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For awhile I had forsaken MagLite as outdated and incapable of adapting to a changing market, with new flashlight manufacturers making brighter lights every few months, it seemed they were doomed. Up to this point I wouldn't even consider a flashlight unless it had high lumens, multiple modes and the ability to accept a wide range of batteries, including lithium ions, until I came upon this little gem.
Being a flashaholic "know it all" I was hesitant to give this mag a chance, I mean, a three cell carrier AAA light? Practically sacrilege! But being a bit of a techno nerd, the opportunity to play with an accelerometer operated light was irresistible. Plus I could always just return it to the store... ***SPOILER AHEAD***... but I didn't.
Now to get down to the blood & bone... this light really impressed me especially that it came from MagLite. The features themselves are standard among the usual suspects of LED lights, but the implementation MagLite chose is a leap forward among their peers. Every multi-mode light out there requires you to loosen, tighten or certain amount of clicks, or a certain combination sequence of either to get to the mode you want. The XL100 has all its modes in one button you only need to press once, as long as your selection is facing up. A raised rubber dial (It does NOT rotate!) on the boot of the switch is supposed to serve as an indicator, the big N on a map so to speak, always pointing to the most frequently used mode of the light, the brightness control. And serving as a reference point to other modes while in the dark, providing you can memorize the other 4's orientation.
However, the mode you'll find yourself using most is the brightness control, which is the coolest part of this light. Once you press & hold the button, it's a simple twist of the wrist to dim or brighten the light, release at the desired level and it memorizes the setting the next time it's turned on. It also dims & brightens as fast as you can twist. Most lights that offer this type of adjustment do so at a fixed, slow rate. The low setting is VERY dim, and the brightest setting is absolutely brighter than 83 lumens. At least by the measure of lumens I'm used to from the popular Chinese LED flashlight brands.
The modes can be directly accessed; SoS & Strobe are easily adjusted for brightness or frequency in the same manner. Brightness of the strobe will default to the last used level, but the frequency can be adjusted to whatever interval you desire simply by twisting your wrist. SoS is adjustable for brightness, but not frequency (wouldn't be SoS then, I guess.)
Nightlite mode is a neat little feature that will probably get more use than strobe or SoS, especially with kids. The light can tail stand and while in Nightlite mode will dim down to the lowest setting when no movement is detected, but instantly go to full brightness once picked up.
Signal mode doesn't get used much by me, but basically the light will be off and turn on at the last used setting when any movement is detected in the direction away from Signal. Personally I find that signaling by clicking on and off to be easier, but the motion detect feature of signal mode could come in handy somehow, somewhere in a galaxy far away...
The emitter the XL100 uses is in fact a LUXEON REBEL, not a Cree. It also appears to be a neutral white, a pleasant alternative on my eyes in contrast to the cool white of most Cree LEDs (one of the most common emitters.) The electronics in this light are also regulated; it is NOT a direct drive like almost every other three cell battery carrier light out there. It uses a BUCK BOOST circuit, which offers nice regulation and long usable output of light. I have no doubt the ANSI specified numbers on the package are equal or lower than what this light is actually capable of delivering. And have no fear of using lithium batteries, the manual doesn't prohibit them, only rechargeables, but they are SAFE to use in a buck boost too. Mag probably prohibits them for legal liability reasons; rechargeable batteries always carry more risk.
Also the battery carrier is much higher quality than any other carrier type I've encountered, its not the malleable cheapie plastic, but a firmer, denser type of plastic which I have no doubt will last, but if it fails, a replacement is a call away.
Heat sinking on this light also seems to be about as good as my other LEDs, the body does get warm after being at full brightness for several minutes, but that means heat is being transferred to the aluminum body and not insulated within the electronics of the emitter. A problem Mag had with their first attempt at LED'izing their Mag line. And it doesn't get too hot to hold, even after a full hour at full brightness on eneloop batteries.
