Review: Imalent RT35

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Review: Imalent RT35

Before monstrous BLF GT entered the market, the palm of the championship among long-range flashlights was holding by 4×18650 long-range flashlights: Trunite TN42, Manker Mk35, Mateminco MT35 and, hero of the review, Imalent RT35. Due to the similarity of size, power and LEDs used, although they differ from each other, they bypass any other models.

 

official model page?
IMALENT R35 ON GEARBEST.

 

It so happened that I have a version of this flashlight with XHP70.2, which gives a radically brighter light with decent sidelight. Due to this high brightness in the smooth reflector it turns out just the same impressive long range. I have long been interested in comparing a purely long-range “percer” with such a very bright flashlight. In the review I will do it.


 

Package and appearance. 

 The package is very good. Immediately it is clear that there is some serious thing. The size are impressive, and the design of the print is also good. Convenient carry handle.


Inside in a thick layer of foam rubber is the flashlight itself.

The package includes everything you need: a flashlight itself, a case, a charging cable, a 4×18650 battery, an instruction manual, a lanyard, and o-rings.

 

 

The holster is the most common. But for its own purposes it is enough.

And here is the flashlight itself from all sides.

Externally, it completely duplicates Imalent RT70, the only difference is in the LED and the name. Otherwise, it is still the same solid, weighty thing. Of course, it is clearly larger than S2 +, C8 +, but, believe me, this is far from the size, which affects the convenience of use. The flashlight is still quite possible to carry with you not only in the case, but also even in your pocket (provided that you have a spacious pocket in the jacket)

The tail is flat. Since the flashlight is rather wide and relatively low, the “candle” stand is quite reliable and by placing an ordinary white disposable cup on top you can make a table lamp that is bright and long-lasting for work.

The flashlight consists of two parts – the head and the “cup” with a place fiorunder the batteries. Springs are thick, good. From the side of the head, of course, the contact plate.

The thread is quite well lubricated
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  Knurling is fine.in general, the grip is comfortable and firm enough.



The button is unusual. This is a slightly recessed metal rectangle. Medium depth stroke, with a perceptible click.
  Under the button are the holes for the standard red-green indication.

On the reverse side there is a contact plate for charging. And here, by the way, there is a difference between RT70 \ RT35. Connectors are symbolically different. In RT70 it is black, RT35 is gray. I did not remake the gif, and here it is from the RT70 review, the difference is only in color, so it is not significant. In general, I did not like the way the charge was implemented here. Usually magnetic blotch holds pretty tight. Here it sticks to conctact plate really weak and charging on the go will be virtually impossible. If I charge at home or in the car, I don’t see any problems.

There are a bunch of coooling ribs here. In fact, they start from the middle of the hull. There is nothing to complain about.

Bezel is glued, no change to unscrew it. At the bottom of the deep smooth reflector is the standard choice for a powerful thrower – XHP35. Glass, as usual: tempered, AR, enlightenment. Here is Imalent RT70 for comparison.


Overall impressions are positive. Appearance is decent. The quality is also normal. The only negative for me is the poor tenacity of the charging connector. But this will only affect if you try to charge the flashlight on the go.

 

  UI
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Simple.

off-on on click, switch modes on hold

a turbo in 2kh click, (time) lock on 3 multiple. everything.

 

There are modes memory

In general, it is convenient, but I would add such an obvious addition as the entrance to Low on hold from OFF.

 

Flashlight performance

Of course and as expected, only cold white light. A pity, as a powerful long-range with a NW would be noticeably more comfortable.

There is no visible PWM shimmering in any mode.
 

The light distribution is quite expected for long-range: weak sidelight and bright hotspot.

I, fortunately, have C8 + o, so at the same time I will add it for clarity in addition to RT70.


 

 Charging current could be higher, now you have to put a flashlight on charging for the whole night. 2A would be much more appropriate here.

there is a strange situation with cooling. I just can not explain it. Without cooling in high mode , the flashlight works clearly less, while the brightness subsides. With cooling, it stays without stepdown, and at the same time it works longer, which contradicts any logic. I did measurements in each mode like 3-4 times, I did not see the difference. By the way, it is also normal and stabilized after dropping from turbo to high, the brightness stays on without any cooling. Which is not surprising, because 1500 liters for such a carcass is nothing in terms of heat dissipation.

  And so , stabilization and runtime are good. I liked the Mid Low mode. It is more than enough for any domestic needs within a radius of 50m, while the runtime will be 6 hours (+ another 2 hours after falling by 50%.)

 

As for work on the ground, it, of course, has plenty of range here. with a large excess. as you can see below, at a distance of half a hundred meters, even the minimum brightness gives enough light, which can successfully highlight something.
 

Well, here are different similar flashlights (except S2 + as usual reference ones) at maximum brightness. It can be seen that the RT35 with a margin bypasses them in brightness in the center, except that the TK75 is still close to it (though having a much brighter side illumination).

 

At the same time, you can appreciate that at such a distance is more than enough of the usual CONVOY C8 + or BLF GT MINI.
The latter is slightly more long-range, but has a radically more flexible interface.

 

150 meters distance seems to be worked out by the c8 + and BLF GT mini, but you need to understand that this applies only to a freshly charged battery. With a voltage drop, the brightness will significantly decrease, while the same RT35 will quietly work at this distance on something like Mid Low with its 6 hours of stabilized brightness.

 


 A distance of 400m shows symbolic consistency at this distance of the C8 + and BLF GT Mini. They give some insignificant light, but (as i wrote above) after a short period of time, the brightness will fall and there will be no sense at this distance from them. The remaining three large flashlights: Imalent RT35, Imalent RT70 and Fenix ​​TK75 (2018) show that 400m is in the teeth and the building is wonderfully illuminated here.

 

but the 800 meter distance is the limit for the RT70, yet the specificity of the XHP70.2 makes itself felt and the high brightness alone is no longer necessary. Imalent RT35 and Fenix ​​TK75 (2018) do pretty well show themselves. But, in fairness, I could see the difference only in the photo. Live distance is already too big.


 

Therefore, all these proud statements on the specification where 1 km + range is indicated must be taken with known skepticism. The practical benefits of this zero, both because of the distance, and because of the extreme decrease in brightness at such a distance.

 

If you are actually interested, then there are live filming at different distances in the video review, everything is much clearer.

General impressions 

In general, Imalent RT35 is a good and quite powerful thrower. The memory suggests that the TN42 will be long-range, while the RT35 will be at the level of something like the Manker MK35. But this is also the level of long-range, which is enough for your eyes, not only in the mass of everyday situations (with which you can cope on the first two levels of brightness), but also when you need light up somewhere half a kilometer away.

It is worth noting that the TN42 will cost more than two times more, and the MK35 by half. Current price at Gearbest for the whole set is much better than anywhere else
 

+ good gift wrap
+ decent appearance (and, as far as I can tell, workmanship)
+ simple control
+ brightness and range
+ built-in charging
+ full set
+ price.

- bad contact plate hold

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Edited by: Narmattaru on 03/27/2019 - 04:56
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Hello,
thank you very much for the great Review.
You are thinking the Rt35 is comparable with Acebeam K70 but cheaper.
The magnetic charging port also offers advantages over the USB connection

Regards from Germany Thorsten

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Thanks for the great review, Narmattaru. I had been thinking of getting an XHP70.2 thrower, but based on your excellent beamshots, I think I’ll go with a more focused thrower using the XHP35 HI. I think I’d have more fun with the extra throw.