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    Just when I thought I was finished buying flashlights (yeah, right), I read this thread and started researching Maglite. I ended up ordering a ML300L LED 4D cell Maglite. It claims to have 1002 lumen on high with a 5 hour run time. Also claims 18 day run time on Eco mode. They had a discount code of 30% off. Regular price was $90. I got mine for $66.75 including tax with free delivery. Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hawk View Post
    Just when I thought I was finished buying flashlights (yeah, right), I read this thread and started researching Maglite. I ended up ordering a ML300L LED 4D cell Maglite. It claims to have 1002 lumen on high with a 5 hour run time. Also claims 18 day run time on Eco mode. They had a discount code of 30% off. Regular price was $90. I got mine for $66.75 including tax with free delivery. Thanks for the info.

    The 4D ML300 seems like a great light, I may have to get one. Do you have the coupon code?

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    SW30…… 30% off anything.

    I'm in……
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    I think bykfixer beat me to it. SW30 is what I used. Ordered from their website. Good luck.

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    Thanks fellas!

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    I opted for a HALO edition ML50LX and a St Jude solitaire.
    That will complete the St Jude collection as unless you look in the St Jude section the solitaire version does not show up anywhere else.

    The HALO is program created by a double amputee Dana Brown to assist fellow wounded warriors.

    I struggled between the Popular Mechanics 4D, the National Association of Search and Rescue 4D or a plain one so I opted for the ML50LX. At around 8 hours (or less) per night the ML50 would light my den for up to 2 weeks.

    On another note, in my mailbox this morning was a pewter color 2aa minimag from around Y2k with an inova nite ize triple that uses 5mm LED's and along with that was a mint condition gold colored 2aa minimag from around 1986. Member JayHawk said he was thinning the herd so he sent them to little ole me. That was awesome!!


    The triple minimag


    The (g)oldy but goody.

    The Nite Ize bi-pin drop in pits out around 25 lumens or so like having 3 Yujis in a circle.
    Up close to a wall the beam looks like a radioactive symbol but back away a few feet and you get a nice floody beam good for checking that bump in the night without waking anybody.


    Up close and personal


    A few feet away things look normal
    Last edited by bykfixer; 02-16-2021 at 08:31 PM.
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    I have one of those tripple LED nite ize drop-ins in one of my old mini Mags, got it a walmart back around 2005. To tell you the truth, I was never all that impressed. I doubt mine was 25 lumens and the beam is all flood with no real focusability. I tested the run time on eneloops and brightness dropped off a lot in the first two hours to about 6 lumens and by 11 hrs it was down to about 2 lumens. Back in 2005 LEDs were not all that efficient. One thing I did like was that it was good for "candle mode" using the head as a stand for the rest of the light.

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    I was figuring 'not bad for 2005 territory'. Not bad at all.

    Then I fired up the pristine '86 minimag and thought "no wonder these things sold like 1/2 price beer. Good gosh it's bright"……not realizing just how dirty my users are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    I was figuring 'not bad for 2005 territory'. Not bad at all.

    Then I fired up the pristine '86 minimag and thought "no wonder these things sold like 1/2 price beer. Good gosh it's bright"……not realizing just how dirty my users are.
    Yup, that was state of the art back then, LEDs were just beginning to be offered to the mainstream public and most people were amazed at the light they put out, their longer battery life and the fact that the LEDs last pretty much forever. Maglite didn't come out with a LED MM until 2006 (running a Luxeon III), so something like the Nite Ize drop in is what was available in c.2004/5 if you didn't come up with your own LED mod.

    BTW that gold MM looks real nice, I always like the gold Mags, but they seem to be something of a rarity or at least one of the colors you don't see all that often.

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    The triple also came with a really well designed holster by RIPOFFS.


    Easy slide over belt or molle strap.


