[Review] Imalent DN70 (1x26650, XHP70) ~ 3800 lumen in a compact package

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[Review] Imalent DN70 (1x26650, XHP70) ~ 3800 lumen in a compact package

The light was gracefully provided by Fasttest.com for review.
Here's the product's link: Imalent DN70


Starting with the packaging, I would like to say that I am very happy that I finally found a light that comes in a proper box.
Here's the outer casing of the light.

It's always nice to see that the manufacturer has put some thought into designing their packaging.
I almost felt that I was unboxing a smartphone rather than a flashlight Smile

The contents of the package include the flashlight itself, a carrying pouch, an Imalent-branded lanyard, a microUSB cable and two spare o-rings.

Here's a closeup shot of the top portion of the manual that includes the light's specifications.
In short, you get 3800Lumen and 26.3 Kcd of throw.

The included carrying pouch is made out of nylon.
The flashlight is mounted with the head facing upwards while the velcro strap is very strong.

Coming to the DN70 itself, you get an all matte black anodized finish.
The front side of the light houses the OLED display and the two e-switches.
The e-switches are quite recessed, so it takes a bit of getting used to before you can locate them at dark.

The OLED panel is using a blue font to display information.
A matte coating has been applied over it to reduce glare.
There are 4 pieces of information displayed:
1. Battery Voltage (The reading is usually a bit low but it's good enough for estimating your battery's charge level)
2. Current mode in use
3. Battery's charge level while the light is plugged into a USB port
4. Warning once the light gets hot

Opposite from the OLED display, there is the integrated micro USB charging port.

Of course, the port is protected by a rubber flap that keeps dirt and moisture away.

Once plugged in, the OLED display shows the charging status.
I measured the charging termination voltage at around 4.18V

Like most Imalent flashlights, the DN70 comes with a high drain, flat-top 26650 included in the package.
It's rated for 4500mAh but my Opus BT-C 3100 measured 5200mAh of actual capacity!

The driver's LED+ contact uses a thick, elevated brass pillar.

The tailcap can't be removed.
Here you can see the low profile brass spring for the BATT- contact as well as the thick aluminum construction of the body.

The head houses the XHP70 NW emitter and the orange pill reflector. 
After closer inspection, it seems that the emitter's dome has been sliced by the factory. 
It's something that Imalent probably did in order to increase the throw.

The light (excl. battery) weights 116 grams.

And the battery is another 94 grams. 

User Interface

The DN70 utilizes two electronic switches mounted on the sides of its OLED display.
Being such a powerful light, it uses thermal monitoring to regulate its output and temperature.
Once the flashlight gets hot, it will drop output to around 900Lm.
Only the normal modes (Low, Mid, High) can be saved, while the LVP kicks in at 2.99V

  • Turn on: Single click of the right switch
  • Turn off: Long press of the right switch
  • Mode cycle: Single click of the right switch
  • Turbo: Long press of left switch from any mode
  • Strobe / SOS / Beacon: Double click of the left switch while on Turbo (Strobe -> SOS -> Beacon)
  • Voltage Display: Single click of the left switch while off or while in normal modes

Performance and Beamshots

Here's the ceiling bounce measurements that I took with the battery fully charged.

Mode  Lux
Low (20Lm) 6
Mid (300Lm) 43
High (2500Lm) 283
Turbo (3800Lm) 385

And here's a comparison with some other lights that I got:

To further help you understand mode spacing, here's a few wall beamshots taken with a locked exposure





And for the last part, here's a few outside beamshots.
As seen, the DN70 produces an insane amount of floody light that can cover an entire building.
The wall is around 35 meters away.




To summarize my review, I found the DN70 to be a very impressive light.
It produces an extreme amount of light for its size - and of course it gets quite hot doing so.
The OLED display is certainly a cool feature to have, just like the integrated charging.
For $60 I believe that it's an excellent EDC light.


Edited by: bilakos10 on 01/11/2018 - 15:27
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Reserved, just in case I need to add anything in the future.