Written on: 21/11/2011 by WilliamHayes
This is the obvious case of to many substandard foreign components with the classic "Made in the U.S.A." flag stickers all over it. The Led components and the circuit boards are all flawed brand new, the only thing that may actually be made at old Mr. Mags Ontario factory is probably the aluminum casting. When I was a student of Electronic Engineering we all new the importance of high quality contacts to assure proper operation. Obviously there are no American Electronic Engineers involved... (read more)
Written on: 02/05/2011 by DJM (21 reviews written)
I have had Maglites for years and thought the earlier incandescent ones were pretty good. But the LED one is brilliant. It does all the things the old version did just better and brighter.
mine has been used in really adverse conditions. It has been dropped from height, left on under floorboards for weeks, dropped in water and generally abused. It still is in great shape and works as wellas the day I bought it. (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2011
Had my torch since 1997 and has only broken because I left in leaky batteries. (read more)
Written on: 24/01/2011
As is the case with just about anything that claims to do all sorts of fancy tricks as extra features, it doesn't do any of them real well, and each detracts from the basic flashlight function. It doesn't need to signal the space shuttle it needs to throw a beam of light in the direction you point it, when you turn it ON. It only stands about a one in five chance of doing that, and is just as likely to start strobing or SOSing right in the middle of whatever you're doing. What it needs is an... (read more)
Written on: 12/12/2010
I have purchase over fifteen (15) of the 3 Watt LED Mini-Mag lights for all of my employees. They are FANTASTIC. If you are having ANY problems, replace the batteries, then clean all of the electrical surfaces which includes the inside contact with an eraser, the threads with a degreaser acetone or nail polish remover, the base contacts and the spring. THEY WORK PERFECTLY ALL OF THE TIME AND ARE VERY DURABLE! (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2010
Talk about taking a backwards step from the old maglights!!!
1. no hole for a string
2. led light cuts out all the time
3. electronic parts corrode easily and then need to be cleaned regularly but its not possible due to the new design fixing parts into the tube.
4. no spare led bulb (the original has broken so thats handy if your in the dark ) not
5. more expensive
A big thumbs down
Written on: 25/07/2010 by fwbaumann (1 review written)
I had 2 Led Maglites the 3 watt and the multimode. In my opinion the 3 watt maglight has little if any more light output than the non-3 watt advertised version (SP2209HJ) Look for the package with multi mode electronic switch. The 3 watt version will not have the 4 modes and in my opinion because there is no 25% power mode it is a battey hog with little if any additional light output. The multi version is the one to get. I'm really disapointed that MagLite has chosen to hide their... (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2010
I work in the electrical maintenance field. I purchased one of these after a co-worker had shown his to me. Worked great at first,really impressed with the brightness. But then it happened,my co-worker dropped his from a height of about 2 feet and his LED light quit working. About a month later I dropped mine from a heigth of about three feet and it quit working. Busted circuit board or LED. Either way, for 27 dollars and mag-lites reputation for durabilty I and my co-worker were very... (read more)
Written on: 04/09/2009
I've Maglite AA - 16 years without any problems. 2D and solitaire are also solid products. Bought 2AA Led 2 months and soon noticed that it does not work with rechargeable batteries! while the industry is generally moving towards more sustainable and "green", the Maglite seems to move elsewhere...
Now, it seems that the AA Led is dead - even the alkaline batteries don't work. (read more)
Written on: 08/08/2009
I have had many mini may lights...it seems that when one fails, I find my "extras" and piece together a good one. I don't know where all these circuit boards, transformers and fancy swithches are but mine are simply a straight circuit and if all the physical connections are being made, it works. I can make a good led light light with only one aa battery so low voltage is not an issue...just good connecitons everywhere. There's a connection on the back of the bulb holder and the other... (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2009
Thanks to reviewers below - The best advice I saw: It's not the switch! Change the batteries!
