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A few years ago, Maglite were effectively the Rolls Royce of the torch world. They seemed to set the standard for torches with a rugged durable design with a number of patented features that could operate in the toughest of environments with ease. So successful was this design that many other manufacturers have now followed suit, trying to emulate the same design traits. But in my opinion, they have never quite matched the Maglite quality and success.
So what is so special about the design, and in particular this 3D cell version? Well for starters you have a metal anodised body which means it will be corrosion resistant. The metal itself is quite thick, so it should be able to take a few knocks and drops against hard surfaces. There is also a knurling design around the outside middle of the body to assist with the grip. The torch is operated via a rubber protected push button on the top, and the light beam can be varied from a flood beam through to a pencil beam by rotating the torch head. The whole torch has also been made water resistant via a number of fitted rubber seals around the torch head, the end cap and the switch.
Then there are all of the 'hidden' design features. In side the end cap is housed a spare bulb just below the spring. Unscrew the torch head all the way off and the torch becomes a sort of candle giving all round light. Even better, you can stand the base of the torch into the torch head to stand it up on it's own - a great design feature for camping. And if that all isn't enough, Maglite give their torches a lifetime guarantee that it will be free from defects in their parts and workmanship.
Put the 3D cell batteries in the torch and it does start feeling the business. It has weight to it and it feels solid in your hand. If you hit something with it, that something is going to come off worse. The light beam is impressive, and that seems to be a particularly good design feature for these Maglites. They may use the same bulbs and batteries as other torches, but somehow Maglite seemed to have been able to really utilise all of the light generated to best effect, where the reflector in the head really focuses the light to where it is needed. To best see this in action, focus the beam down and shine it at some distant object across the road and you'll see just how much light it throws onto the area. That's why you tend to see torches as standard issue to many police forces and security services around the world.
Now I have a collection of Maglites that I have acquired over the years, ranging from the mini through to a 4D cell version, and this 3D cell one (meaning it takes 3 D sized batteries) is the one that I use the most. I fact, I have 3 of these in total - one for each car and a spare for taking on late night dog walks. At £18 each for the 3D variety, admittedly they are not cheap. But what you are getting for that money is a torch design par excellence that will last you a lifetime. The power source with the 3 batteries is large enough to give you durability through use, and yet the whole design is small enough to fit into your glove box in the car or into your pocket when you are out walking.
In summary, the Maglite is a well design and very durable torch that gives out much more light than many of its competitors, and with that lifetime guarantee from Maglite, this is a torch that you will be using and have around for years to come. Undoubtedly a 5 star recommendation.
I live in a rural area and walk my dog at night on the country lanes but there are no street lights at all and I have to take a torch out with me so that any approaching cars, tractors or boy racers that occasionally venture out into the country can see that I am walking on the grass verge of the lanes, as well as me being able to see where the dog is with this torch , as some people put their foot down on the country lanes thinking no one is around, so we have to have a light to show them we are there and to keep me and my dog safe.
I have always bought Maglites as they are the one torch that lasts for years. I have a mini-mag , 2 normal size one's and this slightly larger 3D Cell Maglite.
It takes three D Cell batteries which are not included in the price these can be bought from the garages, supermarkets or other shops for around £4 a pack. The Maglite comes in it's own plastic packaging and is 317mm x 40mm. This is larger than the mini mags, but you get a better line of beam from this one.
This can be bought from shops like Maplins or online at Amazon, we have an army surplus store near us so we get ours from there and they cost £25 - £30 depending on where you buy from.
The maglite comes in black, silver, blue and red and is quite chunky, it is shock proof and feels nice and balanced when your carrying it.
To turn it on there is a button at the top of the torch next to the head of it and this presses on and off, so it's a simple design. The head of the torch can be twisted for a wide beam or turned the other way for a more concentrated line of beam. I find that when the new batteries are put in the line of beam you get by turning the maglite head anti clockwise shines out for about 3 yards ahead of you lighting up the way ahead, this then can be adjusted the other way to a wider beam to light up the area in front and at the sides of you as you walk along. I do find I play with the beam as I'm walking along with the dog.
The maglite weights about 856 grams so feels nice and sturdy as your carrying it along. It has a metal caseing which is aluminium and easy to clean and the batteries fit in the torch at the bottom compartment that twists off when you need to change them.
The bulbs can be replaced and can be bought in packs separately. These cost around £5 a pack depending on where you buy them from and can be easily fitted by unscrewing the head of the torch.
Maglites come with a lifetime guarantee so remember to send of the relevant paperwork to get it, then they can be replaced if anything goes wrong. I have had my maglite four years and it has been dropped, fell out of the car, got wet in the rain and generally knocked about a lot as the grandkids love to play with it. I have had to replace the bulb once which is good going for the four years I've had it and the batteries last about three months, with me using it every night to walk the dog with.
It has a high power 3 Watt LED bulb which can really light up your way ahead in the dark with its high intensity light beam and it is water and shock proof.
