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Maglite Flashlights

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by mortten, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. Jul 2, 2020
    mortten

    mortten I can’t put my finger on it

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    Anyone still use them. The lens on my 3 D-cell was scratched up and the rubber switch cover is missing. I sent them an email about purchasing those items. They emailed back that they will send them out free of charge for being a long time customer. They requested the serial number and it’s 25 years old.
     
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  2. Jul 2, 2020
    PeteL

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    I was about to toss mine, but then I bought LED bulbs for them.

    Best upgrade ever! Blinding light, tight focus, and a set of d-cells lasts forever.
     
  3. Jul 3, 2020
    CHUGALUG

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    I have a 5 cell that I got as a promotion for selling oil in 1980 so 40 years old. Still works great.
     
  4. Jul 3, 2020
    Focker

    Focker That's a terrible idea...What time? Staff Member 2019 Sponsor

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    Twin2

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    they sent me two LED lights /switch
    not too long ago . just paid shipping (y)
     
  6. Jul 3, 2020
    givemethewillys

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    I still use my 3-d maglite, I like the heft of it. Sometimes you have to whack it a few times to get the bulb to work. I should look into the led conversion, I bet it would make a huge difference
     
  7. Jul 4, 2020
    dozerjim

    dozerjim Member

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    x2
     
  8. Jul 4, 2020
    Glenn

    Glenn Kinda grumpy old man Staff Member

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    I've still got a couple but honestly wasn't overly impressed with them as far as reliability so I started looking at other brands, mainly stuff that Costco sells.
     
  9. Jul 4, 2020
    Cap-n-Cray

    Cap-n-Cray I want to do this again.. Staff Member

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    I converted all my Maglites to LED. I really like my 5 "D" cell. I can use it to smack someone into the future.

    I also have a rechargeable one in the shop with a wall mounted charger. Very convenient...
     
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    cj6/442

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    Just found 4 mags in the closet ....I will look into getting the led bulbs and keep them
     
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  11. Jul 5, 2020
    dane71

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    Mag lites are a classic, great company too it sounds like, and US made.

    The stock old tech ones are just fine for general usage. Great for leaving in your car or tool bag. People like to talk about how there are smaller and brighter lights but sometimes that really just doesnt matter. And then of course an upgraded or factory LED mag is just insane as far as both brightness and runtime goes.
     
  12. Jul 5, 2020
    Cap-n-Cray

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    Anyone have a mini mag pumpkin head flashlight?...

    [​IMG]
     
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    PeteL

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    Ummmm... No.
     
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  14. Jul 6, 2020
    teletech

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    A couple years ago I heard that the old guy who started the company is still showing up for work every day to keep making the product.
    It's a cool story of a bit of an American institution. That said, I just don't have much reason to carry around something as big and clunky as the "D" models and I never did like the power control on the mini mags. LED bulb replacements help a ton, as do the push-button back-cap switches for the mini.
    I'm liking my Sure-Fire lights.
     
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  15. Jul 9, 2020
    Keys5a

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    For those that have converted to LED, did you just buy the eBay bulbs? What wattage for 3 battery lights? Did you have to change to a deeper/parabolic reflector, or just a bulb?
    I have a couple 3D versions, and a favorite 2C size. I've always hated the standard bulb's light pattern as you adjust wide to narrow beam. There are so many distortions. I assume LED fixes this?
    -Donny
     
  16. Jul 9, 2020
    Cap-n-Cray

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    The LED bulb does clean it up a bit. I am pleased...
     
  17. Jul 9, 2020
    PeteL

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    Just drop in the led bulb. And yes, no distortion. 200 lumens and up are amazingly powerful.

    MAGLITE Ultra Bright LED Upgrade Bulb Drop In Replacement 2 3 4 5 6 Cell C D NEW | eBay
     
  18. Jul 17, 2020
    mortten

    mortten I can’t put my finger on it

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    Thought they forgot about me but got my parts today
     
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  19. Jul 19, 2020
    OnlyOneDR

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    Thanks for the post. I use one nearly every night searching for "deposits" that the dog leaves in the yard. One of them had a switch go bad so I will email them and see if they can help out. I think my oldest one is almost 20 years olds now but we have four or five of various D- cell sizes. The LED upgrade is great as I did that with one of the oldest ones.
     
  20. Jul 19, 2020
    mortten

    mortten I can’t put my finger on it

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    Have your serial number ready :)
     

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