RARE MAGLITES

turbodog

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Have any of you ever noticed color fade on your Maglites?

For the past five or more years I have kept most of my D-cell Maglites displayed together in a room that gets very little natural light (no direct sunlight) and has an LED ceiling light fixture. While cleaning the flashlights the other day, I noticed that my purple 2D Maglite has faded. It was a beautiful and uniform deep eggplant purple, but now the side that faces outward on display is more of a light amethyst.

All of the other colors are fine. Only the purple Maglite has faded. :unsure:
I checked my minimag display case. No fading...
 

earcandy

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I have seen old black ones that seemed to turn a dark purple, don't know if it was sunlight or something with the way they were anodized but it doesn't happen to all of them - my 36 year old 4D is still jet black.
I have a 1979 3D and a 1981 2C that seem slightly faded and have a faint purplish tinge. I don't know their history, so I can't say how they were stored. None of my newer ones in black seem to have faded.
 

fidusinski

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Hi, Today arrived. Two beauty - rare Orange Mag.
 

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Monocrom

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I'm sure there's a bunch of custom engraved Mags we don't know about. Doesn't the company still offer such a service, if a person or corporation is willing to pay for a large batch of lights at a time?
 

bykfixer

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Tony himself produced 1000 aaa minimags and gave them to George H as his 1000 points of light slogan helped get him elected. It's amazing that there are some still nip as they were all supposed to have been given away at the inaugeration.

It seems as though there were two George W lights. One in red, smooth barrel 2001 the the blue knurled one in 2005. It's been said 40,000 of each were made and given away.

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Stolen from Jasons blog "Maglite-more than a cop light"
 

Monocrom

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Tony himself produced 1000 aaa minimags and gave them to George H as his 1000 points of light slogan helped get him elected. It's amazing that there are some still nip as they were all supposed to have been given away at the inaugeration.

It seems as though there were two George W lights. One in red, smooth barrel 2001 the the blue knurled one in 2005. It's been said 40,000 of each were made and given away.

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Stolen from Jasons blog "Maglite-more than a cop light"
Not too surprising. Guessing quite a few who got one, wanted to keep them mint as future collectibles. Hoping they appreciate in value.
 

letschat7

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My main reason for getting involved with the forums again was to discover the colours that Maglite uses. I really wish they still had orange. I think it would be nice in an LED Solitaire or 2xAAA Mini Maglite.
 
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xxo

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My main reason for getting involved with the forums again was to discover the colours that Maglite uses. I really wish they still had orange. I think it would be nice in an LED Solitaire or 2xAAA Mini Maglite.
They sell orange incan solitaires, usually for Halloween.....not sure if they offer orange LED solitaires.
 

letschat7

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Okay, I thought I had seen one before somewhere. I would take an incan but bulbs aren't so common nowadays. It is cheaper to buy a boxed Solitaire and take the bulbs from it than a shipped pack of 2 bulbs.
 

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I found this old 3c at a gun show today for 2 bucks. Works great after cleaning minor corrosion on the tailcap spring. It has a patent pending stamp opposite of the serial number.

What do you experts know about it?

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chillinn

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Early 1981. It is among the first C made, and extremely rare, but only the early 5, 6, & 7C sell for high prices. I've been scanning eBay auctions for vintage C, and they're not nearly as common as vintage D, and their auctions don't last long. C's don't sit. I think modders may prefer C because of 26mm diameter Li-ion cells. 32mm diameter cells don't provide any more capacity, so even D hotwires will use 26mm cells with a sleeve. No sleeve necessary with C. I could be wrong about that, but it makes sense to me.
 
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