I bought my father a Maglite 2D LED flashlight maybe 5-8 years ago or so. He has recently been using it everyday, for walking the dog at night, and the switch has failed.
More specifically, you can turn the flashlight on, but the switch gets stuck and you have to push in and wiggle it to turn the flashlight off.
I checked it out for a few minutes and immediately wanted to throw it into the trash. This is not a good user experience for someone with older hands, and it might not be long before the switch breaks further and the flashlight become completely inoperable.
I reached out to Maglite about possible repairs or replacement, but they have not gotten back to me yet.
I could not find any replacement switch options for this flashlight’s serial number (starting with DL).
Frankly, I’m not optimistic. I have had a couple of Maglites fail on me, most recently a Solitaire AAA light, and it’s often not worth the shipping fees to send them back for inspection and replacement.
According to online shipping fee calculators, it will cost approximately $20 for me to ship this back to Maglite via the cheapest ground shipping options.
Maglite has not yet responded to my warranty inquiry, and so it might be a moot point.
In any case, I’m thinking that instead of spending $20 to send this to Maglite for warranty replacement consideration or repairs, it might be better to put the same money into an upgraded flashlight.
I gave my father a new Pelican 3310 flashlight in the meantime ($33 at Amazon). I had purchased it recently for myself, and figured it’d be good in case the Maglite failed further and left my father without a good flashlight.
My father’s backup – an older DieHard flashlight I passed along for long-time review – has also failed. I couldn’t open the tailcap even with large pliers, and assume the batteries leaked and buggered things up.
So, maybe the Pelican can be my father’s backup – I’ll swap in non-rechargeable lithium cells at some point – but I’d like to get him a new primary-use flashlight for his daily walks.
Here’s the criteria:
- No rechargeable batteries (my father is set in his ways)
- Simple operation
- Easy-action switches
- Long runtime
- High reliability
- Optional: high-visibility color scheme
The Maglite, with its red finish, is easy to spot. I’m thinking that a bright and easily recognizable color will be better than an all-black flashlight, especially if the replacement flashlight will be smaller.
The Maglite served him well for a while, and things happen, but it’s not ideal. Knowing my father, I’m sure he doesn’t take advantage of the 2D’s focusable head. He just needs a simple medium-throw flashlight.
Maglite has not kept up with the times, and the fact of the matter is that there are better flashlights out there, and there have been for a while.
My father said “don’t spend a lot of money,” but we have differing views as to what “a lot of money” means when talking about flashlights.
One idea I’m thinking about is the Streamlight PolyTac (~$42 at Amazon).
There’s also the Streamlight PolyTac LED HP (~$56 at Amazon).
These Streamlight lights are powered with 2x CR123A lithium batteries, and I’d get my father a box of spares.
I have no shortage of my own recommendations, but I’m not sure what would be best. If my father were more amenable to rechargeable flashlights, that would open the door to a lot more options. But, there’s also convenience in alkaline and primary lithium-powered flashlights.
I think that 200-300 lumens would provide a strong balance between brightness and runtime. Knowing my father, he’s a “set and forget” type of person and isn’t going to want to play around with different modes or brightness settings.
So, any recommendations as to what to get him?
I got this from Home Depot based on a post on this site earlier:
Works great, very bright,, and for $20 hard to beat.
Bob’s got it. This is the best replacement I could think of too. I picked one up over the holidays when they were $19.99 on promo. They are also improved if you get one in a newer batch, check the packaging, the newer ones are 1630 lumens up from 1400.
I’ve had good luck with the NEBO line.
I have had many many flashlights. But one has been above all others. Innova T5. Bought it 14-15 years ago. Two years ago it quit. The company sent me a new one no charge. Oh, and tell your dad I’ve used the same battery that came in each. Just slap it in the dock when not using and it stays charged for 2-3 days of heavy use.
I use the streamlight 4aa doing crane inspections daily in the mill. It has lasted many years. Highly recommend it. They are cheap, and they will also replace if it fails.
Streamlight 68201 4AA ProPolymer LED Flashlight with White LEDs, Yellow – 67 Lumens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00069PJLA/
Yes, all of the Nebo lineup is amazing. For an HVAC technician, they work great. The size, durability and weight are very well balanced. Efficient use of batteries and they can take a fall. Totally in agreement with you about Nebo.
Good recomendation. Coast & Fenix are my go to recomendations when someone is looking for a good, ‘non-enthusiast’ flashlight.
They are junk I have had FIVE go bad! Aaa, as, 2 c ,3 etc. JUNK
Found the switch for $7.00 Amazon.
I know the ask is for a non-rechargeable recommendation, so my apologies. But I’m thinking he doesn’t like rechargeable lights because when you forget to charge it, there’s often no fast solution to get going again. But this can possibly be solved in a number of ways, like a dual fuel option, or strategically placed chargers (by the recliner, by the doors, etc.).
My flashlight vote is the Olight Seeker 3 Pro with some strategically placed accessory charging stands and/or wall mounted charging L-bracket. Battery life will not be a problem for more than a few walks, and the interface is simple (click on/off and click hold to scroll through brightness levels), yet still has advanced double tap features. I think user experience is what non-flashlight people care about… Is it comfy, is it simple to get it to do what I want, does the last brightness stay in memory while off, do they offer it in a color that’s not black, does the battery last a billion years, is it bright? To me, the Seeker 3 Pro checks these boxes.
Good luck with your search.
Yep, I am a 37 year hvac tech and light is my number one challenge. I have used every brand you can imagine and only one lives up to the task, Olight.
It gets dropped on concrete, gets soaking wet and it never stops working. The magnetic charger is awesome and I only have to charge it once a week.
Stream light is the best flashlight that you can buy I’ve had them for 20 years I was a firefighter and the new C4 LED are the best can’t go wrong with a stream light
Our last mag light that failed (switch) I returned it to Academy Sports.
They didn’t ask for a receipt due to the mag lights lifetime warranty and it was several years old.
They let me exchange for a new mag light, I asked if I could buy a different light..their response was sure.
I bought a stream light.
Never looked back.
Nebo Davinci 2000 lumen rechargeable.
It’s 2200 lumens
Works 10 hours on a full charge
Got mine at tractor supply
I got this as well over the holidays for $20. Great flashlight at this price point.
Our last mag light that failed (switch) I returned it to Academy Sports.
They didn’t ask for a receipt due to the mag lights lifetime warranty and it was several years old.
