- Nov 26, 2004
In a recent PM correspondence with a fellow CPFer, we discussed our not so hot-wire MAGs with their not so super bulbs. In other words his MAG 2C 2x18650 with a 5 cell Magnum Star Xenon bulb and my MAG118 2D 8xAA with a KPR118 bulb. We agreed that we like this approach to hot-wires as these flashlights are as practical as they are bright with long runtimes and low maintenance. Mostly, I inquired about prior posts that he had made about using a KPR112 in his 2C MAG, but in our exchange, he said that those flashed on him with his set up and that he has had good success with the 5 cell Magnum Star bulbs. While, at first, I was surprised, he did confirm that it was the 5 cell xenon that he was using, considering that xenon, notoriously, don't take to over-driving as well as krypton bulbs, upon further thought, I wondered if, perhaps, the 5 cell Magnum Star drew more current than the 650ma of RadioShack's KPR112 and thus created just enough sag in the Li-ON cells to keep the Magnum Star from flashing even from the "hot off the charger" 8.4 volts of the 2x18650. MAG does not seem to state the current draw of their bulbs. Does anyone know how much current that, both, their krypton and xenon bulbs draw and if they would be generally brighter and more robust than their KPR and XPR counterparts?