wuben h5 headlamp

Wuben H5 Headlamp Review

Wuben H5 Headlamp Review

Wuben has released the H5, a new headlamp with a twist! The H5 has two magnets, is dual-fuel (14500 and AA), and has a simple user interface.


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Wuben H5 headlamp product page.

Versions

There is only one version.

Price

Looks like this little headlamp is going for $34.99.  However, Wuben included a discount with this review copy for 20% off.  Get your Wuben H5 at wubenlight.com!  Code is ZERO20.


Short Review

The Wuben H5 is a neat little headlamp offering a bunch of good features.  Probably most importantly, it runs on both 14500 (with one cell included) and AA chemistry, a feature I look for in this size light.  The user interface is simple and the headband connector is feature-rich too!  It’s very floody, and the output is high in the CCT range, so bear those things in mind.

Long Review

The Big Table

Wuben H5 Headlamp
Emitter: Osram P9
Price in USD at publication time: $34.99 at wubenlight.com
20% off coupon: ZERO20
Cell: 1×14500
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): 0.06
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: USB-C (on cell)
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port
Claimed Lumens (lm) 400
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 358 (89.5% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 3.8
Claimed Throw (m) 73
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 140lux @ 3.141m = 1381cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 74.3 (101.8% of claim)^
Claimed CCT
Measured CCT Range (K) 6000-6800 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Wuben
All my Wuben reviews!
Wuben H5 Headlamp
Emitter: Osram P9
Price in USD at publication time: $34.99 at wubenlight.com
20% off coupon: ZERO20
Cell: 1xAA
Turbo Runtime Graph High Runtime Graph
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): 0.2
On-Board Charging? No
Claimed Lumens (lm) 250
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 232 (92.8% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 3.9
Claimed Throw (m) 73
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 103lux @ 2.974m = 911cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 60.4 (82.7% of claim)^
Claimed CCT
Measured CCT Range (K) 5700-6700 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Wuben
All my Wuben reviews!

^ Measurement disclaimer:  I am an amateur flashlight reviewer.  I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment.  I test output and such in PVC tubes!!  Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).

What’s Included

Wuben H5 headlamp what's included

  • Wuben H5 Headlamp
  • Wuben 920mAh 14500
  • Charging cable (USB to USB-C)
  • Lanyard
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Headband
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Wuben H5 headlamp box

Wuben H5 headlamp box

manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Wuben H5 headlamp

Wuben ships the H5 already attached to this headband mount.  That’s fine; this will probably mostly be used that way.  But the light does come out of this mount easily if needed.

I was able to remove only the tailcap.  The threads here are nice and beefy.  Square cut, not too long, and appropriately lubed. The tailcap has a great grip surface, too.

Wuben H5 headlamp tailcap off

Inside, the tailcap has a nice spring.

Wuben H5 headlamp tailcap off showing spring

The head end has only a button for contact, though.

Wuben H5 headlamp into cell tube

Size and Comps

Size: 72mm x 22.8mm x 23.8mm, and weighing in at 43g (without cell) or 63g with cell.

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).

Wuben H5 headlamp in hand

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.

Wuben H5 headlamp beside torchlab boss 35

Retention and Carry

Primarily the H5 should be considered a headlamp.  Yes, it’ll come off the connector fairly easily, but this is how it ships.

This connector has all manner of swivel built-in.  Wuben describes it as 360° swivel.  I didn’t test that but it seems about right.  It’s probably more, really.  The light can go in circles in at least two directions.

Wuben H5 headlamp headband connector

You can just see them peeking through the back there, but this connector also has magnets built-in.  That’s an interesting feature.  But note the connector here.  This little clip allows free adjustment over the band, and when the apparatus is in the desired place, this clip is snapped into place to lock the light down.

Wuben H5 headlamp headband connector Wuben H5 headlamp magnet Wuben H5 headlamp magnet

You can use the Wuben H5 clipped to the headband, but this loop is also plenty big to fit over something else (like a knife blade, in the photo below.)  Plenty of uses for this!

Wuben H5 headlamp clip

To remove the H5 from the connector, the tailcap must be removed.  Then the light just slides out.

Wuben H5 headlamp headband connector

One more note about this light – the tailcap also has a magnet.

Wuben H5 headlamp tailcap magnet

One nice feature that’s built into the body of the H5 is the area near the tailcap.  Those ridges allow a ratcheting-like action when twisting the light inside the connector.

Wuben H5 headlamp lanyard

Wuben H5 headlamp headband Wuben H5 headlamp headband Wuben H5 headlamp headband

The headband isn’t really too much special but it’s nice in that it’s light and thin.

