Review: Skilhunt DS16, AA/14500 powered flashlight [updated with coupon]

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Review: Skilhunt DS16, AA/14500 powered flashlight [updated with coupon]

Update Dec 9: See post no #2 for coupon

I got this nice AA/14500 powered flashlight from Gearbest for reviewing purpose, a month ago.

It is a flashlight built for EDC needs at the first place, utilizing an XPL emitter with handy selection of battery format. It accepts both AA and 14500 battery format with maximum output of 500 lumens and 126 meters throw distance.

Here are what I found inside the box:

  • Flashlight
  • Pocket Clip
  • Lanyard
  • Spare O-Rings
  • Manual Book
  • Warranty Card

There’s no holster included. I believe it will be a nice additional accessories if they have it included.

Skilhunt DS16 Overview

Looking at the flashlight, I can recall that Skilhunt DS16 (eternal link, no aff code) has similarities with Skilhunt H03 I reviewed earlier. Similar knurlings, similar pocket clip, similar appearance.

Skilhunt DS16 takes advantages of XP-L LED emitter in this small form factor with smooth reflector to enhance the beam’s throw.


There are three notches on the bezel indicating that its head can disassembled quite easy. Well, that’s what I think of. I haven’t tried to open the bezel yet.

The petal pattern on picture above is reflection of LED dome into the reflector. It has nothing to do with beam performance.

I must admit that this AA flashlight is quite big for its size. I assume that Skilhunt builds this curvy AA flashlight to dissipate heat from XP-L emitter when using 14500 lithium-ion battery.

Here’s size comparison of Skilhunt H03, Skilhunt DS16, and an Eneloop AA battery.

Pretty big, yes?

There are three fins on its head for better heat dissipation during usage. Not forget to mention, a magnet also embedded on its tail cap for easier attachment on any ferrous metal surface.


 


Operating Skilhunt DS16


When powered by a single AA battery, Skilhunt DS16 will reach this brightness levels:

  • Turbo, 240 lumens for 2 hours
  • High, 150 lumens for 3 hours
  • Medium, 55 lumens for 8.5 hours
  • Low, 3 lumens for 80 hours

To get maximum brightness from Skilhunt DS16, use a 14500 lithium ion battery to get this advantages:

  • Turbo, 550 lumens for 1.5 hours
  • High, 170 lumens for 3 hours
  • Medium, 55 lumens for 8.5 hours
  • Low, 3 lumens for 100 hours

Switch is located on the side body of the flashlight. It’s an electronic switch and the driver has shortcut to access both highest and lowest mode from off.

Flashlight can be turned on by pressing (short press) the side switch button and it will go to the last used mode (has memory). Another short press will change the mode and it will cycle from turbo, high, medium, and low.


As I mentioned before, there are shortcut to access particular mode. From off, long press the button and it will turned on in low mode. While double press from off will bring on turbo mode.


It also has strobe mode that can be accessed by double press from any mode while the flashlight is on.


One minor thing to notice is the delay after pressing the button. There is a noticeable delay after pressing the button before flashlight turned on, it happens on every mode.


Summary


Skilhunt DS16 is a good and almost flawless EDC flashlight. Taking advantage of XP-L emitter and freedom to choose battery option makes Skilhunt DS16 suitable for your every day activities.


Pros:



  • Utilizes XP-L emitter

  • Freedom to choose between AA or 14500 battery

  • Strong pocket clip

  • Sturdy material and simple design

  • Driver has shortcuts to lowest, highest, and strobe mode


Cons:

  • Delay between button press and light activation is somewhat annoying
Edited by: lumenzilla on 12/08/2016 - 21:54
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Purchase link: Skilhunt DS16
Coupon Code: S16DEAL
Special Price: $24.99

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Nice flashlight. What is the color temperature and do Skilhunt offer neutral white version?

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The light is not that big for a 14500, just the H03 is very small for a 18650

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Thank you for that review Thumbs Up
I don’t get why they made it that fat, when they made the H03 so slim.
I much prefer slim lights, especially in AA format. HAve a look at the Acebeam M10 for example, this is how I like AA lights. Or to be really fair and comparing side switch AA lights, the S1A and Mi7 are both slim.

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Tangra wrote:
Nice flashlight. What is the color temperature and do Skilhunt offer neutral white version?

As far as I know, it’s only available in cool white tint color. No NW.

Lexel wrote:
The light is not that big for a 14500, just the H03 is very small for a 18650

I agree that H03 is quite small, but in my opinion DS16 still too big for an AA light.

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This ones a good light, IMHO much better than Olight S15R.

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Thank you for that review and coupon! Big Smile

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firedome wrote:
Thank you for that review and coupon! Big Smile

You’re welcome!