Ikelite DS162 160Ws TTL Underwater Strobe

SKU # ike.40162US


Three factors define professional grade lighting: Quality of Light, Speed, and Dependability.
  • Professional quality light for wide angle and macro
  • 2500 LED constant-on video light
  • Fastest recycle time
  • Over 15% lighter than aluminum body strobes
  • Made in USA 

Quality of Light in a Lightweight Package

Our proprietary circular flashtube design and soft white powder coated reflector produce a quality of light that is widely accepted as the perfect choice for professional wide angle underwater photography. 

A custom formulated ABS-PC blend make the strobe fundamentally corrosion-proof and over 1/2 lb (237 g) lighter than aluminum-body strobes.

The DS162 beam is designed for proper spread and color temperature without adding a light-reducing diffuser. The optional Dome Diffuser # 4069.2 is available to extend the spread of the light with only a half-stop reduction of apparent brightness.

Change Settings without Taking your Eyes off your Subject

Life moves quickly underwater and you need to be able to react instantly when your lighting needs change. Shooters who use manual strobe exposure settings prefer our large, click-stop dial controls which provide intuitive, tactical feedback of exposure setting. 

The robust dial controls are now even larger and taller for comfortable use with even the thickest gloves. A slide lock prevents the strobe from accidentally being turned on when not in use.

Flash, Recycle, Repeat

Your strobe is only as powerful as the batteries that drive it. Commercially available batteries do not have the low internal impedance required for truly fast recycle times. Even the best rechargeable AA batteries are sluggish in high-powered strobes and only get slower and weaker as their charge drains.

Our custom rechargeable cells power high frame rate firing from the first shot to the last. These premium quality industrial grade NiMH cells have been proven to out perform alkaline and lithium cells in real world underwater conditions, including the temperature fluctuations and storage conditions of the photographer diver. While 5 years is the average lifespan of a rechargeable pack, we routinely talk to shooters who are happily using 10-15 year old NiMH battery packs.

The battery pack attaches quickly and easily with a unique toggle lock that prevents accidental floods. You don't even need to lubricate the o-ring. The strobe front is compatible with older NiMH Battery Packs # 4066.5 or the DS230 Strobe Battery Pack # 40066BK.

Constant-On Video Lighting for Hybrid Cameras

Some of the best mirrorless and compact digital cameras today are equally strong in both still and video imaging, requiring more than ever from a lighting system. At the same time, airline restrictions are tight and it can be a lot of work just to get your gear to the site. The DS230 incorporates a powerful, 2500 lumen wide beam COB LED light array allowing you to effortlessly switch between still and video. 

The video light doubles as an aiming light and automatically turns off and back on each time you take a photo. In video mode light output is controlled in low, medium, and high power settings plus an SOS mode to signal others in emergency situations.


Depth rating: 100 meters (330 feet)

Power: 4 to 160 Ws

Coverage angle: 110º with included diffuser

Power Control: 10 stops in 1/2-stop increments

Video/modeling light: 2500 lumen COB LED with low/medium/high/SOS power settings

Color temperature: 4800K

Guide number at 1m (ISO 100): 24 full power

Flashes per charge: 300 to thousands dependent on power setting

Recycle time: 0.1 to 1.0 seconds dependent on power setting

Electrical sync connection: Ikelite ICS 5-pin bulkhead

Battery: 7.2V 3300mAh NiMH rechargeable

Dimensions: 91 mm diameter x 179 mm length (3.6" x 7")

Weight with battery: 1243 grams (2.7 pounds)

Buoyancy: Slightly negative in salt water


In the Box

DS162 Strobe Front # 40162X

Rechargeable NiMH Battery Pack # 40066GY

Battery Pack Cover # 0591.4

Smart Charger for NiMH with USA Plug # 0083.92 (or 0083.93 Euro Plug / 0083.94 UK Plug / 0083.95 Australian Plug)

Diffuser # 0591.3

1" Ball Mount # 4081.4 (installed)

Waterproof bulkhead cap # 9104.7

Silicone lubricant 1cc tube 

2 year limited warranty