Imalent MS06 Flashlight Review

Imalent has released a new can style light.  It’s the first of its kind, because it uses three 21700 cells.  It’s quite a little beast, claiming an incredible 25000 lumens.  It also has charging built in.  Read on!


Official Specs and Features

Here’s a link to the official product page.

Versions

There’s just one version of the MS06.

Price

These have an MSRP of of just under $200, at $199.95.  That includes the cells as shown in this photo.


Short Review

This light is an absolute beast in can-size.  I don’t find the experience taking the cells in and out to be all that great, but if you’re going to leave the cells in then that won’t be a concern.  The output is just incredible.

Long Review

The Big Table

Imalent MS06
Emitter: Cree XHP70.2 (x6)
Price in USD at publication time: $199.95
Cell: 3×21700
Turbo Runtime High Runtime
LVP?
Switch Type: E-Switch
Quiescent Current (A): ?
On-Board Charging? Yes
Charge Port Type: Proprietary Magnetic
Chargetime
Power off Charge Port? Without Cells: No.
With cells: No.
Claimed Lumens (lm) 25000
Measured Lumens (at 30s) 16316 (65.3% of claim)*
Candela per Lumen 2.3
Claimed Throw (m) 513
Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s) 1448lux @ 5.447m = 42962cd
Throw (Calculated) (m) 414.5 (80.8% of claim)*
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  • Measurement disclaimer:  I am an amateur flashlight reviewer.  I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment.  I test output and such in PVC tubes!!  Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).

What’s Included

  • Imalent MS06 Flashlight
  • Imalent 4000mAh 21700 cells (3)
  • Lanyard
  • Nylon holster
  • Charge cable (USB to proprietary magnetic)
  • Spare o-rings (2)
  • Manual

Package and Manual

Build Quality and Disassembly

This is a hefty little chunk of a light  The build quality is good, but put a pin in that.

I really don’t think anyone else does these massive multi-emitter lights like Imalent.  These look good even from the front.  Or especially from the front.

There are some cooling fins around the body – where they’re needed.

The body/cell holder has two types of texture – knurling, and bigger boxes for grip.

That says “HOT SURFACE” but the part that gets the hottest are the cooling fins – and boy do they heat up.

This is the charge port.

Interestingly all the product branding is saved for the tail area of the light.

The threads on the MS06 are quite long (quite long – around 7 full turns!!), anodized, and fairly smooth.  Screwing this light together is not … pleasant … If (big “if”) you plan to just leave the cells installed (and that’s a perfectly reasonable thing to do), then this is not a problem you’ll face past the single time you do so to remove the protective plastic.

Herein is the problem between the three possibilities.  On the worse end of the spectrum is a light with built in cells – such as the DX80.  Those cells die and you have to buy a new light (generally speaking).  On another end of the spectrum is a light with a cell holder.  The tradeoff there is an increase in size because cell holders take up space.  But they’re easy to install and manipulate.

Then we have the MS06, and any other multi-cell light which put the cell itself directly in contact with the head of the light.  Screwing these parts together slide the cells over the brass rings (seen below).  At some point this becomes a tight affair (which is has to be for good contact for high currents), but at that point you have half of the light in each hand, fighting to not press the button and turn the light on, and against the grips on the tail half of the light (which are sharp and uncomfortable to hold) and you end up with an experience that is unpleasant.  Add to that the extremely long threads and .. I really dreaded cycling the cells out of the light.

Size and Comps

Product size: 56mm (head diameter) * 51mm (body diameter) * 119mm (length)
Net weight:572g (battery included)

The MS06 is practically the length of the Convoy S2+!  And it uses a longer cell, too.

Here are a few other can light style lights for comparison.  All of those are 18650 lights except the MS06.

Retention and Carry

A short nylon pouch is included.  The light fits such that the bottom half is allowed to hang out.  The light will not slip out the bottom, though, and will not fit in the other direction.

Also included is a lanyard, which I struggled at first to attach.

Then I saw this loop – the cooling fins have a hole for the lanyard.  Based on the heat this light can churn out on Turbo (and even the lower modes), it would probably be a good idea to use a metal connector here for the lanyard.

