MAGLITE®, the power you can expect!


Maglite® Power


FORM - The Panther, strong, lean, beautifully efficient. It's a great reminder that beauty, strength and agility can achieve perfection. With this in mind, we proudly mold high-strength aluminum alloys into superior light.

FIT - All Maglite® flashlights embody the most advanced manufacturing techniques available. Each product must meet the highest quality standards and offer unmatched performance and reliability. 

FUNCTION - From the beginning, we've designed our products for those who demand more from a flashlight than just a simple light source. Because at Mag Instrument we understand that a flashlight is more than just the sum of its parts. It involves a complex working relationship between the light source, reflector and power source for a truly balanced and efficient power controlled lighting system. The result is not only superior performance, but also legendary durability. Quite simply the best and most reliable flashlight in the world. 

LED & BULBS - Maglite® flashlights are available with either the latest MAG-LED® technology or in the economical Classic series with a single bulb and have a high-intensity xenon lamp (incandescent lamp) in several models. Depending on your needs, you can choose between a feature-rich model with MAG-LED® technology or the simple bulb functionality of the Classic series, which offers perfect value for money.

THE ANSI STANDARD - Performance tests for flashlights 

Although the ANSI standard is not mandatory, MAGLITE® has chosen to follow it. For this reason, we display certain flashlight performance data on our product packaging, product literature, and website in the form of an "ANSI stripe," so-called because it uses the officially designated ANSI logos and records data in the ANSI -prescribed manner.

The ANSI standard defines four basic performance categories and requires official logos to display the results. The following table lists the categories and each gives the unit of measurement, the official logo and the basic meaning of the category:

ANSI FL1 TESTING STANDARDS - Our website displays reviews for:

Maglite® ANSI-Standard FL1

  • Beam distance (Meter) 
  • Light output (Lumen) 
  • Peak Beam Intensity (cd) 
  • Run Time (hrs / min)
  • Water resistance (IPX-classification) 
  • Impact resistant in drop test (Meter) 


Judging by the questions and comments we're getting, the distinction between light output and light range can be confusing. It's important to understand that these two concepts - light output and light range - deal with very different properties that, surprisingly for many people, don't necessarily go hand in hand. A flashlight can have a very high light output (measured in lumens) and yet have a very short range (measured in meters). And the opposite can also be true: a flashlight can have a very modest lumen output and still be remarkably effective at illuminating a very distant object.

Why is this possible? Because light output is simply a rough measure of the rate at which a light source produces light—i.e. how many photons, how much “luminous flux” the source produces per second. It says nothing about how well or poorly this light is collected and directed.

Beam distance, on the other hand, is a measure of the maximum distance at which an optimally focused flashlight will throw a useful amount of light on a target. The ANSI standard effectively defines a "useful light level" by dictating that the beam spacing is the maximum distance at which the flashlight will produce ¼ lux of light. A quarter of a lux can be roughly described as the amount of light provided by a full moon in an open field on a clear night. This isn't as bright as day, but it's bright enough to see acceptably - a good standard working definition of "useful light level".

So while a flashlight's light output - its "lumen rating" - says absolutely nothing about how good or bad the flashlight's job is at forming a useful beam of light, rating the flashlight's range is all about its ability to direct light into a to form a useful beam and send it in a useful direction. The lighting range therefore correlates strongly with the optical quality of a flashlight (optics); whereas light output has nothing to do with beam shaping optics at all. To achieve high light output, a flashlight would not even need to have a reflector or lens!


From the start, Mag Instrument has prided itself on its beam shaping optics - the quality of its precision-engineered reflectors and the versatility of its spot-to-flood beam focusing mechanism. High-quality optics help a flashlight direct light meaningfully without using excessive power consumption that the "brute force" approach to maximizing lumen output cannot.


Quality optics can also help slow down battery drain and increase runtime. As LED technology advances, the number of watts consumed per lumen of light produced is decreasing; but it has to be said that the more lumens you want, the faster you will drain your battery. So it's still true, and probably always will be true, that excellent beam-shaping optics enhance a flashlight's ability to provide useful light, while tackling the need for massive lumen output and a correspondingly rapid battery drain.

As part of Mag Instrument's policy of continuous product improvement, in-line modifications may be made that improve/change performance and/or durability in a way that relates to an ANSI verified characteristic. ANSI data contained on our website is current at the time of publication but is subject to change as in-line product improvements are introduced. For the latest and most accurate ANSI data on a specific flashlight, check with the retail/shop where those flashlights are sold.

Maglite® Activity-Based function set

ACTIVITY-BASED Function Sets - As shown in Figure 1, these MAGLITE® LED flashlight models offer five different function modes: full power, low power consumption, flash (flashes 12 times per second), eco and momentary on/off (stays on only while the switch button is pressed). 

Maglite® Light Modes

Since not all of these function modes are equally important for every user, we have divided them into 4 different function sets (menus) so that you can customize your flashlight to your needs and configure it for the quickest access to the functions you need.

As shown in Figure 2, there are four feature sets - General (default feature set), Outdoor, Law Enforcement, and Tactical, each of which offers three different feature modes to choose from in different order of priority. To customize the flashlight, the user selects one of the 4 feature sets available. Within this set, the user invokes the desired function using Mag Instrument's familiar QuickClik® method.

Maglite® Function settings

Some of our latest generation flashlights have an ECO mode, an ultra-low power drain mode that still provides useful light thanks to the excellent flashlight optics while significantly increasing runtime. This feature is particularly useful during prolonged emergencies and during outdoor activities such as caving and extended wilderness trekking.