They let me exchange for a new mag light, I asked if I could buy a different light..their response was sure.
I bought a stream light.
Never looked back.
Have you considered a headlight? The Petzel Tikka is around 30 bucks at Sportsman’s Warehouse,top rated,has large on/off button,350 lumens and is virtually indestructible. Takes 3 AAA batteries or you can get a rechargeable pack at same store. Milwaukee makes some pretty tough flashlights as well, available at any Home Depot.
New CE ROHS FCC Maglite LED Upgrade Module CREE XP-G2 LED Upgrade Bulb 286Lumen 2D 2C Cell 3V Maglite Torch Flashlights https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XTH2Q8B/
And the switch assembly
Works perfectly and your dad will still enjoy his comfortable old faithful flashlight
As mentioned in the post, this is an LED Maglite. As mentioned in my comments, there are multiple reports of that switch only working for older model flashlight bodies.
Maglite had unfortunately become junk. I had a similar exp as the author and will never by another. Streamlight is an excellent brand. We use them at the fire dept and they are very rugged and reliable. I also have a nebo at home that has been very good to me.
I’m not sure how you use your Maglite. But mine have had hard use in my mechanic profession and are borrowed for use by co workers. If the batteries that come in it cause it to not work they replace it free of charge, and the did with my 5″d” cell light without a problem. In over 35 plus years have not used anything else…
I guarantee when your dad was walking spot holding that maglite he felt like walking tall anybody come near him POP! That was his security also…
Olight i5T EOS?
300 lumens, single AA-powered. Despite being a fraction of the size it actually pumps out more lumens than the Maglight.
Tailcap button. Three modes I think? Simple pattern though.
Thanks! I should have thought of that, especially since I have a couple to spare.
My only concern would be that it’s a bit small. The benefit of the Maglite is that it’s easy to find. My father keeps it upright on the half-wall between his living room and the entry way. An i5T is more likely to be knocked over by the dog or a grandkid.
Koko The Talking Ape
Maybe add a bright red lanyard to it? Or even a reflective Mylar tassel?
A magnetic stand would help keep it from falling over. Or just hang it from the lanyard.
To make it easier to see, the stand could have the same color and rough shape as the old one. Perhaps it could be a piece of PVC pipe cut in half and painted red, mounted vertically on a base, or mounted to the wall. Or just a red piece of paper stuck to the wall behind the flashlight mount.
If your dad’s all the way up to a full size mag light, I’d suggest going with something from Bad Dragon.
GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072WHQFJ7
I work at a quick lube shop and have been using this same light for 2 yrs now. No button issues. The one thing I would recommend is purchasing a set of 18650 rechargeable batteries and a charger for said batteries. The set (2 flashlights included for less than $20) does come w an adapter that allows 3 AAA batteries to be used, but I have found that you’ll go thru AAAs pretty quickly with extended use.
I use mine daily for 30-45 minutes and only have to recharge the 18650 weekly. The construction is solid and it uses a sliding action to focum from flood to narrow beam. Great one handed operation . Durability is excellent, as I drop mine from 3-4 ft regularly on concrete and have had no issues. It’s waterproof and sealed with metal construction. It’s about 6″ in length in flood light mode and just slightly longer in narrow beam mode. Hefty for it’s size ( more so due to the 18650) , but small enough to keep in a pocket of a jacket. Highly recommended. Hope this helps.
You say no rechargeable batteries, that takes all the good lights out of the picture.
I would really show him an olight with a magnetic base recharger. When he is done with his walk just set it on the base. No need to plug it in and he always knows where its at.
I know my father very well, but I suppose I could always loan him one of mine to see how he lights it.
The side buttons on the Baton-series lights is probably going to give him trouble though – they’re small and he has reduced dexterity.
Compra outra Maglite, nenhuma se compara a Maglite em termos de durabilidade, esse caso do interruptor foi um azar, mas entre em contato que eles trocam. Eu uso lanternas Maglite severamente e tenho a mais velha desde 2013 e até hoje funciona, depois comprei mais 2 Maglites 3D e 2D, fica com a Maglite que vc não se arrepende.
That’s what happened to me a few years ago – I bought one Maglite, then another, and then I gifted them to everyone in my family to replace their old and junky flashlights.
But in this case, I’ve suffered a couple of Maglite failures and I’m hesitant to replace my father’s failed Maglite with another. Part of the reason is also that there are far brighter and lighter flashlights on the market. If my father is okay moving away from this form factor, there’s zero appeal for me to stick with Maglite.
And I can respect that. I’ve only had one Maglite fail (the batteries swelled and wouldn’t come out), but it was replaced under the battery manufacturers warranty.
Try him with something like the Nebo torchy the magnetic charger much cheaper than the o light offerings .. there’s also the trustfire MC3 but the button is a bit small and fussy multi press lock / unlock might cause confusion
Sofirn on Amazon are alot of bank for the buck. Bigger than the olight mentioned. Rechargeable but don’t have to replace batteries.
I’d go with this suggestion of using a light with either a rechargeable base or one that uses the same type of phone charger he has, if he has one. Many duty lights made for law enforcement or mining often are designed to use rechargeable batteries with bases so they’re always ready to be used and are way less wasteful then going through non rechargable batteries. They also tend to have a similar form factor and the the safety ones often come in bright colors.
I’ve found that modern AA lights outperform my old D-cell Maglites, and are inexpensive enough to have a few around.
I’ve been giving Skilhunt E2As as gifts, and they’re cheap enough you could even spray paint them a bright color and not care.
Up-market, Zebralights are always nice – a SC53w would be a really nice gift.
Of course Olight has some nicely anodized brightly colored lights, and they’re a decent option too. I’ve given them as gifts and they’re fine but I wish that Sunwayman’s magnetic ring controlled lights were still on the market.
The problem is that D cell batteries are so outdated compared to 18650’s that there’s just not a market for larger lights. I’ve gotten a number of formerly resistant people to switch to nice 18650 lights when I gave them a charger and some batteries once they saw how different and capable the light was.
I agree about 2D lights (and 3D) being outdated. The only reasons I considered a direct replacement is because the red Maglite is easy to spot and simple to use.
You can always change the internals in a Maglite. I would just buy a new LED bulb and upgrade it.
The switch failed. There are no replacement parts available that I could find.
