Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: klarus HR1 Plus 600 Lumens Ultra-Slim Running Headlamp, USB C Rechargeable, CREE Led Headlamp with Red Light, Great for Trail Running, Hiking, Camping, Outdoors, Hunting, Emergency Use
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I would not recommend this headlamp for any purpose. It is extremely unreliable, often failing to turn on even when the battery indicates a full charge. When it does turn on, the light immediately begins to dim itself, eventually shutting itself off completely. The entire dimming and shutting off process lasts roughly 1 minute, so the user has to push the power button to turn the light back on every minute.
Klarus was mostly unresponsive when contacted about the issues. Eventually they stated that they would replace the product at my own expense. Avoid this item and stick to more reliable, trusted brands.
While the thermo protection feature of this unit is certainly an advantage, the protection function shuts off the high beam after only a minute, even in the cold weather. I work in areas where I need a lot of light and I bought this unit specifically because of the luminosity and slim profile which fits conveniently under the face shield of my helmet. To not mention anywhere in the literature that the high beam function is only available for 60 seconds is deceptive given that the manufacturer touts the runtime of the high function as 4 hours. Maybe it is, but for only 60 seconds at a time, perfect if your only doing sprints or very short jogs. Bottom line, if your going to market a headlamp and highlight the max lumens, at least make sure it'll perform, this feels like false advertising. It does run continuously on low, 150 lumens, but that's not bright enough for what I do, and at that, why spend the extra for a low lumen headlamp when I could get a nice 150 lumen for much less, or a 400 that runs continuously.
First off, I want to say I really like this light, the form factor, the weight and options. For running, it provides a good amount of light in a distributed area, which is perfect.
That said, the low flood is flickering. I've added a video, which is hard to see as the phone camera was trying to focus, but the low flood has a consistent flicker. I'll update my review once I've returned this hopefully defective one for a new one.
Update: I received the replacement light and have now used it in a variety of conditions and have adjusted my rating to 4 stars.
First the good: * Comfortable and stays in place. Headlamps can be problematic when all of the weight is at the front * Bright. My light outperforms out all of my running group's lights, even on the lower flood setting. The light has a nice daylight quality, or tone, which improves visibility and affect on my vision. I don't like overly blue lights or yellow lights, which some LEDs fall into.
The only con * This has only happened once, on my second run at night, the button for on/off got stuck and it wasn't clear what happened, so I couldn't turn the light off until I got it home and figured out that the button was stuck.
Both of the Klarus HR1 headlamps that I ordered had multiple defects. Overall, I am quite disappointed with my order (maybe because my hopes were too high). I will be messaging the customer service shortly, and for the sake of others time (before they order them), I will tell you my experience.
1. My headlamp will only run on the 600 lumen HIGH setting for ~30 seconds before automatically dimming. I suspect this has to do with battery protection, because that the lamp gets quite hot whenever I run it on high. It's quite stupid to beep the button every 30 seconds or so when running outside. This here by itself is a deal-breaker (but wait, there's more).
2. One day after buying, I realized that the headlamp does not charge through USB-C to USB-C cables for whatever reason (the 2000 mAh model). It just won't charge with them, and I've tried multiple. Now I've had the chance to read a few other reviews, and I've figured out this is a common problem with these HR1 headlamps. This is unfortunate, because that is one of the main reasons why I bought mine, as I am trying to transition all my ancient USB-A to USB-C.
3. The light flickers when in use. Both lights (the spotlight and the flood) will periodically emit a flash that is greater than the current setting. It's relatively subtle, but there nonetheless.
2/5 stars. Works, but not better than my 19 dollar Petzl. I will update my review after I hear back from customer service (hopefully soon).
Wanted to like this headlight, as it is one of the only, if not the only USB-C Headlamps available. Now, I'm no USB-C expert, but I know that not every manufacturer is using the USB-C standard correctly. Anyways, charging using the included USB-C cable seems to work ok... but I think I will need to return this if it cannot charge using standard USB-to-C cables, the way every USB-C product does.
Design lightweight, no metal, construction plastic, (probably impact resistant). Two seperate lights, small & large. The high power mode(large light)would NOT stay on, power kept switching to the lower power mode(same light, just lower power)of the 2 modes of the large light . High mode has both of the 2 lights lit, medium dims high bulb, low mode lights only the seperate smaller light. If there is a strobe or red light, I did'nt find before I returned item because high beam won't stay on, switches to medium beam. If high beam would remain on, I'd have kept, but was unsure if this would again be the issue; returned & ordered a different brand as replacement.
This headlamp is lightweight and easy to charge. A huge drawback, at least for me, is that the light itself does not have the ability to tilt. I mainly run mountain trails and I prefer to tilt the light down towards the ground, I can't do this with this product. I also find the buttons, being separate for each of the two lights are difficult to press with gloves on. I would prefer one button that operates both lights.
Four stars. Very good product and performance. However, there is no adjustment for elevation, up or down. Also my 7 5/8 head size has the powerpack moved to the left rear quarter of my head, it needs a longer cord.
This headlamp came highly recommend so I had high hopes. It is lightweight and the battery is excellent, everything you need is in the package. My only concern is that on a couple of the lower lumens settings the light flickers. I use a few different styles of headlamps for all types of work, some of which is extremely detailed by nature and cannot afford mistakes due to flickering. I'll attempt to contact the seller and see if I'm doing something wrong or if my unit is faulty.