Fit & finish of the light is pretty standard MagLite quality, typical Type II anodizing (which many flashaholics lament in favor of Type III. It's a higher number after all, right?!), highly polished aluminum body underneath, and anodized threads for long lasting use. The finish is more durable than expected, not tough enough to withstand criticism though, I have had Type III finish lights arrive with nicks out of the box, it may be Type III, but if it's poorly applied it doesn't mean a thing. MagLite does Type II well and I have yet to knick this light in spite of dropping it twice already and knocking it against hard objects accidentally. Body tube is of good thickness, but the head of the flashlight is fairly thin, the lens is also plastic, but that just means it won't crack as easily, but will scratch. My old d cell mag is scratched to hell, but it still puts out a usable beam, and mag will gladly send you a replacement any time if you call and request one. Can't say the same of Chinese brands. The rubber clickie boot is also of good quality rubber, and the switch itself feels more durable than the click switches on my more expensive lights.
About the only gripes I have for this light is that it does not have a pocket clip or lanyard attachment, big oversight on Mags part. However, if you're an inclined tinkerer/customizer, there is a very fast and easy remedy. I've found that the Novatac lanyard ring will fit over the tail cap of the XL100 perfectly and allows for the attachment of a lanyard (shown under customer images I've uploaded.) The Novatac flashlight clip will also fit in a similar fashion, both available from Lighthound (FANTASTIC SERVICE!!) Or just about any generic lanyard ring made for a 1" light will work. I have also found that any pistol magazine pouch will fit this light, or for something a little more specific, the Maxpedition 4" flashlight pouch fits this light perfectly, I use it. MagLite apparently has one in the works for this light, but you don't have to wait! Also, the focusing feature on the head of this light is bland; it goes from tight beam to a loose spill which washes out much of the light in favor of a barely usable flood. Not worth using, imo.
Finally, in comparison to my Maratac 9290 (a re-badged ACU anodized iTP C7 tactical) using a 14500 lithium ion battery, rated at 190 lumens -the MagXL100, using eneloop AAA's is perceptibly (slightly) brighter and throws its beam farther. It throws almost as good as my Fenix TK12 using an 18650 li-ion, at 220 lumens, and only slightly dimmer than the TK, yet the beam is cleaner, no dark "cree rings" affecting the spill, its very clean in fact. Yet you still won't find many flashaholics praising this light, it is MagLite and an AAA three cell carrier light designed for "clueless consumers" after all. I also have many other LED's, but they are of lower brightness and no comparison to the XL100 and not worth noting here.
I don't have any graphs to display or have the desire to purchase equipment & software solely for the use of grading lights and measuring every electronic function by the numbers down to an exact science, my eyes are my best & most practical gauge of usability and what they tell me is that there is little difference in brightness between an $80 dollar 200 lumen light and this 83 lumen $30 light with a stellar lifetime warranty.
Real world use of the light for me has been solid and satisfying, the fact that price was affordable, and it's made in the US by a well respected manufacturer with a notable lifetime warranty & service is a nice bonus, too.
I have been using this light nightly for the past two months and it is still going strong. It has become my fast favorite and now sits in my dresser drawer near my bed and is now the first light I go to when I need it, feels just right in my hands.
By now I'd be a few hundred dollars richer had I never got caught up in this silly flashlight hobby, searching for the "best light for me," but now that I've found it, I can stop spending ridiculous amounts of money on other brands that seem to come out with something new every couple of months and give you that "!!!MUST BUY!!!" feeling because you think it might be better, but truth is the improvements are incremental at best and I feel like a rube every time I plop down $60 or more for the latest and greatest. No more!
I can see now why established companies like SureFire, MagLite & others don't come out with new product very often, because when they do, they tend to do so when the technology provides a significant advance in quality & features, not just baby steps.
I hope I've covered all the bases and provided as much insight into the XL100 and what a great bargain it is, at least in my view. I've tried to be as concise as possible, but review writing isn't my thing unless the product really is of remark to me. If you can learn from my experience, and you value practicality & having lots of money in the bank, then this IS THE FLASHLIGHT for you.
Also, if you've taken the time to read my whole view, THANK YOU!!! I put at least a couple hours into it... any questions I'd be glad to answer!
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This is a nice little flashlight, that has its good and bad points.
It feels nice and durable. the rubber for the button is of good quality. It is of a decent size, and changing of the batteries is very easy. But it is a bit larger then I thought it would be. From the way it looked, I thought it would be maybe the width of my hand at most. that is not true. I wear an XL in mens gloves, so I have pretty large hands, and this flashlight is about an inch wider then my hands are. The way that it is designed, it looks like it is a bit smaller then they actually are. It is not a bad thing. Because it is not smaller then I thought, it is actually more comfortable in my hands, but, if you plan on putting it in something like a purse, or something, just take the measurements into consideration so you know it will fit.