Dead batteries don't "look" the same with LED's as they do with plain old flashlights. Once your batteries get drained pretty low, they might have just barely enough voltage to get the LED to light - and then voltage drops, and the LED goes out. It's intermittent because with no load, your battery picks up just a little bit of voltage again, and the LED fires again, voltage drops again, the LED... (read more)
Written on: 19/06/2009 by jharrogate (1 review written)
the battery compartment of the Maglite Mini Maglite LED 2 AA 3 Watt got stuck tried everything to unscrew ended up in a vice to get it off now the batterys will not move im not impressed at all as it cost a lot for what it is (read more)
Written on: 15/06/2009 by sj586 (1 review written)
There are a few things that some of you complaining about the "switch" should consider. First, the FAQ on www.maglite.com for the Mini Maglite LED Flashlight 2-Cell AA addresses most of these concerns. Also, you may not be aware that the light has four modes; 1) on, 2) half power, 3) flash, and 4) SOS. If you turn the light on and then off and back on quickly it will be in half power mode. If you turn it off and back and again quickly it will flash. Do it one more time at it will flash... (read more)
Written on: 01/06/2009
the Maglite Mini Maglite LED 2 AA 3 Watt has an unreliable switch which cannot be accessed to fix. Hence alway fiddling with the bulb holder to get it to turn on eventually. Once on it usually stays on. Not the guaranttee you think it is. (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2009 by jk3125 (1 review written)
Wow, this Mini Maglite LED 2 AA 3 Watt is taking a beating here. I've had (2) identical silver ones, the original 2-mode (on-off) models for almost 2 years and they both perform flawlessly. I got them for a discounted price of around 20 bucks at the time which isn't cheap, but the price is justified. It was the same price as a 2D or 3D, but it's 55 lumen light output places it squarely between the 2D's 36 lumens and the 3D's 76 lumens. The 15-lumen non-LED 2AA Mini-Mag, even at 1/2 the... (read more)
Written on: 01/05/2009 by oneton (1 review written)
I just fixed mine!
Yes the design of the Maglite Mini Maglite LED 2 AA 3 Watt switch on this light is poor. I really like it's size and the amount of light it puts out. So, I would constantly torture myself by trying to use it with the flickering and twisting.
Finally, I resigned to the fact that it was junk and tore into it. I used a hair-dryer to heat up the outside metal casing and then pushed on the metal tabs on either side of the bulb with a pair of needle nosed pliers to... (read more)
Written on: 29/04/2009
I dont know what lights these other folks reviewed but the
Maglite Mini Maglite LED 2 AA 3 Watt is superb.
The mini LED has NO switch. It is very long lasting, durable , has a very powerful beam and takes a ton of abuse. I use it for geocaching and it is always in my pack. My comments are for the 3 watt LED light. I need a light that uses AA batteries so that it is compatable with the batteries for my GPS and FRS tramsmitter. It is slightly more expensive but well worth every penny. (read more)
Written on: 26/04/2009
I purchased a Maglite Mini Maglite LED 2 AA 3 Watt because I thought that Maglite was a quality brand. Unfortunately, my experience with a bad "switch" doesn't seem uncommon at all. I have to twist it back and forth, change angles, pull up, and pull down.. .. just to get it to produce light for a few seconds. I wish they had just put an on/off button on this expensive piece of rubbish. (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2009
I have 2 Solitaire Mini Maglites and they both do not work after minimum use. Sometimes they work intermittently . I have removed tail end cap cleaned steel parts with alcohol. Same intermittent problem sometimes if the cap is half screwed on light works BUT mostly they do NOT work. Good points are small size and tough case (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2009
i have went through 3 of these led lights. when the batteries go bad and flickers you shake it like you would the bulb light and you damage the components inside the led unit.
since then i have switched to the streamlight stylus pro.
it is as bight as the mini mag but the light display isnt as big around..and also it will fit in your pocket nicely.
the streamlight stylus pro is made with military specs.
