Anyone got a zanflare T1 lantern?

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chinooker wrote:
Mine is stuck “on” the switch turns on the red, red blink along with all the other leds butt will not turn it off. same thing with or without the battery installed (usb cable) the touch control seems to try to switch tint butt can’t overcome the total output

Have you tried a long press on the rubber button?
That turns it off and skips the red modes.

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Great photo plat, interesting to see the insides on these things, would have never guessed that is held together with zipties!

Looks like thermal glue under the LED boards, those who suggested the tailcap gets hot because the battery tube is a heatsink appear to have been spot on.

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chinooker wrote:
Mine is stuck “on” the switch turns on the red, red blink along with all the other leds butt will not turn it off. same thing with or without the battery installed (usb cable) the touch control seems to try to switch tint butt can’t overcome the total output

Have you tried a long press on the rubber button?
That turns it off and skips the red modes.

This threw me slightly first time I used mine, the long press on the rubber button is slightly longer than I’m used to.

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Agro wrote:
Has anyone tried modding their T1?

In many ways it’s good light for me….

  • like the format (though 21700 would be better)
  • like the price (a lot)
  • like CCT (a lot)
  • accept the UI (though that’s definitely not my favourite)

But I despise how it doesn’t incorporate high-cri LEDs.
For a lantern I require at least 90 and highly prefer at least 9080.

I guess that answers my question…
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I wonder if LED swap would be feasible….

…and that raises my follow up question… :^D

Aren’t those the size of those Nichia LEDs Clemence sells, the newest very high CRI ones?
Looks like a b*tch to replace them though…

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OK, I ordered a couple more.
One is perfect.
The other only operates the red leds, solid and blinky. The touch control is kaput. Only works with the bottom button.
I’m done with these.

I’ll bag the battery with the first one(always on), and only install it when needed.
The “red only” one goes in my spare tire compartment.

I just don’t want to deal with Chinese CS anymore. Life is too short and I have other priorities.

And yes I’ve RTFM.

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chinooker wrote:
Mine is stuck “on” the switch turns on the red, red blink along with all the other leds butt will not turn it off. same thing with or without the battery installed (usb cable) the touch control seems to try to switch tint butt can’t overcome the total output

I also have one like your problem
Once you put the battery it will turn on without touching the top switch. Cannot adjust the brighness on both tint. Just maximum cw and max nw. Cannot turn it off by pressing the bottom switch.

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akoposilester wrote:
chinooker wrote:
Mine is stuck “on” the switch turns on the red, red blink along with all the other leds butt will not turn it off. same thing with or without the battery installed (usb cable) the touch control seems to try to switch tint butt can’t overcome the total output

I also have one like your problem
Once you put the battery it will turn on without touching the top switch. Cannot adjust the brighness on both tint. Just maximum cw and max nw. Cannot turn it off by pressing the bottom switch.

yeah, my one like that turns the red leds on/off with the bottom switch butt does not affect the others which remain on throughout.

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Mine died today. Was using it everyday as a bedside lamp, and just stopped working. No reds, no light, nothing. Connected it to a usb charger and the nano led works, but not the lantern. Crap! Facepalm I was enjoying it! Crying
Time to make a video and open a ticket at Gearbest!

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I had the same exact issue juhha.

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Jerommel wrote:
Agro wrote:
Has anyone tried modding their T1?

In many ways it’s good light for me….

  • like the format (though 21700 would be better)
  • like the price (a lot)
  • like CCT (a lot)
  • accept the UI (though that’s definitely not my favourite)

But I despise how it doesn’t incorporate high-cri LEDs.
For a lantern I require at least 90 and highly prefer at least 9080.

I guess that answers my question…
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I wonder if LED swap would be feasible….

…and that raises my follow up question… :^D

Aren’t those the size of those Nichia LEDs Clemence sells, the newest very high CRI ones?
Looks like a b*tch to replace them though…


This seems like a really good light, but I wanted one with 95+CRI swap. I have no idea why they needed so many LEDs. 2-4 even 8 I can understand, but over 60 seems too much. And very difficult to swap.
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So far mine have been working great, although the tail caps do run hot. Not happy with that.

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I am at day 8 of camping with my three T1s. One is used at adults tent for a few hours on min and a couple on ~medium. One is used at kids tent on min for a few hours and on red for the whole night. The third is being used outside for upto 6 hours in a day, med to high. I use warm color for 90% of the time with the provided batteries, charged once daily, each morning on a charger. I am a big fan of two memorized brightness modes… I leave T1 on lowest, cold white, when I am out and when I want to get something from the tent, I tap once for warm white at the level I left it. I miss a second touch-off switch, the one on the bottom is a little annoying to use and battery cap threads is a joke, really. Also, none of mine got hot on the battery cap.

Do I like them? Hell yes! Am I going to order two more? Absolutely! Do you need one? No, you need three.

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mdeni wrote:
I have no idea why they needed so many LEDs. 2-4 even 8 I can understand, but over 60 seems too much. And very difficult to swap.

Many LEDs means less current per LED and a more uniform beam. It’s good they’d choose this amount of LEDs, that’s how it become so demanded Wink
Hopefully the LEDs last so long they don’t need to be replaced in years.
And for 90+ CRI you still can get the BLF lantern.
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BLF lantern is not quite the same size class…

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mdeni wrote:
Jerommel wrote:
Agro wrote:
Has anyone tried modding their T1?

In many ways it’s good light for me….

  • like the format (though 21700 would be better)
  • like the price (a lot)
  • like CCT (a lot)
  • accept the UI (though that’s definitely not my favourite)

But I despise how it doesn’t incorporate high-cri LEDs.
For a lantern I require at least 90 and highly prefer at least 9080.

