I swear by my 2 AA Maglite. When I was playing in a band, I used to carry one around in my gig bag. (Ever try fixing your rig on a dark stage?) Later when I was recording I carried one in my gear bag for the same reason. I also keep one in the truck’s glovebox. I love the fact that they’re as durable as the big ones, but much more portable. Now they’re available with factory-installed LEDs.
Other than the new LEDs, these are pretty much the same lights I’ve come to know and love. It’s still got the great optics — save the “hole” in the middle — and “candle mode” where you remove the lens to light up the whole room. I’ve used “candle mode” on numerous occasions, sticking the light into a piece of gear to see what’s up.
One thought though: Give the black models a pass. Flashlights are only really useful in dark rooms, and in dark rooms black flashlights disappear. The shiny silver model shows up much better when you drop it.
Street pricing starts around $20.