What's wrong with my 1990's Mini Maglite?

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Hello,

I had converted the incandescent mini maglite I had from the 90's to the LED Nite Eyes mod.
But unfortunately it seems to have died a few weeks ago and I can't find out the reason.

I tried replacing the batteries and even going back to the incandescent version with a new bulb but it still won't turn on.

I have a feeling something fell out?

I've attached a picture:
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I have included an Imgur link as requested for anyone having trouble viewing the image: https://imgur.com/a/kj1UXUm
 
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Nephron44

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The Nite Ize conversion for the 2AA mini mag has HORRIBLE reviews anywhere I looked. I was going to get one for my Incan mini mag, but I read about too many reports of the conversion kit destroying lights for good, so I passed hard. Maybe send it in to Maglite for repair?
 

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I can't see the picture. Try uploading it to Imgur and copying the BBcode ("IMG") link into your post.

I've included a link to the image via Imgur , I hope it works.

The Nite Ize conversion for the 2AA mini mag has HORRIBLE reviews anywhere I looked. I was going to get one for my Incan mini mag, but I read about too many reports of the conversion kit destroying lights for good, so I passed hard. Maybe send it in to Maglite for repair?

That is terrible to hear, I really hope it didn't destroy anything in my maglite.
 

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May sound crazy but try reversing the pins. ie stick the bulb in and if it don't light rotate it and see if it lights.

Try bending the pins a bit to spread them a bit. The nite-ize over sizes the bulb holes and it may not make good contact.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A1BIVRW/?tag=cpf0b6-20
Here's a new switch assembly if those don't work.

Hi bykfixer,

Thank you for the link to the new switch assembly. I appreciate that.

All is fixed ! You were right, it had to do with something like you said, nite-ize oversizing the holes and poor contact now...

I just might buy that new switch assembly just to have .

Thank you again!
 
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fyrstormer

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I had one of their LED conversion kits for a 2xAA Maglite years and years ago...2006, maybe? It works fine to this day. Not sure why other people had problems with it; it's so simple there's basically nothing to break.

That being said, it's very limited in its brightness and functionality, but if you don't mind those shortcomings, it should work fine.
 

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Great to hear. Glad it's working again.

A few years back I went to disassemble the 'do not remove' thing and when I plucked it out "boing".... something very small flew out. Something that I never saw again.

I ended up acquiring a new switch and all was well again.
 
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sween1911

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Glad to hear you got your Minimag running again. For the Nite Eyes units I've used when I was converting my old Minimags, I've used pliers to bend the leads out just a little bit to ensure good contact. Give it a slight wavey appearance like a bobby pin just to get a good friction fit.
 

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Didn't get to enjoy my 2006 Christmas present (from my wife) mini mag but a day or two. Went to walmart and got that ol nite-eyes conversion kit and it ruined it. Stayed messed up for years till mag fixed it for me. Now I wouldn't use nite-eyes anything anymore. Ruined a good experience with a better built mini mag.
 
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