Ikelite DS161 Substrobe
Product No. 4061.1
*US Market Suggested Retail Price
Price includes charger and high-capacity Li-Ion battery packClick on photo to open enlarged view
The only strobe in its class.
The quality of light is exceptional due to a round flash tube and custom powder coated reflector designed specifically to deliver the softest, most even beam possible. The DS161 remains the favorite of pros worldwide for delivering a warm light without needing to add a light-dimming diffuser.
Instead of a simple focus light, we were the first underwater strobe to include a high-power, super even 500 lumen video light. The light is suitable for close-up, macro, portrait, and wide angle fill-in work or as a focus assist light. Output is adjustable in 10 brightness settings plus an SOS mode for emergency situations. Automatic shut-off when the flash fires ensures that the video light will have no undesired effects on still photos.
The size of the DS161 is uniquely balanced to its weight to provide neutral buoyancy in salt water, resulting in superb handling without the need for expensive and clunky buoyancy arms.
More flashes, faster.
State of the art Li-Ion battery technology produces over 450 full power flashes at an unprecedented 1.4 second recycle time. Our proprietary quick-release toggle system attaches the battery pack with ease and confidence, making a flooded battery virtually impossible.
The included Smart Charger product no. 4067.1 accepts variable voltage in the 100-240V range and includes AC adapters for US, Europe, UK and Australia. This charger is compatible with lithium ion battery packs only. The rechargeable battery pack is interchangeable for quick turnaround in between dives.
Existing 4066.5 NiMH and 4066 NiCad batteries are forward-compatible with new strobes. Older 4066.1 Smart Chargers may not be used with the current 4067 Li-Ion Battery Pack.
TTL flash exposure. Accept no substitute.
When combined with a compatible Ikelite TTL system or film TTL system, the DS161 automatically adjusts brightness to provide perfect exposure whether you're shooting macro, portrait or wide angle.
Neutral buoyancy in salt water.
The DS161 is approximately neutral in salt water for the most ergonomic and comfortable handling of your camera system. Other strobes require expensive buoyancy arms to provide this key feature!
Quality in engineering, manufacturing and service.
Like every Ikelite product, the DS161 Substrobe is designed, built and tested in the USA. We use locally sourced, top-grade materials from trusted vendors we've been working with for decades. Our housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit, function and waterproof integrity. The average assembly technician is a certified scuba diver and has over 16 years of experience building Ikelite products. We back our products with over 50 years of experience and service within the dive industry.
Flash Recycle Time
1.4 seconds (shorter in fractional power settings)
Flashes Per Charge
450 (more in fractional power settings)
Flash Guide #
76 ft (24 m) at ISO 100
Did you know? Guide numbers represent the brightness of a strobe in the direct center of the beam. Many strobe reflectors concentrate the beam in the middle to achieve a high guide number, thus requiring a light-dimming diffuser to eliminate hot spots in your image. The DS161 beam is diffused by the reflector, sacrificing guide number slightly in favor of an amazingly smooth, warm beam.
Flash Angle of Coverage
90° (100° with diffuser)
Did you know? Most strobe manufacturers are quoting beam angle, not coverage angle. The average coverage angle of an underwater strobe with straight flashtube is between 55-70°.
Flash Color Temperature
Did you know? Our warm color temperature provides more natural looking flesh tones and added richness to blue water backgrounds.
TTL, Full, 9 fractional powers in 1/2-stop increments
Video Angle of Coverage
Video Color Temperature
Daylight balanced 5000K
Full, 9 fractional powers, SOS
Video Burn Time
8 hours at full intensity
Neutral in salt water
300 ft (90 m)
2.5 lb (1130 g)
Concentrated 5W LED
3.75 in (96 mm)
7 in (179 mm)
Optical Slave Mode
With 4401 Fiber Optic Adapter
7.4V Li-Ion rechargeable
Accepts optional NiMH rechargeable battery
Battery Recharge Time
Included In Box
DS161 Strobe Head
4067 Li-Ion Battery Pack
4067.1 Li-Ion Smart Charger
9104.5 Waterproof Bulkhead Cap
0184.1 Silicone Lubricant