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Imalent MS03 13000lm flashlight review: Pros and Cons

3 x Cree XHP70.2 LEDs
13000 lm output
26320 cd intensity
1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery

The Imalent MS03 flashlight released in 2020. It uses 3 x Cree XHP70.2 LEDs, SMO reflector and 1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 13000 lm output, 26320 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 324 m.

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Imalent MS03 / MS03

The flashlight is a must-have tool for outdoor activities. These include camping, hiking, and night-time exploration, it offers guidance and safety. This light has 6 modes of lighting. The memory function is a nice feature, the light will remember the last used mode. It has a strobe function, which is one of the most effective self defense tools available.

Imalent MS03 specifications

BrandImalent
NameMS03
TypeMS03
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1457 user votes.
Launch2020
Formflashlight

Flashlights are unlike ambient or overhead lights. They let you aim the light where you need it.

Imalent MS03 / 1

Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight117 g
Length110 mm
Body diameter27 mm
Head diameter36 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

This 117 g flashlight is slightly heavier than most handheld flashlights. But, it is still at a reasonable weight. Consider the length of the flashlight. It should fit comfortably in your chosen way to carry it. The aluminium body of the MS03 has excellent thermal conductivity. This means it can effectively dissipate heat generated by the flashlight's components. The HAIII coating is often matte or textured. This finish improves grip and feels nice in the hand. The MS03 flashlight comes in a stylish black color.

Imalent MS03 / 2

System, LED, lens, reflector

Emitter3 x Cree XHP70.2 LEDs
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorSMO
LensAR coated glass
Switchelectronic side

Cree is a US-based LED manufacturer. It is well-regarded for its high-quality products and innovation in lighting. Color temperature is a characteristic of light. It is used to quantify the color appearance of light sources. The MS03 has a smooth reflector. The right reflector focuses light well. It gives you a better hotspot, and it throws better. The AR coating reduces the loss of light due to reflections, allowing more light to pass through the lens. The flashlight has electronic switches. They have many benefits and extra features compared to mechanical switches.

Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux13000 lm
Intensity26320 cd
Throw324 m
CD/LM factor2.02

This flashlight is high-lumen (13000 lm). It may not always be needed or practical for everyday use. The MS03 flashlight has 26320 cd. It can light objects at greater distances. The throw is the distance in meters at which the flashlight produces a light intensity of 0.25 lux. The cd/lm factor is the candela-to-lumen ratio. It shows how concentrated a light source's output is.

Software, user interface, modes

Modes6 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeyes
SOS/Beaconno

A flashlight's modes are different output settings or brightness levels. They can be chosen to meet different needs and preferences. The flashlight has mode memory. It remembers the mode you were using when the light was last turned off. It stays in that mode when you turn it on again. Strobe mode on MS03 flashlight produces a rapid, repeated flashing of light.

Features, battery, protections

Battery1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portno
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIPx8
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno

The Imalent MS03 flashlight is powered by 1 x 21700 Li-Ion battery. A battery indicator is a feature. It shows the remaining power level of the flashlight's battery. The MS03 cannot charge batteries. You may need an external charger to keep your battery going. The flashlight detects when the battery's voltage has dropped to a certain level. Then, it reduces or cuts off the power. The built-in thermal control adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. The "8" in the IPx8 rating means the highest level of protection. It is against water ingress.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents2 x spare o-rings
21700 battery with USB Type-C
USB Type-C cable
clip
lanyard
nylon holster

It comes with a battery. The battery must be fully charged before you first use your MS03. The holster keeps your flashlight secure. It provides a reliable and easy way to do this when not in use. The clip is useful to keep the light secured in your pocket. Attaching a lanyard to your MS03 flashlight provides an additional layer of security. It reduces the risk of accidental drops or loss. Replacing worn or damaged O-rings helps a lot. It keeps up the flashlight's durability and performance.

According to the ANSI/NEMA FL1 Standard, we measure the performance of the MS03 flashlight 30 seconds after switching on the light. The ANSI/NEMA FL1 2009 Standard is a set of flashlight performance guidelines.

Conclusion, pros and cons

This Imalent flashlight, like any other, has its strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a close look at both sides to understand this flashlight better. I share my thoughts on its standout features and the parts that might need improvement. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions, and you might have a different perspective.

Pros

  • lightweight
  • aluminium body
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • extremely powerful
  • super bright
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • tactical strobe
  • battery indicator
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • waterproof
  • battery included
  • protective holster
  • clip

Cons

  • cool light
  • no built-in charger
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

Photos

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David Hagon
I love bushcraft and flashlights. I find joy in mastering wilderness survival skills and exploring the realm of illuminating gadgets. Bushcraft isn't just fun, it's a learning journey. I form a strong bond with nature. It's more than a hobby, it enriches me in practical and spiritual ways.
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