When will BLF bring out their own Headlamp????

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When will BLF bring out their own Headlamp????

Basically as the title says.“When will BLF bring out their own Headlamp????”

I have the BLF a6 and LOVE the damn thing and can’t wait for the Lantern to be finally be produced… From everything I come across when ever BLF produce a light they are way a head of others but so far can find a BLF headlamp… SO BLF when will you be doing one??? I for one would be having a few and am sure there will be MANY others…

Why don’t you? and then you get to show what can really be done ?

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Doubt it, already plenty on good headlamps out there.

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southland wrote:
Doubt it, already plenty on good headlamps out there.

Have you not seen how many lanterns and flashlights there is out there???? And they still produce them.

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Do you really want a FET controlled hot rod running on unprotected batteries strapped to your forehead? Plenty of good headlamp options out there!

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stephenk wrote:
Do you really want a FET controlled hot rod running on unprotected batteries strapped to your forehead? Plenty of good headlamp options out there!

LOL simply answer is no, BUT it’s was more about what could BLF come up with…

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I would be interested in a custom headlamp. But, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a complete new lamp. It could also be an innovative way of mounting an existing EDC.

My ideal headlight would have….
- option to mix / switch between flood/throw
- easy to use switch
- lightweight and durable (against oil, fluids,..)
- can be used with clip instead of headband
- rechargeable (charger inside)
- probably with different batteries than round cells due to size

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duramax wrote:
I would be interested in a custom headlamp. But, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a complete new lamp. It could also be an innovative way of mounting an existing EDC.

My ideal headlight would have….
- option to mix / switch between flood/throw
- easy to use switch
- lightweight and durable (against oil, fluids,..)
- can be used with clip instead of headband
- rechargeable (charger inside)
- probably with different batteries than round cells due to size

Like the way you think Big Smile

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I had one idea about it.
Convoy compatible, 20mm carclo triple, with separate easily removable 17mm linear (led4power?) driver.
Unfortunatly, I even have not finished samples.
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kiriba-ru wrote:
I had one idea about it.
Convoy compatible, 20mm carclo triple, with separate easily removable 17mm linear (led4power?) driver.
Unfortunatly, I even have not finished samples.
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Hmmmm interesting…

What is your intention with regards to Lumens etc?

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Lumens is not main target for headlamp, most would prefer hi-cri leds and no PWM driver.
Triple leds usually little more efficient than single one, carlco optics provide range of tirs (that are much more durable for headlamp than reflector), but main option – is there are any headlamp with regular 17mm driver that can be easily removed and changed/programmed by users preferences?
Also I need to say that extra weight is bigger problem than extra length for the headlamp.

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For me a good MID range of lumens with a nice boost, Good runtimes and IP8 is whats important…. I use the HC65 and so far is the Best Headlamp used to date….

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I love the design draft, kiriba. Looks cool. so we would use the existing S2+ battery tube and the rest is DIY? driver board and mcpcb?

interesting.

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Since we are just throwing out ideas, I hope we can see a product similar to the Kogalla RA light.

I like the idea of a led light strip that can be be powered by a battery, hopefully a single 18650, because most led strips I came across requires a 12V source.

The 3 main things I like about this product:
1. you can attach the straplight to the backpack strap or sternum strap
2. being able to store the most of weight in your bag (ie battery)
3. the multiple leds can cover a wider area

Some potential improvements:
1. The UI
2. modular?
3. more minimalistic (too many magnets and is bulky)

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Im sure I wont make more than 3pcs I have after lathe, and even they will take some time.
I think BLFers should contact Simon with this idea.
Yes all parts from convoy except head, glass and bezel.
Any regular 20mm triple board with any (one-side?) 17mm driver.

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huey18 wrote:
Since we are just throwing out ideas, I hope we can see a product similar to the Kogalla RA light.

I like the idea of a led light strip that can be be powered by a battery, hopefully a single 18650, because most led strips I came across requires a 12V source.

The 3 main things I like about this product:
1. you can attach the straplight to the backpack strap or sternum strap
2. being able to store the most of weight in your bag (ie battery)
3. the multiple leds can cover a wider area

Some potential improvements:
1. The UI
2. modular?
3. more minimalistic (too many magnets and is bulky)

Very nice may be interested in those… How about you start a thread relating to them??? see what interest there is etc?????

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Honestly, I haven’t given it much thought. I just wanted a floody hiking light that is hands free and lightweight. My wife pointed out the the H03 might be too heavy for her head. It is nice to have other hands free light source other than a headlamp. Right now I just tie the H03 to her backpack strap.

I am also very excited about the lantern.

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Oo..totally would wait for it.

Would be cool to have with 2*26650 or 2*21700 battery pack. Light but still has loads of juice. Those L-shape lamps are not for me. With so small mass can not get enough punch out of them.
Range 350m – high mode 2000lm+ continous.

There is many nice headlamps out but they all have something too little or too much Big Smile For the same money you can get a much nicer flash light than a headlamp.
I think the closest to my liking is the Lupine Blika – 2 xgp and a xpl hi – range plus some flood for close work. Not too heavy or too big. But the price tag is wild wild..

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H03 is good for me, for anything except running.

I would love a BLF 1×18650 regulated output thrower though, With the same UI as the Q8

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Doubt it, already plenty on good headlamps out there.

Have you not seen how many lanterns and flashlights there is out there???? And they still produce them.


