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Pellidon

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My experience with Nitecore has been 50-50. The Tip line has been sturdy enough. My thumb and one tube suffered the cracking plastic that the opaque plastic they use seem to be prone to. I have a Tini that the battery failed early on (6 months). My current tube has started strobing on high level after a few months of use. It has not been mistreated, hangs on a lanyard around my neck. I've replaced it with a Rovyvon that seems built better.
 

mickb

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The OP had 4 lights fail after his kid dropped them? After the first 1-2 failed you didnt think to store them out of a small kids height?

Was your kid also 'dropping' a range of other lights as well and some survived the impact or did just the first four fail?

Sorry Im not buying it, as it stands.

And not be argumentative either, but as we are talking about brands in use here, I think more defintive circumstances need be ascertained.
 

bykfixer

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I have a friend who voids warranties. I've given him some nice lights over the years and he's managed to break every one of them. When he told me he had broken the Malkoff MD-2 I gave him I said "that's it buddy, no more lights for you".
 

TMedina

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I have a friend who voids warranties. I've given him some nice lights over the years and he's managed to break every one of them. When he told me he had broken the Malkoff MD-2 I gave him I said "that's it buddy, no more lights for you".

Brah. How, in the hell, did he manage that?
 

TMedina

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WOW..I'm only the 2nd one to say Mag-Lite really? I've run maglite for thirty years, I push the button or twist the head It always works.
Thrunite, I bought my 1st one 8yrs ago still going.
I've found both brands very reliable.
Maglite doesn't get a lot of love on this forum. They were relatively late to the LED market and I haven't been especially impressed with their offerings. I don't think it would kill them to release a MiniMag with a simple high/low UI and not trying to max out the lumens.

There's also a matter of the audience - for a group of people that willingly spend $100 or more on a flashlight, Maglite typically doesn't compete in the same area. Too expensive for a "budget" light, too underperforming for premium categories.
 

bykfixer

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Brah. How, in the hell, did he manage that?
Screwed the tailcap back on too tight. He had to use a vice to hold the tailcap and vice grips to twist the barrel and ended up squashing the tailcap. It still works I'm told.
Dude is bull strong. A wirey little fella who could probably bench press a motorcycle.... repeatedly.
 
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