Feb 20, 2010 (Updated Feb 21, 2010)
Review by Kenny M
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:compact, light, extra bulb, water-proof, batteries & holster included
Cons:not as bright as Xenon or as efficient as LED bulbs
The Bottom Line: Great utility flashlight in a small package, but not quite enough for security or police applications unless attached to a firearm.
Croation-born Anthony Maglica founded MagLite in the 1950s and they've been making dependable flashlights ever since. With today's more energy efficient LED flashlights, it's no wonder that these Mini-Mags are now available with LED bulbs or you can upgrade your basic Mini to Xenon or LED bulbs.
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This Mini comes with a Krypton bulb that's not as bright as either the Xenon or LED bulbs. Xenon's brighter but eats up batteries faster while LED is fairly bright and the batteries last a good long time.
There's also an available accessory clip that enables you to mount the Mini to your hat for a headlight-type of light for working on a car, for instance. Another accessory is a plastic end cap cover that allows the user to hold the mini in his or her mouth more comfortably. It sure beats teeth on metal.
As with all other MagLites, they're made of high-strength aluminum alloy that's water-proof thanks to the use of three rubber O-rings. A simple twist of the light's head, allows you to power on and off or focus the beam from narrow to flood. The Minis put out 2200 peak candlepower with a run time of six continuous hours. The blister pack includes the required two AA batteries and a nylon belt holster. I wish the holster included a metal clip so that those not wearing a belt could carry one around. In the end cap, however, is a hole to allow for a lanyard.
This flashlight is failry small and lightweight and might be good for confined spaces. Larger flashlights will be necessary for illuminating larger areas or use as a baton-type weapon for security applications. I do, however, use one of these on the end of my shotgun attached to a finger trigger for illumination of a bad guy in a home-based defense scenario.
Here's a tip... all MagLite flashlights also double as a candle or lamp. Simply unscrew the head and place it on a flat surface - lens down. Then simply insert the back of the flashlight - bulb up, and you've got a battery-operated candle with the Mini and a whole-room lamp from the larger flashlights.
In my experience, these Minis do drain batteries fairly quickly, so your options are to use two sets of rechargeables or upgrade your Mini to LED. If you need a more intense beam, get a bigger light or get a larger Xenon light unit.
With MagLite's lifetime warranty and low cost, this Mini MagLite is great for around the house, in a vehicle or in a boat - yet not so perfect for security or police work unless mounted to a firearm. If you use a light continuously in a professional arena, there are better lights available like this S&W or SureFire lights. Other than the (pictured) silver color, they are available in a myriad of other colors and designs.
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