Mag Solitaire, retail $5 to $7 (
Manufactured by Mag Instruments (
Last updated 04-20-04

IMPORTANT!!! The sample on this page is many years old, and is kind of beaten and worn. If you buy a Solitaire, it will look considerably better than this sample does.

The Mag Solitaire is a one-cell, adjustable focus, aluminum bodied incandescent flashlight. You can affix it to your keyring with the included attachment, and still be able to use your flashlight and keys at the same time.

It comes in an aluminum body, and it is water-resistant so you don't have to worry about using it in bad weather.

One thing that sets the Solitaire apart from most other flashlights is that its beam is adjustable.


The sample I have is many years old, and I don't know what kind of packaging it comes in. Remove the Solitaire from the package, install the battery (if necessary), and then it'll be ready to go.

Twist the bezel (head) counterclockwise (as if unscrewing it) to turn the light on. It will come on in its widest beam focus; continue turning the bezel counterclockwise to tighten up the beam.

Turn the bezel clockwise (as if tightening it) to turn the light back off. This may require several turns if you had the Solitaire set to its narrowest focus.

To change the cell in your Solitaire, unscrew and remove the tailcap, and throw it away...O WAIT, YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

Tip the used AAA cell out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit. Slide a new AAA cell into the barrel, button-end (+) positive first. Screw the tailcap back on, and that's it.

Current was measured at 209mA on a brand new alkaline AAA cell.

Sooner or later, the bulb will pop, and need to be changed.
The Solitaire comes equipped with a spare bulb behind the spring in the tailcap. Unscrew and remove the tailcap. Remove the spring by pulling it straight out, and remove the spare bulb in the tailcap. Replace the spring in the tailcap, and screw the tailcap back onto the barrel of the flashlight.
Unscrew and remove the flashlight's bezel, and set it aside. Pull the burnt out bulb straight out, and dispose of it as you see fit. Insert the new bulb into the receptacle by putting the two bulb pins into the two holes for them in the flashlight, and push the bulb straight in until it stops. Screw the bezel back on, and be done with it.

The above photograph shows the business-end of the Solitaire. You should be able to see the reflector and the bulb. Please note that this is a very old sample, and shows some dirt and missing anodizing that will not appear on a new Solitaire.

The Solitaire is reasonably durable, and should be able to withstand whatever flashlight accidents you have with it.

The sample I have is also water-resistant, and should stay dry inside even if you drop it into a shallow puddle. Using the flashlight in rain or snow should not be a problem at all.

The main issue I have with the Solitaire is that its beam is dim and yellowish, even with a new cell in it. It would work fine for locating a keyhole or for searching for a dropped article in close proximity to you, but if you need to spot something at any distance, choose another flashlight for that job.

Beam photo at ~12", widest focus.
Light isn't as bright as it appears in this photograph.

Beam photo at ~12", medium focus.
Light isn't as bright as it appears in this photograph.

Beam photo at ~12", narrowest focus.
Peak beam intensity in this mode is 17.8 candelas, as measured on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Test sample was obtained many years ago, and has "CAMEL" silkscreened on its side. So I'm guessing it was a promotional article of some kind, even though I don't use that brand of siggerets.
(I already know I misspelled "cigarettes", so please don't call the spelling police on me.) ;-)

There is no spare lamp in the tailcap of this sample, though I believe they are included in Mag Solitaires you can buy today.

The Solitaire comes in body colors of black, red, blue, purple, silver, and pewter.

This page was started on 04-20-04.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Mag Instruments
    PRODUCT TYPE: Keychain sized flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Incandescent bi-pin; type and wattage not known
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Adjustable; varies depending on how you have the focus set
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on and off
    BEZEL: Lamp and reflector protected by a plastic window
    BATTERY: 1x AAA cell
    SUBMERSIBLE: Unknown
    ACCESSORIES: Battery, spare lamp, key extension thing
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


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