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    Mr fixer is a very kind knowledgeable soul for sure.


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    Golly bykfixer, I've read a ton of your posts but you responding to me feels like an honor!

    I still want a plain aluminum mag, but can't for the life of me figure out which one I want. I'm all black except a few minimags, and a pewter led solitaire.
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    Mr fixer is a very kind knowledgeable soul for sure.
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    signed!!!!
    (Popeye voice) Garsh!!

    People at my work think Ima a weirdo, and the wife n I only speak in months without the letter R, so you guys get to hear me yap, yap, yapping about flashlights.

    Nah seriously I just try to pay it forward all the stuff I learn here in plain speak that even my dog understands...

    Which results in her flopping over, eyes all glazed over like 8 day old road kill.

    Thanks for the compliments. The honor is mine.

    Your voice counts as much as anyone elses here need-a- light.
    Silver Solitaires make great 2am nature call bedside table lights and the polished alluminum is easy to find in tinyest amount of light. Ironicaly my bedside table Solitaire is black. lol
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    I got bored at Home Depot today. Wife was picking up garden stuff, I accidentally ended up in the flashlight Christmas Clearance sector. I scored the Maglite Combo pack ML25LT 2C & 3C for $20. If y'all are interested in getting some, check your local HD. Fun lights.
    Looking for a HDS 4K Rotary.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Str8stroke View Post
    I got bored at Home Depot today. Wife was picking up garden stuff, I accidentally ended up in the flashlight Christmas Clearance sector. I scored the Maglite Combo pack ML25LT 2C & 3C for $20. If y'all are interested in getting some, check your local HD. Fun lights.
    Done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offgridled View Post
    Done
    just bought 3 combo sets. Comes out to $10 per maglite. I'll keep one set and give the rest away.
    Last edited by maglite mike; 01-22-2017 at 11:16 PM.

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    dunno what everyone is doing with their "car lights" that they need to be that ugly big and heavy.
    for me a "car light" is 1*CR123, like 4sevens Atom and such
    (because that light usually sees no use at all - over many years)
    Three weeks ago the wife and I came upon a two car accident that literally happened 90 seconds of so before we got there. It was late at night on a road where the speed limit is 45, but most people are doing 55. One whole lane was blocked off. So I spent the next 15 minutes directing traffic until the police arrived.

    Al I had was my Olight S1 baton. A nice light, but very floody. something with more throw would have been far more effective. The next week I bought a ML25LT Maglite. 3x'C' cell, low end Mag, but it has a solid couple hundred meters of throw.
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    My first ever post in ' Incans ' , and as i only own 1 incan, that probably explains it. Does anyone know how to date a Maglite by the S/N? I have a 5D Mag in the standard glossy black. I remember buying it i think in the late 80's or early 90's, but i'm certainly not sure on that. It has a glass lense and 140 lumen dropin conversion that retains the focus, and i still have the original Krypton bulb and plastic lens somewhere. The s/n stamping is pretty average but is readable, 5D001448300.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated,
    Cheers,
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    You have the 1 million, 448 thousand, 300th 5D made.

    I realize that sounds like a wise crack, but it's not. They started at or near zero and went chronologically. I have S/N 000000071 ML25 IT and 000004133 of a 3D VareBeam. I don't say that to brag, but to show they start somewhere around zero.

    They made a whole, whole bunch of flashlights in the 80's and 90's. Knowing which year the 5D was introduced would help, then knowing total ever produced could lead to an educated guess of its particular year made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harro View Post
    My first ever post in ' Incans ' , and as i only own 1 incan, that probably explains it. Does anyone know how to date a Maglite by the S/N? I have a 5D Mag in the standard glossy black. I remember buying it i think in the late 80's or early 90's, but i'm certainly not sure on that. It has a glass lense and 140 lumen dropin conversion that retains the focus, and i still have the original Krypton bulb and plastic lens somewhere. The s/n stamping is pretty average but is readable, 5D001448300.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated,
    Cheers,
    Mike.
    Send a email to the link below with your number and he will tell you what year it was made.

    rgonzalez@magmail.com

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    Do tell IG. Is this a Mag guru? Perhaps a stamper at Maglite?

