For the first time ever I’m not going to recommend a product, not even a little bit. Maglite was awesome enough to send me two flashlights to review. The Maglite Magcharger rechargeable LED was amazing, and you can read the review here.
However, the Magtac LED rechargeable tactical flashlight is anything but.
Make the jump to check out the review.
Magtac LED Rechargeable Flashlight Review
I really wanted to like the Magtac, it’s a great size, super bright, recharges quickly and is built like a tank.
This small torch pumps out 543 lumens on its highest setting with a run time of 2.5 hours, is only 5.81 inches long and only weighs 5.5 ounces with the rechargeable battery installed.
The Maglite Magtac comes in a small box packed into foam to keep it safe.
Included in the box are the Maglite Magtac itself, the pocket clip, car and home charger, mounting screw, and clip tightener.
The crowned lens cap and tail cap are removable by twisting them off.
Installing the pocket clip is simple, just unscrew the tail cap and slide the pocket clip all the way down the handle until it hits the knurled section of the flashlight. Then use the provided tightener to turn the pocket clip screw a 1/4 inch and you are good to go!
My initial impression of the Maglite Magtac was that it is a hefty, solid, tool built for ease of use during operation. It has a “clicky” operation on the end of the tail cap allowing you to quickly rotate through the different lighting options, and the pocket clip let’s you carry it in a multitude of ways. I carried mine on my right leg side pockets, also known as the third pocket occasionally.
I also particularly liked how the pocket clip is designed. There is a perfect spot to put your pinky finger to really lock in your grip.The Magtac is going nowhere!
Here is where the good stuff ends. There is a fundamental flaw in the Magtac(or atleast my sample unit) that cannot be overlooked and ruins any chance of it being anything other than a paperweight.
The supposed 2.5 hour runtime on high only lasts one hour.
I ran this test 5 different times, using both the car and home charger. Not once did the battery last more than an hour. Many times it wouldn’t even last 20 minutes on high before switching automatically to low for the last 40 minutes.
While the battery was working, this light is a powerhouse for such a small package. However, due to the substandard lifespan I never used it to inspect any attics, basements, or crawlspaces during my day job. I couldn’t risk having it die and leaving me stranded in the dark.
I contacted Maglite’s customer service and spoke to one of their higher ups who told me that the Magtac rechargeable LED should be lasting 2.5 hours. He had me send it back in to them with a promise to send me out a new one.
I sent my sample model back in over a month ago, and haven’t received a new one yet. I also called and left a voicemail for that person two weeks ago and haven’t heard anything back. The only conclusion I can draw is that my unit wasn’t defective, and that is just how the Magtac Rechargeable flashlight works.
I hope to be proven wrong(!) and I hope Maglite sends me a working model, but until that time if you are thinking of purchasing the Maglite Magtac rechargeable flashlight I would consider looking at a different model, or a different brand for that style of flashlight.
It’s a shame too, because it was one of the most ergonomic flashlights I’ve ever used. While working, it might be second to none in that price range.