Mag-Lite XL100 LED Flashlight - AAA - Black Aluminum
Introducing The All New Maglite® XL100™ LED Flashlight. A revolutionary breakthrough in flashlight technology, designed for optimum light output, the new MAGLITE® XL100™LED flashlight delivers user-friendly, performance oriented features in a sleek, tactical design. Engineered from the ground up, this advanced lighting instrument is driven by the next generation of MAG-LED® technology and includes the Advanced Flashlight User Interface™. The Maglite® XL100™flashlight features a push-button tail cap switch with (5) selectable modes, plus lockout (prevents accidental operation).
Normal Mode (Basic On-Off)
Adjustable Brightness with Memory
Adjustable Strobe Rate with Memory
Nite Lite™ Mode
Automatically Dims to a Low Setting
User initiated signal on-off
Signals International Morse Code SOS
Prevents accidental operation
Length: 4.8" (121.92 mm)
Barrel Diameter: 1" (25.4 mm)
Head Diameter: 1" (25.4 mm)
Weight with batteries: 3.68 oz. (104 g)
I am really into flashlights, and have always owned several MagLite D-cell flashlights, the regular kind with a bulb. I recently went on a mission to find an excellent LED light, and tried several. Being MagLite, I expected excellence with this product.
The light has a beautiful, streamlined design. It is bright (in my experience not as bright as the Nebo Redline Tactical for sale on Amazon) but it produces a whiter, and more symetrically round, light (ie when shone on a wall). It has great features, like strobe, etc, and has a function where you can dim the light if you want.
The first thing is, and I am very technically proficient, this light takes A WHILE to learn how to use the features. I think MagLite went a little too far building such smart technology into a flashlight. When you finally figure it out, it's "OK" - still not great because I think it would be much simpler if they used a switch or tap-the-button system to switch between features. Trying to build a better mousetrap here, I get it, but I think it's un-necessary. Perhaps a better instruction manual would help. Plus, if you don't use it every day, you have to stop and think about the operation of the features, since it's unlike any other light you'll ever use.
Second, you cannot adjust the beam of the light. At least, I cannot. On a regular MagLite, you twist the top to widen or narrow the beam. I don't think this is possible on this light. Finally, there's no way to attach a wrist strap to this light. With the large, long, D-cell MagLites, that's not an issue, b/c usually you are holding them or using them in instances where you don't require a small light. And, some people like the heft of those for safetly. However, with a small light like this, you'd like a way of ensuring that you won't drop it.
Net Net, I like this light (not love) and despite it's beautiful design, I keep it as my backup not primary light.