*BLF LT1 Lantern Project) (updated Nov,17,2020)

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dealgrabber2002 wrote:
I don’t recall this being so complicated from the beginning.

When I joined the list, I just wanted a reliable, good runtime, and no glare lantern. Along the way, it became a charger, campfire mode, dimming mode, program this, program that.. what happened to KISS??

I’m not too keen on the charging/powerbank stuff either. As far as the UI goes, Anduril can be setup to be very simple.

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I’m not too keen on the charging/powerbank stuff either.

Likewise. When you can buy a LiitoKala Lii – 402 charger/powerbank for £6.66, why would you bother trying to integrate it into the lantern ?

https://www.gearbest.com/chargers/pp_662178.html?wid=1433363

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Tom Tom wrote:
severide wrote:
I’m not too keen on the charging/powerbank stuff either.

Likewise. When you can buy a LiitoKala Lii – 402 charger/powerbank for £6.66, why would you bother trying to integrate it into the lantern ?

https://www.gearbest.com/chargers/pp_662178.html?wid=1433363


I also don’t need a powerbank or charger built in for my purposes but there are several legitimate reasons to want those features. After all, this is meant for camping… away from civilization. Wink

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dealgrabber2002 wrote:
I don’t recall this being so complicated from the beginning.

When I joined the list, I just wanted a reliable, good runtime, and no glare lantern. Along the way, it became a charger, campfire mode, dimming mode, program this, program that.. what happened to KISS??

And dont forget about the ballerina on the inside of the globe singing a lullaby……. Hat

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Wanted to give it a try: Spent an hour making a new logo for the BLF L1 lantern. Tried to post the image here...never could make it work. So frustrating. I have read to tutorial...it looks so easy. My forum name is haunting me. 
I have tried Flickr and google drive...both failed.

https://flic.kr/p/26FbbrJ

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I also don’t need power bank and charger , I have ml-102 it is enough for outdoor.

Charger is more or less useful and simple.

Powerbank required large hole for usb A,powerful DC/Dc (we don’t want 0.5A powerbank , isn’t it?).
I don’t think it is good idea.

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No power bank please

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AEDe wrote:
I also don’t need power bank and charger , I have ml-102 it is enough for outdoor. …

We all already have power banks I guess.
The idea is for low weight in mountain treks when each gram counts.

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I like to have a power bank.
Or at least Charging the lamp.

Lets wait what the costs are.

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Bonham wrote:
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I also don’t need power bank and charger , I have ml-102 it is enough for outdoor. …

We all already have power banks I guess.
The idea is for low weight in mountain treks when each gram counts.

So to take 400+g lamp it is good thing for mountain treks?But 22g ml-102 it is bad one?)
It is camping lamp. When weight is crusial , one takes only small headlamp.

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So to take 400+g lamp it is good thing for mountain treks? It is camping lamp. When weight is crusial , one takes only small headlamp.

This is true. The lantern will not likely be in a backpack. It will be in a tent, or in a camper, or in a car boot, or in a cabin, or used at home for outside and emergency lighting. Only a very small percentage of users will ever carry it in a backpack.

The power bank makes it a one stop solution for power outage or camping use, especially when combined with a folding solar panel.
It is well worth it in my book, adds far more than it takes away. Grab 2 items (lamp and panel) and you are good to go for sustainable power and light, or leave the panel at home if it is just a weekend. Store USB cables in the solar panel pockets and/or in a carry case for the lantern.

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So to take 400+g lamp it is good thing for mountain treks? It is camping lamp. When weight is crusial , one takes only small headlamp.

This is true. The lantern will not likely be in a backpack. It will be in a tent, or in a camper, or in a car boot, or in a cabin, or used at home for outside and emergency lighting. Only a very small percentage of users will ever carry it in a backpack.

The power bank makes it a one stop solution for power outage or camping use, especially when combined with a folding solar panel.
It is well worth it in my book, adds far more than it takes away. Grab 2 items (lamp and panel) and you are good to go for sustainable power and light, or leave the panel at home if it is just a weekend. Store USB cables in the solar panel pockets and/or in a carry case for the lantern.

this is the exact reason behind having a built in USB bank feature with the charging in feature. with a 10 or 15 watt solar panel it can keep your phone going and the darkness away.

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DBSAR wrote:
this is the exact reason behind having a built in USB bank feature with the charging in feature. with a 10 or 15 watt solar panel it can keep your phone going and the darkness away.

I forgot to mention that the Active-Semi EA2813QY development module using the reference design is available from Mouser, if you wanted to evaluate it or build into a prototype. It costs about £50. It would also give a good start for PCB layout.

https://www.mouser.co.uk/ProductDetail/Active-Semi/EA2813QY?qs=sGAEpiMZZ...

