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My dad bought me one of these several years ago when I used to use candles as portable lighting , he thought this would be more practice I expect. I have since bought a more powerful one to replace the one he bought and still have candles . Anyway I think he paid about !15 for it, mine was a bit more at about £20 for a bigger one than this.
This Mini Maglite is an excellent product, it feels very solid and well made, and is waterproof ( although I have not tested it ). The torch itself is about 6 inches long and small enough to go in your coat pocket or car glove box etc. I keep mine indoors and use it probably twice a week. It has a very bright beam which is useful for making things easier to read in low light ( in cupboards / drawers). I used it to put the timer back on the boiler as the light is low in that cupboard and I cannot see the writing on the timer properly, this torch is perfect for things like that.
The beam is best used for short distances I think, but it can go across the room. The led light is 3 watts which does not sound much but it is bright enough to see your way in the dark and find where to plug wires in on your amplifier. The beam is also adjustable which is useful if you want to see something close up.
The batteries ( 2 AA ) last ages in mine, maybe it is because the torch is an led one and they use a lot less power than conventional bulbs. This is a good emergency torch , as it is reliable and efficient. It is also lightweight at just over 2 oz (without the batteries).
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Long gone are those days when a torch was simply a light-bulb on a stick that flickered and turned off and on at irritating intervals even on a full battery. Not an uncommon occurrence to hear a string of vulgarity breaking the silence of the night, echoed from a coal bunker - of course the next thing you would hear was a sound of shattered glass whereby a torch light-bulb had collided with make-shift bunker brick-work due to lack of light - of course the next thing you would hear was a volley of vulgarity breaking the silence of the night. The routine usually ends up with a muffled yelp as the poor sod haplessly in blindness attempts picking up the chards of glass. And the same happens again the next night.
One positive factor in this charade was it guaranteed torch manufacturer's trade. Their turn-over was based on frailties of the torch; until some 'bright spark' designed the torch concept for novelty purposes that was infinitely more robust, smaller in size and was safe for children to play with; without the fear of shredding little tips off fingers due to bulb breakages.
In the dark ages
The occasion when I had my first torch as a young lad, transports me back when light wasn't exactly a problem. It was Christmas; the whole family was gathered around the dinner table, relaxing after a second helping of Sherry trifle. I was searching for darkened areas in the room, because I was eager to test out the brightness of my first torch. I quickly made the 'correct' assumption that the darkest area was indeed under the table. I slowly slithered under the table like a life size, deflating, blow-up doll. I eagerly switched on the torch light, and there before me viewed an array of petticoats and loud bloomers. After ten seconds of stifled sniggers several shrieks of disgust as if from cartoon Mother Hens' prompted a firm hand to descend onto my arm and in one swoop lifted me up onto my seat. I blushed in embarrassment. My torch was taken off me till I got some manners.
The dawning of light
Last Christmas, whilst at the dinner table, I received a torch. It was a Maglite; just in case of emergencies plus vital to seeing who is attacking you on a dark night. For a ten pound note, it will identify attackers - show you where the pavement ends at night, in unlit areas - point out the trip-switch, in power-cuts - as well as identifying wildlife activity in Cul-de-sac. The torch is four inches in length and allows the option of a key-ring at the base, so you can clip on the torch onto you're belt. A slight twist at the head of the Maglite brings instant piercing light, after adding the double AA battery. Apparently helps with the light concept. Battery was included on the outside of my package so Maglite has great intentions in starting you off; albeit, didn't go the whole hog and make it ever-ready at first sight.
Designed to fit snug in a small bag or large wallet, my Maglite is noir, slim, and resembles a luxurious cigarette which has small script scrolled around the light head. If we were living in the early 1980s it'll be described as a revolutionary piece of nano technology, that capsulate miniature to its rawest form. Evidently we don't, so it is just a small, normal, screw-headed torch. The beam can be concentrated to any preference - widen - or none widen. Do not stare into the torch beam directly; be slightly bashful and coy with the eyes if needs must. Otherwise spherical light ghosts will add mild visual distractions; magnified enormously if you are already in darkness.
Fortunately I've got a key-ring option that is attached to a belt at all times for the possibilities of instant light when in the most dire darkened situations; such as in a power-cut, at night time. Whereby the irritatingly, nonchalant, search for tea lights and decrepit candles with a mere sniffle of a stub for the wick; is then over shadowed by the potential concern of having no matches.
Impossible to find during a power-cut
The chances are, if a power-cut deems to take place, this torch will be tucked up in a dark compartment of you're facility draw away from anxious hands feeling for anything remotely tubular and thin. The pilot pen has been mistakenly used as a torch; they are separated at birth surely. Twisting the cap of a Pilot pen also feels remarkably similar to the Maglite torch head. Hence, this is why the key-ring tag has such worth. Maglite obviously expects their customers to wear their pen torch at all times; perhaps even on a dressing gown robe, or strung up onto their bedside table, just in case of a night time power-cut. I can't believe there are Maglite customers who'll stay up all night eyes glued to the digital clock radio's florescent digits, holding their breathe, waiting for a power-cut, grasping their pen thin torch, on the off chance a night time power-cut commences.
