Never heard of Hokolite?
Well we hand’t either but we’re happy that we know the name now. Hokolite makes a variety of LED lighting products and asked us to review them.
Essential to camping the Hokolite rechargeable camping light and headlamps were of interest to us.
The Paddling Life staff recently took the Hokolite products on a multi-day camping trip in the deserts of Colorado. All products worked great and held up the the abuse of the elements and a pack of wild children. Let’s go through each one.
The COB Rechargeable Camping Light by Hokolite
After unpacking the shipping package and initially being confused that there was no Hokolite branding on the box we were pleasantly surprised to find that the light itself seemed solidly built and worked as described. It’s quite bright and has five modes to choose from.
The COB Rechargeable Camping Light also has a battery indicator and a USB port which is handy to keep your phone charged. The lights rechargeable battery lasts quite a while. We were able to use it for three nights, running continuously for multiple hours each night on its brightest setting while never going below the half way indicator.
Another feature we liked are the retractable hooks at the top. They make it very easy to hang the lantern from tents or tree branches.
One concern that our testers had was its cylindrical design. We can imagine it getting knocked over and then perhaps rolling overboard in a raft situation. And that brings up another common concern for paddlers, water. The packaging claims “Water Resistance: IP44” and while we haven’t had a chance to fully test this the solid construction and use of rubber gaskets leads us to believe this camping light would hold up just fine to use in rain and sever weather.
MSRP at $38.99
1300 Lumens 230° Wide Beam LED Headlamp Rechargeable Flashlights With Motion Sensor
Hokolite sent us two headlamps to review, both with Motion Sensor, 5 Light Modes and Waterproof. This first model, simply named the 1300 Lumens 230° Wide Beam LED Headlamp Rechargeable Flashlights With Motion Sensor is the more robust of the two with its elastic headband and waterproof rechargeable battery pack. The LED strip that provides 230 degree light is quite nice. It very much illuminates the general area around you. In a camping situation we found this to be quite useful. This model also has a spot light with an adjustable lens for those times that you need bright focused light to illuminate either something farther way (outside of the LED strips area) or something up close that you need to see every detail.
“With Motion Sensor”
Initially this seemed like a gimmick but in reality it’s pretty cool. When the motion sensor mode is activated a simple wave of the hand will turn on or off the light. Imagine that you have dirty hands from camp kitchen meal prep and you dont want to be fiddling around finding the button on your head lamp. A rase of the hand and you’ve got light. The children in the camp had hours of entertainment with this feature too.
1200 Lumens 210° Wide Beam COB Rechargeable Headlamp With Motion Sensor Grey
This second headlamp is a little different, constructed of silicone & ABS it has a lighter profile than the previous model and is more comfortable when running. The spotlight feature isn’t as bright but does do the trick. We really love the compact design. It easily stows in a pocket and is comfortable to wear.
Why haven’t we heard of Hokolite before?
According to the Hokolite website they have been in business since 2007. Although their website has no history past October 2021 and their Twitter accounts oldest Tweet is from
April 2022. Normally these would be red flags when ordering off the internet. When we contacted Hokolite about it, this is what they had to say:
“Because we belong to the factory direct sales, before the establishment of the brand Hokolite, we are also cooperating with other distributors or platforms, and we did not brand the products when we cooperated, and the brand name was not officially confirmed until last year. In the near future we will also put our own brand on the products.
We established an LED lighting factory in 2007, during which time we have been developing and producing lighting products for other major supermarkets and platforms. In 2021 we choose to sell directly to customers. That’s why all of our social platforms only started updating last year.”
We aim to provide our customers with quality, guaranteed products at affordable prices.” – Hokolite
Net net, the sample products Hokolite provided worked great and seemed to be created from quality parts. The marketing team from Hokolite has been responsive and seem like real people even though their web site and packaging might make you wonder. Their price points are excellent, especially when you compare them to something like Petzl or Princeton.
Do you have or have you used a Hokolite product? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear about your experience.
Item I ordered was supposed to be a high power spot light it is not, its was a $2 junk flashlight from China. I asked for a refund and the service person said that I have to pay for shipping for the return and they may refund it and part of my shipping. That is unacceptable, I am a consumer I am not going to go make a special trip to the UPS store, then wait in line to ship this piece of shit back to them and hope that they provide a refund.
TOTALLY Unacceptable. Will never order from this company again.
For your order, we have refunded you and apologized to you, hokolite is committed to serving every customer, and our return and exchange policy is Free shipping and return, so you don’t have to worry about paying extra shipping fees, Thank you for your understanding and look forward to your buying our products again.
For what it’s worth. I’ve been using the headlamps several times a week, even in the off season, they are great for when grilling or crawling around in the crawl space trying to figure out where the mice are getting in from. They continue to work great with no issues.