Are old Maglites worth keeping?

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    Are old Maglites worth keeping?

    I am going through my stuff and purging. I found some old D cell and C cell Maglites. They seem like such dinosaurs now with the advent of high intensity LEDs. Are they even worth keeping?
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    Why not, if it comes down to it a three or four D cell Maglight does make a very good social training aid.
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    I personally don't think they're worth it. I had four of the larger Mag-Lite D cell flashlights ranging from 2D up to 4D cells. All of the crapped out in short order except one of the three cell ones. I recently ran across that light after years of it being misplaced. Since I hadn't used it in ages the batteries were toast which brings me to the first problem- D cells are outrageously expensive! I hated to buy enough to test the light out since I wasn't even sure it would still work, but I bit the bullet and bought new batteries. That brings me to the second issue- it's simply not a very bright light. At least not by modern standards. I have several LED lights that run on 1 x AAA that put out at least as much light with a better beam. The focus of those old light is basically crap. There are tons of artifacts, rings, splotches and dark spots, at least on all of mine.

    I also just don't have much use for incandescent bulbs anymore. I've had them burn out or break on me at the most inopportune times. About a decade ago I had one along on my trip to a remote Canadian fishing camp (lot a mag, btw). I took it with me out to find the outhouse on a dark moonless night. On the way back the bulb burned out a few steps out the door! I had to grope my way through the dark, listening for the paw-falls of the bears I was just sure where out there waiting for me! I didn't have a spare along and the high pressure Xenon bulb replacement ended up costing me $12 (for a light that cost $35).

    Now I strictly roll LED-style. They're very bright, long running and nearly indestructible. They also weight a fraction as much as the Mag and are much smaller. If you gotta drag around the ol' dinosaur at least look into an LED bulb replacement for it.

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    You can buy LED upgrades for them, if you just like Maglites - about $10. You might prefer just to invest in newer gear instead.
    I love my Maglites, but I haven't "upgraded" any of my oldies. I did have 2 old, and 2 LED, but I think I lost one in the divorce - an LED one of course - haven't seen it since I left. The old ones are 10 years old, one I sent back to be refurbished after a bad fishing trip - lifetime warranty ya know - they gave me 2 new bulbs for free (that was before postage went through the roof).

    I like 'em. Big = harder to loose. Those mini Double/Tripple-A ones are ALWAYS missing!!!! And I can hit things with them, which I find handy.
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    I use mine all the time. Next to open carry, it is the most effective thin out there.

    The upgrade is also a great option. In another thread someone posted a link to LED replacement bulbs that had higher output than the new LED maglites. I ordered one for 8. I figure with that kind of power and a slow draw from the LED, it will be a great flashlight.

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    ...being water resistant with the Orings...maybe for medicine storage...the C sizes are good for clubs...I find the D too fat for a good grip...I often carry a 4-5 C size Mag where guns are not allowed and when I stood unarmed security posts...
    ...I've given all of mine to youngsters 7-11 years old...and now their Daddies ar cursing me when they buy batteries...all of mine are LED and use AAA...

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    If they still work I'd keep them. Never know when an extra light will come in handy.
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    I think I have too much of my grandmother in me. She raised a bucket load of kids through the Great Depression, and tossing a perfectly good, functioning, well-made, never-say-die device like a nice solid Mag Lite would never occur to her .... or me.

    What the heck: if it works, it certainly doesn't hurt to keep it.
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    Re: Are old Maglites worth keeping?

    Those lights will prove handy in an emp strike. I keep one in the vehicles. But i do keep a double a light in my pocket.

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    I'd keep them. Their Tubes can prove useful if anything in a survival scenario.
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    I converted my mini's to LED. They are nothing like my LED tactical lights but they last longer than the incandescent bulbs of old. I still have the 3 and 4 "D" cell lights that I keep in my truck, camper and ATV. As long as they still work, I plan to keep them.
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    I have plenty of LED lights. Which are great. But halogen still has a purpose. The warm tones can offer better visibility in a variety of situations. I got a new maglite for christmas last year. Personally, I wouldn't trade it for another LED light.

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    ya, I actually don't like how some cheaper LED's have that blue tint to them. YOu really can't see to well at night with them certain things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Why not, if it comes down to it a three or four D cell Maglight does make a very good social training aid.
    I've always kept a 4 D Cell Maglight fastened to the drivers side floor board of my vehicles for this reason.

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    I personally would keep them mainly for two reasons.

    1. Being if functional they are already owned so good to have by a door incase you go out at night and need a blunt object to defend yourself or in the pick up.

    2. If broken I would save the head because a few friends have converted them into tail lights for a motorcycle.
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