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Looks awesome. Really hoping power bank is included. That is a huge +1 in my mind.

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Looking at the cutaway made me wonder if there would be room to put magnet(s) inside the base to add stability when placed on a car roof or hood or steel topped table. Needn’t be included, but might not cost much to make room for 3 or 4 standard size disc magnets there.

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It’s got a tripod hole in the bottom, so you could easily bolt a mounting magnet on. This one would fit a 1/4” tripod bolt: https://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=MMS-A-XC Might be too strong though.

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Gj wrote:
Looking at the cutaway made me wonder if there would be room to put magnet(s) inside the base to add stability when placed on a car roof or hood or steel topped table. Needn’t be included, but might not cost much to make room for 3 or 4 standard size disc magnets there.

it could have enough space in the cap for magnets, or have a magnet base designed ( that threads into the tripod hole on the lantern as teejay mentioned above) added to the future accessory kit.

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teejay wrote:
It’s got a tripod hole in the bottom, so you could easily bolt a mounting magnet on. This one would fit a 1/4” tripod bolt: https://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=MMS-A-XC Might be too strong though.

I was thinking 3 or 4 of something like these would be so much cheaper, unobtrusive, and still leave the tripod mount available.
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I would not recommend putting high strength magnets in the lamp. Having space if someone wants magnets is OK; but not as an installed feature.

Why? Easy to scratch metal surfaces (e.g., car body). Will attract various things lying about. Using the light for working around anything that generated tiny bits of magnetic material (e.g., sawing on metal things). They would be very annoying to remove and in the meantime will scratch surfaces.

If you really want magnets on the end, I would suggest something like making a disk with a beveled hole for a flat head screw for the tripod hole. Put magnets on the lantern side, put a non-scratching material on the outside. This will allow significant magnets to be used and no metal edges exposed to scratch anything.

Just a thought.

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No, I wasn’t suggesting they install them, just that as it looks like the space is already planned to be there it might be easy to tweak it to fit a common size magnet like the 20 × 3mm discs. More capability for no more cost to the manufacturer.

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I do have a couple of lights with tailcap magnets. In general I like them. However, on this light I would rather add a magnetic disc, screwed into the tripod mount socket, when I wanted it rather than have it there all the time. My reasoning is that this light will be set down in the dirt at times. Around here at least, there is a lot of iron in the soil and magnets suck it up readily. You would end up with a bunch of metal “fuzz” on the cap and it is very difficult to clean off.

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I don’t want magnets in any of my outdoor gear.

Potentially screwing up my compasses badly, or at best subtly deflecting them, or magnetizing other bits of kit.

I even had to seek out a ‘phone case without magnets in the clasp, to avoid making the magnetometer useless.

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peabody wrote:
https://www.amazon.com/Rubber-Magnetic-Cameras-Camcoders-Smartphone/dp/B...

It already got the 1/4 20 bolt right on there.

Great idea! Purchased one.

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beastlykings wrote:
peabody wrote:
https://www.amazon.com/Rubber-Magnetic-Cameras-Camcoders-Smartphone/dp/B...

It already got the 1/4 20 bolt right on there.

Great idea! Purchased one.


This one has a stronger magnet but is not rubber coated.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HATONC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=...

This is more expensive but you can drive your car 100mph with the lantern stuck to the front of your vehicle!LOL
https://www.amazon.com/MagWheels-Magnetic-Non-Slip-Anti-Scratch-Standard...

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Thank you everyone for making this happen.
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peabody wrote:
beastlykings wrote:
peabody wrote:
https://www.amazon.com/Rubber-Magnetic-Cameras-Camcoders-Smartphone/dp/B...

It already got the 1/4 20 bolt right on there.

Great idea! Purchased one.


This one has a stronger magnet but is not rubber coated.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HATONC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=...

This is more expensive but you can drive your car 100mph with the lantern stuck to the front of your vehicle!LOL
https://www.amazon.com/MagWheels-Magnetic-Non-Slip-Anti-Scratch-Standard...


