MAGLITE Solitaire (AAA) Red or Blue Torch for £3.99 at Argos & Amazon - Free R+C or Add on item
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MAGLITE Solitaire (AAA) Red or Blue Torch for £3.99 at Argos & Amazon - Free R+C or Add on item

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Found 10th Jan 2015
MAGLITE Solitaire torch in gift/presentation box with AAA battery. Classic anodised alloy mini Maglite available in red or blue.

Reduced to £3.99 each at Argos and price-matched by Amazon. Free to reserve & collect at Argos, Amazon delivery is free for Amazon Prime users or if spending £10+.

Fitted with basic filament bulbs, these will seem a bit dim next to an LED light but they are small enough to keep on your keys and as they come in a gift box, they make a decent gift. And according to Camelcamelcamel.com, £3.99 is the cheapest these torches have ever been.

61 Comments

Good deal

thanx

Heat as I think it being in a box would make it a nice present for a child or fathers day. Shame it's not led though as I think a normal bulb in such a very small torch won't actually produce much light.

There looks to be a difference in the box layout between Argos and Amazon. The Amazon one looks nicer! Heat added.

Even at £4 these are overpriced. Filament bulb torches are hopeless in comparison to far cheaper, brighter and efficient LED units. And as one Amazon reviewer noted, the inbuilt light on most phones is much brighter than this torch! You're just paying for a brand name and a box at this point.

Old tech and really rubbish compared to LED torches.. Can get a Cree q5 on Amazon for £2.50 which will be superior in every possible way

I own a LED maglite which is quality but old style bulbs are really bad in this day and age

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texaspetey

There looks to be a difference in the box layout between Argos and … There looks to be a difference in the box layout between Argos and Amazon. The Amazon one looks nicer! Heat added.



I noticed that too. Also, the Argos torches are pictured as having a Duracell AAA battery, the Amazon ones show Energizer batteries in the item photos.

Avoid Amazon the crime lords

I bought one the other day. The amazon one arrived and it was a duracell battery and looked like the argos picture. My 7 year old loves his. Gives a good amount of light for the size so can only imagine how good an led one would be.

dodgymix

Old tech and really rubbish compared to LED torches.. Can get a Cree q5 … Old tech and really rubbish compared to LED torches.. Can get a Cree q5 on Amazon for £2.50 which will be superior in every possible wayI own a LED maglite which is quality but old style bulbs are really bad in this day and age


Got the same torch took less than 10 days to come
amazon.co.uk/Lum…ree

I have a surefire Cree and led that goes everywhere with me however these super bright torches are not suitable for children they are too bright, these mag lights are super for kids and I have bought some a birthday present stock

Would not buy these, they aren't very good. Get an LED torch so much better.

These are LED

My bad, just opened mine its not LED

whatyadoinsucka

Got the same torch took less than 10 days to … Got the same torch took less than 10 days to comehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Lumen-Q5-Zoomable-Adjustable-Flashlight/dp/B007B86KLC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420879569&sr=8-2&keywords=Cree



Same light is £2.80 on bang good dot com...

PANTS.

I've got a pretty old one of these (not that there'll be any difference!), and it's not just outclassed by the "proper" LED torches (Cree-style, heat sinks, modes, and/or drivers), but even the wind-ups, solar, and keyring LEDs are better for the job.
The finish, metal, zoom, and single AAA are nice points, but it needs improvement to fulfil it's intended function.

whatyadoinsucka

Got the same torch took less than 10 days to … Got the same torch took less than 10 days to comehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Lumen-Q5-Zoomable-Adjustable-Flashlight/dp/B007B86KLC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420879569&sr=8-2&keywords=Cree

led are brighter cheaper and generally lighter but I appreciated the warm glow you get with halogen types.

Seems like a odd deal for me. Who need a torch this small?

savage27

led are brighter cheaper and generally lighter but I appreciated the warm … led are brighter cheaper and generally lighter but I appreciated the warm glow you get with halogen types.


I know what you mean I travelled all over with my maglite
Nz, Thailand, the outback, the lakes, South america etc,

I don't understand why hey don't update the torch to run Cree led.
They are well made, aesthetically pleasing, but such a week light

savage27

I appreciated the warm glow you get with halogen types.