I’ve been a happy mag lite user for decades and have never had a switch fail. That said, the last I knew, all the parts, including the user-replaceable, drop-in switch-socket assembly, are available at any mag lite dealer, which usually means about any sporting goods dealers, police supply houses, and many hardware stores, or anywhere else you can buy a mag lite. They are blister packed and can be found on the self serve floor rack. At the same time, pick up, for an extra ten bucks, a drop-in LED replacement lamp unit; your dad will get more light, longer battery life, and no lamp burnouts. Also, to prevent end caps from seizing up, which aluminum is notorious for, pick up a can or tube of silicone grease, also marketed as sparkplug grease, dielectric grease, or fly line grease. A little on threads of any composition them from seizing and isn’t messy
As mentioned in the post, this has a built-in factory-installed LED emitter.
For the only replacement switch SKUs I found, they were listed as discontinued or otherwise unavailable, and user reviews say it doesn’t work with this series of flashlights as per serial number code.
I can check the local sporting goods store, but they don’t have any replacement parts listed online. The home center didn’t carry any Maglite products at all, let alone replacement parts.
These simple single AA lights are pretty hard to beat, I think:
One mode tail switch. This is a pack of three, so they can go several places. A few years ago I bought a box of 10 off eBay for a family member with one crappy light.
I use one of these for dog walking in the dark, it’s on a short piece of cord on a brass belt hook – easy to use to find errant poop and then not drop the dang thing into who-knows-what. (Put a door key on that hook too and you won’t lose it when you pull poop bags outta your pocket.)
If I lived closer you could just have mine. Same colour but not LED and I bought it in 1998 but I’m sure the switch is the same.
Thank you, I appreciate it, but I would never ever go back to Xenon flashlights.
My retrofitted Maglite failed, and I might have discarded the LED module upgrade.
Have you looked at the xenon bulb LED drop in replacements? I’ve put a couple into old flashlights I have and been pleasantly surprised. They are lower use lights though so I can’t say how longevity or battery life really stack up.
I did that with an older light – I believe it was a Nite Ize LED drop-in upgrade.
If I recall correctly, I disposed of the flashlight after it started flickering and wouldn’t turn on consistently. I thought I harvested the head unit and lens for replacement parts, and my drop-in LED upgrade, but I can’t find them. So, I’m thinking I might have discarded them with the notion I wouldn’t buy another Maglite. I still have a bunch of 2AA and 3AA models, but I don’t think I have any 2D or 3D models left.
Get a Malkoff LED drop-in for your Maglight. Totally transforms it into a super bright flashlight.
Those are nice, but wow are they pricey, especially on a flashlight that didn’t cost half of that new.
Makes me sad maglite has fallen so far from grace. They were THE choice for high quality readily available flash lights for many years.
I had a crazy big and bulky 5 or 6??? D” cell version back in the day. Must have weighed 5lbs. But besides a good light (for its time) it made a great improvised head “boonker” while walking an old girlfriends dog in a crappy neighborhood at night. I suspect that particular capability may have contributed to maglites popularity.
Maglite is a classic example of a company refusing to invest in new tech.
I just wish the remaining domestic producers Surefire, streamlite, Princeton etc etc would start manufacturing the LEDs and emitters domestically.
It amazes me how big those things are, how many batteries they use and yet how dim. And their LED conversion bulb doesn’t help much. To think that not that long ago these were the “cadillacs of flashlights”. Nowadays a freebie from Harbor Freight outshines them.
How about this one: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B016P919RC
The Maglite shown above has a built-in LED emitter. There was a time when Maglite only offered Xenon lights that could only be retrofitted with 3rd party LED upgrades, but this one was LED from the start.
I see Maglite as having several stages.
Early LED (where flashlights were advertised in terms of emitter wattage).
Xenon and LED.
I received a free Maglite 2AA with a recent watch purchase, and I cannot fathom why Maglite still makes Xenon bulb flashlights.
Oops, I didn’t realize that was a factory-equipped LED mag lite, which I didn’t know they made; been too long since I bought a mag lite, mine still works fine after 25 years. So I don’t know if parts are available; next time I’mm at my sport goods dealer I’ll look at one. I have been servicing electronic equipment most of my life, and I will say the push-on push-off switches used in many devices are very the most prone to failure of any switch I have ever encountered; the little plastic ratchets in them wear out rapidly, and manifest the very type of failure that you describe.
One flashlight that I was happy with was a Nebo 1500 lumen “redline” model that used AA Alkaline cells. I was very happy with the unit ’til I managed to lose it on a camping trip. The trouble with most modern lites is that they are not always in stock; the distributor drops off an assortment models one time, abd something else the next time. Still haven’t found areplacement for the one I lost.
I use a StreamLight dualie AA every day at work. Uses 3 AA batteries easy push button switches and a really useful side firing light when you need a flood pattern. I think it was under $30 when I bought it a couple years again.
The Streamlight 88087 uses either one AA or a CR 123. It has a strobe light function that comes in handy for partially disabling unfriendly intruders. Also it is very bright and that is irritating too when shining on questionable
To me “bright” and alkaline only are basically incompatible requirements, but I’m going to assume you mean at least as bright as the Maglite being replaced.
This is actually convenient timing because the Convoy T4 was just released a few days ago. I think it would be great for this. Convoy is a popular enthusiast brand known for really solid build quality for not a lot of money. Unfortunately they don’t provide detailed specs and the light is too new to have any reviewers test output yet, but it should be at least a little brighter than the 2D Maglite even when using AA batteries. It also comes in a nice anodized orange. It has a mechanical tail switch and a very simple UI.
There’s a few options for emitters (one of the big reasons Convoy is popular for flashlight nerds: customization) but I would recommend the 5000k or 4000k LH351D. It will be the best mix of brightness, tint, and color accuracy. Convoy is only really available from AliExpress (make sure it’s the “Convoy flashlight Store” seller and not third party one) so the biggest downside is that it can take up to a month to get to the US.
I know it used to be possible to get repair parts for the Maglites, though I don’t know about these days. I repaired many of them in the past, my family had several, my boy scout troop used them, they were everywhere. Many of my older family members still have them, though I have upgraded them with LED bulb replacements, which makes them brighter and gives much better battery life.
I have gifted a few of my older relatives various versions of the Surefire G2. I am not a flashlight geek so I’m sure others may know of better value for money lights, but I think those are excellent. There are higher end aluminum bodied models and also Nitrolon plastic. They check all the boxes: they take individual batteries, they have a very simple switch, they’re much brighter and better runtime than a big maglite. The plastic bodied version is available in various colors including hi-vis yellow. They are also extremely durable. I lost one out hunting, and I found it two years later in the same farm field where I had lost it. The marks on it made it clear that it had multiple run-ins with farm machinery, but it still worked. I am not familiar with the PolyTac Streamlights that Stuart mentioned but they seem to be a very similar product, and likewise a great idea.
