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Olight H15S Wave Headlamp With CREE XM-L2 LED - 250 Lumens - Uses 4 x AAA

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Hands Free Awesomeness

Look Ma! No Hands!

The H15S Wave is an advanced upgrade of Olight's first headlamp. This comfortable and tough piece of gear will stand up to the rigors of outdoor use, and offer versatility for a wide variety of applications. The H15S is rechargeable and can be done so via the included micro-usb cable, so you can charge up before you go out. If you are planning on camping, hiking, cave exploring, or just feel like having a bright light on your head, then the H15S is the "wave" to go!

Lighting Technology

Super Bright

The H15S is equipped with the latest and greatest CREE XM-L2 LED and produces an intense 250 lumens on High. While in Low mode, which emits 15 lumens, the H15S can run for up to 36 hours. Featuring three outputs that are easily accessible with the touch of a button. The light tilts 75° so you can aim at wherever your workspace is. The Wave is powered by four AAA batteries, which are housed in a battery pack that is positioned at the back of the headband for a more even weight distribution and slimmer profile.

Keep Waving

Truly Hands-Free

The Wave's gesture activation technology allows the light to be turned on and off by waving a hand in front of its infrared sensor. This allows users to access the light's brilliant beam without worry about wet, muddy, or otherwise incapacitated hands. As if that wasn't enough features to pack into a compact headlamp, Olight also included an integrated filter what can be flipped up with the touch of a button. A softer beam with the filter down is ideal for close quarters lighting, inside a tent or hovered over a map. Press the release button and the filter flips up to allow a brighter, more concentrated beam that will project farther down the path.

Note: The battery pack is opened by twisting the compartment and NOT prying it open.

  • Non-Contact Gesture activation
  • Special designed diffuser for short range lighting
  • Remote battery Pack for a more efficient weight distribution
  • Comfortable and adjustable head band can fit any head size
  • IPX-6 Water Resistant
  • 1 Meter impact resistant
  • Runs On: Li-Ion Rechargeable battery pack (Included) or 4x Alkaline/NiMH AAA batteries (AAA NOT Included)
  • Output (w/o Diffuser)/Runtime:
    • High: 250 Lumens/3 Hours
    • Medium: 100 Lumens/5.6 Hours
    • Low: 15 Lumens/36 Hours
  • Peak Beam Intensity: 1805 cd
  • Beam Distance: 85m
  • Weight: 8 oz. / 226g
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 8.5" / 21.59 cm
    • Width: 4" / 10.16 cm
    • Depth: 2" / 5.08 cm
Runtime (Hours):-35.636-
Output Modes:3+ Brightness Levels
Compatible Batteries:4 x AAA, Battery Pack
Batteries Included:Yes
Included Accessories:Batteries, USB Cable
Flashlight Usage:Headlamps
Throw Distance (Max):85m
Switch Location:Body
Product Certifications:ANSI, IPX-6
Warranty:Battery Junction 30-Day Warranty, Olight 2 Year Warranty
Return Policy:Battery Junction Return Policy
Primary Material:Plastic
Product Weight:8oz
Product Dimensions:8.5" (L) x 4" (W) x 2" (H)
Country of Origin:CN
7 Reviews
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By Reg T.
Darby, Montana
Don't waste your money
February 26, 2016
This headlamp sounds like a great idea, but there are two problems, one an annoyance, and the other a deal breaker. The annoyance factor comes in when you are wearing the light and it either turns off or turns on as you move your head near any object close enough to make the "wave" function operate. Yes, you can stop and wave your hand in front of your face again, or move your head past the object, but it is a pain in the butt.

The deal breaker is the fact that the battery compartment that has tabs which are guaranteed to break, thereby rendering the entire light useless, unless you want to use duct tape or baling wire to hold it closed (and don't mind taking it off and putting it back on again each time you change batteries). If the battery pack was rechargeable via micro USB, you could tape it closed permanently and still use it, but it isn't. After this happened with the first Wave, I was extremely careful opening and closing the battery compartment on the replacement that Battery Junction sent to me, but it was wasted effort, as BOTH tabs broke on the second one they sent, just a few minutes ago. I had both of them for less than a year, and don't even use them much because of the annoyance factor. Most of that time they sat unused in my "flashlight" drawer.

