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Sparky. wrote:
LG — Your post is a bit confusing.

You were not ignored — You most likely made an offer over the weekend and didn’t change the offer period to reflect the weekend and the offer expired. Default is 1 day for an offer — You should have changed to 2 days reflecting the weekend.

Simply make an other offer and being this will be during the week the default time of 1 day is fine.

When you make an offer – Populate the dollar box with the same discounted dollar amount.


Sorry yeah my bad, never knew you could change the offer period. Made a new offer with 2 day period, no bites on day 1. Yes I put the exact amount as listed in post #1.
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Did you leave your username in the comments? Or did you just make an offer at the GB price? It is also the weekend so try again on Monday.

Yes added my username and list position number with the offer.
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The code I got was for the US Amazon store. Will codes be sent out for store like AliExpress etc for people in the UK etc?

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They are going to offer another color in the next batch?

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Pulsar wrote:
They are going to offer another color in the next batch?

Unclear, I asked if the different colors would be available soon i the code PM and they said

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No, sorry, the production are not come out yet. Sincerely, Tracy

So not sure if the batch 2 will be black only or what

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Hey DBSAR/“BLFLanternPM”(SIGShooter?), information in Barry’s post #7800 is probably noteworthy to include in this thread’s OP or in the information thread’s post #2.

Barry0892 wrote:
first batch lanterns are all sent from China. Start from 2nd batch, there will be some inventory fulfilled by Amazon

Underline and italic added by me.

t3rminal wrote:
The code I got was for the US Amazon store. Will codes be sent out for store like AliExpress etc for people in the UK etc?

At this point all the lanterns are shipping from China so there shouldn’t be any problems in ordering to UK through Amazon whether it’s .com or .de since they’re shipping from China.

As far as Ebay purchase goes you need to make an offer including at least your BLF username and then wait for it to be accepted.
With AliExpress it’s a bit more involved: place an order but do not pay, message your BLF username and wait for the price of the order to be adjusted by them after which you can pay for it.

If you prefer “Fulfilled by Amazon” feel free to wait for those batch 2 units to reach Amazon warehouse. Although who knows how long that will take or how many units is “some”.
Nor do we know how Amazon EU or Sofirn will handle VAT for Amazon.de FBA.

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Lagittaja wrote:
Hey DBSAR/“BLFLanternPM”(SIGShooter?), information in Barry’s post #7800 is probably noteworthy to include in this thread’s OP or in the information thread’s post #2.
Barry0892 wrote:
first batch lanterns are all sent from China. Start from 2nd batch, there will be some inventory fulfilled by Amazon

Underline and italic added by me.

t3rminal wrote:
The code I got was for the US Amazon store. Will codes be sent out for store like AliExpress etc for people in the UK etc?

At this point all the lanterns are shipping from China so there shouldn’t be any problems in ordering to UK through Amazon whether it’s .com or .de since they’re shipping from China.

As far as Ebay purchase goes you need to make an offer including at least your BLF username and then wait for it to be accepted.
With AliExpress it’s a bit more involved: place an order but do not pay, message your BLF username and wait for the price of the order to be adjusted by them after which you can pay for it.

If you prefer “Fulfilled by Amazon” feel free to wait for those batch 2 units to reach Amazon warehouse. Although who knows how long that will take or how many units is “some”.
Nor do we know how Amazon EU or Sofirn will handle VAT for Amazon.de FBA.

Good idea; I added it to post #2.

Thanks

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Please add me for another which will make my total 3

(just to make sure I’m under the 3000 cutoff number for the group buy and possibly have the colored ones available when this number comes up)

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Please put me down for one more for a total of 3.

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I noticed something interesting the other day. Many years ago, I made separate Amazon accounts on the .com, .co.uk and .de sites. By chance, I’ve just moved to a new email address, which I updated on the .co.uk site. When I went to the other two to replicate the change, it had already updated.