I guess that answers my question…
Pity…
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I wonder if LED swap would be feasible….

…and that raises my follow up question… :^D

Aren’t those the size of those Nichia LEDs Clemence sells, the newest very high CRI ones?
Looks like a b*tch to replace them though…


This seems like a really good light,
Hmmm…. i read of a lot of problems here…
The idea i like, but i think it’s too complex for the price.
All kinds of faillures seem to occur…
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but I wanted one with 95+CRI.
I.m.h.o. they should have made it with just 2500 to 3000K high CRI LEDs.
The touch sensor and brihtness ramping seem like a good idea, when it works properly and reliably…
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I have no idea why they needed so many LEDs. 2-4 even 8 I can understand, but over 60 seems too much. And very difficult to swap.
It makes a nice and homogenous light with many tiny LEDs.
I think these are 0.2 Watt LEDs
0.2 × 30 = 6.0 Watts, should be capable of some 600 lumen, maybe 450 for warm white high CRI.
I guess they chose to run them low for better efficiency and thus less heat, so they can get away with a plastic exterior.
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discovered a possibly dangerous flaw & fire/explosion hazard with this T1 lantern. ( read post #11 >> http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1373743#comment-1373743

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Best Lantern on the market it beats them all this light is amazing everyone I show it to is sold I’ve bought like 20 of them and everyone wants more I have other lanterns a huge collection over the years and there all junk compared to the Zanflare T1 I been waiting to order more but BG still has not got them back in stock they had some a few weeks back and sold out before I got home from work I hope they get more I need about 20 to 30 more of them

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Screwball69N wrote:
Best Lantern on the market it beats them all this light is amazing everyone I show it to is sold I’ve bought like 20 of them and everyone wants more I have other lanterns a huge collection over the years and there all junk compared to the Zanflare T1 I been waiting to order more but BG still has not got them back in stock they had some a few weeks back and sold out before I got home from work I hope they get more I need about 20 to 30 more of them

The T1 has its issues.

I would wait until the new and improved version comes out.

It should be even better.

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JasonWW wrote:
Screwball69N wrote:
Best Lantern on the market it beats them all this light is amazing everyone I show it to is sold I’ve bought like 20 of them and everyone wants more I have other lanterns a huge collection over the years and there all junk compared to the Zanflare T1 I been waiting to order more but BG still has not got them back in stock they had some a few weeks back and sold out before I got home from work I hope they get more I need about 20 to 30 more of them

The T1 has its issues.

I would wait until the new and improved version comes out.

It should be even better.

Agreed. I purchased two of these when they first came out. At first, I loved them. Then I noticed the tail cap on the battery tube was way too hot for my liking. After about 20 minutes I was reading around 60 degrees C on both. I’m sure the battery tube itself was hotter. I cleaned both the positive and negative ends with 99.9% Isorpopanol Alcohol. Didin’t help. Needless to say, I no longer use, or recommend these.

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Screwball69N wrote:
I need about 20 to 30 more of them
What do you do with all of them?
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Everybody I show them to wants a couple of them so they keep buying all mine when you can easily spend 50 to a 150 on Coleman or any of the others this light is 15 bucks if you get a summer out of it you can buy another next year and with all the features and how small it is there’s no other lantern on the market even in its class

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I agree with Screwball….. I got 3 back when they first came out(July?), left them on high CW for a long time at first just to test for heat issues but never had a problem with any of them. I now leave them on 24/7 on low/WW. They are all working fine and I have Really enjoyed them. Its strange that some are reporting overheating but since it isnt happening with all of them I dont see how it would be a design problem unless they changed design mid-stream. Appears a few were simply duds.

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Pete7874 wrote:
Screwball69N wrote:
I need about 20 to 30 more of them
What do you do with all of them?

Ha! LOL

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I’ve been selling them all Trying to keep some for myself but every time I pull one out I sell another one

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And I haven’t had any issues with any of them I live in Pennsylvania may be a Florida or the southern states that get super hot maybe they do warm up But i haven’t had any problems or anyone that’s bought them the only problem is buying them now BG sells out in hours when they restock
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Well I’ve been through 40 some already and never had any problems and know one has said they have had any problems either I go camping every week end take like ten with me and sell them right around the fire pit

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And I can’t wait for the new model 21700 or two 18650 or the 26650 id like longer run time but me personally I haven’t got into the 21700 Battery yet but any bigger battery longer run time would be great for how small the light is as long as they keep it as a removable battery because I like to be able to Inner change the battery myself because I have some many on me I don’t have to wait to recharge

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Just reading back through the threads and what does anyone expect it’s 15 bucks this light is beyond all expectations you could throw it away and buy a new one every year and still take 4 to 8 years before you spend the money on all those bulky expensive lanterns

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Just a thought Screwball ….. I would be wary of selling these to ‘just anyone’ around your campfire without additional info. Its possible they wont know much about Li-ion safety or what ‘could happen’ if they dont use common sense and are aware of the consequences of not following a few guidelines. I would point them to this(and the other Z1) thread and maybe prompt them to read Lithium-ion battery safety 101 http://budgetlightforum.com/node/45314. They should understand that some have reported problems and be aware of that so they can monitor their lantern(in case it is a ‘dud’) …… it would be a tragedy if there was a problem and it caused a tent fire in the middle of the night simply because they lacked the info.

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All the ones I’ve been selling are ones that are being used when ones sold I get another out of the box I figured that would be easier in case I needed to send one back and everyone in the campground has been buying 18650 batteries and flashlights from me for like over 10 years anyone new I quiz , but it’s not a store it’s a camp ground but thank you for your concerns it’s always a good practice for those battery types

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