REVIEW: SKILHUNT DS15

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REVIEW: SKILHUNT DS15

SKILHUNT DS15

LED: XM-L2
BATTERY: 1XAA (NiMH,Alkaline,14500) 0.9-4.2V
MODES: 4 (Low-Mid-HIGH-TURBO) + STROBE
SWITCH: SIDE SWITCH
DATE: May,2014
Useful LinK: Silhunt DS15 Oficial Web

Flashlight was provided for review by Skilhunt

INTRODUCTION

The Skilhunt factory has released new launches in the EDC flashlights segment; DS10 (1xCR123A), DS15 (1xAA) and DS20 (1×18650). I’ve been long waiting for this release . From among the development. Finally I decided to try the DS15 model (1XAA is my favorite), with a large compatibility with different chemicals of this size, decisive was the indicator for low voltage batteries (14500), side switch and the ability to use or remove the Tail’s magnet.

Pictures of my two skilhunts:

I’ve received the flashlight in a very colorful cardboard box with transparent front to allow the flashlight to observe inside. The DS15 is accompanied by a clip (we place ourselves), 2 white Orings of quality, Oring thick for the case you want to replace the magnet that comes installed in the Tail, a very basic Lanyard, extensive instructions and card warranty. The lack of a holster should not be surprised, (Often we find premium flashlights without holster and we must find one).

Let’s talk about Size, weigh and feel in hand, In which range of the AA segment we can place it ?

It is a very light flashlight in his segment (52gr), but it is quite compact, these 92mm in length make into what we call AA compact for everyday use, its 24 mm head and 22mm body are borderline what that is comfortable for a pocket but are acceptable measures for a robust flashlight with battery enables us to defend well even at a medium distances if is necessary. In the block of midsize 1XAA, with qualities and finishes that place certainly in a premium flashlight.

In the next picture I show that is very comfortable in the hand and the design and shape of the side switch on my flashlight make “Side switch” easier to use with fine, medium and even some thick gloves. Also a pic to compare size with other 1xAA flashlights.

THE FLASHLIGHT

Aesthetically can remind other models already known, but keeping the lines that make us recognize a Skilhunt in the distance.

Start with something that is essential for me in a flashlight that offers the ability to mount 14500 batteries, the indicator “low voltage”. Not only has this indicator, but is also placed in the appropriate position (: applause:), 90 degrees to the left of the power switch, allows easy and intuitive display if the flashlight is located on the right hand.(other positions difficult see the alert). Little things like this add up points and make it stand above any other competitor.

Flashlight is divided in 3 pieces.
It provides easy access to internal parts.

Reversible clip multifunction. The flat tail allows perfect tailstand. The side switch protrudes enough, it is very comfortable. Allows use with gloves as different thicknesses.

The body design shows an area of not too aggressive knurling, but is something that improvesthe grip. The threads are anodized at both ends (easily allow the interruption of the circuit parasitic consumption and avoiding accidental on) and presents a square design.
The spring is only present in the battery negative, but the design of the flashlight allows the use of many variety of 14500 batteris with and without protection. (many other brands says, “14500:

allowed” but there are problems with lengh, with flat Top,… the DS15 is pertfect for all my 14500).

Magnet can be replaced with a thick Oring provided in the package

LED / BEAM

Led XM-L2, perfect centered with smooth reflector, with very nice (no imperfections projection of any class) with a cool tint (but not frozen tint). It is ok for me (and I prefer the warm tints)

The distribution of the 4 modes is very balanced, well cover all possible situations (see next photo)the flashlight despite its smooth reflector, which will give us a certain range, has a peripheral spot area fairly consistent, which make more flodder than any of the other 3 with the compare in the following image.

USER INTERFACE AND BATTERIES

- The flashlight has four principal modes: Low – Medium – High – Turbo + hidden STROBE
– With Falshlight Off: Short press on the electronic head switch will turn on the flashlight, in the last used mode (there are memory).
– With flashlight Off: Long press (>0.5 seconds) the flashlight turn on in Low mode.
– With Flashlight Off: Double-clicking the switch when off (very fast) and we have direct access to Turbo mode.
– With the Flashlight On: *short press and we change to the *next mode (low-mid-high-turbo-low-mid…), double-fast-click and enter in Strobe mode. Long press (>0.5 seconds) for* flashlight off*.

Range of avaliable voltage 0.9-4.2V. On user manual indicates allowed NiMH,Alkaline and Lithium 14500. I have also used primary lithium batteries, all ok. In other brands the compatibility with 14500 is announced but there are many issues with the length, flat Top batteries, etc., with this Skilhunt DS15, there are not problems. The design is perfect for the compatibility, Thamks Skilhunt Wink (it is not very difficult, Why others do not do the same?).

