I have been a Mini Maglite owner since the evening of December 19, 2005. I was almost halfway through my senior year of high school when I purchased it.
I don’t think there is any other flashlight that I like more nor do I find more versatile.
Prior to that evening, I had been carrying small tactical flashlights on my person for the past seven months.
The school was about to let out for Christmas break so a friend and I were planning on a boating trip on Bayou Terrebonne the next day.
I was at the Wal Mart in Thibodaux, Louisiana, buying some supplies for that trip.
Hurricane Katrina was fresh in everyone’s mind and Maglite had partnered with the Red Cross to raise awareness for disaster preparedness.
Mini Maglites were on sale for less than $8. They came with batteries, extra bulbs, and a free Nylon holster.
I had assumed prior to this that Maglites were made in China, which was a very wrong assumption.
Still, something had caused me to take a closer look at the packaging and I had found out that it was American Made.
Right then and there, I decided to purchase it.
It would be my first of plenty of Mini Maglites.
After paying for the item, I drove home to Raceland, Louisiana and then set up my new flashlight.
Immediately, I was thoroughly impressed.
It was brighter than most LED flashlights of the time (remember this was 2005.) Not only was it brighter in terms of Lumens but also in Candlepower. Boy, could it throw a beam out! The beam travels very far at night in the marshlands of South Louisiana.
It was rugged, in fact, rugged enough to be considered tactical.
Truly this flashlight was and still is a pure genius design.
I had EDCed this flashlight for the rest of my senior year of high school and much into trade school.
I used to walk the halls during my off period, shining it in classrooms. Yes, I got written up for that and similar pranks during high school.
Since then I have purchased other Mini Maglites and the one I have had the longest was from August of 2006, it is in my Craftsman tool satchel.
I’ve had the Mini Maglite that I currently EDC with all of my computer tools since June of 2014.
The others that I have purchased are stored away in various locations, in case of an EMP attack on American soil. Simple incandescent flashlights will survive an EMP blast but I seriously think LED flashlights will perish.
Prior to me owning a Mini Maglite, my favorite flashlights from my childhood were the Garrity Mini Rugged Lite (R300G) and the Eveready Industrial 2AA model (IN-215.) Pocket-sized flashlights will always have a special place in my heart and have since I was seven years old.
What I like about the Mini Maglite:
It is definitely bright enough and its light beam gives excellent color rendition (great for medical professionals and tradespeople.)
It is delightfully rugged and durable-I’ve read stories of a Mini Maglite falling one hundred feet onto hard steel and still surviving.
It is remarkably simple to use, just a slight twist will turn it on or off.
It is surprisingly user serviceable-I’ve repaired mine several times but it is also covered by an extensive warranty.
It is totally waterproof to amazing depths->800 Feet-or so I’ve read.
It is refreshingly compact and could easily fit in a pants pocket and be forgotten about until needed.
It is highly collectible and truly an icon of American ingenuity.
It is completely affordable on almost any level of income (assuming one is buying the incandescent model.)
What I don’t like about the Mini Maglite:
The fact that the incandescent model is no longer widely available at many brick and mortar retailers as of 2018.
However, this is being done across the board with all incandescent flashlight and I am going to sound like a paranoid conspiracy theorist if I say it is being done on purpose.
A Mini Maglite is still widely available at smaller hardware stores and on sites like eBay.
It is one of the most popular flashlights in the world and I hope and pray that it never gets discontinued.
As I have stated before:
“This (the Mini Maglite) was probably the flashlight that revolutionized the industry and was a trailblazer in the subject of all things EDC.”
As I’ve also previously stated:
“While (the Mini Maglite is) not on the bleeding edge of today’s flashlight technology; it is still a tried and true favorite around the world. This is a flashlight that can be used in both the medical and custodial arts and anything in between! It can meet the needs of a surgeon but still be affordable on a janitor’s wages.”
I would guess many special forces operators carried one, at least for backup.
Go out or online and buy one for yourself while you still can.
You will not be disappointed at all and it will at least make a wonderful addition to your EDC items!
By the way, I give this product a 5 out of 5 Stars!