Old school Mag Light LED upgrades?

Cameramonkey

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Ive got an old 3C mag light with a 1st gen Nite Ize LED "upgrade". Its pretty pitiful.


Before I throw away this old dependable workhorse, anyone know if there is a current reasonable LED upgrade for the Mag Lights that isnt like 30lm? Not looking for a 1,000lm torch, just something more reasonable. Even 100 or so would be cool.
 

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I’ve been meaning to upgrade my maglites for awhile now too. I’m along for the ride to see what everyone suggests.


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Check out TerraLux (For 4-6 Cell C and D Mag-Lite Flashlights - 200 Lumens, 30 Hour Max Runtime):


I have their big 3 LED head for my Mag Charger. I've had it for years and love it.
 

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Yep, You can check with Gene at Malkoff Devices and see if he has one in stock, or he might even build you one if not. I have a bunch of his conversions and everyone of them is top notch!
 

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I swapped out last year to a set of TRLIFE Maglite LED Conversion Kit I found on Amazon. Beats the old school bulbs but not as good as the mags that were designed with led bulbs in mind.

Overall decent cheap upgrade maintaining the 3 cell size that can double as a beatin stick
 

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You‘ll notice that the reflector for LED and incan bulbs is a bit different. You can cut reflector post down to optimize.

I might also have an extra LED reflector; PM me if you need one, no charge.
 

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I swapped out last year to a set of TRLIFE Maglite LED Conversion Kit I found on Amazon. Beats the old school bulbs but not as good as the mags that were designed with led bulbs in mind.

Overall decent cheap upgrade maintaining the 3 cell size that can double as a beatin stick
Glad I read this post. Have a handful of AA Maglights. Looks like a good upgrade. The Maglights last forever compared to the cheapies out there. Have a few of the led flashlights. Crazy bright, but also crazy expensive. Can’t wait till they need batteries!
 

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I picked up the Litt D cell Maglite upgrade and am not impressed. My old 3 D cell Maglite worked fine before the swap, but when I put the upgrade in, it would not work until I dropped fresh batteries in. To me, that means a shorter useful battery life. Even with fresh batteries, it's only marginally better than the old bulb was with tired batteries. There's no way this is putting out 350 lumens.

Maybe I got a bad unit.
 

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Sounds like you may have gotten one for the 4D units, they run off a different voltage range and don’t do well with fewer than 5V. They use a buck-style driver, or sometimes resistors, to regulate power the LED.

The 2D-3D compatible units are a little different and should last a very long time while outputting multiple times the incandescent lumens.

As mentioned above, reflector design is a bit different between incan and LED, as the LED doesn’t need to sit as high as the bulb. A craft knife can knock down a bit of the reflector post to allow for proper focus.
 
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