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Mini H1 projector bi-xenon versions compared

Retrofitting is a time consuming job. We believe it’s wise to invest in the best products to make your hard work give the best result possible. We’ve found out that there are a lot of misconceptions and a lack of knowledge about the different Mini H1 projectors. They have become extremely popular projectors within a few years, since their first release in 2010. Nowadays, there are a lot of different versions on the market, and of course everyone claims to have the best light output. In fact, there are pretty big differences between the performance of the different Mini H1 projectors. So it’s time to get some facts on the table, instead of only claims!

Today you can find probably more than 10 versions, names and types of the Mini H1 projector. We’ve tested the most important ones, but we will not cover them all in this post, only the most important ones.

To understand the differences in performance, it’s important to know that the reflector (the shiny metal rear of the projector) is the most significant part. The design of the reflector plays the biggest part in brightness and shape of the beam pattern. At first, all Mini H1’s look pretty much the same, but if you look closely you’ll find important differences which can make a huge difference in performance.
Method for testing: we have used the exact same camera settings on our Canon EOS 550D camera. Bulbs, ballast and power source are exactly the same. The only difference is the projector. The lux meter has been set to show the maximum measured value. We move the sensor over the entire beam pattern to make sure we measure the brightest spot. Let’s get to the test!

Mini H1 classic

This is definitely the version that you’ll find the most on the world wide web. This is the exact same design of the very first Mini H1 from 2010. This projector has been sold as version 1.0 to 5.0. There are some minor differences and updates in these versions, but the beam pattern and performance is more or less the same because they all have the exact same reflector. It is most recognizable by the side of the reflector. It has a flattened side with in the middle two round projections.

Mini H1 6.0

The 6.0 version has a completely different reflector. It consists of as it were 2 halves, a wide top half and a smaller lower half.

Test results show that this one is the best performer in terms of light output, next to the 6.1 version. The only drawback is the relatively short thread. On a lot H7 reflectors, it’s not exposed enough to tighten the nut far enough and leave enough room for the bulb spring holder. This makes it necessary to grind down the H7 fitting. (click for example).

The real 6.0 version is only available from a limited number of sellers around the world. Make sure you don’t buy the fake ones!

Mini H1 6.1

This is the latest addition to the Mini H1 family. We describe it as the best of both 5.0 and 6.0 versions. The reflector has a similar design as the 6.0, with a wider top half of the reflector. The length of the thread is a lot longer, like the classic design. As a result of that, in a lot of H7 fittings it’s not necessary to cut or grind. Another advantage of the 6.1 is the fact that halogen bulbs can be used without any modification to the bulb or projector.

Mini H1 projector Halogen bulb

We’ve compared the light output of these 3 different versions, you can see the test results here.

Conclusion

Now you know the differences between Mini H1 projectors and versions. We believe with this information, you should be able to judge for yourself and decide what’s the best choice. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us.

 

 

Comments

24 Comments

Justin

Dear Wouter,

And readers.

Exactly the problem with the 6.0 projector I’ve got, it was a bit to short. I’ve helped myselfe out with some own skills and tricks but this will do for everyone.

For the rest is the projector great (6.0) so the upgrade has to be equal to it.

Keep up the good work guys.

Retrofitlab - Wouter

Thanks Justin for the feedback!

Chuck

There is an issue with the longer threaded shaft, unless this projector is designed for a halogen H1 bulb. With a longer threaded shaft and the same taller bowl as the 6.0 you will run into issues with the hot spot alignment. Output will be diminished and as will sharpness at the cutoff line. There is really no upgrade here…..

Retrofitlab - Wouter

Chuck, did you see the measured results and the comparing GIF of the beam patterns?

There is no upgrade in light output or hotspot, it’s more or less the same as the 6.0 version. It’s a facht that a lot of customers don’t have to grind down their H7 fittings any more with this version. And most people will definitely consider that to be an upgrade in our opinion.

jv38

what about the other types, such as 3.0 and 7.0 ??

Retrofitlab - Wouter

There’s no 7.0 version so far. The Mini D2S 3.0 can be compared to some other D2S projectors, yes! We will do that in the future.

Jorge

Images 4 and 5 if we click are equal, was very keen to see the image 5 also big.

It would be nice also to see the difference of the projects without the lens but with the cutting mechanism of light.

Good explanation, nice job

Retrofitlab - Wouter

Thanks for your reply. The link is fixed so image 5 is now working also just fine.

Elliot

So just to clarify, this projector is suitable for halogen bulbs? And being bi-xenon is it suitable to replace headlights with just one bulb for both high and low beam? If so, is this done by the use of a solenoid? I’m planning on using it for a 1st gen 3000gt with 4×6 pop-up headlights.

Retrofitlab - Wouter

Yes that’s correct, H1 halogen bulbs can be mounted in the 6.1. They are Bi-xenon so indeed they can replace dual filament bulbs like H4. The high beam is activated by use of a solenoid indeed. Should work fine on the 3000GT :)

Mario V

Hello retrofit lab. I’m looking to do the retrofit to an mk5 Jetta with regular halogen h7 bulbs. Exactly like in the video, but first I’ll like to know if the 6.1 mini will allow me to use the H7 hid kit I’m running today, or if I’ll need the h1 bulbs regardless.
Not sure if you guys ship to Mexico??

Thanks
Mario V

Retrofitlab - Wouter

Hi Mario, All the Mini H1’s are using H1 bulbs. H7 bulbs will not fit. So you will need a H1 bulb.
We ship worldwide, so also to Mexico, yes. If you have any more questions, feel free to send an e-mail to info@retrofitlab.com
Thanks, Wouter @ Retrofitlab.com

MBadra

thanks for taking the time and effort for this gr8 comparison

Retrofitlab - Wouter

Thanks, you are welcome! :)

MBadra

will you add the 7.0 to your comparison any time soon ?

David

Thank you for this ! Would like to see the difference with the new 7.0 !

Manny

Dear Retrofitlab,

Doing my research and seems like you take pride in your work. Am interested in having my Cadillac DTS 2004 Deville headlights retrofit with bi-xenon projectors done, also wanna install some HID’s or LED’s whichever you guys recommend for cleaner brighter white look. I was trying to find a video for a cadillac deville to see how you guys would do it but did not come across any. Love the videos of how you guys finish the custom made product to perfection. Am all about details and finishing. Hope to hear from you guys soon.

Retrofitlab - Wouter

Thanks for your comment Manny! Replied to the e-mail you sent to us.

Cruz

Was wanting to do a retrofit in my 2003 mustang and was wondering which ones fit as far as measurements. Thanks a lot for the write up…

Retrofitlab - Wouter

The Mini H1 will fit perfectly on the Mustang, Cruz!

Luiz

Do you have any output shots of the MH1 6.1 / 7.0 with halogen bulbs? I’m planning to use ’em on my cars with halogen bulbs because I can’t retrofit HIDs here.
Is it OK to use the MH1 with halogen bulbs heavily or will it burn the bowls?
Thanks.

Stefan

Hello,

It is not recommended to use halogen bulbs in the Mini H1 projectors. These halogen bulbs will get to hot inside the projector :(

Del

Just wanted to say thank you for this, I was wondering what the difference between Gen1-5 and Gen6-7 and this answered my question, so thank you!!

Retrofitlab - Wouter

Welcome! :)


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