Mini Maglite LED 2-Cell AA

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My MINI MAGLITE® LED flashlight is not stably maintaining its function.  It comes on bright, but then very quickly turns off (“flickers”), or it suddenly shifts modes by itself.  I’ve checked to make sure the contacts are free of corrosion, dirt and debris, and they’re all clean.  So what could be causing this?

Once you’ve ruled out dirty contacts, by far the likeliest explanation for this kind of malfunction is sub-par batteries.  In order to maintain stable functions, your batteries need to have a certain ability to put out sustained power while under load.  That ability slowly degrades as batteries age and as they are depleted by use.  Eventually the batteries decline to the point where the symptoms you describe – flickering, or spontaneous mode-shifting if you have a multi-mode flashlight – can occur.

Try inserting a new set of batteries and see if that corrects the problem.  But make sure they’re fresh batteries.  “Fresh” doesn’t just mean unused.  It also means recently-manufactured batteries that have not spent a long time sitting on a shelf.  (And keep in mind that simply voltage-testing a battery will not confirm for certain that it its ability to output sustained power is up to par.  That would require testing under load, with special equipment beyond a simple voltmeter.)

Also it’s best to try new batteries from a different lot or batch than the ones already in the flashlight.  Although the quality control for premium-brand alkaline batteries is, in our experience, generally very good, there is such a thing as a sub-par lot.  But if you’ve ruled out dirty contacts and sub-par batteries as possible causes and your flashlight still does not operate stably, then follow the instructions for sending it to our Warranty Department and we will check it out.