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Olight Haloop review: umbrella light
Olight Haloop specifications
|Brand & Model||Olight Haloop|
|Flashlight category||Lantern / umbrella light|
|LED||Filament LEDs + LED strip|
|Max. output||600 lumens|
|Max. beam distance||30 meters|
|Max. beam intensity||260 cd|
|Review publication date||October 2022|
Olight has a pretty broad selection of lights. They make some great keychain lights such as the i3E EOS and the i1R 2 Pro. Olight also has EDC lights like the Baton series. But that’s not all… gun lights, tactical lights, high-power lights, general lamps/lanterns, and now branching out into things like knives and pens. For the most part, if it needs to be lit up, Olight has you covered. One of the things I love most about Olight is their attention to detail. Quality is generally fantastic, anodizing and machining are great… they just know how to make a solid product.
This particular model – the Olight Haloop – continues their recent trend of entering new spaces. I recently reviewed the Olight Odiance (a rechargeable work light) and purchased the Olantern Classic 2 Pro (a beautiful, traditional-looking lantern). Those were good expansions to the product line. The new Haloop is tailored for backyard and camping use. It takes the features and looks of the Olantern Classic 2 Pro and packages it in a form factor that can be clamped around a patio umbrella, mounted to a tripod, or hung from the attached hooks.
The packaging of the Haloop is pretty typical of Olight. It consists of sturdy white cardboard with a clean design – an image of the light on the front. The rear is adorned with a drawing of the Odiance and highlights of the controls and features. In the box was:
- Olight Haloop
- USB-C cable
- Binding straps
- Binding strap adapter
Flashlight in use
The Olight Haloop is billed as being, first and foremost, an “umbrella light”. And looking at the design, that is readily apparent. The body is “UFO-like” (Olight’s words, but fitting). There’s an opening in the center to fit umbrella poles (or other cylindrical objects) with diameters ranging from 20-55mm. There are rubbery, spring-tension clamps on either side that firmly grip onto whatever rod you mount it to without any manual adjustments.
One of my first reactions before reviewing the Haloop was that maybe this light wasn’t for me – I don’t have a patio umbrella anymore. But thankfully, Olight made the Haloop very flexible. There are two hooks built into the top of the light that can flip up on-demand. Those are great for hanging the Haloop from tree branches or pretty much anything you might have overhead. That’s not all though: Olight included a “binding strap adapter” and binding straps. The adapter is a sturdy plastic plug which you clamp where a pole would go in the middle. It has slots at the top for feeding straps through. The included straps have a plastic loop at one end and are made of hook-and-loop (aka Velcro) material. These are perfect for strapping the Haloop to the central hub of a pole-less umbrella or a pop-up canopy. But wait – there’s more! Even if you don’t have an umbrella to clamp the Haloop to or anything to hang it from, the binding strap adapter has a tripod mount on the bottom. The tripod mount adds all sorts of mounting options. Sadly, I can’t use it with my large tripod unless I find some sort of extension piece because the Haloop’s tripod mount is recessed a bit and my tripod has a wide mounting platform that doesn’t fit in the recess.
The Haloop has all sorts of use cases. Of course, it’s perfect for mounting to a patio umbrella or pop-up tent/canopy. It’s also great for campsites where you can hang it from a branch or other overhang. There’s the aforementioned tripod mount which means you can take it about anywhere – open areas in the backyard, or even on a tabletop with a small tripod. Heck, it would even be great for indoors lighting during power outages or off-the-grid cabins.
Build Quality, and Warranty
If you’ve seen the Olight Olantern Classic 2 Pro, you’ll instantly be able to recognize the Haloop – they’re clearly cut from the same cloth. The body of the Haloop is all metal, made from aluminum alloy plate. It’s smooth and sturdy. It comes in your choice of three colors: Black, Clay Beige, and Forest Green. I received the Forest Green model and it pairs nicely with my green Olantern Classic. The lens on the bottom is protected by a wire cage.
Olight says the ingress rating is IPX5 and should be “rain proof”. They’ve given the Haloop an impact rating of 0.8 meters.
- Within 30 days of purchase: Contact the original seller for repair or replacement.
- Within 2 years of purchase: Contact Olight for repair or replacement.
LED, Lens, Bezel, Beam, and Reflector
As is typical of Olight, there’s no word on exactly what LEDs are at play here. Like many other aspects of Haloop, the LED setup is very reminiscent of the Olantern Classic. There are 6 LED filaments that Olight describes as “orange” and a ring of LED strips behind a diffuser that Olight calls “white”. The single control knob allows you to steplessly ramp the brightness of the warm LED filaments before those give way to the neutral LEDs which also ramp smoothly.
Using my Opple Light Master, I took the following measurements at 1 meter:
White Light, High:
- CCT: 5027K
- CRI: 82.8 Ra
- DUV: +0.0023
Orange Light, High:
- CCT: 1895K
- CRI: 92.7 Ra
- DUV: +0.0060
Dimensions and size comparison
Flashlight size comparison with its competition
Group 1: Olight Olantern Classic 2 Pro, Olight Haloop
Group 2: Sofirn BLF LT1, Olight Haloop
Driver & User Interface:
There’s no mention of the driver, so I can’t say for sure what’s under the hood, but if I could venture an opinion, it’s probably a constant-current buck driver since the battery output is 4.2 volts.
The UI is as simple as it gets. No modes, no clicking, nada. Turn the knob clockwise to make it brighter or counterclockwise to make it dimmer.
