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Skilhunt DS10 300lm review. Is it worth it in 2023?

2014
Cree XM-L2 LED
300 lm output
2400 cd intensity
1 x 16340 Li-Ion battery

The Skilhunt DS10 (DS10) released in 2014. It uses Cree XM-L2 LED, SMO reflector and 1 x 16340 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 300 lm output, 2400 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 98 m.

The DS10 flashlight provides instant illumination at the touch of a switch. This immediate response is particularly useful in emergency situations or when you need instant visibility. This light has 4 modes of lighting. The memory function is a nice feature, the light will remember the last used mode. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

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Skilhunt DS10 (DS10) specifications

BrandSkilhunt
NameDS10
TypeDS10
Rating
Rated 4/5 based on 1086 user votes.
Launch2014
Formflashlight

The DS10 flashlight enhances safety by illuminating potential hazards and improving visibility in low-light conditions.

Body

Weight47 g
Length76 mm
Body diameter22 mm
Head diameter24 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

This 47 g flashlight would generally be considered lightweight and easy to handle for most people. The length of a flashlight can also impact its balance and weight distribution. A well-balanced flashlight, where the weight is evenly distributed, can be more comfortable to hold for longer periods and reduce hand fatigue. Aluminium body of DS10 is known for its durability and strength. It offers excellent resistance to impacts, scratches, and corrosion, making it suitable for rugged outdoor use or in demanding environments.

The HAIII coating can also enhance the visual appearance of the flashlight. It offers a uniform and attractive finish, often available in different colors, giving the flashlight a sleek and professional look. The DS10 flashlight is available in black.

System

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

The emitter of DS10 manufactured by Cree, a US-based LED manufacturing company. Cree is a well-regarded LED manufacturer known for its high-quality products and innovation in the lighting industry. Color temperature is a characteristic of light. It is measured in units called Kelvin (K) and is used to quantify the color appearance of light sources, particularly white light. The DS10 has a smooth reflector. The properly focused smooth reflector gives you a more cohesive hotspot and therefore throws better.

This flashlight has an AR coated lens. This Anti-Reflective coating is a thin optical coating applied to the surface of the lens to minimize reflections and improve light transmission. The DS10 utilizes electronic switch. Electronic switches on flashlights provide a range of advantages and additional features compared to mechanical switches.

Performance

Flux300 lm
Intensity2400 cd
Throw98 m
CD/LM factor8

300 lm can provide a decent amount of brightness and be suitable for many everyday tasks, it may not be sufficient for certain scenarios or individuals with specific requirements. With 2400 cd, the DS10 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 is the calculated distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. The cd/lm factor (candela-to-lumen ratio) provides information about how concentrated or focused the light output of a light source is. A higher cd/lm ratio indicates that the light is more concentrated in a specific direction, while a lower ratio indicates a more diffused or spread-out light output.

Software

Modes4 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

Modes on a flashlight refer to different output settings or levels of brightness that can be selected to suit different needs and preferences. The DS10 has mode memory. Mode memory means that the flashlight will remember the mode you were using when the light was last turned off, and when you turn it on again. The DS10 is tactical strobe ready. The strobe light is disorienting to the person it is aimed at which makes it difficult for them to concentrate.

Features

Battery1 x 16340 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationno
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticyes

The Skilhunt DS10 flashlight is powered by 1 x 16340 Li-Ion battery. The battery indicator lets you know when the battery is low, charging, or fully charged. The DS10 cannot charge batteries directly. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. This flashlight has a built-in low voltage protection (LVP) to prevent damage to the cell from over-discharge, so protected cells are not necessary.

This light does not have temperature control feature. The "8" in the IPx8 rating indicates the highest level of protection against water ingress. The DS10 is magnetic so that the flashlight can be attached to some metallic surfaces.

Accessories

Package contents2 x spare o-rings
clip
lanyard

The clip provides flexibility in how you carry your flashlight. When gripping the flashlight with the lanyard around your wrist, it provides a more secure and stable hold. Having spare O-rings allows you to replace them as needed, ensuring that the flashlight maintains its water-tight seal and remains protected from moisture or water ingress.

The performance of the Skilhunt DS10 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.

The specifications above are based on the official data published by the manufacturer, but we also take user reviews into consideration. If you found an error or something lacking in the specifications above for the Skilhunt DS10, then don’t hesite and signal the problem to us.

Skilhunt DS10 (DS10) pictures

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