Battery Junction was nice enough to replace the lamp the first time this happened, but I don't feel right asking them to eat the cost of another Wave when it isn't their fault, so I'll just throw this in the junk drawer against the chance I can find a use for the LED in another piece of equipment or application. Save yourself the headache and buy a different headlamp.
ProsA diffuser over the white LED, a nice low output level for reading in bed next to your sleeping wife, and two small red LEDs to use when you are trying to save your night vision.
ConsA battery box that has small plastic tabs that are guaranteed to break - making the light useless - and the fact that the "wave" function will operate at times when you really don't want it to do so.
By Roy L.
San Francisco Bay Area
Solid performer, but a little too easy to shut off
August 25, 2015
This is my second purchase of this item. The first one worked well but a tiny piece of plastic broke off the power pack that made it impossible to keep closed. Aside from that failure, the functionality is fine: the multiple levels of lighting, the ability to adjust the angle of the light, and the ability to turn it on and off with a hand wave are all desirable features. However, the "wave on/off" feature is easily triggered by any obstruction that passes sufficiently close (within about a foot) of the headlamp's sensor. I find this happens quite often when working in tight spaces, such as an attic or crawl space, leaving me in the dark precisely when I need the light the most. Fortunately, the wave on/off feature can be disabled, and I find myself doing that fairly often.
Pros--Multiple light levels --Adjustable angle of lighting --Comfortable straps with easy adjustment --Solid construction (except for the battery pack closure -- see "Cons") --Ability to use either rechargeable battery pack or conventional AAA cells
Cons--"Wave on/off" sensor is too easily activated by nearby objects moving through the field of view (but can be disabled). --Power-pack closure is fragile -- the cover secures with a twist-and-snap, and the snap can break off one of the small plastic tabs that keep the cover closed. It would be better to have an external connector for charging the battery so that it need not be removed. It would be even better to have a more rugged power pack closure.
By Vern
Sandwich, Illinois
Like a real wave, this headlamp can ebb and flow.
August 2, 2015
When using it around the home when it first arrived, it seemed like a good idea. Pressing the red button on the battery pack places the headlamp is in "standby" mode. Pressing the red button on the position adjustable lamp housing turns on the white led in the low output mode. A wave of your hand in front of the lamp will extinguish the lamp. A second wave will turn it back on. Pressing the red button on the lamp housing again will extinguish the white led and turn on the two red leds for operation at night to preserve your night vision. A wave of your hand in front of the lamp housing will extinguish these lamps. A second wave will restore their operation.

It should be noted that pressing the red lamp housing button for several seconds when the red leds are on will cause them to flash S O S. When the white led is on in low mode, depressing the red lamp housing button will cause the led to go into high output mode. In high mode the wave function is disabled, so you must press the red button to turn it off. My experience with this headlamp in low mode was frustrating. Any reflective surface in relatively close proximity to the lamp housing will activate the on/off function leaving the wearer in the dark. It would be nice for the wearer to enable or disable this function as needed.

The second and more serious flaw is the design of the battery pack which holds the four AAA batteries. (The unit is not rechargeable as stated in the first description paragraph.) The battery pack cap is held in place by two rather robust lugs which engage two rather flimsy tabs on either side of the housing. The user must twist the cap to gain access to the batteries. The body of the plastic housing is too thin, so one of these tabs has broken off, which renders the headlamp useless. This is a major design flaw which compromises an otherwise decent tool. Paying $50.00 for 29 months of use is a bad investment. Unfortunately I cannot recommend this unit.
ProsProvides more than satisfactory light in all it's operating modes. Uses readily replaceable AAA batteries. Fairly comfortable to wear. The wave function is a good idea under certain situations.
ConsBattery case is designed to fail. Unable to deactivate the wave function in low or night operating modes.
By Reed
Central Kentucky
Everyone Needs One
July 19, 2015
This is the second one of these I have purchased. An extremely functional and effective light especially in power outages. Only reason it did not get 5 stars is that the wave function ( off and on ) can be somewhat irritating. Worth every penny!
By Thomas
West Warwick, RI
Great Lamp
November 9, 2014
I needed a lamp for night time fishing. This fit the bill and then some. Wanted a light that was easy to turn on and off, this light has it. With others having to turn a light on and off with dirty stinky hands well, left the light and hat/head smelling. With this a simple wave turns it on or off when needed. I could see how doing things close could cause it to turn on and off (I've used it for auto work, and yes if your too close the IR can reflect and turn off) so it may be best where your not going to turn it on and off accidentally. With that said I still recommend it, no it's not a military service grade lamp, however for the price, it's perfect. Great for night time fishing when you need it to be on and off.
ProsPrice Value Light Ease of Use
3 Questions & 3 Answers
from Indiana asked:
October 23, 2014
Does this model come with rechargeable batteries and USB cables?
1 Answer
Included with the 15S is a headband, a rechargeable lithium battery pack, and a micro-USB charging cable.
Submitted by: Customer Service on October 27, 2014

from Baltimore asked:
May 4, 2014
Is it possible to de-activate the IR "handwave" on-off if you don't want to use it?
1 Answer
There is a manual switch if you do not want to use the infrared sensor to activate light.
Submitted by: Customer Service on May 5, 2014

terrence r markey
from waukesha, wi asked:
April 5, 2014
You say it's rechargeable and then it needs 4x AAA batteries, which is it?
1 Answer
The H15S headlamp runs on both primary alkaline batteries and rechargeable NiMh batteries. The choice is yours. Included with the headlamp is a Li-ion battery pack.
Submitted by: Customer Service on April 7, 2014

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