Review: Skilhunt DS10 (1x) 16340 Light With Full Runtimes and Full Video Review

mhanlen

mhanlen

Enlightened
Joined
Jul 14, 2013
Messages
494
Location
Eastern USA


Hey everyone. This is a video/picture review of the Skilhunt DS10 EDC flashlight. About 2 weeks ago they sent me this light and the H02 headlamp for review, so after a ton of work here is the first of two reviews.




14232073298_ac0a57f4d1_c.jpg
14418667395_a624f39be6_c.jpg








The DS10 is the smallest light in Skilhunt's new EDC line of flashlights. The DS10 accepts 16340, CR123, or RCR123 batteries and has an operating voltage of 2-4.2 volts. For all my tests I used a Keepower 16340 700 mah protected battery.



14417533014_86cb668c9e_c.jpg






Here are some of the specs for the light, as provided by Skilhunt.




Skilhunt DS10 Specs
Battery
1x CR123, RCR123, 16340
Operating Voltage
2v-4.2v
LED
XML-2
Color
Black
Accessories
Manual, Warranty Card, o-rings, magnet replace o-ring, lanyard, clip
Optional Accessories
Headband
Length
76mm/2.99in
Body Diameter
24mm/.94in
Head Diameter
22mm/.86in
Weight 47g/1.65oz
Impact Resistance1.5m
Water Resist RatingIPX-8
Body ConstructionType III Anodized Aluminum
LensCoated Glass






And here are the lumen ratings, I pulled from the operation manual.



FL1 Standard
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Output Lumens
300
180
60
2
Runtime
1 hr 20 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
7 hours
140 hours



Ok, so just go in assuming the real review is the video review. Mode level comparison, runtimes, operation, comparison to the Sunwayman V11r are all done there. I tried to keep it interesting by not making it a table-top styled review, and the video is in 1080p HD, so it's nice and clear. But I'll give all the vitals here, in case you hate videos.

















So first off this light is small, it's even smaller than my EDC Sunwayman V11R. And up until this point I had never used a Skilhunt light.


14395554836_0917c2a91e_c.jpg








My initial impression, is that this light ranks with other premium lights I own including, Sunwayman, Nitecore, Xtar, Armytek, Fenix, and Spark. The anodization, as should be expected is flawless.





14417388332_d562d9aa5d_c.jpg




14232226457_ac15fde721_c.jpg




14232075890_2c3feac54b_b.jpg




14417386892_33fe4931f1_c.jpg




14417535174_19c491e970_c.jpg






As far as carry options go, every EDC light should at least come with a clip. The DS10 has an easily removable clip that lets you carry it either bezel up or tailcap up. I find it pocket carries and tail stands much better if mounted with the bezel up.



14395555936_d8e2671b66_c.jpg




14232032159_065cd7e981_c.jpg






While I don't use the lanyards that seem to come with every flashlight, the DS10 comes with one and has a hole in the tailcap that allows you to attach the lanyard.







14232032749_f54029a7d9_c.jpg




The light uses a cool white XML-2 emitter. As far as color temperature goes, it's not overly blue, like a lot of the budget lights out there.





14415320071_46a3b8ca02_c.jpg





Here's a tint comparison between a Sunwayman v11r XML-2. You can see the Skilhunt leans a little more neutral than the Sunwayman.







14417528654_e2251e829a_c.jpg




The head of the flashlight is top notch. You have a highly polished reflector and a nice coated lens held into place by a stainless steel bezel!



14232071808_bf89801fab_c.jpg





14415316661_fa022dbfc1_c.jpg





14417384952_80f4a714f9_c.jpg




14232080580_c2f1848aa7_c.jpg









Inside the battery tube you get two springs, which help adsorb shock if you drop the light. Since the switch is electronic, you might have to turn the light back on if it's dropped hard. I tested this several times in the video.




14232028479_553e98573b_c.jpg




14415314641_880b36604c_c.jpg




The threads are anodized at the end of the battery tube, and they down into a semi-square thread.




14418665725_901ef9cb01_c.jpg





There's also a removable magnet in the tail cap, that works very well. You'll need a tiny Philips screwdriver to remove it. This gives the light quite a bit of versatility as a work light too. You replace the magnet with the included thick rubber o-ring.




14415313241_b4c5d59f26_c.jpg




I mentioned earlier that the switch is electronic on this light. It's balanced very well for functionality. It's isn't sensitive enough to active in your pocket, save for a heavy jarring, but it's also easy enough to intentionally activate with your thumb. If we consider the Armytek one of the more harder electronic switches to depress, and the Sunwayman D40A an easy switch to depress, figure that it falls in the middle to the slight Armytek side of the scale.




14395551236_a5b2cc48ae_c.jpg




Also nearby the switch it has a battery life indicator that seems to activate right after the mode stepdown, and it flashes telling you it's time for a charge. No worries though about being cut off too soon after the indicator begins flashing, because it seemed to have a good 20 minutes of lower but usable light left when I was using it in high mode.




14438848793_4cbc0c80e4_c.jpg




Ok so now 2 beamshots. These two shots are just here to give an idea of the beam. I'm not much of a beam profile snob, so I found this one just fine.



First photo is a little under exposed. 2.2f, 1/15, 1250 iso.




14397299636_f54d314bdc_c.jpg




The second is a little brighter. 2.2f, 1/30, 50 iso.



14419283574_aa1acfa0b3_c.jpg






Next up are the mode level comparisons. For this test the camera was set to manual and all of the settings were the same for each photo. The mode spacing isn't my favorite, it probably be better with a moonlight and getting rid of one of the medium modes.


Ok so the levels are named backwards, compared how the are laid out in the user interface. When you scroll through the modes it goes from low to high. Anyway here's mode 4, which is technically the first mode you come to when turning it on. For a detailed step-by-step operation on how to use the user interface check out the video. I go over everything. Also I was not able to detect PWM on any level- which is awesome. To check for PWM I turn the lights off and aim it at a fan blade or running water. I am usually sensitive to noticing PWM, and don't like it in a flashlight- unless it's a very high frequency.








14233819110_6c98ceaa88_c.jpg




14417062251_720dffb89a_c.jpg




14440601663_32b899e7af_c.jpg




14417064821_a609882568_c.jpg






Here are a few comparisons between other lights I own. All are similar sized lights, some rated lower and some rated higher in output. I feel that considering the manufacturer rated output of all lights, the DS10 is pretty close to the 300 lumens claim. For reference, the Fenix is 117 lumens, the Spark 280, the Sunwayman 500.








14232071720_e5f43717bd_c.jpg




14233549517_937e2f870e_c.jpg




14416638781_904db392f1_c.jpg




14419991655_91e5ae0868_c.jpg




14396876716_68443c7e2b_c.jpg









Ok, what about the runtimes? There is a detailed account in the video along with brightness levels, but heres what I found when testing the lights. I used the Keeppower 700mah seen in the picture to get these runtimes.


Level 4... 76 hours before it shuts off. There doesn't seem to be any sort of step down.
Level 3... 4 hours 30 minutes (tested twice with nearly the same result).
Level 2... 2 hours before cut off.
Level 1... Total time 1 hour 16 minutes with stepdown at 53 minutes. At the 53 minute mark the red low voltage light begins flashing. At this point the battery reads 3.45v.




So that about wraps it up. If I could sum it up in just two sentences, it would be this. The mode spacing needs improvement. The DS10 is a great, high quality EDC light that is very versatile.
 
Last edited:
B

Bullzeyebill

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Feb 21, 2003
Messages
12,166
Location
CA
Moving this to the Flashlight Reviews forum.

Bill
 
Top