What's with the flaslights with 32 bulbs in them? Isn't kind of "overkill"
or is it some kind of macho thing like "Mine's bigger than your's"?
Go on eBay and do a search on "LED flashlight".......
BTW, I'm trying to find a small one (about the size of a Maglight) that I
can wear on my belt. I have one now that came with a clip, but when I get in
and out of the truck it falls off.....
The 32 LED is cause each bulb isn't all that bright. I've got some with 12
LED. A 2D old fashioned flash light with a PR2 bulb is brighter.
If you want brighter with LED, look for "Luxeon". I've got a light with a
one watt Luxeon. Much brighter than my 12 LED light, and same blue color.
However, it draws about 700 mA, and is sure to suck the life out of AA
batteries (takes two).
Ebay has a bunch of LED lights that come with belt cases. In my life, the
2AA minimag fits nicely in my pocket. So, I went with the Opalec conversion.
Only 3 LED, but good for most things.
Yes, that is why I suggest -both- Xenon/Halogen _and_ LED for
illumination. When I'm working on the car, nothing is better than the
Strion, for looking into the dark spaces. It is small, powerful,
renewable/rechargeable. For that, I sacrifice runtime.
At night, you don't need that blinding light for general lighting, so
LEDs of the Luxeon family, in 1 Watt, do nicely ( I have a Streamlite
Tasklite 3AA ). I also have a Nachia 1.5 watt LED in a 2-C cell River
Rock, but it isn't that much brighter than the luxeon. I can wash out
the beam of the Luxeon with it, so, it is more powerful, but I don't
have rechargable batteries for it, which I do for the Luxeon, so I
don't use it except as an emergency spare.
LED has its limitations = less candlepower
Xenon/Halogen incandescent has its limitations = less runtime
To solve both problems, have both technologies. It isn't a case of
you chose one or the other. Get _both_.
The one think nobody mentioned is the
problem which occurs with halogens when
the lamp blackens. I have noticed this
especially in the miniMags. The lamp
will blacken internally and the light
output goes way down. The 1 watt Luxeon
will usually beat the pants off of the
miniMag maybe with the exception of a
brand new lamp.
Yes, you are correct. I have a bunch of miniMags that are going in
the trashcan. Not only were the bulbs too expensive, they didn't last
very long and as you say, because of the filament vaporizing and
covering the inside of the glass, the light output would diminish
In fact, in a true Halogen lamp, the halogen molecule attaches to
vaporized metal ions and redeposits the vaporized filament atoms on
the filament, keeping the glass from *fogging* and the filament
lasting longer. That's the way it is supposed to work. Unfortunately
for Maglite, they never figured out how to get this working correctly
in their mini models.
LEDs typically gives better light distribution; it is more smooth,
homogenous. They are certainly more efficient.
For another brick-and-mortar retail store, try a camping/backing store like
REI. They are sometimes a bit pricey but you can often check out a good
I have a couple of Princeton Tec LED flashlights and also a headlamp. They
have proved to be quite durable and bright enough for what I want to do.
Several of them have multiple light levels so you can trade off intensity
vs. battery life.
If you want high light output LED, go with one of the Luxon bulbs. If you
really want lots of light in a small package, look at the Streamlight
Photon had some that take watch batteries, and go on your keyring. I havn't
been rough on mine, so it has held up well.
I carry a blue one on my keys, and a red one in my shirt pocket. Red? Well,
my color vision is terrible, and it helps me to tell red and green.
After many years of using min mag lights, I got the Opalec conversion
www.opalec.com for about $28. Worth every penny. Batteries last longer, and
it's adequate for most uses. Opalec is useless for looking down into
keyholes (I'm a locksmith, not a burglar). But for most things the 3 LED is
The Luxeon lights, well, they now have a conversion for minimag. I'll buy
one someday, but for now the 3 LED is adequate. I got a couple Luxeon lights
for my tools, they are much brighter t han LED.
The only time LED is really a major advantage is for a frequent use light.
The light that gets thrown in your tool box, don't bother with LED
conversion. Filament bulbs are OK for that. though, now the prices are
coming down some.
I use a filament bulb light (3D Garrity) for finding adress at night. The
LED won't focuss a spot like the old lights. So, if you were out on a search
and rescue team, the filament bulb would be good, cause it shines farther.
If the flashlight has to survive rough treatment and/or be reliable,
then I consider these good reasons for LED.
Also, I would avoid cheaper flashlights with the slide switch. I have
found that even cheaper push-on-push-off pushbutton flashlights do better.
Try a Dorcy "L.E.D. super 1 watt" that takes 3 D cells! This projects a
narrow spot beam, even narrower than that of a "Mag Light".
Its only drawbacks:
a) It is a little large - comparable to a 3-D-cell "Mag Light"
b) It is a little expensive - $30 or $29.whatever at the Target where I
bought it - a few bucks more than a 3-D-cell "Mag Light"
c) There is no circuitry nor a resistor that I could find. However,
the LED is only moderately overpowered by fresh alkaline D-cells and
I expect it to last a few thousand operating hours in any normal use.
Also, despite lack of any additional electrical components or
circuitry, I expect output to fade more slowly as the batteries weaken
than with a 3-D-cell "Mag Light".
d) Focusability can "get stuck" and require brute force to restore - but
the package does not even indicate focusability, and when the
focusability gets stuck it's normally better focused than a "Mag
light" is when best-focused.
Meanwhile, I see a bit of truth to the claim of 300 hour battery life.
At 300 hours of running from the same set of batteries, I expect it to
still be glowing, and brighter than an idling cigarette. I expect a "Mag
Light" to fade that badly in about 1/8 or maybe only 1/10 as much time.
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
I bought the TerraLUX MiniStar adapter
kit for the mini-maglight and am very
pleased with it, from
They are brighter than the origninal lamp
and when I had a problem with one (the
plastic reflector cracked), the company
very quickly. This uses the 1 watt
Luxeon LED. The 2 AA cells last a long
I found one that is best of bother worlds. Durable, high intensity LEDs for
low power consumption and Xenon bulb for 'tactical' use. Its made by
And other cool flashlights at
I'm not affiliated with them bla bla bla
On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 09:10:31 -0400, "Craven Morehead"
I've completely stopped using incandescent bult flashlights. I've
probably got six LED lights and use them daily. I have one on my belt
and a bunch more in my camping gear and car.
Great invention, IMHO.
What constitutes a "mini" LED flashlight? I use an Inova X5 that is as
bright as most regular flashlights and brighter than most small
conventional lights and it also offers something like 20 hours of
continuous use on a single set of batteries with a shelf life of at
least a decade. My light is classed as a "flood" but they do make "spot"
versions -- a broad beam seemed to more generally useful to me given the
uses to which I'll put it.
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