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I move into my new house this Thursday coming! once i get settled in, i will take some new photos of the LT1s in use, and get back into the LT1-Mini design. Thumbs Up
Congrats Thumbs Up I guess many are interested in the colours for the LT1, do you have any informations about it? https://budgetlightforum.com/node/69644

As i have been quite out of the loop over getting sick, the move, etc. I have not heard from Barry about the colored versions. I hope he can chim in with updates on that.

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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He probably means the LT1 mini…

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lionheart_2281 wrote:
He probably means the LT1 mini…
No, i don’t mean the mini. Only the regular full size LT1, like this thread and the colour thread are titled.
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Joined this forum to post this question; hopefully someone can advise!

I recently purchased a BLF LT1.

While it worked out of the box, it no longer seems to work since I’ve attempted charging. When it’s plugged into my computer the indicator light looks like a mixture of green and red. It can be turned on, but then it almost never works after it is unplugged.

I joined the forum because I have the same problem with two received the same time from an October 27th order. Glad I’m not the Lone Ranger. I was really BS at myself thinking I’d managed to lock it up, but three resets didn’t do anything. I can’t find anything telling me what the amber in the switch means. So it worked out of the box on the batteries. Charged and the green lights were lit. Unplugged the cable and nothing. Close inspection shows two green and two amber LED are lit under the switch cover. Very open to ideas. I’ve contacted the manufacturer, will report back when I hear something.

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He probably means the LT1 mini…
No, i don’t mean the mini. Only the regular full size LT1, like this thread and the colour thread are titled.

In that case the LT1 has been out for a VERY long time and at the moment (to my knowledge) there’s no ETA on the LT1 color

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There are white circle stickers on the negative side – the same colour/texture as the insulating rings…
FYI, as in a later comment, there are also black stickers. The light WILL come on at least once with only the top/positive removed. Obviously there is a capacitor involved. But it fooled me into not looking for a negative end shipping barrier.

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Shiseiji1958 wrote:
gramophoning wrote:
Joined this forum to post this question; hopefully someone can advise!

I recently purchased a BLF LT1.

While it worked out of the box, it no longer seems to work since I’ve attempted charging. When it’s plugged into my computer the indicator light looks like a mixture of green and red. It can be turned on, but then it almost never works after it is unplugged.

I joined the forum because I have the same problem with two received the same time from an October 27th order. Glad I’m not the Lone Ranger. I was really BS at myself thinking I’d managed to lock it up, but three resets didn’t do anything. I can’t find anything telling me what the amber in the switch means. So it worked out of the box on the batteries. Charged and the green lights were lit. Unplugged the cable and nothing. Close inspection shows two green and two amber LED are lit under the switch cover. Very open to ideas. I’ve contacted the manufacturer, will report back when I hear something.

Ron

OK, because my light had come on with only the top battery shipping barrier removed I “assumed” it was a battery charging problem. Obviously there is a charged capacitor that ran the light without batteries. The battery negative end barrier black dots blend into the battery and look like part of the cell. They are attached with a good adhesive so while not hard, good enough to make me wonder if I was being smart or not. Manufacturer was very responsive. But one asked if the switch lights were covered in the instructions. I’ve honestly miss-placed mine is a big clean but nothing I found on line spoke to them

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lionheart_2281 wrote:
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He probably means the LT1 mini…
No, i don’t mean the mini. Only the regular full size LT1, like this thread and the colour thread are titled.

In that case the LT1 has been out for a VERY long time and at the moment (to my knowledge) there’s no ETA on the LT1 color
Not VERY long time, just one YEAR. Same like for the possible colors, which even have their colour decision poll.
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I’m just discovering this great lantern … i’m interested !

What’s the best way / best place to order it (at the best price) ? Banggood ?
And where to find accessories ?

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SR-G wrote:
I’m just discovering this great lantern … i’m interested !

What’s the best way / best place to order it (at the best price) ? Banggood ?
And where to find accessories ?

Given the Black Friday sales coming up (and a $5 discount code you can get from https://budgetlightforum.com/node/72222), I’d recommend Sofirn’s AliExpress listing. Don’t forget to also stack a store coupon (orange one) with your other discounts! Not sure about accessories, I don’t think there are any official ones (some people have taken to 3D printing a reflector to make it more directional, though).

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Thanks for the link and explanations about coupons (otherwise i would have missed them) ! (ordered for 34€)

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Just registered to say - don't buy it from the Sofirn official store with shipment from the US, as they will charge you more and ship it from China anyway.

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30% off on Amazon US with code right now (comes with 4 batteries). Message Sofirn for the code. https://budgetlightforum.com/node/75373 In stock Amazon Prime, delivers in a couple days.

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DBSAR wrote:
**UPDATE,March,7,2020
Colored versions are still unknown, due to the anodizing factory issues, a shortage of resources at this time.**
Hello DBSAR, what do you know about the shortage of resources at the anodizing factory?
How are the chances to get the coloured versions in 2021 ?
https://budgetlightforum.com/node/69644
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haawb wrote:

Just registered to say – don’t buy it from the Sofirn official store with shipment from the US, as they will charge you more and ship it from China anyway.


I was just about to post and say to order from Sofirn directly but wow. My LT1 is on the way from them but shipping from China was my only option since I’m in Canada.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had the best luck with some Chinese sellers of late. Both Sofirn and Thrunite allowed me to order items that were not actually in stock. Had no problems getting refunds but cmon, how hard is it to manage inventory these days? It looks as though they didn’t have stock in the US warehouse and simply shipped from China instead. Facepalm

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Hi all. I have just received my Lantern and couldn’t be happier. What a terrific peice of camping equipment. One thing I have noticed is when the latern is OFF there is a very very faint glow from 4 LED’s. Is this able to be turned off ? I have read through the instructions but I couldn’t see anything obvious. I have factory reset the light but it still persists. I have Ver 5.
Your help would be appreciated.

