Summary: A friend and I each bought this light last winter. At first it worked wonderful, although a push button on/off switch would be preferred to the twist on/off functionality. The beam was VERY bright and long, which was great for our use. However, after about a month the flashlight started turning off on it's own. I would turn it on (twist on), set the beam, then it would flicker off.
Summary: I paid almost 200 dollars for the rechargeable maglight off the tool truck, find a better light with 226 lumens for less than 23 dollars, just bought it but is very bright and just tested against my big mag and yup it's right there with it, used mags forever and this one is built like my old minimags glad to see they haven't given in to the pressure to make it cheaper
Summary: Its a maglight, I've had mine for a year now and still works great. I have dropped it at least 5 times from a 6 foot ladder and no troubles. Yeah the switch can sometimes be annoying but, where are you going to get a better, made in usa product? I won't buy anything but a maglight. Would prefer that the switch was just on or off though its not a big deal.
Summary: I just bought this yesterday, so I can't comment on it's lifespan. After reading the other reviews I got the flashlight and checked the amount of twists it takes to turn it on; it took one-quarter of a twist.
Summary: Bottom line, unless you usually need the extra bright / far light projection, this item is only mediocre. This does not come with a push button anywhere to eliminate the otherwise ridiculous amount of twist ON twist OFF action otherwise needed to operate this flashlight. The light I admit can be very bright and very focused which is nice... sometimes.