Skilhunt H300 Headlamp Review
Skilhunt has introduced the H300 a headlamp with many features of the venerable H04, but a new emitter option and improved build quality.
Official Specs and Features
Quite a few options exist for the Skilhunt H300 headlamp. First, there are two body colors, as you can see above. Black and grey (seen in this review). Secondly, there are two options with regard to what goes over the emitter. There’s a reflector version (which is technically the H300R) and the TIR version (seen in this review). And finally, with any of those configurations are available two emitters CCT options: Cool white and neutral white (seen in this review).
Just the light (any configuration) costs $65.90. There are two cells available, which bump the price to either $74.90 or $75.90.
The H300 is a clear improvement over the build quality of other Skilhunt headlamps. With that improvement, we see an increase in price too. The price increase stinks just a little bit, pushing this light into competition with some more recognized brand names. However, the package as delivered here is really quite nice. The user interface is interesting and once mastered is very usable.
The Big Table
|Emitter:||Cree XHP50.2 (Neutral White)|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$65.90|
|Turbo Runtime Graph||High Runtime Graph|
|Quiescent Current (mA):||0.04|
|Charge Port Type:||Proprietary Magnetic|
|Power off Charge Port|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||2200|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||2171 (98.7% of claim)^|
|Candela per Lumen||3.5|
|Claimed Throw (m)||141|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||770lux @ 3.161m = 7694cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||175.4 (124.4% of claim)^|
|Claimed CCT||Neutral White|
|Measured CCT Range (K)||4950-5800 Kelvin|
|Item provided for review by:||Skilhunt|
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^ Measurement disclaimer: Testing flashlights is my hobby. I use hobbyist-level equipment for testing, including some I made myself. Try not to get buried in the details of manufacturer specifications versus measurements recorded here; A certain amount of difference (say, 10 or 15%) is perfectly reasonable.
- Skilhunt H300 Headlamp
- Skilhunt 3100mAh 18650
- Charging cable (USB to proprietary magnetic)
- Nylon pouch
- Headband and headmount
- Spare o-rings
- Rubber magnet replacement
- Pocket clip
Package and Manual
Build Quality and Disassembly
As I already said above, the H300 has a better build quality than the Skilhunt H03 or H04 – both of those (or “either” of those) are headlamps you should probably already have. The H300 is better. While it’s hard to explain why that is, it’s obvious in hand. It’s just better.
The H300 does retain many of the design features of previous Skilhunt headlamps, including deep cooling fins in the back of the head.
The tailcap is easy to remove and reveals fairly short and anodized threads.
Here you can see the beefy tailcap spring, and also the magnet. The spring is removable as is the magnet. Skilhunt includes a rubber “magnet delete” for replacing that magnet. It’s a nice touch that probably 1% of users will actually use.
Size and Comps
Length 104.7mm / 4.12 inch
Head diameter 25.2mm / 0.99 inch
Body diameter 21.6mm/0.85 inch
Weight: 54g / 1.90 oz (without battery)
If the flashlight will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo). If the flashlight will tailstand, I’ll show that here, too (usually the fourth photo).
Here’s the test light with the venerable Convoy S2+. Mine’s a custom “baked” edition Nichia 219b triple. A very nice 18650 light.
And here’s the light beside my custom engraved TorchLAB BOSS 35, an 18350 light. I reviewed the aluminum version of that light in both 35 and 70 formats.
Here is the H300 along with a few other Skilhunt headlamps.
Retention and Carry
The Skilhunt H300 is primarily a headlamp, so let’s cover that first. The plastic attachment that connects to the headband has a clip in slot for the H300. It’s very easy to use.
As you can see below, there are three band slots, including one that allows an over-the-head band.
The headband is standard Skilhunt, and that’s good.
Skilhunt has very adequately covered how to build this headband, so I’ll just link their video.
The second option is, of course, the pocket clip. It’s a good clip. Flexible, and deep carry, and the fitment is very snug.
