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Discussion in 'General Advice' started by midgetgreen11, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. midgetgreen11

    midgetgreen11 Active Member

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    So I have a mini-mag LED 2xAA and for some reason it recently decided to not work, and so i pulled it apart and tried to fix it, only to make the problem worse. I was just reading the thread about "making friends with local supply shops" and only wish we had a decent one. The only one we have in Rhode Island is total crap, so i'm thinking i want to buy a new one online. Who knows of a good online theatre tool supply store or something of the type where i can get one?
     
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    If it's an actual replacement Maglite you're looking for, they should be available almost anywhere. I have purchased countless mags of all sizes from the local WalMart. If it's a more high-tech flashlight you're after, you have any number of ways to go. There are a few flashlight/personal tool threads on this board - search 'em out. My personal recommendation (FWIW) for a theatre flashlight is the Innova XO. It is just slightly larger in diameter than a minimag and about the same length. It uses a tactical tailcap that is momentary/continuous or lock-out. Mine has an approx. 3W LED in it which throws a lot of light a good distance. Uses CR123a type batts so be prepared to invest a little for good bright light on demand.

    If you're seeking online theatre supply sources in general, so far I've had very good luck with www.toolsforstagecraft.com. They specialize in cool gear for theater/set techs.
     
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    midgetgreen11 Active Member

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    thanks for the advice, but something about paying $75 for an INOVA light doesn't appeal to me, being a freshman in high school.
     
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    Don't you have sound gigs every Friday and Saturday night?
     
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    Understandably so. I've always liked high-performance "torches". My secret, though, is that I got mine at Target for $50! I'm self-employed right now though so that means I can take it off of my taxes for this year.

    Before I got the Inova I used a 2AA minimag with a NiteIze drop-in 3 LED module. Both area cheap and a rig like this is useful for close-work behind racks, under platforms and reading scripts in the dark. I like the Inova because it can illuminate the grid from the deck like a xenon can.
     
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    umm no? i think you've got the wrong person. i WISH i did, but one, i know nothing about sound because our high school has to hire/rent equipment due to the lack of auditorium funding


    has anyone used this flashlight: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=9123705

    ? is it any good?
     
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    I've got one of those. That model came to being early in the development of LED technology. It may have been re-tooled in the approx. 4 year since I bought mine but mine is rather dim by today's standards. Mine has a standard "old" white LED (not luxeon, cree) that is less than 1W in brightness. The beam is focused and looks like a sharp follow-spot beam but obviously much less bright. It should also be noted that the ring that holds the lanyard/hand strap on is weak and will snap off under mild to moderate force. For the price it makes an OK close-work light but won't shine as far as more expensive LED products.

    MAG themselves now offers a 3W LED product that I am rather fond of. It comes in a 2AA variety that is only slightly longer than the krypton version. They go for about $24 or so at WalMart. I used one for about 3 months until somebody dropped a manhole cover on it (long story) and it died shortly thereafter. The nice thing about this light was that the beam could be focused. Battery life was also good.
     
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    yeah my mini mag was about $23 i think, but walmart.com keeps telling me that mini mags are not available in stores.

    and i wouldn't have a use for a lanyard ring anyways, it comes with a pouch, which is what i used for my mag.
     
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    I went to Target, got a mini mag and the single diode nite-ize retrofit and I love it.

    Total cost: $30.
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    Every Walmart, Kmart and Target I have ever been to has Mini Maglites.
     
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    I think my local supermarket carries them too. Also Home Depot and Lowes.
     
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    do they have LED ones?
     
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    The LED Mag I had was the same one mentioned earlier in the thread....died 3 months after I bought it. Basically the little pressure point that turns it on and off when you screw the lens up an down gave out. Not a fan.
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    Return it to Mag Instruments.
     
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    Or option two...get pissed off and by an Innova from TFS and be happy when my boss has flashlight envy!
     
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    I think the petzl headlights are overpriced. I have an energizer model that works fine.
     
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    Well, if a retractable headband floats yur boat, so be it. My energize might not have that, but it has spot, flood, spot & flood both and stealth mode.
     
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    gafftapegreenia CBMod CB Mods

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    LOL, DUAL RED LEDS
     
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    Yea sure ok whatever its called all I know is that it makes me look like the Red Eyes from Mystery Men.
     

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