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This is the Mini Maglite torch which I use for everything from looking inside cupboards to doing work when the electric has to be switched off (as I did this week to insulate an electrical socket).
I have a few torches including a big old cheap plastic one for outdoors that needs throwing, an app on my new mobile, 2 mini torches, and one on my key ring. The one that I reached for when I went to turn the electric off was the Mini Mag, as it is in the kitchen drawer and it is quick and easy to use.
I don't want to be messing about with a mobile that has a drained battery, or has no buttons to feel, or an old torch that may or may not work. This Maglite is reliable and simple.
It has a hard aluminium case, it runs on 2 x AAA batteries and has a spare bulb in the bottom.
It has a maximum candle power of 2952 c - the beam is adjustable from spot to flood.
It is water and shock resistant.
There is a hard case or holster depending where you buy it.
I use this for everyday use not for emergency's only. I last used this Mini Maglite torch a few days ago when I insulated the electrical points in my front room for noise and smoke insulation. I turned off the electric and although it wasn't dark, I needed a torch to be able to see what I was doing properly. I had the Mini Maglite ready together with the other things I needed.
The LED bulb does not run down the AAA batteries much and lasts for many months or years depending on use. To turn the light from spot to flood beam you twist the end, which is quick and functional. This flood beam is what makes it different from my other torches and most other torches on the market. You can quickly see the whole area then narrow it down to the wires or hole you are drilling or whatever it is you are doing.
The only drawback is that it does not come with a stand, or anyway of fixing it in one place while you are looking for something or working. I balanced mine on some books and the beam was casting a shadow on the electrical socket so I had to use one hand and hold the torch with the other.
I have two of these little torches, a lovely purple one and a silver one. I keep one in the car and one in my handbag. You never know when you might need a torch!
They are very powerful and produce a lot of light. Their battery life is good. I only use them occasionally and the batteries last at least 6-9 months. You can also screw off the top portion and use this as a base so the torch in effect then works as a small light, this has been really helpful when camping. We also have a larger maglite that operates in the same manner.
The coating on my purple one is starting to come off and silver is showing through, this is rather disappointing. The silver one is still as good as new and I have had them both the same length of time so I would only buy silver in future.
The button is rubber and works well. It has a nice click to it when depressed. The barrel of the torch is grooved and this is good as makes them easy to hold. They are very durable, I have dropped them several times yet they still work and haven't dented or been damaged. I also dropped the silver one in a puddle and it still worked.
The material the torch is made of is aluminium. It is powered by two AA batteries. It is very lightweight, and handy for handbags or pockets.
I would not buy another torch brand, these are very versatile. They are quite pricey compared to other torch brands but I think they are worth it for the quality of the product.
In my opinion, a torch is a household necessity in case of power cuts, so when we moved into our current house we decided to buy one as we didn't have one. We decided that we wanted one that was light and compact enough to carry around easily so that we could also use it when walking the dog in the winter, come the dark nights as we take him across to the park each evening which is not very well lit.
We ended up buying this Maglite mini torch as it was just what we wanted, it was cheap, compact and seemed perfect. We paid around £10 for ours and purchased it two years ago from a local homeware store, and the recommended retail price is around £20 which I do think is quite pricy however given the quality and durability of the torch I do think that it is worth the full price, and it has been worth every penny. It is in full working order and still looks great even after plenty of use over a considerable amount of time.
The torch comes boxed which makes it seem more expensive and I like that it comes boxed as it keeps it safe and secure, and it can't get lost! We keep it in one of the very cluttered kitchen drawers and it is nice to open the drawer and instantly see the box as we never have to faff around trying to find it. Included in the box was a spare bulb and some batteries. The torch itself is the perfect size and is compact enough to fit in a large pocket. It is not bulky or heavy, and is lightweight without feeling flimsy. It is comfortable to hold and easy to grip thanks to the raised texture on the middle of the torch, and as it is a slim torch I can wrap my hand around it easily so it never feels like I'm going to drop it.