The clip can really only connect on the head end of the H300, as seen above and below. There is no groove on the tail end.
Also included is a lanyard, which attaches through this little hole in the tailcap.
Separate from the package I received was this nylon mesh pouch. I presume you’ll receive one of these with your order, but I can’t be certain – again it was packaged separately. I do like the pouch.
Finally, and as mentioned above, the tailcap has a magnet. The magnet can hold the H300 securely (and is removable.)
Power and Runtime
The Skilhunt H300 headlamp runs on a single lithium-ion cell. It’s sized for a 18650, and an appropriate cell is included.
Notably, the working voltage mentioned on the H300 product page is 2.8V to 8.4V, so you could likely run two 18350 cells in this light if you wish.
The 18650 fits into the H300 with the positive terminal toward the head, as seen below.
In case you forget that bit of information, there’s a sticker just inside the tube to help.
Here are a few runtime tests. I measure the output barely below the 2200 lumen claim. Note that the output claim is almost certainly for the cool white version, and I have here the neutral white version. It’s a bit of a surprise that the NW version essentially meets the claim of 2200 lumens. I appreciate that. I would guess the CW version has output quite higher than this!
The Skilhunt H300 also has built-in charging, just like the other H04 headlamps. This charging is by way of a magnetic charge port in the top of the light.
A proprietary cable is included. This is the same type as is used on other Skilhunt lights, so if you’ve “bought in,” you’ll be all set to use this on your other Skilhunts, too.
The charger also has a little indicator as well – while charging, the indicator is red. When complete, it’s blue.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
Pulse Width Modulation
One thing to love about these lights is the lack of PWM. No mode has even a ripple of PWM.
For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor. Also, here’s the light with the worst PWM I could find. I’m adding multiple timescales, so it’ll be easier to compare to the test light. Unfortunately, the PWM on this light is so bad that it doesn’t even work with my normal scale, which is 50 microseconds (50us). 10ms. 5ms. 2ms. 1ms. 0.5ms. 0.2ms. In a display faster than 0.2ms or so, the on/off cycle is more than one screen, so it’d just (very incorrectly) look like a flat line. I wrote more about this Ultrafire WF-602C flashlight and explained a little about PWM too.
User Interface and Operation
The Skilhunt H300 is operated by a single switch. It’s an indicating e-switch on the head. The switch has a silicone cover and is black but still translucent. It requires minimal force and has a positive, quiet actuation. If you’ve had other Skilhunt headlamps, you’ll be very comfortable with this switch.
Here’s a UI table!
|Off||Hold||Low mode (L1 or L2 memory)|
|Off||Click||Regular mode (M1, M2 or H memory)|
|Any (Except Turbo)||Double Click||Turbo (T1 or T2 memory)|
|On||Hold||Mode cycle for specific Mode (L1>L2 OR M1>M2>H OR T1>T2 OR S1>S2>S3)|
|Lockout||Click 2x||Iterate Switch locator beacon (two red blinks)|
|Lockout||Click 4x||Unlock to Low memory|
|Turbo group||Double click||Regular mode (M1, M2, or H memory)|
LED and Beam
In the Skilhunt H300 headlamp is a Cree XHP50.2 emitter. I have the TIR version, but also available is a reflector version.
LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)
The CCT here is claimed as “neutral white.” I measure this at around 5000K, which is reasonably NW. 5000K is a great CCT for general use. The CRI here is lower than I’d like to see, but that’s probably standard for a Cree XHP50.2.
These beamshots are always with the following settings: f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.
Tint vs BLF-348 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)
I keep the test flashlight on the left, and the BLF-348 reference flashlight on the right.
I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348 because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
What I like
- Great build quality
- Cell is available with the purchase
- User interface allows access to many options from off
- Working voltage up to 8.4V, so can use 18350×2 (but probably not with an output bump)
- Reflector and TIR options
- Good headband and connector
- Many carry options
What I don’t like
- Price creep from the original Skilhunt headlamps
- Proprietary magnetic charging
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