    Details man, we crave details....
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    On Mag's website you can also use their contact form and they'll get back to you within a couple business days:

    http://maglite.com/contact-form/

    You have a newer style incan because it starts with a D whereas the old ones just start with a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 to specify the number of cells but not type. I believe they changed over in the early 90s. I want to say 93 or 94 but I don't know the exact date. Mag will for the most part even tell you what day the light was made on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    You have the 1 million, 448 thousand, 300th 5D made.

    I realize that sounds like a wise crack, but it's not. They started at or near zero and went chronologically. I have S/N 000000071 ML25 IT and 000004133 of a 3D VareBeam. I don't say that to brag, but to show they start somewhere around zero.

    They made a whole, whole bunch of flashlights in the 80's and 90's. Knowing which year the 5D was introduced would help, then knowing total ever produced could lead to an educated guess of its particular year made.
    That is awesome and I am super jealous!! :-) The lowest Vari-beam I've seen is a 12,000 serial and I always figured that would be towards the later end of the production range because they weren't very popular and there weren't that many produced. Do you know a lot about the Vari-Beams? I picked up one recently, a 3D, 12,000 range serial and the knurling is very odd on it. I'm trying to find out what's up with it.
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    Always looking to buy Vari-Beams and Vintage/Rare Mags especially a 7D. Please let me know if you have any, top dollar paid.

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    Don't know much about Maglites in general except what I've read here.

    It seems the VareBeam was a line created to drum up sales from a blue collar market during the early years. The Maglite was a black cop light. And it seems the blue color and silver bezel were chosen for easy spotting at a distance inside crowded and dimly light garages of the auto mechanic shop at the time. Mine came from such a shop in California. It is severely sunfaded on one side from sitting in the office window. And it has issues from being disassembled with vice grips to remove stuck batteries that left a nasty coating on the inside. It's a someday project to bring it back to life in a stock platform. With all the ugly at least it does not bare the scars of being used as a hammer. lol.
    It's 2133 not 4133...

    Why they chose vertical lines instead of the diamond pattern for grip is beyond me. But when eBay shopping it does make it easy to spot the fakes.

    Back in the old days the serial number began with the number of cells it seems. At least that was the case with the VareBeam. Mine does not have a panther on the bezel, nor does my solitaire sized Marquis.

    Nowadays they have a letter to indicate cell size.

    You can compare the 'panther' on Mags and you'll note on the older ones it is a bit squashed looking compared to the modern ones. I have some late 80's mini mags with the squashed panther. But the have the R, not TM for what that is worth.
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    Yeah, the pre-letter serials started with cell number. I have a couple dozen mags, and it holds true for the old ones. Though I dunno about the S/N on my magcharger-charger

    I have such a soft spot for mags, maybe because I was born in CA and Ontario was the last place I lived as a kid before moving to VT?

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    Tks for the info, guys:-) Good stuff.
    I had no idea how their numbering system worked. The 5D was pretty self explanatory, but i didnt know if the numerals was simply that, ie, the 1,448,300th 5D off the line, or whether they denoted something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Need a Light? View Post
    Yeah, the pre-letter serials started with cell number. I have a couple dozen mags, and it holds true for the old ones. Though I dunno about the S/N on my magcharger-charger
    I have such a soft spot for mags, maybe because I was born in CA and Ontario was the last place I lived as a kid before moving to VT?
    Yep I agree with living in CA we all grew up with mags. Now I have plenty moded ones . A true flashaholic has surefires and mags

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offgridled View Post
    Yep I agree with living in CA we all grew up with mags. Now I have plenty moded ones . A true flashaholic has STOCK surefires and mags
    fixed it for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Don't know much about Maglites in general except what I've read here.

    It seems the VareBeam was a line created to drum up sales from a blue collar market during the early years. The Maglite was a black cop light. And it seems the blue color and silver bezel were chosen for easy spotting at a distance inside crowded and dimly light garages of the auto mechanic shop at the time. Mine came from such a shop in California. It is severely sunfaded on one side from sitting in the office window. And it has issues from being disassembled with vice grips to remove stuck batteries that left a nasty coating on the inside. It's a someday project to bring it back to life in a stock platform. With all the ugly at least it does not bare the scars of being used as a hammer. lol.
    It's 2133 not 4133...