It is surprisingly attractive for a torch - it's not boring and plain like most are, especially because the one we have is bright red with a nice shine to it, so it is a little bit more quirky and cute. There are also other colours available including blue, silver, camo print and black - they're all exactly the same in design etc just different colours. The torch is made from aluminium alloy and is very durable, I have dropped it a few times and there are no marks or dents on it. It is also waterproof and shockproof which are good features for a torch to have in my opinion.
Turning the torch on is simple as you just twist the head of it (the part with the bulb). The lack of on and off button doesn't bother me and I actually like it, as it means that while I'm holding it there's no way that I can accidentally turn it off. The beam of light can be altered easily to either a direct beam or wide beam, and I always use the wide beam. The light that the single bulb projects is really impressive given the size of it and the light is bright rather than dull. When walking my dog when it is really dark I find that even if he runs very far ahead, it is easy to spot him despite which beam the torch is on, and I am also able to see everything around me clearly when I shine the torch.
Whenever there's a power cut though the torch pretty much lights up the entire room enough to be able to see where things are and find candles and matches etc. The torch takes 2 x AA batteries which are quite cheap and easy to get hold of. These were included with the torch and lasted for around six months before we needed to change them, but as we purchased the torch just before winter and used it almost every night when walking the dog it is understandable that the batteries didn't last as long as I was expecting. The current batteries we have in it have been in there for around a year and a half now and the torch is still working, however we aren't used it as much as we did when we first got it. It doesn't drain batteries though which is good and overall it is a great little torch which I highly recommend.
It's the light produced by the torch when you need it.
And this Mini Maglite will not let you down.
This is a small torch. I have small hands and this one not only fits nicely into one palm it is also light enough that it does not put any pressure on my damaged wrist. It is so light, in fact, that when I did the night ascent part of trekking up Kilimanjaro I sewed two holders into my ear-warming fleece, clipped the Mini Mag to them, and it stayed in place on the side of my head and caused no problems. It stayed there - despite my lack of sewing talent - and never dragged my head over on a very grueling part of the trek. This was also a lot cleaper than buying a head-torch I would never have used again.
The beam that the Mini Mag produces is adjustable from wide-beam to spotlight just by twisting the head of the torch. The wide beam has shown me the way in jungles, high mountains and has never let me down. The spotlight is equally useful at home when hunting exactly where the thing that has dropped down between the sofa and the wall is and which bits of furniture will have to be shifted to retreive the errant object.
There are more powerful torches available. There are also specialist head-torches that don't require getting the sewing kit out. But many of them are a pain to feed with the right type of battery in many of the more remote parts of the world. The Mini Maglite takes two AAA batteries, which are easy to find even in these areas. These usually come with the torch but replacing them is just a matter of unscrewing the tail of the torch, taking the old ones out and popping the new ones in. All very easy even in hard conditions. The torch is also not greedy in eating its batteries. Mine has given me untold hours of service and only cost me a few batteries on top of the initial investment.
That was spent at the now gone YHA Shop in Covent Garden but these torches are available at all good surviving camping stores as well as online aorund the £10.83 to £14.14 depending on whether you want it boxed or wrapped in pastic. They come in a variety of colours. Mine is basic black, which has held up well and remains unscratched despite hard usage.
The torch is also anodised and has high grade O rings to make it water resistant. I confirmed that mine certainly is after being swept away caving in Thailand when the Mini Mag went for an unanticipated swim with me and once I'd got myself into somewhere I could stand up it still worked. It is sold as water and shock resistant and certainly proved itself to be that on that and other occasions and not only still works but has not gone even a little rusty.
You get a spare bulb in the tail of the torch, though mine remains in there as I am still on the original bulb, which is a great mark of build quality.
If you unscrew the top off the torch completely you can turn the torch into an electic candle by putting the end of the torch into the open part of the top of the torch. This will produce a light which is a lot less strong than the torch option but can make a nice touch in a high camp, especially on birthdays.
The torch comes with a removable clip, which works just as well to clip the torch to a belt as it did to my home adapted head-torchied ear warmer. This too continues to work well and without corroding. The silver clip on black torch also looks stylish.
