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Zanflare T1 review

I`ve been collecting camp lanterns since 2015 or 2014, and this is sort of illumination that I use most. So i`ve tested almost all the good brand stuff and a lot of budget ones. And, guys, this stuff is best deal for price that I met since then.

SPECS
- LED type: SMD2835
- LED quantity: 82
- Max. lumens output: 350LM
- Min. lumens output: 3LM
- Power rating: 4.5W
- Light color: white / warm white / red
- Color temperature range: 2700K – 6500K
- Press the top switch SW2 to adjust brightness and color temperature
- Memory function and reverse polarity protection
- Low battery indicator function
- Support USB charging method, equipped with battery indicator
- The bottom is equipped with magnetic end
- Waterproof standard: IP65
- Material: ABS + PC + Aluminum alloy

PACKAGE AND APPEARANCE
Heh, here is nothing attractive. You get exactly as much as you pay. Though, comparing to Convoy which cost the same, package is definitely better. It has some design, at least ).
Worst is that this package didn’t survive travel from me from China, but as long as T1 wasn`t damaged at all, I don’t care. If you want good looking premium camp light for a gift, CL25R is your choice. T1 doesn’t have any chance here, package look cheap.


It includes all the basic stuff: T1 itself, micro-usb charge cable, o-ring (absent on photo, i`ve lost it), brief manual, battery.

Аnd here is T1. 98х46mm plastic cylinder with black base. Conceptually and constructively it repeats CL25R. Difference is that last one has both end protected with black plastic, T1 has upper part semitransparent as sides. Good for illumination, bad for situation it falls to something solid. CL25R survived a lot of fallings with no damage at all. Here i`m not such sure. But, again,there will be no blind spot under upper part like in case of CL25R in hang mode.
For the rest – no gaps, no defects of plastic, no scratches etc. T1 feels budget thing, but definetely not cheap one, like tons of stuff I tested. I bet most of you own these terrible UFOs with blue light, clones of Suboos. They feel chep and unreliable. But this one – does not.

Bottom side includes:

1) battery compartment cover. And here is, I suppose, the only bad detail – threads are dry and machinery is so-so. I lubricated them, what fixed situation little bit. But still, threads could be better.

Btw. This cover has strong magnet, easy keeps T1 horizontally.

2) micro-usb plug, good and tight one. I`ve met expensive lights with worse plug

3) button.

4) hang arch (or loop…not sure for proper word, pic says for itself)

As CL25R, the core of T1 is aliminium cylinder with lots of SMD LEDs around. That is a good decision.

Upper part is semi-transparent and has metal round in the centre, this one serves as touch-panel.

T1 plastic body is matte and thick. I pressed it with force – no cracks, bad sounds, any moving from bottom part. Seems to be reliable.
Ah, battery stated to be 2600mah and, to my surpise – it is. Seems that 2600 cost almost the same as 2200 now and manufacturer made a honest decision not to save dime on users.

Overall, T1 looks simple but this is a good simplicity. Not cheap no-name stuff.

UI

Simple and convenient.

Black button from any state – REDRED SOSOFFF
Upper metal circle – with easiest touch of finger it turns CW on, 2nd brief touch – WW.
Hold finger upon it and set brightness. 1-100% run takes about two seconds.
What is great – both CW and NW has memory mode. That is really cool, unexpectedly for such cheap budget thing.

UPD UI is even better than i thought
some new details:
There are 3 modes.
1. is cool blue light mode with brightness ramping
2. is a selected color temp mode that ramps up and down
3. is the color temp mode that ramps from cool blue to 2500k incandescent. (You select this color temp for use in mode 2)

The 4th mode is the red light button at the button, which also shuts the light off. 1 press, turns red on, one more press is flashing red, one more is light off.

So basically you start off by double tapping the sensor. This gets you into color temp mode. You ramp it to the desired temp, then tap the sensor and it puts you into mode 2 where your selected temp brightness can now be ramped up and down.

PERFORMANCE

CW is stated to be 6500К\350lums
WW – 2700К\250lums
What bout WW, no matter how I measured – result was the same, about 55% of max CW. So it is likely to be around 175-180lums, which is good number as well.

What about tint – as you can expect. WW is warmer than CL25R, CW is colder -) see pics.
To get 4000-5000K for 20$…that would be too good to be truth.
For kitchen size room, CW max is way too much, I often use CL09 for midnight rea and book time, and 30 lum mode is my choice. And here you get almost 10 times more…But it`s good to have such mode and not use it, rather to want use it and not to have.
What is great is that you have choice of WW , cozy and old-fashioned and CW – bright.
And, yeah, CW here is visibly brighter than the max mode of CL25R.