3 pack Duracell 550 lumen 4 aa batteries for $25
The Duracell 2500 lumen one from Costco would be a great choice too. Unfortunately, loading all those AA batteries might be a pain for someone who is older.
To each his/her own. Maybe they can be a pain to load, and for seniors, anything could or could not be a reason to like or dislike a product.
I would like to hear Stuart respond, if possible, why his father does NOT want anything rechargeable. And if there is anything else specifically that he does not want in his flashlights, as well as anything else that he would say is a must have.
A rechargeable flashlight will be more hassle than convenience for him. I felt I know him well, but asked him anyway, and he made a face.
I was reluctant to get on the rechargeable flashlight bandwagon, and I’m a lot younger and open-minded.
My father was never much of a cell phone or smartphone user, nor a daily laptop or table user. It’s not part of his routine to plug something into a USB charging adapter.
I might also give him a rechargeable light, which would put less less pressure on whether he uses it or not.
That’s a good idea, get him a non-rechargeable that he likes and works for him. Then get him a rechargeable, as a 2nd light which he slowly gets used to, or just never uses.
For sure in the rechargeable, do not get something that has a PIA micro USB that can be hard to plug in if your vision isn’t great, your fingers are lacking the dexterity they once had, or as far as I am concerned, it can only go in one of 2 possible ways, yet it always takes me 4-5 tries to get it.
I know Olight and like Olight, and they have the easy magnetic butt connection for charging, as well as hanging base, standup base, and possibly others.
I am sure there are other brands that have super easy type connections that he would not need to fiddle.
That should solve the current problem (getting a non-rechargeable) and for future, open to more choices…if he slowly adopts to one of the rechargeable you find him. (just this thread should have between brands and models, literally thousand of choices!)
If he wants to still have the maglite experience you can get a kettlebell and some duct tape and tape an led light to it
Nah, tire iron and flashlight. You want it to be able to hit someone with it.
RE: tailcap buttons – if you have a choice, I’d suggest going with simple binary: ON / OFF. Some flashlights have multiple modes – dim, medium, bright, strobing, blinking, etc. – based on the number of tailcap clicks. I’ve always found that very frustrating and contrary to the purpose of a flashlight, which is “to provide light.”
DARK or LIGHT. Simple and it works.
I’ve got a couple Streamlight pro AA with the ten tap programming. First thing I did was disable the strobe mode. It now has two, single press is low, double is high. Simple. Low is good enough most of the time.
Put lithium AA in it. But in a pinch I can out whatever AA I have around if needed.
you should be able to order a replacement switch. I know that kind of goes against the grain if it is under warranty, but it might be cheaper than mailing it back for the warranty.
I searched extensively for a replacement switch, but cannot find one anywhere.
I did find some SKUs where reviewers said it didn’t fit DL series Maglite flashlights, and other listings that don’t specify but are listed as unavailable due to being discontinued by the manufacturer.
My email to Maglite starts off requesting a replacement switch and asks about warranty replacement if that’s not possible. I have not heard back from them about any of it yet.
I was prepared to spend a few dollars on a switch, but my searching and research efforts weren’t successful.
I love Nebo.
They make all kinds of handy lights for reasonable cost.
Look at the Newton 500 and the slyde+
Both are battery run. Good size in hand and other extra features.
I won’t buy Nebo anymore due to the influx of complaints we received after recommending a particular model a while back.
Have used Maglites from the Mini was new and hard to find. FWW.
MAG Instruments will do any needed repairs if you send it in.
I’d check out something like this:
500 lumens, can run on cr-123’s, not ultra compact, can be programed for low/high or high only.
If he like Mag, I have a Mag XL50 LED 3xAAA and it’s plenty bright for walking a dog with a great run time. Plus in it’s under $40 from Walmart.com with free shipping. (https://www.walmart.com/ip/34221179)
Dorceydirect.com or maybe Dorsey.com. I have their three C-cell led light and used it extensively before I retired. The thing is amazing, focusing and has extremely long battery life. Wouldn’t have anything else.
I’ve had an obsession with flashlights ever since I was a kid. So I got gifted a lot of maglights over the years because of brand recognition. Their only real claim to fame was being an American company with a well established branding/marketing department.
Never had one that lasted more than 2 years, and I never used them more than a few times every month at best. They really soured on me as a brand where the only thing I could expect consistently from them was that they didn’t work.
These days, there’s really nothing that compares physical size-wise until getting into crazy expensive 10,000 lumen and up ‘search lights’.
My needs now are daily usage on job sites looking into electrical issues. So small and compact, but simple 2-option modes are my preference– primary mode must be 25-75 lumens, and there should be a secondary “ALL THE LIGHT” mode.
I used to run the old 4sevens quark tactical series that did exactly that, though those are an ebay-only deal now and seem to be slowly rising in price. Went with a Fenix next, but got bothered by the mode clicking to get my preferred brightness.
Lately, have been using an acebeam tk16– one program mode on/off at any selectable brightness, double-click for “ALL THE LIGHT”, and press-hold to ramp up(and a lot of other crap I don’t care about).
Check out budget light forums, nealsgadgets.com, and illumination supply.com, to name a few.
And if you’re anywhere near northern Indiana, take your dad to the brick and mortar flashlightoutlet.com store. Extremely knowledgeable and helpful people there, and hands-on demo’s of any light they sell, so it’d be easy to figure out what works best for your dad.
Streamligjt Stylus Pro. 2 AAA endcap push button single mode guaranteed for life. Best EDC and I’ve tried many different torches. Available in a variety of colors. By far the best light for your dollar especially when you factor in battery life and brightness. I have numerous lights, Fenix, Nebo, Pelican, Milwaukee, Coast and others. Streamlight is my go to for daily use. Function, quality, reliability, performance and awesome customer service.
Dave the tool
I have a plethora of led lashlights I’ve accumulated through the years. I currently use a Wuben L50 18650 battery led flashlight for my security officer work carried in a holster on my belt. I reluctantly purchased the flashlight when Amazon had a super coupon deal for it last year and have been so impressed I purchased another one last month. I do own both the 4 and 6 cell Maglite flashlights for security work also because of their size and weight for self defense if needed which I believe is a big part of why Maglite still sells these units. I also purchased a defensive strike bezel for both Maglites with also serves as a glass breaker if needed. As far as the flashlight themselves, yes they are not the brightest on the market but they work as intended and have been reliable enough for me to continue to support Maglite Flashlights in my line of work.
