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Sofirn HS05

https://sofirnlight.com/products/sofirn-1000lm-mini-led-headlamp-hs05-lh...

Found this AA/14500 Right angle light on Parametrek Flashlights.

Anyone have one?
What is the UI like?
Is it new ?

Looks well built.

Don’t know if I want to create another account.

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New release. Here’s the only video I could find…

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That should do well.

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Here’s the manual. Sorry it got a bit crumpled in the box.

I like the light. Would prefer a 5000k tint or 4000k,but it’s nice.

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Cross-posting my initial impressions from reddit with some updates:

First impressions are good. Build quality and ano is just what you expect from sofirn – i.e. Great, especially for the money.

1000 lumens off a 14500 seems accurate, it’s very bright.


The whole kit it comes in. LH351D 6000K which won’t be to everyone’s liking, but I actually find it okay.

I paid the equivalent of USD24.40 for the whole kit, including the 14500 cell and dumb charger. As usual, sofirn presents very good value for your dollar – but price may vary based on your locality and platform you use.


Measurement of the reflector (which is a SMO) is 14mm x 8mm x 7mm. If anyone knows where I can get a TIR or OP reflector in this size I’d be grateful Smile

Size Comparison

Left to right: Convoy S2+, Skilhunt H04 RC, Sofirn HS05, Manker E03H v1, Manker E02H v1

Sofirn is slightly taller than the Manker, slightly thinner, but 3.6 grams / 0.127 oz lighter.

UI

UI is a simple standard:

  • Hold from off for eco
  • 1C turn on/off – hold to cycle modes, l/m/h
  • 2C from anywhere for turbo. Steps down somewhere between 30secs to a minute approx (my eyeball).
  • 3C from anywhere for strobe. Hold to cycle strobe/sos/etc.
  • 4C for lockout.

Compared to the Manker E03H has the superior moonlight (with 14500 I estimate the sofirn’s ‘eco’ mode is more like 2-3 lumen, maybe more), I find the HS05’s UI to be better, specifically:

  • Hold from off for eco/moonlight vs manker which goes to high.
  • 1C for off. Manker’s hold for off is what I don’t like.

However the Sofirn has mode memory. I don’t like that on this type of light in particular. I’d rather it start on low all the time.

Beamshots (excuse the low image quality)

Distance 2 meters:

Low

Med

High

Turbo

Pine trees @ 30 meters

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Wow Awesome. Thanks for the clarification. The website was misleading..

I have the Manker E03H V2 and it has better (to me) UI. Click on click off. Hold to cycle 2 brightness. Doubleclick to turbo press from off for several moon options.

This also looks like something I want to try.

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chadvone wrote:
Wow Awesome. Thanks for the clarification. The website was misleading..

I have the Manker E03H V2 and it has better (to me) UI. Click on click off. Hold to cycle 2 brightness. Doubleclick to turbo press from off for several moon options.

This also looks like something I want to try.


It’s very affordable, good value for the money, as I mentioned.

I don’t love the strap, because it’s a real fidget to get the light out in a hurry, but it’s a darn sight better than manker’s strap. Guess I’ve been spoiled by skilhunt’s strap Big Smile

If sofirn puts these out in 5000k or lower I’m sure they’d sell very well.

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darosk wrote:

It’s very affordable, good value for the money, as I mentioned.

I don’t love the strap, because it’s a real fidget to get the light out in a hurry, but it’s a darn sight better than manker’s strap. Guess I’ve been spoiled by skilhunt’s strap Big Smile

If sofirn puts these out in 5000k or lower I’m sure they’d sell very well.

Agree. I don’t like the Manker strap. Light bounces around way to much.

How are the run times on NIMH and how does it finish off a cell? Gradually or sudden?

where did you buy? Sofirn wants me to make an account.

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chadvone wrote:
darosk wrote:

It’s very affordable, good value for the money, as I mentioned.

I don’t love the strap, because it’s a real fidget to get the light out in a hurry, but it’s a darn sight better than manker’s strap. Guess I’ve been spoiled by skilhunt’s strap Big Smile

If sofirn puts these out in 5000k or lower I’m sure they’d sell very well.

Agree. I don’t like the Manker strap. Light bounces around way to much.

How are the run times on NIMH and how does it finish off a cell? Gradually or sudden?

where did you buy? Sofirn wants me to make an account.


I’ve only had it a little over a day, so haven’t had a chance to run it long yet. Been using the 14500 that’s supplied in the kit from Sofirn.
I got mine off of their Shopee store, which is a Southeast Asian e-commerce platform. If it’s not available yet in your local Amazon I guess you have to get one off their website. Shipping’s not too bad from China, I got it in under 10 days.

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darosk wrote:
chadvone wrote:
Wow Awesome. Thanks for the clarification. The website was misleading..