Because the Mini Maglite is so small, it fits into my handbag for long drives as well as it does my trusty rucksac for long trips. It has been a great investment and one I can heartily recommend to others.
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Maglite produces a couple of mini torches and the one I have takes a pair of AA batteries to provide the power while there is one that runs off AAA batteries as well. Mine is a black one, unlike the picture above and it is a great source of light as the output is greater than you would expect based upon size alone. The torch cost me £11.99 from an outdoor camping retailer.
This is a great compact torch, it is a fraction over 16cm in length, so a bit longer than a small ruler, and therefore will slot nicely into a bag for when it is needed. I fuind it useful now to carry a torch as many of the street lights locally are switched off by the council, i assume to save money, and this means that with uneven foot paths and roads with pot holes in them walking about at night is not great and sometimes ana bit of extra light is needed.
This is a well made torch that is adonised to make it very robust, like all maglites which tend to operate the same way this one is switched on and off by twisting the top of it, this means it will never go on accidently while stored in a bag, you have some influence over the range of the beam depending upon how far you twist it open and it casts a nice wide arc or a quite precise beam, useful if you drop your keys while out.
The batteries are easy to load when they need replacing, the instructions say that you get 6 hours of burn time from two AA batteries, given that this torch is only used in short bursts then the batteries seem to last for ages. This torch is nice and light, 108 grams in total and given the strength of the beam it is well worth getting hold of as maglite are so well made and relaible.
I have had my mini maglite for around three years now it is not the silver one like in the picture but it is a metalic blue colour and I carry it in my handbag. It cost me £19.99 from a local store called Sheppards which sells hardware and houshold goods. But you can find them at most camping outlet stores and online.
The mini maglite is 162mm x 18mm and comes in a nice box that protects it from knocks, I don't keep it in the box as it is quite capable of getting knocked about in my handbag and so far I have not had to replace any of the parts due to damage, I have replaced the bulb in the three years I have owned this but that was just due to the usage it gets.
The top of the maglite twists so that you can turn it on and off, this also can give you a wide beam or a more direct beam depending on what you are using your torch for. I have it on direct beam which is a thin line of light so that I can see the lock on my house and car doors int he dark.
I also use this for walking the dog at night so I can see him and the cars can see me on the country lanes whilst I'm walking.
It isn't a heavy torch and weights just 108 grams so its light and useful, it comes in a few colours, black, silver, blue, red and white so there's something for everyone's taste.
It takes two AA batteries which can last you up to 6 hours of light. It is shock proof and this I have to agree with as I have dropped mine a few times from my bag and it hasn't broken.
I really rate the maglite range as if your looking for a long lasting torch then these are great for all kinds of uses and you can get them in different sizes, this mini torch is great for taking around with you in your bag and it makes a good christmas present for both boys and girls.
You can buy replacement parts if you need them and my mini maglite came with a replacement bulb in the box when I bought it.
You can twist the head of the torch right off and have it as a candle light effect of your in a tent and are looking for something or want to read by the light of the torch.
I am happy with my purchase and would recommend this to you if your looking to buy a good torch.
I received the mini maglite as a gift. It comes in a plastic (cheap looking) gift box and there is space to have it engraved. Maglite are famous for making torches and most famous for making robust torches that the police and security staff can use. After recently being introduced to the LED lenser range, I now find the Maglite brand laughable. This torch uses ridiculously outdated technology and is so disappointing. Yes it is small, but my P7 is only a tiny bit larger and the beam still manages to impress me every time I get it out.
*Price and availability*
You can choose this model in a variety of coloured metal; all are priced about £10.00 with a little more if you want them engraved.
*Design and shape*
Design wise, the torch is perfectly sized; small enough to slot in your pocket and light enough not to feel it. The head is only slightly bigger than the main body which is covered in a fractious bumpy coating to prevent it slipping from your grip.
I like the design of the torch as it is really robust. I have dropped mine and had it clattering around the boot and the exterior is unscratched and unmarked.
