Skilhunt H200 18650 Charging Headlamp Review

Skilhunt H200 18650 Charging Headlamp Review

The Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp uses a Nichia 519a emitter. Seen here in 4500K, it’s available with other options, too! Now with a new user interface!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp product page.

Versions

Three body colors are available: orange, green, and black. Those are available with two emitter choices: Cree XP-L2 HD in 6500K, as well as a Nichia 519a emitter. That Nichia option is broken down even further into 4500K (seen here) and 3000K options. Two kits are available too, and they vary only in that an 18650 is included (or not).

Price

Pricing on the Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp starts at $59.90 but based on the options you select, it might go up to $75.90. Nichia and with 18650 are the most costly. The package as seen here is $73.90.


What’s Included

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp what's included

  • Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp 
  • Skilhunt 3500mAh 18650
  • Charging cable (USB to proprietary magnetic)
  • Headband and headmount
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Pocket clip
  • Lanyard
  • Rubber magnet blank (replacement)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

First is the user manual for this new version. I’m adding the user manual for the old version so you can most easily compare the user interface since the user interface is the major difference here!

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp manual

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp

This “H” series from Skilhunt is fairly familiar by now. For example, the H300R is just about the same light with just one emitter. I like that one a lot (in fact I love Skilhunt lights in general). The H150 is another “H” option too – a 14500/AA light with just one emitter.

This one gets a new user interface, but that will be covered more later. For now, it’s just about the build and parts and things!

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp emitters visible

As seen in some of these photos – I have all three emitter options and all body colors. Those are with the old user interface but the bodies are the same as far as I can tell!

And to not have a TON of repetitive photo editing, photos like this will be reused. The data is what’s important. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp three body colors

The tailcap has a big spring as well as a strong magnet. These threads are quite smooth, too.

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp tailcap threads and magnet and spring

There’s a spring in the head, too.

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp dual springs

We could talk about the brand name change from Skilhunt to Eskte; I still don’t know why they needed to do that! “Skillhunt” works just fine for me and plenty of perfectly reasonable reasons for not switching to ESKTE were brought up. But that’s what Skilhunt did, so here we are. I will say, in this post, I’ll freely refer to this as the Skilhunt H200, because there’s clear Skilhunt branding on this light. When the change is complete I suppose I’ll start calling the brand “ESKTE.”

Size and Comps

103.7mm x 23.5mm x 23.5mm and 49g without the cell.

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp on a two dollar bill

If the flashlight will headstand, I’ll show it here (usually the third photo). If the flashlight will tailstand, I’ll also show that (usually in the fourth photo).

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp in hand

Here’s the test light with the venerable Convoy S2+. The version you see below is a custom Convoy S2+ host that’s been laser engraved by GadgetConnections.com. I did a full post on an engraved orange host right here! Or just go straight to GadgetConnections.com to buy your Convoy S2+ now!

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp

Also above is the light beside a TorchLAB BOSS 35, an 18350 light. I reviewed the aluminum version of that light in both 35 and 70 formats. I also reviewed that specific edition, the “Oveready BOSS FT Collector Vintage Brass” 35. I love it!

Retention and Carry

The Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp is primarily a headlamp, so let’s cover that first. The headband is standard Skilhunt, and that’s good.

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp headband

The plastic attachment that connects to the headband has a clip-in slot for the H200. It’s very easy to use.

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp in headband mount with pocket clip

As you can see below, there are three band slots, including one that allows an over-the-head band.

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp back of headband mount

Skilhunt has 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 (despite being a two-way clip?). Flexible, and deep carry, and the fitment is very snug.

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp pocket clip

It’ll go on the head or tail but the best option is the tail, as seen below.

Also included is a lanyard, which attaches through this little hole in the tailcap.

You can use the lanyard while the Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp is in the headmout, too! I don’t know why you would but…

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp lanyard installed

Skilhunt also (separately) included these mesh bags. I think you’d get one of these with an order, but mine did ship outside the flashlight box!

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp with mesh baggie

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp 4500K on mesh

The removable magnet in the tailcap is also perfectly sufficient to hold the H200 (but not pictured!).

