REVIEW IMALENT DT35

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Thanks to a good discount, along with the money that I had to return from the original head of the DX80, I bought the new Imalent DT35. Today's review is about the model, a priori, more Thrower of Imalent. The promised figures are magnificent, 1000 meters of Throw combined with 8500 lumens, and all in a really compact size. In addition you have to add the integrated charger and Oled screen. In short, she has everything to be a winner. We see if these characteristics conform to reality.

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PRESENTATION

The DT35 comes in a pretty good satin cardboard box. It is very similar in quality to the wrappings of the Acebeam X80 and Olight X7-X7R (not as refined as the olight in the interior compartments), and it has a seal to guarantee that the flashlight has not left its box, and that there is that take off or break to be able to access the interior. Full color engraving presents the fundamental characteristics of the flashlight, and carries a magnet for closure. The box is very effective to protect the flashlight. Inside there are compartments for the own flashlight and accessories. In short it is much better than the box in which his sister comes the DX80.

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As accessories the DT35 comes with a USB cable, O'ring, manual, a simple and efficient holder and 4 Imalent batteries of 3000 mAh, which probably contain samsung cells. The fundamental in terms of accessories is that it does not bring lanyard, and later we will see, that no option to put it on.

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CONSTRUCTIVE ASPECTS

The overall quality of the model is good. The body of the light is made of aeronautical grade aluminum and Type III anodized with anti-abrasive finish. The lens is "ultraclear" and with antireflection treatment. The model is in line with the current design of Imalent, few engravings, and sobriety. The laser engravings are limited to the Tail, and define the model as "Throw King". The body of the lantern is divided in sections by broad longitudinal lines and in each section there is a smooth and fine Knurlin. The combination of both elements, just the thickness of the body, make the flashlight easy to carry and hold. It can also be used perfectly in tail stand mode.

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The head increases in thickness in a staggered manner and is covered by dissipating structures practically in its entirety except in two areas, an upper one where the push buttons and the Oled screen are located, and a lower area with the USB charging port. The head ends in an attack bezel. The battery charging bay is protected by a gummy plug. The two buttons are wide, rubbery, and require some pressure for activation. To put a but, after using the new head of the DX80, it has two led indicators that in the dark allow you to position the flashlight properly. This should be carried by the DT35.

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The Oled screen that provides information about some parameters of the flashlight is clear enough. It will provide us with information about charging, discharge, different modes and voltage. When we screw the body to the top, the trademark also appears.

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The flashlight can be disassembled in half by separating the body from the head. The threads are of good quality, and come clean and oiled. The batteries are inserted in the own flashlight, with a plastic protector so that they do not make contact with the driver. The springs are slightly pronounced and wide. The driver in my case has arrived with something similar to glue, but it works apparently well.


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The design of its reflector is very similar to the 4 XM-L2 models that reigned a couple of years ago in the market. The sections are somewhat narrower, and of an equivalent depth. The main difference is that in each section there is a much more powerful LED, the XHP35 Hi. In my unit I have had the bad luck that two of the led, are not well centered, and nothing else to see it already assumed that it could affect something to the thrower distance.

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SIZE AND WEIGHT

In terms of size and weight, it must be said that especially if we compare it with the models of other brands, it has a size and weight content for its characteristics. It is a compact model.

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Below is the model compared to other flashlights and the weight measured by my scale.

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USER INTERFACE

The DT35 has a double push button that makes it very easy to operate, although in my opinion they require too much pressure. They have a touch too gummy.

On / off: Simple press on the right button.
Changing modes: With the flashlight on, keep the right button pressed and we will change modes.
Turbo Access: Press and hold the left button for two seconds. If we want to fix the turbo we will keep pressed for a few seconds more.
Special modes: Consists of Estrobo, SOS and beacon. With the flashlight on we will double click on the left button and access the strobe. Through double clicks we will go through the other special modes.

The DT35 HAS memory in the usual modes.

Next we are going to present the loading function of the model. The first thing we have done is to check the voltage of the batteries included in the pack. They should be stored for a long time, because the voltage is lower than normal

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The flashlight was connected with the included batteries for the charging process. The charging speed can reach up to almost two amps depending on the charger to which we connect the USB cable, and correctly decreases the speed as it reaches the maximum voltage. It can not be said that the charger treats the batteries badly, because it really cuts too soon, at approximately 4.16 v. Very conservative in my opinion.

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Finally it was verified after the discharge if the protection of the batteries acted at 3.0v or as in many modern batteries the cut was produced with lower voltage. In this case, the cut occurs around 2.9 v.
 

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MODES, POWER, RUNTIME, THROW AND THERMAL MANAGEMENT

It was time to explore whether the announced figures correspond to reality. We will start with the power and the distribution of modes, and I have to say that I was disappointed. The flashlight is very powerful, at the level or even above models of much draft, like the new Fenix TK75 2018. The bad thing is when they announce a number and then it is much less. Beyond the lack of adjustment to what is specified, the mode distribution is quite good.

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Regarding regulation, the delivery of power is compromised by the temperature protection system, which is very conservative. We are facing a model that presents a power peak in the first minutes, step and a gradual descent. Virtually no difference in turbo and high mode, and also both have a runtime well above what was specified (turbo mode allows cycling of it). The medium mode has a linear regulation and a runtime according to the specification. Below are the corresponding graphs with some zoom.

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The most disappointing part has been the measurement of candles. It is likely that my unit is affected by how poorly focused a pair of LEDs are, but the truth is that it is far from the specified 1000 meters, not only in my measurements, in the photos that will be seen later on. It certainly has a considerable throw, but not the one that should be, nor approximate.

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PROJECTION

We are facing a model that despite being called "The Throw King", my opinion is that it is a good flood with very good Throw. So, for the comparisons of projection, I have opted for models of 4 led and generous reflectors, and if it really is worthy of the nickname The Throw King of Imalent, we will also compare it with the Throw King of other brands.

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Below is a video of the projections.




The following image shows the projection on slides in front of the TK75 2016 ed. and the TN40

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Indoor photos in the garage of almost 100 meters long, 4.5 meters high and 6 wide.

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As for the exterior images there are three blocks. The first throwing on the construction to little more than 230 meters of distance. The following blocks are on buildings more than 720 meters away, with two different camera lenses.

Block 1. In this type of shooting only comparable models in outdoor flooding (Fenix and Thunite) come into play.

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Block 2. Here all are in action, with the objective 18-55. The first multilayers, and the next the ultra-throw.

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Block 3. Same as the previous block, with the objective 55-200.

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CONCLUSION

This DT35 leaves me "a bittersweet taste". We can assess the same depending on what is expected by the specified, or the objective reality of what we have in our hands. If we value what comes to us with what is specified, we have a model that yields 30-40% less than expected, and the valuation must be very negative.

However, if we compare it with other brands, it will be better. It is as powerful as its equivalents of other brands, and on the other hand it is much more portable. It has a very good size pushbuttons, good user interface with an Oled screen that provides a very useful information, as well as a much lower price ..... What criteria should we follow when assessing it? What I do dislike is some finishing details (off-center led, and driver with glue).

I will go on to explain what I think could improve it:
  • First of all, at the price that can be obtained, it would not disappoint if the data were adjusted more to reality
  • Improve quality control
  • Why do not you take anything to install a lanyard?
  • Why does not it take anything to anchor it to a tripod?
  • He could use the blue indicators that the DX80 has on the sides of the Oled screen, or at least one of them.