The torch does not have a button to operate it unlike most other models. To turn the torch on and off you need to twist the head of the torch round. The head does not make any noise and you only know it is turned on because it will glow. To turn it off, twist the head unlit it stops glowing. You can also use the head to focus the beam into a more narrow point or open it up to cover a larger area. I tend to just use the narrow point as it reaches a lot further than when the beam is opened to full capacity. Either way; open or not the beam is exceedingly disappointing.
Luckily the torch does not drain the batteries much at all and I have only had to replace mine once in the torches life time. I'm glad that the torch does not use too much battery as it means that I have something positive to write about. The torch uses two double A batteries, this is good as they are fairly easy to buy and not an obscure size. They are priced about 2 pounds for four.
When stood in a darkened room, you would probably say the torch is quite bright for its size however if you had the LED lenser P7, that uses the latest LED technology you would be overwhelmed with the light it throws out.
Taking this torch outside and trying to light something up 15ft - 20 ft away and the torch really lets me down. It is pathetic and even when using the beam on the narrowest setting that is supposed to reach the furthest, it still really struggles to perform.
I'd probably say this torch is best kept for little emergencies, like looking in the loft, power cuts and for general purposes. I would not like to be searching for anything outside with it or giving it as a gift for police officers or security staff that will rely on decent torches in their work.
Maglite should really be using the latest technology and bringing out better torches that rivel the LED Lensers. They are a household brand and need to maintain their reputation by moving with the times.
A reliable torch that doesn't drink too much juice, however it is very disappointing when it comes to brightness.
Being a bit of a gadget fan, I've always had a soft-sport for torches. To be honest, the torches in my collection are seldom used, but whenever they are needed, they're always there and always reliable.
The main, and most used torch in my collection is the Mini-Maglite. In fact, I love them so much that I own three in total: Two for around the house and one for the car.
The torch itself is quite small and could fit into trouser pockets or a handbag very easily. Despite the case being constructed entirely of metal, it is also quite lightweight and it isn't a burden to carry.
The aluminium casing is practically indestructible and will withstand the toughest punishment. The only fault with the casing lies with the paint. If you carry the torch in a pocket with other metallic items (such as coins or keys), you can expect the paint to gradually wear down.
No instruction manual is necessary with this torch. Twist the lens one way to turn on, twist the other way to turn off; Adjust the lens to focus the light - quite simple really. The battery compartment is also easily accessed with another twist of the cover at the base of the torch.
The torch takes AA batteries, the most common type - which should mean less hunting for spares when the they eventually run done.
I don't really want to comment too much on the performance of the standard torch other than to say that the standard bulb is okay and will provide a decent amount of light for its size. Kept standard, the torch will produce around 15 lumens of light for around 5.5 hours. It's a fair performance but not really fantastic.
So, you're probably wondering why I've bought three of these little torches? Well, this torch's secret is its ability to be easily upgraded. Due to the popularity of the torch, there are numerous LED upgrades on the market which can turn this torch into one of the best in the world - capable of competing with and outperforming £50+ torches in the higher-end of the market.
The best LED upgrade for the Mini-Maglite is from the Terralux range. The Terralux TL5EX bulb provides the best performance by far. Priced anywhere between £10 and £15, this LED bulb provides an amazing 140 lumens (albeit with a shorter battery life of 3 hours) - That's nearly 10x the light output of the standard bulb. In real-life terms, 140 lumens will light up a large room or even your entire backyard quite easily - this bulb is BRIGHT.
No technical knowledge is required for upgrading - it's as simple as taking the old bulb out and putting the new LED in.
Don't be fooled by Maglite's own LED-standard offering, it won't come close to the outputs of the various upgrades on the market.
A good torch which can be made brilliant with a 10-15 quid upgrade.
Maglite Mini Torch
I received one of these Maglite mini torches as a present from a friend. At the time I was living in a second floor flat but there was no lighting what so ever in the hallway and interior stairs. It made going home at night time a bit creepy after a night out especially if you ran into someone else on the stairs because you really couldn't see them until they were right in front of you. Thankfully this was eventually taken care of and the building invested in security lighting. Since then I have been grateful for this torch on more than one occasion.
