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Maglite Mini Flashlight

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Great Flashlight, Holster is Ho-Hum to me - Mini-Maglite Flashlight with Holster

Mar 18, 2008 (Updated Mar 18, 2008)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Lightweight, Sturdy, Bright light

Cons:I don't have any real use for the holster

The Bottom Line: If you havenít gotten one already, I canít recommend mini-maglite flashlight enough


I’ve got a bunch of Mini-Maglite flashlights. I’ve either purchased them myself or gotten them as gifts. I keep them in the house and in our cars, just so that whenever we need a light, we have a decent flashlight readily accessible. The mini-maglite is small enough to tuck away but still bright enough to provide plenty of light for almost anything you do in the dark. Not only that, it’s built tough so it can survive being dropped and you can have it out in the rain without worrying that it’s going to stop working.

Why get this one?

I hate getting caught without a light in the dark, especially when hiking, camping or trying to fix something on your car. There’s nothing worse than trying to feel around trying to find something or trying to fix something in a dark area and not being able to see what you are doing. That’s why I’ve gotten myself quite the supply of the Mini-Maglite flashlights over the years.

As for this specific model? I’ve gotten a couple of them, they offer the mini-maglite itself along with two AA batteries for power and a holster to hold the flashlight should you not want to keep it in your pocket or in your backpack.

The Mini-Maglite Basics

The Mini-Maglite flashlight uses two standard AA batteries and in reality isn’t that much bigger than those couple of batteries. The Mini-Maglite measures just under six inches long and about 2/3 of an inch in diameter. With the batteries, the flashlight weighs in at just under four ounces.

The batteries are put into the flashlight from the bottom and to turn the light on and off, the head of the light is twisted. This also adjusts the size of the resulting beam. You can adjust it from a tight beam that produces a small but bright area of light to a much wider beam that will cover a great area but provide more diffuse light over that area.

Battery life for standard alkaline batteries isn’t bad. Maglite says that they will last for about 5 Ĺ hours of being constantly on. I’ve personally never measured it but for the Mini-Maglites I only use occasionally in the house, it takes quite a while to run out of juice. For my camping flashlights, each set of batteries usually lasts for my yearly stretch of camping trips.

The Mini-Maglites are water resistant. That means I wouldn’t drop them in a lake but you can have them out in the rain and snow and not be afraid of the lighting failing in the middle of whatever you are doing. The flashlight is shock resistant too – which means you can drop them or bang them into something without worrying too much about causing damage. I’ve had some of mine for years and they have plenty of dents and scratches and the light or any other part hasn’t failed on me.

The Mini-Maglite is made out of machined aluminum which makes it strong but light at the same time. I don’t think they are as strong as the original Maglite, but they will survive quite a bit of use and shouldn’t come out with more than a few dents and/or scratches.

As for the holster, it’s a handy tool if you are planning on carrying the mag-lite in an easy to reach place. It’s easy to wear and the maglite fits snugly into the holster. Do I use it very often – not really. The couple of holsters that I have spend more time in a drawer than they do on me. I just find that I don’t need access to a flashlight that quick. I’m either storing the maglites at home or I have them in my backpack to use when camping once it gets dark and long before it does, I’ll have the maglite out and ready to use with no need for the holster.

Final Thoughts

I find the small Mini-Maglites indispensable at home, on the road and in the woods. They can be carried in your pocket, stored around the house, kept in your car’s glove compartment box, packed away in your backpack, or in the case of this model, stored in a belt holster. The flashlight is small and light enough that you won’t notice it until you need it and then, the mini-maglite offers a bright light in a fairly indestructible package.

I use mine all the time – whether it’s trying to see something in a darker corner of my house, jumping a car in the middle of the night, or just finding my way around the campsite after dark. It’s an indispensable tool that anyone could find a use for.

I don’t find the holster quite as useful, but I’m sure others will find a use for it.

If you haven’t gotten one already, I can’t recommend this flashlight enough.


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