I have written before about how I love flashlights. They fascinate me. As a result, we have more than we really need. Everytime a new one comes out, I have to have it. Because of this, we have several older Maglites. Now these were good flashlights in their day. However, with the advent of LED bulbs and the smaller flashlights that are now available most of us have stuck our Maglites in the corner.
The larger Maglites had one advantage over the smaller flashlights they made a decent club. Back in the day when I was in law enforcement, we liked them for this purpose. The disadvantage of the Maglites over the new LED lights is that they are not as bright.
The other day I ran across Led Conversion kits for the Maglites. They are made by TerraLux and are available for the Mini Mag and the full size Maglite. They increase the brightness of the light to 140 Lumens. This is a great improvement over the old halogen bulbs. The kits are easy to use, and require no tools.
I converted two of mine, a Mini Mag and a full size one and was pleased with the result. While they are still not up to the standards of some of the newer flashlights, they are still pretty good. It seems like almost every Saturday when I go garage sale shopping I see Maglites for sale cheap, a dollar or less. Add a LED conversion kit for under $20 and you have a decent flashlight for a reasonable price.
New Maglites are available with LED bulbs, watch Costco and you can sometimes find them quite inexpensively, sometimes cheaper than doing the conversions.