Available modes: Infinitely variable brightness with dual tint: Orange Light and White Light
Available blinky modes: none
- Turn the rotary switch clockwise: Turns on in Orange light Low mode
- Turn the rotary switch clockwise: Increases brightness from low to high in Orange Light mode
- Turning the rotary switch further transitions to the White Light Low mode. Continuing to turn the switch will stop at White Light High mode
- Turn the rotary switch counterclockwise: Decreases brightness
- Turn the rotary switch fully counterclockwise: Turns off
Low voltage warning:
- There are 4 blue LEDs to the left of the rotary knob that display the battery state. It remains on for 5 seconds after rotating the knob.
Additional info on the UI:
- The UI is as simple as can be, and that’s a great thing. I could hand this to my 3 year old and he’d have no problem operating it.
Batteries & Charging
The Olight Haloop has built-in batteries. Olight actually provides quite a bit of detail about what’s inside: there’s four 18500 batteries, 2200 mAh each. They’re wired up 1S4P for 8800mAh at 3.6V for 31.68Wh.
Charging is taken care of via the USB-C port behind a dust plug to the right of the rotary knob. Olight says the charging speed is 18 watts and charge time is 3.5 hours when used with a USB adapter of at least 18 watts. When hooked up to my 33W USB-PD adapter, I saw a charge rate of 18.5 watts. My USB tester says that charging stopped at 5 hours and 26 minutes. My guess is that the Haloop charged like some other Olight’s I’ve observed – it’s nearly done at the stated time and will indicate that it’s done charging. But it continues to trickle charge to top up the battery if you leave it on the charger for longer.
The USB-C port also serves as a power bank that you can use to charge your phone or other devices. Unlike the Olantern Classic, there’s no USB-A port here.
I typically measure lumens with my lumen tube that has been calibrated with a Maukka light. But due to the massive emitting area of the Haloop, it wouldn’t fit in my tube. So I switched over to using the Ceiling Bounce app in a small white location. I would call the readings very close, and considering that they line up well with Olight’s claim, I think they’re a good representation.
The Haloop steps down a couple of times throughout the runtime. Olight calls these out very clearly on the specs table.
|Mode||Specs||Lumens @turn on||Lumens @30 sec||Lumens @10 minutes|
|White, Low||200 lm||216||216||–|
|White, High||600 lm||572||572||556|
|Orange, Low||10 lm||8||8||–|
|Orange, High||200 lm||173||173||173|
- N/A (couldn’t test due to internal battery)
Battery Life: Runtime graphs
The White Light test went pretty much according to spec. The Orange Light test kept on going and going.
|Mode||Specified runtime||Measured runtime (ANSI)||Time till shut off|
|White, Low||11 hr||–||–|
|White, High||8 hr 30 min||9 hr 7 min||9 hr 45 min|
|Orange, Low||180 hr||–||–|
|Orange, High||14 hr||25 hr 29 min||25 hr 29 min|
ANSI FL1 standards: The runtime is measured until the light drops to 10% of its initial output (30 seconds after turning on). This does not mean that the flashlight is not usable anymore. The last column shows how long the light actually works till it shuts off. If there is a + symbol, it means that the test was stopped at that particular point, but the light was actually still running. This happens on certain occasions, with certain drivers, firmware, or batteries.
Peak beam intensity and beam distance measurements
Olight provided distance numbers (in meters) for throw in each mode, but only provided one candela number, which lines up with white light high mode. Because of how low the throw numbers are, I measured at 1 meter away instead of the usual 5 or 10 meters.
|White, Low||20 meters||–||–||–|
|White, High||260 cd / 30 meters||200 cd||28||31|
|Orange, Low||2 meters||–||–||–|
|Orange, High||10 meters||20 cd||9||10|
Overall, the throw numbers seem relatively close. Honestly, I’m not sure how useful a “throw” figure is for a lamp like the Haloop.
Extra info: Peak beam distance according to ANSI FL1 standards: The calculated value of distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. (0.25 lux is about the brightness of a full moon shining on an object).
Beam shots are in the edge of some woods and were taken at 10 m using a Pixel 7. Camera settings were: ƒ/1.85, 1/30 second exposure, and ISO 2844.
Beamshots of the following flashlights compared:
- Olight Haloop, White Light mode
- Olight Haloop, Orange Light mode
Disclaimer: This flashlight was sent to me for review at no cost by Olight. I have not been paid to review, nor have I been holding back on problems or defects.
- Beautiful, classy design
- Several mounting/usage options
- Great fit and finish
- Stable, regulated output
- Super simple UI (rotary knob)
- Dual-tint output
- USB-C charging
- Power bank feature
- Recessed tripod mount limits tripod compatibility
Explanation on star ratings:
1: Avoid: a match would be a better choice – 2: Poor: significant defect or issues; almost unusable – 3: Average: some defects or issues; but still usable 4: Good: recommended (minor issues) – 5: Great: highly recommended
5 stars: ★★★★★
When I first saw the Olight Haloop, I thought: “a patio umbrella light? not for me!” (since I don’t have a patio umbrella). But boy was I wrong. The Haloop is much more than that. The Olight Haloop is essentially a super-flexible hanging lantern with great dual-tint output, long runtimes, and excellent build quality. The Haloop is the perfect companion for backyard events, camping trips, power outages, and off-the-grid excursions.