Flashlights have come a long way in the last 70 years. They used to have an incandescent bulb, and 2 D batteries. The batteries would leak throughout the flashlight as it sat in a drawer for a few months. This would destroy your torch. Sometimes the battery company would replace your flashlight if it was ruined by a leaky battery.
Today we have:
LED bulbs, which are brighter than incandescent bulbs.
CREE bulbs, which are brighter LED bulbs.
COB bulbs (chip on board) which are really bright.
Ask anyone if size matters, and they will say “The bigger the better”. But, let’s not forget how important smallness is. When you need to carry a flashlight in your purse, you don’t want the biggest Maglite® with 4 D-batteries. You want a compact one that is
The Maglite Flashlights K3A is the best one for this purpose. It has only one AAA battery, that keeps the size down, but power up.
Maglites are the best USA-Made flashlight. They are built tough, and will last a lifetime. But, here are 5 secrets you probably didn’t know about Maglite Flashlights.
LED (the bulb on an LED Maglite, or any LED flashlight) doesn’t last forever. It doesn’t burn out. It just gets dimmer and dimmer with age. Don’t worry. Depending on your usage, it should remain very bright till a time between 50 years and 2,000 years from now.
Maglites® are designed to be highly water resistant. However, they are not advertised to be waterproof.
Maglites® are not tested to be explosion-proof or intrinsically safe. Some workers who use a flashlight in highly volatile environments need that type of flashlight.
There are flashlights made for that purpose.
Old and weak alkaline batteries can damage your Maglite® just as they can damage any other flashlight. Maglites® are built tough, but guarding against a leaky battery is above and beyond the call of duty. Many battery manufacturers have a repair/replacement policy if your flashlight is damaged by one of their leaky batteries.
The ANSI standard of rating the power of flashlights was started only in 2009. Mag Instrument has agreed to abide by the ANSI standard, and rates its flashlights so you can compare one with another. ANSI stands for American National Standards Institute. The parameters used are:
Brian Debottis (of Starline) showed me the best and brightest engraved flashlights at the OPPA show in Cleveland Ohio last week. I have one of these Triple Output LED CREE FL142 flashlights, and tried it out one night. It can light up the complete side of a building. It’s bright enough to be able to paint the side of your house at night! Currently, I keep it in my boat. When working in the engine compartment, you need a super bright light, and this flashlight fills the bill.
There are 2 secrets to its brightness. First, is the CREE bulb. CREE bulbs are extremely brighter that an ordinary LED bulb or an incandescent bulb. Second, there are 9 AA batteries inside. If they are all connected in series, that would give it 13.5 volts to work with. No wonder it is rated at 1050 Lumens.
The FL142 can be laser engraved with your corporate logo. This makes for a long-lasting, appreciated gift when you present it to your best customers.
Would you like to give the gift of “Light” this year? I chose this list because different people need different features in a flashlight. This gift list has a torch for everyone on your shopping list. The 7 Best Maglite Flashlights for Christmas Gifts in 2016 are:
MagLite® 2AALED-PRO Mini LED Flashlight.
2AALED-PRO Mini MagLite® LED Flashlight
It comes with two AA batteries. You get a very bright 226 Lumens beam with this new addition to our line.
I just came back from a promotional product show in Cleveland, and was surprised to see that Maglite® has come up with 5 new Promotional maglights (Maglites) for businesses. I didn’t know Maglite® Promo had any more tricks up their sleeves. (Maglites® is the correct spelling, but some of my best customers find my website by misspelling the word).
Tony Sabo is our local Maglite® representative. In this picture Tony is showing me the new ML25LT and the new ML50LX. All the new models use 2 or 3 C batteries. That should give you an idea of the size of these gems.
The 5 new torches are available for laser engraving your corporate logo on the barrel or on the head. Companies buy hundreds of promotional Maglites®…..and pass them out to their best clients. They also make great safety awards in manufacturing plants. Here is a glimpse of some of the 5 new engraved flashlights. All of them can be seen (and ordered) here…New Maglite® Flashlights.