I appreciate the warm glow you get from a candle. But I also appreciate being able to see things properly in dark conditions!

Retro looks cool, but a match is brighter (I own this)

whatyadoinsucka

I know what you mean I travelled all over with my maglite Nz, Thailand, … I know what you mean I travelled all over with my maglite Nz, Thailand, the outback, the lakes, South america etc, I don't understand why hey don't update the torch to run Cree led.They are well made, aesthetically pleasing, but such a week light



They have:
amazon.co.uk/Mag…led - its 3 times the cost

snappyfish

Seems like a odd deal for me. Who need a torch this small?



Seems an odd question. Anyone who needs to see in the dark and doesn't have a good enough phone torch would need a small torch..

Nice gift to put by. Thanks OP

Some people are so fixated on having the brightest torch possible, these are perfect to have on the keyring and then in pocket.

These you can drop in water and carry using them, they are virtually indestructible. The led ones posted are great, tons of light, but no good as keyring torch, and if they go in water, then you have yo buy a new one.

So heat added

Due to the box they are excellent to put on the car glove box, I bought several for presents when they were 4-99, looks great as a little gift.

It's a nice box and a reasonably quality case. This torch is easily modded too, if you absolutely have to buy this here and here shows you how. However, for the money, you can certainly do better.



whatyadoinsucka

Got the same torch took less than 10 days to … Got the same torch took less than 10 days to comehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Lumen-Q5-Zoomable-Adjustable-Flashlight/dp/B007B86KLC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420879569&sr=8-2&keywords=Cree



and if you bought the one in that link you paid about £6..50 too much. Here for £2.48 amazon.co.uk/gp/…s00

Trustfire batteries (pack of 2) available of Ebay for £4 delivered, and a charger for £1.

whatyadoinsucka

They are well made, aesthetically pleasing, but such a week light



No way will they last a week!

It will only uninform people will ever buy a torch with conventional light bulb from filament where you could esily get a LED torch around this price. In the past yes, nowadays no ...

I will not even consider it even I get it for free as the battery will be getting flat easily as they consume much energy if you compared it with LED which nowadays are widely available with compatitive price ...

Edited by: "pantaiema" 10th Jan 2015

I got one of those £5 Cree Q5 torches the other day for £5 from Amazon (UK seller as well) and while the beam is much brighter, the torch is chunky, seems overly clunky for no good reason, suspect On-off switch and a terrible looking afterthought beltclip. OK it's £5 and it works well but I can guarantee it won't last the 20 years that the Maglite will.

The build quality is what you get with Maglite, if you want led you can always convert it, my solitaire is over 20 years old and I put an led in it last year, lives on my keys in my pocket.

spannerzone

I got one of those £5 Cree Q5 torches the other day for £5 from Amazon ( … I got one of those £5 Cree Q5 torches the other day for £5 from Amazon (UK seller as well) and while the beam is much brighter, the torch is chunky, seems overly clunky for no good reason, suspect On-off switch and a terrible looking afterthought beltclip. OK it's £5 and it works well but I can guarantee it won't last the 20 years that the Maglite will.

Those Cree torches can be had for around £2 delivered from China. How many bulbs and batteries do you think this Maglite will burn through in 20 years? This torch is more or less obsolete technology today, forget about 20 years from now.

A torch is a torch and doesn't really go obsolete, it just isn't an LED torch but it will last (with the occasional bulb change) for ages. For those that need a slim little torch to pop in their handbag or pocket for occasional use and finding keys in the dark then the Solitair is ideal.

It really comes down to whether this USA made torch in a nice little gift box is good value at £3.99 and I think it's a good deal so voted hot.


Edited by: "spannerzone" 10th Jan 2015

snappyfish

Seems like a odd deal for me. Who need a torch this small?


Small people? people with small pockets or handbags? or other small places to tuck away a tiny occasional use torch? - it seems like an obvious product to meet a certain criteria

snappyfish

Seems like a odd deal for me. Who need a torch this small?



I think exactly the same thing every time I see a deal for shoes smaller than size 8. Who needs them? Pah!

Nice deal if you can get it. None in either colour around Norwich though.

Son opens his birthday gift - a Maglite oO

"But Dad, I wanted a PS4!"
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