On the picture, it shows the button with a little tab. It makes it look like all you have to do is rotate it to the setting that you want, and push the button, or vise versa, push the button, and twist it to the setting. That is not accurate. First, there is no tab, at least on the 2 of them that I have, for you to grab on to. It is all flat, or bowed. The way it works is you grab the flashlight, and while holding the power button down, you twist the flashlight to rotate it in a circle, like if it was rolling on a table. I have found this to be very annoying, as when I got it to go into a lower brightness setting, I had a problem getting to get it to go back to full brightness easily. What is nice is you can adjust it to a lower setting of brightness, turn it off, and then back on, and it should still be at that lower brightness. But the problem is trying to get it to go back to full brightness easily. If all you are mostly using it for is the regular flashlight part, and mainly use one brightness, then this will work good. But it is a pain to get it to switch modes easily. So if that is all you want, it is a very nice flashlight.
One thing that I do really like about this one is this. If the tail cap comes a little loose, it still keeps a connection. I have bought some of the maglite AA regular flashlights, and have found on those, that since it uses the body of the flashlight as the return circuit,. if the tail cap came just a little loose, that it could brake the connection and blink on and off like there was a short. but there actually is not physical short, it is just that the connection is broke because the tail cap came loose. This flashlight, that does not seem to be a problem, which is very nice. You can unscrew the tail cap a full turn, and it still keeps a connection. that is a very nice bonus to it.
Unlike some of the other regular maglite flashlights that I have, they all have adjustable beams, meaning you can go from a regular pinpoint beam to a wide spread, this flashlight does not have that feature. It is just the pinpoint beam only. What I can say is if you need a wider beam, to say, light up the whole hallway of area, you can take the top lens part off and you will get the wider spread that is even, but you will not have the bonus of the reflector for distance. This I guess would be kind of like the candle light feature of the regular maglite's.
As for the lens. I have some regular maglite ones, and those, if something happens that the lens (that clear piece of plastic over the reflector), with the regular ones, you can replace the lens if it gets damaged, or scratched up. From what I have seen on this one, I am not sure that you can replace it, without replacing the whole reflector assembly. I do like the option of being able to do that for many reasons. First of it, if it gets scratched up, or cracked, it is nice to be able to replace it. But also, with the regular ones, you can also get ones of different colors, like red, etc and replace it with other colors, which makes it good for using at night because the red ones do not make your eyes adjust to the light like the white light does. for that reason, you may want that option. This one does not have it. there may be a way to take it apart, I am not sure, but it is not an easy, take, slide or twist out, so just know, if you try it, you may damage something in the process. They may make covers to go over it that has different colors,. I dont know. I never looked. so if that is something that you want, you will have to look.
Lastly, I would like to say that this has a nice white light. have seen some led lights that have more of a yellowish tint, or an off white type of color to the light. this one seems to be bright white, like daytime light. that is nice. and as always, I like that the maglite is made in the USA too.
Overall, it is a nice flashlight, and since it does what I want it to, which is just the regular straight beam, and I dont think i will really use the other features other then for playing around, it will work great for me. As long as you know its limitations, and are happy or fine with them, then this a nice little flashlight. If you want something a bit brighter, know that maglite has some newer versions out that are brighter then this one. But I am fine with my choice and do recommend it. I took the 2 stars off due to the fact that the twist tab thing that is in the picture for the button is not there, is awkwardness to switch modes if need be, and the lack of being able to change the lens and the beam.
I have had a chance to use it a bit now, and from what I have seen so far, if all you need is the high, low, and off features, and dont need the strobe, etc features, i would recommend the XL50. The XL50, you toggle the features by clicking the button, meaning, no having to twist while holding the button down, which makes it much easier to use. Overall, it is the same thing, looking at size, battery, etc, just the toggle switch feature makes it much easier to use. While this one may have extra features, my preference is with the XL50. There is also a XL200, which is pretty much the same thing as this one, but with one difference. Instead of twisting the light around, you simply click the power button to get to the different modes. Much easier to switch modes.