Ikelite DS160 Underwater Strobe MkII NiMH


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Ikelite DS160 II 160Ws TTL Underwater Strobe with Modelling Light

Three factors define professional-grade lighting: Quality of Light, Speed, and Dependability.

The Ikelite DS160 II Strobe is the Industry Standard for Professional Underwater Strobes:

  • Professional quality light for wide-angle and macro photography
  • Fast recycle time
  • 205 lumen LED modelling light
  • Over 15% lighter than aluminium body strobes
  • Made in the USA

Performance When It Counts, Every Time

The Ikelite DS160-series of underwater strobes are the long-standing choice of professionals who need a strobe that can be relied on to perform over and over. No strobe on the market today comes close to the number of hours of factory and field testing as Ikelite’s DS160-series, including under the Antarctic ice.

Quality of Light in a Lightweight Package

Ikelite’s proprietary circular flash tube 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 makes the strobe fundamentally corrosion-proof and over 237 g (1/2 lb) lighter than aluminium-body strobes.

The Ikelite DS160 beam is designed for proper spread and colour 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 large; click-stop dial controls which provide intuitive, tactical feedback of exposure settings.

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

The Ikelite DS160 II and DS162 are among the very few underwater strobes in the world to support burst shooting at over 10 frames per second.

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.

Ikelite’s 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 outperform 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 Ikelite 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 Ikelite NiMH Battery Packs # 4066.5 or the new DS230 Strobe Battery Pack # 40066GY or # 40066BK 

The Proven Leader in Underwater Lighting 

Ikelite was the first company to introduce: aiming lights, interchangeable cords, removable battery packs, smart charging, battery power indicators, wireless TTL slave sensors, built-in video lights, and TTL communication with digital cameras. These underwater strobe technologies are now considered to be standard today.

Ikelite has the longest track record in the design and manufacture of professional strobe lighting for underwater use. They offer the only underwater strobes designed and manufactured in the USA and distributed worldwide to over 95 countries.


  • Depth rating: 100 meters (330 feet)
  • Power: 4 to 160 Ws
  • Power Control: 10 stops in 1/2-stop increments
  • Modelling light: 205 lumen LED
  • Colour temperature: 4800K
  • Guide number at 1m (ISO 100): 24 full power
  • Flashes per charge: 300 to thousands depending on the power setting
  • Recycle time: 0.1 to 1.0 seconds dependent on the 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 saltwater

In the Box

  • DS160 Strobe Front # 40160X
  • Rechargeable NiMH Battery Pack # 40066GY
  • Battery Pack Cover # 0591.4
  • Smart Charger for NiMH with Australian Plug # 0083.95
  • Diffuser # 0591.3
  • 1″ Ball Mount # 4081.4 (installed)
  • Waterproof bulkhead cap # 9104.7
  • Silicone lubricant 1cc tube
  • 2-year limited warranty



Underwater Cameras is the official distributor/importer of Ikelite products in Australia. Ikelite is a leading Underwater Photography Manufacturer based in the USA with over 50 years of experience producing top-quality underwater housings, strobes, & accessories. Ikelite products can be found in the hands of amateur and professional photographers worldwide from Tropical Waters to Polar Ice Caps. All Ikelite’s products are designed and made in the USA.
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