Olight H1R NOVA Headlamp

Olight has their game on lately. I’ve been a fan of the brand since purchasing my first Olight back in 2009 – since that time the company has regularly introduced modern lights, well-made, at reasonable prices.

The H1R NOVA is the latest introduction from Olight and it combines several desirable features: built-in charging of the included RCR 3.7V Olight cell; very small form factor along with a weight of less than 2 ounces (including battery); removable clip that is easy to clip to the outside of pants pockets or the bill of a cap; a head strap that turns the light into a nice headlight. All of this, and 600 lumen of very floody, white light.

Speaking of the output, here are the factory ratings for output/run time:

Level 1 – 600 lumens (180lm) – 80m (3m)
Level 2 – 180 lumens – 100 minutes
Level 3 – – 60 lumens – 5h
Level 4 – – 15 lumens – 20h
Level 5 – – 2 lumens – 6 days
Strobe – SOS mode

The light comes nicely packaged – typical for Olight



















Included in the package are the light (with clip and battery), head strap, charging cable, cloth pouch and instruction manual:



Conversion to a headlamp is easy – just slip the light into 2 flexible rubber straps:


















The light uses a beaded lens over a TIR optic to provide a very smooth, even beam. Olight claims a 72 meter distance for the beam. Maybe. At the highest setting (600 lumen) you might have some usable light out that far.


















Here’s a photo using the light to illuminate a photo – you can see the smoothness of the beam.










This light uses the same charging cable with magnetic base that several other Olights use. USB port to supply power – the magnetic base literally ‘jumps’ into position on the light. The LED on the base glows red while charging and green when charging is completed.

This is a nice little light with lots of utility. It is available from multiple sources including the Olight Web Store for less than $70

Dan M

Love firearms and flashlights – and they go well together. I’ve been admiring and writing about quality flashlights for about 9 years…built my own integrating sphere….done a few mods. Proof positive that a 59 year old can still love toys!


  • Phillip Cooper

    Had me interested right up to the point it requires a special cable to charge.

    • Marc

      Not real keen on the 90 degree lens either.

      • Phillip Cooper

        That was one of the things I liked.
        Guess I’ll have to go bu that Rofis TR20 , which I now see has gone from $60 to $80.

      • Without the 90 degree lens it would be worthless as a headlamp.

        Anyways doesn’t look like it would be easy to adjust. Many people that use headlamps also use them with gloves.

    • Michael Lubrecht

      You can use a conventional charger – just take the battery out.

  • Preacher

    Do it without USB – 18650 Battery instead of their own
    and as last an least: Finaly bring in this type of angled lamp with some Red-Filter to slide infront the main LED (like the old Petzl Tactikka´s).

    If you done so, just wait for the thousands of customers like me who are looking for exactly that simple configuration … which is still not available… Because “tactical” light´s make so much sense if they are white light only …

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      Zebralight has several 18650 headlamps. Floody and spot. Red filter can be a piece of acetate that costs 10 cents.

      • Preacher

        Thank´s for the try – wished Zebralight would got the model everybody is looking for. But Red Filters to cap on are just bullshit: You need to transist from Red to White fast, if you only carry 1 light. And for this the best option is sliding -> because it can “mix” the colors if you just need a bit more brightness. Cap on, Screw on, Flip-Away… It´s all not practical – and this comes, because like so often: People who are using lights, are not desiging them – and reverse-ways

        • Preacher

          -> Additionaly: This is why color LEDs are useless for red light aswell. Can´t mix, and the most of the times not bright enaugh to work flawlessly in the nighttime

    • Dan M

      Can’t use an 18650 with this light, but any CR123 or RCR123 (AKA16340)

  • Swarf

    It uses a cr123 battery, so you can probably use your own charger, this is just a convenient way to do it.

    • Phillip Cooper

      There’s another reason I won’t buy it.

  • Nocternus

    Are these manufactured fro them by Zebra Light? If they aren’t Zebra Light should really think about suing them.

  • RICH

    Dan M….. Without TOYS there is not life ! ! You work your butt off all your life so you can have the things (TOYS) you enjoy ! ! Love all of the tots as long as you live. IMHO.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    I looked up this company earlier today after seeing their universal USB charger that has two magnetic discs that attach to any battery, and I’m in for that, but after also checking out this headlamp and their 900-lumen single-123A light, they have the same disadvantage my go-to light company (Fenix) is doing with their USB-rechargeable lights: a proprietary charging cable. Yes, magnetic charging cables are better, but not if they are proprietary. Until the USB standard comes out with a magnetic connector, the only USB-rechargeable electronics I’m buying are going to use the same cord I have two of in my pocket already.

    Fenix has a light that uses a regular micro-USB connector for charging, and that’s my main light right now. Their (slightly) newer offerings use a connector similar to this but smaller and on the side, which I passed on.

    I did pick up a micro-USB adapter that has a tiny male plug with a plated metal ring and a magnetic female end to retrofit a regular cable to magnetic use, and it’s pretty good, but doesn’t hold together in a pocket or while running. I managed to get it pretty good on my motorcycle handlebar phone mount with a short, stiff cable velcro-tied just right.