At least in the olden days torches were big enough and uglier enough to be found - with gigantic button switches the size of a saucer - If they came with a key-ring they'll knock-out any forth coming attacks with the added bonus of chards of glass working as a cluster bomb. Sadly, the Maglite would be as useful as clobbering someone with a German sausage. ©1st2thebar 2011
I keep a mini maglite torch in my car and I find it is really handy to have.
It is a small size so fits very easily in my dash board (along with all my other bits and pieces) but it is a very powerful torch for it's size. It can easily light up for 10 meters or more. Although it is small it also feels nice and solid and quite robust. It feel that it could survive being dropped or knocked quite easily.
Mine stays in the car so has been in high and low temperatures without suffering any problams and always works first time. Even though i onlu use it occassional there have been no problems witgh the batteries getting sticky or it becoming unreliable.
It is easy to use as you just turn the end to switch ity on and off so no switches to find in the dark.
I also think it is a nice looking torch and they do come in a range of colours.
As the dark nights settle in we always seem to get a little bit paranoid in our house, both of us like to know that there is a torch to hand and it must be a half decent torch too, not one that shines like candle light.
We have a large torch but it is unwieldy and it takes one of those large power pack batteries that can work out very expensive, so this torch is in general kept as a light for the loft.
We have recently bought a Mini Maglite and I am not too sure that we have made the right move, only time will tell.
Don't get me wrong the Mini Maglite is a neat little torch that has a high powered beam but it does seem very lightweight so we will have to be extra careful not to lose it en route.
If we religiously put the torch back in it's rightful home then it should stay put.
The Mini Maglite torch is very long and slim and if you look at it as a whole you would tend to think that the slender torch would certainly lack good light projection but the beam is long and strong. The torch has another good point and that is that you can control the beam, once the torch has been switched on then you are able to heighten or reduce the power of the beam by rotating the top of the torch.
We paid just under £12 for the Maglite mini torch and it came complete with a spare bulb and a set of batteries. ( the spare bulb is stored away in the base of the torch) The torch takes just two AA batteries and I always buy good quality batteries, in the long term it pays dividends.
I don't use rechargeable batteries but I suppose that this is something that I should be considering.
The head of the torch is small and I feel that is partly why you are able to get a beam that is so focussed and penetrative. A strong beam can be very helpful if you have to peer at anything very small or you have something fiddly to repair.
Our Maglite mini came in useful when we were putting some new batteries into a watch, the high powered spot type beam made the job far easier.
The choice lays with you, if you only need a small amount of light then you need not twist the rotating head, if you want far more light then twist the head of the torch and let the light flow.
The Maglite mini torch is waterproof, the shiny black casing has been well sealed and this is a real plus point, we have had occasions when a torch has been rendered useless after being tipped or dropped into water. If you look along the long slim handle of the torch you will note that there are ridges in the plastic and this makes the torch easy to grasp.
On the packaging it states that the torch uses power in an efficient way, I am still on my first set of batteries and I am hoping that they will therefore be long lasting.
I think that you can get the Maglite Mini's in different coloured cases but I have only seen them in black. From my point of view the lightweight torch does give out a good strong beam that you can direct to exactly where you want it to go.
I could see that the Maglite mini would be popular with many as it will fit into a top pocket with ease but I am hoping that the tiny torch doesn't play hide and seek when we are desperate to use it.
I have always been a fan of torches ever since I was young. When I joined the merchant navy I was delighted to find one of the most important tools we used was torches. In all my time as an engineer I would safely say that I used a torch every single day. As such I came to know what a good torch was and as I didn't want to always have to carry a large torch I opted for the mini mag-lite
A bit about mag-lite
Mag-lite is a brand of flashlight providers. They are based in California and where first introduced in 1969. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are usually very hard wearing. The beams are very strong and they have the benefit of having a variable focus.
Generally speaking you can pick up a mini mag lite nowadays for around ten pounds. This gives you a torch, a spare bulb and batteries. They make excellent Christmas presents are handy to have in your glove compartment should you have a break down.
It wasn't long before mag lites became my torch of choice. Working as an engineer on a ship the mag lite was excellent it was light and robust enough to withstand the harsh sea going environment. Whilst not advisable I often dropped my torch (sometimes in water and even oil) only to find that it still worked when retrieved. The beam on these small torches is truly impressive and the battery life is unbelievable. With occasionally daily uses the battery life would last me on average four months which I was highly impressed with.
The size of the torch meant that it fitted nicely into a pen pocket and it was so small and light meant it could be supported in the mouth when I needed both hands free to do a task.
The torches themselves come in a variety of colours. Quite often they can be bought on offers. The last one I bought I got a larger mag lite and a mini mag lite for £25 quid off eBay.
Overall I couldn't recommend these torches enough. The only downside with the mini mag lite is that they are so small they can be easily lost or dropped. I speak from experience there as I must have about 4 mag lites which are currently sailing around the world lost in ships bilges.