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2 for £10. The description says black, but the picture is of a silver one, and when I went into Argos Extra in Didcot today they only had silver in stock, but the guy who served me said they probably have different colours. This was the one in the presentation/gift box and include lifetime warranty (as with all Maglites), 1 AAA Duracell battery and a little keyring strap thingy.

They are £7.99 each, but to save posting two threads, you can get 1 black one delivered from Amazon for £5.41, http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0001GS0DM/ .

1.5% Quidco aswell...
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#1
Excellent deal, got one for myself and one as a present for my Dad.

Thanks for posting. H&R added.
#2
Thanks. I was going to buy them today but I really didn't want silver... I'm gunna look in another Argos. Thanks for the rep, I love your avatar btw:-D
#3
BTW this 2 for £10 deal is listed in the new catalogue so its long term which is good. Makes this deal great for gifts :)
#4
Perfect, used to have one of these on my key ring for years. Now I can keep one on my keys and one in the car.
#5
Thanks, heat and rep.
#6
You can get much brighter/more powerful torches the same size for the same money.
Maglites are horribly overrated for what they are.

If you want a decent torch look at ones with a CREE LED Bulb.
#7
nice!
#8
Jetpac
You can get much brighter/more powerful torches the same size for the same money.
Maglites are horribly overrated for what they are.

If you want a decent torch look at ones with a CREE LED Bulb.


^^^ This ^^^
#9
There is also an offer on the AA sized torch.
£12.99 or two for £20.
#10
bulbs are obselete on torches now.. poor yellow light and short battery life, as above, search for CREE flashlights
#11
Agree with the last few posters.

The maglite solitare puts out around 8 lumens. You can get AAA flashlights even smaller than the solitare that put out 80 lumens. Yes, that's 10 times the power and for about twice as long.

Highly recommended by me - brand new on the market are the CREE Q5 XRE LED AAA's, google:

Maratac AAA
iTP EOS

Yesterday I picked up an AA "Ring Cyba-lite" CREE Q5 XRE LED torch from eBay, with battery, for £13. Puts out about 80 lumens which isn't bad for AA (but AA torches can be made to put out up to 200 lumens - which is just shockingly bright).
#12
Totally agree LOOK far better than what they are and no match for full size maglites (which can easliy be beaten now). luke warm..........
#13
yes i concur with the people above. i bought a maglite solitaire a couple years back and was very disappointed by both battery life and brightness. It is not very practical because it produces very little light. The little black keyring led lights from dealextreme that are £3 for 10 last for at least 20x longer and are probably 4 or 5 times brighter.
#14
Im going to offer up this baby to everyone:

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.3607

I have 2 of these myself, runs of an AA, Very small and very bright.. couldn't recomment more tbh!

This is also well rated if you want AAA:

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.12065
#15
Smiff
bulbs are obselete on torches now.. poor yellow light and short battery life, as above, search for CREE flashlights
I think the colour is one of the things they have going for them. LED tints are generally too cool.
#16
I agree with all the posters that mention LED torches. I wouldn't go back to bulb torches now.
Maglites used to be the dogs, but its old technology now.... and even the LED Maglites dont get very good reviews.
#17
Expired by me by mistake, sorry. I'll report to mods to get them to unexpire.
#18
Why has this been expired?

EDIT: ok dxx
#19
no rush with this,offer expires 22/1/2010 !
#20
Kerch
I think the colour is one of the things they have going for them. LED tints are generally too cool.


Good point, the LEDs do look a little (or a lot) cool and blueish/whiteish (some of them). The yellowy colour from the maglites does look a lot more natural; like daylight.

I'd still prefer a LED light (either Luxeon or CREE) any day!

I received my first CREE light this morning (from eBay) and it's absolutely amazing - brighter than anything I've used before (and it only cost me around £13 too).

Not to pee on the parade of the poster of this deal though; he/she deserves rep and heat for it as it is a good find for these solitaires! (even if they are hard to recommend in this day and age).
#21
i really dont care for maglite anymore, i'd rahter buy a pack of 10x 22000mcd keychain lights for just £3 delivered from dealextreme and put them wherever i need them. Car, bedroom, backpack, keys, etc
#22
yellow is not more natural.. its more similar to incandescent (because its is :) but colour is much more natural with a white LED. just try it, point them at a colour chart or something like a painting - you might be surprised.
some LEDs however are too blue/green.. the quality control is inconsistent from DX i've found. they are supposed to bin them according to colour but different batches vary. with the cheap CREE lights yer takes yer chances.
#23
Yea I agree to LED bulbs but you can replace the old bubs with an LED replacement for the maglites but are costly. Cheapest I have found on Amazon are £7.50:thumbsup:
banned#24
Great! All I need now is infrared goggles, a camera, notebook and pen, and I can start stalking:thumbsup:
#25
Collected mine this morning, both silver models.

Very pleased indeed!

Thanks again.
#26
I realised what rubbish the Maglites were when I bought my Fenix E01 from DealXtreme. What a difference. What battery life. What a sturdy little blighter attatched to my keychain.

In my work I also need access to good portable illumination, so I use a couple of the Romisen models found on the DealXtreme website, as well as my pride and joy, a Surefire Z2. Wibble.
#27
The Maglites are better than nothing, and are pretty, but as small torches go they're utter crap. :(

Jetpac
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I do like my Romisen AA (the one in your first link), it's amazing value for money. It doesn't compare to the £70~ CR123 Fenix, but that's like complaining a VW Polo doesn't compare to a Ferarri 458.

