Anthony Maglica is probably the best example of an American success story. He was born in NYC during the great depression (1930). His mother was Croatian, and decided to take him to her home country of Croatia and raise him there. At the time, no one would have expected him to become the most successful businessman in the USA. In 1950, he got married, became a father, and moved his family to the United States, and out of the Communist control of Croatia. Neither Anthony or his wife could speak English, making it rough to survive here.
The rest of this “rags to riches” story continues with his opening in 1955 of a small machine shop in Los Angeles, named “Mag Instrument”. He made machine parts for the military and started to make a few dollars.
Fast forward to 1979, which is the first year that Anthony made the amazing flashlight, called the “Mag-lite”. It was a big hit with the policemen, because it was aluminum, rugged, and dependable. That basic design hasn’t changed much to this day. But he developed other Maglite Flashlights in the next several years, in the 1980’s.
Early 1980’s- The first Maglite® Rechargeable Flashlight System (TM)
1984- Mini Maglite® using AA batteries
1987- Mini Maglite® using AAA batteries
1988- Solitaire using only one AAA battery
The rocky part of the history involves lawsuits. A major one was filed by his former live-in girlfriend, Claire, of over 20 years, in 1994. The jury awarded her $84 million, which was a big chunk of the value of the company. That was a rough time for both of them.
Other lawsuits have been filed, and won, over the years, by Maglite Flashlights over copyright infringement. Maglite® does have a full-time legal department on site, to take care of these matters.
After this rocky history, Maglite® has become a standard for all flashlights. It has been called “the Cadillac of flashlights” by the Wall Street Journal in 1996. Indeed it is.
Anthony Maglica is the genius businessman and inventor of Maglite Flashlights. He has taken Maglite® from its beginnings in 1979 to a major USA-made manufacturer of superior torches. From the first D-cell flashlight, he developed the AA Mini Maglite®, then the AAA Mini Maglite® in 1987. What is his next big announcement?
He is coming out with a rechargeable one that will take an 80% charge in only 1/2 hour.
Also Anthony is releasing a new 4D cell flashlight that can last as long as 18 days, without turning it off.
When you are shopping for Maglite flashlights, you will be faced with the decision of whether to get an LED (light emitting diode) or incandescent bulb. Which one should you choose? It’s kind of like choosing between a Lincoln Navigator and a Ford Fusion. There’s a difference in price, and a difference in
The LED bulb is much brighter, but more expensive than the original incandescent bulb. So, do you want more quality, or more economy. Both types of Maglite® are popular, and as far as I know, neither one is destined for cancellation.
Another feature of the LED Maglites is the ability to have different modes. You can have different brightnesses, strobe, and SOS. All this is possible because of an advanced electronic circuit.
I hope this makes it easier to make your decision.