*BLF Ultimate Lantern Project*~updates: First factory drawings in!

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if we could even raise enough funds to have Lexel build the driver prototype to send to Toykeeper to do the Firmware test on would probably give is some idea & starting point to establish what is planned for the BLF LT1 lantern project. I would pay for it myself but in a situation where my financial stability is in the red zone. BlueSwordM sent me a small donation out of his appreciation for what myself and the lantern team are doing, & i will donate that to Lexel to build the driver when he gets back to me on the cost of it.

ok so lets open up a system so we can all offer a small donation… heck am sure there will be a few donations forth coming¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬

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Den, if you can work out the details with Lexel and TK we will need a paypal acct with someone to do the bookkeeping. Volunteers?

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Lets show some love for Toykeeper & Lexel StarLoveLoveLoveLove

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There used to be the BLF project donation fund (link), and there must still be a few hundred dollar leftover. But it was run by The Miller who has not been seen for 5 months now. But as far as I know him, the fund will still be there alright, if only we can contact him about this. I will write him an email.

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To be clear, the money thing came up because of a comment that software doesn’t take much time or effort. It was not a request for money, just a way to quantify effort.

As for the lantern, I already have most of the code written for it… I just haven’t tested it on actual lantern hardware yet. The tint ramping thing works as far as I can tell, though.

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There is still money needed to fund Lexel for making the prototype driver, right?

In any case, I mailed The Miller if the fund still exists and can still be addressed, that is at least a nice thing to know Smile

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In any case, I mailed The Miller if the fund still exists and can still be addressed…

If anyone knows how to contact 1dash1, he might also have something set aside, since an earlier fund was never used or sent.

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In any case, I mailed The Miller if the fund still exists and can still be addressed…

If anyone knows how to contact 1dash1, he might also have something set aside, since an earlier fund was never used or sent.


So that money was never spent on you either? It sounds like BLF-fundraising does not work very well, does it? At least it makes members organising it disappear. Facepalm

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djozz wrote:
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In any case, I mailed The Miller if the fund still exists and can still be addressed…

If anyone knows how to contact 1dash1, he might also have something set aside, since an earlier fund was never used or sent.


So that money was never spent on you either? It sounds like BLF-fundraising does not work very well, does it? At least it makes members organising it disappear. Facepalm

Yikes! That’s a lot of money donated to just sit in somebody’s account! Shocked

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Maybe he got swallowed up by a volcano fissure under his house. Ya never know

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I am interested.

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DBSAR wrote:
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Wow!!……. Is now a good time to ask for a loan? Silly

Those are only estimates, the amount that a standardized tool thinks it would cost to develop the same thing at a traditional software company. But that’s not how the code was created.

Would be nice if I was actually paid what sloccount estimated though. Smile


If i had the spare cash i would pay Lexel to build a prototype to sent to you for testing your firmware, but right now with my financial crisis i am in a red-zone for extra money to pay for anything.

I’m sure enough of us would pitch in to get it done if that’s what you guys wanted to do. I don’t have a lot of extra money to spend right now, but I would pitch in a little. If you want to get Lexel to make a driver board for TK to test with, just make it known and set up some way for us to contribute. Wink

If Lexel can make the board, then ship it to Toykeeper to test the firmware, (then maybe i can test that in the V2 prototype,) then it would help refine and get it right before it goes into production.
Right now Barry had an issue being able to read the .gbr files from the software that Lexel uses to design the driver with, but the Engineers Barry mentioned they need the driver files in a .pcb format, ( a different driver design software) so that part is at a hiccup at the moment getting the driver design information from Lexel to Barry for his engineers to read and build a prototype driver.

I am not sure why they need Eagle files, the Gerber files and BOM can be given to an PCB factory to make the boards
I can mail you also an excel table with the component positioning for assembly that may help,
but a good fab can easily extract the nessesary positions with their programs from Gerber files and a worker checking that

or going the most easy way, let produce a fab from Gerber the board with solder paste stencil and a warker manually equip the prototype with solder paste and parts for reflow

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I am not sure why they need Eagle files, the Gerber files and BOM can be given to an PCB factory to make the boards
I can mail you also an excel table with the component positioning for assembly that may help,
but a good fab can easily extract the nessesary positions with their programs from Gerber files and a worker checking that

or going the most easy way, let produce a fab from Gerber the board with solder paste stencil and a warker manually equip the prototype with solder paste and parts for reflow

I don’t know much how the programs work for those types of files, but i remember Barry mentioning that they needed .pcb files instead of .gbr, ( as you said its two different programs Eagle & Gerber)

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There used to be the BLF project donation fund (link), and there must still be a few hundred dollar leftover. But it was run by The Miller who has not been seen for 5 months now. But as far as I know him, the fund will still be there alright, if only we can contact him about this. I will write him an email.

guessing those funds were set there & used for past BLF projects like the A6, Q8 & GT?

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I created a BLF account just to show my interest and for being put in the list.

I am also very interested in the USB charging mod. Does anyone know of any similar mod for the regular BLF Q8? I’m not skilled to do it myself, or solder/unsolder anything, but would happily throw my money if a USB-capable tube was available. Alternatively, what would be even better, would be a way to charge batteries without removing them from the holder. Not sure if this exist or is doable. I have a MF04 and a BLF Q8, these are my first multiple-18650 flashlights, and easily recharging just by unscrewing them to get the holders and connecting them be very convenient.

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Interested in getting 2, depending on final pricing.

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Barry sent me a couple of the first images of the BLF LT1 lantern design their engineers did based from the drawings & info i sent them. It looks really good & very close to the design perimeters i sent them. Smile

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I’m certainly interested! Been looking for a good lantern for a while now.

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Looking good!!!

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Looks good, but it looks like the middle section could probably be shortened. Lots of empty space in there.

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Are there multiple flats spots on the body ? Is it just for a place to splash a name ? I was hoping like the new Q8 they would just do a 100% knurling and be a bit more discrete  with make and model # .

 

I want one in beige ,camo, plaid ,pink and paisley

 

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Agreed Toykeeper, looks like it’s taller than it needs to be, looks like the there’s a lot of dead space in this design. I’ll buy one either way but more compact is better.

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Boaz wrote:

Are there multiple flats spots on the body ? Is it just for a place to splash a name ? I was hoping like the new Q8 they would just do a 100% knurling and be a bit more discrete  with make and model # .


 


I want one in beige ,camo, plaid ,pink and paisley


 


I agree about the flats. Just having a solid body with no flats does wonders for making things look better, and More high end. I love no branding at all, but on the tailcap works while keeping a cleaner look.
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I am very interested in two! Used my current lantern on a camping trip all weekend and thought about this project often. In need of a good lantern!

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added tmxod (2 lights), Depot_Shredder, and Sandman5811 to the interest list. Welcome to BLF Sandman5811 and Depot_Shredder!! Beer

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Thanks! As a certain famous General said, “[This lantern] will make a fine addition to my collection.

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Thanks for the welcome! Have lurked long enough, time to join. Please put me down for interest for two (2) of these lights. Thank you.

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Thanks for the welcome! Have lurked long enough, time to join. Please put me down for interest for two (2) of these lights. Thank you.

thanks for pointing out my omission, you are down for 2 now.

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The battery tube is going to be the old one of the Q8 instead of the one planed for the Sofirn Q8 v1.5 with a batteries carrier ?

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