For the AAA, I'd go for the Fenix E01. They're really good looking, invincible, spectacular battery life (especially with a single Energizer Lithium) and dirt cheap. You can even tail-stand them and use them instead of candles in a power cut. I have one on my house keys and one on my car keys, combined with a traser (glow in the dark keyring), they're invaluable.

EDITS:
(SampleX just beat me to it, heh.)

My only complaint is there's a noticeable purple colour cast to the beam from the E01, but it doesn't make it any worse to see in the dark with, unless you're hunting for white walls.

If you want a more kick-ass AAA keyring torch, you want a Fenix L01. The next step up from that is CR123, and then you're starting to bulk up.

The E01 is stocked by a few outdoor sports and gun shops around the UK if you want a real-world store, or by FenixTorch (whose service I was happy with, although they sent mine out standard first class and it got lost in the post, they shipped out a replacement).
#28
can anyone tell me how these are packaged? do they come in a box/pouch or anything?
#29
Hunter82: There is a picture at the top of the thread. They are in a presentation box.

I bought a 3w Cree LED torch (2 x C batteries) for £12 from Tesco today. I have read good reviews for it.
There is also a smaller 3w (2 x AA) version for £10.
#30
Nexy
The Maglites are better than nothing, and are pretty, but as small torches go they're utter crap. :(



I do like my Romisen AA (the one in your first link), it's amazing value for money. It doesn't compare to the £70~ CR123 Fenix, but that's like complaining a VW Polo doesn't compare to a Ferarri 458.

For the AAA, I'd go for the Fenix E01. They're really good looking, invincible, spectacular battery life (especially with a single Energizer Lithium) and dirt cheap. You can even tail-stand them and use them instead of candles in a power cut. I have one on my house keys and one on my car keys, combined with a traser (glow in the dark keyring), they're invaluable.

EDITS:
(SampleX just beat me to it, heh.)

My only complaint is there's a noticeable purple colour cast to the beam from the E01, but it doesn't make it any worse to see in the dark with, unless you're hunting for white walls.

If you want a more kick-ass AAA keyring torch, you want a Fenix L01. The next step up from that is CR123, and then you're starting to bulk up.

The E01 is stocked by a few outdoor sports and gun shops around the UK if you want a real-world store, or by FenixTorch (whose service I was happy with, although they sent mine out standard first class and it got lost in the post, they shipped out a replacement).


Just double check there that the Fenix L01 has the keyring loop before you call it a 'keyring torch.' I believe you're likely to find it is a 'penlight' torch which uses a 'loose in pocket' carrying method or a pocket/belt clip, rather than a keyring loop.

Also I didn't notice the purple colour cast to be honest. Do you have a purple E01? I've noticed different people reporting slightly different colour casts with the E01's, but at less than £10 for an awesome, awesome mini torch, you aren't expecting precision perfect light accuracy. If you want that, you buy a beast....

Surefire Z2. Wibble.

Although I'm incredibly tempted to save up and buy one of the £200 SureFire 2/3 CR123 beasts that kicks out more lumens than a rugby pitch floodlight ;-) Just so that I could blind the ******** teenagers and hoodies that keep gathering in front of my house to drink, deal drugs and ****, in my quiet corner of 'golden triangle' Yorkshire. Since the police won't taser them, SampleX could 'illuminate' their little retinas and leave them temporarily blind for a few minutes. S******.

What I'd REALLY like is one of those sirens that only under 25's can hear which lets out a shrill pitch and makes them disperse. Saw them on the news a while ago but the stupid human rights lawyers sued the shopkeeper who installed one for infringing the little hoodies human rights.
#31
SampleX
Just double check there that the Fenix L01 has the keyring loop before you call it a 'keyring torch.' I believe you're likely to find it is a 'penlight' torch which uses a 'loose in pocket' carrying method or a pocket/belt clip, rather than a keyring loop.


It's not as neat as the tail on the E01, but I'd still call it a keyring torch and it does have a hole for a keyring to go through.
http://www.fenixlight.com/viewproduct.asp?id=85
http://light-reviews.com/fenix_ld01_ss/

SampleX
Also I didn't notice the purple colour cast to be honest. Do you have a purple E01? I've noticed different people reporting slightly different colour casts with the E01's, but at less than £10 for an awesome, awesome mini torch, you aren't expecting precision perfect light accuracy. If you want that, you buy a beast....

Surefire Z2. Wibble.


Pfft, Z2? That's not a torch. THAT'S A TORCH.
I have several E01 and have gifted a few, all have a noticeable blue-purple tint. It doesn't bother me, but it does bother some people. As sweet as the Z2 is (especially with the upgraded lamp), I'd still stick with Fenix, I'd go the for a TA21 for 2xCR123 (or the LD30 that I currently own).

SampleX
Although I'm incredibly tempted to save up and buy one of the £200 SureFire 2/3 CR123 beasts that kicks out more lumens than a rugby pitch floodlight ;-) Just so that I could blind the ******** teenagers and hoodies that keep gathering in front of my house to drink, deal drugs and ****, in my quiet corner of 'golden triangle' Yorkshire. Since the police won't taser them, SampleX could 'illuminate' their little retinas and leave them temporarily blind for a few minutes. S******.


Surely strobe lighting is the way to go, or a moderately bright torch with a good strobe setting? Added advantage of teaching epileptics that consideration is a two way street? ;)

SampleX
What I'd REALLY like is one of those sirens that only under 25's can hear which lets out a shrill pitch and makes them disperse. Saw them on the news a while ago but the stupid human rights lawyers sued the shopkeeper who installed one for infringing the little hoodies human rights.


Can you not do roughly the same thing with a copy of audacity and a hifi hooked into your headphone port? Or is it too high for the hifi to manage? :S

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