Anyone got a zanflare T1 lantern?

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i run s*tload of tests, will post review in 2-3 days.

with coupon it is a good deal
without…i dont know, still considerable

WW is 2 times less bright than CW

no stabilisation

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I do have a complaint for the tailspring used — it doesn’t seem to be that good quality, and mine has the plating/coating come off already when it arrived (looks tarnish/rusty). !https://images2.imgbox.com/62/96/eWlb0Cw0_o.jpg!
Thanks for pointing this out. Mine seems to have the same issue.

The plating on mine is perfect.

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Did a full charging test of the ZanFlare T1’s micro-USB port charging behavior:
(first drained the included “BFN 2600mAh 18650” — I tested 2.63v after draining the battery, then placed in the ZanFlare T1 lantern and started charging)

It appears to charge at max 1.0A, with ending USB current at 0.14A (USB current). After I removed the battery immediately when it became fully charged, the battery tested 4.14v on my DMM.

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So far the samples seem consistent so that’s good

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Pete7874 wrote:
d_t_a wrote:
I do have a complaint for the tailspring used — it doesn’t seem to be that good quality, and mine has the plating/coating come off already when it arrived (looks tarnish/rusty). !https://images2.imgbox.com/62/96/eWlb0Cw0_o.jpg!
Thanks for pointing this out. Mine seems to have the same issue.

While not as severe as d_t_a’s example, my tailspring is also slightly flakey.

Just observed the colour temp ramping is ‘jumpy’ on USB power, it ramps a little then jumps before ramping a bit more, has anyone else observed this?

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gravelmonkey wrote:
Pete7874 wrote:
d_t_a wrote:
I do have a complaint for the tailspring used — it doesn’t seem to be that good quality, and mine has the plating/coating come off already when it arrived (looks tarnish/rusty). !https://images2.imgbox.com/62/96/eWlb0Cw0_o.jpg!
Thanks for pointing this out. Mine seems to have the same issue.

While not as severe as d_t_a’s example, my tailspring is also slightly flakey.

Just observed the colour temp ramping is ‘jumpy’ on USB power, it ramps a little then jumps before ramping a bit more, has anyone else observed this?

Same here, there’s a jump on color temp ramping, when completely powered by the micro-USB port.

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Last night I observed some strange behaviour of my T1. About 20 minutes or so after I had turned it off from the lowest output, the lantern started to slowly flicker with some really low firefly output. I only noticed this because my sleeping room was pitch black.

After I turned on the light and then shut it off again, after 5-10 minutes the light began to “glow” again like some glow in the dark material with varying intensity. Kind of spooky, so I removed the 18650 from the lantern.

Anyone else has seen this happen with their T1s? To me, it seems the possible cause for such behavior might be a power leak somewhere in the circuitry.

Edit: The light had been on max output for a few hours before switching it off.

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I haven’t noticed it, but I’ll check it out tonight in a pitch black room.

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“Mr Sandman” is keeper of the luminous flux. Guess you pissed him off switching back and forth like that. You were supposed to be sleeping before he brought you your “dreams”. Tired

No complexion of “peaches and cream” for you. : Silly

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Innocent Seriously, could be some high glow phosphors scattered about in the flux for all we know. Same thing observed in some TV screens also.
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I have not been able to reproduce the erratic behaviour. The problem with things that go away by themselves is that they also can come back by themselves.

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Got my lantern today and really like it.  Anyone think the no name battery is worth keeping or just too risky to have around?

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klrman wrote:

Got my lantern today and really like it.  Anyone think the no name battery is worth keeping or just too risky to have around?

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1332181#comment-1332181

Just my opinion of course.

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hIKARInoob wrote:
klrman wrote:

Got my lantern today and really like it.  Anyone think the no name battery is worth keeping or just too risky to have around?

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1332181#comment-1332181 Just my opinion of course.

 

Glad I'm not the only one ready to dump the battery thanks!

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klrman wrote:

hIKARInoob wrote:
klrman wrote:

Got my lantern today and really like it.  Anyone think the no name battery is worth keeping or just too risky to have around?


http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1332181#comment-1332181 Just my opinion of course.

 


Glad I’m not the only one ready to dump the battery thanks!

The only good reason to use a 2600 mAh cell is if it can do 20A or more. Big Smile
Just a couple of bucks and you have a quality cell with so much more capacity.

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I also wonder if the manufacturer of that battery also makes the "fire" batteries as well 

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klrman wrote:

I also wonder if the manufacturer of that battery also makes the “fire” batteries as well 

I think Gearbest is too established to make such a choice. I’m sure the cell is perfectly fine. But it’s a generic cell with zero trace-ability, so I see no reason to use a GA instead.

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The cell is probably fine, but I have so many brand name cells with higher capacity that it makes little sense to hold onto this no name one.