I wouldn't be without my maglite and would be happy to recommend this to you if you are in need of a torch for walking the dog or around the house and garden.
I don´t know what you keep in the top drawer of your bedside cabinet but I keep a Maglite 3D! In fact we have two of these bad boys ,one on the boat and one at home, because you just never know when you might need it, even for a power cut!
I think everyone is familiar with how a Maglite looks ,black ,shiny and forbidding and a starring role in many U.S. cop movies but close up they are just as impressive and add a certain gravitas to the person who is carrying it, even if you are a 7stone girlie like me.
We have had one of our Maglites for so long that neither of us can remember where we bought it but it is easily 15years old, the second is a baby of three years and was bought in the U.S. because we had had such good service from the first one.
Both of ours are black,they come in red and blue as well but to me that is like asking Clint Eastwood to wear a frock! The 3D contains as you would expect 3 batteries , the long cylindrical body is easy to grip as about a third of it is etched with diagonal lines to improve grip. The on/off button is situated at the top end of the case near the bulb casing so it is easy to hold as if throwing a javelin ,with your finger on the on/off switch. This switch will also do a quick pulse of light if you need it. Flanking either side of the switch is the torches identity number and "patented made in U.S.A."
The head is a little fatter than the body and contains a White Star ,high density krypton gas lamp.There is a knurled ring close to the head of the lamp which enables you to change the beam from spot to flood with half a turn. The head also bears the legend in white "Maglite mag instrument- Ontario, California, USA. At the base of the torch is another knurled ring which when turned gives you acess to the inside of the body. In the very base, snuggled in foam, inside the contact coil, is a spare bulb.
The 3D has 14hrs+ burn time
Why buy a Maglite?
Because they are so damn good,and here are some of the details that make it still beloved of the emergency services.
Made from aircraft spec aluminium
Water and shock resistant, ours has bounced many a time.
O ring sealed for water resistance.
Self cleaning rotary on/off switch.
Comes with a limited lifetime guarantee in the western hemisphere.
Maglite history, I did not know this untill I looked up the website but Maglites were created by Anthony Maglica who was born in New York, his family then returned to his mothers country of Croatia and Anthony arrived back in the U.S. around 1950 hardly speaking any English. He put his training as an experimental machinist to good use and in saved his money until he could put $125 down for a lathe. His buisness weform with the emphasis always on quality and excellence. In 1979 the emergency services adopted his torches and they have since then gone from strength to strength, winning many awards and being called "A work of Art that works"
When you need a torch ,you need a torch, and we have quite a few , but I know that the Maglite is the one that I can rely on and I would recommend it to anyone!
Price around 25pounds form on-line stores chandlerys and good hardware stores.
Thank you for reading my review.
Maglite have been known for a long time now for their reliability and build quality. I personally think this is mainly due to good marketing. Yes, their products are good, but let me explain why there are better options.
I purchased one of these 3D cell torches. It cost me just under £20. The torch feels solid and is well made. It does what a torch is meant to do and produces a nice bright beam. The batteries last OK, but being D sized cells, they do cost a bit to replace. Rechargeables are an option, but for torch use are not that great. There are no other features on offer here. Plus, it is not particularly waterproof. Showerproof yes, but heavy rain will not do it any good.
In comparison, I purchased a Fenix torch, that runs from two AA cells. It cost me £35 and is a lot more compact. It is waterproof too. The light beam can be adjusted high to low, can be focused nicely and also it has an SOS mode, where if I did get stuck in the forest it would flash for 60 hours. The light beam it produces, with no real scientific measurement, has to be at least three times as bright. The torch also feels better made. So in comparison to the Maglite, I would choose the Fenix torch every time.
As a Security Officer, I "perhaps" have more of a need for a Maglite, to erm..... see in the dark?! Oh come on! We all know why Maglites are the way they are!! As soon as you manage to open the packaging (you know one of those scissors/hacksaw jobs!) and begin to load up those beasty D-cells, you just know as the weight increases that its one monster of a torch. You soon picture yourself in the heat of battle, zuum, swish, bzzz, swish "Luke, I'm your Father", zzzz zz z, hmm? oh sorry! must have dozed off there for a second, damned security jobs! Where was I?, oh yes, The Maglite. As I was saying the weight of the thing really is quite impressive, I mean , if it were to accidentally fall on someones head, it could cause some serious damage! Once loaded, you just can't wait to "Clunk-Click" the button toward the front of the thing and ... Let there be light!, and there is and I am pleased, very pleased! You twist the lens housing and sweep without effort between an intense "spot" beam and a less intense but invaluable wide flood beam, you just can't help but play! (be warned however, as silhouettes and shadows, may from a distance look rather suspect!) Also as I like to look the part (even if I don't act it!) a handy ring-like holster is available to secure your Maglite like a police baton (ever see that film - Maniac Cop?!) Which is great as if you try holding your foot long torch and 100 keys whilst fiddling with a padlock, you get the idea! This however brings me to its greatest flaw, it must be the worlds most cumbersome torch, (don't sit down with this one in your pocket!) And therefore is not in my opinion suited for the home user. It's virtually impossible to lay down and angle in the direction you want. It's so heavy, it just rolls away or falls over with a great bang! For those who are unlucky enough to be ensnared in
to a life of security however, I would recommend one without a doubt, a faithfull and reliable friend with status (at last!) Be Safe Oh nearly forgot if you are in the industry, try www.philthesecurityguard.com it's a scream!!
