If you have an unhealthy obssession with flashlights, you might enjoy something here.

This is an awesome little hotrod that provides a crazy output in a package barely larger than the D4V2. It is definitely aimed at enthusiasts, and is not very practical overall. I love using these lights, and I think they're an awesome addition to a collection, but I can't recommend them to most users looking for a practical light.

This review covers the DT8 in two variants, one with Osram KW CSLPM1.TG emitters, and and the other with Nichia 219b SW35.

Please note: In the video above, the "W2" were incorrectly labeled as CULPM1.TG, when they are in fact the S version. Both LEDs produce the same beam, as they have identical dies - the difference is the thermal pad.


What I like:

  • Crazy high output
  • Compact with a great comfortable-to-hold form factor
  • Great build quality
  • Emitter choices
  • Anduril 2
  • 219b light has a fantastic beam

What I don't like:

  • HEAT - this thing gets crazy hot! (Unavoidable, but an issue nonetheless)
  • Beam quality on the W2 model isn't great
  • Poor water resistance
  • Not really great for pocket carry
  • I still think a 21700 version would be better, with more reasonable runtimes



  • Length: 97mm
  • Width (widest poin): 46mm
  • Height: 27mm
  • Weight: 100 grams

The DT8 is an 18650-based light, using the exact same battery tube and tailcap as the D4V2. The light features eight LEDs in the head, and two square Carclo 1061X optics.

The rectangular head is quite unique, and is certainly less pocketable than the D4V2; however, this light is still suprisingly small in person, and is overall an extremely compact option, especially when used with the optional 18350 battery tube.

The steel bezel is secured onto the head using 12 tiny screws, and a rectangular peice of mineral-crystal glass with good AR coating is used. This assembly looks really cool but is unofortunately not well-sealed against water, so this is not a light to egt wet.

The light has the same backlight swide-switch with customizable options for the backlight, and the head features 8 RGB auxiliary LEDs than the be configured in the UI.

Overall the build quality is very good for the price, with excellent machinig and anodizing, though like other Emisars this is not meant to be a super high-durability flashilght.

User Interface

The DT8 comes with ToyKeeper's amazing Anduril 2 firmware. It has many different functions and features, all of which are controlled through the single button on the head. WHile I find it intuitive and easy to use, there is a lot here and it can be overwhelming for new users, especially when it comes to the configuration options.

Thankfully the basic operations of the light are very straigtforward. One press of the button turns the light on or off, and pressing and holding from off turns the light on to moonlight mode. Holding the button with ramp the output up or down, and a double-press while one activates turbo. For a more detailed explanation of this UI, please see this guide.


I tested this light with the Molicel P26A, Samsung 30Q, and Keeppower 10A 18350. The 219b model is using the KR4-219b.hex, which provides 11% lower output on Turbo than the firmware which came loaded onto the light when I got it (60% vs 50% FET). This is not really a visible difference, and less heat is produced. The W2 light's thermal limit was set to 55C. I am not guaranteeing that my measurements are super accurate, but they should give a good idea of the performance between these two.

The W2 model with the P26A produced 8,600 lumens on Turbo @ startup, the 30Q 7,800 Lumens, the KP 18350 5,700. This is an incredible amount of light, and is extremely impressive for such a small flashlight!

The 219b is much less bright, with both the P26A and the 30Q producing 3,200 lumens @ startup. The KP produced 2,300 lumens. Not as impressive, but this is still a ton of light, and more importantly all of it is a beautiful warm color with high-CRI and awesome tint.

Of course, these lights get extremely hot very quickly, and Turbo drops very fast. After step-down, the output on the W2 will vary between 500-750 lumens, while the 219b will produce 190-275 lumens. This is pretty good for sustained output from a single 18650, but honestly I hoped for a bit more.

High will produce 2,100 lumens on the W2 and 1,900 on the 219b, with the stable level on both being the same as Turbo after step-down.

