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Question - Maglite/torch help

Discussion in 'Kit / Clothing / Equipment' started by slayaaaa, Aug 31, 2014.

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  1. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Hi, so I bought a Maglite for a really cheap price a while back and after getting batteries etc. the light seems to be very dim, bear in mind these are brand new batteries from Duracell. I've used it a few times and even as it was it did a really good job in the pitch black (especially in Severalls service tunnels!), but I've seen other Maglites that have a much stronger beam and are a lot more powerful.

    The torch also doesn't have any kind of lens or glass in front of the bulb, and the bulb is exposed, is this normal? Do I need a new bulb as well? Maybe something LED etc.?

    I've done a bit of research but to no avail, I'd appreciate any help/advice given.

    Thanks!
     

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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Maglites suck.

    There's definitely supposed to be glass in front of the bulb.

    I wouldn't spend any money on it, you can get a decent torch for a tenner.
     
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    There should be a plastic lens in front of the bulb. Upgrading to LED would be a good idea as well if it's currently got the old incandescent or krypton bulb in.

    I decided to upgrade my 2D maglite to LED after exploring an underground reservior where the old bulb was completely useless. I got a 220 lumen XP-G2 LED for it from ebay (cost £12.50) and it's a lot brighter now. I haven't used it for exploring since upgrading though so I can't comment compared to other torches such as the LED lensers, etc..
     
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    Yeah I reckon you're right, any suggestions on anything that'll last me a few years and has a wide beam? Cheers.
     
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    I don't mind spending a bit.
     
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    Lenser P7.2, quality torch and will last you.
     
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    P7 ftw. Knocks spots of maglites. Have a look on youtube on comparisons.
     
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    Will be looking at them both! Thanks for all the help.
     
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    P7 on eBay around £20 (if not a bit less) :thumb
     
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    All fakes. Very good fakes but not genuine nonetheless.
     
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    My Maglite served me well a few years back now, gives off a nice light in drains, I've never been a fan of Lens0r and recently purchased a 7.2 model, unfortunately it got sucked off down the Mid level interceptor last week, I doubt I will by buying another one.

    Personally the cheapish Chinese stuff is good enough, plenty of options out there, maybe have a look through some peoples images and ask them what torch they use that is more suited to the type of places you intend to poke about in is probably the best option :thumb
     
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    The one I gave a link for has 4 different modes I think, High Medium and low, also emergency SOS I prefer to buy the duracell batteries from eBay as they last the longest and shine the brightest, which is normally a good few hours on full beam, low beam I think lasts 8+ hours
     
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    Best price for a P7 + a free P3 was Maplins for ages @£30 last time i looked. The P7 alone was £40 WTF???

    The trouble with Chinese Cree"s is the very impressive high Lumen count does not equate to the actual output. There"s a limit to what can come out of a single LED unit, even if you get the new LED Chips.

    I always found the main issue was finding reliable 18650 batteries & charger unit that wouldn"t blow up and was reasonably priced. By the time you"ve got the cheap Torch and expensive bits you might as well have bought a decent Lenser or Fenix in the first place.

    I"m using this mostly at the minute and it wipes the P7 off the face of the Earth ( and so it should :)at 850 Lumens max or 8500 Chinese Cree Lumens :D

    http://ledlenser.co.uk/content/productView.aspx?prodId=73

    But each to their own..... more Lumens is always better, but only if it"s usable :)

    This was lit with it BTW. The Cinemas in total darkness.

    http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php/91594-Durham-Palladium-Cinema-August-2014

    And a YT demo, hope it"s ok i"ve not watched it :)

    Bear in mind it does attract Pigeons to your Head/Face when disturbing them at 11pm at night in old Cinemas....so i found out tonight. Bless em :eek:

    http://youtu.be/DVxLLW8FfAY

    Think this is next :)

    http://youtu.be/jqqM_VQRRyg
     
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