*BLF LT1 Lantern Project* (Post #6078 Lantern GB Price announced!

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It would be a toss-up for removable batteries. Major issue is letting literally stone age knowledge used to poke around in the device.

I don’t have a good feeling for what might be built. But I do think that an approach I mentioned before should be given some thought. It may just be a bad idea, but—

The device should be able to be used as a

1 – needs to be able to be focused (i.e., generate a useful beam) as a flashlight
2 – has to do area illumination for use in the house or some appropriate gathering, needs an attachable shade, perhaps user made shade if we provide an attachment point
3 – stores power from solar or other source
4 – can charge a phone
5 – water/dirt proof
6 – very minimal cost for electronics – not high end anything

I see modularity if possible. A waterproof box with the electronics an batteries. Maybe using this funny screw heads to keep people out. Though this may just foster an urge to beat the case open. A USB or some such for the solar and phone charging. Maybe two ports. + solar. Maybe 1 port and have to switch purpose. Or box where the user can use cables to plug in the light, or the solar, and the phone. Box would have everything active in the system. All else plugs in.

How about a set of cheap magnets to hold the lighting piece to the box. Rotate one way; flashlight. Other way lamp.

All off the top of my head. Just some directions to think about and break out of the thinking Q8 mode.

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Could you add me to the list.

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bulbed wrote:
Would the lampshade/downshade would be fold able to flat size.
That’s an interesting idea.

I wonder if something similar to this ‘collapsible silicone bowl’ could be made?

I really like the idea of the warm-colored exterior, and Den said his best prototype has a white interior surface.

I’m not sure how/if a two-color object would work with silicone.

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hello there, can you please add me to interest list as well,
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hank wrote:
Would it be feasible to design for either four 1.5v AA cells or five 1.2v NiMH AA cells?

It would mean a battery compartment with two different sets of connectors, I guess.

I have far too many 4xAA things I run on NiMH but it means they’re a bit weak and short-lived.


Hmmm… Is your comparison of your “too many 4xAA things” made with good reliable brand AA Lithium Primaries compared to a good reliable brand AA NiMH Rechargeable??

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SIGShooter wrote:
I was talking to my ex-Peace Corp daughter today about the lantern and she mentioned that the Peace Corp (at least in Uganda) gives every volunteer a lantern and solar panel that they have to return when their tour is up. I bet the LT would be leaps and bounds better and way more robust. Robustness is important and hard to overrate when you’re posted to village of 100 people with no running water or electricity as some of her fellow volunteers were.

Locals in 3rd world countries would be amazed by the lantern. Flashlights we’re used to are Star Trek level to them. My daughter lit up her Zebra AA at a dinner her host family was having and their jaws dropped at the brightness.

That’s terrific! With a family member having been in the Peace Corps, you’ve got access to some useful inside info on their needs. The most important thing will be cost control… so agencies like Waka Waka would be great to leverage for their insight. They might be interested in partnering to some degree even beyond just facilitating the purchasing mechanism (their web portal).
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goshdogit wrote:
bulbed wrote:
Would the lampshade/downshade would be fold able to flat size.
That’s an interesting idea.

I wonder if something similar to this ‘collapsible silicone bowl’ could be made?

I really like the idea of the warm-colored exterior, and Den said his best prototype has a white interior surface.

I’m not sure how/if a two-color object would work with silicone.

That’s a neat idea. So essentially a collapsible shade can help control how much light will be projected with a simple one handed motion.

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xevious wrote:
goshdogit wrote:
bulbed wrote:
Would the lampshade/downshade would be fold able to flat size.
That’s an interesting idea.

I wonder if something similar to this ‘collapsible silicone bowl’ could be made?

I really like the idea of the warm-colored exterior, and Den said his best prototype has a white interior surface.

I’m not sure how/if a two-color object would work with silicone.

That’s a neat idea. So essentially a collapsible shade can help control how much light will be projected with a simple one handed motion.

If only we could find those in bright white to test. Thumbs Up

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On the side reflector department, how about some sort of tissue sock/sleeve you pull on the lantern? Part of it could be a fishnet like transparent section, and it would fold to nothing in a bag – or pulled down on the battery tube when not used…

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My missus  muggles would call the men in white coats to come & get me if I showed her that lampshade Big Smile

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patmurris wrote:
On the side reflector department, how about some sort of tissue sock/sleeve you pull on the lantern? Part of it could be a fishnet like transparent section, and it would fold to nothing in a bag – or pulled down on the battery tube when not used…
I like that idea Thumbs Up

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here is a clear bowl with accent colors perhaps we can spray paint it white on inside

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xevious wrote:
SIGShooter wrote:
I was talking to my ex-Peace Corp daughter today about the lantern and she mentioned that the Peace Corp (at least in Uganda) gives every volunteer a lantern and solar panel that they have to return when their tour is up. I bet the LT would be leaps and bounds better and way more robust. Robustness is important and hard to overrate when you’re posted to village of 100 people with no running water or electricity as some of her fellow volunteers were.

Locals in 3rd world countries would be amazed by the lantern. Flashlights we’re used to are Star Trek level to them. My daughter lit up her Zebra AA at a dinner her host family was having and their jaws dropped at the brightness.

That’s terrific! With a family member having been in the Peace Corps, you’ve got access to some useful inside info on their needs. The most important thing will be cost control… so agencies like Waka Waka would be great to leverage for their insight. They might be interested in partnering to some degree even beyond just facilitating the purchasing mechanism (their web portal).

She still has contacts in Uganda and she and a bunch of ex-volunteers meet all the time just to hang out. My plan was to have her try out the LT when I get mine and maybe even bring it to one of their get-togethers. It’s amazing how unprepared some of the volunteers are when they go to their first assignments. I sent her 20 or so flashlights and batteries to give to her comrades who didn’t think to bring one over. They could buy flashlights and batteries in Uganda but most were cheap plastic ones with filament bulbs.

She sold off her solar panels and Eneloops for a pretty penny when she left Cash

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Power was out at my home for over 39 hours between Saturday early morning and Sunday afternoon. Between my FW3A, Convoy S2+, and Nitecore P12GTS, the mrs and I did OK for light, but I’m really looking forward to the release of the LT1 as the wide area light would have made it a bit easier to cope with the lack of electricity. Side note, check your lights often, I found the Mini MagLite I had for 5+ years had died on Saturday.

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AguassissiM wrote:
here is a clear bowl with accent colors perhaps we can spray paint it white on inside

I found a white collapsible one on Ebay. ( i ordered it to see how it works for a top shade) https://www.ebay.ca/itm/173705904976

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DBSAR wrote:
I found a white collapsible one on Ebay. ( i ordered it to see how it works for a top shade)
Awesome! Looking forward to your findings. Thumbs Up
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LloydV wrote:
please put me on the list for one.
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It’s not too late and I added you. However you won’t see your name on the list or files until the next update.
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Today (well Sunday July,21st,2019) was my birthday, and i made it to, & hit the half century mark! Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer

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Today (well Sunday July,21st,2019) was my birthday, and i made it to, & hit the half century mark! Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer BeerBeer Beer Beer Beer Beer

Happy birthday!

It's my sister's B-day as well.

She's 41 years old.  :-)

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DBSAR wrote:
Today (well Sunday July,21st,2019) was my birthday, and i made it to, & hit the half century mark! Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer
Well done & congrats…. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! . Party . Beer

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DBSAR wrote:
Today (well Sunday July,21st,2019) was my birthday, and i made it to, & hit the half century mark! Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer

Cool birthdate – you are one of the first of the post moon-landing generation.

Happy birthday!

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