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What Happened To Maglite?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Mot45acp, Jun 27, 2010.

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  1. Mot45acp

    Mot45acp Member

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    My 5 cell finaly died. From a fall off my nightstand. The LED is fine you just have to shake it to get it to "line out".

    I have bought 3 maglites ranging from "AA" to 3 "D". All have this issue right out of the package.

    I guess I'm not holding my mouth right when I use em. Its just aggravating when you drop $30 on a flashlight with a "reputable" name and they dont work from the get go. These used to be the flashlight to have.

    Unless they get their issues solved they have lost a loyal customer.

    Just need to rant.
     
  2. jbkebert

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    I found myself cursing maglights earlier this evening. Around Christmas time Lowes had AA size LED mag lights for $10. They usually run around $21 or so. I bought 6 of them and also a few (2) D cell size. None of these lights work worth a darn. The AA size you have to shake around or tap to get to come on. Then I thought LED lights lasted alot longer. Well not the case if I can get a hour of run time on a set of Duracell batteries I am amazed. I bought some high dollar litium batteries thinking they would last longer. Well they do I can run for a hour and fifteen minutes. Should of taken the same money and bought one surefire light instead of $100 worth of junk.:banghead:

    I looked up there warrenty and you have to send them in postage paid. So it would cost me another $30 to get them fixed (maybe) or replaced with more crap. I am self employed as a remodeling contractor. When I am crawling around in someones attic wiring new light fixtures or in someones crawl space sweating in new plumbing lines I need a flashlight that I can depend on. Mag-light is not that light.
     
  3. Gryffydd

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    I have a 3 cell AA LED Maglite that I bought a couple of years ago. It works great and the batteries last FOREVER. It's also many times brighter than the old 2 AA Mini Maglites with the regular bulbs that burnt out all the time and didn't have nearly as good of battery life.
     
  4. Mal H

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    Mot45acp - I don't quite understand the problem.
    Did they all fall from your nightstand, and now they don't work? What does "line out" mean?

    Doesn't sound like that one died from the "get go".

    I have several Maglites (none are LED though), and none of them have a problem. Some have been dropped over the years, and continue to work.
     
  5. RONSERESURPLUS

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    Hello all, RON L here


    I have to wonder if the Quality control has come down on Maglight, as i have a 6 cell and a 4 D cell, as well as a few different Mini Mag AA lights some LED a few not, I've used them from Afgainstan to Iraq and It's a deal where dropped, Try Blown up, they still worked? I'm not sure the deal wit the Mag light many of ya had? I have send a few mag lights back and they fixed or replaced them free of charge yea it did cost to send them back, but not the return shipping and I've never had an issue, as far as LED Longevity thats subjectinve as I've not stressed mine or know that deal? The regular Bulbs light pleanty bright and were fairly rugged? I know contracting work and construction can be hard ona light but Mine saw combat use and more as far as exposure to sea air for months at a time? I've not had any major issues?


    RON
     
  6. redbandit98

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    I finally caved in and bought an led 2 d cell and small AA cell led model for work. What a waste of money. I dropped the Big one like 2 days after having it and it killed the bulb. I put in the trusty standard bulb they supply in the battery cap and it has worked ever since. The small one never wants to work. You have to smack it to get it to work half the time. I really wish I would have just bought standard bulb maglites but they may even be crap now. I understand that if you drop a light when hot the bulb could go out, but its not worth it to have to pay that much money for a new led bulb. I think the best one Ive ever used is an old one we have here at work. Its a rechargable one and its bright and plenty durable. Its also probably 10 years old.
     
  7. Mot45acp

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    Mal, only the 5 cell was dropped. It was about 5 years old. That works out to about $6 a year. I cant complain about that.

    "Line out" means various things (enter the "in Texas" comment) but for this case it means kinda works if you shake it and it will light up if you hold it still. They flicker, go out etc. Some are LED, some are incandecent (sp?) They havent been dropped.

    In a way I'm kinda glad this happened. I had five mini-mags NIW that I bought for hurricanes etc. This caused me to open them up to try em. 4 of them arent even good enough for back up. They are now given to the kids as toys. The LED model (platinum series) I give it a 70% and is a back up in my truck.

    I guess its a Q/C problem. I sent an email to them and will post their response.

    I am happy with my Solarforce that I got from Jimdo. I guess I'm gonna try the AA model for my purposes.
     
  8. SavageSig

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    Maglite would still have a lock on the flashlight industry if they had ever figured out how to do LED properly. If you want a nice LED light for not so much money, check out Streamlight. I have a penlight that's on the original AA batteries after a year which throws out an amazing amount of light. Never have to shake it or tap it to get it to work either.
     
  9. Guns and more

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    At one time the Maglight was the standard.
    I've owned several Mini-Maglites, and I'll never own another.
    Grain of wheat bulbs don't last, twist switch unreliable.
    With the new LED flashlights, I'll never go back.
     
  10. geologist

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    The only reason I still have a 3 cell maglight in each of my trucks is NOT for the poor quality light they throw but rather for their sturdy weight and construction.

    I have much better quality cheaper flashlights for when I need light.
     
  11. arcticap

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    These upgraded LED heads work pretty good and are sold at some Walmarts.

     
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    I have one of those upgrades, and if you already have a regular mini-maglite, it's probably worth it. However, it doesn't come close to my factory LED mini-maglite.
     
  13. AStone

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    I recently bought a Quark 123 to replace the mini mags.

