I got the 3 cell, blue flashlight, for my self. I have been using these flashlights for years, and I have never really had any real complaints with them, which is why I keep coming back. As you know, this does use 3 D batteries. I do not use the D size batteries...
I got the 3 cell, blue flashlight, for my self. I have been using these flashlights for years, and I have never really had any real complaints with them, which is why I keep coming back.
As you know, this does use 3 D batteries. I do not use the D size batteries in mine. I like the flexibility of using rechargeable batteries in mine. So, what I did, was I got some of those AA to D size battery adapters, and use those in place of the D size batteries. D size rechargeable batteries are expensive, you have to have a special charger to charge them, if they die, and you are out, then you have to buy replacement D batteries to use in it. So, with the adapters... These AA to D size adapters that you can get, come where you can use anywhere from 1 to 3 AA batteries, per adapter. I got the one that takes up to 3, but the ones that take 1 AA battery are more common... In any case, doing that, that means that 3 AA batteries will replace 1 D battery. Since a D rechargeable battery will usually hold, up to 10,000 mah, and standard AA rechargeable''s are about 2,000 mah each, that means that you are only going down, from 10,000 mah, to 6,000 mah, per battery. if you get the high capacity batteries, the difference will be even less. Plus, finding rechargeable AA batteries, and charger, is much easier to do, then finding D size ones. And using 3 AA, when you recharge them, that means that you are charging 3 times as many batteries at a time, so you can recharge the batteries 3 times faster too. For all these reasons, and more, I went with the adapters, vs using standard D batteries, in these.
As for run time. Honestly, I have no idea how long they will run on one set of batteries. I use mine a bit, and I just recharge the batteries every so often, so I never actually waited until they actually went fully dead, to charge them. For that reason, I really can not say how long that they last. It does say that the run time on one set of D batteries is 80 hours, which is almost 3 1/2 days straight. So that is a long run time, which is also why, Since I just recharge mine every so often, just to make sure that they are ready, I have never run into them going dead on me while using them.
The construction of the body is all aluminum. I have had no problems with the threads stripping out, or anything else on it. The head is adjustable, so you can adjust the beam, from pinpoint, to wide angle. Since this is LED, there is no need for a spare bulb, as it is rated for, if I remember right, up to 50,000 hours, so with that much use, by then, you will probably not want to try to replace it anyways, and just buy new. The rubber on the switch is pretty well made too. I have had no problems with it leaking, tearing, or coming off. It has held up to use very well. There is also rubber seals in pretty much all of the joints, to seal, and keep the water out very well. I have not tried it with these, but I have other maglite flashlights, that I have dropped in the water, and never had any problems with water getting in them. I would guess that these would be no different.
This does come with a "limited lifetime" warranty. What that means is, if the "actual" product fails for any reason, other then abuse, then they will fix it for free. What the "limited" part means, they are NOT responsible for things that wear out, or abuse, or for damage from things that are NOT their own product. For example., If you drop the light, and smash the front lens, they will not fix it. If you put some batteries in it that explode, leak, etc, and they damage the flashlight, the batteries are not their product, so they will NOT fix the flashlight, since it was damaged due to some other companies product failing, in this case, that would be the batteries. If the switch breaks, if the threads strip out under normal use, if things like that happen, then they will fix things like that.
I also like the fact that these are made in the USA.. well, most of it is anyways. They buy the LED''s from another company, and at least some of those LED''s are probably made in china, or somewhere like that.. But the main part, and most of the flashlight, is made right here, in the USA.
Overall, I think that these are very nice. I have never had one fail on me yet, so how can I give anything less then 5 stars, never having a single problem with any of mine, of this size and type? So it gets 5 stars for being a good product, at a reasonable price.