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Olight H1 Nova The Best Headlamp You Can Get

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The great folks at Olight contacted me to see if I wanted to review two new lights by them. I did an unboxing and first thoughts video Here. Today will be focused on the Olight H1 Nova.

After a few weeks of testing On the lights, I am ready to share my thoughts on the Olight H1 Nova Headlamp. 

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Olight H1 Nova Features

  • 500 Lumen max output using CREE XM-L2 LED (NW/CW) paired with bead lens, creating clearly divided focus, floodlight with a smooth transition
  • Powered by CR123A (included) or RCR123A (16340) rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Magnetic tail cap allows it to be attached to any ferrous surface for hands-free work when being used as a standard light
  • Low profile silicone switch located on the head of the headlamp for easy location and operation

The Good 

There is so much good about the Olight H1 Nova. Let’s start with the most important factor of a headlamp. The almighty lumens. 

This headlamp packs an amazing 500 lumens max mode. 500 lumens. Let that sink in. That much light coming from a light that’s only 2.3inches long. And it weighs 1.7 ounces. 

The Olight H1 Nova has five brightness settings. 2 lumens on the lowest, that last for 15 days. The 500 lumens  last for 3 minutes at full power then tapers down in brightness for 170 minutes to 180 lumens. 

The headband is soft and comfortable. I have had some headlamps that are scratchy. There is just no reason to have an uncomfortable headband. 

The Olight H1 Nova comes with a high quality carrying case, extra o-rings, and a clip. With the clip, you can transform the headlamp into a pocket flashlight. 

The headlamp is IPX-8 certified. At this time IPX-8 is the highest level of waterproof and dust resistance. The Olight H1 Nova is completely waterproof. 

The Bad

There is not much bad about the Olight H1 Nova. The silicone strap that attaches the light to the headband could be a failure point. 

It could get weakened if you take the light in and out many times. Or get snagged on something. Even though I doubt it since it is very low profile. 


In conclusion, I can say without a doubt that the Olight H1 Nova is the best headlamp I have ever owned. It has all the features that I want in a headlamp. 

For me, brightness will always be the most important feature on a light. The brighter the better. More light is always the solution. With 500 lumens on max, it is way brighter than everything else I have owned. 

This is my pick for the headlamp you need to have. I’m in love with it  and so will you be. 

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