Will I turn into a Maglite fan once again?

jz6342

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Sooo....I was a HUGE Maglite fan from the 80's; my first duty flashlight was a 4 D cell that was way too heavy for the amount of light it put out. I carried a Mini Maglite on my belt or in my pocket well into the 90's. Then I fell out of love; newer models and makers created better lights that were easier to use and carry. Then, about three years ago I found myself looking at a 3 C cell LED. I carried the incandescent version for most of the later part of my career and decided to give it a chance. To quote George Takei, "OH Myyyyy" - very bright, great UI and as easy to carry as I remember. I immediately bought three more for our cars and camper! Then I found the LED Mini Maglite - 332 lumens? Yes please!

I'm a fan again.
 

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Thank you for helping keep your community safe jz. Welcome to cpf

My mom was a city official where I grew up and a police officer gave her a 4c, to which my dad jokingly called her "girl light" compared to his 3D "real man light". Yet I noticed he used my mom's light pretty often.

My first LED Maglite was a 2D with a paultry 168 lumens, but it shined a lot farther than any of my 300+ lumen lights.

The first time I saw the beam of the short version of the ML150 it caused me to giggle like a school kid who got away with looking up teachers skirt.
 
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Picked up a ML50lx Grey with the Coyote tan. I love the 2-c format. I need a Crimson Red! :p


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I've spent hours on the phone with my mother this weekend finally getting her user data backed up and transferred from her slow-as-molasses 2012 Samsung laptop to her new 2020 Apple MacBook Pro M1 (14x faster), and she mentioned to me that her flashlight (a Sofirn that her late husband had gotten as convention swag) was acting up and flickering.

So, after spending a few hours thinking about what kind of decent flashlight would work for a 75 year old woman with advanced Multiple Sclerosis, that would have good color rendition and be not too expensive, relatively easy to operate for someone with limited and declining manual dexterity, not too dim or too bright, not too complex, and have little risk of creating a burn or fire hazard if inadvertently activated, I settled on a Mini Maglite Spectrum Series 2xAA Warm White LED model.

I was actually kind of surprised that when I thought about what might work best for her, this was the model that seemed to best fit the bill.

I did find out later that she is OK with the tail switch on the Sofirn, which also surprised me, so if she finds the Maglite too difficult to operate (two hand twisty), maybe I'll look at a Fenix or Nitecore 2xAA, but I think the Maglite will actually be OK.

At 57 lumens in the default high power mode, it won't be horrifically blinding, as many high spec flashlights can be if you inadvertently activate their high power modes when you aren't expecting it.

I ordered it from B&H Photo, and it comes with a free Nitecore Tube v2 keychain light. I'll update this once she gets it and tells me how it's working for her. Oh, and I ordered an 8-pack of Energizer L91s, so she doesn't end up sticking alkaleaks in it (hopefully).

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My Mom loves her Mags. She has a 98 lumen Mini Mag LED in her purse, a 272 lumen Mini Mag Pro she keeps in the kitchen and a 2C ML25 I gave her set up as a lantern that she uses all the time around the house wherever she needs a little more light - all running eneloops.
 

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I've spent hours on the phone with my mother this weekend finally getting her user data backed up and transferred from her slow-as-molasses 2012 Samsung laptop to her new 2020 Apple MacBook Pro M1 (14x faster), and she mentioned to me that her flashlight (a Sofirn that her late husband had gotten as convention swag) was acting up and flickering.

So, after spending a few hours thinking about what kind of decent flashlight would work for a 75 year old woman with advanced Multiple Sclerosis, that would have good color rendition and be not too expensive, relatively easy to operate for someone with limited and declining manual dexterity, not too dim or too bright, not too complex, and have little risk of creating a burn or fire hazard if inadvertently activated, I settled on a Mini Maglite Spectrum Series 2xAA Warm White LED model.

I was actually kind of surprised that when I thought about what might work best for her, this was the model that seemed to best fit the bill.

I did find out later that she is OK with the tail switch on the Sofirn, which also surprised me, so if she finds the Maglite too difficult to operate (two hand twisty), maybe I'll look at a Fenix or Nitecore 2xAA, but I think the Maglite will actually be OK.