I have the Manker E03H V2 and it has better (to me) UI. Click on click off. Hold to cycle 2 brightness. Doubleclick to turbo press from off for several moon options.

This also looks like something I want to try.


It’s very affordable, good value for the money, as I mentioned.

I don’t love the strap, because it’s a real fidget to get the light out in a hurry, but it’s a darn sight better than manker’s strap. Guess I’ve been spoiled by skilhunt’s strap Big Smile

If sofirn puts these out in 5000k or lower I’m sure they’d sell very well.


Have you tried if there is pwm at every level?
You can put the light direct on a portable fan for detect if pwm is slow,fast or absent.
Would be very nice if Sofirn add also a ramping mode that will start always from level Eco (no memory mode)
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Except the size is there a major advantage over the SP40 ?
(It’s looks like the ui is better but no usb ?)

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Thom986 wrote:
Except the size is there a major advantage over the SP40 ? (It’s looks like the ui is better but no usb ?)

Can you imagine how many would try and charge an Alkaline AA

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Thanks, I missed this info. Thumbs Up

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Sari33 wrote:
darosk wrote:
chadvone wrote:
Wow Awesome. Thanks for the clarification. The website was misleading..

I have the Manker E03H V2 and it has better (to me) UI. Click on click off. Hold to cycle 2 brightness. Doubleclick to turbo press from off for several moon options.

This also looks like something I want to try.


It’s very affordable, good value for the money, as I mentioned.

I don’t love the strap, because it’s a real fidget to get the light out in a hurry, but it’s a darn sight better than manker’s strap. Guess I’ve been spoiled by skilhunt’s strap Big Smile

If sofirn puts these out in 5000k or lower I’m sure they’d sell very well.


Have you tried if there is pwm at every level?
You can put the light direct on a portable fan for detect if pwm is slow,fast or absent.
Would be very nice if Sofirn add also a ramping mode that will start always from level Eco (no memory mode)

Sorry I didn’t see your message earlier. I do have a room fan, I’ll give it a try tonight. PWM doesn’t affect me but I know it’s annoying for some folks.

Also, is there a way to get BLF to notify you when someone responds to your comments? Might be just me but I couldn’t find any options in the settings. Feels like the type of thing that should be a basic toggle in this day and age.

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Don’t know,usually I get auto notification on my mail after wrote on thread,but sometime it miss.
Or maybe you deleted for error the notify about this thread.
About this light,as said lack Ramping mode and sublumen,helpful to read a book,
hope they can upgrade.
Or even better would be an headlamp with emitter and lens on the center + 2 red channel.
Instead angle type,since there is already SP40

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I’ve ordered recently from Sofirn, claiming they are putting 5000k in.
While it’s nice and warmer than some other flashlights I own, I would love to see this with 4000k LH351D.
I’m ready to buy another one, once they release 4kk Smile

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Here’s my in depth review with the 6000K variant

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Just received mine today. AE shipping has improved…. Anyways really digging this little light and even though I’m normally not a fan of mode memory it seems to work here. Direct access to moon mode and three simple modes
To cycle through by holding. The 5000k LH351D isn’t as dog-farty as some, it’s even better than the recent one from Simon I installed in a fenix hm50r. But after using my 3500k LH351D TH20 for a few hours doing car work I’m reminded how much I prefer a warmer tint closer to or even below the BBL. might have to swap this with a 3500 or 4000k LH351D… or even one of these new again 219B emitters that seem to have come back around. It’ll loose a lot of turbo either way, I suppose…

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Funtastic wrote:
Here’s my in depth review with the 6000K variant

Do you detect PWM at every levels if you put the light direct on fan blade?

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buck91 wrote:
Just received mine today. AE shipping has improved…. Anyways really digging this little light and even though I’m normally not a fan of mode memory it seems to work here. Direct access to moon mode and three simple modes To cycle through by holding. The 5000k LH351D isn’t as dog-farty as some, it’s even better than the recent one from Simon I installed in a fenix hm50r. But after using my 3500k LH351D TH20 for a few hours doing car work I’m reminded how much I prefer a warmer tint closer to or even below the BBL. might have to swap this with a 3500 or 4000k LH351D… or even one of these new again 219B emitters that seem to have come back around. It’ll loose a lot of turbo either way, I suppose…

Interestingly, 5000K LH351D in HD05 is noticeably different to SC21 5000K LH351D

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Just a little update on my experiences. Been using it around the house for a while but tonight I took it out for a rainy walk down to the lake. While I do really like this little light, I must reemphasize my disappointment in the emitter. Even after driving 3 hours with “6500k” LED headlights this thing looks too far on the cool white/blue spectrum. Certainly not 6500k but far too cool for my taste. Is it 90CRI? Can’t tell with my eyes, everything just washes together though to be fair rain will do that. Ordered the 2700k for a radical alternative but I might have to get myself a 219B SW45 in this one. Just to keep the warm vs neutral theme while still improving the quality of light.