When I received this it came in a small hard wearing black plastic presentation box. When I was using this torch in my handbag I just carried it around by itself, but now this torch spends a lot of the time in the car, especially with the horrid weather we had over the Christmas period. This box is great to just throw into the glove compartment with the torch inside to store it safely and protect it from getting bashed by the multitude of other things I tend to store in there. There is also room to leave some extra backup batteries because sadly this isn't a rechargeable torch but you can still choose to use rechargeable batteries if you would like.
This torch is very comfortable to hold and it is a great size as it fits securely in my hand but I can still hold it and have the use of my hand for other tasks, such as holding open my bag while I look for my keys or hold my dogs leash. We do have another torch which I sometimes use for dog walking and I find that it can be a bit cumbersome and heavy whereas this torch is neither of those things. This Maglite torch is only a bit longer than 10 centimetres and it really does deliver a lot for such a small torch.
For a little torch this gives off quite a lot of light, it was more than sufficient for all the purposes I have needed it for and because it is small it is easier to use in tight spaces. When I dropped an earring under the sofa and couldn't find it I used this torch to light up the small space and it easily fit under the edge of the sofa to give me all the light I needed. This torch is extremely easy to use, all you need to do is to twist the head. You can also adjust the light level from spot to broad depending upon how far round you twist it.
The battery life is pretty good for this torch, I rarely need to change the batteries and I probably only change them three or so times a year, but then I don't tend to use this torch on too much of a regular basis but it does get used quite a lot on the darker nights when I take my dog for a walk. When you do need to change the batteries the torch uses 2 X AA batteries.
This maglite torch comes in a variety of colours, I was lucky enough to be given a bright hot pink version which was extremely girlie but still a nice colour, especially if you like a bit of pink. The case is made from aluminium which really helps to make this durable but light weight. Personally, I think that this torch looks rather stylish and so much better than the cheap small plastic ones. Maglite also say that this torch is water resistant and I have used it in the rain quite a few times without any problem.
These maglite mini torches are available in quite a few stores or online shops, I know that my friend bought mine from a local millets store. These torches can range in prices depending upon where you buy them, but it is easy to find these retailing for somewhere between £10 and £15. For your money you do get something that will last, I have had mine now for a couple of years and I have been more than happy with it apart from a few scratches this looks and works as well as the day I got it.
This gets a full five out of five stars from me, it really is a handy little torch to have around. Overall, this is a great torch and it is a great size for any handbag, glove compartment or kitchen drawer. This torch has been one of the most used presents that I have ever received and I would more than happily recommend this to other people. There really are loads of uses for this little torch.
I was first introduced to Maglite as a brand by a Security Officer who chose to use his own Maglite torch in preference to that issued by his employers. The reasons he gave were that not only did a smaller unit give him as much light, but the fact that it was very heavy gave him some extra reassurance (if you know what I mean) when he was patrolling at night.
A couple of years ago, I got fed up with every torch in the house not working when I needed it. We have a rechargeable lantern for power cuts but it never seems to be kept charged for when we need it. We have a couple of large torches which take the big square batteries that I cannot afford to buy and which don't seem to last long and then we have a collection of cheap and nasty plastic ones acquired over the years which are useless. So, I resolved to get myself a new one and to help ease the pain of parting with cash, I used some vouchers we had to effectively halve the cost.
When I saw a choice of 3 different Maglite torches in the shop, I confess to buying this, the smallest and cheapest one, yet still quite expensive when you are "careful with your money" like me. I justified the purchase to myself by saying that I was unlikely to need it to crack open any skulls and it would fit nicely in the side pocket of the car door, temporarily forgetting that it is in the house when we most often seem to need a torch.
So, having bought it, I now keep it in the car and it has come into its own a few times when I have been out and about. In our village we have no streetlights and I used to pop this in my pocket when I took the dog out at night.
I like it because it is well constructed and robust and it has a simple and effective design. It takes two of the smaller batteries, ones that we generally have in the house for remotes and other items; that said, I think I have only changed the batteries once in the two years we have had it.
