Flashlight Review: Mini Mag-Lite LED

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    Flashlight Review: Mini Mag-Lite LED

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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.


    Beamshots..........

    First lets see what the old Mini Mag looks like. :D
    narrow beam on left, wide/flood beam on right.


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    Now the new Mini Mag-Lite LED


    First off, I have to admit, I did have about 1 1/2 - 2 hours of use on these batteries for the new mini mag LED. I changed the batteries and here is the difference.

    old batteries on left, new batteries on right.

    Not a whole lot of difference. Pretty darn nice if you ask me.

    Now how does it compare to other lights? Well, I took some beamshots(camera setting should be the same throughout.)

    L1T high on left, L1T low on right.


    Minimag LED Flood on left, Nite Ize LED module on right.


    Amilite Neo T3


    Fenix P1


    Dorcy Super 1 Watt


    Streamlight Jr. Luxeon (1st gen)


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    HDS EDC U60 (primary)


    HDS EDC U60 (high)



    There that should give you alittle idea of how bright this light is.

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    Wow, Excellent Review!
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    Once more (hey - always good!) - another excellent review and thx for that.

    I have a Nite-ize mod'd mini mag which is well handy for routine stuff but this appears to be decidedly useful and I will be on the lookout for one.

    Didn't see any shelf price mentioned - what would be a ball park cost?
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    Oops, I knew I forget something. Price was $23 and change for the 2xAA and $25 and change for the 3XAA.

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    Thx - that sounds a very bearable pricing.
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    I decided to see how long I could run this thing and still get usable light. During the course of the test I periodically(every two hours) measured the voltage of one of the batteries (should have done both) and the current. Here is what I came up with.

    start: 1.62 volts, 450mA
    2 hours: 1.27 volts, 370mA
    4 hours: 1.14 volts, 350mA
    4.5 hours: .83 volts, 300mA---->rapidly started dimming and in the course of 5 seconds it would go from 300mA to 120mA.

    My conclusion: This light with 4.5 hours regulated with a bit of dimming but not much. Then at the 4.5 hour point it dropped out of regulation and when into direct drive mode with a very small amount of light but enough that you could use to get some new batteries.

    For 4.5 hours this light was much brighter than the Nite-Ize led drop-in.

    So now you know.

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    Thx a lot for those fiigures - that is what really tells me useful info on duration and current consumption.
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    I just got a multimeter today so, i had to start playing with it somehow. :D
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    i have always loved the mini mag lite but of late have seen the practicality of a light with a push button on/off and not the twist motion. i would love to see a 2AA mag lite w/ a push button on/off but i don't think that'll ever happen.

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    thanks for a very informative review....
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    I am glad to see mag lite finally catching up. I had a feeling that once they did, they would once again have a pretty good product for a good price. Looks like I won't be disappointed.
    I will definately be on the lookout for one of these.

    As for the switch in the tail of the light, you could always grab one at a gun show. I found some of the onse that come with the nite ize 2aa maglite conversion being sold seperately, at the last one.

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    Do they sell new LEDs for these, how long do they last, and is the bulb socket the same or different then the normal mini mag? Also dose it come with a spare LED in the tail cap? Also you can get the tail cap separate or with the 3 LED mod for the mini-mag at Meijers.
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    Great review, always liked the mini mags, and now with LED about time.
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