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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post

    The silver ones are very rare! There's actually more finishes than I would have thought on those early lights. I suspect Mag was using them to test new finishes because they were small and easier to take a loss on if the finish didn't come out good. I've seen just about 10 finishes on them total. The full size Mags didn't start getting a lot of finishes until the mid 1990s.

    I usually save whatever good parts there still are like the head and tail cap but pitch the body. I've tried dozens of times to restore these but they're just too small to work with. I use a wire brush attached to a drill on the larger lights to remove corrosion but I can't do that on these. The tail caps are almost always corroded too and then the spring doesn't sit right. I will def give you a shout if I run across any like that. If you have any ideas I'd love to hear about them. I do get a dozen or so requests a year to restore Mini Mags but I usually turn them down unless the original owner can get the tail cap off.
    Is ditching the body due to corrosion or unable to to get the cells out?

    For cleaning corrosion on those, aside from a vinegar soak, a dremel has various attachments that can work well.

    I've taken corrosion bubbles down with some careful scrubbing with round files.

    I've got 3 mini mags on the way(one is a 3 aa) that are corroded shut. Hard part will be getting the caps off.
    I've been planning to alternate soaking between vinegar and penetrating oils to try and get those caps off.

    Have you ever used a hydraulic press to get cells out?
    You'll likely have to sacrifice the bulb assembly but you should be able to press them out.

    As for cleaning the inside, dremel tools are one option. Or, rolled up sand paper and time could clean the bores on them i would think.

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    Stuck end caps and stuck batteries have been my biggest challenges on the Mini Mags. Everything I do for the bigger Mags just doesn't seem to work on these because they're just too small.

    I like the idea of the rolled up sandpaper though. I think I've done that over a drill bit in the past on other projects to expedite the removal of the corrosion so I may try that again here. Thanks!!

    I recently picked up a Gold Anodized 1984 Mini Mag. I'm sure everyone has seen the gold plated over brass models before but this is the first anodized one I've seen. It has the white fill in the stamping and it's very light so it's definitely aluminum and not brass. The gold plated over brass is at the bottom and the gold anodized is right above it. A couple other cool 1984 Mini Mags are thrown in too. I think I have all of the finishes now although they aren't shown in this photo. The only exception is Pink. I missed out on a Pink 1984 about a year or so ago. They must be super rare and another member here picked it up.




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    If you mean the light pink then I can't help. If you mean hot pink I have 1-2 extra of those.

    For pink... I would search overseas: germany and switzerland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbodog View Post
    If you mean the light pink then I can't help. If you mean hot pink I have 1-2 extra of those.

    For pink... I would search overseas: germany and switzerland.
    Are they the stamped bezel, 1984 ones? That's really the one I'm after. I have a laser etched one I think.

    Also, I found this awesome light fixture for sale recently. I wanted it really bad for our dining room but my wife said "NO!".




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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post
    .... I found this awesome light fixture for sale recently. I wanted it really bad for our dining room but my wife said "NO!". ....
    Could probably sell more than a few of those here on CPF
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    Future collectables:
    This years National Law Enforcement Memorial lights
    I bought the 2aaa minimag and the solitaire version.


    The aaa minimag


    The Solitaire
    2D ML300 version available now and a aa minimag pro, plus XL50 version.


    I ordered the 2D version for a useable display to ward off evil spirits and andy tifa.
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    Another of my custom Maglites. Seoul P7 emitter, Flupic driver and tailcap switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post

    Also, I found this awesome light fixture for sale recently. I wanted it really bad for our dining room but my wife said "NO!".
    Happy wife - happy life, and everything, but that's pretty darn cool.

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    Icarius,how efficient is the Flupic driver?

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    bykfixer, I see what you did there.
    Sometimes I wonder if I've purchased my last flashlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullzeyebill View Post
    Icarius,how efficient is the Flupic driver?

    Bill
    Hi Bill,

    Well, the Flupic is a linear driver (max input voltage = 5.5V) so efficiency depends on the voltage difference between input and output. The higher the difference the more has to be burned off so the less efficient the driver will be. The more the input voltage drops towards the output voltage (Vf of the LED) the more efficient the driver becomes. In other words efficiency will improve as the input voltage drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post

    Another of my custom Maglites. Seoul P7 emitter, Flupic driver and tailcap switch.
    Very awesome!! I love seeing those custom Mags! I sometimes go back and look through some of the old Fivemega posts and drool over them. It's crazy how different things were in the flashlight world just 10 - 15 years ago.

    I also thought I'd share a pic from another collector that I correspond with. He gave me permission to post it. It is of super rare Red, Gold, and Blue 7Ds. Like the 7D Vari-Beam that sold a few months back they are one off pieces that a Mag employee had done. Unfortunately for us Maglite only officially produced 7Ds in Black. All 3 are brand new and unused. The variations in early Maglites is amazing and I'm fully convinced there are still rare lights out there that we haven't seen yet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post
    Very awesome!! I love seeing those custom Mags! I sometimes go back and look through some of the old Fivemega posts and drool over them. It's crazy how different things were in the flashlight world just 10 - 15 years ago.
    These were the heydays of CPF. Fivemega did some great things with Maglites. Not to mention the Ellies which were based on Maglites but had a 3" head and wider battery tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post
    Very awesome!! I love seeing those custom Mags! I sometimes go back and look through some of the old Fivemega posts and drool over them. It's crazy how different things were in the flashlight world just 10 - 15 years ago.

