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“The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Modified Maglite Mini Mag Flashlight

As a kid, I grew up using Maglites and more specifically, the Mini Mag. They were simply awesome when I was at that age and now they're really starting to show their age with the incandescent bulb. So, in order for this flashlight to continue to earn its spot and ready for use, an upgrade was in order. It didn't need to compete against my other lights, like Surefire. But it does need to be useful for general purposes and as loaners. Besides, I just can't throw away a perfectly good tool. Here are some photos of what I've done to it...

Modified Maglite Mini Mag Flashlight

Modified Maglite Mini Mag Flashlight

My Mini Mag will primarily be used as a fishing light other than for general purposes and loaner. It will also be stored in the tackle box for the most part and modifications to it weren't going to be drastic. For the most part, the incandescent bulb hasn't given me any grief. But it severely lacks in brightness. And that's where the Nite Ize 3-LED bulb replacement comes in and thus making it very useful for close-ups and short distances. It also works in candle mode, but it can't focus is you want a tighter beam. Another upgrade is the use of paracord that's wrapped around the light. It adds more grip, more girth and more importantly for fishing, a rope is there when needed. I also added a simple paracord lanyard to keep around my neck when trying to catch the big one. More photos here...

Modified Maglite Mini Mag Flashlight

Modified Maglite Mini Mag Flashlight

Modified Maglite Mini Mag Flashlight

Not much upgrade was needed to make it more useful. It isn't the brightest bulb you can get, but it's definitely an improvement over the stock bulb. That upgrade is best if you have an extra Maglite Mini Mag lying around that you want to bring back to life. Otherwise, just buy another light because there are tons of other lights that are brighter. The next set of photos shows its size compared to my other lights. The top one is a Surefire G2 and the bottom is a Surefire E2E. But I'm sure that you know what the Maglite Mini Mag looks like. It's probably one of the most popular lights in the world and the fact that they've been around for quite some time. More photos here...

Modified Maglite Mini Mag Flashlight

Modified Maglite Mini Mag Flashlight

Here are some links to the products mentioned in this post and other stuff I would recommend that you may be interested in... Nite Ize 3-LED Bulb Upgrade/Replacement, MAGLITE AA Mini Flashlight, TerraLUX MiniStar2 Extreme LED Upgrade, SureFire G2 Nitrolon Tactical Flashlight, OD Green, and SureFire E2E Executive Elite

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