    Why they chose vertical lines instead of the diamond pattern for grip is beyond me. But when eBay shopping it does make it easy to spot the fakes.

    Back in the old days the serial number began with the number of cells it seems. At least that was the case with the VareBeam. Mine does not have a panther on the bezel, nor does my solitaire sized Marquis.

    Nowadays they have a letter to indicate cell size.

    You can compare the 'panther' on Mags and you'll note on the older ones it is a bit squashed looking compared to the modern ones. I have some late 80's mini mags with the squashed panther. But the have the R, not TM for what that is worth.
    So I've noticed that at some point in the serial though the knurling must have changed because I have later serials that have the diamond pattern knurling. I've also never seen a C Cell with the Solitaire (vertical) style knurling.

    If you don't mind me asking, where the heck dd you find a Marquis at? I've been on the hunt for one for a while but I doubt I'll ever come across one.
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    Always looking to buy Vari-Beams and Vintage/Rare Mags especially a 7D. Please let me know if you have any, top dollar paid.

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    fixed it for you
    Speaking of stock mags, I used my 2D with nicd and a 2v1.2a bulb last night, plenty of light to try and see the screaming fisher cats with!

    Nice white beam that would go an easy 50-75 yards.

    NiCD and d cell incan mags are some of my favorite "outdated" tech

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    Quote Originally Posted by tab665 View Post
    fixed it for you
    That funny.

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    I acquired the Marquis from a fellow in London LiftdT4.

    He said he had visited California and found a little 1aaa flashlight made by Maglite in a department store. Not knowing it would be so special he used it often.
    Best part was he was only asking $14.99 for it (plus shipping). So $40 and 3 weeks later it was at my home.

    To me the story of some of the oldies is the charm. I have bought plenty where the seller said "estate sale" or "found in an attic"... but the ones that come from the original owner, or knew the original owner and had stories to tell...
    Those are my favorites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post
    On Mag's website you can also use their contact form and they'll get back to you within a couple business days:

    http://maglite.com/contact-form/

    You have a newer style incan because it starts with a D whereas the old ones just start with a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 to specify the number of cells but not type. I believe they changed over in the early 90s. I want to say 93 or 94 but I don't know the exact date. Mag will for the most part even tell you what day the light was made on.
    Id seen information on here suggesting that the preceding letters just started to be added to serial numbers as late as 2001. I might email maglite and see if they would shed some light on the subject.
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    I'll throw a few pics in for the "vintage" and "stock" Maglite fans! It's a ca. 1980s bought in Los Angeles when I was just a young lad. This is what I came home with after I learned how to drive and left the house unsupervised! Also, If you see my first post in "new members" I have to admit I made a mistake; I do not have a 9D cell, it's only 7D cell. My 7yo helper added a couple of batteries when she opened it up. I didn't realize it until I put it all back together and had 2 extra cells! My bad, and now i'll fall on the preverbal sword (or Maglite as it were)!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/147993.../shares/48X4B3

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    Quote Originally Posted by HwyChef View Post
    I'll throw a few pics in for the "vintage" and "stock" Maglite fans! It's a ca. 1980s bought in Los Angeles when I was just a young lad. This is what I came home with after I learned how to drive and left the house unsupervised! Also, If you see my first post in "new members" I have to admit I made a mistake; I do not have a 9D cell, it's only 7D cell. My 7yo helper added a couple of batteries when she opened it up. I didn't realize it until I put it all back together and had 2 extra cells! My bad, and now i'll fall on the preverbal sword (or Maglite as it were)!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/147993.../shares/48X4B3
    Wowzers, that's one pretty 7D, thanks for posting. Interesting bulb, is it flat on top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HwyChef View Post
    I'll throw a few pics in for the "vintage" and "stock" Maglite fans! It's a ca. 1980s bought in Los Angeles when I was just a young lad. This is what I came home with after I learned how to drive and left the house unsupervised! Also, If you see my first post in "new members" I have to admit I made a mistake; I do not have a 9D cell, it's only 7D cell. My 7yo helper added a couple of batteries when she opened it up. I didn't realize it until I put it all back together and had 2 extra cells! My bad, and now i'll fall on the preverbal sword (or Maglite as it were)!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/147993.../shares/48X4B3
    Wow, that is one awesome light and in great shape too!! A 7D is my grail light, they are next to impossible to come by but I'm hoping to add one to my collection eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post
    Wow, that is one awesome light and in great shape too!! A 7D is my grail light, they are next to impossible to come by but I'm hoping to add one to my collection eventually.
    +1 very cool light indeed. I hope your able to find one