TJlantern

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tjlantern wrote:
...One thing I have noticed is when the latern is OFF there is a very very faint glow from 4 LED's. Is this able to be turned off ?...

Welcome to the forum tjlantern.

That does not seem normal and sounds similar to an issue reported by forum member Scallywag.

You may want to send a PM (Private Message) to Scallywag to ask if the issue was resolved.


From a post in this thread by Scallywag:
https://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1653380#comment-1653380

Scallywag wrote:
...However, I've noticed that even if I haven't used the LT1 all day, when I turn out the lights the diffuser appears to glow slightly...


From a post in this thread by ToyKeeper:
https://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1654128#comment-1654128

ToyKeeper wrote:
It might be something like this:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/72664

Basically, some sort of slow leak allowing the LEDs to stay slightly on when they shouldn't...


From a post in this thread by Scallywag:
https://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1658244#comment-1658244

Scallywag wrote:
Finally remembered to check this after dark with the lights off – that is, when the “glow” was visible. The glow disappears when the battery tube is unscrewed.

I keep meaning to open it up, but I’m never near hex wrenches (to open the top) when the inspiration strikes. Then I get distracted… I at least checked the topside of the driver just now, and nothing looks out of place...

How many flashlights does a "real man" need?

None, real men are not afraid of the dark.

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Thanks Roostre. I’ll take your advise and PM scallywag. Cheers

TJlantern

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This is their idea of customer service:

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Comments: friend,please wait a few days again,your parcel will arrive soon.

No acknowledgement of the problem nor apology. Sure it’s not going to affect my life too greatly but I’m sharing it here so people can consider it in their purchasing decisions.

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haawb wrote:
This is their idea of customer service:
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Comments: friend,please wait a few days again,your parcel will arrive soon.

No acknowledgement of the problem nor apology. Sure it’s not going to affect my life too greatly but I’m sharing it here so people can consider it in their purchasing decisions.

Living in Australia I have a choice when I purchase a torch. I can buy it from a local retailer (though there’s not too many around) and get quick delivery from local stock with warranty protected by Australian consumer law.

Or I can buy from a chinese website with all the variables that this transaction entails.

The difference in price is significant – local is double ex China.

You get what you pay for. Sofirn is GREAT value for my $$.

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haawb wrote:
No acknowledgement of the problem nor apology.

Try contacting them via email us@sofirnlight.com or send a message to Sofirn on this forum. I’m sure that they’ll respond relatively quickly and help you out.

I ordered an LT1 via Amazon Australia on the 29th of October with a code from ozbargain. There was no stock in Australia so it was shipped from China. It arrived on the 6th of November. 4 clear business days. 9 days if you count weekends, public holiday etc.

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haawb wrote:
This is their idea of customer service:
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Comments: friend,please wait a few days again,your parcel will arrive soon.

No acknowledgement of the problem nor apology. Sure it’s not going to affect my life too greatly but I’m sharing it here so people can consider it in their purchasing decisions.

Your post does not make any sense.

What were the circumstances of your problem ?
& your communications with what company ?

Nobody can comment without more details.

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The whole family loves the lt1. The other night we had a guest and put him in my youngest daughter’s room. We put her on a cot in a spare room with the LT1 as her bedside light… and she was happy as could be. Yes, a 10 year old can operate an anduril lantern.

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Back to the question of colors (sorry). Why do I have a choice of 6 anodized colors in a sofirn CO1S, but can only get an LT1 in black?
Having trouble buying the “anodizing factory problem” story.

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cm64 wrote:
Your post does not make any sense.

What were the circumstances of your problem ?
& your communications with what company ?

Nobody can comment without more details.

The original problem was explained a few posts above – https://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1720465#comment-1720465 – but subsequent posts did make that harder to follow, I realize.

Short version: I ordered from Aliexpress with the shipping from US option at higher shipping charge for faster delivery, they shipped from China anyway. Tried to resolve it with their customer service but they don’t even acknowledge there’s a problem.

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rdhood wrote:
Yes, a 10 year old can operate an anduril lantern.

My 5-year-old loves her Anduril lights (including the LT1). The UI is clearly more intuitive for beginners than I originally assumed.

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My 5 year old daughter has no trouble operating anduril lights as well! These people that cry and have trouble operating anduril don’t even have the smarts of a 5 year old!

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Back to the question of colors (sorry). Why do I have a choice of 6 anodized colors in a sofirn CO1S, but can only get an LT1 in black? Having trouble buying the “anodizing factory problem” story.

I agree….. Sofirn has not always been open with the ‘real’ truth of what is actually going on ….. actually it was the inspiration for the ‘LT1 on a stick’ sketch. Im sure they are aware how many folks are holding off buying multiple lanterns until colors are available. Im betting once they feel they have sold all the black ones they can…… then the colors will magically appear……
again JMO Beer Beer

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By the way … can someone confirm me if the base tube (containing the 4×18650) of the BLF LT1 is compatible with the BLF Q8 ?

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The head of my BLF Q8 (first batch, Thorfire) does not screw into the tube of my BLF LT1 (rev 5.0).
But the head of my BLF LT1 screws (and works perfectly) onto the tube of my BLF Q8.

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