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Mini Maglite LED not staying on

I have a Mini Maglite LED version that worked fine for a few days then started going out when tipped a little to shine in different direction or if bumped ever so lightly. This is aggravating! Some times cannot get it to turn on at all.
So bought another and after a few days use it has started same thing. Any idea what is going on??

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  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2009

    SAME THING

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2009

    Exact same story....

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2009

    Same problem here....

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    My mini maglite led worked fine when I first got it, but after about two weeks if I move it or bump it it flashes on and off. I've tried replaceing the batteries, but that doesn't make a difference. What is up with this?!

  • JBMaglite Feb 20, 2009

    About a year ago I had the same problem. I sent it to Maglite for repair. I paid the shipping one way. The work order said that they had to redo a glue joint (?). It died not too long after the repair. Since then I have had about 10 of these Minimags with the same problem. I returned all of them to the store of purchase. Today I called Maglite warranty department and asked if they have been having any problems. They said no. I have been very careful not to drop the lights. For me, it appears that the lights fail after about 60 or so on/off cycles.

  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2009

    Same thing with three different lights

  • prn007 Mar 01, 2009

    mini mag led stays on for 10 to 15 seconds goes out then won't go back on. Like it's overheating then when it cools off it will go back on for 10 or 15 seconds. movement is not an issue as it does the same thing laying on the desk. I think it's a thermal issue and therefore a design issue . Mag ought to be taking care of it since they tout ruggedness and durability.




  • catbeller Mar 06, 2009

    Two LED mini-maglites, a 3 AA and a 2 AA model, both dead after many days of jiggling the swivel cap to get them to work at all.

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2009

    I have had the same problem, and when I checked the batteries, the one furthest in had corroded and was no longer making contact when the light was turned on. I suspect that this had slowly been becoming a problem and the battery had been making poorer and poorer contact. Has anyone had a badly corroded battery in conjunction with this problem?

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    Same thing it willnot stay on and definitely will not spot or flood. What are we supposed to do this is a great light when it works.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2009

    I paid $20 for one of these flashlights and it was great when it worked,but now it will not stay on. I think it is something in the LED assembly (which I cannot figure out how to remove and examine)

  • satmil Mar 23, 2009

    I have bought my 3rd and last maglite. First 2 had the exact same problem. It worked at first, then you have to jiggle it and "maybe" it might come of for a few seconds. I kept buying replacements because MagLite is suppose to be a leader in flashlights. I have a $7 cheap-o bought at a random HW store and it works consistently.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2009

    Not myself, but I know of one person who exchanged  3 of them before giving up and getting an different kind. That was last summer(08). A while later you couldn't find that flashlight at homedepot. They pulled it off the shelves. And One other person who has only had it for a couple weeks.. There is something defective... and Maglite is lying if they say they don't know about it.... They would be informed on the returns.


    I was curious if the upgrade kit had the same problems.?

  • lesliegrate Apr 05, 2009

    same here. and i have cleaned all the contacts and made sure they connect by using clip leads and such. it does seem to be in the LED assembly or the LED itself.

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2009

    Same problem, not sure thats a termal problem. Anyone tried the mag-lite in the fridge?

  • mithrill Apr 18, 2009

    Same as the rest, pulling the spring in the back out a bit seems to fix the problem. Longer is better. ( Replace the springs Maglite ? )

  • tuctuc May 02, 2009

    Garbage product. Cool appearance seem to be more important than reliable function with Maglite. I've also trashed two due to batteries becoming siezed in place. Stopped paying for the style and now have two cheepo flashlights that work great. Designing flashlights that work reliably is not rocket science but seems beyond the scope of this style-conscious company.

  • Jason Chan Apr 25, 2013

    It works! It works! Thanks for the link!

  • Jason Chan Apr 25, 2013

    It works!!! Thanks for the link!

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I found this site because I too have a pile of these with that problem. I have had maglites since the time when they weren't available to the general public and have always liked them. These new LED lights are great for the light/size ratio and I was very sorry to see this product perform so poorly. After reading the comments here I went to the Maglite site and found some troubleshooting tips. Believe it or not I fixed the one in my hand and can't wait to go fix the others. They really need to spell out on the package how the LED unit works when the batteries get low. Apparantly when they do get low the unit won't dim, it will completely shut off. You turn it off and then back on again and it flashes on but then stays off. According to the troubleshooting there is a bit of electonics in this unit that will shut the unit off if the battery voltage falls below a certain threshold. This appears exactly like a poor contact problem. I thought I had try battery replacement on some of my units in the past. The toubleshooting section does also cover other possible issues and shows how to try to fix them - not a bad document. Here is the link - good luck - I hope they stay in business. I think they need to address this issue somehow or else they will silently loose their market share. http://www.maglite.com/pdf/CustServ/Mini%20Maglite%20LED%20FAQ5222007805552.pdf

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  • 97-Ram Jan 10, 2011

    I had the flickering problem too ! Drove me nuts also. I thought I would test the batteries, and WHALA they were low ! Put in new ones and works perfect ! Thanks to baubshep . 97-Ram.

  • JeffInDFW Jul 29, 2011

    I replaced all my old maglights with the new LED ones a year ago. 11 in all, and have had these exact problems with ALL of them. Was about to throw them all out and replace with another brand when I found THIS post just now. I followed the instructions on 4 of my LED mag lites and I can't believe it. They work now. What a load of ****. This saved me a LOT of money, so I am thankful (VERY!), but irked that I spent the last year fighting with my flashlites. I'm a lifelong Maglite owner, but this has ticked me off. Thanks for all who took time to post this info.

