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  • Given all that, I was very pleased to get my hands on a Maglite Solitaire quite recently, and after some fairly extensive testing I can say that, while it is not entirely free from any problems, what small niggles are there are most definitely outweighed by the overall quality of the product
  • I was a little bit disappointed to discover that the case is not at all padded, which again would have given the whole product that bit more of a posh feel
  • I was quite impressed to see a proper exploded diagram of the torch's construction, though it is a shame that we still have to have one piece of paper covering about ten languages, making the English section a bit of a pain to find quickly
  • My own Solitaire is finished in a dark metallic blue, which I like a lot and gives it a slightly out of the ordinary feel without making it look ridiculously garish and showy
  • It seems odd that so few other torch manufacturers seem to want to offer dark blue as a colour option, as it is both more interesting than black or silver and more discreet than bright orange or yellow

    • by fredhound
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      I do like to collect attractively designed small torches (or flashlights, if you prefer the American term) and the Maglite brand has been one for which I have had quite a considerable respect for quite a long time now. Given all that, I was very pleased to get my hands on a Maglite Solitaire quite recently, and after some fairly extensive testing I can say that, while it is not entirely free from any problems, what small niggles are there are most definitely outweighed by the overall quality of the product.

      The Solitaire comes in a small black plastic case with the name of the torch (slightly raised) on the outside. It is okay, I suppose, but the plastic does feel a little bit cheap considering that Maglite is something of a premium brand, and while I do not expect a metal or wooden case for a small torch like this, I would have preferred slightly thicker plastic


      and a construction that did not feel as though it was in danger of cracking under even fairly moderate levels of stress.

      Inside the case is a thinnish (and, once again, rather cheap seeming) caddy with spaces for the torch itself, a single battery - the Solitaire takes standard AAA alkaline cells - and a short strap with loops to attach it to a keyring or belt. I was a little bit disappointed to discover that the case is not at all padded, which again would have given the whole product that bit more of a posh feel. On the other hand, the inclusion of a battery is welcome, and the instruction leaflet is better written than many other such publications. I was quite impressed to see a proper exploded diagram of the torch’s construction, though it is a shame that we still have to have one piece of paper covering about ten languages, making the English section ...


      • a bit of a pain to find quickly.

        The torch itself is available in a (fairly small) variety of different colours, which admittedly is not all that important but does add a nice extra dimension of personalisations to the thing. My own Solitaire is finished in a dark metallic blue, which I like a lot and gives it a slightly out of the ordinary feel without making it look ridiculously garish and showy. It seems odd that so few other torch manufacturers seem to want to offer dark blue as a colour option, as it is both more interesting than black or silver and more discreet than bright orange or yellow.

        You turn on the torch by slightly twisting its barrel near the bulb - which, incidentally, is of a standard type rather than being the newer LED sort - and the action is smooth and precise. At the other end, you can twist the base to get at

        the battery compartment, and again this is simplicity itself to do. The beam of light emitted by the Solitaire is not the very brightest I have seen - again, it is rather secondary to LED-powered torches in that department - and the thing is just that bit too small to use as a primary means of navigating through a dark room or along a path at night-time. However, for peering into dark corners it is absolutely ideal.

        I have no problems in recommending the Maglite Solitaire. It is not going to replace all your other torches, and the battery life is not particularly impressive - you will need to keep a stock of spare AAA cells on hand - but provided you are aware of its limitations, its compact size and solid construction mean that it should be able to serve you well for a considerable length of time. I certainly have no plans to get rid of mine!




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