I’m going to suggest the thinner route. Just go with a Streamlight Stylus Pro and get some energizer lithium batteries for it. 100 lumens is plenty for edc tasks including walking the dog. You can use the bicycle inner tube trick to make it easier to turn on, as I know they can be a bit difficult to turn on sometimes. Pick a bright color like red or blue. I know you have some of those Stuart so maybe let him try one and see what he thinks of it. If he likes it, you can repurpose one you have or get him one of his own?
I do own new and older Stylus Pros. As you mention, the button is on the stiff side, and I know it’s going to be a frustration point for my father.
I believe I handed one to him once, and he wasn’t able to turn it on.
It’s also a bit too slender.
A penlight is great for compact and comfortable carrying, but larger flashlights are more ergonomic in use, not to mention brighter.
If I’m going to get my father a box of Energizer lithium batteries, I may as well get him a 2xCR123A flashlight with a box of batteries. I have a couple of spares of those I could give him, too.
I have a spare Malkoff Devices MD2 that I purchased for review, but I’m worried the 1.25 hour runtime might be too much of an inconvenience for him.
Stuart, FYI on R123A batteries – I carry an Elzetta 2X 123A (expensive, but Elzetta allows “build it your way” on their web site – including whatever switch options you want – they’re indestructable, and unlike Surefire, Elzetta still offers 3X 123A lights). Anyway, most years Surefire does a Black Friday deal on a their 72-pack of R123A batteries. I look for that deal and buy one or two each year (we use a lot of equipment that uses123A). I’ve bought 123As from Amazon – they’re about 10-12% cheaper than direct from Surefire – but stopped because the box dates indicated they had been on a shelf for almost 3 years and the Surefire deliveries are usually less than 3 months old. Yes, lithium 123As have a 10-year shelf life, but why sacrifice 20-30% of that to save 10-12%?
I ordered my last 12-pack of Surefire CR123A batteries from B&H after hearing the same about stale stock at Amazon. They seemed reasonably fresh, with ~9.5 years left of shelf life.
I got an M12 flashlight as part of kit. It doesn’t meet the criteria but it is similar to a big red Maglite. It is my go to fo night time walks and going into our crawlspace. Mostly because I always have charged batteries available and it is handy.
Dorcy 190-Lumen CyberLight Durable LED- is my fav low budget light. I have a few of them laying around. Ben from Panbo did a review on this light a few years ago, and it really is amazing for the price and quality.
You know, I have a Dorcy I like too. I don’t recall the model though. I say this in the context of owning several “high performance” flashlights that are considerably more expensive.
I’m not suggesting I like the Dorcy better than my expensive flashlights, just that I thought it was a decent quality light for relatively cheap.
One thing I particularly like about it is that the light is extremely “flat”, with no apparent hot spots. It’s got sort of a domed lens that I assume is responsible for that beam.
Pretty much all flashlights have a bright center circle with a dimmer “spill” part of the beam. That can be useful, but the Dorcy is the opposite and that can be nice too – e.g. near the edge it’s pretty much the same brightness as the center, with a slight blue ring at the very outside.
The model I have also has an adjustable beam.
Found it, I think. I’m 90% sure it’s this one:
That might not be a bad light for your dad. It’s smaller than the Maglight, but much larger than the I5T. Not as easy to misplace. Push button tail cap – ought to be easy to use – and its either ON or OFF. Slightly lower lumens, but close enough that it’s probably not noticeable.
It’s aluminum construction – and mine is still working great years later. Zoom feature is smooth.
Funny they don’t mention the domed lens and the flat light output. That has to have been an intentional design choice. It’s projection would undoubtedly look different than the Maglight. I think it would actually be better for walking – the even light distribution is easy on the eyes trying to focus on things in the dark and it can project a very wide beam.
As an aside, I picked it up on a trip to the coast. I wanted to go check out the beach and tide pools at night while the tide was out. Although I didn’t know about the unique beam when I made my purchase, it turned out to be fortuitous. That wide flat beam is excellent for spotting small crabs, shells and other interesting things on the ground at night.
On the other hand, you don’t get the spot/spill effect. If you zoom in to see something far away you can’t rely on spill to see things closer up – if you zoom out to get a wide beam, it doesn’t have a hotspot to project further. That probably doesn’t matter, I’m just trying to explain how different the beam of this flashlight looks.
For some a bit small is a problem, for others, a bit small means it can always be in your pants or jacket pocket. BTW, it is a 2 mode; press button at any time and it is in regular mode. Re-press the button off and on within 2 seconds gives you the high mode. It is incredibly basic and at the same time very good.
You said your father is set in his ways and does not want rechargeable; any special reason?…environmental, simplicity, price or other reason?
My father is similar but if I push him a bit, I can et him to embrace newer technology. (He’s 93, try taking away his PC; it would be easier taking a meaty bone away from a Pitbull.)
Like you said, with rechargeable, you would have a great selection.
Although I have had my issues with their CS, I think their products are great. Something like the basic Baton (I, II, or III). With the magnetic butt for recharging…can it be any easier?
Eveready LED Floating Lantern Flashlight.
Same style as the 6v version of the past but they accept D cells now. Both my parents never give me any trouble using them because it’s what they know.
Maxxeon work lights work really well for me. Extremely sturdy and have the nest warranty. Way better than Streamlight.
My dad absolutely loves his Nitecore MT1A. Simple, rugged and close to the same output as the Maglite.
Hey friend , over a flashlight is a flashlight in my opinion, they all do the same thing, out light. With being said don’t spend too much money on LED flashlight s, myth a brighter is not always a better light. Manufacturers, use this tactic, to charge more money, like being water resistant or waterproof, and also long runtimes. There few people uses a flashlight more than 9 hours a day! Inclusion, I stick the brand names lights like home Depot, they make really good flashlight plus batteries included alkaline batteries, which are very expensive (
I really like the Streamlight Propolymers as a general purpose light to give to people. There are a number of different versions. I prefer the single LED and 3AA or 4AA models. The bodies hold 2 batteries side by side so they are not round. I think they fit really well in the hand.