A lot tests with different batteries gives the result that I expected, besides strange line for VTC6. Strange, strange performance. I run tests twice – the same result. Battery is virgin and authentic from nkon.nl


. Not stabilized. But for these money you shouldn’t expect to get it.

Red light is BRIGHT. And for tent this may be too bright. 2 brightness levels would be a good option.


Charge amperage is great, 1А.
And here is coolest feature. T1 FULLY works from external powersource – powerbank or wall adaptor. You can put max brightness here and it will be 100% stabilized. See runtime chart that I got with Xiaomi 1000mah powerbank. Superb results.
T1 cuts off at 3.1v, so you can use unprotected batteries.

OVERALL
Bravo (applause)!
For its price you cannot get any better deal. Seriously. All cheaper stuff are way to worse. Closest brand models cost at least twice.
If you need 100% reliably and bulletproof light for serious tourism – CL25R is your choice, it`ll survive anything.
For simple needs like camping, home back-up light, fishing etc I strongly believe that T1 has no rival around. Even if it breaks, it will not empty your wallet.

+ red\CW\WW
+ 1A charge amperage
+ good brightness
+ stepless dimming
+ full powerbank support with 100% stabilized max modes
+ good build quality
+ 2600mah battery included
+ soo much affordable price tag
+ strong magnet

- dry threads
-+ red light is too bright

upd.
1) I didnt see any PWM-shimmering at any mode. even at lowest brightness.

2) i put T1 in the jar with water. It doesnt sink, has positive buoyancy. After i forced it to dive for some minutes, there was no water under plug and at threads.
I think T1 will survive any rain, and for its positive buoyancy it will not sink down to the unevitable point when water pressure will find its way inside.

“here”: https://goo.gl/MoYjWK is link to this model at Gearbest

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Edited by: Narmattaru on 07/02/2018 - 16:02
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I own two of them. You can adjust the tint of the warm white mode to be anything from 2700k to 6500k and save to memory! So it is Not to good to be true! It’s easy to miss this feature as the instructions are not very clear.

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wow!

how this can be done? i`ll add to review

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Narmattaru wrote:
wow!

how this can be done? i`ll add to review

Here’s the instruction: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1328488#comment-1328488
And a video demonstration: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1335837#comment-1335837

P.S. The code does not seem to be valid outside Russia.

My lights arrived today in my country. Hopefully I’ll receive them tomorrow… Cool
Awesome review, thanks! Thumbs Up Beer

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Thanks, friend

added.

get back home and check it.

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Oh that’s great. I was worried that the obvious feature was omitted.

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I played around with the continuously variable color temps. To be honest, I won’t be using that feature. I like the two extremes.

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Thanks for your review! Like you stated at this price point the T1 has no serious competitor.
The only thing I wonder about this light is how the long-term reliability of the electronics is going to be.

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slowtechstef wrote:
The only thing I wonder about this light is how the long-term reliability of the electronics is going to be.

Always a good question with a lot of products, and we’ll never get an answer from a single or even several reviews. However, for this incredible price I think it’s almost mandatory to get one and try it out ourselves.

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ok, i checked – this changing temperature feature really works

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Is the output higher in the middle when both emitters are 50/50?

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T1 ww 50% – The phone is ringing
T1 cw 50% – Your cat answers the phone and accepts the task
cl25r max – Your cat takes the knife (on the right) and gets to work

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Thanks for the review!

narmattaru wrote:



Just curious, in the above image, how did you know the T1 was at 50%?

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T1 FULLY works from external powersource – powerbank or wall adaptor.
Did you test this with the cell removed from the light?

The reason I ask is that I get approximately 30% less output when running off USB wall charger with no cell in the light, and other members reported the same.

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I played around with the continuously variable color temps. To be honest, I won’t be using that feature. I like the two extremes.
Same here.
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atbglenn wrote:
I played around with the continuously variable color temps. To be honest, I won’t be using that feature. I like the two extremes.

Probably another great feature of the T1 is that you have instant access to CW or WW instead of using ramp (which is the reason OP overlooked this feature).

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Just curious, in the above image, how did you know the T1 was at 50%?

that is simple – i placed T1 at ceiling light. there was luxmeter below it at table. so then i got numbers at full brightness which were 100% (for example 15000, thay is just random number). then i adjusted brightness until got 7500 at luxmeter.
the same was with 50% runtime chart – i put 100% bright, then tune it down to numbers that were equal 50%.

