For the purposes of survival, like most of us, I like to be as redundant as possible in certain key areas. For example, I like to have multiple ways of making fire (lighter, waterproof matches, fire steel, magnesium bar, cotton balls with vasaline etc). To me, lights are another area. I like to have multiple ways to have light. As a result, I have about 5 head lamps, a bunch of inexpensive LED lights of different sizes and of course Maglites. I have multiple Maglites in the AAA, AA, C and D variety. In fact, I have a 4C Maglite that belonged to my grandfather. He had this flashlight when I was a little boy so it is well over 40 years old and it is still going strong! I don't even know if he bought it new or if it was from a garage sale so it is WELL over 40 years old. Yes, it has a little wear and tear on the outside, but it still works. I particularly like the AA mini Maglites. I think they are inexpensive and well made. I just bought two more off Ebay for $5.50 each (S&H included) that were brand new in the package with working batteries. I thought that was a good deal! All my Maglites have the normal incandescent bulbs. I don't have an LED version (which is why I was asking about DIY conversions in my other thread). For those of you that may have the LED version, what are your thoughts? I know you can purchase the drop-in LED bulbs for the AA, C and D lites or you can by an LED Maglite straight from Maglite. Any opinions as to whether one is better than the other? I like the incandescent bulbs. I think they are pretty bright and long lasting for their design. I think they're pretty cheap to replace as well (just bought a couple of extra AA bulbs at Lowes for a $1.57 just to have them on hand in addition to what is in the endcap). With that said though, I'd like to hear some thoughts on the LED versions of the Maglites. Is it worth the price of a drop-in? Is it worth the price to buy a dedicated LED Maglite. Better off sticking with the original since bulbs are so cheap? What is your experience? Also, on the C and D Maglites; as far as regular incandescent bulbs go, is there a difference amoung replacements? I see Xenon and also Krypton bulbs available. What is the difference? What does a Maglite come with 'off the shelf'? Is it worth getting one of these other bulbs? Thanks for the help Wanna kill these ads? We can help!