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    Need a light?, as to the bulb. If I am not wrong, I believe they were called "Krypton" bulbs and they came specifically made for 2, 4 or 6 D cells. Back then, I recall ordering a 6D Mag and got it in the mail. The day after I got the 6, another box arrived with a 7D! I waited a week, and there it came, a letter saying "We made a mistake and sent you two 6D." I quickly sent back the 6D and kept the 7D. So I don't know how many exist. I have yet to come across anyone who had an actual 7D. Reading through the threads, I saw that 10D might exist. What a unicorn that would be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HwyChef View Post
    Need a light?, as to the bulb. If I am not wrong, I believe they were called "Krypton" bulbs and they came specifically made for 2, 4 or 6 D cells. Back then, I recall ordering a 6D Mag and got it in the mail. The day after I got the 6, another box arrived with a 7D! I waited a week, and there it came, a letter saying "We made a mistake and sent you two 6D." I quickly sent back the 6D and kept the 7D. So I don't know how many exist. I have yet to come across anyone who had an actual 7D. Reading through the threads, I saw that 10D might exist. What a unicorn that would be!
    Wow, neat! Great story too, thanks! Amazing they not only sent two but also a 7. Maybe it was marketing trying to see which people wanted to keep haha but yeah, I only became of the 7d after a while of serious lurking on these forums.

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    Mag bulbs usually had xxxx star in the name. WhiteStar, MagStar etc. Some copy cats were 'Nex-Star'.

    Last year I went on a bulb buying extravaganza and found all kinds of uber rare bulbs from the 70's and 80's. The pictured one was from an eBay listing where the guy was clearing out old stock prior to moving his hardware store across town.
    I started out a search for a bulb for my incan Keymate. Yes Streamlight did a Keymate incan briefly. This guy had a listing there. I bought all 12 twin packs from him.

    I clicked his "other items" and saw he had a shload of Sigma 1aaa, rare old Pelican modules, Brinkmann out the yazoo and 7D Mag bulbs. A couple of emails later and he sold me Streamlight Pocket Mate bulbs along with a bunch of other really rare light bulbs. I bought every light bulb he had and a few Pelican Sabre Lights. Strangely that was the only flashlight he had for sale.
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    Mag bulbs usually had xxxx star in the name. WhiteStar, MagStar etc. Some copy cats were 'Nex-Star'.

    Last year I went on a bulb buying extravaganza and found all kinds of uber rare bulbs from the 70's and 80's. The pictured one was from an eBay listing where the guy was clearing out old stock prior to moving his hardware store across town.
    I started out a search for a bulb for my incan Keymate. Yes Streamlight did a Keymate incan briefly. This guy had a listing there. I bought all 12 twin packs from him.

    I clicked his "other items" and saw he had a shload of Sigma 1aaa, rare old Pelican modules, Brinkmann out the yazoo and 7D Mag bulbs. A couple of emails later and he sold me Streamlight Pocket Mate bulbs along with a bunch of other really rare light bulbs. I bought every light bulb he had and a few Pelican Sabre Lights. Strangely that was the only flashlight he had for sale.
    Mr. Fixer, as always, you bring much to quench my thirst for all knowledge incandescent. Much appreciated.

    Speaking of pelican, I bought a new 2340 for $8 today and while it's basically a clicky plastic explosion proof pelican, for about the same price as a minimag, I'm very pleased.

    Also, my dad the welder uses a saber lite for his weld inspections lol. It's the perfect range of brightness/focus along with good color for the spec'd candela requirement.

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