My Maglite Torches have always been one product my house has been increasingly short of, in that desperate time of need, when the fuses cut, or when I need a trip to the garage at night a torch is never there. I have a few torches none seem to work, all are old and rusty and seem to take some industrial size impossible to find battery. I have always viewed a Maglite as a professional well-built torch. If one was alone in the woods, this is the torch you?d want. One major factor which had always put me off maglite was the price almost £15 for an AA battery torch a medium size. Browsing a local discount chain store, I was shocked at a maglite set for sale, £15 for the medium maglite and its bigger brother the massive 3D battery maglite. The set included a set of good quality batteries (Duracell?s) and a spare bulb for each. I had always fancied a maglite and this offer was too good to pass up. I later saw the same available set on and Internet site for £47.99 and with no mention of batteries. A whole product range can be found at http://www.maglite.com/productline.asp. Mine are the third one down and the fifth one down. As I arrived home I placed the batteries in the bigger torch and pressed the button. Instantly a dark room was illuminated, the beam was bright and powerful, brilliant white lite (sorry bad pun!). Compared to other torches it is brilliant. Others I have tried fail to even match this, they are weak and limp failing to provide a decent light. If you twist the dial at the front end of the torch the beam will change from wide to concentrated all are brilliant. Even when I shone it through my windows at night it still provides a powerful beam over 100yds up the road The smaller AA torch This comes with what?s known and a diamond knurl design. The beam ranges from a spot to a floodlight. The smaller employs a slightly different system you change the beam, this time you have to unscrew the whole head. As you twist it slowly begins to
change the beam?until you screw off the whole head, this can be placed at the bottom of the torch leaving just the bulb, the torch is now in candle mode. In my experiences this can be quite dangerous, for the torch that is, the bulb is attached by two thin pieces of metal, which can bend, however with basic care it shouldn?t pose much of a problem. In the easily unscrew able talecap is stored the second bulb, this is great and saves having to trek out specially to buy one, it is stored in the unit which means it always with the torch if you need to change it when out an about. Design/Ergonomics/Does it look da business My medium sized Maglite came in a red and the larger in a black, both look sleek and well built in their metals cases. The red gleams in the lights and the shine of the surface gives a nice feel. The grip strip on each is laser engraved in the metal and does stop it slipping, this was discovered after extensive testing by myself. The torches are made of a tough aluminium composite, and the front and back end use o-ring sealant technology (o-rings are used in NASA Shuttles) this renders the maglite waterproof and truly a piece for the outdoors. All the units are anodised inside and out which improves the corrosion resistance. Maglite is synonymous with being the in the elite of torches, durable, professional and well built, this was an all American superhero. It is the supplier to many American Special Forces and companies. Also to emergency services around the world and to global names such as Motorola. You can visit the maglite website, for more products, such as personal engraved and different body colours and styles. The American Dream To cut a long story short: In the 1970?s Anthony Maglica and Croatian emigrant to America saw a niche in the market. From his own personal experiences he had found that the torches in America at the time simply did perform, so weak and unreliable Anthony Maglica felt the torches w
ere he took it on his own to improve this. His company Mag Instruments was founded from a Los Angeles garage in 1955. Mr. Maglica provided the initial capital for his dream with a personal investment of $125. This was over 20 years before he made his first torch. In 1979, the new Mag-Lite torch was initially aimed at professionals such as police and fire fighters, whose lives and livelihood could often depended on the reliability of their tools. Soon, these servicemen began only using Mag-Lite. Consumers, too, found that for all purposes Maglite was beating the rest Worth A Buy I mentioned earlier I used to be put of by the price of these units, however even if you do not find it at the price I did, it is worth buying Even if your existing torch works break it, throw it away anything for such a good piece of kit. As mentioned the light is superb, the units are sturdy and well built with USA workmanship, I think they are guaranteed, maybe for life, but even if they are not this will rarely fail you. If you visit the maglite website you will find a section devoted to stories of how people have survived with maglites, form the floods in USA to a touching story of how a maglite stopped people in the WTO on 9/11 being buried alive. Will not let you down. Move over Fido, mans new best friend the MAGLITE. Ohh! Quite pleased with myself after that who could have thought I could have written so much on a torch, I think I deserve a glass of something. Thanks For Reading =) :o) ;-) NB. My review is split between both torches I purchased
Features: High intensity adjustable light beam; sealed O-rings for water and shock resistance; precision-machined, high strength aluminum alloy case; spare lamp in the tail cap; limited lifetime warranty. / powered by D batteries / available in black, blue, red, green.