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    Default 2AAA Maglite mods

    Did a search for 2AAA maglite mods. Nothing but old post came up (5-7 years old).

    Now, are there any mods that can be done to such a light? What about a click tail cap? OR basically, is it too small of a light to really deal with?

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    Default Re: 2AAA Maglite mods

    Sorry, wrong thread
    Please delete my post.
    Last edited by katsyonak; 11-14-2007 at 02:50 AM.

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    Default Re: 2AAA Maglite mods

    There are only 2 mods I know of:

    Replace the stock bulb with a MJLED/SMJLED. You will have to drill out your reflector. Fresh alkalines or conditioned lithiums. NiMH will not work.

    Replace the stock bulb and reflector with the terralux_tle-20.

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    Default Re: 2AAA Maglite mods

    I put a red 5mm LED in mine, and drilled out the reflector. I also attached a fauxton modded with a 1xCR2032 for dim white color rendition, and a tritium keychain, and the setup is now my bedside/around the house at night light.

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    Thank you for the ideas.

    What about a clickie on the cap? Does one that small even exist?

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    Default Re: 2AAA Maglite mods

    2xNIMH AAAs and a bulb from a 2AA mag seems to help bring it up a notch. Still nothing terribly impressive, but definitely simple.
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    Default Re: 2AAA Maglite mods

    How extreme would you like this modification to be? With two AW 14500 rechargable lithiums, an Auroralite kit and a Streamlight TL3 bulb, you can make a formidible flashlight. Judging by the Flashlightreviews measurements, it is >100 lumens of incandescent goodness. Battery life is only about 15 minutes though, and it gets hot!

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    Default Re: 2AAA Maglite mods

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeSalt View Post
    How extreme would you like this modification to be? With two AW 14500 rechargable lithiums, an Auroralite kit and a Streamlight TL3 bulb, you can make a formidible flashlight. Judging by the Flashlightreviews measurements, it is >100 lumens of incandescent goodness. Battery life is only about 15 minutes though, and it gets hot!
    This is for a AA not a AAA maglite...

    Otherwise it is a very nice mod

    I've done the SMJLED and it is decent and runs a long time on alkalines. Bright with Lithiums, but that will kill the led after not too long time.

    Sverre

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    Default Re: 2AAA Maglite mods

    Quote Originally Posted by prof student View Post
    Thank you for the ideas.

    What about a clickie on the cap? Does one that small even exist?
    No. I found one (no longer available) for the Solitaire but it does not work with the 2AAA Maglight.
    If you want a 2AAA with clickie try the Streamlight Stylus Pro

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoFair View Post

    I've done the SMJLED and it is decent and runs a long time on alkalines. Bright with Lithiums, but that will kill the led after not too long time.

    Sverre
    Will running lithiums with the Terralux bulb hurt that LED?

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    Default Re: 2AAA Maglite mods

    Quote Originally Posted by DuckhunterInTN View Post
    Will running lithiums with the Terralux bulb hurt that LED?
    I'm not sure how the regulation in the Terralux handles the increased voltage from the lithiums. It should probably be ok, but somebody will probably check in to verify this.

    If you check the packaging/website it might state whether the higher voltage lithiums (1.7V) are ok.

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    Default Re: 2AAA Maglite mods

    If you won't ming purchasing a new light, you could get something 1 AAA and also much brighter then the 2 AAA minimag(like this one). This is thanks to the much brighter High power LEDs by Cree(XR-E, P4-R2 bin), Seoul(P4, U bin) and Luxeon(the Rebel series, mostly the 100 bin).

    If you want a Drop-in, I don't think there are any with the newer LEDs and there aren't many drop-ins for that light in general.

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    Default Re: 2AAA Maglite mods

    I've done the SMJLED and I really like it - to my eye, it gives better output than the original bulb.

    I copied the instructions off the SMJLED site - they're meant for the AA Minimags, but work fine for the AAA.

    Cut the leads on the LED to 3/8 inch or 9.5mm long.

    Drill out the reflector with a .25-inch diameter drill bit. This was the hardest part, and it wasn't really very hard. Hold it face down on a flat surface, and you should just be careful to drill slowly.

    You need to check that you put the LED's leads in the right holes for polarity, but I believe they're protected now and you won't short them out if it goes in the wrong way first - you just won't get light.

    Good luck

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    Default Re: 2AAA Maglite mods

    I dug around extensively a year or so ago for something to do with my 2xAAA mag lights - as I like the form factor and basically wanted an ARC AAA that had longer runtime.

    I believe LED_ASAP did a lux modification of the 2xAAA minimag with rather underwhelming results - in part due to the lack of space in the minmag head.

    From what I can tell the best mod and one I actually decided upon was the SMJLED upgrade - and it does produce a much more usable beam and very long runtimes. Not the brightest but a lot brighter than the stock bulb.

    If you want a really great performing 2xAAA light I'd suggest the Peak Pacific with the 2xAAA body - really nice numbers for runtime and output - very well made and close to the form factor of the 2xAAA minimag.

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