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the last 3 maglight flashlights i've bought
have really been a disappointment. the
last one i've got here won't even work
anymore and hasn't had that much use.
i just put a new out of the package alkaline
battery in it and it blinked pretty bright once
and quit. my dissatisfaction started some time
with the cheesy replacement mini maglight
bulbs they started selling that kinda fizzled
then quit new out of the package. that was
pre led maglight anything. i may just send this
one back and ask for a refund and not try to
buy any of their stuff anymore.
at least the harbor freight junky taiwan free
flashlights work right out of the box and
you can just toss them when the led goes.
i've never had one of those leave me in the
dark in the woods. what a true shame. >

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-07-2016, 12:41 AM
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I hear ya ... I gave up on maglight some time ago. I've mainly switched over to Streamlight for stuff that matters, and also bought a few CREE single AA types off ebay that have proven to be bomb proof. Had to dig through a lot of forums of folks who collect flashlights like Imelda Marcos collected shoes, and find out which brands, which bulbs, etc. Lots of the EDC folks are really into their flashlights, and I got a lot of good tips from them. Right now we use a Streamlight to walk the dog everynight, have one on each nightstand as well.
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I've had more bad luck with leaking batteries in maglites than with Maglite failure.

Surefire and Elzetta are pricier but my current favorites.....lithium c123 batteries, long battery life, lots of light, and **** for stout. I dropped an older Surefire led light in the snow, accidently ran it through the snowblower, and found it the next spring when the snowbank melted. Favorite for EDC is an Elzetta with low and ?700 lumen high beam.
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I just wish my mini maglite pro had a button up on top to switch it on like the bigger models have.
It's way brighter than the HF freebies. I'd guess the beam has about ten times the reach. And I got a fiber optic boot that slips on the end for precision lighting.

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. . . And I got a fiber optic boot that slips on the end for precision lighting.
i've got one of those also that i've had for a lot of years.
one of the better gun fixin' tools ive ever had. best bore
light too. i just can no longer keep any of my maglights
working to use it with. the incandescent bulbs they offer
are crap anymore. i've had several of the led units fizzle.
just before they go they blink rapidly like an overhead
fluorescent lamp about to go out. i used to be able to
trust any of their products, but i can't any longer.
bad part is, i have some headlamps that i use about as
much or more than a handheld flashlight and i haven't
had any problems with those other than a switch worn
out from use. one other older one has the elastic headband
about gone from extensive use, but the light part still
works as good as new.

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Maglites used to be good. I have a 3C cell that I bought about 25 years ago to carry in my truck. Hasn't been used all that much, but never had a problem with it.


Are the newer ones made in China now?


The only flashlights I buy now are the AA or AAA LED type. Brighter and the batteries last longer than the old bulb lights.
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Maglites used to be good. I have a 3C cell that I bought about 25 years ago to carry in my truck. Hasn't been used all that much, but never had a problem with it.


Are the newer ones made in China now?


The only flashlights I buy now are the AA or AAA LED type. Brighter and the batteries last longer than the old bulb lights.
My Mini Maglite LED Pro just says Ontario, CA. So I assume it was made in the U.S.A.
Uses 2 AA batteries. And I believe is waterproof, though I've never used it underwater.
It was a bit pricier than the last one I had, which I believe was borrowed and never seen again. I think it was about $20, but I bought it with a gift card and that's still relatively inexpensive compared to a lot of the tactical flashlights on the market today.

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. . . And I believe is waterproof, though I've never used it underwater. . .
i had a d-cell mag light go over at night out on the lake here.
i watched it go swirly-whirly shining all the way down and i
guess it hit the muddy silt at the bottom and i lost track of it.
we also found out wooden handle opinel knives don't float
during the same trip.

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. . . that's still relatively inexpensive compared to a lot of the tactical flashlights on the market today.
i've seen some of those $100.00- $200.00 flashlights for sale.
for emergency personnel or military maybe. . .for me , no way.
i have too many lanterns of various types and free hong kong
phooey h.f. flooshlights to ever pay that

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I think I paid about $50 for a rechargeable black and decker spotlight with led and enclosed lithium ion battery a few years ago. It still works great and is super bright. The beam is easily good for a couple hundred yards or more, and it's very small and light compared to the old q-beams.
I think I saw the same light for $29 a couple of days ago. It's sold as a Stanley also, and maybe another brand too.

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