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Imalent MS18 flashlight review

18 x Cree XHP70.2 LEDs
100000 lm output
458000 cd intensity
8 x 21700 Li-Ion batteries

The Imalent MS18 flashlight was released in 2019. It uses 18 x Cree XHP70.2 LEDs, OP reflector and 8 x 21700 Li-Ion batteries. The powerful emitter in this flashlight provides up to 100000 lm output, 458000 cd intensity, and a beam distance of 1354 m.

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Table of Contents

  • Imalent MS18 specifications
    • Body, materials, weight, colors
    • System, LED, lens, reflector
    • Performance, flux, intensity, throw
    • Software, user interface, modes
    • Features, battery, protections
    • Accessories, package contents
  • Conclusion, pros and cons
  • Photos

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Imalent MS18 / MS18

The MS18 is a powerful and reliable flashlight. It has impressive illumination and durable construction. It is an exceptional lighting tool, it works in many situations and environments. This light has 8 modes of lighting. The MS18's mode memory makes the user experience more seamless and intuitive.

Imalent MS18 specifications

BrandImalent
NameMS18
TypeMS18
Rating
Rated 4 / 5 based on 1464 user votes.
Launch2019
Formflashlight

A flashlight provides reassurance and confidence. It is helpful in unfamiliar or dangerous places.

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Body, materials, weight, colors

Weight1900 g
Length265 mm
Body diameter59 mm
Head diameter129 mm
Materialaluminium alloy with HAIII hard-anodized finish
Colorsblack

The flashlight is a bit heavy, its weight is 1900 g. Consider the length of the flashlight. It should fit comfortably in your chosen way to carry it. The aluminum bodies can be anodized. This adds a protective layer and a wide range of color options for flashlight bodies. The body of MS18 flashlight treated with a Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish. This flashlight features a captivating black color.

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System, LED, lens, reflector

Emitter18 x Cree XHP70.2 LEDs
Color temperature6500 K
ReflectorOP
Lenstoughtened AR 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 advantage of the orange peel (OP) reflector is that it can minimize glare and reduce eye strain. The AR coating on the lens maximizes light transmission. This makes the flashlight more effective in darker environments. The flashlight has electronic switches. They have many benefits and extra features compared to mechanical switches.

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Performance, flux, intensity, throw

Flux100000 lm
Intensity458000 cd
Throw1354 m
CD/LM factor4.58

This flashlight is high-lumen (100000 lm). It may not always be needed or practical for everyday use. 458000 cd represents an extraordinarily high level of brightness. The throw distance is the farthest distance the flashlight can light an object. The cd/lm factor is the candela-to-lumen ratio. It shows how concentrated a light source's output is.

Software, user interface, modes

Modes8 modes
Mode memoryyes
Ramping modeno
Strobeno
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.

Features, battery, protections

Battery8 x 21700 Li-Ion batteries
Battery indicatoryes
Charger portyes
LVPyes
Thermal regulationyes
ProtectionIP56
AUX LEDsno
Magneticno
SpecialsOLED display
heat pipe radiator

The Imalent MS18 flashlight is powered by 8 x 21700 Li-Ion batteries. A battery indicator is a feature. It shows the remaining power level of the flashlight's battery. The Low Voltage Protection helps save the battery's capacity. It stops it from reaching a critically low voltage. The built-in thermal control adjusts brightness output to prevent overheating. The "5" in the IP56 rating shows the level of protection against solid objects. It's for dust and foreign particles. The IP56 rating indicates that the flashlight has a protection against water jets.

Accessories, package contents

Package contents2 x spare o-rings
strap
wall adapter

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 MS18 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

  • aluminium body
  • OP reflector
  • AR coated lens
  • side switch
  • extremely powerful
  • extremely bright
  • multiple modes
  • mode memory
  • battery indicator
  • low-voltage protection
  • thermal regulation
  • dust protected
  • waterproof
  • OLED display
  • adapter included

Cons

  • too heavy
  • cool light
  • no auxiliary LEDs
  • non-magnetic

Photos

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