The InReTech White MiniMag replacement bulb is good demonstration
of how Luxeon Star LEDs can be used to replace incandescent
light bulbs in flashlights. While the appearance of the module
is a little rough, it does exactly what it intends - namely
to produce a good amount of light for a long period of time
on 2 AA batteries while giving much cleaner output than the
Fit and finish of the module is good. The Luxeon Star emitter
is centered and is surrounded by a black epoxy. The pins under
the module are bent at a curve to allow insertion into the
bulb socket of the MiniMag. The collimating lens still has
its original tab on one side which prevents it from centering
exactly in the bezel, but this has no real effect on the beam.
When inserted into the head of the light, the collimating
lens is supported from the rear by the included o-ring which
is inserted against the back of the lens.
Durability of the module is much better than the original
incandescent bulb. You can beat the light practically to pieces
and the bulb will not "blow". Construction of the
module seems solid, being epoxied together on the upper surface.
Output is very good with 2 AA batteries coming in at about
200 lux. Of course output will diminish as the batteries are
depeleted. When using Lithium AA batteries light output should
be even better. The beam is smooth with good color. In all,
it is more than adequate for nearly any close- to medium range
task in a low light situation.
Water resistance is basically the same as when it had the
MiniMag bulb. The light should survive a dunk with no problem.
Shake it off and keep going.
If you plan on keeping your Minimag, get one of these modules.
You'll come to appreciate it very quickly.
+ + + Pluses: Tough, Long battery life,
Lightweight, Stands up, Bulb cannot blow, Great color and
- - - Minuses: Assembly required unless