BLF DONATIONS OVERVIEW
Total input 605,85
Total spend 124,29
Funds left 481,56
Spend Q8 124.29 (prototype drivers and shipping to testers of a few and a prototype Q8)
Donations to help with BLF specials.
Get some funds to pay for:
1 parts for prototype drivers
2 shipping of these parts
3 shipping of prototypes and or parts to others for testing/adapting purposes
4 only for progress in projects that are meant to lead to a real flashlight for all to buy.
Prototypes of flashlights or things made by the professional manufacturer doing the project are for that party, so is shipping.
This is because having the chance to make a BLF special means good PR, free development and design for the manufacturer with a light as result that can gross profits.
All who are involved in the BLF specials I am involved in, do so knowing that:
+ Principally the only direct reward is thanks.
+ Designs are open source and to be shared with the community and manufacturer to be used for free.
+ A working sample of the light we pursue send to us by manufacturer for free is strived for.
This I said at the start of the Q8 and remains so.
This means the many hours people put into these BLF specials are not financial compensated
And the donations will not be used for that.
The money people donate will be used to move things along for the community hence the focus on the drivers and such.
To explain why I start this,
A BLF Q8 driver prototype took about $11 to make. We needed prototypes and after serious testing by DEL changes were made.
We could provide Thorfire with a prototype so they could see it in real life.
This meant Tom has made 9 of them.
Send a few to testers (shipping to Thorfire was covered by Thorfire) ~$10
Then Tom is going to send a prototype of the Q8 to a trustworthy BLFer outside the team any day now. ~$5
I donated $25
This means Tom donated $99 and many hours on this and that just does not seem 100% fair. The results of DELs testing of the Q8 driver prototype helped all for example TA used it in new driver designs just to name one advantage for BLF.
Now that new projects call for more complex drivers.
The GT, one prototype in parts besides the PCB is at least $11
I can’t ask DEL to pay for this though he graciously offered it.
In the future I really want to make the Q4 and the most work is in a good driver capable of running from a AA or 14500. This is a huge challenge and knowing there are some funds for parts helps me dare asking people to join a project. All the good guys give so much already it feels wrong to ask people to help and see them paying lots of money on parts, it just is not right.
I insist on this being a BLF thing so if people want to donate even the smallest amount is more then cool and appreciated. Spreading the load is the goal.
I intend on keeping a balance in this thread (OP top when first donations come in) so it is clear what is donated and what is spend.
For each time money is spend I will post about it.
I intent to have all donator usernames posted as well but without how much for any help is appreciated.
Maybe maybe some sort of GAW can be done at the end of a project, I mean if 1000 people of the Q8 list donate $0,50 sure it would be fair to do a GAW of a Q8 amongst donators for the funds then would allow such a thing. Same with the GT.
SB informed me PayPal does not like fundraising so donations done with note saying only BLF username are good and suffice.
Ah the projects to give an idea why this topic.
Running, prototyping done, Q8
Running, start but lots done, GT
Starting/running, small 18650, triple LED beauty with tail e-switch and Narsil.
Future, my wish with Thorfire, Q4, baby Q8 for 4 parallel AA or 14500
Future, my wish a smooth really nice zoomie
Future, my wish if manufacturer I emailed about it does not make it, EDC with powerbank function.
no obligation, no pressure!
Just being here and granting me the honour of putting a name on a list is plain awesome!
All on a list help in making projects happen!
All posting with remarks of support or gratitude help by lifting our spirit!
All posting questions, design ideas, scrutinizing what is posted help a lot!
if you want to donate
For those wanting to donate PayPal
wimmm777$gmail.com (replace the $ for @)
Note with only your BLF username.
Sorry grammarlovers, I am a real King Typo.