WahWang LED for Mini-Mag, retail $ ()
Manufactured by (Custom/homemade)
Last updated 02-10-08

The WahWang kit is a very simple and easy-to-install retrofit kit to turn your reliable but tired old Mini-Mag flashlight into an LED flashlight.

You'll benefit by having to never change a blub again, and a set of batteries will last many times longer.


There are no instructional materials furnished with the WahWang kit, but it's a pretty self-explanatory retrofit. You can install this retrofit in nine 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 mineral glass window & reflector from the kit.

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

  6. Cut the leads of the LED to the same length as the wire leads of the bulb you just removed from the flashlight.

  7. Install the WahWang LED 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.

  8. If the WahWang LED did not light up, remove it, turn it 180 (to reverse the position of its two leads), and reinsert it. It will light up when you have it in correctly.

  9. Screw the flashlight head back on , and tighten until the flashlight goes out and the head stops turning. The head only needs to be finger-tight.

Turn the flashlight on by turning the bezel (head) counterclockwise, and turn the flashlight off by turning the bezel clockwise.

The beam adjustment works the same way it did with the original Mini-Mag; beam width can be adjusted by tightening or loosening the bezel.

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 28.7mA on a set of Duracell alkaline cells on my DMM's 400mA scale to help minimise shunt resistance error.

As a flashlight, the unit is reasonably sturdy (as all Mag-Lites are), and is of a proven physical design. Mag Instruments (of which the person who makes the WahWang kits has *no* affiliation!) has been making flashlights for years, and they have a long track record for durability.

Smacking the unit ten times against the concrete floor of a patio (five on the side of the tailcap, and five on the side of the bezel) caused no visible damage other than some slight gouging to the bare Metalangewomon - er - the bare Metalgrowlmon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalterriermon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! Now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!! ) on the sides of the tailcap and bezel where it was struck. The only thing I had to do was push the LED a bit back into its socket. No optical malfunctions was detected, and the WahWang LED itself was not damaged in any fashion.

The assembled flashlight is weather- and water-resistant, and even submersible to shallow depths too. When the tailcap was removed, the unit was relieved of its batteries, and that dreadful suction test was performed, NO leakage was detected. So you'll be alright using this product in the rain or snow, and even dropping it into a shallow puddle should not kill it either.

The light is a very slightly bluish tinted white, but it's not that "pissed off blue" that can be seen in some products that overdrive their white LEDs.

Beam photograph (narrow) on the test target at 12".
Measures 136,600mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph (wide) on the test target at 12".
Measures 8,800mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this flashlight.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (narrow beam).

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis (wide beam).
Images made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was sent by a kind CPF member on 04-14-06 and was received on 04-17-06.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Custom/homemade
    PRODUCT TYPE: LED retrofit for Mini-Mag
    LAMP TYPE: Custom-ground 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Variable
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; mineral glass window protects LED & reflector
    BATTERY: 2xAA cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to shallow depths at minimum
    ACCESSORIES: LED, reflector, mineral glass window
    WARRANTY: Not stated/TBA

    Product is homemade and will not be rated like a commercial flashlight

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