Question about MagLite Mag Lite Led 2 Cell Aa Flashlight Select Color
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??
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
Posted on Jul 30, 2009
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.
Posted on May 01, 2009
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.
Posted on Apr 04, 2009
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.
Posted on May 06, 2010
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 :)
Posted on Mar 14, 2010
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.
Posted on May 19, 2009
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.
Posted on Aug 20, 2015
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.
Posted on Apr 08, 2013
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.
Posted on Feb 02, 2013
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.
Posted on Jun 02, 2012
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
Posted on Mar 04, 2012
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.
Posted on Jul 12, 2009
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!
Posted on Jun 26, 2009
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