Does anybody know how many lumens the 2D Maglite LED is?
Does anybody know how many lumens the 2D Maglite LED is?
Is "pathetic" a number? Maybe 50 lumens on a good day. Just remember it has good run time.
The reason I'm asking is I bought two of these 2D maglite LED's at an after Thanksgiving sale for $14 a piece. I also bought a couple of the 2AA minimag LED lights for $12 a piece.
I was thinking of returning them to fund a Fenix TK20.
What do you think?
If I were you... and could return them... I would do so. MagLED's are ok - but need a lot of work to make great.
Like swapping the LED and making sure the LED won't pop off when the light is dropped - by using epoxy to hold it in place.
There are more efficient "battery vampire" options (like this one) for a Maglite to turn it into an extreme run time machine.
It starts at around 50 lumen and 6800 lux but quickly drops to half that in 10-15 minutes. Good runtime though.
If you want to upgrade them, check here.
The TK20 will have less runtime(2AA has much less capacity then 2D), around the same throw, much more output, a warm tinted LED, and a low mode. But the Maglite is easier to upgrade, has much better runtime, and a narrower beam(bigger reflector). Choice is yours.
50 lumens is about right, but drops to less than half in 15 mins due to overheating.
Fenix: TK10, P2D Q5, LD01, L0P-SE, Nitecore D10, Inova X5, Surefire G2, Mag ROP-LE, Quark AA-Neutral
Unfortunately, the Maglite Head/body is NOT well suited to heatsink LED's in PR bulbs. Because of the poor heat path from the LED PR bulb to the body, the MagLED heats up quickly. The rising heat triggers the thermal regulation, and the thermal regulation lowers the LED's output.
In almost all cases, a Maglite with MagLED drop in will drop to 50% output within 10-15min. It doesn't matter if you're in the middle of a desert, or in Alaska. Any enviorment (short of blowing some coolant onto the MagLED itself) will cause the thermal regulation to drop output.
If you'd like to know more, Newbie ran some tests on the MagLED, if I remember correctly, he even uses some sort of coolant on the MagLED to test the thermal regulation:
So while you might be getting 60lm when it first fires up, after 2min you're probably left with 40lm, and after 10-15min, it'll be down to like 30lm.
You might want to consider that 3c lowes taskforce light:
I don't own one but it sounded like it had a pretty good balance of power and runtime at a low price. Since you were already willing to go with a 2d light, it seems like size is not that big an issue with you. I feel like the rayovac 3c 4watt light might also interest you, heres the link for that one:
of course it all depends on what you are looking for. Would you rather a smaller light with a better tint and less run time or something bigger with more run time. I personally would go for the tk20, but I've heard good things about both these lights as well
The TK20 is a great outdoor light, if you use it in a forest, you will be very happy with it, we just love ours!
The runtime is not an issue if you use rechargeable, you just need to have enough spares with you.
I modded my Maglites with "normal" Cree-Dropins that start at about 200 lumen and work at about 170 afterwards, according to the grman engineer who builts them. They are made of brass, so I suppose the heatsinking is better than with a stock MagLED.
As we bought 2 TK20 to leave the Mags at home, I can only recommend that to you too, unless the weight and the size isn't an issue to you, then get a Malkoff!
My way : From Maglite and drop-ins over Fenix & Co to the real things - Customs and Titaniums!
I've been interested in this Terralux TLE-1 as well (http://www.batteryjunction.com/tle-1f.html) but information and reviews are rare. Can someone tell more about it? Is it regulation flat? And what about output and runtime?
I guess it's only some 25 real lumens? is it actually better than the Maglite dropin?
Last edited by 22hornet; 01-18-2009 at 08:28 AM.
25 real lumens sounds about right. They claim 40 or something silly
If someone could do a current draw test of this drop in it would answer a lot of questions. Like run time. I would guess a current draw of not more than 200ma which would result in extracting a large percentage of the capacity of an alkaline cell which means long lasting. The other drop in's, sold under the Nite Ize name, using the large 10mm LED run a long time. Check this recent time plot here. At first it was assumed this graph was for the TLE-1F until he corrected it and showed it was for the old 10mm Nite Ize not their Lux I module.
If you want to mod a 2D Maglite then buy an incan version - they are cheaper and if you are going to throw away the bulb to put in a third party LED or whatever then why pay more for an LED?
I think a Fenix TK20 would be way better than a stock Mag LED.
It is a widely held misconception that Maglite makes torches, most on CPF realise that they just make hosts that some unenlightened people use as torches. I quite like the 2D size and shape - a very nice host indeed.
So many lights, so little money (cause I spent it on lights). I'm not afraid of the dark, the dark is afraid of ME!
I have all the following and measured the currents with a DVM:
TLE-1F: 2D 475ma, 500ma
TLE-1F: 3D 290ma
Old NI 10mm: 2D 86-120ma
Mag incan: 2D 860ma, 880ma
Taskforce: 2C 1.1A
Husky 2D 1.4A
Mag LED 2D 1.4A (when first turned on)
Mag LED 3D 530ma (when first turned on)
TLE-10 2D 130ma
TLE-5 2D 132ma, 145ma
I think mags are great househood light, and everybody should have one. Upgrade it with SSC emitter and they are very bright and runs forever on lowly alkaline batteries.