HAOYISHU Headlamp Flashlight review – ‘Looking forward’ to daytime brightness

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REVIEWDo you need a headlamp that offers ‘you see me’ or even brighter, ‘I see you’ lighting? Bike riders use those terms for bike lights. The HAOYISHU Headlamp Flashlight is a headlamp that does both. It offers daytime brightness if you need it. The light has 10 steady and flashing modes and sells for under twenty bucks. How’d it do in testing? The front light is where it really shines. Yes. 

What is it

The HAOYISHU Headlamp is a lightweight, rechargeable headlamp with a variety of lighting and brightness modes. 

What’s in the box

  • Headlamp
  • USB-C charging cable, 11.875” length
  • Instruction sheet

Hardware specs

  • 1200 lumen main front LED
  • 1200mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 4-8 hour run time depending on mode
  • Main front LED adjustable angle
  • IPX4 rated (protects from splashing water)
  • Weight: 4.4 oz

Design and features

  • 10 lighting modes
  • 230 degree light beam
  • 90 degree adjustment on main front LED module
  • Blue LEDs on battery module indicate charge progress and power remaining
  • Modes:
    • Main front bright white spotlight
    • White front ‘strip’ LEDs, spotlight off
    • All bright white front lights
    • Lower beam all front white lights 
    • All front white lights flashing, bright mode
    • Steady front red strip LEDs
    • Flashing red front strip LEDs
    • Rear red LEDs on steady
    • Rear white LEDs on steady
    • Alternating red and white rear LEDs flashing

Installation and setup

The unit had level 3 of 4 charge when it arrived. A forty minute charge brought the headlamp up to full capacity. The instruction sheet is not really required. By pushing the buttons on the back-facing LED/battery module one can cycle through the various lighting modes.

Testing and observations

FIT
The HAOYISHU Headlamp is comfortable to wear. It was secure and never shifted position when I took long walks or did tasks for which I needed to do lots of head movement.

BRIGHTNESS

We’ve reviewed some fire-starting-bright flashlights at The Gadgeteer. Some of those lights could ignite paper with their turbo beams! That won’t be a problem with the HAOYISHU Headlamp. Even at its bright mode there’s no concerning heat buildup at the light lens or the front assembly. But it’s plenty bright. You just won’t sunburn your forehead with it. 

You’ve seen flashing police lights on TV. The human eye sees it better than a camera does. The videos above are mainly to show the flash patterns. 

The red front and rear LEDs will be visible at night, but are not ‘daytime bright’ like the front white flash mode is. The front red LEDs and the rear red/white LEDs are not as bright as some high quality bike tail lights, but would be useful for safe night walking in a neighborhood with traffic. 

BEAM

This is the bright mode that illuminates the main forward beam and the strip white LEDs.  I’m 20 feet from the wall in each of the shed shots.

This is the main front LED only, on bright.

Here’s the low beam, which also activates the white strip LEDs.

The main front beam is primarily spotlight style vs. floodlight style. There is good, useful ‘spill’ outside of where the main beam projects but I turned my head to put the main beam on objects ahead when I took walks on neighborhood streets at night. There is plenty of spill to show you where to plant your feet as you walk or to see dogs running towards me from their yards. Yikes.

VISIBILITY TO OTHERS

The fence is about 60 feet away. 

The HAOYISHU Headlamp’s first mode is the high brightness, via the main front-facing LED lamp. It is bright enough to illuminate many feet ahead on a roadway or across a field. 

The front white flashing mode is bright enough to be seen by oncoming traffic even in daytime. I wish I could attach my HAOYISHU headlamp to my bike helmet but the front of the helmet slopes too much for the light to hold on securely. A no-brim helmet style, or a skateboarder’s helmet may be able to accommodate the HAOYISHU Headlamp. 

LIGHTING FOR TASKS
There are some tasks that don’t require bright light. I found the strip LEDs sufficient for several tasks and if the headlamp had an even lower light mode it would be useful in some settings. As a glasses wearer, there was some irritating light spill into my glasses when using the white front strip LEDs. This was solved by moving the headlamp further up my forehead.  

Note the charge indicator LEDs.

What I like

  • Nice variety of lighting modes
  • Great high brightness
  • Great front flash brightness. 
  • Great price vs. features

What I’d change

A very low light mode could be useful for situations when low light is most useful.  

Final thoughts

The HAOYISHU Headlamp is a versatile task or safety headlamp. Its variety of lighting modes and brightness levels, plus the rear-facing safety LEDs make it a great choice for work, recreation, or both. 

Price: $16.98
Where to buy: Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by HAOYISHU.

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