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Best LED Maglite Conversion 590

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Best LED Maglite Conversion
« on: October 17, 2020, 05:53:03 PM »
Hello Torchy people

I have a Maglite 2D cell version I have had in my EDC carry case for over 20 years. It is mint condition, the batteries which were dated 2015 are still working after what must be around 8 to 10 years. Now in my book that is a testament to quality.
I have today thoroughly cleaned it and put Vaseline on the threads, it was very squeeky. Now I have completely retired I am going to keep it on hand in the study for the odd power cut.
Rather than replace it with the latest LED version, does anyone know of a manufacturers recommended LED conversion for this old torch please?

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Re: Best LED Maglite Conversion
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2020, 03:24:25 PM »
Sorry to say this but, for the little research I made this might be your way:

In years past, you could've had a Terralux/Lightstar drop-in or a Malkoff Devices conversion, but Terralux became Sielo and dropped the hand held lighting business and I'm unable to find a cost effective alternative from Malkoff. LED technology has become much more accesible these days, and it is cheaper to manufacture from the "ground up" than to modify or convert.

If you want to keep it for sentimental reasons or an around-the-house torch, (and do not mind loosing some of the beam's adjustability), the Ludo Pam drop in works well enough (I've had the 4-6 cell in my 4D for three years now and it makes quite a difference from the original bulb. It is more of a spot pattern than flood, giving a good throw, but I'd guess it's from the reflector being designed for an incan. bulb). Good luck on your search, and keep us posted.
No Life Club Posts: 1,938
Re: Best LED Maglite Conversion
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2020, 05:07:45 AM »
Congratulations on your retirement!

The heyday of the LED conversion is long past.  This heyday was a relatively brief period of time after the introduction of bright, practical, and cost-effective white LEDs (and associated drive circuitry) but before many of the older, larger flashlight companies adopted LEDs.  I bought several LED conversions for Maglites during that period.  One is still going strong today, one seems to have been misplaced, and one fell victim to battery leakage (the great bane of alkaline batteries and all devices that use them).  If I recall correctly, they were the Nite Ize 1W LED drop in replacements, which are still sold today, and are suitable for use in most C or D cell flashlights using anywhere from two to six cells.  While not particularly bright by modern standards, I found/find them to be perfectly adequate for indoor use.

If you're looking for the best light to have on hand in the event of a power outage, a modern AA LED light with a range of brightness levels and a large pack of lithium batteries takes up very little space and puts you in a good position for the next 20+ years.

If, as Juan says, you wish to keep your old Maglite for sentimental reasons, you will still be pleasantly surprised by the performance of the drop in LED conversion vs. the old incandescent bulbs, especially when it comes to battery life.
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,745
Re: Best LED Maglite Conversion
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2020, 11:38:05 AM »
I was in the exact same situation last year  :)
I've converted my '95 3D Mag with one of these.

Below is a link to a 2D version you might want to have a look at. I had some problems with getting contact to make it work. It was pushing the switch back into the battery compartment. I made a little center-whole/groove for the switch screw to get a better hold in. After that it worked fine for me.

It looks pretty standard and you wouldn't guess it has, I would estimate, around 800lm out of the front  :D It's quite a thrower now.

Again, it needs a bit of work to make it fit and work correctly. It might not be for everyone.


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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,745
Re: Best LED Maglite Conversion
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2020, 03:14:38 PM »
I've found the pics I've taken to this last year...  :hatsoff:

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