I have a LOT of other lights, but these are really good tool drawer, glove compartment, etc. lights.
I prefer the bright yellow ones.
I also sometimes require an intrinsically-safe light for potentially hazardous environments and there are two different versions for that as well (mine is a red-orange color to make it easy to differentiate from the others).
You can find incandescent and multiple-LED versions as well but I would stay away from them.
These are not fancy lights and not as bright as many others, but I don’t think you can go wrong with them. And it’s nice to be able to go with NiMH, alkaline, or lithium batteries depending on the situation.
I did not include a link to Amazon because it looks like the prices there are very high right now.
If it were an incandescent Maglite, I would say toss it. But an LED Maglite might be worth saving. It will fit in a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate padded envelope and would cost less than $9 to ship to the address below:
Olight seeker 2 pro with wall mount.
Choice of many law enforcement officers I have one as well amongst various other models.
Very bright with adjustable settings.
Rechargeable but you dont have to remove the battery just place the flashlight on the wall mount.
Just go buy him another Maglight. They make a good defensive weapon if your Dad is attacked by a dog or another person. The butt end is very solid and your hand can grip the end with the bulb in it.
M E Tyler
Maglite will sell you for about 15 bucks a new switch and front end assembly including a LED bulb for that particular model. The switch is accessed by squeezing the little black push button cover together and pulling it out about with a little wiggle back and forth. It then requires either a specialized tool or an allen wrench depending on the model to loosen it from the inside of the tube. It will then out and you can slide in the replacement unit. Meanwhile you may be able to get the old one out and give it a little mirror and get it working again. You may not even have to remove it adjust pull that little cover out of the side of the flashlight to exercise the switch.
I couldn’t find this online, and Maglite has yet to respond to my email. From what I was able to find, there are – or were – switches for a different generation of lights, but not DL-series like this one. We’ll see.
There’s also the question of whether it’s worth $15 to repair if the same money could go towards something different or better.
$15 to keep Pop in his happy groove is easy money.
Harbor freight quantum brand flashlights seem to be a great value. They have a variety of options.
I see your dilemma, I just love those very bright blind you from 2 blocks away flashlight’s. We have a harbor freight here and I always get the freebies from .I got their 3 AAA battery flashlight BTW they sell for 5.99 it is bright sealed aluminum flashlight. I have several
Keep one on my Harley . My fiancee is a flashlight ho . Lol but on AliExpress she has found different ones I’m guessing with the 123 battery ? Short fat blue one ? She bought a box of them so every 2 weeks or so we swap the batteries out . .
An American made and owned brand
I’ve sent numerous back for free repair
USPS flat rate soft envelope will get it back to the mag light repair center for under 10 bucks
They’ll upgrade the bulb to LED (generic brands were all junk) for additional few bucks and your dad will have old reliable back with battery life increased exponentially
A fan of the mag brand and the people who work there
Just send it in to Mag Instruments for a warranty repair… Duh.
Seriously though, maglite will fix the flashlight so long as you haven’t let the batteries burst inside the light.
And if the batteries have leaked, you may be able to get it replaced (or get a check for a replacement) from the battery manufacturer. I’ve done this with my wife’s 2xAA Mag.
This one looks like it may fit the bill. It’s got a 5 year warranty. Even though I seldom take advantage of one, it usuallt means you get good quality.
Ledlenser, P7 Flashlight with Advanced Focus System
Was about to say Lenser P7.
Had mine years, caused a slew of friends to get one after using it.
Robust, crazy bright on full, long battery life. Compact but not too small.
Nice case. Normal batteries.
Amazing how Maglite fell by not going LED quickly enough.
Used to be ‘The’ torch. Now all a bit meh.
I have many Maglites. They are about an hour from me and if I go there they will repair them on the spot for free.
I called them this week because an O-ring on a Solitare failed. They are send me a new one free of charge,
I suggest you call them, more than likely they will take care of you over the phone.
ThruNite LED Flashlight Archer 2A V3 450 Lumens CREE Portable EDC AA Flashlight with Lanyard, IPX8 Water-Resistant Dual Switch Outdoor Light for Hiking, Camping, Everyday Use – Black NW https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08H1P6L4T/
Was in Menards over the weekend. Had a choice of a 2 or 3 ‘D’ cell LED Maglite for around $15 with 11% rebate.
The more I think k about it, the more older people like things that are familiar to them. My dad is in his 80s and only uses his Maglite because it is just the right size for his hands (arthritis makes it hard to carry small one) it is a simple on/off with no other modes to worry about, and it is familiar. Just grab it and click it on with his thumb.
The more I think about it the more I would recommend another Maglite.
I’m with Jerry. Get him what he had, if he likes the mag. If he’s close by, bring him a variety of your flashlights and let him see if any fit his hands and if he can turn them on and off easily. Maybe he’ll gravitate to something new. His last light made it 5+ years. If I was him, I’d probably like the feel, weight and simplicity of the maglite. Plus, walking at night with it would give me a sense of security.
By the way, I hadn’t looked at reviews of Nebo, and impulse bought the big Larry 2 around Christmas time while standing in line at a hardware store. It’s too large and heavy, yet I really like a couple of the features. It has a right angle feature. I clip it on a pocket, and it lights straight ahead hands free. I also like the magnet and the choice of light being straight ahead or facing down. When we lose power, I can stick it on a metal lamp and read. Don’t know if it will hold up, but for approx. $25 I’m okay seeing what happens.
I have the original Nebo Larry and.balked at getting the big Larry because it seemed overly big and heavy. Really like the original Larry and have a couple laying around. Also like the Leo better than the big Larry. Think Larry but with a swiveling COB emitter, and a retractable hook in place of the clip.
Just giving my 2 cents
If your father wears a cap when he walks maby try for something that clips on there are a few good edc lights that might do the trick especially if he’s getting older and holding the light might get tiresome. Try olight,streamlight or fenix great companies
I was skimming the Lowes website to find the light I have and found this similar one. It’s from Craftsman, 700 lumens, 30 bucks and a bright red grip. The one I have is black , but that red looks pretty nice. I love my modern flashlights. My Microstream can outshine the 2D Maglite I used to keep in the truck but I also do love a big chunky light when out in the yard.