It operates by twisting it at the end; the light beam is adjustable. It is effective for short distances but not so good for seeing a long way. There are no fiddly buttons or switches to find in the dark. It has stayed in quite good condition, being of metal rather than plastic construction - I have dropped it at least twice - the first time it rolled under the car and, the torch being black and it being dark, it took me ages to feel for it and find it.
Overall verdict? - It's great and I have now got over paying about a tenner for it. I think you can still get them for about that price, but there is quite a big range available to suit all needs and budgets.
Maglite to me are the 'Rolls Royce' of the torch world - well designed for long lasting use in a rugged environment. This particular mini Maglite is brilliant and very powerful for the size, coming in at about the £11 mark from Amazon, and sort of compliments my collection of 5 other Maglites, ranging from this mini one right up to a big 4 D-cell model.
This particular model is a slim design operating off of 2 AAA batteries. So ideal to carry in your handbag or pocket where it also comes with a handy wrist strap. The body is metal where it has been anodised both inside and out to give it better corrosion resistance. In the past 10 years of owning Maglites, I've never known any of my torches showing any sign of corrosion despite some heavy use and various knocks and scrapes to the casing. It also has a knurling design on the outside of the case making it easier to grip. The torch is also water resistant via a number of fitted rubber seals and also holds a spare bulb inside neatly tucked away in the end cap below the spring.
Turning it on is simply a matter of turning the top. Once on, continue turning and you can change the powerful light beam from a flood beam to a spot, and every connotation in between. Another useful design feature (with all Maglites) is that you can continue to turn the top to finally remove it and then use it as a base to hold the Maglite upright like a candle to give an all round light output which is ideal for camping.
In use, for its size, it packs a powerful light beam that would put many larger torches to shame, and all that coming from an LED bulb running off of 2 AAA batteries. It also seems to be almost indestructible and very capable of absorbing the most bone crunching knocks and scrapes that you can give it. But just in case you do want to try and destroy it, Maglite also provide a 10 year guarantee that the torch will be free from defects in their parts and their workmanship.
Light your way with the best torch you can get.
I bought my first Mini Maglite 8 years ago as I was about to embark on my gap year which was going to involve 5 weeks of camping and many others having adventures that well, I thought maybe I would need a torch for!
I choose a Mini Maglite for a few reasons - firstly they seemed to be 'the name' when it comes to torches - I had seen lots of positive things said about them, secondly they are very small and light and also somewhat pretty for a torch!
Maglite torches (or flashlight as they are officially known) originate from the USA and have been around since 1979, coming in an amazing eight varieties! My Maglite is the second smallest, the mini AAA version measuring 5 inches in length.
The torch itself is made out of anodized aluminium which means that it's long lasting and resists corrosion which is very important because camping and outdoor use means that it's going to get wet at least a few times. It also means that it feels very nice in your hand. Silly I know, but there is just something solid about having a metal torch in your hand as opposed to a cheap plastic-y one.
Even though it is metal it is surprisingly light! The body is also water and shock resistant.
My first Maglite was black but my current one is a metallic electric blue. (I bought a new one as I decided to lose my first). You can get them in a variety of colours such as pink, red, silver, camouflage, green, purple and possibly many more!
The main body of the torch has scoring on it for grip and the head twists to switch on rather than a button. Twist it to the right and it will emit a wide beam. Twist it a little further and the beam will become more concentrated. This variation in beam is useful as you can use the wide beam when you are exploring a cave and the more concentrated beam when reading a book in a tent.
The end of the torch has a little hole in it so you can thread some material through it to make a wrist strap. Very useful when you are making your way back to the campsite at 2 in the morning very drunk and not wanting to drop your torch. Not that I would know!
This end unscrews and this is where you insert 2 AAA batteries. It is simple enough to change the batteries not very fiddly when you consider how small the torch is. When you buy the torch it comes complete with 2 batteries (not cheap ones either - Duracell) and a spare bulb in the end. I think this is pretty good value!
