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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Maglites

So you've all been making comments about Maglites, eh, and as such, here's a little info on one of the most recognizable names in flashlights.

I've mentioned Drop In LED modules before, with the SureFire lights (the host).  Well, you'll be happy to know that the 20 year old, worn and beat up 2D or 3D Cell Maglite that's kicking around your dad's toolbox can be upgraded to a modern powerhouse.

3D Cell model on bottom.  3C Cell model in center - drop ins also avaiable!

Seriously - that flashlight may look like it's seen a few years, but it can go from throwing ~50 lumens with that little incandescent bulb to a measured 240 lumens out the front (Illuminating objects at 1000 feet with ease - anyone within ~100 feet that gets hit in the face should see spots for 8-10 seconds, and will cause eye damage at much closer ranges).  The reason for the incredible throw that this light offers (Throw = illuminating objects at distance, spill = illuminating a wide area) is the ~2" smooth reflector.



In comes Malkoff Devices, who I've discussed before, with a drop in LED module that replaces the incandescent bulb.  Installation is simple: remove the existing bulb, push the drop-in down as far as it will go inside the flashlight and tighten the screw (which wedges the drop-in’s heat sink against the flashlight body). The bottom part of the reflector needs to be cut off to accommodate the drop-in. This is a simple cut with a razor saw. If that is too much for you, Malkoff Devices sells a pre-cut Maglite reflector for 7$.

You'll be kicking out lumens in no time!
The difference between the original bulb and the newer LED module is staggering!

New LED drop in LEFT, Incandescent original RIGHT.

And speaking of kicking, if you ever felt the need to kick someone's head in with one of these lights, feel free to add a crenelated bezel to the front, also available from Malkoff Devices.

 


36 comments:

  1. bright AND can do some damage :P

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  2. That's great! My own trusty(and old)flashlight gives off a pretty sad glow similar to the right example. If I can get something like on the left, then I think I'll give this a try. Thanks, bro!

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  3. very nice blog
    i like your post!
    supportin & follow you ;)

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  4. Remind me of Alan Wake, a great video game.

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  5. Ah Casspir, you always make my night with the least expected category. What exactly is a drop? And how do i get one so I can make that beast? And thanks mate, the info on terminology is new to me, and that's becoming a rarer and rarer event ;)

    Always following, Caspsir
    -JKane

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  6. AT the first look, i thought they were dildos..

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  7. Thanks for the comment, Cass ;) I left you love back on my blog for all to see.

    Always an avid admirer amongst all activists,
    -jkAna

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  8. Hey cass, thank you for the comment, mate. I left you some love back at my blog for all to see and envy. This community gives me such a strong drive to continue, you know?

    Always an avid admirer among all activists alike,
    -jkAne

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  9. Great post man. Keep in touch... Look forward to more.

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  10. People are still using incandescent lights?

    What are they Amish?

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  11. Good to shed some light on this....see what I did there?

    Just gonna go shoot myself for that one...

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  12. lol my dad is obsessed with maglites xD he has like a million

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  13. Going to have to get out my mag-light and tweak a bit now. Thanks for the info.

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  14. Hells yeah I still have my maglite. I don't think it is the brightest (gonna have to check out the drop-in) but I sure do love the screw on 2-inch weight at the end.
    "No weapons sir, just my flashlight."

    I didn't even know you could 'upgrade.'

    Thanks for the info.

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  15. lmfao, i have such love for maglite. they do make a good flashlight.
    what's the actual purpose of those bezels

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  16. very good flashlights also good for attacking

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  17. Can we do something other than flashlights?

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  18. That LED replacement is brilliant!

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  19. Holy shit, have you seen the XL100? All the motion control stuff is cool as hell.

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  20. I totally had a 3D maglight, that thing was a deadly weapon.

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  21. Great mod to this wonderful tool. I used to have a bunch of these for camping, back in the day.

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  22. helped me so much during my blackout

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  23. my maglight is similarly beat up. mag lights are the best

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