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Gareth

Maglite torches.

Early last week I took my torches out of storage to check them over before I'll begin to want to use them on a regular basis during the dark nights over the coming winter months.

Torches are one of my weaknesses: I have quite a few of them, from small keyring and pocket size ones right through to heavy duty 18 volt rechargeable, 1,000,000 candle power, pistol grip search light type flashlights.

I have 3 maglites of my own which I bought in 1999, and all 3 have given me superb service over the last 11 years, right up until I put them away last springtime; 2 AA cell, 2 C cell, and 3 D cell, (but I am also looking after my son's "law enforcement model" 6 D cell Maglite for him). www.etorches.co.uk/?gclid=COT_juvpsasCFYUntAodJ3hdcA

When I got them out of storage to check them over, to my horror none of my Maglites would work: I had absent mindedly left the batteries in them over the summer months, which had then corroded and leaked, wrecking the torches.

However, when I originally purchased my Maglites I registered each of them for the Maglite lifetime warranty and I took a chance by sending them back to Maglite UK (the 3 D cell was bought 2nd hand from a workmate and I took a gamble that he had not registered it, but I had!).

Alas, Maglite would not cover the corrosion damage as a normal warranty claim on either the 2 C cell, or the 3 D cell torches; but they did clean them out thoroughly and replace the damaged switches for only 4.99 each (and even posted them back to me free of charge), But the icing on the cake was the perished "O" rings on my 2 AA cell pocket torch with an incandescent bulb; this torch lived permanently on my belt for about 5 years and was used to inspect items in the workshop or field probably 3 or 4 times a day, 5 days a week during those 5 years.

Anyway, Maglite UK chose to replace my 2 AA cell incandescent torch completely free of charge with a brand new LED version, and I am a very happy person. The new LED torch came complete with Duracell batteries and a new nylon web belt holster. You still have to turn the head of the torch to switch it on, but if you cycle through switching it on and off it has 4 lighting functions. 1) Full power, 2) 25% power, 3) 90 flashes per minute strobe, and 4) continuous SOS flashing mode. I am unsure how useful the flashing strobe and SOS modes are going to be for me, but I really do like the the 25% power mode. Although it is considerably dimmer than the 100% power mode, at 25% it puts out almost as much light as the old incandescent version did, and it is excellent to use in the 25% power mode when walking the dog through the local woods after dark without it causing any night blindness problems for me when I switch the torch off. www.etorches.co.uk/maglite-led/maglite-led-2-cell-aa-holster-blue-new-2nd-gen.htm

Turning the head of the little Maglite AA cell torches to switch them either on or off can be a little frustrating at times; especially when you have cold and wet hands, so I think that I will invest in a Nite Ize IQ base cap, push button switch upgrade: http://www.etorches.co.uk/accessories/niteize-iq-switch-aa.htm which is only 6.99 in this " Buy it now" ebay deal http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2806298...:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
Woodsmoke

585 words about torches.......................

Did you win your bet, then?    
bodger

Never under estimate a good torch, or for that matter, over estimate a bad one. I'm a definate Maglite convert.
lizzie44

What is it about men and torches?? OH has about 25 different ones and they are always in his bdooly shed when I need one!!!! Love Lizzie
Jakey

The 'D' cell models are very handy to keep under the bed for use as a 'persuader' should your house ever have uninvited guests intent upon relieving you of your possessions!

Come to think of it, so are :-
1 - A 2.5 kg carbon dioxide fire extinguisher...a well aimed blast to the eyes generally works (so I'm reliably informed.)
2 - A sealed, full roll of wallpaper (suprisingly heavy, solid, and wieldy).

The above household items are preferable to a carving knife / cut down pool cue / cosh, all of which smack of premeditation.
MrsWW

Jakey wrote:
. . . preferable to a carving knife . . .  


You mean it's not considered "normal" to keep one in the top drawer of one's bedside cabinet??????

Keeping on topic - I do have a couple of Maglite torches - one by the back door and one by the conservatory door - both are bdooly heavy with the batteries in and methinks would be equally as useful if needed for something other than lighting the subject matter.
kaz

We have a 6 D cell maglite and I am forever worried that it is going to roll off wherever it has been put and break the tiles on the kitchen floor

PS Tom (who bought it for us ) says that it is designed to keep working even after smashing someone's skull
Baldybloke

bodger wrote:
Never under estimate a good torch, or for that matter, over estimate a bad one. I'm a definate Maglite convert.


Is this a wind up??
Gareth

Baldybloke wrote:
bodger wrote:
Never under estimate a good torch, or for that matter, over estimate a bad one. I'm a definate Maglite convert.


Is this a wind up??


No, Maglites are battery powered only.

As Bodger says "Never under estimate a good torch, or for that matter, over estimate a bad one."

In the dim & distant I have been in several situations where a good reliable, bright torch has been the deciding factor in the survival of my team mates and I: literally Life or Death situations.
Baldybloke

It was a wind up! I was attempting to be funny. I have a couple of Maglites, plus a couple of wind ups, and a solar torch. I agree that they come in very handy, especially when I go off camping.
Jonty

Gareth wrote:

In the dim & distant I have been in several situations where a good reliable, bright torch has been the deciding factor in the survival of my team mates and I: literally Life or Death situations.


Come on Gareth, you can't leave it there, more details please  
Gareth

Jonty wrote:
Gareth wrote:

In the dim & distant I have been in several situations where a good reliable, bright torch has been the deciding factor in the survival of my team mates and I: literally Life or Death situations.


Come on Gareth, you can't leave it there, more details please


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Border

What.......... you going to leave the rest of us hanging.

I have 6 cell D mag lite, 43cm long, a real big mother.....

I have a few Pelican products many of these are EX and submerible, as I used them offshore. I found Pelican's to be just as good as Mags.

I also have a Petzl EX pan lamp, which is excellent when setting up decoys on a dark winters morning.
Gareth

kaz wrote:
We have a 6 D cell maglite and I am forever worried that it is going to roll off wherever it has been put and break the tiles on the kitchen floor

PS Tom (who bought it for us ) says that it is designed to keep working even after smashing someone's skull



Safariland do a rubber cover that you can cut to length for both C cell and D cell torches, that use between 2 and 6 cells; and they are not a bad price.

C Cell version: http://www.jsramsbottom.com/produ...eld---suits-mag-lite-torches.html

D Cell version: http://www.jsramsbottom.com/produ...eld---suits-mag-lite-torches.html

I have ordered one for my 2 Cell Maglite, and one for my 3 D Cell Maglite
Gareth

Hmmm!   Someone at Maglite headquarters in the United States has fouled up ...... yesterday I received 3 X Brand new AA maglite incandescent/krypton bulb torches, each with a nylon belt holster and a pair of Duracell batteries, in 3 separate parcels, with 3 separate notes informing me that these were under lifetime warranty replacement  torches for my worn out one (already replaced FOC with the upgraded LED version from Maglite UK).

Last night I emailed Maglite regarding this situation, and they have emailed back saying I can keep all 3 torches with no charge (pun intended): The wonders of modern day in-house paperwork, administration, filing and computerised data base systems.
12Bore

Nice!
Gareth

Don't tell Lois  

But I've spent a chunk of cash on ebay yesterday and today buying LED and switch upgrades for my existing Maglites and the 3 new 2 X AA ones.

When the goodies arrive, I'll do a product comparison review of these items, so you will know what is worth having, and what is not.

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