The torch comes in a black plastic case complete with an attachment to convert it into 'free standing candle mode,' meaning you can stand it up on the table like a candle and a space for 2 spare AAA batteries. I have never used it but it's an innovative idea.
When it comes to performance I just can't fault it. The torch beam is strong, not the strongest I have ever seen but you've got to remember how small this torch is - it really does pack a punch! I have tried it in a variety of different locations and situations; the change in concentration of beams really comes in handy and the size means you can even take it on a night out with you if you know you might need it at one point - it fits perfectly in your jean pockets.
Perhaps it's the size but I did not have to change the batteries once during my 9 months of travelling and I certainly got it out a few times. I have also used it in the rain a few times (one tropical rainstorm comes to mind!) and have had no problems whatsoever.
In conclusion I think this is a great little torch. It is well made, does the job well, is stylish and light and those little touches like decent batteries and a spare bulb included just makes me think it is a quality item well worth recommending.
If all this wasn't enough it also comes with a warranty that the torch will be 'free from defects in parts and workmanship for ten years.' So as long as you haven't dropped it down a cliff face or submerged it in the sea for 20 minutes then you're covered!
The only fault I can find with this torch is that they are so good that when you are travelling they are one of those items that seem to 'disappear,' i.e. get stolen!
The Mini Maglite can be bought around the £10 mark depending on what colour you want from online retailers and probably for a little bit more from camping shops.
I keep a Maglite mini torch in my car glove compartment and have used it many times.
It is a very compact torch which is about the size of a fat pen. It is however, very powerful for it's size and provides a very good level of light with a beam that can travel several meters.
It is very easy to use as you can turn it on simply by twisting the bulb end of the torch so there is no fiddly switch to find in the dark. The amount you turn the bulb end also controls the level of light. A small turn gives you a narrow but very bright beam while a bigger turn gives you a fatter but less intense beam of light that covers a wider area. ie perfect for both map reading or scanning the area around you.
I find Maglite a very reliable brand and my torch has never failed me or got gunged up batteries like some other brands I have used in the past. They are not the cheapest but you should only need to buy one that you can keep and use for ages and ages rather than needing to replace it every few years.
My Maglite 'mini' was purchased for me by my parents when I moved into my own house, you should be able to get one for around a tenner from Amazon but expect to pay nigh on double that in an outdoors shop. Every house needs a torch, there are always those little nooks and crannies that are impossible to see into such as under the stairs, in the cupboards, under the sink, and when you are searching for pennies under the sofa so that you can go and get a 10p mix. There are also those times when a drink driver crashes into an electricity sub-station and plunges the neighbourhood into darkness whilst you're constructing a scale replica of the titanic using matchsticks. At this point a torch can be an absolute Godsend.
Advantages of the Maglite:
It looks sexy. A lot of people find it difficult to get excited about torches, but not me, the fools that think a Maglite is not sexy just don't understand good design. Look at the sleek simple design, functional and yet beautiful. The Maglite was designed in 1979 when bells, whistles, intricacies and complications were the marks of good design. The mighty Maglite broke that mould to champion the idea that simple is better. Apple were probably inspired by the Maglite in designing that icon of simplicity, the Ipod.
It will outlive you:
That's right. It will. As Ozymandias found out (obscure poetry reference) nothing lasts forever. Oh except Maglite's. Millions of years in the future after the human race is extinct a race of super-advanced space faring aliens will descend upon earth to find a barren hellish landscape. They will excavate deep beneath the surface to find clues of Earth's history. The only clue they will find that will have resisted the savages of time will be millions of Maglites. They will then know that Earth was a wise and civilised planet, and they go on their way without destroying the planet as they had planned.
I have dropped mine several times, got it wet, left it lying around for our fierce and crazy cat to play with, and it has not so much as a scratch on it.
The battery life:
This torch uses almost no battery. It's the closest thing we have to a perpetual motion machine, it uses no energy and just keeps on going. You can leave a pair of worn out old batteries in these things and leave them in their for years and you will still get light. The LED used in these lights draws very little energy from the 2xAA batteries.