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klrman wrote:

Got my lantern today and really like it.  Anyone think the no name battery is worth keeping or just too risky to have around?

I also dumped mine as I have standardised on Samsung 30Q’s. Camping/travelling, I now have T1 lantern, headlamp (skilhunt H03) and single 18650 handheld (Emisar D1 or D4) with a single 18650 charger.

The T1 provides backup charging capability and all the cells can be swapped between the lights as they run down etc which means I don’t carry a dedicated spare. Wouldn’t feel comfortable putting the stock mystery cell into the Emisars.

Used the T1 a few nights so far this week, seperate cool white mode is annoying, I would rather two seperate CCT &brightness programmable channels or just dropping the CW mode all together.

If the lantern is mounted on a magnetic surface, pulling it off to switch it off is a bit annoying, I’ve accidentally touched the sensor on the top while trying to reattach the lamp, which of course turns it back on.

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klrman wrote:

Got my lantern today and really like it.  Anyone think the no name battery is worth keeping or just too risky to have around?

I got rid of mine. I have too many brand name batteries around. It’s not worth taking the risk IMO.

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Yep, mine is at the door ready to go to the recycle bin tomorrow.

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Last evening my Zanflare T1 suddenly turned on again from off, and started to flicker. This time I made a short video with my cell phone.
https://imgur.com/a/j7QSjI9

Does anyone here think it is worth the time to contact gearbest customer service and ask them for a replacement for my erratic T1?

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slowtechstef wrote:
Last evening my Zanflare T1 suddenly turned on again from off, and started to flicker. This time I made a short video with my cell phone.
https://imgur.com/a/j7QSjI9

Does anyone here think it is worth the time to contact gearbest customer service and ask them for a replacement for my erratic T1?

Sure, why not? There’s a good chance it will only get worse.

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Sure, why not? There’s a good chance it will only get worse.

Contacted Gearbest about the issue and sent them the video. Let’s wait and see how they react to solve my issue.

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Two T1 lanterns arrived today. Cute little fellows. Cool Charged both of them simultaneously with the supplied blue cell. After a bit over two hours one of them finished charging; the red indicator light turns blue. Only within two minutes or so the second one finished charging as well. This inspires confidence; the cell voltage was the same and the charging time as well.
Both cells measured 4.12V right when charging finished. Surprisingly, both lanterns shows exactly the same parasitic drain value. Initially the drain value is 2.7 mA, but after a couple of seconds it stabilises to 0.17 mA. With a 3000 mAh cell you have complete discharged cell in 2 years time. Thumbs Up
Again it inspires confidence that both samples show the exact same value for parasitic drain, which is simply not always the case.
UI is indeed quirky, but the features are there. The capacitive button is easily activated unintentionally; I don’t think I’ve ever had so many accidental activation with a light. But… it’s not an EDC where UI should or must be intuitive and efficient; this is a lantern, so once you’ve set the desired temperature and output you leave it alone. So really, I have eventually no problem with the UI.

This light is a big win, and a fine example of how wonderful budget lights can be. Thumbs Up Beer

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It is a pretty neat little lantern.  Right now I'm using mine, powered by my pc usb, in my computer room because I really like the glow it emits.

 

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klrman wrote:

It is a pretty neat little lantern.  Right now I’m using mine, powered by my pc usb, in my computer room because I really like the glow it emits.


 


Great set-up, Ive been struggling to figure out how to rig something similar up as it obviously can’t stand on a desk upright and charge.

On the subject of charging, I tried charging mine using a 7W USB panel, had to place the light in the shade behind the panel carefully, the grass/ground turned on the touch switch.

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gravelmonkey wrote:
klrman wrote:

It is a pretty neat little lantern.  Right now I'm using mine, powered by my pc usb, in my computer room because I really like the glow it emits.

 

Great set-up, Ive been struggling to figure out how to rig something similar up as it obviously can't stand on a desk upright and charge. On the subject of charging, I tried charging mine using a 7W USB panel, had to place the light in the shade behind the panel carefully, the grass/ground turned on the touch switch.

 

The stand for the lantern I made from an old halogen desk lamp.  Just pulled it apart and added a metal rod and that was it to hang the lantern.  I use this stand with an alligator clip at the end of the rod to secure anything small that I want to solder too.  

I was thinking of just cutting off a metal or plastic tube so that I could put the lantern upright too like you wanted and then dremel a slot in the side to give enough room for the micro usb end to connect to the lantern and then another slot so the usb cable to the pc routes out sideways.

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I have not picked up on the lantern, it looks real nice and I can think of a lot of uses.
I do have the F1 flashlight and it is pretty good for $20 Can. in my initial assessment.

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Low Voltage Protection kicked in at 3.07V and 3.15V. A bit on the safe side, but that’s perfectly OK with me. Thumbs Up

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