*BLF LT1 Lantern Project* (codes going out for more LT1s, second batch shipping!)

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DBSAR wrote:
it was just a mention off CPF interests in the lantern, but I will only focus on this one here. If any of their members want on the group buy they need to come here.

This is the best approach. If people from CPF don’t often, or never have visited BLF they can put in a little effort to join to get on the list. Although a thread at CPF can’t explicitly state to go to BLF (or link to here), a quick search will get anyone here.
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I'm just lurking here from time to times to check the latest news and... great to see now that its almost coming to fruition!

Congrats to all the team, really promises to be an outstanding lantern.

 

And just this week-end I thought of another usage for this lantern Smile

 

PS : don't know if it has been already discussed, but I would be opened to a small price supplement in order to have the nicest bin ever (if even possible to do better).

Rise and Shine my precious...

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$50?!!?!? That’s insane guys, very well done, I look forward to the premo version! Silly

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And FWIW RE CPF, I’m mainly on CPF, but it’s no problem to come here. This is a BLF light, seems to make sense to keep everything here.

If you build it…..

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Same here, I have been on CPF for a while but have lurked here for a long time. I signed up for a group buy and now have been hanging around BLF much more (as well as CPF)

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Any idea of production and shipping schedule? I want one

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wstrachan wrote:
Any idea of production and shipping schedule? I want one

were hoping for over the next couple months.

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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Hopefully in time for camping season…

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Well, other blf projects like the FW3A have gone through 5 or 6 prototypes which took over half a year.

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Madtoffel wrote:
Well, other blf projects like the FW3A have gone through 5 or 6 prototypes which took over half a year.
Different company, different circumstances, different people involved.
DBSAR’s lantern has fewer key people involved & AFAIK all those key people are right here on BLF. Thumbs Up

Nice job DBSAR!! Thumbs Up

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teacher wrote:
Madtoffel wrote:
Well, other blf projects like the FW3A have gone through 5 or 6 prototypes which took over half a year.
Different company, different circumstances, different people involved.
DBSAR’s lantern has fewer key people involved & AFAIK all those key people are right here on BLF. Thumbs Up

Nice job DBSAR!! Thumbs Up

I do hope we can get it rolling into production with minimal delays or changes to the factory prototype once i receive the teat sample to work it through the paces & bench testing. Our team is small, after loosing some key experience group-buy & project members like TheMiller, DEL, and others (who went missing in action from BLF completely..) but with Toykeeper, Lexel bringing their programming & driver expertise in helped greatly to pick up the pieces after it fell off when the others vanished, then others including sbslider, BlueSwordM , SIGShooter, bmengineer all jumped in to help with the GB list, design chat & logistics & working with Barry0892 of Sofirn i hope after the delays and couple years we can get the first BLF lantern off to a successful run to fill in a category where its been lacking for years.
- Interesting coincidence, i was at Cabela’s Outdoor store earlier today, and looking through the department where they sell their flashlights, lanterns and lighting. I seen so many 50 ~ 60 dollar small plastic, cheap-looking lanterns they had, all had horrible color rendering bluish cool white light, few modes, and used AA, C or D batteries, and had run times of just a few hours on their highest modes of only 350 to 400 lumens. Their best top-line lanterns were in the 100+ dollar range, and most were huge in size, bulky, flimsy looking, had bad glare, light distribution, tint-shift, & artifacts, only a couple of the top brand names were rechargeable & had better tints, but the high run times were still low, modes limited, with useless features, and just lacking in the key features needed for longer camping trips, power outages, and providing 360-degree good lighting outdoors & indoors when it was needed, which why i built my own better lantern, (the V1 & V2 prototypes)
Their “best” lantern the store associates claimed was the GoalZero Lighthouse 400, ($70 ~ 80 usd, or 100+ cad retail) i tested was huge, awkward, & cumbersome in comparison, had only 6 hours run time on high for 400 lumens, ( only the front LED on) or a petty 2.5 hours on high for 360 degree light. (with a “claimed” 4400 mah LiIon battery pack, which would make the built in USB charging feature about the same as a 15-dollar cheap power bank.) and the tint was not bad, but not great, the CRI was not good, but ok for a generic neutral white un-branded LED source. ( probably around 60 ~ 70 at most, Goalzero don’t list CRI of their lanterns) either way that top-of-the-line lantern form there along with all their other best lantern all lacked the features i pushed to build into this lantern here.
- strong metal design, compact, (beer can sized) with higher lumens, (500+) massive run-times & battery interchangeability, ( using four 3600mah 18650 cells gives it a massive 14 amp-hours, meaning a week of running without recharging for 5 hour per night, built in reliable & regulated USB-C charging, (no lantern has that yet) a tint ramping with high CRI & selective-modes beyond anything on the market today, (a great thanks to Toykeeper’s amazing LT1 variant Andruil firmware) a regulated top high-end driver design by Lexel with the ability to custom change the current draw by user, a 360 degree light emitting design that has the lowest glare effect with the highest emittance angle, and the least artifacts & hard lighting as possible from a small lantern, tripod mounting, the list goes on that i seen lacking in the literal hundreds of lanterns i seen, tested, used, bought, & screamed at on the top of a mountain or in a snowstorm. Big Smile