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T1 FULLY works from external powersource – powerbank or wall adaptor.
Did you test this with the cell removed from the light?
aha, with no battery inside.
hm i didnt compare with \ without battery, assumed that brightness is the same. seems that i was wrong ) as 30% is difference, witnessed by several forum members, i see no reasons to think they a wrong. will include this info to review.

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maukka wrote:
Is the output higher in the middle when both emitters are 50/50?

sorry, dont understand

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Narmattaru wrote:
maukka wrote:
Is the output higher in the middle when both emitters are 50/50?
sorry, dont understand

100% cool white = all CW leds are burning.
100% warm white = all WW leds are burning.

So if you do something like 4500K, does that mean that all CW and WW are burning, so max output is higher?

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upd.

1) I didnt see any PWM-shimmering at any mode. even at lowest brightness.

2) i put T1 in the jar with water. It doesnt sink, has positive buoyancy. After i forced it to dive for some minutes, there was no water under plug and at threads.
I think T1 will survive any rain, and for its positive buoyancy it will not sink down to the unevitable point when water pressure will find its way inside.

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hIKARInoob wrote:
Narmattaru wrote:
maukka wrote:
Is the output higher in the middle when both emitters are 50/50?
sorry, dont understand

100% cool white = all CW leds are burning.
100% warm white = all WW leds are burning.

So if you do something like 4500K, does that mean that all CW and WW are burning, so max output is higher?

good question.

will check later. that is my daughter b-day, so i cannot check it right now.

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hIKARInoob wrote:
So if you do something like 4500K, does that mean that all CW and WW are burning, so max output is higher?

Based on what I’ve observed, no.
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Thanks for the great review. The runtime is actually very adequate. Great black out light or camping light.

Maukka, are you going to do a tint/cri test on yours?

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For a tent night light, the low mode is not low enough, IMO, but I can’t really complain in this price range.

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thanx, pal )

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Chatika vas Paus wrote:
T1 ww 50% – The phone is ringing
T1 cw 50% – Your cat answers the phone and accepts the task
cl25r max – Your cat takes the knife (on the right) and gets to work

Narmattaru wrote:

Oh that’s funny!

Thanks for the review, ordered one today.
Looks like a lot of lamp for the money.
And finally it seems like someone involved with designing a product may actually be an enthusiastic user of the product!
Tint choice, no PWM, sensible features, either they’re listening to these reviews or they’ve got real users involved with design.
I’ve had some that seemed to have been designed by people who never use them.

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most of us met flashlights, which seem to be designed by someony who hate them…

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A very nice review. Thanks for putting this up.

Chatika vas Paus wrote:
T1 ww 50% – The phone is ringing
T1 cw 50% – Your cat answers the phone and accepts the task
cl25r max – Your cat takes the knife (on the right) and gets to work

Narmattaru wrote:

I’ll admit it, it took me a minute to figure out what you were on about, but when I did I laughed.

I want a cool white light about as much as I want Cool Ranch Soda.

 

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I had the misfortune of my wife being home for the UPS delivery of my Dewalt chainsaw I bought over Premier Day sale.
Luckily she stomped out for the mail and there was the T1.
What’s this? Another flashlight?
Thoroughly unimpressed until I hit the red button, and then the red flash.
OK, put it in my rig. She says.
I just hope the magnet will work on her tincan roof.

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I really hate that to turn off the lamp, you need to use tail button, so you need to pick the lamp and long press the tail button. I use this lamp as a sleep lamp, while it is very convenient to turn on the lamp with the touch button, it’s very inconvenient to turn off the lamp. What a bad UI, the triple click touch button haven’t been used

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AnhTran wrote:
I really hate that to turn off the lamp, you need to use tail button, so you need to pick the lamp and long press the tail button. I use this lamp as a sleep lamp, while it is very convenient to turn on the lamp with the touch button, it’s very inconvenient to turn off the lamp. What a bad UI, the triple click touch button haven’t been used

Maybe they assume most people will use it in a hanging fashion, like in a tent, etc… and that the hard to reach bottom button is actually an easy to reach top button?

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I just measured my Zanflare T1 with a spectrometer and got these results:
CCT: 2641K
DUV: 0.0023
Ra (CRI): 82.3
R9: 4.9
Rf: 84
Rg: 94
Blue peak: 0.3

CCT: 6149K
DUV: 0.0023
Ra (CRI): 86.2
R9: 23.4
Rf: 82
Rg: 95
Blue peak: 1.0

Surprised they used 80+CRI emitters

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