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Mini Maglite Flashlight 2-Cell AA
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Mini Maglite Flashlight 2-Cell AA

Mini Maglite Flashlight 2-Cell AA

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Mini Maglite Flashlight 2-Cell AA

Manufacturer: MAG-LITE

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Page By: Diego SahagĂșn

Created/Edited: Aug 24, 2002 / Jan 25, 2007

Object ID: 457

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High-intensity adjustable light beam (Spot to Flood).

Converts quickly to a freestanding candle mode.

Rugged, machined aluminum construction with knurled design.

Anodized inside and out for improved corrosion resistance.

Water and shock resistant.

Spare lamp safely secured inside the tailcap.

Colours: black, red, blue, camouflaged, violet and grey (2 types).

Those prices are in Spain!



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Diego SahagĂșnUntitled Review

Voted 3/5

Good flashlight but not sufficient power beam for mountaneering purposes. Furthermore, its head become loose if you turn it too much. However, AA batteries are easily found everywhere.
Posted Aug 24, 2002 9:08 am

GlencoeUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Good flashlight not intended as a primary light for mountaineering, but makes a very, very durable backup light or lightweight option for backpacking or travelling.

The Mini MagLite can be totally stripped down and field serviced (not that I've ever heard of one breaking). Every one has a replacement bulb safely stored in the back compartment. The body is bomber.

The screw focus top is handy. It should never fall off during use if you remember that you turn it clockwise to turn it on. It is helpful in a number of ways if you are creative - you can actually totally remove it, place it on the ground, lens down and insert the back of the flashlight into it - instant lantern. You can make a shade out of paper, a leaf or anything that is handy.

This flashlight is just the right size for slipping into loops inside tents for improvised interior lighting or in loops on pack webbing for a shoulder light. Accessories are available including various fasteners, including a headstrap. You can also get a protective rubber lens guard and colored lenses which facilitate map reading without interfering with natural night vision.

The only downer is less than total water resistance. This light is good in the rain, slush and snow - but if you get it really, totally immersed in water it will fritz out. Still, for years of perfect service means I have to give five stars to this tried and tested, faithful old favorite.
Posted Nov 8, 2002 1:35 pm

GreenNerveUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

The price quoted above is way too high

here in the US. It should be no more than

Posted Jan 22, 2003 3:14 pm

Alan EllisUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I used this for years with a headstrap until I finally bought a headlamp. It served me very well and now the kids have inherited it. It seems to eat bulbs so make sure you have an extra in the rear cap before embarking on your trip. Walmart has 'em for 10 bucks.
Posted Jan 22, 2003 4:22 pm

JoeyrooUntitled Review

Voted 1/5

I dislike this flashlight model. While conducting field work, five Mini Mags failed to work anymore after a period of less than 7 days of use. The on/off switch which is triggered by the twisting motion of the flashlight head is very prone to failure. I even had two personal Mini Mags that have failed in exactly the same way. I will no longer use or purchase Mini Mags. The light intensity is also weak. Even my UKE 2AAA is brighter by far.
Posted Feb 12, 2003 5:06 pm

William MarlerUntitled Review

Voted 3/5

This item can come in handy. Is good for the home or the glove compartment of the car. Fairly durable but not kid proof. I have given them to two of my boys as stocking stuffers and they last about two days with their careless treatment. I used to bring one to the mountains but now I rarely bring it on mountain trips. I bring a headlamp and extra batteries. But not a second flashlight. I cut down on any extra weight in my pack so I leave it behind. There are smaller plactic versions of the same item that weight less and are more durable.
Posted Feb 14, 2003 6:51 am

Brett AUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I have used this flashlight on long backpacking trips and snow camping for about 4 years. It works great in the cold (just don't get your skin frozen to it.

It is pretty heavy for its size and I would prefer a lightweight headlamp, which is an upcoming purchase. The bulbs break pretty easily too.
Posted May 27, 2004 2:41 am

Erik BeelerUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I have had this light for years - at least five and never had a problem with it. I used it for camping for about two years until I graduated to a head lamp. It is just too heavy for me to be lugging around when I am up in the mountains. Base camp maybe. I now use it around the house and on computer jobs and it is still going strong. I am even still using the original bulb! I am sure that they are not supposed to last this long but mine has. They offer very good light and it can be focused down for distance or focused out for larger areas.
Posted Nov 30, 2004 11:00 am

travisgollaherUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

This was the first good little flash light that I owned. It is very good on Battrie life,as far as flashlight's go. This is not the brightest but it is plenty bright for around camp,or your house.I have been usuing them while serving in the Army for years, it is very dependable. It also has an extra bulb in the back incase you burn one out.I also use it as a reading lamp when there isn't another light source.
Posted Oct 27, 2005 2:25 pm

Jay OsborneUntitled Review

Voted 2/5

Mag-Lite's are way overrated in my opinion. I bought one when I started backpacking, but haven't touched it since I got a PrincetonTec flashlight. The Mag-Lite isn't that light.
Posted Dec 16, 2005 3:18 am

rayrayNot one of the better lights on the market

Voted 1/5

The Mag-Lite is vastly overrated and reliability is hit or miss. As one poster mentioned, they seem to have an appetite for light bulbs and the rotating head switch has a high failure rate. A mediocre product at best. IMHO, Pelican produces a far superior 2-AA light that features a tailcap switch for easy one-handed operation.
Posted Apr 12, 2007 11:37 pm

Alex WoodA must have

Hasn't voted

Great little light to have in the backcountry. Only downside is that it is a little heavy. I would recomend converting the bulb into a flouresnt (don't know how to spell it) light. Batteries last longer that way and its a little brighter.
Posted Nov 27, 2008 2:26 am

silversummitHeavy but sturdy

Hasn't voted

I still keep a few around for car camping and emergencies. I always run a string through the end so I can carry it around my neck or hang on something like a line. Bulbs haven't been a problem for me nor short battery life but I hate that cold metal feeling so I have taped some adhesive tape around the middle.
Posted Jan 30, 2009 5:25 pm

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