    I still hold two of the latter as backups.

    They've both lasted for at least a decade,
    during which both have been dropped repeatedly.

    The Quark is simply brighter and more convenient.
     
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    However, these are much better. The single LED is a closer replacement to the original incandescent and allows a decent reflector. Very bright, white light and long battery life. Throws a beam across a room or lights up a trail.

    http://www.niteize.com/collections/flashlights/products/led-upgrade-2

    These are $10, which makes them more expensive than the other upgrade. I couldn't find them locally, but they can be ordered on line. I've tried to destroy one by hammering on a bench with it and it worked fine. You do have to fiddle a little to get the LED pins to go in straight, but once that's done, the "rotate to turn on" switch works as usual.

    I don't know what Maglight is doing regarding LED lights, but this third-party upgrade works.

    (I went out and bought two more incandescent Mini-Maglights so I now have a "handful" of Nite-Ize conversions.)
     
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    I'm just glad they still make the "old" Maglite, without the LED. I hate a LED flashlight. I haven't bought a Maglite in a few years but the ones I have bought have been tough as nails, maybe something has changed.
     
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    The only saving grace is that the LED lights are 10 times brighter than the standard bulb. Now if they could make this new more powerful light reliable it would be a winner.
     
  17. LeonCarr

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    I have a Maglite that has been in constant use since 1992. About half the anodizing is worn off, and it still functions great. I had a battery leak inside it about 10 years ago. I took a 12 gauge bore brush, scrubbed out the corrosion, and it still works great.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  18. rklessdriver

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    I keep a regular incandescent bulb 3D cell Mag Light in everyone of our cars/trucks. They are all between 1yr and 5yrs old. I recently had to use the one in my 92 Corvette as a hammer, 3X in one day (to hit the starter, darn crappy Advance Auto re-man starter).... It's still working fine (the Mag Light - that Advance Auto re-man starter is still a POS).

    I've never had any problems out of the bigger ones and have been using/abusing them since the early 90's.

    I will say in that same time, I haven't ever had a AA Mini Mag that lasted very long. Shame because they are the perfect size/price for leaving under the seat of our motorcycles.
    Will
     
  19. rcmodel

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    I tried a Night Ezs LED from Wallyworld in my Mini-Mag light and was very disappointed.

    Went to the real Mini-Mag light LED bulb and was still very disappointed!!

    I put Mag-Light replacement LED bulbs in a 2-cell and a 3-cell and they are O.K., but still a very long ways from a Surefire / Malkoff, or other LED light.

    I would not waste my money again on any Mag-Light LED flashlight when so many far better options are available now.

    rc
     
  20. Darthbauer

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    Surefire's what happened.

    Your saying your maglite broke after falling off your nightstand, I've dropped my Surefire E2D LED off of the roof of a two story building and other than a couple of scratches on the body it's working more than fine.
     
  21. Robert Palermo /Penn Bullets

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    Being a devout "Flashaholic" on the Candle Power Forums I find some of the comments here interesting. The Maglite is one of the most common lights used for Flashlight projects and upgrades due to their well built construction.

    The problem that the OP may be having with his light may be as simple as the switch having come loose within the body. If you remove the rubber boot and insert a allen wench to fit the screw in the bottom of the switch that secures the switch to the body that may be all that is needed to fix the problem. The screw is pointed to pierce the interior anodizing thus ensuring the ground connection of the switch to the body from the batteries. Clean all the contacts and you should be good to go.
    These lights are very reliable.
    If you ever get the urge to see what has been done to maglights and see a whole new world of lights check out the CPF forum for a real insight into the world of flashlights.

    I also remain available for consults on lights just because its my hobby and I do enjoy it. I have some Kick butt Mags as well as some other types of lights. I do a lot of Modded lights as well. Incan and LEDs.
     
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  22. Gryffydd

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    And my Maglites have sustained similar abuse with no ill effects...
    Where Surefire wins is in brightness-to-size ratio.
     
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    I bought a Coleman Max LED flashlight from Wal-Mart last week that puts both my Nite Ize'd Mini Mag and LED Maglight to shame. I can see the light from the Coleman across a 20 acre field, the Maglight barely shines past the fence. I'll never buy another Maglight again unless they buck up their performance to exceed even the crappiest of chinese manufacturing. I can pick up two smaller lights from www.dealextreme.com/ for the same price as one maglight and the smaller lights will blow a maglight right outta the water.
     
  24. rcmodel

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    I remember when the Mag-Light took the law enforcement market by storm.
    It was a remarkable improvement over the old chrome plated Eveready flashlights with the orange glow & unfocused beam of the day.

    Then came the Kel-Light, and a little later the Streamlight Stinger.
    Almost overnight, MagLight lost the LEO market.
    Then Surefire came along and they lost all the other markets.

    Why they chose to stay with their old design and not even try to compete with Streamlight is beyond me. But it most certainly had to be due to lack of management initiative and poor long range planning.

    Now, they are just an over-priced flashlight with poor lighting ability you can buy at Wallyworld.

    About the best thing you can say about them now is they still use cheap AA, C & D batteries compared to the modern TAC lights that use expensive 3v 123's.

    And they made better clubs then those Streamlight Stingers still on the cops belt.

    rc
     
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    Not just LE, at the Leflore County Jail that I worked at we had 10 Stinger's. The only maglight we had barely worked and was comprised of a silver body with a blue head. I carried a small 3xAAA LED light personally.
     
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