What LED Upgrades Are Available At Wal-Mart For MagLite?

JAS

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I noticed a cousin, on my wife's side, with an incandescent MagLite this weekend. I am not sure if it is a 3 D or 4 D size. At any rate, I am looking at this as an opportunity. Now I am NOT looking for suggestions for exotic stuff that can only be purchased online in this particular case, but I am looking for whatever the lowest common denominator is. That is to say, what does Wal-Mart carry in the way of LED upgrades that will work on a 3 or 4 D MagLite?
 

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Yup, the NiteIze, and it's quite dim and blue. A good choice for a long-ranger emergency light, as it'll do over 90 hours in a 3D, but definitely nothing that will convert a box store philistine into a flashaholic. You'd be better off ordering the basic TerraLux upgrade if you're looking for cheap and easy.
 

Lightdadark

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Yeah the Nite Ize is not even worth the bother. Ugly ringy blue and yellow blob of a beam. Terra Lux is the way to go.
 

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In my neck of the woods you can also find Dorcy LED bulbs, one rated 30 lumens for 2 cells flashlights and one rated 40 lumens for 3+ cells.
In Maglites they don't work any better than the incandescent bulbs - the beam is too narrow and not any brighter; if you try to defocus it you get a big black hole in the center.
The only application I can see for them is, as other posters mentioned, getting a monster runtime.

nap.
 

purelite

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Your better off just buying the latest version of the Maglite LED at Lowes . It will blow an incan mag away and not cost an arm and a leg. There is nothing at Walmart worth buying in the led upgrade for Maglite dept.
 

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Your better off just buying the latest version of the Maglite LED at Lowes .

I don't see any reason to buy a D cell Maglite LED these days. Unless you insist in using D cells or it has to be a Maglite or something like that. Want a short distance light? There are so many choices of 2xAA lights in a large variety of beam profiles. Want a real thrower for long distance and don't mind Maglite size? TK41 and be done with it.

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The major advantage to buying the 3D MagLEDs is immediate ease of access. They aren't the best, but they are likely the best you can pull off the shelf in a pinch.

I have never had good experiences with Nite Ize LED upgrades - the Terra Lux have been better. By the time you've spent the money ordering a Terra Lux upgrade, it's almost cheaper to have just purchased the new 3D Magleds.

-Trevor
 

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Thank you for the replies. I will just email him the URL to Battery Junction and maybe he can snap that up.
 
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