MadMax Sandwich for Mini-Mags, retail (
Manufactured by Wayne Yamaguchi (
Last updated 04-04-04

The MadMax is a drop-in retrofit for your Mini-Mag flashlight.

The picture above was taken of the MadMax already installed in a Mini-Mag; since this is a loaner I really shouldn't take it out of the flashlight to take a picture of the whole thing.

The MadMax uses a 1.2 watt Luxeon LED and a step-up circuit, powered from 2 AA cells.


Since I can't disassemble the test sample because it's a loaner, I'll turn you to this web page instead (opens up in a new window). It tells you how (with pictures) to install the MadMax in your Mini Mag flashlight.

When installed in a Mini-Mag, turn the bezel (head) counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to turn it on, and turn it clockwise (as if tightening it) to turn it back off.

The MadMax-equipped flashlight uses two AA cells.

To change the batteries, unscrew and remove the tailcap. CAREFULLY tip out the two dead cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Slide two new AA cells in the barrel, button (+) positive end first. Screw the tailcap back on, and your flashlight ought to be good to go.

When I removed and replaced the batteries in this sample, it stopped working. :-(
I'm guessing that the MadMax module started to fall down the flashlight barrel and now something that's supposed to make contact doesn't make contact anymore...BRB...Ok, now it's working again. :-) I relieved the flashlight of batteries, tipped the empty barrel in my hand so the MadMax module got stuck in the tail section, then tipped the barrel back right-side up (so the battery opening was aimed up) and allowed the module to fall back in place. When I reinserted the batteries and screwed the tailcap back on, the flashlight came on and stayed that way. :-) Screwing the head back on allowed me to turn the light off, as well it should.

Current consumption is 804mA with alkalines, and 829mA with lithiums.

Since this is a loaner sample, I can't run over it, try to drown it in the toilet, slam it against a steel rod, or subject it to other punishments that other flashlights may have to endure.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 292,000mcd with lithium cells.
Measures 244,000mcd with alkaline cells.
Both measurements were taken on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
That "rotten dog urine green" color does exist, but was exaggerated by this picture.

Flashlight with MadMax module already installed plus two Energizer lithium cells were loaned to me by a fan of this website, and were received on 03-11-04.

UPDATE: 04-01-04
I did not have the MadMax long enough to add to the "Pros" and "Cons" sections below, but I did give it a rating. Because it kept falling out during battery changes, I had to knock 1/2 of a star off its rating. It is otherwise very, very good.

The product is now being returned to its owner, so I cannot perform comparative analyses between it and other flashlights.

UPDATE: 04-04-04
I received the following news from Wayne himself:

I solved the module falling out a few months back and I am now shipping all modules with an oring. Tucking the oring in after the module now prevents it from falling out. The head screw on/off feature is retained and if you ever need to remove the module a standard straw can be used to push the module and oring out.

This is what kept the MadMax from being a 5 star I'll now change its rating appropriately.

There is also a chance that I could receive a second sample, so that evil red "x" you see by its listings would go away. :-)



    MANUFACTURER: Yamaguchi Consulting
    PRODUCT TYPE: Retrofit for Mini-Mag
    LAMP TYPE: 1.2 watt Luxeon LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Soft spot with bluish hotspot
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    BEZEL: Aluminum with plastic window to protect LS optic
    BATTERY: 2x AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 804mA with alkalines, 829mA with lithiums
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash resistant at very minimum
    ACCESSORIES: None that I know of
    WARRANTY: Unknown/TBA


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