Comparison to 2 AA LED Maglight
January 9, 2012
Terralux Lightstar 220 comparison to Maglight AA LED Flashlight
The Terralux 220 is similar to the more popular Maglight AA LED Flashlight in many ways. It’s about the same size, but slightly shorter, uses the same AA Batteries, has 1 very strong LED, and that’s about all. Almost every other thing about the Terralux is different.
The Mag is round, the Terralux has angular surfaces, making it rough, & roll resistant
The Mag head is more massive where it screws on to the flashlight tube, making it stronger
The Mag’s on off switch is activated by rotating the flashlight head, the Terralux has a button in the bottom
The Mag has no lanyard or hole for attaching one, the Terralux has one attached near the base
The Mag is twice as bright as the old incandescent Mag, the Terralux twice as bright as the LED Mag
The Mag has multiple settings, the Terralux has 2 settings, bright and about as bright as the Mag LED.
The Mag can be stood on it’s base to light up a room, the Terralux can’t, it’s base is not flat
The Mag has a smooth and very useable flood area and hotspot, and so does the Terralux
The Maglight is super strong, I think I fall on it and not hurt it at all, but where the head screws on the Terralux it’s real thin, so I believe it might break if I fell with it in my hand. I’m not sure I’d want to risk carrying it in my back pocket where I might sit on it and break off the head.
The Mag is not really bright enough to light up a room well when it’s pointed at the ceiling, but the Terralux appears to be TWICE as bright, and lights up a room well.
The Mag can’t light up a front porch from across the street well enough to spot a cat hiding there, but the Terralux can. I have 3 and 4 D cell 3 watt LED Mag’s, and the Terralux 220 compares well to them for brightness.
The Mag smoothly slides in and out of my pocket, the Terralux is rough and tends to stick and tear up my pocket.
The Mag rolls off any flat surface that is not completely level, the Terralux doesn’t, because it’s not round.
The Mag provides at least 5 hours of strong light on a fresh set of batteries, and the Terralux can too if you use it on low power, (which is just like the Mag on high power), but if you use the higher power, you can burn though them in less than 2 hours.
CONCLUSION: The Terralux 220 is a full generation past the AA LED Mag in brightness and sure to impress all your friends. It’s so much brighter than anything else that uses AA batteries that their bound to be surprised.
Even though I think it’s not quite as rugged as a Mag, it’s still fairly sturdy, just not bulletproof and a good value at $22 to $29, compared to a Mag at $21.
Most of the differences between the Mag and Terralux except the extreme brightness come with plus’s and minus’s which are personal choices based on an individual user’s personal preferences.
It’s a truly impressive flashlight for one that takes AA batteries, and I think it’s an excellent value.
NOTE: The Terralux 300 might be “brighter” but I need a bright hot spot, and the 220 has a better hotspot.