An overview of the Olight H15s Wave

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A really good headtorch

I have used dozens of different makes and styles of head torch over the years whether it be in military service or civilian usage. So when Olight came to me to review their latest Head Torch I was more than happy to do so, having already reviewed the Olight M18 Maverick for them.

The Olight H15S Wave is a lovely little light and, a first for me, it can be operated by, wait for it…..’Waving’ your hand in front of the lamp. Hence the name H15S Wave!

The light itself is a variable output LED sensor headlamp. Meaning that you have the choice of different power outputs, High – 250/200 Lumen, Medium – 100/85 Lumen and Low, 15/12 lumen. (Without/with diffuser) and the light is emitted by an LED. In the case of this headlamp it’s the Cree XM-L2, the same as the M18 Maverick and several other lights in the range. The ‘Piece de resistance’ is the Sensor bit for me. There are IR sensors in the lamp enabling you to turn it on and off by a Jedi wave of the hand. What’s even better is that when you turn the lamp off via said wave of  hand, 2 red IR LED emitter remain on. Very Darth Vader! So, the light is very cool but is it any good.  In a word, Yes. 

It is a very versatile little lamp that also comes equipped with a diffuser that flips over the reflector, by pressing a button, making the light good for close up. Flip up the diffuser and you get an 85m throw.  The battery pack is located on the back of the headband joined with the lamp by a coiled cable that is clipped to the elastic.  The light is powered by either the supplied 1200mAh recharchable Lithium battery pack or 4 AAA batteries, (Alkaline or NiMH). You charge the pack with the micro USB cable that comes in the box. A full charge will take aroun 4 hours.  I would have liked to have the choice of charging by mains too and by not taking the battery out as I am worried about the lugs that clip the pack closed.  There has been a lot of talk about these breaking off and rendering the light useless. To open the pack you twist the end cap and it pops open. To close you have to press down and twist at the same time, clicking it shut.

The overall build is plastic which cuts down on weight and having the battery pack on the rear and the lamp on the front distributes what weight there is nicely.  Being plastic doesn’t mean the light is delicate. Far from it, it is in fact impact resistant to 1m.  Oh and it’s waterproof too to a certain degree. That is resistant to water jets. The IPX code on the box does however have a hyphen which means that it is not a true IPX code but I believe that the light is splash resistant so it’ll be Ok in the rain.  The lamp is joined to it’s housing in a way that you can tilt it down over a 75o angle and both the battery pack and lamp pack have felt backing for comfort and added persperation proofing. 

The Cree Xm-l2 LED is housed in a very deep, textured reflector which gives this lamp a really good throw and flood. I’ll demonstrate these in my video on You Tube. Search my name and Olight H15S Wave. 

You turn the headlamp on with a single click of the big red button then click again and again to run through the sequence of High>Medium>Low>Standby. The IR sensors are turned on by default on turning the light on.  To turn the lamp on/off  wave your hand in front of the sensor.  If you want the IR sensors off press and hold the button for around 3 seconds. The light will flash to indicate deactivation. Press again for 3 seconds to reactivate.  Unlike some of the other flashlight in the Olight series this one does not have a memory so the lamp will always revert to high beam when switched off and back on. It’s a very simple interface that works well. 

 

 

I’ve read that a lot of people don’t actually like the sensor facility as it turns on and off when in close proximity to, well, anything.  I think that the sensor was put on there however for use when outdoors and not in enclosed spaces where lets face it, you can switch off the sensors. Also in the box is a spare elastic to go over the top of your head for added stability, Micro USB lead, Rechargable Lithium battery pack and the user manual

I like this light and it will be used when I am away camping and or fishing and I know it will be an asset to my kit. I will be taking the headlamp out at the weekend and making a video to accompany this review that you can find on You Tube. Search for me by name and ‘Olight H15S Wave’. My video review of the M18 Maverick is also on there. 

 



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