I drew inspiration from the sweet custom Mag builds made by members of CandlePowerForums.com
. Some of the lights they build really make mine look workmanlike in comparison. I encourage you head over to those forums and look around...heck, maybe even take your coat off, introduce yourself, and stay a while. If you're not so sure about building one yourself, but the idea of a custom Mag floats your boat, you'll want to check out Jayrob's XM-L Maglite sales thread on CPF!
Jayrob wasn't the first to modify Maglites with 10+ Watt LEDs, but he'll build you one exactly the way you want it. Jayrob has impeccable feedback because he backs up what he sells 110% and he goes over every detail with you so you'll make an informed choice. He has options for custom battery voltage monitors, superior reflectors, even a cut-down 1D stubby version--check it out! Now, you budding flashoholic, you. I bet you're thinking, "the good old Maglite is decent: they're made in USA, tough as nails, and they are fairly inexpensive here in the States."
Well, I would have to agree with you. I practically guarantee this Mag build will put a grin on your face if you've ever owned or used what is the quintessential flashlight
to so many. With a modicum of skill, resourcefulness, and patience
you can modify your incandescent or LED Mag with a Cree XM-L LED, turning it into a powerhouse flashlight capable of 1000+ emitter lumens, regulated output, and multiple brightness levels. The great thing is it retains the familiar Maglite styling. A majority of high-output flashlights these days try to sell tacticool features and hyper-militant styling and simply look tacky (pocket-shredding "assault crown bezels?"). The Mag design is timeless, practical, and the body makes it a great mod host (it's a big mass of aluminum). Below: six-thousand word essay on real-world performance