Flashlight Review: Imalent DDT40 4000 lumen Touch Sensor LED Light & lantern (New 2015)

You’ve got the itch… for more lumens, right? You
want something that wakes up the dead and rots their melting faces off, but
sometimes big bright flashlights aren’t practical when you need less light or don’t feel like melting faces.
Sometimes you want to read a classic or spend a relaxing day in your dingy cellar fixing your boiler, because apparently boilers are still a thing? So how about a light that does it all, like the DDT40 from Imalent, part of their Shark series of flashlights, whatever that means. You can mount it on a tripod, use it as a lamp, or create an unstoppable wall of light for no reason at all. And while it may be quicker to discuss things the DDT40 can’t do, like eat the last of the Rocky Road,
let’s keep this a positive flashlight video and discuss the many things it can do.
The DDT40 might look like it runs on cold fusion or comes from 1980’s James
Cameron movie, but it just runs off four regular 18650 lithium ion rechargeable batteries. But the DDT40 won’t erase the painful memories of Avatar. The DDT40 also has a built-in
charger in case you don’t already have one. Imalent suggests you use protected batteries for safety and
performance. Especially if using the built-in charger. Up front
you get four cool white tinted XML2 LEDs and on either side to get and XPL emitter behind a diffuser, which scatters nice soft
light around the general area. You might also notice the screen and
lots of buttons. You know, because you’re into screens.
First the OLED screen, while not being a touch screen, gives
you a lot of information such as: a built-in compass, the operating
temperature the flashlight, the battery voltage, the light output level-
for the front and side LEDs, low battery indicator, and also lets you
check your Tinder. Okay, I was joking about that last part.
It also has a 2 infrared ports that allow you to control some of the lights features with the included remote control. If
you’re lazy or like the idea of a flashlight being operated like a tricked-out Honda. Okay, so how do you operate the light? Well the user interface isn’t complicated but you need
to make sure you’re hitting the right buttons. I find it easiest if you hold the light
with the power button facing down. Okay so put in four 18650 batteries, all facing the same way. First you have
an on/off switch. Cool. Turn it on. Okay, you’ll see that it’s pumping out the default 4,000 manufacturer rated lumens. Every time you switch on the light in
standard flashlight mode or spotlight, as the manual refers to it, it starts in 4000 lumens even if
you try to talk to it sternly, because spotlight mode does not have mode memory. Lets change the output. There are 2 LED touch sensors facing upward near the
information screen. One is up and one is down. You can turn it up to 4000 lumens and all the way down to five lumens, but in pre-programmed
increments. Alright, how about the flood light? On the side there is a silver button. You can change the output the same way change the output on
general flashlight mode. From five lumens all the way to 1180
lumens. Flood light mode has mode memory even
even though spotlight mode does not. Turn the light off and quickly turn it back on- or slowly. I don’t care. The light will turn
on in the operating mode used last. So if you used spotlight mode last when you turn it back on it will start in 4000 lumen mode or if you used flood light mode last it will come
on the last output level you used. So once again, flood light has mode memory, and spot light mode does not. You’re wondering: what’s up with that second silver button? Remember the first silver button allows you to switch between flood light and spotlight. But this button allows you
to turn on and off the OLED screen or display relevant information you’d like to know. Now what about that remote? To operate the light with the remote aim it toward one of the two receiver ports which look like this. You can turn on and off the light. Alternate between spot and flood. Choose between the three
strobe modes including: Strobe, beacon, and the seaman’s favorite- S.O.S. Also you can adjust the brightness level up or down. The remote runs on a tiny alkaline
battery that looks like this Moving on. Since the DDT40 has many different output modes I’ll do a few runtime tests: I use the time lapse feature on my camera. And the clock you see in the picture shows the actual time of day. 4,000 lumen mode starts bright, steps
down a bit in the first few minutes, and maintains mostly constant brightness
for a total runtime of about two hours and 10 minutes. 2000 lumen mode tapers at the beginning
minimally and maintains a mostly constant brightness
for nearly 2.5 hours before shutting off. You’ll notice that floodlight, or work light
mode as I seem to call it runs nearly constant for five hours
before 10 min a drop in brightness then the low battery indicator flashes
on the screen and shuts off at a little over five hours and 10 minutes. All runtime tests were
performed with the Sanyo 18650 2600mah battery, with the model
number of UR18650FM in case you’d like to Google the model number and then find
them to buy. Now how about a beam shot comparisons between other smaller-sized 700 to 1000 lumen range lights first, then followed by four bigger lights
including the DDT40 that pump out roughly three times as many
lumens. The big flashlights are all in the 2,000 to 4,000 manufacturer rated limit
range. I’ll let you be the judge on what light
wins. Some lights throw better and some have more spill. My camera was set to manual during this test you’ll see the camera settings on each different “beam shot” and the distance in feet between the
object I’m shining it at. All lights in the test were set to their
maximum output, because that’s how flashlight science works. You’ll see the name of the light at the top
of the screen and how many LED emitters it uses, if it uses more
than one. Also take into consideration that some lights have a brighter center area, while other lights aren’t quite as bright in the center, but have more light around the whole area. The light you see outside of the center or hotspot, is often referred to as spill light. So what about some opinions and stuff?
First what comes with the light? A brown box, the light, a warranty card, instructions, a holster, spare o-rings, a screen protector, a remote, and a charger plug. Awesome! Now my opinions. The light tail stands extremely well, which is important if you want to use the flood lights. The tripod thread works well on standard photo and video tripods.It’s
waterproof to IPX8 standards, so you’re ok to drop in shallow water or use it in
the rain. While it would be nice if the standard flashlight mode had memory at least the work light or floodlight
mode does. So that’s cool. It’s constructed out of all high quality materials and its small for the amount of light it
outputs. It would be more user friendly if there were fewer buttons. Unless you are one of those
people who likes “pressing buttons.” Okay so how accurate is a compass? Well put it next to my high tech iPhone
compass. I’ll let you judge for yourself. And if you would have preferred an
Android compass, well go make your own damn flashlight video.
But let’s just say I wouldn’t want to get lost in the woods if this was your only compass. The tailcap threads are thick, square cut, and anodized so they should provide a long life if you
use the flashlight a lot. Oh and I forgot, the most important
part. How do you access the three strobe modes without the remote? First turn on the light with the big button on the bottom. Then press and hold the left button to access strobe. give it a long press again and then you’re using Beacon, like the screen indicates. And one last time long press and you’re in S.O.S. And what seems to be a first, you
can dim and brighten the strobe modes I guess flashlight manufactures now have
to “up” their game in the strobe category. Great. This light was provided by review from Imalent. Visit www.imalent.com for more information And don’t forget to subscribe to my
channel if you like this video. Thanks for watching! Be sure to check out all of my other headlamp and flashlight reviews, by browsing my channel. My channel is updated about twice a month with all new, original videos.