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I would still like to have the power bank feature, even if I’m not likely to use it.
It’s not like it’s going to hurt anyone having it, realistically it’s also not going to drive up the price noticably compared to just a charging cicuit. Granted, it may complicate the driver firmware in case it needs to be configured from the MCU, but that’s a small price to pay for something useful that adds value to the light.

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Please sign me up for one! I created an account for this, so please forgive me if I’ve missed something.

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lexvegas wrote:
Please sign me up for one! I created an account for this, so please forgive me if I’ve missed something.

Welcome to BLF lexvegas Beer , I have added you at number 924 on the interest list.

EDIT, corrected number from 922 to 924, sorry for the confusion.

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I thought my 2nd and 3rd lantern was 921 and 922 on the list? Did I miss something?

Acebeam L18, Armytek Prime C1 Pro, Armytek Prime C2 Pro, Armytek Tiara C1 Pro, Astrolux MF01 Mini, BLF Q8, BLF A6, BLF FW1A, BLF FW3A, BLF FW3C, BLF LT1, Convoy L6, Convoy C8+ , Convoy S3, Emisar D4, Fireflies E07, Jaxman E2L, Manta Ray C8.2 long version, Olight S1R Baton II special edition series, S2R Baton II, Olight Baton 3, Olight Warrior Mini, Olight M2R Pro Warrior.

Most of them have been modded! =)

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@KevinZA1988, thanks for speaking up. Your post revealed an accounting error on my part, actually two of them. I expect to get a pay cut as a result, but I am trying to make it up by editing my previous post where I double dipped your numbers.

Catching up to a missed post, Ilmatic you are number 923 on the interest list.

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No worries sbslider!

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Most of them have been modded! =)

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Been lurking on here for a while but had to register for this – please add me to the list for one.

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I’d like to get on the interest list for one.

What are we looking at for a price, did I miss that?

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RandyC wrote:
I’d like to get on the interest list for one.

What are we looking at for a price, did I miss that?

Price has not been finalized.

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dealgrabber2002 wrote:
RandyC wrote:
I’d like to get on the interest list for one.

What are we looking at for a price, did I miss that?

Price has not been finalized.

Ok, I’m interested and I guess we’ll see where it ends up.

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donthelegend wrote:
Been lurking on here for a while but had to register for this – please add me to the list for one.

Welcome to BLF donthelegend, you were added to the interest list at number 925

RandyC wrote:
I’d like to get on the interest list for one.

What are we looking at for a price, did I miss that?


Randy C entered on the interest list at number 926, another relatively new BLF member, welcome Beer

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Many of the features desired by some members, and perhaps a small subset in some cases, drive up the price of the lantern. Although it may only be a dollar here or there they all add up and could perhaps raise the lantern price by upwards of 25% (just a swag here Cash ). The design has progressed from a fairly simple lantern to one that has many nice-to-have features but are they all needed or will even be used by the majority of people?

Just thinking out-loud so take it strictly as that Sick

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I don’t need this, but I want it. Please sign me up.

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I don’t need this, but I want it. Please sign me up.

I think this should go down as the official motto of BLF.

Beam me up!

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sbslider wrote:
Randy C entered on the interest list at number 926, another relatively new BLF member, welcome Beer

Thanks sbslider. I’ve been lurking a couple weeks trying to take everything in. Crazy amount of stuff to digest.

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RandyC wrote:
sbslider wrote:
Randy C entered on the interest list at number 926, another relatively new BLF member, welcome Beer

Thanks sbslider. I’ve been lurking a couple weeks trying to take everything in. Crazy amount of stuff to digest.


I have been active for a year and a half and I am only scratching the surface.
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PocketSammich wrote:
I don’t need this, but I want it. Please sign me up.

I think this should go down as the official motto of BLF.

LOL PocketSammich is number 927 on the interest list

PocketSammich wrote: I don’t need this, but I want it. Please sign me up.

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SIGShooter wrote:
Many of the features desired by some members, and perhaps a small subset in some cases, drive up the price of the lantern. Although it may only be a dollar here or there they all add up and could perhaps raise the lantern price by upwards of 25% (just a swag here Cash ). The design has progressed from a fairly simple lantern to one that has many nice-to-have features but are they all needed or will even be used by the majority of people?

Just thinking out-loud so take it strictly as that Sick


What features are you speaking of?
USB power bank is the only one that could add costs because of additional parts; tint adjustment is mostly a firmware thing (aside from one additional wire, as I understand it); are there others?

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