W2 vs 219b Turbo Total Runtime (P26A, full output)

The first turbo graph is not very flattering - changing our y-axis to 1,000 lumens gives us a much better view of what's happening, which is actually pretty good:

W2 vs 219b Turbo Total Runtime (P26A, Max 1,000 Lumens)

W2 vs 219b Turbo Total Runtime (KP10A, full output)

W2 vs 219b Turbo Total Runtime (KP10A, Max 1,000 Lumens)

W2 vs 219b Turbo First 90 Seconds (P26A)

W2 vs 219b High First 90 Seconds (P26A)

W2 vs 219b High First 30 Minutes (P26A)

The difference in thermal drop between High & Turbo - note that they're very close in % drop, despite the Turbo being quite a bit hotter. This is due to the heat being produced by the LEDs rather than the components on Turbo

W2 High vs Turbo % Relative Output Thermal Drop (P26A)

W2 High vs Turbo Lumens Thermal Drop (P26A)

Bumping thermal limit up to 55C from the default 45C gives a decent boost in Turbo performance - all W2 graphs were done at this setting. However it gets very hot in the hand, and I would not push it harder than this:

W2 45C vs 55C First 120 Seconds (P26A)

Finally, momentary turbo disables all temperature regulation, so what we are seeing here is the battery+LEDs running uninhibited. This generates extreme heat and is VERY DANGEROUS, so don't replicate this test

W2 Momentary Turbo Lumens (P26A)

Standby drain on the Aux lights is basically the same as the D4V2. Because the High levels are really high, they will drain a lower-capacity cell like the P26A pretty fast, so I have mine set to automatically lockout after 30 mins (with low AUX) to save battery and provide some extra safety.


  • Red:0.09 mA
  • Yellow: 0.1 mA
  • Green: 0.07 mA
  • Cyan: 0.09 mA
  • Blue: 0.06 mA
  • Magenta: 0.1 mA
  • White: 0.12 mA


  • Red: 3.58 mA
  • Yellow: 4.08 mA
  • Green: 0.81 mA
  • Cyan: 1.22 mA
  • Blue: 0.7 mA
  • Magenta: 3.97 mA
  • White: 4.47 mA

Off: 0.04mA with regular jumps to 0.26 mA

Ultralow has been dramatically improved with ToyKeeper's latest updates to Anduril on these drivers. On 1/150, I measured 1.8 mA on the W2 and 2.08 mA on the 219b. Both were so dim that I couldn't properly measure the output, all I can say is that they are no brighter than 0.07 lumens.

Beam Quality

Beam quality on the 219b model is excellent, with a lovely warm (3500K) rosy tint, and the floodier beam is clean and very useful for most illumination tasks indoors and out, though there isn't much throw - I measured 4.3 cd/lumen, for a maximum of 14,262 cd.

The W2 has a much less pleasant beam, being cool white and low CRI. There is a noticeable greenish tint in the outer edge of the hotspot, and the spill is full of rings and artifacts. The hotspot is tight and throwy, providing 9.9 cd/lumen with a max of 89,130 cd. I do not like this beam, but honestly I'm willing to accept it for the incredible amount of light that comes out of here. For practicality and real usage though, the 219b is easily superior.


Overall, I really enjoy using these lights. While I do still think a 21700 version would be better, I understand why Hank opted for this form factor. For all intents and purposes, this is basically the D4V2 EXTREME EDITION, and I have come to really appreciate this design - I want more rectangular flashlights now! However, this is not the kind of light I feel comfortable recommending to most people unless they really know what they're getting into. If you are an enthusiast, the DT8 is an awesome little light to add to your collection.

These lights were both sent to me by Jackson Lee for the purposes of review. The video description does have 5% discount codes for his webstore jlhawaii808.com and his eBay store. I was not otherwise paid for this review, the discount codes don't give me anything. All opinions here are my own.

Anyways thanks for reading/watching!