  • John Owens Nov 25, 2013

    I have one of these LED mini Maglites, I had really liked it, but recently it started to act really screwy, just like dirty contacts in the switch. I have been looking all over trying to find out how to get to the switch to clean the contacts, now I run onto this. It surely couldn't just be low batteries..could it? Replaced the batteries and it worked!!!! I'm sure glad I found this, the problem was much less than I suspected.

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I just fixed mine!

Yes the design of the switch on this light is ****. I really like it's size and the amount of light it puts out. So, I would constantly torture myself by trying to use it with the flickering and twisting.

Finally, I resigned to the fact that it was junk and tore into it. I used a hairdryer to heat up the outside metal casing and then pushed on the metal tabs on either side of the bulb with a pair of needle nosed pliers to disassemble.

The assembly that comes is made up of three pieces consisting of the metal casing, a plastic insert, and a circuit board. The insert comes out by pressing the tabs on either side and pulling. Be careful to note how the insert came out because if you reassemble backwards, the light won't work.

The insert holds the circuit board. I used a marker to marke one side of the metal case and the corresponding side of the circuit board. OK, now the fix. The board has metal tabs on all for edges. The problem is with the top and bottom. They have a dimple that makes contact. I believe that over a brief period of usage the tab loses its springiness and the dimple doesn't make contact. The area it touches had wear marks, som I'm wondering if the divet keeps things from functioning.

Anyway, just bend the corneres of the top and bottom tabs out to increase the number of contact points. I bent the corners to about a 45 degree angle.

Reassemble by taking care to line up your marks(top and bottom matters too). Put the light back together and voila it should work.

I just did this, so I'm not sure how permanant the fix is, but it's been working well so far. I did take some pictures, if folks are interested. Post something here and I'll put up a link.

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This is more of a workaround than solution. Unscrew both sides of your minimag. Take out the spring. Drop the spring down onto the batteries. Move the led around untill it turns on. Once you have found the optimal position screw the batt. end back. (Note: U must not move the spring or led just screw the end on tight!) It should now work properly. Just remember that next time you need to change your batts that the spring will fall out and you must repeat this process. Hopefully you do not need to change very often thats why you bought the more exspensive led model.

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I tried the usual steps of cleaning the contacts and replacing the batteries and elongating the springs, and none of it worked. In solution #2, the poster describes removing the circuit board, which I did. I found that the inductor coil on the board had broken free and was unsoldered on one side. A little superglue and a quick dot of solder fixed me right up.


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I definitely thank baubshep! This worked... I started pulling out the fingers as said in the maglite link provided by baubshep... Worked better for a few days and the trouble started again. Changing the batterys worked!! I just wast fouled by the fact that when the light was on although working erratically it was very bright! Thaaanks Baubshep :)

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Yep, garbage. It had been 15 years since I bought on of these peices of **** and figured they had the flickering problem fixed by now. Not. Now they have changed it to make it more difficult to fix. Even the fixes were temporary back then. The main problem? Not enough contact area to carry the current to the bulb. I guess they are either afraid to spend an extra dime per unit to get it right or won't pay the royalties for a design that already works.

I'll never buy this brand again.

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There is nothing wrong with the flashlight. Due to the high output LED bulb at 270 lumins the batteries drain very quickly. At first sign of flicker or shutdown i throw in some new batteries and im good for a few days. Im going to try switching to Li-ion, they are a little pricey but rechargeable and hopefully save me some cash in the long run.

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I put the pencil in a drill because the handheld method was not working. The pencil in the drill method work, but be careful it can destroy the pencil eraser real quick!

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    I put the pencil in a drill because the handheld method was not working. The pencil in the drill method work, but be careful it can destroy the pencil eraser real quick!

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This is more of a workaround than solution. Unscrew both sides of your minimag. Take out the spring. Drop the spring down onto the batteries. Move the led around untill it turns on. Once you have found the optimal position screw the batt. end back. (Note: U must not move the spring or led just screw the end on tight!) It should now work properly. Just remember that next time you need to change your batts that the spring will fall out and you must repeat this process. Hopefully you do not need to change very often thats why you bought the more exspensive led model.
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I took a piece of aluminum foil, folded it several times to give it some thickness and inserted it into the flashlight before installing batteries. So far so good.

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The flickering problem was driving me nuts...I read somewhere that there is something at the back end of the LED that the battery touches that wears out over time, so after I tried cleaning the contacts I decided something new needed to be tried. I took a pair of needle nosed plyers and a paperclip and wrapped the paperclip carefully around the plyers until I had a flat disk that looked like two back-to-back Ds with an extra loop around it (or I presume a Euro penny or dime might be the correct diameter, but I can't find any right now) and I dropped that in before replacing the batteries. I haven't had a single flicker since doing that. The coil should be about half the diameter of the battery. Note that putting the coil between the batteries does NOT work. You need to improve the contact point between the first battery and the back of the LED module.

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My 3watt 3aa led minimag also started to have the same problem i think, what i did was bending out the two pieces of metal in the tail cap.
the screw is getting flat so i am going to send it to maglite for repair.
aniway im buiyng the xl50

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Here's my simple solution:

1. Remove battery end and batteries
2. Remove spring
3. Clean as much corrosion as possible
4. Replace batteries
5. Drop in spring
6. Replace battery end

I just did this and the flashlight works every time. Only time will tell how long this solution lasts.


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Greetings,
I'm on my fourth and final mini Maglite Led in less than eight months. The first three, and the current one as of last night, all had/have the same issue above. Mountain Equipment Co-op in Burlington, Ontario, has been great about straight exchanging this product, but I'm finished with it now (unless I give in to the temptation to try one_ton green's solution above). This light may be sexy, but it's definitely dysfunctional!

JM

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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