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    Default Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    LED-Resource has posted our review of the Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight! Click here to read our review.


    Key Specifications
    • Brightness: 83 lumens high, 7 lumens low
    • Runtime: 5h 15m high, 201h low
    • Battery: 3 x AAA
    • Length: 4.8″
    • Diameter: 1″
    • Weight with Batteries: 3.68 oz.
    • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
    • MSRP: $39.99
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    Excellent review, good sir. I have never been a fan of Maglite and yet I am salivating over the thought of owning one of these.
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    Great review. This has quickly become one of my favorite lights.

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    Thanks for the kind words!

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    Excellent review.

    Would the bezel ring of the minimag LED screw in place of the head on this light? If it fits like that, it would make for a nice flood type light.

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    Default Re: Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    Nope, the thread pattern is different. However, you can unscrew the face cap of the XL100 and use it like that. The reflector does not come out.

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    I just ordered one and will probably get a 3 C cell ML100 too when they come out .

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    Great review. Does anyone know if you can use L91 Energizer Lithium Cells in this light? I'm wondering because it looks to be a great light for a glovebox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adirondackdestroyer View Post
    Great review. Does anyone know if you can use L91 Energizer Lithium Cells in this light? I'm wondering because it looks to be a great light for a glovebox.
    no it wont fit.
    however L92 will, and yes you can use them, i use them in my xl100.

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    Default Re: Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    A little side note that I forgot to mention. The LED module appears to be heatsinked. There is a solid metal ring around the entire LED module, which can be seen in the picture in the Performance section. The light does not appear to heat up much during use, but the longest that I have continuously ran the light was about 20 minutes.

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    if anyone wants to protect lens, it is easy done, you need to stick on protective film, either clear (like i pod protective cover...ect) or anti glare film, used on old palm pilots.
    i like anti glare film, it also works as diffuser, and smoothens ringy beam.
    i just did that to mine xl100, and i like results, beam is smoother, and lens is somewhat protected.
    oh, the nickel (5 cents us), is a perfect size to use as a guide to cut out film.

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    Interesting idea!

    I'm still not quite sure what material the window is though. I anticipated it to be plastic, but it seems like it could be glass (in which case, protection is usually not needed). I wiped it with a rough cloth (T-shirt) and it did not scratch. It doesn't quite sound like either material when I tap it though, so I emailed Maglite and am waiting for a response. I'm leaning more towards some sort of glass though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpg88 View Post
    no it wont fit.
    however L92 will, and yes you can use them, i use them in my xl100.
    Oops, that is what I ment.
    I was just making sure that it is safe to use Energizer Lithium cells in this light, as that is what I plan on doing (as long as it's safe).

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    I just noticed...how silly of me to forget to post the beamshots!

    Beamshots added.

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    Wow very unique UI. Very nice.
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    Very nice review of this interesting new Mag! Well laid out, well illustrated, and very informative. Thank you !

    Moving it to the Reviews section.
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    Default Re: Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    This is probably covered elsewhere, but it should be in this thread as well.

    Do we know which emitter is used in the XL100?
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    Default Re: Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    Luxeon Rebel 091. Same as in the 3D LED Mag.

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    Default Re: Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    good review.



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    Default Re: Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    A bit of info for you guys...

    I was on the phone with Maglite for a while today because I noticed a slight smudge on the inside of the plastic window and I wanted to see if I could take it apart and wipe it off. As I mentioned in the review, the head assembly can't be disassembled. I asked them about it, and they told me that the head assembly of the XL100 is similar to the Solitaire's (which I don't own, so I didn't make that connection), and it requires a tool to remove the reflector.

    The repair kit isn't available yet, so for those that have an XL100...be careful with the plastic window!! They offered to fix it for me, but I declined the offer because the problem is small and I need the light to be in my pocket for EDC.

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    Default Re: Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    Good Job, Great review for the new Mag!

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    Default Re: Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Robin24k View Post

    ...the head assembly of the XL100 is similar to the Solitaire's (which I don't own, so I didn't make that connection), and it requires a tool to remove the reflector.
    The reflector in the Solitaire has 'barbs' (like a fishhook) on the outside diameter. Once the reflector is pushed in, the barbs set up behind a ridge in the head. I needed a reflector removed in order to strip down the light for nickle plate. The only way I found to remove the reflector was to damage it. I got a replacement from another head that I cut in half to remove the reflector. Solitaires sell for under $5, so this was not a big money deal.
    Now I can see the darkness .

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    Default Re: Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    Sadly, Maglite alluded to that for the XL100 as well. They have a repair kit for the Solitaire that includes the tool and a replacement lens and reflector because the chance of damaging the reflector during removal was pretty high, and such a kit for the XL100 is currently still in development with no ETA.

    Future XL100 purchases are currently on hold for me because of the non-removeable plastic window (my XL100 already has some fine scratches on the plastic), but I may get one as a gift for my father. I guess they needed to fix the reflector to make the light focusable, but I'm sure the majority of users will keep it on the tightest focus because anything else will cause rings and holes, so maybe a non-fixed reflector like the 2AA's would have been a better idea...
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    The Solitaire has a one piece head. The mini-mags and the C and D lights have a head and bezel to hold in the lens. I would guess the cost to machine the additional parts vs. a one piece head is higher, even factoring in the cost of replacements.

    Still - it looks like an interesting light.
    Now I can see the darkness .

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    Yeah, probably. The one-piece head would take the pressure off of the LED module, but this is definately disconcerting for flashoholics wanting to put a glass window in.

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    Nice review! I like the way the switch is set up, it seems to be very innovative and practical to use.The size looks great for general use but I really dislike the three AAA format.Does anyone know how soon this light will hit retail outlets? What are the online sources? I just checked a couple Mag retailers and they did not have it listed.
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    Default Re: Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    Amazon has it for $39.99 with free shipping. Really good deal in my opinion.

    http://www.amazon.com/MAGLITE-XL100-...dp/B001RQH1EO/

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    Thanks

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    Default Re: Maglite XL100 LED Flashlight Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Robin24k View Post
    Amazon has it for $39.99 with free shipping. Really good deal in my opinion.

    http://www.amazon.com/MAGLITE-XL100-...dp/B001RQH1EO/
    Good price that! I'm getting mine via the USA shipped for $50 I may end up with the lowest priced mag XL100 in the UK
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    Action Lights is taking pre-orders for the XL100 for $36.44 in four different colors:

    http://www.action-lights.com/product...lashlight.html

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