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Cconversion of old incandescent Maglite flashlights to Led's

Discussion in 'S & P Products Ratings/Reviews' started by dogman, May 19, 2012.



  1. dogman

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    Conversion of old incandescent Maglite flashlights to Led's

    I have owned about every style of maglite that has been made over the years, and they all have suffered from the 'If you drop it while running you probably are going to blow the bulb' weakness they have, which is about the only weakness they really have.

    Now I know they have started to make led models, tho those are the only ones I have never owned. All of mine are the old school ones and the youngest is in the 15 year range or more old. About a month ago I was thinking about my emergency lighting and walk-a-round lights, concerning battery life and lighting weakness when away from or not using backup power ac and dc.

    Found there are drop in led bulbs for maglites that are completely turn key with no fuss or muss. With the added benefit of making the battery's last longer, better light output and the flash light dam near drop proof.

    I bought the upgrade replacement led module, a 'Terralux TLE-6EXB MiniStar5 LED Upgrade (It uses a Cree core) for 2 and 3 cell C and D Maglites' for my 20+ year old three cell flashlight and I could not be happier!

    Found mine on amazon for about $15.00 with shipping and the module should never need to be replaced! Now in the process of upgrading my other maglites to led modules and keeping the old bulbs for backup if ever needed.

    I just hate to buy again what I already own. So the upgrade is for me well worth it, I love the scrapes and banged up look of my old flashlights. :cheerful:
     
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    Eat Beef Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    I've been thinking about getting one myself, thanks for the review. Does the adjustable beam work with the LED?

    The old 3&4 D maglights are great if that's all you're carrying, and they're big/tough enough to put a serious hurt on someone if you need to. The problem is that if you're trying to use one with a gun they're just too big. I also prefer the CR123 batteries as their shelf life is longer. Still, a maglight is tops for a general duty flashlight.
     
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    Beef, everything works the same! Nothing changes, except you get a one hell of a brighter light with a better cleaner beam spread and with less artifacts in the beam and longer battery run time. Plus probably never having to buy another bulb for the light! When focused into a tight beam, my beam was tight and round,looked like a mini sun with no spots or artifacts, clean.

    The specs say

    140 Lumens
    17 hrs run time and 7x brighter than a standard bulb.

    Have not tested the run time yet, if ever. and the light is whiter and very much brighter!

    This one methinks one can not go wrong!
     
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    I've got a Fenix TK15 powered by a single rechargable 18560 battery (or two 123's).. It's about 1 inch in diameter X about 6", weights a few oz and is insanely bright (337 lumens max). It has totally redefined flashlight for me, the performance and size is just in another galaxy compared to older or cheaper lights. Waterproof and shockproof too.

    Incandescent bulbs have been described as electric space heaters that put out some light as a byproduct. LED's can be 10 times more efficient in terms of lumens per watt.
     
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    Tom, I have to totally agree with you, Leds are the way to go period!

    There is one philosophy that I go through life if I can, when it comes to flashlights and other common battery powered electric or electronic equipment.

    My view is with battery powered stuff, I try and stay away from anything that takes specialized or hard to find not common (locally) battery's, as far as primary cells go. Where I can I do go with rechargeable types plus spares. Nothing is worse than the need too count on something and it dies, and finding replacements on the spur of the moment is darn near imposable.

    Even the battery packs for my hand held ham gear, I find out what kind of cells they are using and buy enough replacement cells so I can rebuild my power packs.

    These replacement led modules that I am putting into my old flashlights are a wonder, no more dropping the light and being in the dark! Yea!

    Call me old school, I have learned to use my maglite with my defense guns very well over the years. And as stated in another post, if all else fails the flashlight does make a dandy club!

    To each their own!

    :wink:
     
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    My house and camp flashlight is an UltraFire C88, about half the size of a 2D cell Maglite, polished aluminum reflector, stainless bezel, all o-ring sealed, glass lens, Cree Q5 emitter, 3 light levels, uses 3 AAA cells.

    Its replaced my old Q-beam spotlight.


    http://img864.imageshack.us/img864/1360/c88.jpg
     
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    I have a double C MagLite with a LED i bought seperatly and could not be happier.

    I like this set up a lot.

    3 years life so far and still ticking.

    E-A
     
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    Lowes and Home Depot sell the LED replacement bulbs
     
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    I have purchased two fleabay LED flashlights and a couple drop in lamps for the Maglights but most died within less than ten runtime hours. I hope you have better luck than I did. I will not buy more.

    Dinodirect sells 900 lumen LED flashlights for $40 shipping in. They are as bright as they advertise, waterproof, and more durable than any other light I've owned to date (with exception to mags, which I feel are on par for quality). You can see what I bought at http://www.dinodirect.com/led-tactical-flashlight-trustfire-tr-1200-cree-mc-e-5-mode-900lumens.html. They take 3.7V 18650 batteries, which are very cheap or free if you take apart a laptop battery pack.

    The advantage of the drop in Mag lamps is that you can focus the beam. The Dinolights I bought are fixed focus but will sufficiently illuminate a tree three miles away, which is satisfying. It's twice as far as my mag will illuminate even when I focus the beam.
     
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    They do AND historically on Black Friday they have had the entire new LED light for less than you can purchase just the replacement bulbs. Keep you eyes open, the new sale flyers should be "leaked" soon.

    Sorry for bumping an old thread but this time of year, I put most of my "discretionary" purchases on hold untill the Black Friday ads come out. Everybody likes new gear and most everybody likes it when you can get more for the same amount of $$$$!
     

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