    I also thought I'd share a pic from another collector that I correspond with. He gave me permission to post it. It is of super rare Red, Gold, and Blue 7Ds. Like the 7D Vari-Beam that sold a few months back they are one off pieces that a Mag employee had done. Unfortunately for us Maglite only officially produced 7Ds in Black. All 3 are brand new and unused. The variations in early Maglites is amazing and I'm fully convinced there are still rare lights out there that we haven't seen yet.

    They are soooo beautiful! Do they also have a serial number?

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    Given they are likely a hand done job... serial numbers would not match.

    Also, is it the pic or has the red faded a lot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbodog View Post
    Also, is it the pic or has the red faded a lot?
    Right, the red looks more like orange.

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    I edited out some of the warmth in the original. Hope Lift'd doesn't mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post
    ... It is of super rare Red, Gold, and Blue 7Ds. Like the 7D Vari-Beam that sold a few months back they are one off pieces that a Mag employee had done. Unfortunately for us Maglite only officially produced 7Ds in Black. All 3 are brand new and unused. The variations in early Maglites is amazing and I'm fully convinced there are still rare lights out there that we haven't seen yet.

    Those are the stuff of dreams!

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    Alright already with posting the picture. Four times is more than my OCD can handle with the lights not being parallel with the Oak flooring!!!
    Sometimes I wonder if I've purchased my last flashlight.

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    Part of me wants to post it a 5th time to see if CG will actually burst into flames……

    Nah that would not be the CPF thing to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Part of me wants to post it a 5th time to see if CG will actually burst into flames……

    Nah that would not be the CPF thing to do.

    At least you could tilt it so that the floor looks straight.

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    . .. ... .... ..... NOPE!
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    Funny thing, I didn't even notice it until you mentioned it, lol.

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    Just me or does the finish look 'matte'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    They are soooo beautiful! Do they also have a serial number?
    They do. The serial numbers are stamped before the lights are anodized. The Mag employee sent these bare lights off to be anodized with others (mostly 2Ds and 3Ds) so the owner tells me they are the same finish as the other Mag blue, red, and gold lights from the same generation.

    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    I edited out some of the warmth in the original. Hope Lift'd doesn't mind.
    Thanks!!! That looks more like I would expect them to!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chauncey Gardiner View Post
    Alright already with posting the picture. Four times is more than my OCD can handle with the lights not being parallel with the Oak flooring!!!
    I thought I was the only one!

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    One of my favourite Maglites.

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    Here's one that will be like the Cabellas Maglite someday. Only available at Nine-Line Apparel, which is a foundation that assists wounded soldiers return to a normal life whether the scars are mental or physical.


    The 3 cell ML300 LX.
    The 2 cell ML50 are all gone and only a few ML300's remain.
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    Hey guys, it's been a while so I thought I'd share a pretty neat Mini Maglite I recently ran across. It's a first year, 1984 model in excellent shape but with a few very rarely seen accessories.



    As you can see it's much longer than a normal Mini Mag. It has a 1 cell extender turning the light into a 3AA. It also has a very heavy extended length weighted end cap. My guess is that it was installed so the light could be used in personal defense. The light does still function but is only marginally brighter than a 2AA. The knurling on the accessories does not match the knurling on the barrel so I am guessing these are aftermarket. If anyone has any idea as to who may have produced these or when I'd love to hear because I don't have any clue. They look professionally done based on the quality of the anodizing and machining.



    I haven't seen a bulb before either like this. It has a red band around it and the pins are slightly bent to fit the light. Mag never produced a 3AA bulb as far as I know and a 2AA bulb will flash with 3 cells so I'm going to guess it is aftermarket as well. I may do a beam shot later on but it isn't too much brighter than a 2AA. Maybe we're spoiled by LEDs though because I can tell a small difference and back in the day it was likely a big upgrade!



    The light is much longer and heavier than the newer 3AA LEDs. I took a pic for comparison purposes. When filled with batteries along with the weighted end cap I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of this.



    The light also came with a belt holster. It is from the original owner in the UK who bought it for "security work" but didn't use it all that much and preferred carrying a C cell light instead. He didn't recall any of the details of the accessories only that the whole light was purchased from a security supply store which I'm guessing is similar to a police supply store or gun store in the U.S. It's a very neat light and will go well with my collection. I always like these "professional lights" and I have a few others with weighted end caps as well. I'd love to do a writeup on it on my blog but I just don't have very much information. I'm hoping to be off around the holidays as I've been super busy with work this year so I'm hoping to post some of the other lights I haven't had shown yet.



    Hope everyone is doing well!!

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    Nice read. Be good if you could find a 3 cell bulb that would fit the 3AA mini mag.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullzeyebill View Post
    Nice read. Be good if you could find a 3 cell bulb that would fit the 3AA mini mag.

    Bill
    Thanks!! I think the new bi-pin bulbs for the full size Mags would likely fit if the reflector was opened up a little. I don't plan to try it on this light but it would be a cool Incan Mini Mag mod with a Li-Ion cell. I would really like to know what bulbs were being used for these old 3AA and even 4AA Mini Mags but even if I did find out they're likely long out of production.

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