10 thoughts on “Flashlight Review: Imalent DDT40 4000 lumen Touch Sensor LED Light & lantern (New 2015)

  1. Okay…. I'm impressed. I've been a Fenix guy all the way since 2008 when I got my LD20-Q5. But I am really impressed with this. Being a photographer that remote control option could be really amazing if you have it set up on a tripod shining through a diffuser or something like that. I love lights that have 1/4 inch thread mounts.

    It has a compass? lol wtf. Did you play around with it a lot more? Does it work well at all? I don't mind having it, but if it doesn't work at all it would bother me that it's even there lol. It does seem like the terminator of flashlights. Too bad it doesn't have a space-laser mode for any sudden alien invasions.

  2. I really like the video. I ordered one for Christmas. What batteries do you use? Do they need to be button top?

  3. +mhanlen1 thanks for the video, its awesome with all the details, I also like ur other videos its cool. I am looking around for a flashlight with both spill and tint, came across many of them and zeroed upon eagletac mx25l3c xp-g2 and the other mx25l3 mt-g2 models for the price but the imalent ddt40 really impressed me with the specs. I just want to know about the through(distance) the light covers from ur experience. Did you ever compare with other lights. In future if u could add the distance covered by the light it will be very useful for people like me. Thanks once again for the awesome videos and support

  4. Hey man, I've seen a few of your videos from "scams" to super powered, handheld-headlights. It seems I can't get a straight answer on what some of the best "tactical" lights or stream lights are out there. I'm in law enforcement and I need something that effective for the area and also disorientating a target. Any options or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  5. Bad quality Flashlight, quality Problem of Imalent DDT40 please check https://youtu.be/ImNWPjxqvfQ

  6. Wow! That's a badass flashlight bro! Super sweet. Maybe even the bee's knees.

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