MagLite LED 3 D-Cell Flashlight – Item of the Day

magliteEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the MagLite LED 3 D-Cell Flashlight.  I absolutely love this light for so many reasons.  The only thing that would make it better is if it came in a 4 cell model.  For some reason (perhaps over driving the LED) they do not make a 4 or 6 cell version of this light in LED, though you can get those in incandescent.

I was very excited when the first version of this light came out, until I got one, bluntly it sucked.  It would start out bright and fade over time, turn it off and wait it would be bright again for say 30 seconds and start fading again.

I was pretty much done with LED tech from MagLite at that point.  Then I heard they fixed the issues which was related to heat build up of the bulb in gen one.  I gave them another try and now I own over a half dozen of these.  There is one in the door of both vehicles, one in my night stand, one near the front and back door, and two in our black out kit.

This light is rugged and it just works, and you get very long battery life with the LED light.  I actually carry its little brother, the MagLite 2 C-Cell LED Flashlight in our BOBs as this one is a bit big for that application.

As always I am big on quality to value ratio.  I am a guy taht will spend 500 dollars on a one of a kind knife, I am not cheap but an item like this isn’t something you have one of, you have many of them.  They are not just a source of light but also a HIGHLY effective impact weapon, especially when you use the light to blind an attacker just before dropping the hammer on his nose with the handle.  In the end the MagLite LED 3 D-Cell Flashlight is a hell of a value.

For the ones you keep in your car you may want to add the Bust A Cap Glass Breaker and it can break more than just glass, I am just sayin.

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4 Responses to MagLite LED 3 D-Cell Flashlight – Item of the Day

  1. V.Ginger Borgeson

    I have 3 of these and use them everyday for 2 years. Tremendous flashlights.

  2. I have a ton of these spread all over my house. They are in every medical cabinet, clipped inside every closet door, the behind the couch cushions at each end, and every car. I have yet had one fail on me.

  3. Earlier in my career (hotel/restaurant/hospitality) I was a gm for one of the big pizza delivery chains, all of which forbid delivery drivers from carrying actual weapons while on shift. While I disagreed with the policy, I was obligated to obey it and direct employees to do so as well.

    With that in mind, I encouraged -every- driver, day shift or night shift, to get themselves a d-cell maglite, I’d even loan them the $25 or so they cost back then until they got a paycheck or two under their belt. As implied here and elsewhere, they’re sturdy and heavy enough to function as FAR more than just a damn reliable flashlight. The big pizza chains encourage drivers to carry a flashlight while on shift, and no cop is going to give you crap about having a flashlight between the seats or on the dash

  4. Worked security for years…always had my 6 C-cell maglight “persuader” handy no matter the time of day. Somebody carrying a flashlight, even in their hand, rings no bells whatsoever. I opted for the c-cell for the smaller diameter and better grip, no less effective.

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