Dave the tool
Stuart, I believe it’s a little unfair for criticizing Maglite about having to pay for the postage to send the flashlight to them. They pay return postage and Maglite is not responsible for the out of control USPS postage rates! Any flashlight manufacturer that offers a superb warranty like Maglite would require the owner to pay the shipping to them. You stated you got 5-8 years on a flashlight before switch problems. Seems like you got your moneys worth. How many other flashlight companies even have replacement parts after 8 years? Yeah, I get that Maglites are not the least expensive flashlight or the brightest flashlight but if I could get daily usage for 2-3 years on any flashlight I would be happy.
“Stuart, I believe it’s a little unfair for criticizing Maglite about having to pay for the postage to send the flashlight to them”
I disagree with this comment…and agree with the comment Stuart made; the cost of the return postage is close to the price of a new same or alternative flashlight.
I think companies are aware of the price and use it as a reason to discourage some claims. Example…Darn Tough socks, guaranteed for life. Get a hole, just return, you pay the postage and they will send you a new pair. Considering the price of the socks to begin with + the return postage…I think the lifetime warranty is a no lose situation for Darn Tough….and is the same for many products that offer these lifetime warranties.
If the item cost $500 and for $10-$15 postage they will send you a new one, that would be a different scenario.
Dave the tool
I was merely stating the obvious fact that Maglite’s offering of a superb warranty was not out of line with hoards of other companies warranties ie customer has to pay the postage to the company and the company pays return postage. It’s just a fact of life. Working for a few different tool companies in the past and dealing with warranties personally most people wouldn’t believe how many people try to get away with bogus warranties and even outright fraud. People in general think if they are honest with most things than most other people are like them. That is simply not the case. And of course there is the other side that believes huge companies can afford dishonest returns or even theft because of their size. At least when someone has to pay the postage to send the product off to be warrantied I will bet it cuts down immensely on a lot of bogus crap sent in! You know the…
“I left the flashlight on my truck toolbox and didn’t realize it until I turned a corner at 35mph and saw the flash light roll off onto the cement road BUT they have a 10 year warranty so I will send in the pieces and they should fix it free.”
The current high cost of postage is not the companies fault whatsoever. You are correct in stating the obvious regarding the phrase “is it worth it?” Whenever I purchase something and am concerned about warranty replacement or fix, I read the warranty. This is especially true now that so many places also sell or offer extended warranties which are merely an insurance company hoping the warranty runs out or the purchaser forgets they purchased the extended warranty before the product fails.
Lastly I don’t know why Stuart didn’t receive a response from Maglite in a timely manner as I had an issue a couple of weeks ago and I received a response from back from Maglite within a day or two regarding the issue. Their response was professional and informative and it felt they generally had concern about keeping me as a customer.
Olight warrior mini ,perin or baton
Never mess with batteries again
I took the warrior mini to Africa for 6 months. The perin is also a headlight.
Stuart – A few years ago I replaced all of my flashlights in my house, vehicles with Coast flashlights. I have a few different style flashlights from them depending on the use. I highly recommend them and never had a problem with any of them. Lowes and Home Depot carrys them. Good Luck.
Most Maglite switches can be fixed with a little time and small file or sandpaper.
Put a dab of the correct grease and it will work and work smoother than before.
Thanks, I’ll keep that in mind.
Once I have another light in my dad’s hands, I’ll ask him to save the Maglite for me to fiddle with.
Stream Light used them for 50 yrs .If something goes wrong . You send it back. They will repair it or replace it for free. I was a police officer for 41 yrs and I used them everyday all I can say is that they are the best.
Streamlight is the way to go. I bought an SL-20 rechargeable in 1992 and have carried it on duty everyday since. I’ve used their other lights and have been impressed with the quality and durability. Whatever light you go with from them won’t let you down.
Dorcy flashlights and headlamps. I use for work and home.
I agree, Stream Light. I carried one all the time. As a Building Inspector (before retiring) it was best to have one with me when needed than to use my phone’s light.
All metal casing?
Looks like a mini bat?
Another maglight with led emitter. Maybe lighter batteries.
Man, a lot of ppl know a lot about flashlights. Look at all of the comments.
But if you said your dad is old school and doesn’t like rechargeable batteries and a simple light, I have the perfect solution…
Just kidding. I agree with a lot of others on here and sending it in to Maglite for repairs. I’ve done it several times. Heck, I found a 6D cell battery unit many years ago on the side of the road. The lense was scratched, so I sent it in. A short time later, it was returned to me. Not only did they replace the lense, but also the retainer ring and the battery cap. What was wrong with those parts? Nothing except scratches from where it appeared the light had fallen out of someone’s truck, or just normal wear and tear.
They are a great company and make some great products. Never had any issues getting my stuff serviced.
Maglite 108-000-208 switch assembly.
1) Not available anywhere outside of eBay.
2) User reviews say it’s not compatible with this series of flashlight.
I have an old Brightstar 2D flashlight with a continuity jack, made in USA, that I bought in 1977. I have replaced the incandescent bulb with an LED but it still works. They don’t make ’em like they used to.
Anything NEBO TOOLS, Excessively bright flashlights, plus they will happily warranty there products if there’s any issues. I sell there products in my store, never had anyone come back upset, if they come back it’s to buy more.
Never failed me, and you get three.
Well just to let you know. Maglite will send you a new switch for your flashlight at no cost to you with instructions on how to replace your switch. It comes with a new switch, a Allen wrenchjust for that and a new rubber switch cover so you don’t have to ship your flashlight anywhere. So if he really loves his flashlight that could be the route to go.
I emailed them 3 days ago asking about just that, no response yet.
Olight offers a ton of great options and easily recharged or one time batteries. Good prices and great lights.
S D Pinkham
My long time favorite is the US Army MX-991/U they can be had for $11-$16 they come with 2 light bulbs and filters of varying usability it can easily be upgraded with a high output low power usage led and non rechargeable lithium cells and it has a hands free clip
Surefire E2D LED Defender light, strong, easy to use and super bright. It’s a military grade anodized aluminum flashlight with a strike bezel for self defense
Duane A Johnson
You might want to check out the Underwater Kinetics lights.
I’ve owned two UK lights in the past – decent, but I’d go in a different direction for someone else.
Don’t buy ANYTHING! You can either mail it to the company located in Ontario, California. You thought Canada. Ha! If you drive to them. They will fix it or give you a new one there! Costs? Gasoline and time.
I still use mag lights because it serves as self defense weapon if need be and flashlight. I’ve had one of them drop on me with batteries in it. Sometimes I use my head strap light for when working in dark areas. Then I keep my hands free while walking. Tons of brands out there of them.
