In this model, Olight combined the developments of several previous ones. Here: a) double TIR optics + built-in acc from HS2, b) IR control from vawe. Of course, any attempt to do something new (and the number of variables in flashlight building is extremely limited) is interesting. Let’s see what the Olightites succeeded and / or failed here.

Short background. The HS2 that came to my review last summer pleasantly impressed me with its small size, the ability to choose from two optics (near far both lights) and full support from any external power source with a USB output. All this largely negated the negative from the presence of PWM flicker in the lower mode. This form factor, in a way that left a positive impression, was unusual enough to be seen as more of an experiment than a starting point for future products. In the end, fertilized by the insane worldview of marketers, the gloomy genius of Chinese R&D teams released a bunch of different, for the most part obviously unviable developments. But no, I was wrong — olight decided to continue working in this direction, probably the demand showed the potential for further movement in this direction.


  • Light source — 2 Cree XP-G3 CW LEDs.
  • The life of the LEDs is 50,000 hours (about 5 years).
  • The power of the luminous flux is 500 lumens.
  • The range of the light flux is 100 meters.
  • Luminous intensity: 2,500 Candela.
  • The lens is acrylic high temperature TIR optics with wide and narrow light.
  • Power — Li-ion battery 2000 mAh 3.7 V.
  • Charging — Micro-USB port.
  • A full charge takes about 2-3 hours.
  • Digital stabilization of work in all brightness modes.
  • Indication of the charge of the battery pack — four-level light on the battery pack.
  • Number of modes — 3.
  • Management — a button on the head of the lantern and contactless — with a wave of the hand.
  • Turning on / off / switching modes — by pressing the flashlight button.
  • Lantern rotation angle 0-45°.
  • Elastic headband with reflective straps.
  • The body is aircraft-grade aluminum (type III anodized) and heavy-duty plastic Bayer model.
  • FL1 Standard shockproof (drops from a height of up to 1 meter).
  • The increased tightness of the case according to the IPX-4 standard (protection against water splashes from any direction).
  • Certified by European CE and RoHS Certification.
  • Warranty for flashlight performance — 2 years, battery pack — 1 year from the date of purchase.
  • Head dimensions: 58 mm. x 38 mm. x 24mm
  • Battery dimensions: 71 mm. x 42 mm. x 19 mm
  • Weight: 120 g.

Equipment: Olight H16 Wave flashlight, 2000 mAh battery pack, 1.5 meter micro-USB cable, elastic headband, packaging, instruction in Russian.


As with the M2T I recently got in my hand, the white packaging of the H16 came as a surprise. It seems that olight is in the process of rebranding and the usual blue-green, the color of the glow over Minas Morgul, plastic boxes are being replaced by the sterile cold conciseness of white cardboard boxes.

They are quite good. The material is textured, something that in the printing industry bears the prefix «art».

To the heap there is an expensive decoration in the form of UV varnishing.

The tear-off protective strip on top should, in theory, prevent accidental access to the contents of the box. In fact, nothing prevents you from simply opening the package from the bottom and pulling out the flashlight. But the idea itself is not bad. If the manufacturer starts to put the bottom on the glue, then everything will fall into place.

Inside there is a two-word plastic substrate, in the upper part of which the browband itself is located, and in the lower part all related parts: instructions and others. All this is neatly covered with a plastic casing.

And here is the whole set.

It’s nice to see branded even such a seemingly trifle as a charging cable.

And here is the hero of the review, the headpiece himself.

Immediately visible is an unusual pair of two TIR lenses that form high and low beam. Frankly, I do not understand the logic by which the manufacturer refused the possibility of their separate launch, in HS2 I actually liked this functionality with the ability to unexpectedly flexibly adjust the light for myself.

Under the lenses are 2 x Cree XP-G3 CW. I’ll get ahead of myself, but this CW doesn’t particularly remind me of something Cold, I’ll try to get information from the manufacturer, but externally it didn’t seem to reach 5000K. Immediately below them is visible and the only button. Since it is textured and protrudes forward, it is easy to find it with your fingers, even with thick gloves. Well, if there is no way to press it, then here (I’ll run ahead) you can use the IR sensor. Somewhere it is inconvenient (it can work during auto repair), but somewhere (in open areas) it will be just right.

