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  1. #361

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    Hey now! Very nice! Did you score that low serial Vari-Beam too?? It's one of the few lights I am really really sad to have missed out on.

    The Vari-Beams were anodized in Standard Blue but Standard Blue changed to a much darker color in 1990. The old Standard Blue then was brought back as a Sky Blue, Shimmer Blue or Ice Blue on the 1992+ Panther Lights.

    I have pics of most of these finishes on my bog at: http://maglitehistory.blogspot.com/2...d-panther.html

  2. #362

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post
    Hey now! Very nice! Did you score that low serial Vari-Beam too?? It's one of the few lights I am really really sad to have missed out on.

    The Vari-Beams were anodized in Standard Blue but Standard Blue changed to a much darker color in 1990. The old Standard Blue then was brought back as a Sky Blue, Shimmer Blue or Ice Blue on the 1992+ Panther Lights.

    I have pics of most of these finishes on my bog at: http://maglitehistory.blogspot.com/2...d-panther.html
    No I did not bid that 4C Vari-Beam. I regret the decision I made. I have no special interest with serial number but when I receive that 2C Vari-Beam I really like that blue and silver combination. I like that sky blue so much!

  3. #363

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    I tried to take a better picture. It's of a Midnight Blue, 1990+ Standard Blue Mini Mag, Vari-Beam and an Ice Blue 2D. I'm not the greatest at taking pics but I think the Midnight blue is a dark purple. The Standard Blue is a royal blue. The Vari-Beams have a couple different shades. I have about a dozen total, about 4 of which are brand new. Some match the Ice Blue exactly and some are a little darker. Hope this helps!!


  4. #364

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    Got a used blue AA on Ebay but I think it is royal blue and darker than the Vari-Beam's sky blue.
    So here is a fake Vari-Beam AA
























  5. #365

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    Very nice! Only a handful of AA Vari-Beams were made at the end of Vari-Beam production and the beginning of Mini Maglite production in 1984. I've heard less than 1,000 total. I only know of one in existence and I've been trying to buy it for the last couple of years.

    I think I have some very good, rare, interesting additions set to arrive this week that hopefully I'll have time to post. They came from the estate of someone who was most certainly a member on here and lived in either New Hampshire or Vermont. He had a large collection of lights mostly Surefire and Fivemega but a couple odd Mags and Kel-Lites too. Maybe someone can help me identify him when I get the lights in.

  6. #366

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    Maglite Magcharger Halogen
    Nothing special, but still a California cop light
    I have 3 with single mode (RX1019) and 1 with multi mode (RE1019)










    I have never seen an incandescent flashlight comes with the function of adjusting brightness and strobe... Maybe this is the only one?




    RX1019 @2002



    RX1019 @2005 and RE1019 @2011


    You see the difference of the Halogen lamps?

  7. #367

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    All right, so as promised here's some pics and a little history of a very rare light I was lucky enough to pick up recently.

    Pharo-Tech / Luma-Tech started the whole re-chargeable flashlight market. They originally produced conversions for stock Kel-Lites and L.A. Screw lights that added NiCad Batteries and a special end cap along with their wall mounted charger. In 1979 they developed the first specifically designed rechargeable flashlight. It was manufactured in conjunction with Kel-Lite but unfortunately only 35 units total were produced as prototypes to gauge interest in the market. This is one of those original 35 produced. Kel-Lite stopped production shortly after and was sold to Streamlight where Streamlight worked to develop their own SL-20, the first commercially available rechargeable flashlight. These Pharo-Tech rechargeable lights were produced in extremely small numbers and were never commercially available but nonetheless are an important part of flashlight history and served as the proof of concept for most flashlights that are around today.

    This light is shown below with a first gen 2C Kel-Lite. It is longer than a 2C but shorter than a 3C. It is likely cut down from a 3C to fit the special 4 cell NiCad battery pack.










    This light also has a ceramic base Halogen bulb. It has no writing or stamping on it and I haven't seen another like it.





    Mine is missing the cradle charger but a pic of it can be seen in the Norm Nelson estate collection at: http://kellite911.blogspot.com/ about half way down on the page along with some early sales literature.


    Shown below is this prototype Pharo-Tech along with one of the most special lights I own, the prototype of the Mag Charger. I have a couple 2nd gen SL-20s also but I've never been lucky enough to find a 1st gen.







    I also have a long long write up about early rechargeable flashlights on both my blogs at http://otherflashlights.blogspot.com...and-early.html and https://maglitehistory.blogspot.com/...arger-and.html

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