It might be that any Amazon account can log into and order from any Amazon site now. If that’s the case and your code is giving you grief on your local site, it might work on one of the others. All LT1s are shipping from China at the moment, so the site you use won’t affect shipping time, although it might affect any VAT or sales tax that gets applied.

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FWIW, I’m #398 on the interest list and I just got the PM with a coupon code. In case anyone is wondering about progress on those.

Thats grand Smile Though it does surprise me that as 1 of the main contributors you didnt get a free one…

Production prototypes were sent out to TK, Lexel & myself to run through a battery of tests to work out bugs, but there were no free current production units sent.

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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If Sofirn is smart about this they should shower you and the team with a few freebies to keep you happy cranking out more cool (and profitable for them) projects…

Just saying… Sofirn do you read? Silly

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Propeak wrote:
If Sofirn is smart about this they should shower you and the team with a few freebies to keep you happy cranking out more cool (and profitable for them) projects…

Just saying… Sofirn do you read? Silly

I would tend to agree with this and quoted a post a few pages ago also agreeing that there should be a donation link on Paypal or somewhere for this as well.

Our company sends out fringe benefits to people who assist us in assorted ways.

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Please add me for one more LT1. This should get me to a total of 4.

Thanks SIG!

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We should all agree that Sonfins system dont work as we are use to ,ie first order first served. Crappy system is crappy system.

Already said that I had 4 listing under 250 and no email. SIGShooter could have hanle this much better than Sonfin..

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Got my Amazon code this morning, did change it to a code with batteries and got the new code in about an hour.

So of course I had to order right away (being no 383 I don’t feel bad about that) and just don’t care about first or second batch. The way I see it, it’s a coinflip which one is ‘better’. Got a bad switch with the Q8, got the “good” lens with the fw3a (but missed out on the color ones).

Whatever problem there might be, this forum will fix it.

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cu42 wrote:
Propeak wrote:
If Sofirn is smart about this they should shower you and the team with a few freebies to keep you happy cranking out more cool (and profitable for them) projects…

Just saying… Sofirn do you read? Silly

I would tend to agree with this and quoted a post a few pages ago also agreeing that there should be a donation link on Paypal or somewhere for this as well.

Our company sends out fringe benefits to people who assist us in assorted ways.

Here’s one for TK if you are interested
https://www.patreon.com/ToyKeeper

Im not a Pessimist …. just an Optimist with a lot of experience


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I know that the lantern is aware of the battery voltage, as it displays this information via the battcheck feature. My son was just asking whether it would be possible to configure the lantern to stop charging when a certain voltage was reached, to extend the lifetime of the batteries.

For those scenarios where the lantern is also connected to a solar charger, this would be a nice feature, albeit a niche one.

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ISO wrote:
We should all agree that Sonfins system dont work as we are use to ,ie first order first served. Crappy system is crappy system.

Already said that I had 4 listing under 250 and no email. SIGShooter could have hanle this much better than Sonfin..

To be fair to Sofirn this is the largest BLF project ever and no doubt the next one will go much smoother with the notifications. Writing an ordering application that allows a person to enter a unique user code which then responds with an appropriate purchase code would be something to consider for a future buy.
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Please add me to the list for a second one.

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Is the group buy price $49.99 for the bare light & $12 more for the batteries? Guy at Ali Express Sofirn Store said the price was already lowered @ $68.24… I hope he is plain wrong because that’s not what I remember… Did the price change or am I just plain wrong, LOL?

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ledlightfanatic wrote:
Is the group buy price $49.99 for the bare light & $12 more for the batteries? Guy at Ali Express Sofirn Store said the price was already lowered @ $68.24… I hope he is plain wrong because that’s not what I remember… Did the price change or am I just plain wrong, LOL?
The group buy price is $49.99 for the lantern alone and $13 (not sure on this) I think extra for 4 batteries.
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ISO wrote:
I had 4 listing under 250 and no email.

