I think it's in our DNA, like ignoring our wives when they have work for us (LOL). Just like we never find the perfect range bag, or holster, we never find the best flashlight.I don't know why but many gun guys (including myself) also like flashlights. I understand the connection between guns and knives but why flashlights? Seems every gun show I have attended, there have always been tables with flashlights. I own quite a few flashlights from a little 1 cell with an LED rated at 15 lumens to ultra bright models rated at 90,000 lumens. I even have a 1 million candle power beam light that plugs into a cigarette lighter socket.
I recently used my old Mini Maglite and found the batteries went dead so I replaced them. Soon after I switched the Mag light on with the new batteries, the bulb burned out. I have replaced bulbs many times in this flashlight so I normally have a few spares on hand but this time, no such luck. I decided to order some new 30 lumen bulbs and found you can buy an LED replacement pretty cheap with the same brightness. Further, I found you can buy a new Mini Maglite with a 281 lumen LED for about $20, which includes new Energizer AA batteries and a nylon sheath. So .... I went from a buck a bulb to 20 bucks. I got the flashlight in the mail today and am very pleased. It looks and works just like my old Mini Maglite except it is way brighter and the LEDs are supposed to last 100,000 hours. I'll add the new Mini Maglight to my collection of at least 20 other flashlights. Maybe some day I'll buy a new bulb for the old Mini Maglite but until then, I have a small but very bright flashlight that will come in handy.