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Skilhunt DS15 flashlight review

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

The Skilhunt DS15 flashlight was released in 2015. 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.

Curious if this Skilhunt flashlight is great? Keep reading to find out!

Table of Contents

  • Skilhunt DS15 specifications
    • Body, materials, weight, colors
    • System, LED, lens, reflector
    • Performance, flux, intensity, throw
    • Software, user interface, modes
    • Features, battery, protections
    • Accessories, package contents
  • Conclusion, pros and cons
  • Photos

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Skilhunt DS15 / DS15

The DS15 flashlight is a key tool in many situations. It's used for everyday tasks, outdoor adventures, emergencies, and professional work. 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.

Skilhunt DS15 specifications

BrandSkilhunt
NameDS15
TypeDS15
Rating
Rated 3 / 5 based on 1444 user votes.
Launch2015
Formflashlight

The DS15 flashlight enhances safety. It illuminates hazards and improves visibility in low light.

Body, materials, weight, colors

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

The flashlight weighs 47 g. It is lightweight and easy to handle for most people. The length of a flashlight can affect how it feels in your hand and how you can grip and maneuver it. The aluminium body of the DS15 has a reputation for being durable and strong. It offers excellent resistance to impacts, scratches, and corrosion. Flashlight makers widely use HAIII coating. It is durable, resists corrosion, and improves grip. It also looks good. The DS15 flashlight is available in black.

Skilhunt DS15 / 1

System, LED, lens, reflector

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

Cree is a US-based LED manufacturer. It is well-regarded for its high-quality products and innovation in lighting. Color temperature is a characteristic of light. It is used to quantify the color appearance of light sources. The DS15 has a smooth reflector. The right reflector focuses light well. It gives you a better hotspot, and it throws better. The coating is thin and applied to the lens surface. It cuts reflections and boosts light transmission. The flashlight has electronic switches. They have many benefits and extra features compared to mechanical switches.

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

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. The DS15 flashlight has 2400 cd. It provides a much brighter and more intense beam. The throw is the distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. The cd/lm factor is the candela-to-lumen ratio. It shows how concentrated a light source's output is.

Software, user interface, modes

Modes4 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences. The flashlight has mode memory. It remembers the mode you were using when the light was last turned off. It stays in that mode when you turn it on again. You can use Strobe for signaling purposes. It can also be used for self-defense or to attract attention in emergency situations.

Features, battery, protections

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

The Skilhunt DS15 flashlight is powered by 1 x 16340 Li-Ion battery. The DS15 cannot charge batteries. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. This flashlight has built-in low voltage protection (LVP). It prevents damage from over-discharge, so it doesn't need protected cells. This light does not have temperature control feature. The "8" in the IPx8 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress. The DS15 flashlight has a magnetic feature. It lets it securely attach to metal surfaces.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents2 x spare o-rings
clip
lanyard

The clip is useful to keep the light secured in your pocket. Securing the flashlight with a lanyard frees up your hands for other tasks. It keeps the flashlight within reach. Replacing worn or damaged O-rings helps a lot. It keeps up the flashlight's durability and performance.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the DS15 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 Skilhunt 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.

Pros

  • lightweight
  • aluminium body
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • low-voltage protection
  • waterproof
  • magnetic
  • clip

Cons

  • cool light
  • moderated performance
  • low intensity
  • no battery indicator
  • no built-in charger
  • no thermal regulation
  • no auxiliary LEDs

Photos

Skilhunt DS15 / DS15 photo 1.
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Skilhunt DS15 / DS15

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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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