RUNTIME AND OUTPUT

These are the values ​​offered by Skilhunt:

LOW : 2 Lumens 120 hours :elboinas:
MID : 50 Lumens 7 hours
HIGH : 140 Lumens 2 h. 50 minutes
TURBO : 240 Lumens 1h. 50 minutes

To calculate the relative output I show below, I’ve used Eneloop batteries 2400mA freshly charged and Zebralight 14500 protected 840mA. While it is true that instantly turn the flashlight NiMH values ​​are almost identical (maybe 5% less) than 14500, the measures that I show after 30 seconds indicate that the fall of NiMH is high during this first minute, so the value I offer (for NiMH) is an output of 87.5% from the 14500.

I can not make claims about the reality of the data offered by Skilhunt in terms of lumens, I just rely on my perceptions and experience with other AA:
Turbo mode is possible to be around 210-220 lumens with 14500, offers an extraordinary regulation, without having to the limit the flashlight, is very usable and not requires special precautions. With NiMH battery, instantly turning almost be around the same lumens, but the fall is instantaneous to values ​​that I was moved in the plateau you can see in the graph of runtime between about 150-170 lumens.
For the other 3 modes correspondence in terms of power output is virtually identical between NiMH and 14500. Believe the high mode moves between 110 and 120 lumens. The other 2 are perceived as officially stated data.

The test was performed with a protected 14500, after jumping the low battery warning (3.45V) and automatically lower the middle mode, the flashlight turns off at 8 minutes, this is due to the cutting of the battery itself with approximately 3.1 V. Subsequently, although it is not reflected in the graph, I made the test with a Xtar 14500 battery without protection, reporting rises to 3.45V and down half way, I continue with the test and after 30 minutes with the alert on, I see that the voltage is only “1.8V”, this makes me wish that the flashlight cut for itself in 2.8V. (no problem for protected 14500)

Here in detail first few minutes, when the NiMH away quickly from 14500, then stabilizes and gives us a pretty decent runtime.

I LIKE / I DO NOT LIKE

I LIKE:

- Compatibility with different sizes and types of batteries 14500
- The location of the warning low voltage is also very useful (it is easy to see)
- Magnet or not magnet, I can choose
- Bidirectional clip
- Fantastic regulation with 14500, (90 minutes, flat line on the curve of runtime over 200 lumens)
- Good quality of materials and finishes. Cool but nice tint. Good projection for short and medium range.

Can be improved:

- A bit more strain on the clip
- Cut low voltage (2.8V, for best use with not protected 14500)
- A little more power with 14500. (but really I prefer this great regulation)

Final Score: 8.8/10

- MATERIAL AND FINISHES: 9.5
- INTERFACE: 9
- POWER AND DISTRIBUTION OF MODES: 8

Thank you for reading this report and thank Skilhunt the confidence they have in me to perform the review of this new model.

Edited by: Trevi_lux on 05/25/2014 - 14:07
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I have finished the review. If you have any questions, Wink please ask.

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Great review. Thanks. I do not see the pricing anywhere. Either here or on the official website.

Never ever forget and forgive. Niwal**er new kid on the block trying to act tough.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/24847
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DINODIRECTSCAM COMPANY. DO NOT BUY
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/11324?page=2#comment-254983

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Really great review, i really like the runtime/ouput graphs from different batteries, great job!

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Nice review, looks like a nice light too.

MountainKing wrote:
Great review. Thanks. I do not see the pricing anywhere. Either here or on the official website.

About $43 using Google @ AliExpress.

BG has it too that a google search can reveal, but theres a reason Im not posting it. If you find it, you will likely work out why that is.

Edit: And there ya go. It was Trevi Luxs code I found on another site, and as it wasnt here I assumed he didnt want it up here, or would put it up later.

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Thanks for comment guys

MountainKing wrote:
Great review. Thanks. I do not see the pricing anywhere. Either here or on the official website.

Hello, I’ve just seen the price on Banggood (is not an affiliatte link, I do not get any profit with this link)

http://www.banggood.com/SKILHUNT-DS15-Cree-XML2-5Mode-240-Lumens-14500-LED-Flashlight-p-928450.html

(You can try with this cupon: SKDS15)

Edit:Yesterday companions Spanish forum asked me for the price, I have searched and found only on sale in Bg. I contacted them for if there was a better price, they told me this code. I include here but I do not say the final price …

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Nice review!! Thank you!
I like this UI, I wish this kind of UI was implementend in the Solarstorm SC* series (which is MEH). Much better use of the single side switch.