Not that a 14500 has a ton of capacity but does anybody know if you can set this keep the button light on or even breathing when the light is off? Would be a nice combination with the lock out tailcap.

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buck91 wrote:
Is it 90CRI?

The 6500 LED is not 90CRI, only the 5700K and below are high CRI.

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buck91 wrote:
Just a little update on my experiences. Been using it around the house for a while but tonight I took it out for a rainy walk down to the lake. While I do really like this little light, I must reemphasize my disappointment in the emitter. Even after driving 3 hours with “6500k” LED headlights this thing looks too far on the cool white/blue spectrum.

The 6000K version was only sold for a short time, they have since updated it to 5000K

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Mine is supposed to be 6500k… Don’t believe it is.

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Is there any plan for a group buy?

It’s already affordable but a group buy will keep us have spare money for another flashlights Big Smile

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Great Reviews and information. Sofirn is now offering these in 2 versions: 4,000 and 5,000 K. I read in an German forum that the beam profile is very floody — to an extend that the reviewer remarked he had light spots on the nose. But I don’t know which version this refers to and assume the different tints have a different beam profiles? Thanks for hints on this.

Background of the question: I absolutely hate an overly wide beam profile in headlamps (with light spots on the nose). I seem to be one of the few people who prefer less floody headlamps. My good old Zebras offer a great combination of 80 degree spill and 12 degree spot… perfect for me.

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the reviewer remarked he had light spots on the nose

He must have a really long nose lol. I found it to be perfectly fine.

Both 4000 & 5000K have exactly the same beam profile. Get the Sofirn SP40 XPL version for a longer range maybe, or even the new HS40

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> must have a really long nose

LOL. Yeah I pictured Pinocchio too, when I read that the first times in reviews. However, I have a normal nose size and suffered from those spots too with a couple of headlamps in the last year. Trustfire MC12 and Fenix HM51R are two examples (both with TIR lenses I think). Trustfire advertises a 170 degree beam as a feature on their page for the MC12.

IMHO those “170 degrees” are not such a great idea for headlamps since that is much wider than our real field of vision of roughly 120 degrees. Seems a waste of energy and runtime to me. But I don’t do close up work / mechanical repairs or use my headlamps for reading. I need them for running and hiking at night only. For running purposes 18650 lamps are too heavy / “bouncy” for me (is that an English word?) thus my interest in the HS05.

If I don’t find good alternative I will keep using my good old ZL H52w… but for some irrational reason I could really do with a new lamp! Wink

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I think this problem is more common on angle headlights than those with the classic emitter on the center l.Hope to see one small and lightweight AA or 2AAA also with plastic bodty from Sofirn with ramp and fireflies

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So… usual end of the story. I bought the lamp. And like it! Smile

I can see why a “wide” beam was mentioned in that German forum — there is a small outer reflection in the beam that is almost 180° … but it’s not strong and hard to notice. → see photo HS05 beam

Overall the beam seems a good compromise between a relatively wide spot and surrounding spill / flood.

The battery indicator turns red at about 3,75 V and starts flashing around 3.15 V which is too low for my taste. My (few) protected 14500’s shut off at 3 – 3,1 V which leaves you with close to zero warning. Still a good feature… as long as the light is green you are ok to go for a 45 min run e. g.

The modes are very good. There’s no “real” moon / sublumen mode and the 1 Lm mode feels more like 3 or even 5. But that means you can do a lot in that mode which is supposed to last for 128 hrs (14500). The “low” mode (10 Lm) is certainly enough to night-hike even in difficult terrain and 30 hrs runtime is excellent for that. The turbo mode is certainly bright … but I really won’t use any modes above medium much.

I checked with a fan and noticed no PWM on any modes. And yes. I have lamps with bad PWM and know what it looks like Wink (discovered the effect years ago in snowfall…).

Tint: I ordered the 4.000 k version. If I received the right one it seems very warm… more like 2700 and certainly warmer than my ZL H52w. But that’s no issue for me.

Strobe Modes: I know some people hate strobe modes, but I find these very reasonable. Fast Strobe – SOS – Beacon. Nice!

UI: Very good! Click on, click off with memory mode for low / medium / high — but with the option to always start with moon mode (long click) and switch to low from there (long click again) which means you never have to go over high (and kill your night sight) when you try to reach a lower mode.

Battery can be cut off with a minor twist of the tail cap. Good.

Overall nice lamp… I don’t understand the concept of 2 threads though (lamp can be dismantled at two points). This seems to make the lamp heavier than necessary (it’s heavier than some of my 18650 lamps, but you save weight on the battery of course…). The only reason I could see would be the option of a different tube. But what would that be on a 14500 / AA-lamp?

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Can anyone tell me what kind of thread HS05 has? square cut thread or diamond cut thread?
thank you.
I had this flashlight but i can’t know which kind of its thread.