[4K Review] IMALENT MS03 - 13000 lumens, World's Brightest EDC

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[4K Review] IMALENT MS03 - 13000 lumens, World's Brightest EDC

My MS03 Review – Is it really 13,000 lumens though? Does it throw further than the advertised 324m? How does it handle the heat? Is it the usual IMALENT quality? How long does it hold Turbo? How does it compare to the Astrolux MF01 mini, Astrolux EC01 and Fireflies E07? Will it take other 21700’s? Is the clip and Lanyard futile?
Did I survive the finale? Did I get piss wet?

#RunAtreyu IMALENT were confident my review sample was faulty so they sent me a 2nd MS03 to test…

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10,000 lumens
Throws less (264m)
It handles the heat well
Usual Imalent so-so quality
It holds very little on turbo
It is definitely much brighter than the other ones, but the brightness is distributed in flood.
I didnt see if it takes other 21700 LOL I might need to watch the video again.
The Lanyard sucks.
You got wet.

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Great video! Cool

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10,000 lumens Throws less (264m) It handles the heat well Usual Imalent so-so quality It holds very little on turbo It is definitely much brighter than the other ones, but the brightness is distributed in flood. I didnt see if it takes other 21700 LOL I might need to watch the video again. The Lanyard sucks. You got wet.

My 21700’s are way too short.
The included cell has a type c port and protection. The flashlight is like Hermoine’s handbag as the battery is longer than EC01.

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Your measurements are usually on the higher side and you still measured only 10470 lumens. That’s pretty dissapointing. I’ll wait for a real 13k Lumen light.

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Could be just a bad cell, others might manage 13k at turn on. Thrunite and Olight are terrible for turbo sometimes with their protected cells.

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wow, it is brighter than many but doesn’t throw much most of the light is side ways flood. interesting light. Not my cup of tea. Thanks for the the review. Makes me like the MF01 mini even more. especially with the longer run times use the ManOfLight copper mod.

I like a balance of throw and flood.

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Thank you for your much anticipated, valuable and comprehensive review!

I ordered two of these, along with four 40T solder spring top cells, and two VP8 chargers. Thanks to your review, I have a pretty good idea of what I can expect they can do as far as beam performance and beam  profile compared to size. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed, I think I’ll be happy with them. 

 

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Your reviews are very thorough and exactly what I’m looking for, thank you!

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Flashaholics wrote:
lotrbfme wrote:
10,000 lumens Throws less (264m) It handles the heat well Usual Imalent so-so quality It holds very little on turbo It is definitely much brighter than the other ones, but the brightness is distributed in flood. I didnt see if it takes other 21700 LOL I might need to watch the video again. The Lanyard sucks. You got wet.

My 21700’s are way too short.
The included cell has a type c port and protection. The flashlight is like Hermoine’s handbag as the battery is longer than EC01.

And for a 150+ dollar light, it better be able to take standard, non-protected cells! Shouldn’t have to Mod something like this to do that Flat Stare
I’ve seen your earlier reviews, loooong gripe you had about that since ya cannot use a Samsun 40T for example.

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KnHawke wrote:
Flashaholics wrote:
lotrbfme wrote:
10,000 lumens Throws less (264m) It handles the heat well Usual Imalent so-so quality It holds very little on turbo It is definitely much brighter than the other ones, but the brightness is distributed in flood. I didnt see if it takes other 21700 LOL I might need to watch the video again. The Lanyard sucks. You got wet.

My 21700’s are way too short.
The included cell has a type c port and protection. The flashlight is like Hermoine’s handbag as the battery is longer than EC01.

And for a 150+ dollar light, it better be able to take standard, non-protected cells! Shouldn’t have to Mod something like this to do that Flat Stare
I’ve seen your earlier reviews, loooong gripe you had about that since ya cannot use a Samsun 40T for example.

I dislike proprietary batteries, so many torches can’t make or hold turbo that use them, but I suppose it stops muggles putting Ultrafire cells in lights.

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Turbo is very bright but it plummets almost immediately

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Putting things straight as some “reviewers” just want to bring you their deals and nothing else

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBArU2WjrH9/?igshid=fznpqk79qn1t

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great review and excellent video/content quality. subscribed!

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2A wrote:
great review and excellent video/content quality. subscribed!

Thanks!

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Flashaholics wrote:
Putting things straight as some “reviewers” just want to bring you their deals and nothing else

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBArU2WjrH9/?igshid=fznpqk79qn1t

Yeah, quite annoying.
Also, there are contact points near the positive terminal on the driver side, did you check these out ?

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Yeah, I don’t know what purpose they serve, unless the light was originally designed for USB charging?

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Flashaholics wrote:
lotrbfme wrote:
10,000 lumens Throws less (264m) It handles the heat well Usual Imalent so-so quality It holds very little on turbo It is definitely much brighter than the other ones, but the brightness is distributed in flood. I didnt see if it takes other 21700 LOL I might need to watch the video again. The Lanyard sucks. You got wet.

My 21700’s are way too short.
The included cell has a type c port and protection. The flashlight is like Hermoine’s handbag as the battery is longer than EC01.

Does it work with an unprotected cell? If so maybe with a 30T, it will do 13k lumens. Protected cells severely restricts current.