Wuben H5 headlamp headband

Here’s a better look at how the little clip clips down onto the band.  You might be able to use this on a belt (for example) but it’d have to be a fairly thin belt.

Wuben H5 headlamp headband

Above I mentioned the ratcheting feature – here you can better see where those grooves go into that connector (and then the tailcap is screwed on).

Wuben H5 headlamp headband Wuben H5 headlamp headband

Finally, there’s the lanyard.  It attaches through the tailcap.

Wuben H5 headlamp lanyard

Power and Runtime

Wuben added a great feature into the H5.  That’s the ability to run on lithium-ion power or 1.5V cells too (like NiMH or primary alkaline).  They include a single 920mAh 14500, too.

Wuben H5 headlamp included 14500 cell

This is a standard button top 14500 cell.

Wuben H5 headlamp included 14500 cell

The cell is installed into the H5 in the usual direction – positive terminal toward the head.

Wuben H5 headlamp included 14500 cell installed

In case you forget that nearly standard bit of information, there’s a little icon on the tailcap.

Wuben H5 headlamp cell orientation label

Here are some runtimes.  I tested the highest two modes with both cell types.  The output is just a little below the claimed specification (but probably not significantly), but Wuben’s stated runtimes are actually quite accurate.

Wuben H5 headlamp runtime graph Wuben H5 headlamp runtime graph

The High test with an Eneloop saw some increase at 60 minutes – there’s a chance that’s real, and there’s a chance I bumped the testing kit and moved the light…  It’s small enough that I don’t think it’s worth a retest, though.  More important is 45 minutes at 240 lumens!

Wuben H5 headlamp runtime graph Wuben H5 headlamp runtime graph

Charging

While the H5 itself doesn’t have charging, the included cell does.  That’s by way of a USB-C port on the positive terminal.

Wuben H5 headlamp usb-c port on cell

Wuben includes a cell, too.  It’s USB to USB-C.

Charging looks pretty good, peaking at around 0.56A.  It requires only around two and a half hours.  When charging, there’s a red LED on the positive terminal.  When charging is complete, this switches over to green.

Wuben H5 headlamp charging graph

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps@4.2V
High 400-250 10m-1.5h 358 0.90
Med 150 3h 149 0.34
Low 50 7h 50 0.11
Moon 1 120h 1 6.13mA
Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps @1.5V
High 250 1.5h 232 1.90
Med 150 3h 148 0.90
Low 50 6h 50 0.29
Moon 1 80h 1 18.8mA

Pulse Width Modulation

There’s no PWM to be seen on the Wuben H5!

14500:

AA:

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, with is 50 microseconds (50us).  10ms5ms2ms1ms0.5ms0.2ms.  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

A single e-switch controls the whole operation of the Wuben H5.  That switch is on the “top” of the H5 (or either side, depending on how you have the light set up in the headband).

Wuben H5 headlamp e-switch

The switch is proud (domed) and has a “W” Wuben logo.  The action is fairly low and the switch is very clicky.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click On (Mode Memory)
On Click Off
On Hold Mode advance (Moon – Low- Med – High)
Off Hold Moon
Any Double-Click SOS
SOS Click Previous mode

There is no lockout.  Loosening the tailcap by any amount will mechanically lock the light.

LED and Beam

Wuben uses an Osram P9 in this tiny headlamp.  As we’ve seen with previous Wuben lights, this headlamp is intended to be very floody.

Wuben H5 headlamp emitter

It is very floody but there’s actually still a good bit of spot in the beam profile.

Wuben H5 headlamp emitter Wuben H5 headlamp emitter on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

Wuben doesn’t state the CRI or CCT of this emitter but as you can guess from above, it’s quite cool.  It’s warmer on the lower modes with an AA cell, though.

14500:

AA:

Beamshots

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.

14500:

AA:

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.

14500:

AA:

I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348 because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!

Conclusion

What I like

  • Good size
  • Headband connector is feature-packed
  • Very simple user interface
  • Runs on both 1.5V and 4.2V cell
  • Fairly low cost (including cell!)
  • Can be used without headband easily

What I don’t like

  • Cool white emitter
  • Would love a better emitter choice overall (neutral/warm, high CRI)

Notes

  • This content originally appeared at zeroair.org.  Please visit there for the best experience!
  • For flashlight-related patches, stickers, and gear, head over to PhotonPhreaks.com!
  • Use my amazon.com referral link if you’re willing to help support making more reviews like this one!
  • Please support me on Patreon!  Feeding flashlights is expensive!  And funding Fun Fund Friday even more so.  I deeply appreciate your support!
Liked it? Take a second to support zeroair on Patreon!
Become a patron at Patreon!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: