Mini-Mag LED (3xAA), retail $27.97 (
Manufactured by Mag Instruments (
Last updated 07-17-07

Mag Instruments has always been known for making decent quality adjustable-beam incandescent flashlights; they have gotten into the LED racket as of late with a selection of products - this is just one of them.

It looks like a Mini Mag.
It smells like a Mini Mag.
But it produces this brilliant bluish-white light, instead of that sickly yellow glow we've all come to know & love {cough, sputter, sound of a wall-mounted porcelain urinator flushing} from Mini Mags.

This flashlight features a Luxeon III LED at the bottom of a mirror-smooth reflector, has an adjustable beam width, and comes in an aluminum body with a trio of AA cells in the barrel to feed the LED with.


Mag Lites are sometimes sold with batteries.
This sample came with the batteries, and they were already installed.

Once you install batteries, the light itself is easy to use. Just turn the bezel (head) counterclockwise to turn it on, and turn it clockwise to turn it off.

The beam can be adjusted from a tight spot to a wide flood by turning the head one way or the other.

To change the used AA cells, unscrew the tailcap until it comes off. Tip out the old cells (if any), and then slip in three new AA cells, positive (+) end first. Don't hold the light vertically and drop them in because that can damage the switch. Rather, hold the light horizontally and slide them in. This way, they won't smack into the switch contact with any real force.

With all three of the cells in place, screw the tailcap on. The spring will have substantial tension on it, so don't be afraid to push on the end while turning until you catch the threads. Then tighten it until it stops.

Measures 144mA on my DMM's 4A scale.

For years, Mag Lites have been known to be among the most durable of all commonly available flashlights. They're made of aluminum, and are sealed with O-rings throughout. You can use them as a hammer in an emergency. Then again, a good number of flashlights now being produced can be used as flashlights cum hammers.

Because this is a loaner, I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toylet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannonada (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a scanner-type device on a platform or a handheld wand), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that flashlights may have inflicted upon them. Therefore, this section of the laser's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

It appears to have a Type II anodizing on all of its exterior surfaces.

Though Mag Lites aren't rated as being submersible, they are water resistant and should survive accidental falls into shallow water just fine if you pick them out of the water right away. This unit passed "The Suction Test" I performed on it, so it should indeed be water-resistant; possibly even submersible to shallow depths too.

The bezel (head) can be removed completely and the flashlight stood on its tailcap for use as an electronic "candle". Please note that the unit will no longer be waterproof or even water-resistant when used in this fashion, so please do not place it directly under the drip in a leaky tent if you decide to use it this way.

Beam photograph (narrow focus) on the test target at 12".
Measures 1,106,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph (narrow focus) on the test target at ~20".
Distance is increased to allow the spill beam to be seen.

Beam photograph (wide focus) on the test target at ~20".
Measures 44,700mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
Distance is increased to allow the spill beam to be seen.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.
Those rectangular graphic things in the upper left quadrant of this photograph are marquees from:
Nintendo ''R-Type''
Super ''Super Cobra''
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''
Gottlieb ''Q*bert''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

And that graphic toward the right is:
A "BIG SCARY LASER" poster sent by

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LED in this flashlight.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Same as above, but with wide focus to show that dreadul "doughnut hole".
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit of this and one other product was loaned to me by a website
fan on 07-03-07, and were received on the afternoon of 07-17-07.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Mag Instruments
    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon III LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Adjustable from spot to flood
    SWITCH TYPE: Twist bezel on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Aluminum; LED & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xAA cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Unknown; possibly to shallow depths
    ACCESSORIES: 3xAA cells, belt holster
    WARRANTY: Lifetime


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Mini-Mag LED (3xAA) *

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