OOOOOHHH!!! Get two of those action mount bases and mount two Q8’s to the hood of your car as upgraded headlights! Crazy

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osb40000 wrote:
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I can’t stress enough how important it is that this be a solid build that can withstand shock (repeated drops from a high distance). I go camping with my kids a lot, and use lanterns in areas where I may put it on a lantern or somewhere where it may fall to the floor/ground. I haven’t read through every page, but hopefully testing for drops is on the list.

I’ve been excited for this project since the first post years ago and can’t wait to see the finished product. A big thanks to everyone involved!

Again, with the extraordinary expectations….

I would love to see any modern lantern have such drop ratings. To see it under $100 would make me need to change pants. We are setting a lot of firsts with this light, I think the best wisdom to your concerns is “take better care of it.”

Granted, I bet this will hold up better than most lanterns on the market, especially given the smaller comparative size of the most fragile bits, but c’mon guys. Let’s all re-calibrate our expectations here, we seem to be getting some very anomalous readings…..

Where did I say anything about extraordinary and extensive drop tests? It should survive pretty much unlimited drops from a table, and it would be nice to see it survive from a 6ft ladder. I guess “high” was a bit nebulous on my part. Just pointing out that this lantern will be used in plenty of jarring circumstances as you’d expect from an outdoor product that doesn’t just reside in a pocket or someone’s hand.

I really feel like the suggested durability and drop resistance above is much more in line with a small 18350/16340 EDC light.

I understand that everyone is tough on camping equipment but I’ve never purchased an LED lantern because the ones available currently just aren’t that good. I currently have propane or kerosene lanterns which is what I feel demands pertaining to durability should be compared to. My propane lanterns have glass housings and fabric mantles which become more brittle than glass after their initial light-up. The lanterns I own come in 3 inch thick injection molded carrying cases and even then I still treat them with the upmost delicacy.

I totally understand that you’re throwing out your “wish-list” desires and expressing that if they’re possible you’d be willing to pay for them. It’s just easy to misinterpret your intentions when your opening line was “I can’t stress enough how important…”. That is a pretty abrasive opening statement to anything and I really feel like it would help if you tried to soften your approach. You mentioned later that you frequently camp with your children who are very rough on all your gear. If you’d opened with that sort of reference it provides the reader some insight into your needs and your situation which then makes it come across as valuable input. Just for example, I’m thinking something like:
For me, my camping equipment purchases are primarily dictated by how well they’ll stand up to the rigorous and abusive treatment from my children. In my experience I’ve learned that spending more money on something that can survive repeated table drops or even a 6ft drop is well worth the extra money. Is that kind of durability even possible with a lantern? If so, I would be willing to spend x amount more money to obtain that level of durability. Anyone else out there need such a durable lantern?

I’m personally 100% behind this light. For me it’s going to be light years ahead of my lanterns in durability, ease of use, reliability, heat/danger minimization and fuel type. I can’t wait for these things which is why I’m signed up for 3 each all for me. probably going to have to get some more for the other campers/hunters in my family also!

BIG THANKS to everyone involved in this great project. I feel like this is a very rare project where camping companies are the only ones producing LED lanterns and they’re just not good. I don’t think there’s many if any major light producers that make a lantern which is why I’m so excited about this project. I feel like this is a big win

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DavidEF wrote:
peabody wrote:
beastlykings wrote:
peabody wrote:
https://www.amazon.com/Rubber-Magnetic-Cameras-Camcoders-Smartphone/dp/B...

It already got the 1/4 20 bolt right on there.

Great idea! Purchased one.


This one has a stronger magnet but is not rubber coated.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HATONC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=...

This is more expensive but you can drive your car 100mph with the lantern stuck to the front of your vehicle!LOL
https://www.amazon.com/MagWheels-Magnetic-Non-Slip-Anti-Scratch-Standard...