at work we all are using this light now. and ordering more. (read more)
Written on: 03/03/2009
The Maglite Mini Maglite LED 2 AA 3 Watt started flickering after less than two months. I complained and they were surprised as if I was the first one with failures. I tried 3 different ones with same issue. I will never buy maglite again, unless they give me my money back. (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2009
The Maglite Mini Maglite LED 2 AA 3 Watt has a good light but does not work on recharchable batteries. A very nice light + low cost. (read more)
Written on: 23/12/2008 by mgotts
NOTE: if you think your "switch" has failed, it is probably the batteries. I had the exact same experience as many here, with the Mini Maglite only staying on for a few seconds, a quick flicker and dead, would come back on for a second or two if I twisted the switch, etc
Before tossing in the garbage, I tried a new set of batteries. It worked perfectly and the "broken" switch was magically fixed.
What is happening is counter-intuitive to those of us who've used incandescent flashlights for... (read more)
Written on: 02/12/2008
Looking at the reviews the problems is Maglite not communicating how their products work!
The bulb is rated at 3w for both AA and C.D cells - so will draw the same current regardless. Bigger batteries = longer battery life.
Using a rechargeable AA for argument's sake rated at 1800mAH means that two batteries in series can run to provide 3v at 1800mAmps for one hour
A 3W led consumes 1 amp (1000 mAmps) at 3 volts so the torch should last about 1.8 hours only. Obviously this is a back of an... (read more)
Written on: 01/12/2008 by photojon (1 review written)
As a tech i wanted to see if i could figure what is going wrong with my aa led maglights so i took one apart.
there is a tiny surface mount transformer the size of a small watch battery that was loose inside. it look like it was not mounted good enough or one side came loose and shaking the light to get it to work shook the transformer off completly from the board. i took another light apart and same thing.
if they had glued everything inside this would not have happened. i think i will go... (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2008
Excellent flashlight during the first set of batteries. Unrepairable. Unreliable. Certain to fail. Don't buy. Great light source that is focusable. The non repairable switch is certain to fail sometime during only the second set of batteries. This is my second and final LED mini mag. This has happened to other people I know also. (read more)
Written on: 21/08/2008 by Jpringlemn (1 review written)
You would be hard pressed to find a avid outdoor or hunting person that doesn't own at least 1 Maglite. They are reliable and hold up to lots of abuse, I have 2 others a 2D and a 5D the 5D I've owned for about 15 years and never had a problem ( other than bulbs found almost anywhere ). People can argue as to their dated design but I would bet this or any other Maglite will be around long after the other fancy looking ones are in the garbage. (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2008 by Gedster (1 review written)
This company is falling far behind the competition. In a market it once dominated it's products are consistently outshone buy it's competitors. At this price (mrrp) it's competing with Fenix and LED Lenser, both offering superior products for the same money. I bought one recently for £17 (rrp is £40) and had high expectations due to my fondness of the brand. I was left disappointed. I'm hoping it will fail soon as the other reviews suggest so I can get a refund. The original MM looks as... (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2008
Unfortunately I lost mine last week somewhere on the Pembrokeshire coastal path so I have ordered another one. These can be good value for money if you shop around carefully. The light will cut out rather than fade when the battery is low, which is frustrating at first, but is not a frequent problem if you use decent batteries. Mine worked a treat with Uniross Hybrios but not so well with my older rechargeables. (read more)
Written on: 17/06/2008
The Maglite Mini Maglite LED 2 is an excellent flashlight. Like many here, I had mine for a few months, but then it started flickering and sputtering; I thought it was broken, and was on the verge of sending it in. Then I replaced the batteries. I guess with a LED, it's hard to remember that the batteries need to be changed every now and then; also, rather than dimming, the flashlight just dies when the batteries are low. Seriously, all of you who've thrown your LED MiniMags in a shelf... (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2008 by mvhall (1 review written)
My 3 watt Maglite Mini Maglite led will not stay on-just flashes or flickers for a moment then nothing. Apparently the switch is bad. Only used it a few times and not cheap either. Better performance with the Hong Kong 3 watt models on eBay for 1/3 the price. (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2008 by Green Mountain Hiker (1 review written)
Visiting this site a few hours ago I read a number of comments that were I identical to my own experience. I had put my own maglite aside as broken.
