Archon V10S 860lm In-depth review, Pros and Cons

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

The Archon V10S (V10S) 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.

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.

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Archon V10S (V10S) specifications

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Formdiving light


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

The V10S generally comfortable to hold for extended periods and easy to carry in pockets or bags. The length of the V10S flashlight can affect its portability. A shorter flashlight is generally easier to carry in a pocket, bag, or pouch, making 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 often has a matte or textured finish, which enhances grip and provides a comfortable feel in the hand. This can be particularly useful in situations where a secure grip on the flashlight is essential, such as in wet or slippery conditions. The V10S offers an impressive assortment of captivating colors: black, blue, red.


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

Cree is widely regarded as a reputable LED manufacturer and has a track record of delivering high-quality and innovative lighting solutions. Warm white light is generally considered more comfortable and less harsh on the eyes compared to cool white light. The V10S features a smooth reflector (SMO). If long-range illumination and throw distance are the primary requirements, a flashlight with a smooth reflector may be more suitable.

The AR coating of the lens helps to mitigate these reflections by altering the refractive index of the lens surface. The V10S has electronic switch. The electronic switches may have a higher likelihood of standby drain compared to mechanical switches since they require a small amount of power for operation.


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

The 860 lm output of V10S provides greater versatility, as you can adjust the brightness levels to suit different lighting needs. With 3600 cd, the V10S flashlight provides a noticeably brighter and more intense beam of light. It can illuminate objects or areas with greater clarity and visibility, even at longer distances. The throw distance refers to the maximum distance at which the flashlight can effectively illuminate an object or target. The stated throw distance typically indicates the point at which the brightness falls below a specified threshold, such as 0.25 lux. The candela per lumen (cd/lm) ratio can be used to determine if a flashlight has a spot or flood type beam. Well-focused spot beams can be over 100 cd/lm, tactical flashlights are typically between 20-100 cd/lm, and work lights are less than 10 cd/lm.


Modes2 modes
Mode memoryno
Ramping modeno

Modes on a flashlight refer to different output settings or levels of brightness that can be selected to suit different needs and preferences. The V10S has an SOS signal mode. The SOS code consists of three short signals, followed by three long signals, and then three short signals again.


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

The power source of the V10S flashlight is 1 x 18650 Li-Ion battery, providing reliable and long-lasting energy for optimal performance. Having a battery indicator on a flashlight is beneficial as it allows users to monitor the battery status and make informed decisions regarding recharging or replacing the battery. It helps prevent unexpected power failures during critical situations and ensures that the flashlight is ready for use when needed.

The V10S doesn't have charger port. A charger port is a designated connection point or interface where you can plug in a charger to recharge the flashlight's battery. When the V10S flashlight detects that the voltage of the battery has dropped to a certain threshold, it automatically reduces or cuts off the power output to prevent further discharge. This helps to preserve the battery's capacity and prevent it from reaching a critically low voltage level. Flashlights without thermal protection may be more susceptible to overheating under extreme conditions, such as prolonged high-output use or exposure to high ambient temperatures.


Package contents2 x spare o-rings

Regularly replacing worn or damaged O-rings helps maintain the overall durability and performance of the flashlight.

The performance of the Archon V10S flashlight is measured according to the ANSI / NEMA FL1 Standard 30 seconds after switching the light on. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

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