Power and Runtime

The Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp runs on a single lithium-ion cell. It’s sized for a 18650 and an appropriate cell is included.

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp with included 18650 cell

 

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp with included 18650 cell

The 18650 fits into the H200 with the positive terminal toward the head, as seen below. Unlike some other 18650 Skilhunts, this one has a max voltage of 4.2V, so no doubling cells in here!

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp with cell installed

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp cell direction sticker

Here are a few runtime tests. I wouldn’t say there’s anything super surprising here. Output is very stable once a stepdown has happened, and low voltage protection is observed. There’s also a low voltage warning in the indicating e-switch.

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp runtime graph

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp runtime graph

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp runtime graph

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp runtime graph

The switch also indicates the power level upon turning the H200 on. The indication it gives indicates the power level as follows:

Blue constant: 100-80% power
Blue blinking: 80-50% power
Red constant: 50-20% power
Red blinking: 20-0% power

This is the runtime with the highest output of the secondary emitter. The performance is approximately the same as how the driver for the two white emitters works. That’s good! I’m not calibrated for red so this is only an approximation of output, but you can see the driver performance, anyway.

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp red runtime

Charging

The Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp also has built-in charging, just like other “H” Skilhunt headlamps. This charging is by way of a magnetic charge port at the top of the light.

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp

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. This is the “MC-20” version charging cable

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp charging graph

The charger also has a little indicator as well – while charging, the indicator is red. When complete, it’s blue. Again, the shot below is the black body, but the charger works the same way for both.

You might think that the MC-20 charges this 18650 too fast – faster than you probably usually charge your 18650 cells. But this is a 3500mAh cell, so even charging at 2A is just barely over 0.5C (where “C” is charging current/capacity, or 1.91/3.5). That is to say, the max measured of 1.91A is around 0.55C. Around 1C is often regarded as the “faster side” of charging and 0.5C is regarded as “extends cell life” charging rate (the slower rate). So don’t worry!

I would LOVE for Skilhunt to upgrade the H200 to use the same charging as the new EC200 (which I love!). USB-C on the H200 would be a welcome change!

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
T1 1100-330-110 1m/180m/30m 1070 (0s)
995 (30s)
4.94
T2 580-330-110 5m/175m/30m 532 (0s)
500 (30s)
1.84
H1 330-110 185m/30m 292 0.82
M1 110 10.5h 99 0.25
M2 33 30h 29.5 0.08
L1 3.5 100h 2.4 0.02
L2 0.5 0.3 [low]
R1 (Turbo) 135 250m [140] 0.56
R2 (High) 30 23h  [31] 0.10
R3 (Med) 7 65h  [7.1] 0.03
R4 (Low) 1.5  [1.6] 0.02

Pulse Width Modulation

One thing to love about these lights is the lack 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 H200 18650 charging headlamp 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.

Skilhunt H200 warm white headlamp e-switch detail

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp e-switch in action

The user interface could be a bit daunting, but it’s very straightforward when you get used to it. It’s also very logical and provides access to low from off, which is as close to a requirement from a user interface as I have.

Here’s a UI table! Note that this user interface is nearly the same as other Skilhunt lights with a switch that looks like this but there’s the wrinkle of that red emitter. Even though this H200 doesn’t get the USB-C charging of the new EC200, it does get the great user interface!

