Imalent DD2R XM-L2 LCD Touch Display Flashlight
*DD2R provided for review by Imalent (www.imalent.com)
* One handed side clicky operation
* Variable Tint Touch Controlled
* Backlit touch screen panel facilitates convenient and discreet and infinite
brightness adjustment, adjustable tint
* Utilizes CREE XM-L2 (U2) LED
* Uses microcomputer controlled efficient algorithm, resulting in run time up to
* Support one pcs rechargeable Li-ion 18650 battery, two pcs primary CR123A or
* Toughened ultra-clear mineral glass with anti-reflective coating
* Aluminum alloy reflector – increased throw distance achieved from
sophisticated geometric design parameters
* Aerospace-grade T6063 aluminum alloy, military grade type III hard-anodized
Let’s take a look at what buying a DD2R will get you. As usual,
clicking on any of my photos will open a larger version in a new window.
^ The DD2R arrived in a nice retail package with information and specs on the
^ Inside is a clear plastic tray that securely holds the DD2R on the top half
as well as a charging cable, spare O-rings, and holster. A very nice
manual is included along with a warranty card.
^ Here is everything out of the packaging.
^ The holster is made of sturdy nylon and includes a D-ring for clipping to a
bag or pack along with the usual belt loop and Velcro loops. Like every
Imalent light I have reviewed, the closing flap is too short, leaving a good bit
of Velcro exposed. Fortunately the DD2R’s closing flap is long enough to
hold securely. I do wish they would correct this on all their lights with
enclosed sides and longer closing flaps.
^ The USB charging cord included works best with a 1A (or higher) wall
wart/car charger but will also charge the DD2R from a computer USB port (albeit
a bit more slowly).
^ The Warranty Card
^ The User Manual. One side is in English and the other is in Chinese.
^ The DD2R arrives with a small silica packet inside the battery tube to
ensure that the light is free of any moisture.
^ The control screen arrives with a protective plastic film.
^ The bezel and switch buttons are anodized aluminum with a nice matte,
naturally colored finish. I love it as it feels as if it is made of stone.
^ A really nice, smooth reflector sits over the Cree XM-L2 emitter.
^ On the side of the head, opposite the display screen, are the switch and
charging port as well as the “Imalent DD2R” laser etching.
^ The ribbing surrounding the base of the head breaks up the angular cuts on
the rest of the head. The DD2R is a single piece unit with a tail cap and
^ Battery tube and tail cap have clean knurling but the knurling on the tail
cap does appear to be a bit deeper than that on the battery tube. I would
like to see the knurling of the tail cap throughout the rest of the light.
^ The tail cap allows the DD2R to tail stand nicely.
^ The flats machined into the head provide good anti-roll stops.
^ The fins cut into either side of the head provide for extra heat sinking.
There is a lot of mass in the head of the DD2R.
^ The power switch is electronic and has a good click feel to it. The
power input jack is mounted in an anodized base for perfect symmetry with the
^ The laser etching for the Imalent logo and model name is about the best
I’ve seen on any flashlights. Clean, deep, and consistent.
^ The bezels threads are the only ones on the DD2R that aren’t square.
They are super smooth just like the others. The bezel seals with a nice
O-ring that really grips the bezel solidly in the head. Behind the bezel
sits the double-sided AR coated lens. The lens sits on another O-ring that
sits on the ledge by the top of the reflector. When the bezel is tightened
this O-ring is squashed and holds the reflector firmly in place while the O-ring
seals against the lip on the inside of the head. It is a solid, waterproof
^ A black plastic centering ring/insulator keeps the Cree XM-L2 LED perfectly
centered in the reflector. In the picture above you can just see the PCB
for the power switch.
The wires feeding current to the LED are on the thin side. I feel the
light could be brighter if there was less resistance in those wires.
^ The back of the forward part of the touch screen is visible in these head
pics as well. There appears to be black electrical tape insulating the
rear of the screen from the reflector.
^ Square threads throughout are nicely lubricated from the factory. The
anodizing allows you to mechanically lock out the power with just a 1/4 turn of
the tail cap. A heavy spring in the base of the tail cap gives low
resistance and good contact with the cell.
^ I couldn’t get any light into the tube but there is an spring at the back
of the driver. Having springs at either end of the cell allow for
excellent impact shock proofing.
^ I really like the natural color and matte finish on the bezel and buttons.
^ The anodizing through out the DD2R is, like all the Imalent lights I’ve
had, a nice semi-flat finish and extremely even with all sections having the
same color and thickness.
