shut it off about 4 hours in because it was pretty dim. Again this is shown fully in the video review.


    Level 2... Almost exactly the same as Level 1, with pretty similar runtimes except it stays a little brighter a bit longer.


    Level 3... Prrobably the best mode. It ran for well over f hours without losing much brightness. By 6 hours and 20 minutes it was probably only putting out 2 or 3 lumens.


    Level 4... The light ran 170 hours on Low mode for me, which a week and 2 hours. The ending voltage was 2.56. Light output looked to be about the same the entire time. That's quite a bit longer than Skilhunt's estimate.

    So there's a section in the video where I compare it to the Armytek, you'll have to watch the video for more on that... but here's a few pictures I took of the lights together.



















    Anyway that's about it. The light is really nice. It has zero detectable PWM- I don't think it employs even it at high frequency, because I wasn't able to detect it with the running water or fan blade method. The mode spacing is a little wonky, but it has a nice level 3 mode which gives a ton of nice bright runtime on a 18650 battery. All tests in this review were performed with a Shoshine 18650 3400 mah battery. Thanks for looking!



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    Default Re: Review: Skilhunt H02 Headlamp with Full HD Video Review and Pictures.

    Moving this to the Flashlight Reviews forum.

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    Thank you for taking the time to do this. I don't think I have ever smiled so much while watching a flashlight/headlamp video review before. Informative and funny - I'm already looking forward to your next review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swede74 View Post
    Thank you for taking the time to do this. I don't think I have ever smiled so much while watching a flashlight/headlamp video review before. Informative and funny - I'm already looking forward to your next review.
    Thanks! Sometimes I feel the jokes go unnoticed. Or maybe most people don't find them funny- I guess there's always that.


    And as a side note, I'm actually testing the runtime on Level 4 output, which has been going strong for about 5 and a half days now. This has already beat the manufacturers estimate by 12 hours already.

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    Ok, so I am finally finishing up the final piece to this review. I was not able to take a photo montage of the Level 4 output, but it lasted a little over an entire week on the lowest output level. I turned it on Tuesday of last week at 5pm and it quit just about hour ago. That's 170 hours on the lowest mode. Ending voltage was 2.56v on a Soshine 3400 mah battery.

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    Just wanted to add a brief segment I forgot to include in the original video about the low voltage warning. The light will flash 3 times every few minutes before it begins really tapering off in brightness. This happens at 3.28ish volts. The light will continue to drain the cells past this point if you let it, as evidence in my runtime tests in the video. Anyway here's a super duper short video that shows what happens.


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    Default Re: Review: Skilhunt H02 Headlamp with Full HD Video Review and Pictures.

    Awesome review,thanks for taking the time

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    Great review, very informative with clever photography. The photo with the Washington monument is awesome.
    I came to see this review after watching the Fenix HL50 review, which was included in the Fenix Store newsletter.

    I really enjoyed the humor in both videos. Not easy to be funny, but you make it look easy.

    thanks for taking the time to make these reviews!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Damon View Post
    Great review, very informative with clever photography. The photo with the Washington monument is awesome.
    I came to see this review after watching the Fenix HL50 review, which was included in the Fenix Store newsletter.

    I really enjoyed the humor in both videos. Not easy to be funny, but you make it look easy.

    thanks for taking the time to make these reviews!
    The secret is writing a script before hand, and a ton of editing! I work near the monument, so it was a spur of the moment idea I had. I wish I had a better camera to capture it a bit better, but I thought I'd include it anyway.

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    Default Re: Review: Skilhunt H02 Headlamp with Full HD Video Review and Pictures.

    Thanks for the excellent review.

    I note that on their website (which is renewed), Skilhunt have updated the flashlight, now called "H02 NEW", and have also added a version with transparent reflector "H02 R". Greeting

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    Default Re: Review: Skilhunt H02 Headlamp with Full HD Video Review and Pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by lucky1981 View Post
    Thanks for the excellent review.

    I note that on their website (which is renewed), Skilhunt have updated the flashlight, now called "H02 NEW", and have also added a version with transparent reflector "H02 R". Greeting
    Interesting. However there aren't any details about it. Looks like there's quite a few areas on the site that do not work properly.

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    Default Re: Review: Skilhunt H02 Headlamp with Full HD Video Review and Pictures.

    You're right, maybe they are updating the platform of the site. For now also missing all the specifications of the flashlights. We will see in the coming days.

    P.S. I've seen all your video review and I liked very much, congratulations!

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    And this is my very own video review on the product. It is in the Russian language:


    To get it, you can turn on the closed captions (click on the CC button in the YouTube video player) and then set up the Russian into English machine translation.

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    Default Re: Review: Skilhunt H02 Headlamp with Full HD Video Review and Pictures.

    Thanks Valerianis, you inspired me to Close Caption and improve my English subtitles on my latest video so they can be translated easily.

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