Video Review: Xtar Warboy H3 18650 Headlamp. Lumens, Runtimes, throw, & Comparisons w/ other headlamps.

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Video Review: Xtar Warboy H3 18650 Headlamp. Lumens, Runtimes, throw, & Comparisons w/ other headlamps.

This is probably my most data packed review to date. It took me quite a bit of time to complete by my standards- about two and a half weeks. The Xtar Warboy is kind of an awesome headlamp in the 18650 sized lights. Doing a quick google search shows me you can find it cheaper than the Armyteks, Sparks, Zebralights, etc. It isn’t cheaper than the Skilhunt, but offers features it doesn’t. Like a nice moonlight mode.

There’s a big section of the video that compares the beamshots of 6 headlamps with different types of optics. It shows tint differences, how well they throw, and shows their beam pattern. I’ll let video do the talking, because it talks a lot- sorry. I wanted it to be shorter, but I wanted to include lots of data in the beamshot section. But first here are a few bullet points that you should know about the light.

  • It only comes in a cool white.
  • No visible PWM on any mode. I can’t see it and neither does my camera. Xtar says they use a high frequency PWM, but I never would have known.
  • Over 1000 actual lumens. No joke. It uses very active thermal regulation on high to keep it a maximum of 108F
  • .4 lumen moonlight mode.
  • The anodizing is comparable to the Skilhunt H02.
  • It’s relatively affordable.
  • It comes with a clip and a headband.
  • It’s a throwy headlamp.
  • It’s my lightest 18650 headlamp at 144 grams with battery and headstrap.
  • lens size is 18.65 wide and 1.5mm thick, for people who would like to swap it out.

Xtar provided me with the Warboy H3 for review. But I promise it’s mostly objective, and contains my brand of humor. Ok without further ado, here is the video.

Edited by: mhanlen on 09/23/2015 - 04:05
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Glad to see the pup made a cameo appearance Wink

When using the light...how noticeable is the turbo temp regulation? Does it get annoying?

It's the simple things that we take for granted that cost us the most

Ευκαιρία λέει πιάσε με από το μέτωπο γιατί μόλις έχω περάσει δεν θα με πιάσειs

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can wrote:
Fantastic review as usual.
This is really a great light.
So that is how the turbo ramping works, it goes down then back up. So in a cold climate or if you held ice to it, It would probably remain on turbo.

Is that your caboose?

Not my caboose. It’s on a greenway near me. They converted a railroad track to a bicycle trail and the caboose is there for show I guess. Maybe on a cold night it would be less. I can’t say for sure until winter though.

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Glad to see the pup made a cameo appearance Wink

When using the light…how noticeable is the turbo temp regulation? Does it get annoying?

It takes about a minute or two to ramp up and down. It’s noticeable but not annoying. I feel like turbo is probably a mode most people use sparingly. I personally have never used turbo on any of my headlamps for more than a few minutes or two. I didn’t notice it until I did the test honestly. I walked for about 39 minutes making the video and never noticed it. I probably used it in 10 or less minute bursts at a time.

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way to go Grover, good job!

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The Xtar Warboy is my first headlamp ever. I won it in a GAW (on the other forum). Before that I used smaller lights with a reversed clip on my cap.
One of them the Notecore EA11. Being kind of a flashaholic I have more lights than I ever will need but this light is a fast runner up on my shortlist.
What I like about this light is the deep clip for wearing it in a chest pocket. That is almost as useful as a headband, when you’re one hand short for a job, but without the fuss of strapping it on first. This review shares my idea about its power to weight (or size) ratio: a lot of punch in a very modest package. Luckily you have the equipment to support that idea. You measured more than 1,000 lumen from this light, a did old4570 in his review.
Last but no least: your review more or less puts an end to my regret of being to late for last years group buy of the Spark SG3.

And thanks for the return of the sidekick.

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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Henk4U2 wrote:
The Xtar Warboy is my first headlamp ever. I won it in a GAW (on the other forum). Before that I used smaller lights with a reversed clip on my cap.
One of them the Notecore EA11. Being kind of a flashaholic I have more lights than I ever will need but this light is a fast runner up on my shortlist.
What I like about this light is the deep clip for wearing it in a chest pocket. That is almost as useful as a headband, when you’re one hand short for a job, but without the fuss of strapping it on first. This review shares my idea about its power to weight (or size) ratio: a lot of punch in a very modest package. Luckily you have the equipment to support that idea. You measured more than 1,000 lumen from this light, a did old4570 in his review.
Last but no least: your review more or less puts an end to my regret of being to late for last years group buy of the Spark SG3.

And thanks for the return of the sidekick.

I wouldn’t worry about missing out on the Spark headlamp. I had the SG3, but the lack of reverse polarity protection killed it- literally. I donated my SG5 to work because it has a few issues. It flickers on a few higher modes, and the runtimes for whatever reason are a fraction of what they used to be. I haven’t abused the light in any way, but I feel like those are things worth mentioning. I have had an Xtar B20 for years, and it has no problems- so I have no reason to believe the Warboy is any different. It has held up well to testing and it’s an affordable light. I wish it had NW version- but that’s no biggy. It comes down to a few basic headlamp preferences- the reflector and the tint. If those are things you don’t mind… then it’s great. I personally have no problems with the reflector. I prefer the Armytek slightly, but as you can see the Xtar has a much better throw than all the others.

Anyway, it’s a nice headlamp and it’s even better when you win one. But even at 10-20 more than the Skilhunt, the Xtar is a much better headlamp honestly.

