Any body got one of these?
I received the Stanley Tripod Flashlight (model 95-112) as a late
holiday president and fired it up yesterday for the first time. It has
6 LED bulbs and uses up to 9 AA batteries. You can switch on 1, 2 or
all 6 lamps.
Well I put in the 9 batteries (all new), stood in the dark and switched
on all 6 lamps. In my opinion, the light output is pitiful. Most of
my ordinary flashlights are better.
So, is it just me, or did I get a bad one? Does anyone else have one
of these? What is your opinion/experience?
IMHO LED's get toooooo much recognition. For now, they are simply less
effective when used in a flash light. They are pathetic when it come to
casting a light on something although they are great for signal lights. I
have seen several LED flash lights that perform poorly when compared to a
regular incandescent flash light.
The only advantage is that they last a long time and use less electricity,
but if you cannot see....
I bought a little 3 AAA cell flashlight with a 2 watt LED. It is about
as a two AA cell Mag Light. So I got a 2 AA cell MagLight with a 3 watt
tell the difference between it and the other with a regular bulb, other
than the batteries last at least twice as long. It focuses just like a
Then I got a replacement LED Bulb for my large MagLight with good
results. Two savings are longer battery life and indefinite bulb life.
If you have ever been coon hunting and had a bulb go out and forgot to
bring a spare you know what I mean.
Now the lights with 3-9 small leds are toys.
I just got this strong visual of an advertising campaign with this salt of
the earth coon hunter standing there with his dogs and guns, holding up a
Something along the lines of, "Even us old time coon hunters can embrace a
new technology". Which would be followed by sipping a strong, clear liquid
from an old mason jar.
Gerald Ross wrote:
> Don't knock it. I've sipped some that was just like vodka.
Had a room mate in college who had a job at a pharmacy.
Periodically he came home with a quart of 190 proof grain-ethyl.
Also, way back then, the state run liquor stores sold it.
Cut it 1:1 with distilled water and you had 100 proof vodka.
| Where did you get the replacement LED for your MAG light?
If you have an Interstate Battery outlet nearby, they have 'em.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
I wasn't even aware of the upgrade until my SIL upgraded both of my Maglites
while he was here back in Nov.
IIRC, he got the LED kits at Academy here in Houston. I might have also seen
them at HD recently .... worth a call.
He also put the back "push button" upgrade in my smaller AA model ... no
longer twist the cap to turn it on, just press the button that replaced the
back cap for the battery compartment.
I was a bit reluctant about the LED bulb in my larger 3 Cell Mag, but are
both actually much brighter than the bulbs they replaced ... a recommended
SIL also told me that in UK/EU, the kits for both, as well as spare parts
for Maglites, are readily available but cost more than the flashlights
themselves here in the US, so it's cheaper to buy a new one here than the
spare parts ... AAMOF, every time he comes over, he goes back with a dozen
or so for his mates ... this is usually before he goes into "leatherman
mode" ... he brings an extra suitcase for those. ;)
Not worth it IMHO. The LED torches using better LEDs designed
especially for torches and with suitable reflectors built in beat the
pants off any converted twin AA Maglite I've seen.
If you aren't convinced by LED torches yet, just try a Surefire.
Have one that stays in the studio ... impressive, and you would expect it to
be at about ten times the cost (less than $10) of an "LED upgrade kit" for a
MagLite here in the US.
With the "Nite Ize" upgrade kit for the MagLite, the made for flashlights
LED and a "suitable" reflector are included ... you could not do the
While not a Surefire, my bet is that a $10 upgrade to a tool that you
already own, and that improves bulb performance/life, provides longer
battery life, and lets you use weak batteries recycled from other equipment,
will probably be considered "worth it" by those who do it.
The two I have are both very recent "upgrades" (late Nov 06), and yours and
Andy's comments make me wonder if there's been a recent improvement? I do
know that my SIL tried one that was disappointing, then returned it for
another, but I wasn't paying much attention at the time.
I've got two identical AA Maglites on my desk as we speak. One with, and one
without, the "upgrade". There is no comparison as to the light output. The
upgrade LED is much brighter, not even close.
The one in my the truck is a much larger 3 cell, and it too is far more
powerful with the LED. Very noticeable difference, as I use it nightly when
I close up houses that are under construction after the subs leave.
When he embarked on this project while visiting from the UK, of the two, the
latter was the one I was worried about him messing with ... needlessly as it
My experiences, and yours and Andy's comments, make me suspect that there
are upgrades, and then there are "upgrades". ;)
Look at this one
they used to have one called The Beast for around $2900, the page is
missing but the internet archive comes through again
watch the line wrap or paste
into the archive search line at http://www.archive.org/index.php
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