Our first 1,000-lumen flashlight did not happen by accident. As white-light power LED technology has improved, Mag Instrument R&D has been paying attention. With latest-generation LEDs, it’s possible to produce more light with lower power consumption than could have been imagined even a short while ago. But new ultra-bright LEDs also brought new challenges: They generate lots of heat; and if an LED overheats, its efficiency plummets. As its temperature rises, the LED demands more and more power to make less and less light. Heat management, therefore, is a critical challenge, one that holds the key to unlock the full light-producing potential of the newest, brightest LEDs. Mag Instrument has met that challenge by developing an innovative heat-sinking technology. The ML150LR™ is the first flashlight to employ that recently-patented technology, which is exclusive to Mag Instrument.
So it is no coincidence that the ML150LR™ is also Mag Instrument’s first thousand-lumen flashlight – despite its modest weight and dimensions. Its C-cell-size format puts it squarely in the “Mid-Size” category.
The ML150LR™ is also Mag’s first mid-size flashlight to use Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) rechargeable battery chemistry, which affords greater safety than older rechargeable chemistries and allows faster recharging (about 2.5 hours from “dead” to “full”).
Not that there should be much reason for the battery ever to deplete entirely. The ML150LR™ flashlight is designed for permanent stowage in its powered charging cradle, which automatically controls charge rate and cannot overcharge the battery. The cradle can be powered either by the 12- volt DC electrical system of a vehicle or by 120-volt AC household current. So the flashlight can be charged and ready for action at all times. The improved charging cradle has enough clamping force that the flashlight will not fall out, even if mounted upside down in a vehicle traveling over a bumpy road, and yet the new, ergonomically friendly quick-release button allows fast, effortless retrieval.
With the familiar "Quick-Click" system users can, within the "General" function set, choose:
• Full Power (1082 Lumens)
• Low Power (138 Lumens)
• Eco Mode - Featuring improved recharging efficiency and a super power saving mode that yields up to 25 lumens with greatly extended run-time.
As seen below, there are three additional function sets Outdoor; Law Enforcement; and Tactical each offering a different set of functions invoked in a different sequence, for quickest access to the functions the particular user prefers.
The IMPROVED, faster-handling focus system now adjusts from spot to flood with less than 1/4 turn of the head.