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Buy Him a Maglite Flashlight

Updated on July 24, 2013

When looking for the perfect gift for a man, you just can't go wrong with a Maglite® (often referred to as Mag light). I have never met a man who didn't go crazy over a good Maglite® flashlight.

Over the years, I've purchased a number of them for my first husband. He wanted to be able to keep one in his shop, in the truck, in his toolbox, and in the house.

The really are as durable as they say they are. I remember taking a camping trip and I was following behind my husband who was towing our camper. He had stopped to get something out of the back of the camper and laid his Maglite on the bumper of the camper. Before we realized it, he drove off with the flashlight still on the bumper. It rolled off and tumbled to the pavement, skidding across the lane and into the ditch. Luckily, because I was behind him, I was able to stop and retrieve it. It had a couple of small scratches but worked perfectly.

He's driven over his light, dropped it onto concrete, you name it. It still works beautifully.

I highly recommend them for anyone on your list. Because of the availability of sizes, some of them make great stocking stuffers too.

Mini-Maglite flashlights (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Mini-Maglite flashlights (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Maglite Fast Facts

  • Anthony "Tony" Maglica is the founder of Mag Instruments, the makers of Maglite flashlights. The company was founded in 1955 and incorporated in 1974.
  • Maglite® flashlight is first introduced in 1979
  • Maglite® Rechargeable Flashlight System" (Mag Charger®) is first introduced and the new Mag headquarters is built in Ontario, California in 1982
  • The Mini Maglite® flashlight is first introduced in 1984
  • Mag Instruments develops an Underwater Lighting prototype for Jacques Cousteau
  • The Mini Maglite® AAA flashlight is first introduced, Money Magazine names the Mini on of the "99 Things That, Yes, American Make Best" in 1987
  • The Solitaire® flashlight si first introduced and Fortune Magazine names Mag flashlights as one of "100 Products America Makes Best" in 1988
  • The Americana® Limited Edition AA flashlights and the Maglite® Racing flashlights are introduced in 1997
  • The shape, style and overall appearance ("SSOA") of the Mag Instrument flashlights are protected as registered trademarks. The registration for the SSOA of the Mini Maglite flashlight was awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1997
  • Forbes FYI names Maglite® flashlights one of "100 Things Worth Every Penny" and Mens Journal names the one of "85 Perfect Things" in 1999
  • The shape, style and overall appearance ("SSOA") of the Mag Instrument flashlights are protected as registered trademarks. The registrations for the SSOA of the Mag-Lite, Mag Charger and Solitaire flashlights were awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2003
  • Mens Journal names The Maglite® flashlight in "List of All Time Best Tools, Toys, and Gear" in 2004.
  • Mobile PC Magazine named the Maglite® flashlight as one of the "100 greatest gadgets of all time" in 2005
  • Maglite® LED flashlight, Mini Maglite® LED flashlight, and Maglite® LED Upgrade Module are all first introduced in 2006

More about Mag Instruments

In researching some of the data for this hub, I learned a lot about how much Mag Instruments gives back to the community. I urge you to visit their website and read over the list of donations they have made to the community during times of crisis and need. They donate thousands upon thousands of flashlights to the Red Cross, Desert Storm, fire associations, police associations, the City of Hope, and so much more. This company has a commitment to the people of America.


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    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks frogyfish! I purchased a Maglite for a gift just this past Christmas. Everyone loves getting one!

    • frogyfish profile image


      8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Yes, I like the Mag also. And I really liked your info about the Mag company being so charitable to those specific ones you mentioned. Good to know!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks hubpageswriter1! I'll check it out.

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      8 years ago

      great blog, i just love maglights they are Definitely the best flashlight providers. I realy like how you did the maglite facts. i atually just published a hub about the brightest flash light in the world it's pritty cool it can even scramble eggs and burn paper you should check it out i know you will like it anyway thanks fdor sharing the hubpage.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you charanjeet kaur!

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      charanjeet kaur 

      8 years ago from Delhi

      KCC, Congrats for the achievement. This hub has practical and well presented information. Kudos and well done.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you so much liljen23!

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      Jennifer Crowder 

      8 years ago from Shreveport,LA

      Great hub about Maglite flashlights, keep it up..

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      They really are good, aren't they, Beth? Marine maneuvers...that has to be good training. :)

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Oh, these lights are theeeee BEST! Received my first one many, many moons ago from a marine, who showed me how to use it as a weapon when I walked home late at night. lol I love these lights as they last forever.

    • sukhera143 profile image


      9 years ago from Home

      Nice sharing.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      I guess I should have included "torch" in the keywords for all my UK friends. :)

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      These are great torches. Sturdy and they throw out a good light. Last for years too.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      You're right, women do love them too!

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      Nelle Hoxie 

      9 years ago

      Not just for men! I love my maglight, makes me feel atleast 5 foot 6 and strong and powerful. They are a good weapon too. And you can shine the light in someones eyes to give yourself time to run away. (I have a really big one with a bright bright light.) Not that my life is in any way exciting or dangerous. I just like to be prepared!


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