When you think of a headlamp, you probably picture something pretty cut and dry—a lamp you wear on your head. But with a sophisticated enough design, it can be much more than that. Olight's new H1R Nova is a solid example of this. It takes a proven design and puts a new angle on it, offering more versatility as a powerful task light with plenty of carry options for up-close, hands-free work.
Two distinct features set the H1R apart from traditional lights. Up front is its angled head, packing a Cree XM-L2 emitter that can push out up to 600 lumens. Paired with a TIR bead lens, it gives off a floody beam useful for area illumination. With the included clip and magnetic tail, the H1R also won't get stuck with permanent forehead duty—now you have options for clipping it onto a pocket or bag, or mounting it onto surfaces for better lighting angles.
And then there's the H1R's charging cable. With the same width as the light itself, it's a compact way to keep its RCR123A battery charged, so you don't have to lug a bulky charger around everywhere to top up. A magnetic connection also keeps the light and cable safe from accidental tugs or yanks that could damage either.
Olight's H1R Nova gives you an everyday light that's more than a hunk of metal sticking out from your forehead. Pick one up in the tint of your choice from the Amazon link below.
Sometimes, to make something even greater, you have to make it smaller. The Olight S1 Baton is still one of the best everyday carry lights around, but even great things can be improved. As you can see with the new S Mini Baton, small improvements can make the biggest difference.
At first glance, you might say the S Mini looks just like an S1 that got a haircut (and you'd be right). The S Mini is 0.25” shorter than its predecessor, which also makes it lighter at 1.11 oz (from 1.6 oz).
Smaller and lighter doesn't mean less powerful, however, as the S Mini improves on the S1 in both output and runtime. Now it can put out a maximum of 550 lumens, along with four levels and a runtime of up to 30 days.
And it doesn't fix what isn't broken, either. The S Mini still makes use of a CR123A battery and floody TIR optics, retains an IPX8 water resistance rating, and comes with a clip for ease of everyday carry. There's also something for the collectors, as the light comes in six finishes of exotic materials, from rainbow anodized titanium to red copper.
The biggest surprises can come from the smallest packages. Pick up the next generation of the Baton in your choice of finish from the Amazon link below. Just try not to lose it, OK?
Do you have a common battery flashlight in your EDC or go bag? Why not? In times of emergency it may well be the light that sees you through the night, thanks to batteries that pack ample storage and can be easily purchased. Olight's been making a lot of waves with their products in recent years, and the S2A is their latest offering that covers your AA bases.
Using its included 2 x AA lithium batteries, the S2A puts its XM-L2 LED to good use. This includes a firefly mode of 0.5 lumens for 50 days of runtime or a high-powered turbo output of 550 lumens. With that kind of runtime and power along with TIR optics that produce a balanced beam suited for general applications, the S2A becomes useful even as your main EDC light.
It uses 6061-T6 aluminum alloy for its body, with a type-III anodized finish for scratch resistance. This gets paired with skin-safe silicon in one of four colors for better grip and visibility when retrieving the S2A in the dark or from your bag.
Time to add a AA-friendly light that packs a punch to your carry. Pick up the S2A in your choice of color at the link below.
Olight's i3 keychain lights have always been highly recommended by EDCers thanks to the series' solid set of features, variety of colors, and carry options to fit every preference. Even better, they're light in the pocket as well as on the wallet. So when 2016 rolls around and this EDC staple gets a bump in specs and collectibility across the board, people take notice.
For starters, the i3S-CU has well and truly broken the 100-lumen barrier of the keychain lights of yesteryear. Powered by a Cree XP-L emitter, it has three modes: 2 lumens that can keep going for 132 hours, a general-purpose 20 lumens, and a pocket-burning 180 lumens, all powered by a single AAA cell. Its body retains its classic shape, but is now made from attractive brass in a raw or polished finish. You can also carry the i3S-CU as you please with either the included tail split ring or clip, and its diminutive 2.7” length makes both options easy and discreet.
Powerful, pocketable, and pretty — all the hallmarks of an EDC classic. Pick up an i3S-CU for yourself in two finishes at the link below.
UPDATE: Congrats to Julio V, winner of this week's giveaway! Thanks to everyone who participated. This contest is now over. Stay tuned for more chances to win great gear here on Everyday Carry.
Who else loves free EDC gear? Every week or so, we'll be giving away prize packages full of interesting gear we get our hands on, or very special single item prizes for you to win.
This week, we're giving away a well-rounded setup of the most popular gear in our recent posts. Together, they boast a nice balance of tactical utility with low-profile, everyday aesthetics. With the prizes here, you'll have your bases covered: bag, pen, tool, light, and knife.
I'm going to save you the trouble of reading this review and tell you right away that the S1 is one of the best EDC lights you can buy today. Ever since its debut last year in its original black and blue aluminum design, the S1 has delivered exceptional value in performance, size, and as of Olight's latest offerings, collectibility.
If a feature-packed, inexpensive light that clocks in at an under two and a half inches sounds like a good fit for your carry, read along for my impressions and adventures with the Olight S1 Baton.