My Imalent DX80 caught fire, vented smoke, almost exploded (replacement head arrived)

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If I where the manufacturer, I’d want that head back pronto, and try and figure out why it burned. Seems strange they don’t care.

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I’m glad minor burns was as bad as it got. I have to say I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often. Or maybe it does and we just don’t hear about it? It makes me think I should loosen all my tail caps when I leave the house, if that were to happen when no one is around it could burn the house down.

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If I where the manufacturer, I’d want that head back pronto, and try and figure out why it burned. Seems strange they don’t care.

The photos probably helped determine its likely a component failure or bad trace/solder point. its likely an isolated incident, as like any electronic component, every now & then a bad one fails. Remember the 7880 20-mode driver fire i had a few years ago in a single AA light? that little firecracker went off like july-4th on three NiMH AA cells in parallel.

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BobG wrote:
I'm glad minor burns was as bad as it got. I have to say I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. Or maybe it does and we just don't hear about it? It makes me think I should loosen all my tail caps when I leave the house, if that were to happen when no one is around it could burn the house down.

 

I started loosening the caps months ago just in case.  Something none of us want to think about, but we know there will always be a certain risk that we have to live with whether we like it or not.

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BobG wrote:
I’m glad minor burns was as bad as it got. I have to say I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often. Or maybe it does and we just don’t hear about it? It makes me think I should loosen all my tail caps when I leave the house, if that were to happen when no one is around it could burn the house down.

 


I started loosening the caps months ago just in case.  Something none of us want to think about, but we know there will always be a certain risk that we have to live with whether we like it or not.

Same here. Better safe than sorry. Pretty much the only light that’s “live”, is the light I actual carry.
All my lights come with batteries, and almost all the Li-ion ones are mechanical locked out.
Unless that’s not possible, like Cu, Ti, and SS lights, and lights with flaky matte ano.
Those lights I store with a plastic disk between tailspring and anode.
Most of them are in the same place (cupboards). If one battery goes rogue, it will be like the 4th of july.

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BobG wrote:
I’m glad minor burns was as bad as it got. I have to say I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often. Or maybe it does and we just don’t hear about it? It makes me think I should loosen all my tail caps when I leave the house, if that were to happen when no one is around it could burn the house down.

 


I started loosening the caps months ago just in case.  Something none of us want to think about, but we know there will always be a certain risk that we have to live with whether we like it or not.

ALL my tail caps are loosened in my smaller lights[Initial reasons are parasitic drain and accidental activation] and my bigger lights[3 or 4 batteries w/ carriers] have the batteries in big pill bottle w/ silica gel packet,,,until I use them. I also have silica gel packets in ALL the body tubes. I started this in 2013 when condensation became an issue w/ some of my lights,,starting w/ the TK75 which I started and what turned out to be a massive thread for a few years[CPF]

NOW after reading this thread I have another and BETTER reason to loosen tail caps! Cool

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My DX80 blew up again, WTF!
I mechanically locked it out before use because the damn button is so easy to turn on. I twisted the light and tried to turn it back on, smoke went to the glass, light stinks and now dead, SUCKSSS!

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Blinkinglights wrote:
My DX80 blew up again, WTF! I mechanically locked it out before use because the damn button is so easy to turn on. I twisted the light and tried to turn it back on, smoke went to the glass, light stinks and now dead, SUCKSSS!

sigh…. guess they should switch name, from Imalent to Imminent death instead.. Facepalm really ditch that crap and buy it a better brand like olight,acebeam etc with better warranties and quality. its awful how it can happen a second time… their QA is worse then any other brand i know off today.

if that was an american brand u could have sue them for huge money, but since they are from china they can produce whatever crap and get away with it..

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Blinkinglights wrote:
My DX80 blew up again, WTF! I mechanically locked it out before use because the damn button is so easy to turn on. I twisted the light and tried to turn it back on, smoke went to the glass, light stinks and now dead, SUCKSSS!

Wow,,,I am sorry to hear that. My friend had the same light. It did not blow up but had all kinds of issues and was inoperable.From his experience alone, and I have heard of others, I decided never to get that brand.

My Olight, Thrunite, Fenix, Convoy have had zero issues. Great customer service for replacement parts[Holster and cigar rings] that were given to me for free! Big Smile

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My DX80 blew up again, WTF! I mechanically locked it out before use because the damn button is so easy to turn on. I twisted the light and tried to turn it back on, smoke went to the glass, light stinks and now dead, SUCKSSS!

wow sounds like a similar incident to what happened to mine.. can you post any photos of the damage?

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I just took pictures but posting them, forget it, third party and shrinking them, too much work.

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Why does this have to happen again?

How many drivers shorts have to happen for this to be fixed?

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I would try Olight since they have customer service in the USA that is great and they don’t sell pipe bombs.
Or you know what they say… third time’s a charm. Of course that one could either work, or kill you. Not sure.

You will only get 25,000 lumens out of Olight, but some people know when to quit.

 

 

 

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mortuus wrote:
sigh…. guess they should switch name, from Imalent to Imminent death instead..
LOL

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really ditch that crap and buy it a better brand like olight,acebeam etc with better warranties and quality. its awful how it can happen a second time… their QA is worse then any other brand i know off today.

if that was an american brand u could have sue them for huge money, but since they are from china they can produce whatever crap and get away with it..

