Maglite’s 3D LED flashlights are not extremely bright, nor do they have multiple output settings or special features. They’re actually somewhat unremarkable in comparison to others brands’ offerings. But they’re darned good flashlights that are very well built, durable, and reliable.
I have a few 3D LED flashlights with red, blue, and silver finishes. I might have a black-anodized one as well. These flashlights are available in a couple of other colors, include this one, model ST3DMR6, which has a universal camouflage patterned finish.
Ordinarily, I would scoff at a camo-patterned flashlight. Unless it was on sale for a good price, such as the Rayovac Mossy Oak flashlights that Home Depot carried last winter. Those flashlights eventually dropped to $4 or so.
My default instinct is to say something like: what happens if you drop it in the woods? However, I find the matte nature of camo finishes to be somewhat appealing. As far as the camo pattern on this flashlight goes, it’s not as loud as Mossy Oak and Real Tree camo. The downside is that it has a slight tacticool tone.
As an aside, Maglite’s MagTac LED flashlights are quite good if you’re looking for something smaller and brighter.
Features and Specs
- 131 lumens
- 1,194′ max range
- Adjustable beam (spot to flood)
- Aluminum construction
- Runtime of 79 hours
- Momentary on-off feature
- Weather resistant
- Impact resistant (to 3′ feet/1 meter)
- Weighs 30 ounces with (3) D-cell batteries
Whether red, blue, or with a universal camo finish, Maglite’s 3D LED flashlights are rock-solid. They fit common D-sized alkaline batteries and have a rubber on/off button near the lamphead.
Rotating the large reflector lets you switch between spot and floodlight modes. The adjustable beam makes the Maglite 3D a good all-around performer, but keep in mind that its illumination pattern cannot be as tightly focused as with a spotlight, or uniformly spread as with a wide-beam floodlight.
If I didn’t already have a couple of Maglite 3D LED flashlights, or more flashlights than I know what to do with, I might be convinced to buy this camo patterned one over the other more basic-colored versions.
Street Price: $28-32
Most (if not all) Maglite flashlights are made in the USA. Some components are globally sourced.