Step 1: Gathering Materials
-Electric Drill/Drill Press
-Mini Maglite Flashlight
-SuperBright 5mm LED*
*I went to Radioshack and got a 5mm 2600 mcd SuperBright blue LED (catalog number 276-316. I really don't like going to Radioshack because they mark everything up so much ($4.49 for the LED at Radioshack, compared to $0.33 for a similar one from Jameco), but if I need something quick or want to browse, it's okay.
Step 2: Disassembly
Step 3: Light Comparison
Step 4: Reflector Modification
Step 5: Fitting the LED
Step 6: Putting it All Back Together
1. Put the batteries back in the handle so you can test for polarity and screw in the end piece.
2. Try the new LED in the two little holes (see image). If you got it right, the LED will light up (Duh). Keep the LED in its spot so you can fit things properly.
3. Place the newly modified reflector back where it came from in the head of the flashlight.
4. Screw the front cap on over the reflector and head. Don't forget the little clear plastic shield.
5. Screw the head onto the handle and turn it on again.
If you did everything right, you should end up with a very bright flashlight that is not good to point in anyone's eyes!
Step 7: Finished Comparison
Have fun with your own!