I said plenty of good headlamps out there, you only want so much heat going to your forehead. The BLF lights produced so far are hot rodded, one of a kind(GT) as in size, or similar. The only headlamp I could think of is something like titanium with a copper heat sink but you have to keep weight in mind, nothing too heavy.
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southland wrote:
Doubt it, already plenty on good headlamps out there.

Have you not seen how many lanterns and flashlights there is out there???? And they still produce them.


I said plenty of good headlamps out there, you only want so much heat going to your forehead. The BLF lights produced so far are hot rodded, one of a kind(GT) as in size, or similar. The only headlamp I could think of is something like titanium with a copper heat sink but you have to keep weight in mind, nothing too heavy.

Agreed about heat but there are more and more coming out from Nitecore and olight that are starting to push the limits…..

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anycolourfloyd wrote:
H03 is good for me, for anything except running.

I would love a BLF 1×18650 regulated output thrower though, With the same UI as the Q8

whta brand is h03?

Never mind its a skilhunt

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Currently trying my hand at a headlamp. But it’s a good question as to why BLF hasn’t come up with something already.

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Not as many people use headlamps compared to regular flashlights.
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Unless you can get a few hundred or thousand people interested, nobody is going to bother putting in hundreds of hours of unpaid work to design a custom headlamp for you just because you don’t want to buy something that’s already available.
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The easiest option is to either make a custom one yourself, or slap a BLF sticker on a headlamp you can already purchase.

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What a nice build, how heavy is it and how do you mount it to something or yourself?

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The problem is that most of people on BLF not need a headlamp. For example on Russian flashlight forum fonarevka.ru obout 20% of discussions are about headlams(here I see 2-3% at the best), and I know about 7 custom made headlamps at small-scale production and only 3 such flashlights. There are a lot of people who use headlamps in work,outdoor , fishing, sking, caving and so on. On BLF I see only lumens fans(some of them are Hicri fans too and I like it). 100500lm and 2km FET controlled hot rod with stepdown after 10s on ones head are absolutely useless in real world.

Nevertheless I would be interested to see as BLF headlamp for example something based upon H03 with hi efficient buck or boost driver with one of BLF UI , hicri led and maybe good build in charger, or maybe something in more exotic form factor like Panda 3 . Magnetic control ring also is very interesting element which can be very convinient, but almost non existing headlamp use it.

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Has anyone ever seen a headlight host? Just the case, potentially even without the strap and battery module?

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AEDe wrote:
….. On BLF I see only lumens fans(some of them are Hicri fans too and I like it). 100500lm and 2km FET controlled hot rod with stepdown after 10s on ones head are absolutely useless in real world.

Nevertheless I would be interested to see as BLF headlamp for example something based upon H03 with hi efficient buck or boost driver with one of BLF UI , hicri led and maybe good build in charger, or maybe something in more exotic form factor like Panda 3 . Magnetic control ring also is very interesting element which can be very convinient, but almost non existing headlamp use it.

jon_slider has shown the existing passion for compact lights producing hobby/craft/camping illumination.
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A HiCri hall effect convertible cap-brim edc headlamp in an E21a Quad with custom mixed/matched CCT, or the new colored (under 5000k.) Nichias soon to appear with matching specs sounds like a project Jon and Clemence were born for….and have already been working on.

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duramax wrote:
What a nice build, how heavy is it and how do you mount it to something or yourself?

It’s a WIP. Will post a build thread when it’s finished.

I don’t see why there will be SO much less takers for a headlamp. I mean the blf lantern has 900 listed. Lanterns and headlamps are king for camping. Headlamps can also be used for other nocturnal outdoor activities such as shooting, cycling, fishing. Anything where it’s good to have both hands free.

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We do have a lot of Lumen Freaks and CRI Babies around here, but we also have a lot of members that just want the best possible mix of usability, carry-ability, nice UI, and run-time. It would be a worthy challenge to make a BLF headlamp that can pull in the best of every headlamp feature (not necessarily flashlight features).

A few days ago, AEDe posted this thread about the YLP Panda 3 which is a great looking headlamp. I even said in that thread that it’s the first headlamp I’ve ever liked. I wanted to buy one. But it’s only been sold in Russia (so far). Maybe we can take some inspiration from that one and make it even more BLF-ey! I really like kiriba-ru’s idea to make it out of common, moddable components. Crazy

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For me the #1 reason to own and use a headlamp would be general work around the house (fixing, DIY, cleaning) but most importantly in the garage (almost any car related work would require a hands-free light, somehow). There is the workaround to own/use a light with a magnet but that is something I don’t have.
Finally, the easiest solution would probably be to get a headband/mounting solution that works for any light.

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stephenk wrote:
Do you really want a FET controlled hot rod running on unprotected batteries strapped to your forehead? Plenty of good headlamp options out there!

Yes. Emisar should make a right-angle Nichia triple, with an option for the elliptical Carclos so the beam is wider than it is tall when used as a headlamp. Until then, Acebeam, Imalent and Thrunite have options for those of us who don’t fear exploding death, with the upcoming TH30 having a claimed output of 3300 lumens.

But on a serious note, I’ve never heard of an 18650 exploding in a single-cell flashlight, nor any 18650 that wasn’t one of the Chinese YourhouseisonFire brands exploding in any flashlight. Obviously, these should be handled with due care, but FET triples aren’t pipe bombs as long as appropriate batteries are used.

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