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I tried getting a 40T working with it today but even with some pretty big spacers it was still too short. I think an 8mm spacer might do it but the resistance might become an issue.

I don’t advocate the use of spacers tbh.

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Did you try to measure current?
I did, burnt my fingers. My UT210E wasnt able to measure it on Turbo

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Nope.

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Some suggestions:

  • Install larger springs at the head and tail. Use low-resistance Be-Cu springs, or wire-bypassed steel springs. If using wire bypass on the spring at the driver, make sure to place the wire inside the spring. That way if the solder gives out and the wire becomes loose, it should be trapped by the spring and is much less likely to cause a dead short.
  • Use a spacer – you can make a simple spacer with some sheet copper. Cut a 1 cm wide strip of copper, then fold it into a 4-sided box. Place this spacer between the back of the light and the tailcap (safer than putting the spacer at the front of the light). You can make the spacer better by soldering it together, and maybe soldering a button top to it for better connection to the base of the cell.

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Mine are being shipped any day now. Meanwhile, I am getting an idea of how this light compares to others in its size and 21700 fuel supply and power class. Compared to NSX53: much less throw and much more close in flood, and the cell is usb c chargeable. Compared to TM9K: similar floodiness, but the cell is not user inaccessible.  Compared to FW21 Pro: side instead of rear electronic switch, and probably has more heat sinking. There are other differences between these four 21700 lights, so each of them can have their own place in this class of flashlights. 

 

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The two Imalent MS03 arrived a few hours ago, along with the extra long original Imalent protected usb-c cells, and four solder blob unprotected 21700 cells, and two VP8 chargers to charge the six longer cells and have digital readout.

The very first impression: Very nice quality box, not just plain cardboard. The first impression is important, and since the box is very high quality, it provides an initial quality impression.

Something different: The bezel. The bezel is too different to figure out, but it is working great, if it even is a bezel.

The tail cap says "Built in 21700 battery", but I think it should say: "User removable usb-c extra long protected battery included", if it has to say anything at all about the battery at that location.

Weight: Feels perfect. Not too heavy. Feels light weight, but does not feel too light weight

Size: Worlds smallest triple XHP70.2 reflectored light!

Small white room ceiling bounce check yields what I like.

I am going to use this light in normal modes for normal runtime and normal heat management, but it is nice to have maximum turbo for brief burst to light up a large area brightly for a brief time, to get a quick, bright, large area scan.

I attached size comparison pic of this light with five other lights in another dimension of the world wide web, so I will clench my jaws and whiten my knuckles to avoid cross-posting the pic here.

I really do like the overall feel and looks and performance of this exciting hot rod. In a few more hours, when flashlight time dawns, I will be enjoying the thrill of what one of these in each hand provides.

For less performance, use smaller flashlights, and for most performance, use largest flashlights.

 

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Everyone complaining about the Imalent 21700 battery being too long should know the Acebeam & Fenix 21700 batteries are the same size.
Yes the Acebeam & Fenix 21700 batteries work in the Imalent MS03.

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IMALENT’s latest response to the Turbo red light problem:

“because we put glue to seal the head and battery tube, when it is not dry, we started to test them on turbo, so the glue melted and loosed the body, but we didn’t realised before
If people who want to solve the problem themselves, just need to take off the body, clean the glue and make it tight”

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That explains why the tube came off easy but left glue residue

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Samsung 40T with solder blob powered up the lights, but turbo red light problem with both of my MS03 and all four of the 40T blob top cells. Clean up glue at seal between head and tube and tighten did not solve the problem. Also, I had difficulty getting the extra long Imalent cells to power up the lights, even with tightening both the head and tail by hand as tight as I could. I removed the white plastic that was protruding from the positive button of the Imalent cells with a razor blade, and that solved both problems: the turbo red light problem and the difficulty with getting contact to power the lights were both solved. I can use the solder top cells in my other 21700 lights. 

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Flashaholics wrote:

If people who want to solve the problem themselves, just need to take off the body, clean the glue and make it tight”

Just to make sure I can follow: Are we talking about heating up the tube and unscrewing it from the head?
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richbuff wrote:

Samsung 40T with solder blob powered up the lights, but turbo red light problem with both of my MS03 and all four of the 40T blob top cells. Clean up glue at seal between head and tube and tighten did not solve the problem. Also, I had difficulty getting the extra long Imalent cells to power up the lights, even with tightening both the head and tail by hand as tight as I could. I removed the white plastic that was protruding from the positive button of the Imalent cells with a razor blade, and that solved both problems: the turbo red light problem and the difficulty with getting contact to power the lights were both solved. I can use the solder top cells in my other 21700 lights. 

Thanks for sharing this tip… i was pretty upset on the turbo red light issue as well, also the light cant seem to ramp up to level 4 after i use Turbo.

I went out for a night walk and was met with some light rain. Used the MS03 in the rain, Pretty cool until this morning, i saw this:

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Imalent MS03
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I contacted Imalent Support, they told me to wait for a few hours to see if the moisture is still showing, if so I have to send it back for repair or replacement.
What a bummer.

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Flashaholics wrote:
If people who want to solve the problem themselves, just need to take off the body, clean the glue and make it tight”
Just to make sure I can follow: Are we talking about heating up the tube and unscrewing it from the head?

Just cleaning off the glue, it doesn’t work, I still get the red light.

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