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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DBSAR wrote:
Tech25 wrote:
The features are really amazing. This will be my first quality led lantern and between the tint mixing and the way you designed the “beam” I don’t think that I will go back to my gas powered ones.

I am also a gas lantern collector & builder! meaning i have done many comparisons & developed this LT1 LED lantern to stand & run with the gas lanterns. ( here is a few of my restored vintage gas lanterns.

!{height:800px; width:580px}https://i.imgur.com/OOl1Kvu.jpg!

Reading your last post and seeing this picture tells it all. Nice bar by the way Cool . It’s very nice to have someone so enthousiastic about lanterns bringing this ultimate lantern to BLF. Beer

Really nice to see how this light comes to light. It looks great and it would be very nice to see it coming before the camping season. I can’t wait to use it on holiday with my loved ones. But hey, no stress. It’s a hobby and its’s done when it’s done.

Good luck with the final straws!

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DBSAR wrote:
I seen so many 50 ~ 60 dollar small plastic, cheap-looking lanterns they had, all had horrible color rendering bluish cool white light, few modes, and used AA, C or D batteries, and had run times of just a few hours on their highest modes of only 350 to 400 lumens.
Angry say no more…please !
My eyes are bleeding just by reading it. Big Smile
Cool white CRI70 lanterns are abominable…a punishment, a medieval torture.

Keep up the good and innovative work BLF boys and girls ! Beer

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I would like to be in for one please.
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Very nice!
Please add me to the list for one.
Thanks.

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Please add me for 2. Looks awesome!

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As long as this stays in the $50 or less range, I am in for a second one. My first is at 1302.

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Hollybrook wrote:
As long as this stays in the $50 or less range, I am in for a second one. My first is at 1302.

DBSAR’s last post convinced me as well. I’m in for a second one if the price comes in around $50. This thing seems crazy useful.
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Interested.

This is a no brainer around the $50 price point.

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In for one please. This has been amazing to watch and follow.
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If any of their members want on the group buy they need to come here.

Good call!

Den, this is an opportunity to grow BLF by wooing new members from CPF. They are already droves of new members from this project. Some will fit in and stick around, others will flake away. But this will make BLF a greater community. This will translate into larger group buys, (and hence better discounts), more ideas and greater clout when dealing with manufacturers and vendors.

If this project was cloned on CPF all of this would be lost and many of the project’s admin efforts would be duplicated.

I say this with all due respect to CPF, but these projects are a result of this forum’s openness – So all the spoils should go to the victor.

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If any of their members want on the group buy they need to come here.

Good call!

Den, this is an opportunity to grow BLF by wooing new members from CPF. They are already droves of new members from this project. Some will fit in and stick around, others will flake away. But this will make BLF a greater community. This will translate into larger group buys, (and hence better discounts), more ideas and greater clout when dealing with manufacturers and vendors.

If this project was cloned on CPF all of this would be lost and many of the project’s admin efforts would be duplicated.

I say this with all due respect to CPF, but these projects are a result of this forum’s openness – So all the spoils should go to the victor.

good points. Smile

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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Please put me down for 1

Sorry for my bad English.

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interested in 1

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Please add me to the list for one. Thank you

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Ok, I should have caved earlier, but…

+1 please.

I’m already in for one, and I have to share the good things, so if you could add me to the list for another, I’d appreciate it.

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I have a few questios about the group buy. Asked DBSAR about it and he said other members of the project could answer it better; and the answers may be useful for other people.

1 – Which are the payment methods? Does it includes PayPal?

2 – Where is it going to ship from? Would be useful to know if they exclude some places for shipping.

3 – Is there some way we can calculate shipping costs, or some chart with shipping rates?

Thank you!

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I would think the seller could answer those questions. Barry is representing the seller in this thread.

PocketSammich wrote: I don’t need this, but I want it. Please sign me up.

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I expect those are questions that do not have a specific answer until the lanterns are in production. Look at other BLF-Sofirn projects for possible selling options.

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