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Am I a bit of a Maglite addict? Yes. But is it also a great torch? Absolutely! For something with only 47 lumens it works brilliantly. I bought it to include with my EDC kit & I’m really happy with the size and power.
I've tried several maglites over the years, as well as some other aluminium-barreled flashlights, and I really do think with the 'Solitaire LED' they have perfected the keychain flashlight. Here's lots of reasons why: * reasonable price, not overkill like the flashlights with flashing pattern modes etc * very good battery life - I've had mine for many months now and not needed to replace the single AAA battery. I do use it almost every other day for a few minutes while fumbling in the dark, lighting up a path, walking from the garage, etc * very usable brightness - make sure you purchase the 'Solitaire LED' and not the older 'Solitaire' * a good neutral white colour output, not like some flashlights which have a blue tinge on the edges * very slim yet allows for low-cost batteries - unlike some flashlights which use expensive 12V cells, this one can take a AAA battery. However, I don't trust Duracells because they tend to leak. I ditched the Duracell and replaced it with an AAA Energizer Lithium battery (here is a pack of 8: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BQY36SM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) which will last twice as long as the Duracell anyway. I feel Duracell is more about marketing than innovation these days. * Nice all-round design. You can hold and twist it on/off with one hand, and focus it by twisting too. Also it comes with a reasonable length (about 8cm) of woven lanyard type thing for attaching to a key ring or jeans. I like this flashlight so much that I've purchased several as gifts for friends who are always fumbling around in the dark. It is lightweight enough to always carry it on keys or in a handbag. And perfect for life UK when it gets dark early. Over time the raw colour of the aluminium can become visible in places since it is in close proximity to metal keys in a pocket, but this is to be expected. It doesn't really detract from the product. Regarding colours, the grey one is a really nice colour, but it costs more sometimes. The black is just classic, and I use that one. I have purchased the red and blue ones too as gifts, and the red is actually a very deep reddish/pink colour, and the blue is a very nice shade, not quite electric blue but close. However my favourites are grey and black.
As someone who used to swear by Maglite as a robust and reliable piece of kit. I am somewhat disappointed with this product. My old bog standard filament solitaire "flashlight" lasted several years prior to me loosing it, it was wall made with the usual fault of the back end coming unscrewed by it's self (easily rectified by wrapping a small bit of insulation tape around the end). This new one was poor to say the least. The torch was intermittent, I had to keep adjusting the beam for it to work. after a whole 3 weeks of use the front fell off never to be seen again. I would not recommend this light.l
Bright small torch and great on a keyring. Very bright at 37 lumens and well built.
I bought the led lenser P3 and the thrunite Ti3 along with this and from personal prefrence i would rate the P3 best, it has a better field of view and can be adjusted the quickest. Dullest of the three at 16 lumens. The Thrunite Ti3 is the brightest of all three with diffent levels of light given in the various modes up to 85 lumens. Samllest of the three. All 3 are well designed its just down to preference of what you need and like.
This and every LED aa or aaa maglite I have owned has failed at the switch. Generally they last about 2 months of use (every day about an hour for an early morning walk in darkness). The turn head to switch on design is flawed and Will Fail...MTBF is about 200 actuations. Google it and you see loads of hits describing replacing the switch. Wrong. Such should not be necessary.
This is a well-made very bright tiny torch perfect to have with you at all times in case of unexpected need, or short frequent use like keyholes in darkness. My last one was ruined because a battery leaked in it because I left it unused for a couple of years - my fault! This replacement LED version seems brighter, and the battery to last longer but watch out for changing batteries regularly before they leak.
It was a replacement for a previous one where the battery unfortunately leaked, so I knew what I wanted. It is a great little torch with a good light. I keep it on a car key ring for emergency use - and finding my way to the tennis club when there are puddles around!