Manufactured in America: MAGLITE Still Lighting the Way
When I hear the brand MAGLITE I immediately associate it with iconic images of old-school law enforcement carrying three or four D cell MagLites. Game changing technology at the time, these lights lit up the scene and left quite an impression on many crooks.
MAGLITE has been making of flashlights in Ontario California since 1979. They have been carried by thousands of law enforcement officers, emergency responders and the like. MAGLITE doesn’t just manufacture their lights in the USA, they also make most of the machines that make the flashlights. Made in the USA matters!
These old school lights were big, heavy, not that bright with a krypton or xenon incandescent bulb but one of the best you could have back in 1979.
You don’t have to be a police officer, emergency responder, photophilic or lumen lover to appreciate a MAGLITE flashlight. The flashlights I’m going to tell you about today aren’t that great for throwing as a tool of opportunity impact weapon, but they do an amazing job of illuminating the darkness in a way the older models never even dreamed of.
The MAG-TAC LED is a professional grade flashlight. I tested two variants of this flashlight, the standard lithium battery version and the rechargeable system version.
Typically, I’ve been drawn to the standard battery version of flashlights as I don’t know if I’ll have a charging system around when I need it and I’ve never really trusted the run-time of rechargeable flashlights.
I found myself loving this rechargeable system MAG-TAC LED and have been impressed with the run-time and even storage time of this flashlight.
You can vary the function of the light based upon the user’s input to the switch. 1 click and hold gives you the brightest light and it turns off when you release (my favorite). 2 clicks of the switch and you are in the brightest light mode and it stays on when you release (latched). 3 clicks gives you economy mode for a long run time on the light. 4 clicks on the switch and you have strobe mode. 5 clicks and the light is off and in charge mode.
Both lights tested came with a pocket clip and a pocket clip tool for installation (just the proper sized driver for installation with a handy knob for tightening.) My first impression of the clip was that I would not need it and I prefer a holster for the light. I installed the clip anyway and found myself liking it for both duty use (clipping quickly to the MOLLE of my external carrier) and for concealed carry to stow in my pocket without it dropping into the pocket and turning sideways.
Speaking of carrying this light for concealed carry or for whatever reason you need a light, I love that this light does not have a flared bezel. The straight design of the body and bezel makes it comfortable to carry in a pocket and gives you light when and where you need it.
Are there brighter flashlights for this size out on the market? I’m sure you can find them but based on the environment of where you are using your light, brighter isn’t always better.
Overall, I love both of these lights and I think I like this rechargeable version best. If I need more light than this provides, I’ll grab a larger flashlight. When it comes to flashlights, one is none and two is one.
SPECIFICATIONS OF THE MAG-TAC CR123 LED Flashlight with crowned bezel:
Water Resistant – Yes – IPX4
Drop Resistance – 1 Meter
Light Source- LED
Length-5.275 in. 133.98 mm
Barrel Diameter-1.050 in. 26.67 mm
Run Time High – 4h
Head Diameter – 1.050 in. 26.67 mm
Power Management- Yes – Dynamic
Weight with Batteries-4.8 oz. 136 g
Peak Beam Intensity-9267
Water Resistant (Type)-IPX4
Special Features-Momentary, Full Power, & Strobe, Rugged, machined aluminum construction with knurled design
Certifications-National Tactical Officers Association
Thanks for pointing out some great light options.
I’m impressed, I did not realize that these lights were out there.