I’ve always liked Maglite flashlights because they’re durable and because they have such a nice heft to them. If you invested in Maglites back before LEDs became all the rage — like I did — then you’ll love the fact that Maglite is now offering 3-watt LED “upgrade kits” for their older C and D-cell-sized flashlights.
Obviously the advantages of LED over standard incandescent bulbs are significant: they last longer, they’re less prone to breakage, and they consume less power.
They are a bit expensive, starting at around $20, but when you look at the price of a decent aluminum-bodied LED flashlight with decent optics, that $20 doesn’t look too bad. It’s also worth mentioning that a number of other companies sell similar upgrade kits for around $10, though they’re somewhat deprecated by Maglite, who says they’ll void your warranty. Of course, if you’re already out of warranty…