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Looking for the floodiest headlamp flashlight

Hi all,

I’m looking for a nice floody headlamp. One use that I can think of is being able to stand it on its end on an outside table at night, to light up the table when it’s dark.

Do such things exist? Are the Zebralight ones with frosted lenses good enough for this?

I am really keen on the Olight H2R but I think the beam may be too narrow.

Thank you!

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There are few fenix headlamps which have removable reflector.
Or zerbalights with “W” at the end.
Olight wont be to narrow, but I dont think its tail with two charge pins is safety decision (imagine that you outside table will be covered with small layer of rain etc.)

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The benchmark headlight at BLF is the Skilhunt H03. It has a very nice even floody beam and a nice range of outputs. In neutral white it is very pleasant, tail-stands nicely, and I believe it has a magnet on the end as well.

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On a Zebralight, “w” means 4500K color temperature. “F” means frosted lens (more floody). A model with a 3-digic numeric portion not ending in 0, e.g. H603w means no reflector at all, which is extremely floody.

So OP may be looking for the H604d, H604w or H604c, which are 5000K, 4500K and 4000K respectively. The d and c have a higher color rendering index, which I generally recommend.

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yes I can be wrong with numbers and letters…

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Zulumoose wrote:
The benchmark headlight at BLF is the Skilhunt H03. It has a very nice even floody beam and a nice range of outputs. In neutral white it is very pleasant, tail-stands nicely, and I believe it has a magnet on the end as well.

Thank you, this actually looks perfect. Great price, too. Am I right in thinking that the H03R will have a wider, floodier beam than the TIR lens of the H03?

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hcanning wrote:
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The benchmark headlight at BLF is the Skilhunt H03. It has a very nice even floody beam and a nice range of outputs. In neutral white it is very pleasant, tail-stands nicely, and I believe it has a magnet on the end as well.

Thank you, this actually looks perfect. Great price, too. Am I right in thinking that the H03R will have a wider, floodier beam than the TIR lens of the H03?

The dimpled TIR lens is designed for even flood. the reflector version will have a more concentrated beam for distance, and there is an H03F which has both options selectable by a rotating lens cover.

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Zulumoose wrote:
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The benchmark headlight at BLF is the Skilhunt H03. It has a very nice even floody beam and a nice range of outputs. In neutral white it is very pleasant, tail-stands nicely, and I believe it has a magnet on the end as well.

Thank you, this actually looks perfect. Great price, too. Am I right in thinking that the H03R will have a wider, floodier beam than the TIR lens of the H03?

The dimpled TIR lens is designed for even flood. the reflector version will have a more concentrated beam for distance, and there is an H03F which has both options selectable by a rotating lens cover.

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Thanks. Sorry if I’m being stupid but I can’t quite work out which one will be better for closer-range flood? I won’t be using it much for distance work.

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Thanks. Sorry if I’m being stupid but I can’t quite work out which one will be better for closer-range flood? I won’t be using it much for distance work.

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Floodiest? Convoy S2+ with a headband would be near the top of my list. With a diffuser.
Though it’s probably too floody for your use.

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I have a Zebralight H604C.

It’s a mule. Meaning the LED is right below the lens with no reflector. Doesn’t get floodier than that. It also makes quite a nice headlight: around 1800 lumens max of 4500K High CRI light with beautiful tint.

Downside is it might be a bit too floody for use lighting up a camping table. Especially when the thermal sensor starts dropping the output.

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For a budget option, maybe the Boruit EHL0628 headlamp, then replace with a floody lens (easy to replace)? Max is around 500-600 lumens only though.

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buy both a skillhunt H03 nw and one of these

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/58827

I have both and am happy to suggest …both

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I went for the H03 a couple months ago and have been very happy with it.

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I went for the H03 a couple months ago and have been very happy with it.

If you stand it on its end and place it on a table in a darkened room, does it provide a “decent” spread of light across the table?

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I think so, as others have noted it’s very floody with the tir lens and it has plenty of modes to choose from. 1200 lumens is a good amount of output.

The magnet in the tailcap is pretty handy too, I’ve taken advantage of that a few times.