They may be cutting corners, or it may just be that Imalent is really pushing the bleeding-edge of tech to produce very high-powered lights. With all that power, comes safety and reliability concerns. You can’t really compare a 30,000 lumen light to a 1,000 lumen light.

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I think I’ll be returning my ms18.

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I would try Olight since they have customer service in the USA that is great and they don’t sell pipe bombs.
Or you know what they say… third time’s a charm. Of course that one could either work, or kill you. Not sure.

You will only get 25,000 lumens out of Olight, but some people know when to quit.

I like Olight too for their premium feel and quality but their lights cost 3x as much as Imalent. For Olight to build a light like MS18 it would cost like $2,000 with all the overly conservative safety features they would build in. But I doubt a company as conservative as Olight would be willing to push the performance envelope like Imalent would so we would never see these ultra high powered flashlights if it weren’t for Imalent. You get what you pay for.

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WalkIntoTheLight wrote:
mortuus wrote:
sigh…. guess they should switch name, from Imalent to Imminent death instead..
LOL

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really ditch that crap and buy it a better brand like olight,acebeam etc with better warranties and quality. its awful how it can happen a second time… their QA is worse then any other brand i know off today.

if that was an american brand u could have sue them for huge money, but since they are from china they can produce whatever crap and get away with it..

They may be cutting corners, or it may just be that Imalent is really pushing the bleeding-edge of tech to produce very high-powered lights. With all that power, comes safety and reliability concerns. You can’t really compare a 30,000 lumen light to a 1,000 lumen light.

It doesnt matter, user concern is a big thing now when it comes to Imalent, who wants a light that blows up in your hand? not many i guess.. whats the point pushing lumens war if that high lumens means the user cannot feel safe buyin such light? then i want less lumens but reliable and doesnt explode in your face. Its only a matter of time before we will read someone died operating a high lumens Imalent light..

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It doesnt matter, user concern is a big thing now when it comes to Imalent, who wants a light that blows up in your hand? not many i guess.. whats the point pushing lumens war if that high lumens means the user cannot feel safe buyin such light? then i want less lumens but reliable and doesnt explode in your face. Its only a matter of time before we will read someone died operating a high lumens Imalent light..

Yes, I agree. But, there are some people that just want the max possible, and are willing to push the safety limits. Somebody is going to sell to them. We have 100,000 lumen handheld flashlights now. Totally ridiculous, but there’s an entertainment factor that draws some people to them. Lots of other entertainment is dangerous too (bungee cord jumps, parachuting, car racing, a motorcycle, etc.).

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WalkIntoTheLight wrote:
mortuus wrote:
It doesnt matter, user concern is a big thing now when it comes to Imalent, who wants a light that blows up in your hand? not many i guess.. whats the point pushing lumens war if that high lumens means the user cannot feel safe buyin such light? then i want less lumens but reliable and doesnt explode in your face. Its only a matter of time before we will read someone died operating a high lumens Imalent light..

Yes, I agree. But, there are some people that just want the max possible, and are willing to push the safety limits. Somebody is going to sell to them. We have 100,000 lumen handheld flashlights now. Totally ridiculous, but there’s an entertainment factor that draws some people to them. Lots of other entertainment is dangerous too (bungee cord jumps, parachuting, car racing, a motorcycle, etc.).

Yes but at least you die doing something extreme, not holding a flashlight. I think kids and neighbors will laugh they saw us die by flashlight.

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Yes but at least you die doing something extreme, not holding a flashlight. I think kids and neighbors will laugh they saw us die by flashlight.

They laugh at us anyway.

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I can say that used these lights outdoors about 4 times, they worked great when they did, however locking the lights out mechanically twice is what set these things on fire.
I do have a habit of mech. locking out all my soft press/non clicky lights, but none of my other soft press lights ever stopped working or even catch on smoke.
Sad, as this is one the pricier lights I own.

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Yes but at least you die doing something extreme, not holding a flashlight. I think kids and neighbors will laugh they saw us die by flashlight.

They laugh at us anyway.


My kids laugh at me until they need a light and then they don’t. But after they’ve used the lights for whatever purpose they’re back to laughing at me again Facepalm

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This is how Imalent works their business model also:

https://youtu.be/q7bEkk5GHwg

 

 

 

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SKV89 wrote:
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I would try Olight since they have customer service in the USA that is great and they don’t sell pipe bombs.
Or you know what they say… third time’s a charm. Of course that one could either work, or kill you. Not sure.

You will only get 25,000 lumens out of Olight, but some people know when to quit.

I like Olight too for their premium feel and quality but their lights cost 3x as much as Imalent. For Olight to build a light like MS18 it would cost like $2,000 with all the overly conservative safety features they would build in. But I doubt a company as conservative as Olight would be willing to push the performance envelope like Imalent would so we would never see these ultra high powered flashlights if it weren’t for Imalent. You get what you pay for.

You get what you pay for unless it is an Imalent. Then sometimes you get more than you paid for! Big Smile

 

 

 

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With Imalent you get good bang for your buck.

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This is how Imalent works their business model also:

That’s a good one. Thumbs Up .. A lot of truth in that clip too, on many fronts…. Sad

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