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    Default Mag 3D replacement or upgrade

    My wife carries a mag 3D in her car, and I'm looking to keep the same general form factor and heft, but drastically increase the light output. The flashlight serves 2 purposes for her, a light with good throw, and something heavy to extend her reach in a pinch if she had to defend herself. She's got a Quark Mini-CR2 for everyday use, so this really is for lighting stuff up and giving her the reassurance of something heavy in hand. I have a good supply of NiMH D cells, so I prefer something that uses those. It needs to be tough, she has a tendency to drop things.

    1) How would you prefer to purchase the light?
    _X_I will be mail-ordering or buying online, so this doesn't matter.

    2) Budget: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest! :-)
    _X__Less than $150.

    3) Format:
    __X_I want a flashlight.

    4) Flashlight-specific format/size:
    _X__Holster carry.

    5) Emitter/Light source:
    _X__I don't know.

    6) Manufacturer:
    _X__I want to buy a light from a traditional mass producing manufacturer that is ready to go out of the box.
    _X__I would consider getting a light that is pieced together (for example a “host” or flashlight body from one manufacturer, and a “drop-in” emitter from another source). Under the right circumstances, this path can provide more options to the consumer to meet specific needs, and can often be easily upgradeable as technology improves.

    7) What battery type do you want to use?
    _X__I intend to use rechargeable nickel chemistry (NiCad, NiMH, NiZn)

    8) How much genuine out the front (OTF) light do you want/need? Sometimes you can have too much light (trying to read up close up with a 100 lumen light is impossible).
    _X__I want to illuminate an entire field, the neighbor's front yard several houses down, impress my friends and neighbors, etc. (300-700 lumens).

    9) Throw vs. Flood: At what distance will you be most likely to use this light? Select all that apply.
    _X__150+ yards (I want maximum throw possible)

    10) Runtime: Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims, but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries (Measured on maximum output).
    _X__30-60 minutes (I have plenty of batteries just ready to be changed)
    _X__90-120 minutes (Runtime is moderately important, but still not critical)

    11) Durability/Usage: Generally the old phrase “you get what you pay for” is very accurate for flashlights.
    _X__Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box).
    _X__Critical (Police, Fire, Search & Rescue, Caving, Survival).

    12) Switch Type and location (choose all that apply):
    _X*_I want a body mounted switch (near the head, like on a Maglite).
    *Some flexibility here

    13) User Interface (UI) and mode selection. Select all that apply.
    _X__I want 2 light levels. (Brighter/short runtime and Dimmer/long runtime.)
    _X__I don’t care.

    _X__Anodized Aluminum – either type II or III (Hard Anodized) (Aluminum, specifically HA, is the most common material/finish for today’s flashlights).
    _X__Stainless steel (durable, but much heavier than aluminum)

    15) Special Needs/extras: Is there anything else you want or need that hasn't been mentioned? Select any below.
    Last edited by tubored; 07-13-2012 at 09:17 AM. Reason: edited for compactness

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    Default Re: Mag 3D replacement or upgrade

    do not use rechargables in light that is in the car, use either lithiums primary or alkalines.
    light in a car gets very light use, usually, those cells have tendency to self discharge. not to mebtion , they don't like heat or cold. parked cars get cold and hot. in seasons. i learned it the hard way,
    nimh die if frozen for few days, nicd are more resistant to heat cold, but their capacity is small, by todays standatrs, and the only quality nicd today are sanyo cadmika, too expencive for nicd cells, the rest nicd cells i'd stay away from.
    forget about nizn, look for thread about them here, they die fast and quality varies greatly from cell to cell.

    unless you use flashlight often and charge \discharge cells at least once a week, or two, you better off with primarys,
    would keep the mag, but install tle 31m ex module (up to 1000lm), and 9AA holder to use with litium primary cells. the module works with up to 14V. (both will be about $100) this way you can have it in 120f heat or sub zero temp. and it will still work.

    or you can get malkoff xml drop in, it works with 3-4 alk or nimh cells.
    Last edited by alpg88; 07-13-2012 at 10:23 AM.

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    Aug 2008

    Default Re: Mag 3D replacement or upgrade

    Get your wife the Coast HP17

    It's powered by three D-Cell batteries, and uses the Cree XML LED

    Has 615 ANSI Lumens on High Mode

    Just saw that it's now being sold for $77.00 including shipping

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    Default Re: Mag 3D replacement or upgrade

    TK41 or TK60? or a VaraPower it basically IS a 3D Mag
    Fenix LD01 R4, E05 R4, PD31, TK20, TK35, E11, Jetbeam BC10, BC25, RRT-0, iTP A3 R5, A3 Ti S2, 4Sevens Quark X 123^2, Sunwayman V10R Ti (lost RIP), Surefire G2X Tactical, ThruNite TN31vn, Mag-Lite XL50, Mag 2D XP-E

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