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Maglite Mini Torch
Member Name: sympatic
Maglite Mini Torch
Advantages: Nice and lite
Disadvantages: None really
Maglite produces a couple of mini torches and the one I have takes a pair of AA batteries to provide the power while there is one that runs off AAA batteries as well. Mine is a black one, unlike the picture above and it is a great source of light as the output is greater than you would expect based upon size alone. The torch cost me £11.99 from an outdoor camping retailer.
This is a great compact torch, it is a fraction over 16cm in length, so a bit longer than a small ruler, and therefore will slot nicely into a bag for when it is needed. I fuind it useful now to carry a torch as many of the street lights locally are switched off by the council, i assume to save money, and this means that with uneven foot paths and roads with pot holes in them walking about at night is not great and sometimes ana bit of extra light is needed.
This is a well made torch that is adonised to make it very robust, like all maglites which tend to operate the same way this one is switched on and off by twisting the top of it, this means it will never go on accidently while stored in a bag, you have some influence over the range of the beam depending upon how far you twist it open and it casts a nice wide arc or a quite precise beam, useful if you drop your keys while out.
The batteries are easy to load when they need replacing, the instructions say that you get 6 hours of burn time from two AA batteries, given that this torch is only used in short bursts then the batteries seem to last for ages. This torch is nice and light, 108 grams in total and given the strength of the beam it is well worth getting hold of as maglite are so well made and relaible.
Summary: Good small torch ideal for bags