Ikelite DS162 Underwater Strobe Front Only


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Ikelite DS162 Underwater Strobe Front including Video Light

A battery pack is required for waterproof operation, not included. The battery pack, charger, and ball mount are sold separately.

  • Professional quality light for wide-angle and macro photography
  • Fast recycle time
  • 2500 LED constant-on video light
  • Over 15% lighter than aluminium body strobes
  • Made in the USA

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 DS162 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.

Performance When It Counts, Every Time

The Ikelite DS162-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 the Ikelite DS162-series, including under the Antarctic ice.

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 to change. Shooters who use manual strobe exposure settings prefer our large, click-stop dial controls which provide intuitive, tactical feedback on 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 DS162 strobes 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.

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 dive site. The DS162 incorporates a powerful, 2500-lumen wide beam COB LED light array allowing you to effortlessly switch between stills 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.

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. Ikelite offers 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
  • Video/modelling light: 2500 lumen COB LED with low/medium/high/SOS power settings
  • 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
  • Dimensions: 91 mm diameter x 179 mm length (3.6″ x 7″)

In the box

  • Strobe front
  • Bulkhead Cap # 9104.7 (installed)
  • 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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