    Secure in foot pursuit but easy to deploy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    The triple also came with a really well designed holster by RIPOFFS.
    Was lookin' at a couple of their rigs lately and thinking I might give 'em a try. If it looks decent to you, I'll put that down as a 'plus':-)

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    I suppose there was a time when the minimag was popular enough to have an accessory industry built around it kinda like the P60 later on did. And the ripoffs minimag holster was much nicer than those provided by Maglite at the time. Today there are so many choices out there that the minimag got lost in the crowd with Joe the Plumber types.

    From time to time my fakebook page has a Maglite ad. And the typical reply is "phonix is better" or "maglite can't compete with q light" type comments. What I saw yesterday were "thank you for eco mode" type comments from people who had lost electricity in recent storms in America.
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    ^^ Plus.. RIP-Offs is veteran owned company

    BrightGuy dot com has a nice collection of RO holsters offered at decent prices! 🇺🇲
    Last edited by knucklegary; 02-21-2021 at 10:41 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    I suppose there was a time when the minimag was popular enough to have an accessory industry built around it kinda like the P60 later on did. And the ripoffs minimag holster was much nicer than those provided by Maglite at the time. Today there are so many choices out there that the minimag got lost in the crowd with Joe the Plumber types.

    From time to time my fakebook page has a Maglite ad. And the typical reply is "phonix is better" or "maglite can't compete with q light" type comments. What I saw yesterday were "thank you for eco mode" type comments from people who had lost electricity in recent storms in America.

    There used to be a whole cottage industry making Mini Mag accessories - I think that's how Nite Ize got started?

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    Nite Ize started in 1989 in Colorado making a head band to hold a small flashlight. Perhaps the minimag played a role in their success.
    In 2010 they acquired the Inova brand after colaborating with Emissive Energy for a few years. Emissive Energy was responsible for many developments in LED technology. So the partnership may be what led to Nite Ize selling the bi pin drop ins for minimag lights from technology acquired from Emissive Energy who chose to focus on military products like InForce lights.
    John 3:16

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Nite Ize started in 1989 in Colorado making a head band to hold a small flashlight. Perhaps the minimag played a role in their success.
    In 2010 they acquired the Inova brand after colaborating with Emissive Energy for a few years. Emissive Energy was responsible for many developments in LED technology. So the partnership may be what led to Nite Ize selling the bi pin drop ins for minimag lights from technology acquired from Emissive Energy who chose to focus on military products like InForce lights.
    That small flashlight was the Mini Mag. NiteIze used to make a stand with 4 movable legs so that you could set it down and light up something you were working on, a neoprene, soft grip sock and a thingy that went on the back that you could bite on to hold the light with your teeth – all for the Mini Mag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxo View Post
    There used to be a whole cottage industry making Mini Mag accessories
    Absolutely, such as my incan MM 3xAA conversion kits w/Al reflector, extension tube (w/coupling w/second spring), and appropriate lamps for the app. Those were circa 1995 from TacStar. Oddly, I just got one of those out and played with it last week:-)
    Last edited by aznsx; 02-22-2021 at 09:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aznsx View Post
    Absolutely, such as my incan MM 3xAA conversion kits w/Al reflector, extension tube (w/coupling w/second spring), and appropriate lamps for the app. Those were circa 1995 from TacStar. Oddly, I just got one of those out and played with it last week:-)

    Cool. I remember those but I didn't know who made them or much of anything about them. Maybe we need a thread on Maglite accessories?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Nite Ize started in 1989 in Colorado making a head band to hold a small flashlight
    I think they still sell those. I picked one up only ~5 years ago. I've used it with 1xAAA/AA/123 lights as a cheap and dirty, fold up and slip in a pocket 'emergency' head light when mobile hands-free light is needed in a jam. A MM 2xAA is probably near the practical weight limit, and they may not be ideal, but hey - the thing works, and is way better than nothin', and better than sticking the thing in my mouth! I always have such a light with me, and it takes very little room in a pocket etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxo View Post
    Cool. I remember those but I didn't know who made them or much of anything about them. Maybe we need a thread on Maglite accessories?
    TacStar has also produced a remote pressure switch setup for the MM - if you can believe that! No, I don't have one:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by aznsx View Post
    TacStar has also produced a remote pressure switch setup for the MM - if you can believe that! No, I don't have one:-)

    Looks like someone is selling them on eb@y.