If I understand correctly, user “Sofirn” is sending the codes out (someone please correct me if I’m wrong). If you haven’t had a BLF PM from them, you might need to send them a PM of your own to point that out.

All codes are being sent by BLF PM, not email. Even if you have your PMs set to notify you by email, the notification doesn’t always get sent.

BLF mysteriously stopped sending me notification emails a couple of weeks ago, even though I could see new PMs when I checked on BLF, and I still had the email notifications turned on.

I turned notifications off, changed to a different email address, then turned notifications back on again – that got it working for me, at least.

My advice: if you’re in the first 500 and haven’t had a PM with your code yet, manually check your BLF PMs from time to time, just in case.

Latest lantern slot I’ve heard of getting a code PM is #397 (ToyKeeper).

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That is a lowered price they were $99 when they first showed on AE but ya it’s not the group buy price

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RE: Ali Sofirn Rep: “I knew he wasn’t shootin’ straight w/ me!”

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  1. and got a code last night for amazon.ca!
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DBSAR wrote:
Production prototypes were sent out to TK, Lexel & myself to run through a battery of tests to work out bugs, but there were no free current production units sent.

It’s a shame that you (and the rest of the team) aren’t getting a free production unit. With all the time you invested in this project, you really deserve one. With nearly 3000 units on the interest list, that’s $150 000 worth of sales for them (plus what they will sell afterwards).

Hey Sofirn, it’s not too late to show some well deserved recognition to those who designed a product that will bring you a few $100K in sales.

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Light Years wrote:
DBSAR wrote:
Production prototypes were sent out to TK, Lexel & myself to run through a battery of tests to work out bugs, but there were no free current production units sent.

It’s a shame that you (and the rest of the team) aren’t getting a free production unit. With all the time you invested in this project, you really deserve one. With nearly 3000 units on the interest list, that’s $150 000 worth of sales for them (plus what they will sell afterwards).

Hey Sofirn, it’s not too late to show some well deserved recognition to those who designed a product that will bring you a few $100K in sales.

$150k in sales, but definitely not $150k in profit.

Having said that, it would be pretty nice if they sent the couple of ppl that worked on it a special limited edition. We would all drool over it and then some people would buy the LE version on top of what they are already buying.

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Accessory update!
Ok, since i finished beating the bits out of the test production prototype, i been testing, building, and coming up with the best accessories i can list. Some are based from other BLF members requests, and then i refined various ideas of them. My favorite accessory list would include:

- Top-hat reflector shade
- side directional shade
- paracord lanyard
- charging cable (6 foot USB-C
- Charging cable for 12-volt car socket
- USB-C to 2.2×5mm adapter for 12 volt charging
- padded storage bag
- plastic wide base stand
- cap base for the lantern head when used without battery tube.
- silicone folding top shade
- Yellow-white top night shade
- standard top shade for directing light down.

Below are photos all of the above accessories i built & tested that work great for many purposes on the BLF LT1 lantern. I will be doing a Youtube video soon, explaining in detail each accessory, The testing, their use, and how they were made.

All the accessories shown here, including the LT1 neoprene soft pouch.

Below is the side directional shade.

Kane, the Sofa Wolf approves of the LT1 Accessories. Big Smile

(These are other idea accessories that could be a useful item:)
- Hard storage case
- 18350 short tube
- Spike post with 1/4-20 thread
- mini tripod
- 10-watt solar charger panel

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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I have a couple of quick questions and in case these has been answered I apologize.

I’m on the lists three times, 579, 781 and 2785 for a total of three units.

My questions,

1) Should I expect 3 codes in 3 separate PM’s when it’s my turn to receive them or does it work differently?

2) If I go the ebay route without waiting for a code in a PM, does that cancel out one of my entry on the interest list and I will still get the other two codes when my turn comes up?

I have been monitoring the thread but so far I’m still a bit confused.

Thanks for everything guys!

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