I worked on a sailboat and the captain went out and purchased a bunch of Maglights to equip the boat. Within a week the corrosion on the aluminum bodies prevented some from working and others lightly flickered. It was a pain to maintain the connections. Flash forward about 10 years and I purchased 4 LED Maglights for my house. Two of them failed in the first two years. I won’t seek warranty replacements because I’m done with their junk. I need flashlights to work in an emergency.
Mag Lights are great and easily repairable, the new LEDs have just become more compact and brighter. Take the batteries out, remove the small rubber button from the switch. Place a small Allen wrench in the small hole. This set screws holds the switch in place as well as provides the ground. Tighten that set screw, 90 percent of the time that is the problem. You can also buy better bulbs to make them brighter.
Have you considered the GearLight Watchman? It’s body os bright red. It has a pistol grip with a locking trigger which may be easier for your father to hold. It also runs on 4 AA batteries and is just over $20.
Sort of the default in some flashlight circles is the Wurkkos FC11 (WurkkosDirect store on Amazon). Relatively inexpensive, on board USB-C charging, magnetic base.
If looking for something that can run off lithium cr123a primaries, then a Sofirn SP31 V2.0 (Sofirn store on Amazon) It’ll come with a 18650, but it can use either, useful in a pinch or forgot to charge.
Couldn’t you simply buy a new 2D Maglite for $22 and be done with it…
Bushnell line of flashlights fit your description perfectly! And are awesome and reliable!
Stuart (another one)
I’m a Fenix guy but I’d say go with the Streamlight PolyTac you initially suggested, esp. if you include a box of CR123s, which can sometimes be hard to find and are always pricey when bought individually. And they have a long shelf life.
They’re a high-quality light which should last him as long as any Maglite and you can’t beat the colour for high-visibility. Plus they have a non-slip grip. Similar to the Surefire G2 Nitrolon but 2/3 the price.
Maglite Heavy-Duty Incandescent 3-Cell D Flashlight, Red https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004SZ5W/
Same vintage flashlight you had!
Thank you, but that’s an incandescent flashlight, but I gave my dad a 2D LED flashlight.
I had a streamlight in my truck and house. I know you say he doesnt like rechargables, but they have a quick and easy charger that hangs on the wall, just slide the light in and your done, it charges through contacts in the flashlight( that is what i had mounted on the wall of my home by the back door, always charged and ready to go). They also make a charger as a “piggy back” version, as the flashlight hangs there charging, there is a second spot to charge an easily replaceable rechargable battery (this is what i kept in my truck). That way, they are both charging at the same time, and if i happen to drain the battery in the light down ( really never happened) the spare battery is easier to replace than batteries on a mag light.
Look at Nitecore they have many sizes of torches
https://www.nitecorestore.com/ they are also available through Amazon.
Many are rechargeable by just plugging in directly to the light with USB C, like a phone.
I stopped using Maglights about 15 years ago because the failed often and were never worth repairing. Give me new tech….
Get him a streamlight stinger… Either the HL or non HL. They bother are extremely bright.
Streamlight makes the best. Hands down.
Their Electronics also have a lifetime warranty on them. So if it’s something was to happen you would just send it in and they would send it back to you, fixed, free. Their rechargeable batteries last for years. And, a three pack of aftermarket replacement batteries can be found on Amazon for about $20.
I’ve been an auto tech for about 15 years. My Streamlight has made me a lot of money over that course.
I’m not sure if anyone else mentioned it (there are a lot of comments and I did not read them all), but the Thrunight Archer is a great choice for $30-40.
Uses 2 AA, tailcap switch, adjustable brightness. I have one for around the house, in vehicles, have given one to my retired dad, as well as my kids for scouts.
Nebo for sure. The nebo transport is my favorite as a truck driver. Unfortunately for him rechargeable by just shoving it into a cigarette lighter port in a vehicle.
Bright, small, sturdy, I’ve had this one for years, some of the paint is missing from abuse being tossed around, rattling and rolling around in my truck and has a very simple twist on/off switch But nebo makes a lot of great flashlights as long as you don’t let them corrode because they are aluminum they last forever.
May be here way too late, just spray some WD40 or silicone oil to the switch and it’s gonna work fine for several years
I’m late to the party, but I think the best replacement for an old-school MagLite to be used by someone who appreciates the old-school vibe, would be a MagLite. But to avoid the finicky switch, I’d go with one that has the twist-head for on/off. I’ve had a lot of crappy flashlights but all my MagLights still work, even old incandescent ones where I replaced them with LED bulbs that I found in the basement of the local Sears that closed. Oh, except the one that had Energizers in it that leaked and bulged so much that I could never get them out to clean it.
A 2D or 2C version will still use old-school batteries instead of those expensive 123 or rechargeables.
If small, lithium-batteried flashlights are acceptable (based on seeing some Streamlights above), I’d go with a Surefire G2X. Not terribly expensive, the switch is so basic that it will probably work forever. Even if it doesn’t the tailcaps are easily obtained at low cost. Single output without all the funky modes to startle intruders (haha). I even have 3-4 P60 based G2 models around that I’ve replaced with LED assemblies. I still use them in the house at every door.
Well, first I can get you shipping via USPS with a commercial rate of priority mail for about $8. Let me know if you want details.
As for the replacement obviously another mag lite is an option but I also have found the Lux-pro line (available at lowes) to be reliable and still has options that use disposable batteries
Buy an older incandescent Bulletproof Maglite and get a top quality led drop in from Malkoff or Matt Smith & a quality GLASS lens. That combo will WAY outlast any “new” light by any manufacturer. A 3D cell size is balanced very well and makes a great attitude adjuster if need be. I just gave my ml300 mag led away today. I own four 3D cells & one 6D cell incan lights with 2 Malkoff & other brand dropins. Can’t beat them with a stick. Just stay away from those Leakacell batteries. Tennergy makes a great rechargeable batt.
Fenix makes most of there 18650 flashlights with a AA counter part for high elevations. They have an outstanding warranty and offer both twist to activate, tail switch and side button lights. They also happen to make BOMB PROOF lights. My current EDC has survived 5 years as a farm mechanic and while it looks like I fed it to a blender it still functions flawlessly. I also have the same light that’s been a general use farm light for 7 years and the exact same light I carry in my pocket every day I also have attached to my shotgun with over 2k rounds down range and zero light issues. The Fenix cost a bit more than some but offer more in return
Send it back to maglite, they have a lifetime warranty