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    Greetings

    I got a 3D ML300L yesterday. I used the SW30 coupon and the light cost me $35! It gets better, when I ordered it I was under the impression I was getting an older 600+ lumen variant. What I got was the latest 746 lumen model! I took it to the local park last night and lit the place up. I forgot how much heft these lights have. On the same order I got a 47 lumen Solitarie for $8.75.

    I'm thinking about getting a 2D ML300L and the tube extender which is used for storage. I will fill it with basic 1st aid supplies for a bugout bag. To bad we have to use alkaleak batteries to power them...

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    No need to use alkalines. I don't believe I've ever had an alkaline in my ML300. Right now I am running a 26650 in an adapter, in the past I have used soshine NiMH D's or AA eneloops in 3AA to D adapters

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxo View Post
    No need to use alkalines. I don't believe I've ever had an alkaline in my ML300. Right now I am running a 26650 in an adapter, in the past I have used soshine NiMH D's or AA eneloops in 3AA to D adapters
    Awesome, thanks!

    Are Maglite fans called Magits?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelmo View Post
    I'm thinking about getting a 2D ML300L and the tube extender which is used for storage. I will fill it with basic 1st aid supplies for a bugout bag. To bad we have to use alkaleak batteries to power them...
    It's not necessarily cheap to get set up, but you shouldn't have any issues with good rechargeables. Tenergy & Powerex seem to be the preferred option for D cells, and of course you could use any decent 3xAA parallel battery carrier. It's nice to be able to use alkalines as backup (especially if you can get them from work ) but you're certainly not chained to them for everyday use.

    I haven't measured, but I haven't noticed any changes in output when using NiMh in Mags.

    The 2d ML300 is great for a car light or as a larger backup to any EDC or work light. Mine flip flops between my car and my work bag. I'm planning to pick up a 2nd and drop in UCL glass down the road.
    If only the tint wasn't so cold and we could get an OP reflector....

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    To answer the original question, No. I just visited the Mag website and viewed many of their lights and prices. At those prices I have no intention of buying another Mag. The competition among lesser priced lights is fierce and there are many to choose from. The Mag website doesn't appear to indicate any knowledge of CRI, temerature or tint.

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    I use PowerX but the trouble with those is self discharge. Nothing major but if you only use the light on occasion you may be in the dark. I let a pair of C size set around for about a year in an ML25 and when I went to use it……nothing.

    I use eneloops in some but you just don't get the run time with those. So if you use the light for hours at a time keep extras charged and on hand.

    Another thing to remember with ML50's and 300's (or the older ML100/125 lights is that the switch is on standby so it's using a bit of electricity when idle. Just twist the tailcap with the light on to loosen until it shuts off and for good measure another quarter turn or so to cut off the drain.

    Maglite did a limited run of what they called Spectrum lights where there were red, blue, green or warm beams. They sold about as well as ice at the north pole so don't look for them to put out warmer tints in the ML series. I figured they may back off the temperature some like Streamlight and Elzetta have done but so far they've stayed with tints in the 6000 range. Probably to try to compete in the market of lumen output over appealing tints. Take the Spectrum warm aa minimag for example. It puts out 63 nice warm lumens. Tim the Toolman wants POWAH!! not some puney little 63 lumens. He wants MORE LUMENS. His type say the 332 lumen version is a good start.
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    SW30 is back……
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    Sw 30?

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    Just read the warranty on the Mag website. It is only tens years and does not include the LED! So I guess they warranty the aluminum tube, spring and switch?

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