Unlike most cheap plastic torches which use a 'clicky' button (technical term) this torch uses a 'twisty' head (technical term) to operate it. When the head is fully rotated clockwise the torch is off. You can then twist the head anti-clockwise to turn it on and keep twisting it to focus the beam. The ability to focus the beam is extremely useful as there are situations where a flood of beam is needed, and there are situations where a good throw of beam is needed. A situation where a flood might be needed would be where you want to light up a garden at night to find a gnome that has run away and is hiding in the bushes. A good tight spot of light might be needed when you have found your gnome and you want to shine it in his eyes to interrogate him.
The Luxeon LED used in Maglites (all maglites use this in variations, not just mini-mags) are ridiculously outdated. They are technology from a bygone era. In car terms it would be like going out now and buying a Ford Capri or a Austin Princess. There are LED's such as the Cree Q5 and even newer P7's that outperform the Maglite LED's by an order of magnitude. For example in terms of light output a standard Maglite 2xAA torch might give out in the region of 8 lumens. Whereas my Fenix LD20 which also runs on 2xAA batteries and cost me £40 will give out 180 lumens and is stunningly, overwhelmingly, brighter than the Maglite. This amount of light is not always needed but it has been essential when looking for the cat at night. For the same price, as the Maglite you can get torches that outperform it in brightness by 10x.
So you have to ask yourself, why are Maglite so lazy? Why not update and bring themselves up to scratch with their competitors? Fact of the matter is that they do not need to invest in any new technology. They have a brandname that to the general public is THE name in quality torches, and their presence in the market is enormous. The myriad of small competitors all produce much much much better torches in every way, but are unable to take a chink out of Maglite's armour and get that first step onto the ladder of mainstream acceptance.
I used to be a security guard and I found the Maglite mini torch invaluable due to its reasonable beam and light weight and rugged construction. Constructed from machined aluminium with a knurled design at its middle (for a secure grip), and measuring only 14.5 cm's in length, it fitted neatly and unobtrusively into the little pocket on my jumper.
The Maglite takes two AA batteries (other similar models may take AAA) which are easily positioned into the torch by simply unscrewing the base and sliding them in and screwing the base cap back tightly.
Switched on continuously ( and depending on the quality of the replacement batteries), the Maglite can last for up to five and a half hours, which is very respectable, but during this time the power of the beam fades noticeably.
To switch the torch 'on' is a simple matter of twisting the head of the torch to the right,which will turn the beam from 'spot' to a more fuller 'flood' beam.
Water and shock resistant, with a special anodised coating to improve corrosion resistance, it has to be said that this torch is a rugged and handy little tool.
Many people are unaware that the Maglite can be converted quickly into a free-standing candle mode. In order to do this you simply unscrew the flash light head and place it on a flat surface, and then simply set the flash light barrel into the head!
Now torches are really all about the power or strength of the beam, and these are measured in either 'candlepower' or 'lumens'. The maglite has a measured beam strength of almost 3,000 candlepower which equates to about 15 lumens. Now considering that there are torches available, even smaller in size than the maglite, which have vastly more powerful beam strength ( I purchased the Fenix TK11 for about £40, which has a constant beam of 60 lumens and a turbo mode which throws out a very impressive 225 lumens of light which is almost 4 times as powerful as the Maglite in its constant mode and 15 times as powerful as the Maglite in its 'turbo' mode). Also the Fenix doesn't lose the beams power as the batteries begin to diminish,(unlike the Maglite) continually giving its maximum power.
But at around £10 to £15 you wouldn't expect the Maglite to outperform its more expensive and classier rivals!
At the end of the day the choice is yours, however for the same price, there are still far more powerful torches available, ( the Ansmann Future 1 LED torch for example has 30 lumens of beam power and retails for just £9.29).
A Mini Maglite torch which has a beam equal to that of many larger flashlights / This is due in part to its superior optics and custom reflector / Features: High intensity light beam; flood to spot beam focusing; water and shock resistant; anodised to prevent corrosion.