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    Help Maglite LED upgrade

    I have an old 3 cell maglite with the original incandescent bulb. I was wondering if I was to upgrade to a warm white LED if it would be much brighter, it says it has 60-100lm. Here is the link to the bulb https://www.ebay.com/itm/P13-5S-PR2-...75.c100623.m-1 Thank you - Josh.

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    Default Re: Maglite LED upgrade

    Have you removed the bulb in your Maglite to see if it looks like the one at the ebay link? That ebay bulb would not work if your Maglite is a bi-pin xenon or krypton bulb. "Much brighter" would depend on how many lumens your getting now and whether the ebay lumens is honest.

    I'd watch this YouTube video before making any decision . . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK7NbWqvB-k

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    I bought 10. My thinking was to LED some 1970's numbers.

    First off, they weren't warm. Second, only one was actually useable because of the LED being so far off center in the other 9.

    Horrible beam, not any brighter than stock.

    At a buck 35 with "free" shipping you get what you pay for.
    Hey, it's your money but I won't buy anymore.
    Last edited by bykfixer; 01-14-2018 at 08:19 AM.
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    I am very happy with my Malkoff Maglite upgrade. I have the higher lumen one, but I think there is a lower lumen one that cost less here, plus the other accessories are very nice.
    https://malkoff-devices.myshopify.co...nd-accessories

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    Default Re: Maglite LED upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by JoshuaLepp View Post
    I have an old 3 cell maglite with the original incandescent bulb. I was wondering if I was to upgrade to a warm white LED if it would be much brighter, it says it has 60-100lm. Here is the link to the bulb https://www.ebay.com/itm/P13-5S-PR2-...75.c100623.m-1 Thank you - Josh.
    I usually discourage any upgrading of old Mag lites because there are so many better options out there these days with flashlights that are designed around the LED. But for the price you can't go wrong even if you don't get very good results. I'm not sure it will be brighter but likely it will not eat up your batteries as fast as the incandescent. Terralux was typically the go to brand and those did a noticeable improvement but they were a lot more money. So typically you get what you pay for. The price seems way cheap, but again if you don't get very satisfactory results, you're not out much money.

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    There are so many good options for Mag retrofits that I would not waste even a buck or two on a cheap one.

    Niteize is cheaper than Terralux, and it's a reputable company.

    (For a high-end solution, you can try Malkoff. They have a huge fanbase around here because their products are so good.)

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    X2 on the NiteIze.
    John 3:16
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    I've got a NiteIze in my 3 D-Cell. First one I got pooped out after a few weeks. Emailed NiteIze and they sent me 2 new ones. So far it's held up the last 3 years or so. It is a big improvement over stock incan. It's the best of the budget LED upgrades from what I have read and personal experience. If you want to spend some money I say get a Malkoff. It's on my list for either the trusty 3D or the 6D.
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    Surefire G2, Mag XL200, Mag6D Tonfa, Original D3 "old faithful" Maglite

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    Default Re: Maglite LED upgrade

    I agree with the others - you get what you pay for in this case. 60-100L isn't much, especially if you're on the lower end of that. I got one a few yrs ago for around $14, and maybe around 200-250L, and it's way better than stock incan., but not great.

    However, I just ordered the lower priced Malkoff rated at 325L, but have not received it yet. I think the higher priced Malkoff is around 700L, with less runtime. Depends on your needs.

    There is a decent youtube vid that compares 5 different Maglite LED upgrades.

    JT

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    That "lower" rated Malkoff is sweeeeeeeet!!!

    But it's cool white so it's a deal breaker for some. But man that thing is bright. You'll love it JT
    John 3:16
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