Archon V10S diving light review

Cree XM-L2 U2 LED
860 lm output
3600 cd intensity
1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery

The Archon V10S diving light released in 2016. It uses Cree XM-L2 U2 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this diving light provides up to 860 lm output, 3600 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 120 m.

Want to find out if the Archon V10S is good? Keep reading to know!

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The content of this article reflects our own experiences and viewpoints. We aim to offer insights on a topic, and we hope others find it helpful and motivating. Additionally, we make every effort to provide accurate and comprehensive coverage. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications for the Archon V10S, then tell us.

Archon V10S / V10S

This light has 2 modes of lighting. Without mode memory, each time you turn on the V10S, it will start from the default or first mode in the sequence.

Archon V10S specifications

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Formdiving light

Archon V10S / 1

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight116.4 g
Length137.7 mm
Head diameter29 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish

The V10S is generally comfortable to hold for a long time. It is also easy to carry in pockets or bags. A smaller flashlight is easier to carry in a pocket, bag, or pouch. This makes it more convenient for everyday use or when you're on the go. Aluminium is a lightweight material, which is beneficial for V10S flashlight. The HAIII coating is often matte or textured. This finish improves grip and feels nice in the hand. The V10S offers an impressive assortment of captivating colors: black, blue, red.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

EmitterCree XM-L2 U2 LED
Color temperature6500 K
Lenstoughtened AR coated glass
Switchelectronic side

Cree is widely regarded as a reputable LED manufacturer. Warm, white light is generally more comfortable. It's also less harsh on the eyes than cool, white light. If you need long-range light, get a flashlight with a smooth reflector. It will have more throw distance. The AR coating of the lens helps to reduce these reflections. It does this by changing the lens surface's refractive index. The electronic switches may have a higher chance of standby drain.

Archon V10S / 5

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux860 lm
Intensity3600 cd
Throw120 m
CD/LM factor4.19

The 860 lm output of V10S provides great flexibility. You can adjust the brightness to fit different needs. The V10S flashlight has 3600 cd. It provides a much brighter and more intense beam. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. Candela per lumen (cd/lm) measures a flashlight's beam intensity. It compares this to its total luminous flux or output.

Archon V10S / 2

Software, user interface, modes

Modes2 modes
Mode memoryno
Ramping modeno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences. The SOS flashes Morse code so you can signal for help when needed.

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Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
Thermal regulationno
Protectiondepth 60 meters

The V10S flashlight's power source is 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery. It provides reliable, long-lasting energy for top performance. The battery indicator lets you know when the battery is low, charging, or fully charged. The V10S doesn't have charger port. LVP (Low Voltage Protection) is designed to protect the battery. It stops over-discharging, which can reduce battery life or cause permanent damage. This flashlight doesn't have built-in temperature control.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents2 x spare o-rings

When using spare O-rings, follow the maker's instructions. Use their guidelines for proper installation.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the V10S flashlight 30 seconds after switching on the light. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

Conclusion, pros and cons

This Archon flashlight, like any other, has its strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a close look at both sides to understand this flashlight better. I share my thoughts on its standout features and the parts that might need improvement. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions, and you might have a different perspective.


  • lightweight
  • aluminium body
  • body color options
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • multiple modes
  • SOS/beacon function
  • battery indicator
  • low-voltage protection


  • cool light
  • low intensity
  • no mode memory
  • no built-in charger
  • no thermal regulation
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic


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David Hagon
I love bushcraft and flashlights. I find joy in mastering wilderness survival skills and exploring the realm of illuminating gadgets. Bushcraft isn't just fun, it's a learning journey. I form a strong bond with nature. It's more than a hobby, it enriches me in practical and spiritual ways.
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