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I have always like the form factor of the 2xAA lights. They are small enough to pocket and use batteries that are very commonly available. For along time it was difficult to get a decent 2xAA LED light without going to custom route. That changed with Streamlights Jr. Luxeon. I have a 1st generation one that I really like. The came the Nite-Ize LED drop in for the Mini MagLite. Not a great deal of output but pretty decent runtime. Many other companies have come out with 2xAA LED flashlights as well but they are either two expensive or not great quality. Enter the Mini Mag-Lite LED.
In the last week or two, Wal-Mart shelves have been seeing a new addition. Its a Mini Mag-Lite but not the same old tired Mini Mag-Lite that we are used to seeing. No, this one is different.........very different. Mag-Lite as finally stepped into the LED world. While thier C and D cell LED upgrades leave a bit do be desired (bad heat sinking). The new 2xAA version is actually quite nice. Its sports a Lux III emitter and as a regulation circuit to keep output from dimming imediatly. Pretty nice IMHO.
What makes this different than other 2xAA LED lights? Well, for one, like other Mag-Lites, it had a focusable beam. That is cool. You turn the head to turn it on and when it first comes on you get a decent flood light with a small but distint hotspot in the middle. Turn about a quarter of turn more and you get a very distint (brighter) hotspot with less side spill. Both beams are very usable for thier uses.
Flood on left, focused on right.
The flood beam is actually reall useful. I recently had to do some work in our attic. I used my new Mini Mag-Lite LED and was able to see everything I needed to. Me falling through the ceiling was my fault and not he becuase the light wasn't bright enough to see the rafters because it was bright enough for the job. In fact, it was perfect.
I have notice this new Mini Mag-Lite is a bit longer than the old Mag-Lite. Here is a comaprison shot of the two.
Please excuse the wide angle lens look. The picture was rushed with a crappy camera. (camera does what I need it to)
Even with the longer profile, this light is still perfect for me. I usually wear carpenter type jeans and this fits perfectly into the side pocket. I can actually forget its even there.
Bezel size is still the same as you see in this picture.
First lets see what the old Mini Mag looks like. :D
narrow beam on left, wide/flood beam on right.
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