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Sunday
Feb092014

New life for an old Maglite Torch

Don't throw out that old dull Maglite torch...bring it up to date by replacing the bulb with a CREE LED.

I bought mine here.

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Reader Comments (13)

Hi Mat, wow what a brilliant idea!!!

The price of the replacement kit is a bit pricey but as the LED's should last a lifetime, definitely something to look into there!

Cheers for this

As always, thanks for listening,

Daz

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Whenever I make a short video like this I can never be sure whether I'm the last person to 'discover' a product until the video goes live, so I'm glad this one seems to have been useful to some people.

February 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

If you really want something to revive your old maglight, you have to take a look at Malkoff Devices. They are pricey, but what you get is simply incredible. I have one for both my 2D and 3D maglights.

http://www.malkoffdevices.com/drop-in-mod/dropin-for-maglite-streamlight/d-cell-to-fit-mag-lite/xm-l-drop-in-module-for-3-4d-maglite

Ron

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRon

@Ron

$79 for a replacment kit? A tad expensive is my thought. Mat's £14 bulb seems better value.

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterquaser

Quaser,

I don't disagree with your point of view at all, just wanted to highlight the other end of the same technology. It's an apples to oranges comparison.

Ron

February 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRon

Wow that's very impressive difference! I've got a mini maglite with the old bulb technology, I wonder if there is a cheap conversion kit for the mini maglite too.

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish man

A little off topic, but of interest to torch addicts in general - for reviews of LED lights , take a look here:
http://www.torchythebatteryboy.com/
It is dominated by bike lights, but some of these are simply torches with a handlebar clip. He sells some of these lights via ebay as seller big_f_d_d. I've not had any lights from him, but have bought batteries and chargers and had good service.

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

I'd imagine these are overlooked because people of today are happy to get their phone out and use the "torch" on that.
About 5 or 6 years ago I bought a 3 LED drop in for my 6D Maglite and it's insanely bright, more than I could ever need.

The price of the Terralux I used have gone up as technology has improved and new lighting modes are added, but essentially, this is what I used but it only cost me £40 at the time.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TerraLUX-MAGLITE-Torch-LED-Upgrade-Bulb-4-to-6-D-cell-TLE-310M-EX-1000-Lumens-/281255839862?pt=UK_SportsLeisure_Camping_LightsLanternsTorches&hash=item417c278876

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

Thanks for the tip! Excellent product, and delivered in 3 days from UK to Sweden

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpinswede

Hi Mat, I upgrade my little mini Magitorch this week - brilliant and simple.

Thanks for the review to let me know these existed...

Cheers

Daz

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

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