I've been following the planned release of the new 2xAA Mini-Maglite Pro Models since early summer. A quick search of the forums here found only one mention with no replies.
I've always had a spot in my heart for the classic look and feel of Maglites, even though they are years out of date in technology. The lights are well built, fairly cheap and if you live in the U.S., chances are a Maglite was your first flashlight or you have owned a few in your lifetime - I know I have. And they seem to be a favorite for Flashlight modders. For the most part, since embarking on my light addiction adventure over two years ago, I have pretty much stopped thinking about Maglites. Then Old-Lumens offered up for sale his 3xAA Mini-Mag mod and I kind of rediscovered them. My cycling buddies were suitably impressed with my new light and one of them asked me if I could get someone to mod his 15 year old AA Mini-Mag. I hesitated because the shipping costs alone would be greater than you can buy one of these for on sale. So I searched to see if there was an update from Maglite available and found this thread over at CPF.
Quite a long thread that has been going on since July. Lots of rumoured or promised release dates in the thread, so I contacted Maglite customer support to get an official update - here's the response:
"WE do apologize for the delay in getting these on the market. We just started shipping the PRO and you can find them at Gander Mountain or Quartermaster or on line at www.zbattery.com. Give them a few weeks to receive them and get them on their shelves. We don't have a firm date yet on the PRO+"
These look to be respectable offerings, with 226 ANSI rated lumen output for the PRO and 245 for the PRO+ off 2xAA cells. Not a lot of product details on emitter used yet. I'll be keeping an eye out and plan on jumping on it as soon as I see one. As of today, no one is offering the light online.