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nice light and ui along with a great review
but a bit pricey for a AA light

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blueb8llz wrote:
nice light and ui along with a great review but a bit pricey for a AA light

I agree, very nice light. But a bit pricey even with the code for a AA light at ~ 220 lumens.

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Good price on those I see with coupon but still expensive for a gift Wink Trevi, did you test an alkaline on high? If yes, what would be the runtime?

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Great review. Looks like they made some headway in the design department.

Did you notice any PWM when using the light? I am somwhat sensitive to it and earlier the Skilhunt brand lights were renovned to have very visible PWM regulation.

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Hi guys, sorry, in 24 hours i will coment about alkaline and about PMW. (I’m extremely busy today).

Hi Saypat: I have many premium1x AA lights, this is one of the more cheap of them (you know the price of Sunwayman C15A, Spark SF5, Zebra SC52, EagleTac D25A clicky,…?)

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First-class review and a very nice looking light.

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Thanks for the review. Fairly good price for a high efficiency 1xAA light.

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Thanks for great review. Can you take the SS bezel off? If I buy it, I’ll definitely swap the emitter to 3500-4000K.

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So expensive light.
Have you won this flashlight for free making the review?

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Thanks for the review. Looks like a nice light. I didn’t see if you mentioned whether it has a soft lockout, or some UI feature to lock the switch out so it doesn’t come on in your pocket. Though it looks like it does have tail cap lockout.

Is there a neutral or warm tint version? Plans for a Ti or enthusiast version?

The price sounds fair but how about someone putting together a group buy!

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BOXER888 wrote:
So expensive light. Have you won this flashlight for free making the review?

“Thank you for reading this report and thanks Skilhunt the confidence they have in me to perform the review of this new model” ..
I think I make it clear is a sample for review.

Is a Premium 1xAA, on Banggood has a good price (with coupon of this forum, I think is a really good price for this DS15)

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Racer wrote:
Thanks for the review. Looks like a nice light. I didn’t see if you mentioned whether it has a soft lockout, or some UI feature to lock the switch out so it doesn’t come on in your pocket. Though it looks like it does have tail cap lockout.

Is there a neutral or warm tint version? Plans for a Ti or enthusiast version?

The price sounds fair but how about someone putting together a group buy!

I use the Tail cap lockout. I think there is no other blockage. But it does not turn easily.

It would be good idea to warm or neutral tint…. I do not know if skilhunt will release a new version. I will ask them.

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Nice and very complete review, thanks!

just one thing, you say that the light is 'quite compact' and then do a photo-comparison to some of the most bulky AA-lights out there Wink . IMO it is rather fat and long actually for its battery size, not much smaller than some of the more compact 18650 flashlights. and that is why it does not appeal to me much, a 18650 battery powered light of similar size will give way better runtimes (like 4x), and/or better output.

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http://www.banggood.com/SKILHUNT-DS20-Cree-XML2-5Mode-480-Lumens-18650-LED-Flashlight-p-928448.html

i found right now this model..sadly,without clip..but it can be added from blf edition flashlites:)
hm.very low output i found.i dont undesratnd for 18650 xml..so low??
iam still afraid to buy this things cos the plastic side switch…any better idea for side switch flashlite?
probably i can change the driver with the fet driver and it could be again powerfull flashlite.this stock looks not very bright..

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vresto wrote:

http://www.banggood.com/SKILHUNT-DS20-Cree-XML2-5Mode-480-Lumens-18650-LED-Flashlight-p-928448.html
i found right now this model..sadly,without clip..but it can be added from blf edition flashlites:)
hm.very low output i found.i dont undesratnd for 18650 xml..so low??
iam still afraid to buy this things cos the plastic side switch…any better idea for side switch flashlite?
probably i can change the driver with the fet driver and it could be again powerfull flashlite.this stock looks not very bright..

Why without clip? This model (DS20) includes the series clip in the package.

Now I will prefer DS21 (900 lumens)
http://www.banggood.com/SKILHUNT-DS21-CREE-XPL-900LM-4-Mode-18650-Waterproof-LED-Flashlight-p-997804.html

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ohoho…this looks much better.but also is expensive…aha,i see,clip is in packaging..thanky you
hm..this looks more powerfull.but again,we can with imr get 1600 lumens right?with fet driver..

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vresto wrote:
ohoho…this looks much better.but also is expensive…aha,i see,clip is in packaging..thanky you hm..this looks more powerfull.but again,we can with imr get 1600 lumens right?with fet driver..

DS of skilhunt are not wow!! lights, are useful lights for a daily use in work, house,…etc
(perhaps if you ask to one of the forum “cupon providers”….get a better price)

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thank you,i know,for what are flashlites good:))))
DS-means what?:ň

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