Will I turn into a Maglite fan once again?

Yates

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Got a photo, two labels actually.

Not sure what Mag is doing, I do hope it's not a mistake.
 

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bykfixer

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Often they have a bunch of packaging ready to go and they place a sticker with the new specs over the older specs. If you look at the rear of the package, often in the lower right corner (but not always) you'll see a month/year (example 10/19) that indicates what year the package was made, not what's inside it necessarily.

I had an ML25 package with a sticker saying 192 lumens over the 177 lumens when they upgraded in 2019 and the package rear said 10/15.

Probably not a mistake.
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Here's one that said 524 before but the new sticker said 487
 
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aznsx

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Black Friday sale started today. 12% this year.

That's funny man. From out of nowhere, I was just singing 'Private Idaho' to myself a day or two ago. Hadn't thought about it for a long time. Today your location jumped off the screen at me and I realize you live there!! What's the weather like there? (just in case things get worse here and I have to move!)
 

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I was out running errands just now and stopped by one of the local Lowe's and they did not have a SINGLE Maglite on the shelf. There was a guy working in that aisle and he said yep they have priced themselves out of the market. Well I don't know if THAT'S the story or not but evidently people aren't buying them at Lowe's in my area. LuxPro , Craftsman and Coast is pretty much what they're selling.
 

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That's funny man. From out of nowhere, I was just singing 'Private Idaho' to myself a day or two ago. Hadn't thought about it for a long time. Today your location jumped off the screen at me and I realize you live there!! What's the weather like there? (just in case things get worse here and I have to move!)
I'm just starin' at the world……from my little private Idaho
And I say hey yeah yeah……everywhere I see……

It's lyrics from the opening song on the Bodeans live album called Joe Dirt car, an album I wore out at a low point in life.

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One day I took a picture of the world outside of my apartment as that song was playing. That frozen lake outside my home was my own little Idaho. It was great year round since no power boats were allowed and I knew where all the good fishing spots were. Very peaceful year round.


Back then my favorite flashlight was a 2aa incan minimag.
 

xxo

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Yea me too. Anyone knows how they run on NiMH Cs?
They run fine on NiMH's and you can also run them on a single 21700 or 18650 with an adapter. A 5000 mA 21700 has more energy than 3 high capacity NiMH C's, it's alot lighter and you have only one cell to recharge, so that is what I normally use.
 

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Being the BF sale is 12% that meant a 3 cell ML50LX could be had for the price of a 2 cell. Same with the ML300LX. I flipped a coin. ML50 was heads, 300 tails. It landed in between the cracks of my sofa cushion in the vertical position. Well that solves that……both.

Every year Mrs Fixer says "what would you like for Christmas". I say "I don't know". She says "I got you that last year, pick something else". I'll hand her the ML300 and say "this" this year.

Went with forest green for both.

I have some Maglites loaded with Imedion C cells that I charge every few months. They work great but don't hold a charge for a year like eneloops and since I don't have a 3D printer I don't have any 18650 or 21700 adapters.
 

aznsx

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Being the BF sale is 12% that meant a 3 cell ML50LX could be had for the price of a 2 cell. Same with the ML300LX. I flipped a coin. ML50 was heads, 300 tails. It landed in between the cracks of my sofa cushion in the vertical position. Well that solves that……both.
That's simply beautiful. Thanx for that good laugh!
 

Yates

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I had an ML25 package with a sticker saying 192 lumens over the 177 lumens when they upgraded in 2019 and the package rear said 10/15.
I wish Mag would stop doing these silent upgrades, and have predictable dates and model numbers for new releases.

Right now, the average Mag owner has no idea which version they have, but if the lights had versions, Mag could market each new iteration and folks will upgrade to the ML50L 2022
 

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I was out running errands just now and stopped by one of the local Lowe's and they did not have a SINGLE Maglite on the shelf. There was a guy working in that aisle and he said yep they have priced themselves out of the market. Well I don't know if THAT'S the story or not but evidently people aren't buying them at Lowe's in my area. LuxPro , Craftsman and Coast is pretty much what they're selling.
Maglite left the big box stores a year or 2 ago. To get the type of margins the bigboxes demand Mag would have to off shore manufacturing. Being made in California/USA seems to be very important to Mr Maglica so I think as long as he is around it will stay that way. They are now only direct to consumer via their website or through Amazon.
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bykfixer

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I go to Burger King doc. But I see your point.

As I get older I get more inclined to stick with what I know product-wise. Yet as quickly as things change these days there are times I cannot due to that product being no longer made.
My car key for example is this battery operated thing that opens like a switchblade knife most of the time and reveals a twig that feels like it's going to break off in the ignition switch at any moment when starting the vehicle.
Gone from the dashboard is a clock that has been replaced with a computer screen. If I mess around and press the wrong button the car talks to me demanding I enter a command then does not understand the command to "shut the front door".

At least with a Maglite product I get a traditional flashlight that looks and acts like a traditional flashlight with the option of changing some stuff.

I'll take the $3 burger any day.
 
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