Here is a view of the head unit from below. All the attributes of a product from a decent brand are present: model name, serial number. The block consists of an aluminum back and a plastic front. Despite the fact that there are 3 holes clearly visible at the back, it is impossible to unscrew the bolts because of the negligible distance between the radiator and the back, the devil knows how they were screwed there, L-shaped or something?

The cooling fins open when you tilt your head slightly forward. The head itself is fixed with a ratchet.

The headband is comfortable and naturally adjustable. Here, in general, for all non-named manufacturers, the quality of the gum is on the same level, the difference can be perhaps only in the presence of reflective strips. Here they are.

To prevent the wire from the batblock from hanging out, fasteners are provided that can be moved along the elastic band.

Well, the batblock itself. This is a plastic rectangle with a li-ion battery inside.

Of the interesting — there is a small speaker that gives a signal when discharged. See the three holes above the button? he is there. And, in fact, here is a button for you at the same time.

In addition to sound, there is also a visual indication in the form of the most traditional four diodes. The more lights on, the more charge left.

The plug of the charging connector is deep enough not to worry that a run in the rain (and the forehead is more suitable for such sports exercises) will be the last for the device.

Here, at the same time, it is clear that the occipital plate, on which the butt block is fixed, is anatomically curved for convenience.

Overall impressions are positive both in appearance and in workmanship. Well, olight is olight, one of the market leaders and you should not expect any jambs from it in the quality of manufacture.


I will copy from the product page on the website of the olight dealer in the Russian Federation.

It is actually extremely simple.

Management and use:

  • Fully charge the battery before use.
  • To turn on the flashlight, press the power button on the front of the flashlight, the light will turn on in high brightness mode. Press repeatedly to decrease the brightness mode until the flashlight turns off.

Touch control (swipe):

  • To turn on the swing mode when the flashlight is on, press and hold the power button until the light starts flashing. The flick control mode will be available for 1 second when the power button turns blue. To turn off the flashlight, wave your hand 2-6 inches (5-15 cm) in front of the flashlight, the light will turn off (standby). To turn it on, wave your hand. After 1 hour in standby mode, the flashlight will power off automatically.

Disabling touch control:

  • With the flashlight on, press and hold the power button until the light blinks and the light on the button goes out, indicating that the touch control mode is disabled.

My experience of using this headband has shown that there are not the slightest difficulties with control. There are no hidden modes and any tricks, everything is extremely simple, but without damage to the functionality.

There is no mode memory, and in this situation, it would be better if the flashlight started from low than from high. Getting 600 lum in the middle of the night is a dubious pleasure.

PWM flicker in any mode did not reveal.


As I wrote above, a cold light of 6000-6500K is declared, but in fact it is very close to neutral. I just requisitioned his blue-tinted ten-bucks monster from my father, look — there is a difference. In fact, the blue is not as blue as it is in the photo, but with one color balance, this is exactly what happened. In any case, it looks terrible up close, and most of those interested in flashlights have probably seen it.

Here, at the same time, you can see the light distribution, which is very convenient for the headband — the hotspot is present, but very blurry. It’s a pity, I repeat, that there is no way to choose 1 of the two diodes to choose from separately. However, there is enough light, see for yourself.

There is no need to talk about some kind of range here, but everything will be visible within a radius of 20-30 meters.

To assess the convenience, I used this headband when I helped my father to bead the wheels, I can say that the Mid is optimal here. This brightness of 100% is enough for all ordinary household needs, from repairs to gardening, summer cottages and cellars. Moreover, the duration of work here coincides with the declared one, 6 and a half hours — in fact, it is quite suitable. If desired, one could use low, but mid is actually more comfortable here.

Here, look. Similarly, it coincides with the declared and high.

Finally, I’ll say about the battery — 2000mah, 1A charging current — all the rules. The only thing that would be nice is to leave the same gap here as in H2S, so that you can connect, for example, an external acc directly to the head unit, thus providing yourself with sooo much autonomy.


An interesting thing, quite functional, despite its experimental appearance. In the pros — a good shade and light distribution, no PWM.

I didn’t see any obvious disadvantages here (although no, I didn’t like the lack of mode memory), rather there is some bewilderment about the reasons why the manufacturer refused to leave the predecessor functions that showed themselves on the good side here: separate control of diodes and the ability to directly plug power into the gap .

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