|Item Weight||0.8 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||7.8 x 4.6 x 1.4 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||TCS-1|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||1 Year|
TerraLUX TCS-1 Tail Cap Switch for Mini Maglite with Replacement Lens
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- Easy push button on/off
- Permits one hand operation
- With lanyard and replacement lens
- Eliminates dead batteries due to accidentally leaving flashlight turned on
- Upgrade your MiniMag flashlight to LED with TerraLUX TLE-5, TLE-5EX or TLE-3
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TerraLUX Tail Cap Switch for Mini Maglite with Replacement Lens has an easy push on/off button which permits one hand operation with lanyard and replacement lens. It eliminates dead batteries as a result of accidentally leaving the flashlight on. Upgrade your MiniMag flashlight to LED with TerraLUX TLE-5, TLE-5EX or TLE-3.
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The only two cons are very minor: first, the lens included in the package seems of cheaper construction than the original lens that comes with the light, even after accounting for the fact that it was already scratched upon arrival. Also, the switch is black, so it doesn't match the silver color of my light. These two things aren't enough to take away a star, because the switch does exactly what I wanted it to do: it retains all the functionality of my light, but makes it even easier to use.
If you have a question I haven't addressed in my review, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll respond as soon as I can.
UPDATE: I have to drop two stars from my initial review (from 5 to 3) because of two problems that have developed with the switch. Firstly, the switch has become inconsistent in the amount of light it puts out for each mode; also, even when the switch seems to be working perfectly, the amount of illumination from each mode is noticeably lower than it is with the original MagMini tailcap. I'm not a flashlight expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I imagine this is due to the Terralux having a higher impedance than the original tailcap. Anyway, I've put the original cap back on, because I'd rather have a consistently bright flashlight than a clicky switch.
Anyway when this switch arrived, I figured I would try it on the LED just for the heck of it. And guess what, it worked! I was not expecting it to. Maybe TerraLUX updated their switch, maybe it's the specific model I have (SP2P01H), but it definitely worked. I don't have a lux meter to test the light output, but checking the beam in a dark room with a fresh set of batteries, it seems to be the same.
I can't guarantee this will work on every LED Mini Mag, but at the cost it might be worth the chance. Now I just have to order another one for my incandescent.
EDIT: Works great for incandescent version, a.k.a. Mini Maglite 2AA. Just don't try it in your LED version.
The tail cap switch stopped working after about a year (and this was with light use, perhaps a few times a month at most). So, I'm removing 3 stars for inadequate durability.
This is a very interesting and useful product. Having a tail cap switch makes it considerably simpler to switch on the Maglite and it is for that purpose that I purchased it.
As a side note, I'm currently using it with a Mini Maglite [...] that has several light output modes that can be selected by quickly turning on and off the unit. This makes it quite difficult (though not completely impossible) to use the tail cap switch to quickly pulse the Maglite on and off, as a different output mode is selected each time. A firm depress of the switch and about 1 second between switching off and switching on is needed to switch the Maglite on in its full mode.
Adds the convenience of a "tactical" style tailcap switch to any Mini-Maglite.
This is no Nite Ize upgrade!
This is by far the best tailcap upgrade for Mini-Maglite!
Everyone I show this to, buys one for themselves.
As for installing this on a stock LED Mini-Maglite, just stretch the spring until the batteries don't rattle.
I now have this installed on all my Mini-Maglites as do all my friends.
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