At 57 lumens in the default high power mode, it won't be horrifically blinding, as many high spec flashlights can be if you inadvertently activate their high power modes when you aren't expecting it.

I ordered it from B&H Photo, and it comes with a free Nitecore Tube v2 keychain light. I'll update this once she gets it and tells me how it's working for her. Oh, and I ordered an 8-pack of Energizer L91s, so she doesn't end up sticking alkaleaks in it (hopefully).

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Sounds a lot like me not so long ago. Good on ya. With all due respect however, and I really do mean that because I'm certain you're trying to do the right thing, I'm afraid she's gonna hate that light. She may not tell you, but I'd bet she'll hate it. My Mom would have deserved a light with a 'proper' switch that can be easily operated one-handed; tail or side, but a 'proper' switch. I hope I'm wrong, but in case I'm not, go ahead a have a 'plan B' in mind!
 

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Good on you fuyume.
With the MS being advanced it may be easier for her to use both hands to operate a flashlight due to lack of dexterity.

57 lumens of an incan looking beam should provide that old school light she is used to. Being a Maglite it'll be throwey like a light bulb'd light too.

I used to give away aaa Maglites at Christmas with ultimate lithiums for spares. When yours arrives perhaps load the light with a pair and stick a pair in the gift box it came in. The rest whereever she prefers.
 

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My only Mag is a AAA Solitaire I bought in 2006 or 2007.
Then it fell and has been flickering ever since, changing the light bulb didn't help.

(but I still have it and even though it may have an unstable light it still works)
However, I continued to carry it until 2012 when I bought a Fenix PD32
I saw today that it is still on sale in the Classic version (2 lumens) and in the led version (47 lumens?)

To those who are experts in this brand I would like to ask:
What tint does the Solitaire (led version) have?

There are also 2C and 2D models for sale on Amazon,at a good price (led and Xenon)

What tint these models have?
Is there a standard (led) Mag Lite with a very warm tint?
Thanks
 
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bykfixer

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Stefano, Maglite put out a series they call "spectrum" a few years back. Spectrum red, spectrum blue, spectrum green, spectrum warm.
Solitaire, 2x aaa minimag, 2x aa minimag and XL50 were the models available. Black body lights with a tail cap color to represent which color the beam is.

The tint of the spectrum warm looks like a 219b in that it's got a hint of rosey tint while appearing very similar to a krypton light bulb tint. I'm fond of the spectrum warm solitaire and 2x aaa minimag. Both put out 30 some lumens.
 

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I'm fond of the spectrum warm solitaire and 2x aaa minimag. Both put out 30 some lumens.
Thanks, I'll try to see if they are available here even though I don't seem to have read "spectrum" anywhere.
 

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They were a limited run and may not have made it to the other side of the big pond. I would wonder if authorized European Maglite dealers could get them.
 

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They were a limited run and may not have made it to the other side of the big pond. I would wonder if authorized European Maglite dealers could get them.
Thanks I found Spectrum series on the maglite.eu website

Edit:
That maglite.eu site looks like just a catalog but I don't see any chance to buy.

I searched for Spectrum on my local Amazon, the prices are very high, almost double, I assume for import charges and taxes but I got three choices:
1xAAA red light, 2xAAA and 2xAA
I am interested in the MiniMaglite Spectrum 2xAAA but I wonder if this version has a single light level or are there two?
Is the warm light of the Spectrum series 2700K or 3500K?
On the American site of Maglite I find no information on this, it only speaks of "warm light". Thank you
 
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bykfixer

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If I had to guess I'd say around 3500. Except for the XL50 version they are one setting. High only. Not sure about the XL50.
Over here they are pricey also.
 

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If I had to guess I'd say around 3500. Except for the XL50 version they are one setting. High only. Not sure about the XL50.
Over here they are pricey also.
Thanks for the info.
On the US site I was able to see that the Mini Maglite 2xAA "Spectrum" appears to have two light levels but no information on the 2xAAA version.
The Mini Maglite 2xAAA led Spectrum in USA costs 24.25 dollars, here 44.29 euros
 
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