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

    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:


    I have included an Imgur link as requested for anyone having trouble viewing the image: https://imgur.com/a/kj1UXUm
    Last edited by Thankyou; 02-10-2019 at 06:11 PM.

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    Default Re: What's wrong with my 1990's Mini Maglite?

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

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nephron44 View Post
    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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    Default Re: What's wrong with my 1990's Mini Maglite?

    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    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/Maglite-Flash.../dp/B00A1BIVRW
    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!
    Last edited by Thankyou; 02-10-2019 at 08:56 PM.

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    Default Re: What's wrong with my 1990's Mini Maglite?

    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.
    Last edited by bykfixer; 02-11-2019 at 05:53 AM.
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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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