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If you stand it on its end and place it on a table in a darkened room, does it provide a “decent” spread of light across the table?

Leave it on its side pointed at the ceiling and the whole room will have decent light, without even using highest mode.
A tube light with tail-stand ability is even better for this, because the hot part will not be touching anything.
Inside a room ceiling bounce will give the best light.

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Zulumoose wrote:
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If you stand it on its end and place it on a table in a darkened room, does it provide a “decent” spread of light across the table?

Leave it on its side pointed at the ceiling and the whole room will have decent light, without even using highest mode.
A tube light with tail-stand ability is even better for this, because the hot part will not be touching anything.
Inside a room ceiling bounce will give the best light.

I want to use it outdoors though Smile

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What Zulumoose wrote was my first thought as well, but I figured your were asking in the context of outdoor use.

Not sure of your frame of reference, but if you haven’t used an 18650-powered flashlight before, the amount of light they can put out may be a shocker. One of the lower modes will easily light up a table.

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hcanning, I’ve got a Armytek Wizard Pro 2300lm if interested?

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Skilhunt h03 TIR in neutral white for sure.

It’s plenty floody and the spread is beautiful. I’ve started using one of these for compass map night navigation, it’s fantastic.

You absolutely cannot go wrong unless you’re planning to run with it on your head. Then you need something smaller.

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have been seriously considering an h03 to run with.
no good? too heavy?

thanks.

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rondohatten wrote:
have been seriously considering an h03 to run with.
no good? too heavy?

thanks.

Depends how smooth a runner you are. I think it is the perfect road running light, I just don’t use it because I prefer to keep it good and not to get the headband all sweaty, I use a cheaper but heavier light for running, and find it almost as good, it just has a cooler tint and the flood is not as smooth.

I run with this

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I have an armytek wizard pro warm, I have been using one daily for years. I have worn it out, armytek has replaced it. And even sent me the upgraded model. I recently bought a new one with magnetic charge base.
They are amazing. I have even snorkeled with it on. Very nice beam. You may find it for about $70. https://www.armytek.com/products/flashlights/multi-flashlights/armytek-w...

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Acebeam H15 is floodier and much brighter than the Skilhunt H03. The Olight H2R Nova older batch has good tint but not as floody (recent batch is very ugly green). Armytek Wizards have some of the best looking tint on average and good flood but not as floody as H15, but Wizards have a very premium feel.

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You can run Dc-fix on anything and get pure flood….All flood is simple

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thanks for the info.
im certainly not a smooth runner, and run trails.
a cool tint doesnt work for me; makes it hard to see
the variations in the terrain.
ive seen some candidates, but im too cheap to
shell out for them.

thanks again. will continue to mull.

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rondohatten wrote:
thanks for the info.
im certainly not a smooth runner, and run trails.
a cool tint doesnt work for me; makes it hard to see
the variations in the terrain.
ive seen some candidates, but im too cheap to
shell out for them.

thanks again. will continue to mull.

For trail running or orienteering I recommend nitecore nu20 CRI. If you need long duration though you’ll need something bigger / replaceable cells.

I use the h03 for long distance stuff where I’m mostly walking

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SKV89 wrote:
The Olight H2R Nova older batch has good tint but not as floody (recent batch is very ugly green).

Really? Mine I believe is the newer, with upgraded tail cap (safe), and it has a very decent tint. I got the neutral model.
The tail cap has been upgraded, like said above, to address safety concerns. I never had an issue
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+1 on the SH H03 very floody and decent price point, good light, tail stands or magnetic tail. can also double as right angle backpack light with the clip.

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hcanning wrote:
Zulumoose wrote:
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If you stand it on its end and place it on a table in a darkened room, does it provide a “decent” spread of light across the table?

Leave it on its side pointed at the ceiling and the whole room will have decent light, without even using highest mode.
A tube light with tail-stand ability is even better for this, because the hot part will not be touching anything.
Inside a room ceiling bounce will give the best light.

I want to use it outdoors though Smile


How exactly is this going to work? If you stand it up outside, it is not going to light up anything. You need to bounce it off something or use a diffuser.

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