OOOOOHHH!!! Get two of those action mount bases and mount two Q8’s to the hood of your car as upgraded headlights! Crazy

And then add four more Q8s and two BLF GTs and make it a rally car style set-up!! Crazy

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mattadores wrote:
osb40000 wrote:
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osb40000 wrote:
I can’t stress enough how important it is that this be a solid build that can withstand shock (repeated drops from a high distance). I go camping with my kids a lot, and use lanterns in areas where I may put it on a lantern or somewhere where it may fall to the floor/ground. I haven’t read through every page, but hopefully testing for drops is on the list.

I’ve been excited for this project since the first post years ago and can’t wait to see the finished product. A big thanks to everyone involved!

Again, with the extraordinary expectations….

I would love to see any modern lantern have such drop ratings. To see it under $100 would make me need to change pants. We are setting a lot of firsts with this light, I think the best wisdom to your concerns is “take better care of it.”

Granted, I bet this will hold up better than most lanterns on the market, especially given the smaller comparative size of the most fragile bits, but c’mon guys. Let’s all re-calibrate our expectations here, we seem to be getting some very anomalous readings…..

Where did I say anything about extraordinary and extensive drop tests? It should survive pretty much unlimited drops from a table, and it would be nice to see it survive from a 6ft ladder. I guess “high” was a bit nebulous on my part. Just pointing out that this lantern will be used in plenty of jarring circumstances as you’d expect from an outdoor product that doesn’t just reside in a pocket or someone’s hand.

I really feel like the suggested durability and drop resistance above is much more in line with a small 18350/16340 EDC light.

I understand that everyone is tough on camping equipment but I’ve never purchased an LED lantern because the ones available currently just aren’t that good. I currently have propane or kerosene lanterns which is what I feel demands pertaining to durability should be compared to. My propane lanterns have glass housings and fabric mantles which become more brittle than glass after their initial light-up. The lanterns I own come in 3 inch thick injection molded carrying cases and even then I still treat them with the upmost delicacy.

I totally understand that you’re throwing out your “wish-list” desires and expressing that if they’re possible you’d be willing to pay for them. It’s just easy to misinterpret your intentions when your opening line was “I can’t stress enough how important…”. That is a pretty abrasive opening statement to anything and I really feel like it would help if you tried to soften your approach. You mentioned later that you frequently camp with your children who are very rough on all your gear. If you’d opened with that sort of reference it provides the reader some insight into your needs and your situation which then makes it come across as valuable input. Just for example, I’m thinking something like:
For me, my camping equipment purchases are primarily dictated by how well they’ll stand up to the rigorous and abusive treatment from my children. In my experience I’ve learned that spending more money on something that can survive repeated table drops or even a 6ft drop is well worth the extra money. Is that kind of durability even possible with a lantern? If so, I would be willing to spend x amount more money to obtain that level of durability. Anyone else out there need such a durable lantern?

I’m personally 100% behind this light. For me it’s going to be light years ahead of my lanterns in durability, ease of use, reliability, heat/danger minimization and fuel type. I can’t wait for these things which is why I’m signed up for 3 each all for me. probably going to have to get some more for the other campers/hunters in my family also!

BIG THANKS to everyone involved in this great project. I feel like this is a very rare project where camping companies are the only ones producing LED lanterns and they’re just not good. I don’t think there’s many if any major light producers that make a lantern which is why I’m so excited about this project. I feel like this is a big win

Thank you for putting it so eloquently and I agree I could have communicated better. Maybe a durable lantern is outside the scope of this project. Maybe there can be a ruggedized version 2.0 down the road. I’d honestly pay very very good money for this lantern’s design in a rugged build. I don’t know what it would cost, or if it’s doable, but I’d hope that durability is at least somewhere on the radar, even if it’s just shock resistance against bouncing around in the floor of a vehicle, etc.

I can’t wait for it either, and love the project. I’ll be ordering a bunch for my personal use and for friends and family.

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osb40000 wrote:
mattadores wrote:
osb40000 wrote:
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osb40000 wrote:
I can’t stress enough how important it is that this be a solid build that can withstand shock (repeated drops from a high distance). I go camping with my kids a lot, and use lanterns in areas where I may put it on a lantern or somewhere where it may fall to the floor/ground. I haven’t read through every page, but hopefully testing for drops is on the list.