State Action Result
Off Hold Low (Mode memory between L1 and L2)
L1 or L2 Hold Iterate between L1 and L2
L1 or L2 Click + Hold Main group (mode memory)
L1 or L2 Click 2x No result
Off Long hold (2s) Memory between L1 and L2 then R4 (specifically R4, not just “red group” or “red memory”)
Off Click 4x Lockout (Three blinks of main emitters to confirm)
Lockout Click 4x Unlock to Low group (Mode memory between L1 or L2)
Lockout Click 2x Iterate lockout indicator^
Lockout Hold Momentary Output (Appears to be approximately L1)
L1/L2 or Red Group Click Off
Off Click On in “Main Group” (Mode memory between M2/M1/H)
Main Group Hold Mode advance (M2 > M1 > H)
Main Group Click Off
L1/L2 or Main Group 2 clicks + hold Mode memory Red Group
Main Group or Off Click 2x Turbo Group (Mode memory between T1 and T2)
T1/T2 Hold Iterate between T1 (higher) and T2 (lower) output
T1/T2 Click Off
T1/T2 Click 2x Main Group (memory output)
Main Group, Off, or Turbo Group Click 3x Strobe Group (with memory)
Strobe Group Click 3x Previous Group (T1/T2 or M2/M1/H, depending on how you accessed Strobe Group)^^
Strobe Group Click 2x^^^ Strobe Advance (S1 > S2 > S3)†
Strobe Group Hold No result
Strobe Group 2 clicks + hold Red strobe group
Red Strobe Group Click 2x Red Strobe Advance (S1 > S2 > S3)† (same strobes, just red)

^ The lockout indicator blinks a red switch every 2-3 seconds.

^^ Aside from just general mode memory (which you know I don’t like) this seems to me to be the only place where you may need to immediately remember what mode you were in so you have the experience you expect. However, the difference is getting the two highest white outputs or the three main white outputs – it won’t be that dramatic even if you don’t remember. Also note that if you access the strobe group from off, triple-clicking will not return it to off. For continuity, it should! If you access the strobe from an off-state, a triple-click sends the light to the Main group!
^^^ Seems like the strobe group is the only group that isn’t advanced by a hold. Since there’s no hold anywhere else into or out of Strobe, I am not sure why that user interface continuity wasn’t maintained here.
† Strobes are like this:

S1: Disorienting strobe (turbo, ish)
S2: SOS (main white, some mid-High output)
S3: Simple blinking

It’s not really covered in the UI table, but the switch does indicate the power level. It does this for around 5 seconds after you turn the light on. The indicators are as follows:

Blue steady: 100-80%
Blue blinking: 80-50%
Red steady: 50-20%
Red blinking: 20-0%

LED and Beam

To achieve the High CRI claim, Skilhunt has used a Nichia 519a and it’s rated at 4500K. The light uses a triple TIR (I do not know if it’s a standard Carclo optic).

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp emitter array

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp emitters on

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp emitters on

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp emitters on

If you’re interested in comparing the new H200 directly to the new EC200, I’ll note that the red from the H200 is not quite as bright as that from the EC200.

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp emitters on

LED Color Report (CRI and CCT)

The CCT is around what Skilhunt states – warmer than, but around 4500K. CRI is very high, at around 96.

As usual, the red is too intense for testing.

Beamshots

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure. These photos are taken at floor level and the beam hits the ceiling around 9 feet away.

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!

Summary and Conclusion

I love the emitter, the body color, the user interface, that there’s a red secondary emitter, the levels – everything. I don’t love the proprietary charging but you don’t even have to use that! You can charge the cell in a bay charger. The Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp is a great light, particularly with this new user interface!

The Big Table

Skilhunt H200 18650 charging headlamp
Emitter: (High CRI)
Price in USD at publication time: $73.90
Cell: 1×18650
Runtime Graphs
LVP? Yes
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (mA): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary Magnetic
Charge Graph
Power off Charge Port with cell: all modes
without cell or tailcap: all modes except T1
Claimed Lumens (lm) 1100
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 995 (90.5% of claim)^
Candela per Lumen 2.06
Claimed Throw (m) 93
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 137lux @ 4.422m = 2679cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 103.5 (111.3% of claim)^
Claimed CCT 4500
Measured CCT Range (K) 4300-4500 Kelvin
Item provided for review by: Skilhunt
All my Skilhunt reviews!

^ 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.

What I like

  • Great build quality
  • New user interface (matches EC200!)
  • Cell is available with the purchase
  • User interface allows access to many options from off
  • Good headband and connector
  • Many carry options
  • Many (3) emitter options!

What I don’t like

  • Price creep from the original Skilhunt headlamps
  • Proprietary magnetic charging (but the cell can still charge in slot chargers!)

Notes

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