INRETECH 2AA LED
FLASHLIGHT ADAPTER



InReTECH 2xAA LED Flashlight Adapter, retail $35
Manufactured by InReTECH
Last updated 03-06-06





This is a white Luxeon LED drop-in adapter for your Mini-Mag flashlight. It is known as the "Enhanced White". This is not the standard AA product; but the Enhanced model - it's whiter and brighter than the standard. It costs $10 more than the standard AA adapter.

It comes in three pieces: the Luxeon adapter itself, an acrylic optic, and an "O" ring. All three components come in a plastic bag, sealed inside a peg-type retail display package with a cardboard backing (with the instructions printed on the reverse side) and a plastic "bubble" over that.


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According to the instructional material printed on the back of the package, you can install this retrofit in eight easy steps:

  1. Unscrew and remove the Mini-Mag's head, and set it aside. Remove the incandescent bulb while it's burning - do not remove the batteries.

  2. Remove the bulb by pulling it straight out with your fingers.

  3. Grasp the flashlight head firmly, and unscrew the metal ring at the lens-end.

  4. Remove the reflector and the lens, and replace them with the clear optic from the kit, then place the included "O" ring behind the optic.

  5. Screw the metal ring back on the flashlight head.

  6. Install the InReTECH adapter by inserting its two round pegs into the holes once occupied by the bulb. Push the adapter straight down; don't twist or try to force it in at an angle. Use gentle but firm pressure to insert the adapter.

  7. If the InReTECH adapter did not light up, remove it, turn it 180 (to reverse the position of the two pegs), and reinsert it. It will light up when you have it in correctly.

  8. Screw the flashlight head back on with the lens facing straight down to help align the optic, and tighten until the flashlight goes out and the head stops turning. The head only needs to be finger-tight.

Functionally, the finished flashlight is pretty much like a regular Mini-Mag, except that there is no beam width adjustment. Batteries are loaded from the rear.


Here's a picture of the finished flashlight.



This light uses the same 2 AA cells as the original Mini-Mag, and they're loaded and unloaded the same way. Unscrew the tailcap, dispose of the old AA cells (or recycle them, if your community has a battery reclamation program), slide two new AA cells in with the button-end (+) positive going in first, and screw the tailcap back on. This battery change is easy when compared to some other flashlights, and you should be able to accomplish it in total darkness.

Current usage was measured at 182mA on a set of alkaline cells, and 259mA on a set of lithium cells.
I used the DMM's 2A scale to help minimise shunt resistance error and to provide a +-1mA resolution.




Photograph of the unit's business-end, showing the acrylic optic.

As a flashlight, the unit is reasonably sturdy (as all Mag-Lites are), and is of a proven physical design. Mag Instruments (of which InReTECH has *no* affiliation!) has been making flashlights for years, and they have a long track record for durability.
Smacking the unit ten times against a steel rod (five near the tailcap, and five on the side of the bezel) caused no visible damage other than possibly some slight marring of the ribbing on the bezel, and the adapter itself was not damaged in any fashion.

The assembled flashlight is weather- and water-resistant, but it is NOT waterproof. When the tailcap was removed, the unit was relieved of its batteries, and that dreadful suction test was performed, some leakage was detected. It doesn't just leak like a sieve, but it leaks nonetheless. So while you'll probably be alright using this product in the rain or snow, please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of wolf pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilets, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. Falls into shallow water probably won't be too harmful if you fish the flashlight out right away, but falls into deeper water could cause the flashlight to slowly flood.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 320,000mcd on alkaline cells.
Measures 602,000mcd on lithium cells.

Measuremements were made on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

As a comparision, the original InReTECH 2xAA white LED
adapter measured 198,003mcd on brand new alkalines.



TEST NOTES:
Test unit was received on 07-22-04, and was installed in a pink Mini-Mag that I had purchased early this year.


UPDATE: 08-22-04
I have decided to give this product a 4 1/2 star rating, and a listing in this website's Trophy Case.


UPDATE: 03-06-06
InReTECH is now closing its doors because the owner can no longer keep it operational. This and all other InReTECH web pages will be kept available for the benefit of current InReTECH product owners.


PROS:
Uses a known-durable host body
Very bright for a 2AA flashlight
Kit is easy to install
No incandescent blub to blow out & leave you in the dark
Battery life should be significantly longer than with incandescent bulb
Batteries are inexpensive and readily available


CONS:
Unit is water-resistant, but it is not submersible
Unit does not have any regulation that I'm aware of...there goes half the star


    MANUFACTURER: InReTECH
    PRODUCT TYPE: LED Flashlight Adapter
    LAMP TYPE: 1.2 watt Luxeon LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Adjustable
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    BEZEL: Metal; LED protected by its acrylic optic
    BATTERY: 2x AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 182mA alkalines, 259mA lithiums
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at minimum
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: Acrylic optic, "O" ring
    WARRANTY: 1 year

    PRODUCT RATING:

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