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Maglite LED Problems

Updated November 21, 2016

Maglite is a company that makes rugged flashlights specially designed for hiking, camping, and military applications, as well as other uses. The flashlights have gained a reputation of high quality, but there are several reasons you may have a problem with your Maglite LED flashlight.

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Maglite issues limited lifetime warranties for all their flashlights in the Western Hemisphere, so if you have any kind of problem, the first thing you should do is check to see if it is covered by the warranty. You may be able to get it repaired or replaced at no cost to you.


The Maglite company describes its LED lighting system as "Balanced Optics" because it is actually a combination of a reflector and LED light bulbs. This allows you to actually adjust and focus the beam of light that the flashlight produces. LED lights tend to be more energy efficient, impact and vibration proof than the incandescent bulbs on traditional flashlights, so most people don't have as many problems with them. However, some users complain that the Maglite Mini LED flashlight's bulbs tend to burn out or flicker. This is because the LED lights in the Mini get too warm when left on for extended periods of time. If you have the Mini, Shop Flashlights recommends shutting the light off every half hour for about 10 minutes or so. This allows the LED bulbs to cool down, reducing the chance that they will burn out or have flickering problems.


If you own a Maglite LED flashlight for any amount of time, it is likely that you will need spare parts, such as bulbs or lenses. This problem happens with most flashlights you use for a long time. Fortunately, the Maglite brand is sold in many stores around the country, so you should be able to find the spare part that you need in a local store that carries Maglite LED flashlights.

LED Upgrades

If you bought a Maglite flashlight with incandescent bulbs, you can get a kit that will upgrade the flashlight to LED bulbs. When installed properly, you probably won't have a problem with the result, especially if you buy the kit that Maglite sells. However, the kit available through Maglite can be more expensive than third party kits. But be aware that if you buy an LED upgrade kit from a third party, you risk voiding your flashlight's warranty.

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