I’ve been excited for this project since the first post years ago and can’t wait to see the finished product. A big thanks to everyone involved!

Again, with the extraordinary expectations….

I would love to see any modern lantern have such drop ratings. To see it under $100 would make me need to change pants. We are setting a lot of firsts with this light, I think the best wisdom to your concerns is “take better care of it.”

Granted, I bet this will hold up better than most lanterns on the market, especially given the smaller comparative size of the most fragile bits, but c’mon guys. Let’s all re-calibrate our expectations here, we seem to be getting some very anomalous readings…..

Where did I say anything about extraordinary and extensive drop tests? It should survive pretty much unlimited drops from a table, and it would be nice to see it survive from a 6ft ladder. I guess “high” was a bit nebulous on my part. Just pointing out that this lantern will be used in plenty of jarring circumstances as you’d expect from an outdoor product that doesn’t just reside in a pocket or someone’s hand.

I really feel like the suggested durability and drop resistance above is much more in line with a small 18350/16340 EDC light.

I understand that everyone is tough on camping equipment but I’ve never purchased an LED lantern because the ones available currently just aren’t that good. I currently have propane or kerosene lanterns which is what I feel demands pertaining to durability should be compared to. My propane lanterns have glass housings and fabric mantles which become more brittle than glass after their initial light-up. The lanterns I own come in 3 inch thick injection molded carrying cases and even then I still treat them with the upmost delicacy.

I totally understand that you’re throwing out your “wish-list” desires and expressing that if they’re possible you’d be willing to pay for them. It’s just easy to misinterpret your intentions when your opening line was “I can’t stress enough how important…”. That is a pretty abrasive opening statement to anything and I really feel like it would help if you tried to soften your approach. You mentioned later that you frequently camp with your children who are very rough on all your gear. If you’d opened with that sort of reference it provides the reader some insight into your needs and your situation which then makes it come across as valuable input. Just for example, I’m thinking something like:
For me, my camping equipment purchases are primarily dictated by how well they’ll stand up to the rigorous and abusive treatment from my children. In my experience I’ve learned that spending more money on something that can survive repeated table drops or even a 6ft drop is well worth the extra money. Is that kind of durability even possible with a lantern? If so, I would be willing to spend x amount more money to obtain that level of durability. Anyone else out there need such a durable lantern?

I’m personally 100% behind this light. For me it’s going to be light years ahead of my lanterns in durability, ease of use, reliability, heat/danger minimization and fuel type. I can’t wait for these things which is why I’m signed up for 3 each all for me. probably going to have to get some more for the other campers/hunters in my family also!

BIG THANKS to everyone involved in this great project. I feel like this is a very rare project where camping companies are the only ones producing LED lanterns and they’re just not good. I don’t think there’s many if any major light producers that make a lantern which is why I’m so excited about this project. I feel like this is a big win

Thank you for putting it so eloquently and I agree I could have communicated better. Maybe a durable lantern is outside the scope of this project. Maybe there can be a ruggedized version 2.0 down the road. I’d honestly pay very very good money for this lantern’s design in a rugged build. I don’t know what it would cost, or if it’s doable, but I’d hope that durability is at least somewhere on the radar, even if it’s just shock resistance against bouncing around in the floor of a vehicle, etc.

I can’t wait for it either, and love the project. I’ll be ordering a bunch for my personal use and for friends and family.

My pleasure, glad I got what I was trying to say across without coming off as offensive or argumentative. Written communication just leaves emotion or intent up to perception.

I do agree also that your idea is an interesting one. I have a feeling that this light will be a success and TBH I’m wondering if something like a heavy duty silicone slip on case would fit the bill? I’m sure that could be contracted out as a secondary accessory for a good decent volume product. If cellphone cases can keep a phone alive then imagine what a 1/2”-3/4” thick silicone cover could do for this bad boy! lol with enough silicone you could probably drag it behind your car by a rope!

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