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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.
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!
The best key ring torch you can get IMHO. After having the original AAA maglite on my key ring for the last 10 years, it was only logical to go for another - but this time go for the LED version. The LED light is incredibly bright and the battery seems to last forever.
Great torch. The light stays bright all the way to the death of the battery. I thought mine had broken because the light hadn't dimmed before it stopped working, but it's an LED so won't dim like a bulb. Keep a spare battery with it if you might want use it in an emergency and it'll serve you well.
With the LED, this torch is now many times brighter that the original Solitaire and is more than adequate for everyday uses. It takes a single AAA battery, which are cheap and easy to obtain, and it is very small (8cm long), so can be attached to a keyring. Due to it's size, if not attached to a keyring, I would recommend a wrist strap (not provided but can be purchased or made from a length of thin cord), to avoid dropping it. Reasonable price at the £10 I paid, but too expensive at the full price of £20.