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Good Day MHanlen & Grover 2,  Smile

 

A Very Good, Informative & Entertaining review.  Smile

 

Thank you Very Much,

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This really is a very,very good review. The comparison beamshots really give some perspective and the time lapse sequence shows whats really happening with the thermal management on the Warboy. Think i will have to get one of these when/if they come up on offer!

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saypat wrote:
way to go Grover, good job!

He did most of the editing too. Did you happen to notice the thumbs up in the UI section?

keengeorge wrote:

Good Day MHanlen & Grover 2,  Smile

 

A Very Good, Informative & Entertaining review.  Smile

 

Thank you Very Much,

George

Thanks!

mongoose wrote:
This really is a very,very good review. The comparison beamshots really give some perspective and the time lapse sequence shows whats really happening with the thermal management on the Warboy. Think i will have to get one of these when/if they come up on offer!

When I saw my runtime test for the first time I did think it was a little strange. I emailed Xtar, and saw it in olds review about the same time. And Kara from Xtar confirmed it in an email. Thanks! I was hoping to pack this review with more data than all my previous reviews. I know the beamshot section was a bit dense, but those weights in there are fully loaded headlamps with straps- although I didn’t explain it outright.

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And heads up, Gearbest is running a limited special this weekend:

http://www.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_232692.html

I ordered one in spite of the ’10-15 day’ expected shipping date.
Would have preferred a neutral white option, but otherwise it looks great.

Edit: Browser cache…seems the Gearbest deal over.
Edit 2: Back on!

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Nice review. Kind of throwy. Good regulation.

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That’s a great deal! I agree… Which it came in a better tint, but it’s a great deal nonetheless.

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Thanks for insights and for video :D!
Bought it during sale on GB, will take a while to arrive but looks like its worth it!

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No problem, hope you like it!

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Is £32.23 the regular price at Gearbest? What was the sale price? Edit; just spotted DEL’s edit Big Smile

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I’ve only seen $49.99 USD as a price.

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Wow that’s a steal!

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Excellent review.
Never seen myself as a headlamp user, but your review has definitely piqued my interest

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I really enjoyed the video.

I just can’t decide if I want to get one or not. I’m about to pull the trigger on the Solarforce L2E. It’s larger, but it takes P60 drop-ins and can run 2×18650s.

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akhyar wrote:
Excellent review. Never seen myself as a headlamp user, but your review has definitely piqued my interest

It’s a nice affordable headlamp with decent runtimes. Thanks! Headlamps are useful when camping and you need free hands… Working and you need free hands… Or biking. Despite what you see me doing with it in the video, I would much rather go for a walk with a flashlight.

keithd wrote:
I really enjoyed the video.

I just can’t decide if I want to get one or not. I’m about to pull the trigger on the Solarforce L2E. It’s larger, but it takes P60 drop-ins and can run 2×18650s.

It’s super cheap right now at that above link. Probably won’t be that price again for a while. The BLF way is to get them both! Thanks for the kind words!

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mhanlen wrote:
Despite what you see me doing with it in the video, I would much rather go for a walk with a flashlight.

Well, if you just go out and walk a dog, then yes, but for, lets say, hiking, IMHO it would be much better to use headlamp and have flashlight on your belt for occasional trail checking in the distance.

I would find it weird to walk around the city with headlamp :D!

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Did anyone measure the lens on it?
I’m asking so that you could put frosted film on one for flood and leave the other clear for a bit of throw.

Googling didn’t yield anything.

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keithd wrote:
Did anyone measure the lens on it?
I’m asking so that you could put frosted film on one for flood and leave the other clear for a bit of throw.

Googling didn’t yield anything.

I didn’t measure it. I’ll try in a day or two when I have time and see if I can the head apart.

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mhanlen wrote:
Despite what you see me doing with it in the video, I would much rather go for a walk with a flashlight.

Well, if you just go out and walk a dog, then yes, but for, lets say, hiking, IMHO it would be much better to use headlamp and have flashlight on your belt for occasional trail checking in the distance.

I would find it weird to walk around the city with headlamp :D!

Yeah luckily no one was around when I was shooting it! I agree it’s for camping and hiking mostly- that’s what I use it for. Also working on things.

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Just when I convinced myself to pull the trigger, the sale ended. Sad

It’s $49 now. I’d take it at $30, at nearly $50, nope.

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The sale ended really fast Big Smile
Guys, would you recommend this light for night running?

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johny723 wrote:
The sale ended really fast Big Smile
Guys, would you recommend this light for night running?

Doh, i missed it again Sad

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johny723 wrote:
The sale ended really fast Big Smile Guys, would you recommend this light for night running?

So I jumped up and down outside, and it stayed in place pretty well. It does have a slight bounce to the rubber holder in the front but the light does not pivot, so the beam stays where you put it. I think it would probably be ok.

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Please tell me you have an affiliate link on your website. You sold this to me.

Guilty pleasure, all things nitecore…

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Woknblues wrote:
Please tell me you have an affiliate link on your website. You sold this to me.

I’m sorta slow with the affiliate stuff, but I just updated the post, and included a link. There’s one here too, if you’d like me to get credit for it.

http://www.banggood.com/XTAR-H3-WARBOY-CREE-XM-L2-U3-1000-Lumens-5modes-LED-Heahlight-p-996151.html?p=2U2815210157201306BD

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It’s up for sale again at gb. Between this review and that price it’s pretty unmissable Smile

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Gah! I was going to get the Lumintop SD75, but there’s several other lower-cost lights I want to get. If I don’t get that one, I can get this one… Decisions, decisions….

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