Power and Runtime

The MS06 is powered by three 21700 button top cells.  The cells are included, and are 4000mAh, 14.4wh cells.

These cells are in parallel inside the MS06.  And yes, that does mean the light will work on any combination of cells – one two or three cells.  With just one cell install, the light will go through all of the modes (including Turbo).  This is a lot of current for one cell, so I didn’t (and wouldn’t recommend) pushing it with just one cell.

The cells go into the light in the normal way – positive terminal toward head.

They don’t slop around, either.  There are some partial dividers that keep the cells from wandering, and will also keep just one cell in place, if in there alone.

Here are a few runtimes.  On Turbo, I am not seeing 25,000 lumens even at startup.  But (at startup) we’re practically within my 10% margin of error.  At 30s, we’re on the shoulder of a long (and planned) stepdown.  The stepdown should be to 4000 lumens; it looks to be around 3300, and from there the light trails downward.  There is Low Voltage Protection and also a low voltage warning by the indicator near the switch.  First it turns red, then it blinks red, and finally the light turns off.

High sees a similar stepdown, but does hold the high output for a bit longer.

Middle II (the third highest mode) follows the output curve just as the others have.  (I scaled this graph to the “High” graph.)

Despite output not really hitting the specified numbers, the output does look pretty good.  I can’t say I’d want the light to stay on turbo for much longer – the light is remarkably hot in hand during this level of output.

Based on bench power testing, the red light comes on (solid) at 3.3V, starts flashing around 2.8V, and the light shuts off at 2.7V.  That’s perfectly good for the cells.

Also included on the MS06 is on-board charging.  This is by way of a USB to magnetic proprietary connector.  I’ve used other Imalents with this same connection type but this connector is much more secure than those.  The charger snaps into place and most often does so accurately.  Charging starts immediately.

Charging looks good, and at a max is just under 2A.  Charging 3 4000mAh cells at around 2A will of course take some time, and we see that here too.  Full charge takes just under 6 hours.

Modes and Currents

Mode Mode Claimed Output (lm) Claimed Runtime Measured Lumens Tailcap Amps
Turbo 25000/4000 70s/120m 16316 20+
High 9000/4000 2m/130m 6841 12.94
Middle II 4000 2h18m 3501 7.98
Middle I 2500 4h 2204 5.64
Middle Low 1200 8h 1089 2.06
Low 200 31h 322 0.5

There really is no “Low” mode here.  Sure it’s called Low but is 200 lumens really low?  No, of course not.

PWM

The light does exhibit PWM on some of the lower modes, but it’s fast enough that I don’t really notice it during use.

For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor.  And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned.  Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!

User Interface and Operation

There’s a single switch on the MS06.  It’s an e-switch, it’s on the head, and it has a nice metal cover.  The action is very low but it clicks very positively.  The switch itself is not an indicating switch, but there’s a red/green indicator just near.

The switch sits almost flush with the surrounding body.  It is also directly opposite the charge port on the body, so just by feel it could be somewhat difficult to differentiate.

Here’s a UI table!

State Action Result
Off Click On (Mode Memory (excluding Turbo/Strobe)
On Click Off
On Hold Mode cycle (200/1200/2500/4000/9000 order)
Any Triple Click Low
Turbo Double Click Strobe
Off Hold Iterate the indicator switch (on or off)
Off Click 4x Iterate Lock (indicated by 3x flashing of green indicating LED)

This is generally the same UI as the MS03, which I have also reviewed.

LED and Beam

In the MS06 are six (6) Cree XHP70.2 emitters.  They each have a small reflector, making a beam that while floody, is still directed.

These pics below are consecutive.  Off, and Turbo.

These beamshots are always with the following settings:  f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.

Tint vs BLF-348 (KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b version) (affiliate link)

Test light is on the left!

I compare everything to the KillzoneFlashlights.com 219b BLF-348, because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!

Conclusion

What I like

  • Full package
  • Nice to see a 3-cell 21700 can light
  • Spectacular output
  • Simple UI
  • Great small size
  • Added direct access to low!

What I don’t like

  • Hard to separate body and head
  • Mode memory
  • No real Low mode

Notes

  • This light was provided by Imalent for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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