Subsequently, visiting maglite's official site to give a those people a piece of my mind, I learned the problems we had all been having were not problems at all. Maglites are deigned to stay at full brightness, rather than dimming as the batteries get low. The light flickers and eventually quiets altogether because the batteries can no longer... (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2008
Maglite Mini Maglite LED 2 AA 3 Watt review - Nice light at first, but the same problems as previously listed by others. Light does not stay on, flickers, or just doesn't turn on at all. It would be nice of there was a fix available online, but haven't found anything yet. (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2008 by mark919 (1 review written)
Don't waste your money on this Mini Maglite LED. I traded it in for a new one and the second one lasted only one month. I use it for work and I can't even use up one set of batteries in it before the switch goes bad. (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2008
Nice bright light and feels well made (though it isn't). I'm only relieved I bought mine in Canada (Toronto), so have only wasted half the money I would have if I'd bought it in the UK. (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2008
Switch died - just flickers on briefly. won.t stay on. Cannot take it apart as far as I can tell to fix it. (read more)
Written on: 01/02/2008
In the last 6 months, I have gone through 7 of these lights, and I keep exchanging them at Home Depot, and they will work for a week, then go out. I will need to play with the switch to get it to go on for a few seconds, only to have it go out again. They all seem to have the same faulty switch/contacts. I've replaced the batteries, and it does not help at all. (read more)
Written on: 09/01/2008
The Maglite Mini flashlight is a decent value for the money. It is quite bright but there is no push button. (read more)
Written on: 08/12/2007
I work as a Maintenance Tech and wear my flashlight to work every day. Have had it for over a year and it still works well. I sometimes use rechargeable batteries even though the output is not as strong but wish it would give full brightness. I wonder how the 3 battery light would work with rechargeable? I like it overall. (read more)
Written on: 07/12/2007 by vbradley (1 review written)
It is true that the factory will repair them free of charge, but you have to get it there, and back. My advice: DON'T BUY ONE OF THESE UNTIL THEY REDESIGN THEM FOR RELIABILITY. TOO MUCH HASSLE.
Is a beam-focus worth all this, when there are plenty of other lights that reliably STAY ON? (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2007 by tppease (1 review written)
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!
I purchased this a week ago at Home Depot and it will not work at all now. Battery drain is very bad considering LED's in theory use less power than conventional krypton bulbs. The trouble with mine seems to be either the tail cap or the barrel/switch. The light would flash intermittently when screwing in the tail cap after replacing the batteries, but once the cap was fully tightened, the light would not work. Very disappointed with this light. Mag has had a... (read more)
Written on: 04/07/2007 by sindento (2 reviews written)
I bought this as a replacement for my old AA Maglite. It's pretty impressive at first I will admit, but soon falls short of expectations.
I have read that you can use NMh rechargeable batteries in it, obviously the people who claim this don't actually have a AA led Maglite, or they would know that any batteries other than alkaline are useless in it.
The alkaline ones last about an hour and a half. Rechargeable ones are lucky to last half that.
The main problem is that if you don't use the... (read more)
Written on: 01/01/2007 by canopus (2 reviews written)
This is the first LED flashlight I've used that is both very bright and also very functional. It is almost as bright as the Maglite 4D and 4C halogen flashlights. And it is far brighter than the regular Maglite halogen 2AA flashlight.
The beam can be focused, although LED flashlights can't focus to as narrow a beam as a regular flashlight can do. I prefer the softer focus of an LED light, since there's no "hot spots" and "dark spots" in the beam. So, it illuminates the area much... (read more)
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