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The Maglite 3D torch gives a very satisfying feel, due to its 12" length and wide diameter, knurled barrel, solid build, and hefty half-kilo weight. It is made from anodised aluminium which makes it strong and resistant to corrosion. The torch comes with a bulb fitted, and a spare in the end cap. The end cap unscrews to allow you to insert the batteries, and rubber O-rings are used to keep moisture out.
The front end twists to change the focus of the beam, as with virtually all cylinder Maglites. They describe this as being from "spot" to "flood", but calling the wide beam "flood" is a massive exaggeration. The wide beam also suffers from the classic "dark spot" - a shadow cast by the incandescent bulb. If even light is important to you, buy a multibulb or LED torch. The Maglite is good enough for most jobs but even with the supplied bulb and new, decent batteries the light quality is poor enough to lose one star.
The switch is a rubber covered push-click type contact, which can be on or off, or half pressed for intermittent signalling.
This is by no means the best torch I have ever seen, but it is suitable for most situations I find myself in. And it can sure take a beating!
Whatever you do, DO NOT attempt to use
Uniross D Converters
for this torch - it simply doesn't work. The contact in the bottom of the torch is a spring and the smallest loop of that spring is bigger than the contact on the foot of an AA battery. There is not enough space to use a coin as a contact plate. Use real D-sized batteries instead, such as
This turns out to be a standered torch as where i was expecting a little more after reading some reviews and paying more than value for a plain dull brightness and not very good flood capabilities.It`s used in 6:30 a.m winter light levels for dog walking in an unlit park and is only just up-to the task of keeping a track of them.Build quality looks and feels very good so wouldn`t call it a waste of money compared to a cheaper product but will not be buying Maglite torches in the future.
Very Pleased, I have had a few torches over the years, but this is the most expensive one I have ever bought. You pay for what you get, and this one is still working, while the others have all bust/died on me. I need a torch in my job, so expect to pay more, but, you get a torch that works when you want it to.
I purchased this item for my dad for Christmas. Maglite torches are always great quality and this was excellent value for money also. I don't think it makes a lot of difference if you have LED or not. LED is brighter, but there's really not a lot in it.