Maglite have been around for over 35 years now, and still going relatively strong. The implementation of LED technology in their bulbs is very welcome! Maybe their late implementation of this technology with the ever growing Chinese manufacturers producing super bright and super cheap Cree LED (Ultrafire, Trustfire .... imitations of the market leader in quality "Surefire") has meant that Maglite lost part of its marketshare. Yet Maglite uses far superiour quality aluminum in their torches. Other torches using superiour materials than Maglite sell for twice the price.
Now to the Maglite ST3D016. This torch is enormous, measuring nearly 13 inches or 32cm in length, with 13cm grip circumference and weighing up to nearly 800 grams(batteries included)! So I guess you get the idea when I say "dual purpose" in the title. This makes for a great self defense torch light. So having one in your car, just in case, is not a bad idea. I do not want to promote or condone violence in any means, so I will reword that to deterrent.
What I like:
- Great build quality
- Bright light and great battery life
- Beam can be focused from wide to near pinpoint
- Even though heavy, the weight is well balanced
- Water resistant
If you are on the lookout for a quality torch, which doubles as a deterrent (after all we use torches at night), than you cannot go wrong with the Maglite. Highly recommended.
P.S. Posted some pictures of the Mag-Lite ST3D016 next to the tiny yet powerful Mag-Lite XL200.