Xtar H3 Warboy mini review for "newbies"

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Xtar H3 Warboy mini review for "newbies"

I want to do a short review on the Xtar H3 Warboy. I won this flashlight in a Budget Light forum giveaway which was open to any member to enter. Thankyou Xtar! Thankyou very much! I do not know the current price for this light. Apologies for low quality cellphone pictures. It arrived to my door well packaged, shipped directly from Xtar in China in I think about 2 weeks.More information on Xtar

This review will not be a typical flashaholic review but instead is a basic review for a newby to modern flashlights.
I want to compare the Xtar to an old flashlight that I found around the house. It is a –

Garrity G-tech.
I would estimate this light to be from about 1995. It takes 2 AA batteries. It is made of plastic and I am sure it was cheap to buy at the time. It has a nice grippy handle and a button to click on and off. If I was 9 years old again (which is a long time ago now) I am sure this flashlight would have been one of my most prized possessions along with a bicycle and a fishing rod. But fast forward to today and when I turn it on I think there must be something wrong with it. It really has so little light that I think the batteries must be dead. I try new batteries and get no improvement. Ok so maybe that is all it’s got. Maybe the good old days weren’t that good afterall because the Garrity ,,,, Sucks.

Now to the -
Xtar H3 Warboy.
This is a brand new model that just came out. It takes 18650 Lithium ion batteries which are commonly used in laptop battery packs. These batteries are rechargeable and can last 2000 charges and likely more. They pack a lot of power. The cost of a battery and charger will very quickly be much cheaper than constantly purchasing AA batteries. The Warboy is beautifully crafted in aluminum and is anodized which makes for a tough finish. This light with its 90 degree design is made to be used as a headlight but it also really works well in a chest pocket.
This design is also very useful to place flat on a table and angle the flashlight any way that you want by rotating the pocket clip to keep the flashlight from rolling. The pocket clip can be used on any of the 7 grooves in any direction if desired. The headstrap seems nice quality and works very well.

Of course you can still carry this light in your hand as well. This light has 4 modes. Click the button once to turn it on. It will come on in the last mode that was used – So if you were in high mode before, it will come on in high this time as well. If you want to change modes then hold the button down and the brightness level will change about every second. Then just release the button in the mode you want to use. Did I just say brightness level? Yes compared to the Garrity this light is much much much brighter even in the lowest mode. Note: camera settings are not the same in pictures below but do show the difference of the 2 lights.

In the highest mode I think the claimed 1000 lumens to my eye seems accurate.

I would think this is one of the brightest single 18650 headlight style lights that you can currently buy. It will light up a room similar to a 60 or maybe 100 watt incandescant lightbulb! Not only that but this is a high quality light. There are many lights to choose from nowdays and it is very difficult for a newby to tell a cheap light from a good one. I cannot really think of a single complaint. I reccomend the Xtar Warboy and give it 5 stars out of 5.

This is my Pussycat. I do use a flashlight to find it at night (on low setting)

This is my cat with its’ deer friends on utube

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Nice cat can, I would have named him Panda because he sure looks like one Big Smile .

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Thanks for the little review.

btw, I use my cellphone for all my BLF-pictures, the quality is way sufficient and it makes better macroshots than most big camera's

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Thanks for sharing, I think this is my next headlamp. Have you had anymore use with it? What’s your overall opinion? I really enjoy Xtar products.

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Thanks so much, greatly appreciated.

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Nice review. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for posting.

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Enjoyable review. Thanks!

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Thank for the review, do you have any other headlamp to compare it to?

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I have one of the Xtar H2’s, and I really like it. Thanks for the review on the H3, now I may have to get one of those as well…. It is nice to see a good review from a user level, you did great and put the light into a good perspective for someone new to the flashlight forums….

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Thanks for the crelant pics, it gives me a better reference now

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ReManG wrote:
I have one of the Xtar H2’s, and I really like it. Thanks for the review on the H3, now I may have to get one of those as well…. It is nice to see a good review from a user level, you did great and put the light into a good perspective for someone new to the flashlight forums….

Very well put, and i totally agree.

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can wrote:
Thanks Reman.

I was worried it was too simple of a review, but I cannot recall another simple review comparing a typical older flashlight to a really good modern light.

The cat and deer utube video now has over 90 views. That is like viral as far as I am concerned!


Ah, trying to bump up our youtube views are we! I knew there was an ulterior motive Big Smile

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Ha Ha, watched it. I think there are plans to reintroduce beavers to the uk, if they haven’t done it already. I might get to see one for myself one day.

homer

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Nice review thanks . How is PWM?

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Thanks can. nice videos

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EricE. wrote:
Nice review thanks . How is PWM?

You mean flicker frequency? It’s 31KHZ.

I am not a tech guy but why don’t you use current controlled drivers like olight?

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There is no visually detectable PWM ... You can try the old hand trick - just wave your hand in front of the flashlight . The other method is with a digital camera , just shine the light into the lens till you see purple / pink lines ... If they are solid , then no detectable PWM ... If they look like the white lines on a road , then you have detected some PWM .. Im only seeing very narrow solid lines .. So if you have a digital camera , and some flashlights , give it a try ! I wonder if the cameras sensor can see the PWM ? So might be possible to record it ?

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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First is of a flashlight with PWM , second is the H3 Warboy 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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I have noticed the ramp in brightness… You see it very easily on my runtime test… It only happens on the turbo mode though. Also my camera or eye could not detect any visible PWM.

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Im gonna ask this question in 3 reviews on H3, mine exluding :D!

So, the question is – does the thermal stepdown works on yours?

Seems like it doesnt on mine, it always stays on turbo even when the light becomes scorching hot!

Turning it down to high doesnt help either, the light still stays hot, hot, hot!!!

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Works on my H3 Warboy too. Tested it while working at home. Tailstanding next to my computer. Put it on turbo and waited for the low-voltage protection of the 3,400 mAh Keeppower to kick in. All this time I could touch and hold it without fear of burning myself. Now loving it even more!

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