^ The charging port isn’t the usual micro USB port. Instead it uses a
round charging connector. You’ve probably noticed the dirt in some of the
notches in the charging port ring and front bezel. This appears to be
grease from the assembly process that was on the prongs of the spanner wrench
^ The charging cable plugs in very snug and secure. Charging time
depends on the output of your wall wart or 12V travel charger.
^ The pics above give an idea of the size of the DD2R in hand. The
power button controls both on and off as well as turns the display power on and
^ Sliding your thumb up on the touch display screen increases brightness and
sliding it down reduces brightness.
^ Once output is set, clicking the power button turns off the display to
prevent yourself from accidentally changing the output. Clicking it again
will turn the display back on and allow you to adjust the output again.
^ The screen is basic but provides you with what you need to operate the
light. Battery level indicator in the center of the display. Output
level indicator bars above the IMALENT logo. A mode button at the bottom
to engage Strobe and SOS modes.
OUTPUT & PERFORMANCE
One thing I noticed looking through Imalent’s website is that many of their
lights say “368 meters of throw” and I think they simply used a template
when generating their stat photos and kept the same number as the DD4R
(4*XM-L2). Do what I did and throw it out the window. I also believe
they post emitter lumens and theoretical ones at that. With that in mind,
lets take a look at the real output numbers based on my testing. They
certainly were right about the DD2R being a good thrower. 284 meters is
pretty good for a light this small. 😉
Testing equipment: I perform my OTF (Out The Front)
lumen testing using an Integrated Sphere that has been calibrated using many
known lights with accurate ANSI output figures. Lux and throw, depending
on the light being tested, is measured @ 30 seconds run time at either 3m or 8.9
meters depending on the size of the light and converted back to the ANSI
standard of 1 meter. Throw is calculated based on the 1m lux reading to
^ You can see just how nice the beam is on the DD2R. It is also
properly regulated with zero visible PWM in any output level.
^ This pic was taken in broad daylight and you can see how bright it is by
how dark the camera made everything else to compensate. In spite of the
smooth reflector, the spill is really that smooth. In spite of how small
in diameter the reflector is the hotspot is really that damned bright. I
was shocked to find that my sample only measured around 700 OTF lumens. It
seems WAY brighter than it is.
Imalent really kicked ass with the reflector in this because this little
light throws a big 283.97 meters by my measurements. It is far less than the
claimed 368 meters but my lux measurement is far greater than Imalent’s claim of
16,860 cd. I’m not sure how they calculated the throw distance but by my
math 16,860 cd makes just 269.69 meters to 0.25 lux. My measurements
indicate 20,159.7 lux measured at 3 meters and converted back to 1 meter, and
calculate throw to be 283.97 meters to 0.25 lux.
^ From left to right: Olight S20 Baton, Convoy S2JM, Eagle Eye X6 SE, Imalent
DD2R, Crelant V6CS
^ From left to right: Olight S20 Baton, Convoy S2JM, Eagle Eye X6 SE, Imalent
DD2R, Crelant V6CS
- Excellent machining and finish
- Great throw for it’s size and a smooth spill for a smooth reflector
- No visible PWM
- Easy to use UI
- Mechanical power lockout
- Internal battery charging
- Waterproof design
- Tough, hard anodizing
- Good heat sinking and thermal mass
- Anti-roll flats
- Tail stands nicely
- Fantastic moon low of just 0.62 lumens
- Dual-sided AR coating on lens
- Great laser etching
- Heavy cathode spring in tail cap for low resistance.
- Knurling on tail cap is a tad deeper than the knurling on the body.
- Thin anode spring at driver
- Measured OTF output far below the manufacturer’s claimed output of 1065
- Reliability of touch screen remains to be seen with long term use.
- No wall wart charger included.
Not only is the Imalent DD2R a good looking light, its performance matches
it’s looks. The unique touch screen/backlit display is unique among its
competitors and adds great flash and bling to folks who like the latest tech.
The Touch panel UI isn’t for everyone but it is easy to use, very intuitive,
easy to read, and will definitely make onlookers ask just what light you are
using. Great range of output from a very low Moon level to a nice High
mode and fantastic throw for a light its size coupled with zero visible PWM
.makes it a winner. The ability to plug it in after use without needing a
separate external charger will appeal to many users but its use of standard
18650 cells instead of proprietary cells means that the user can swap cells on
the run and charge externally if they care to. Ability to use CR123
primary cells will appeal to others and give the DD2R an edge in emergencies.
While not a perfect light, the DD2R dares to be different and does it with
great performance and true function. I have to respect that and therefore
I can say it is Mac Approved./p>