Products aside, I don't understand Maglites business model.Newer emitter makes sense the beam would be better, however it’s just not enough for me to like this light.
It’s rare enough to see maglites on the shelves at local stores, so the likelihood of this even being even an impulse buy is nearly zero.
Here in the UK it is now almost impossible to buy Maglites. Whereas years back they would have been the most common and easiest torch to buy, sold by many retailers. Today there are only a very tiny handful of mostly online shops that stock a very limited range and hugely inflated prices. And often past variants and models.
I did try buying something as simple as a AAA LED Mini Mag last year. It turned out to be significantly cheaper to buy from the USA and ship to the UK, including a duty charge. The shipping cost was horrendous, but it was still 25%-30% cheaper than buying one in the UK.
I wish the company well. But if you make it near impossible or just plain difficult to buy the products, then I struggle to see how bright the future can be for the brand, unless the USA market alone can sustain it. However, when I was in the States last (Florida 2016), I found it really hard to find Maglites on the shelf in all the places I tried such as home Depot, Lowes, Walmart etc.