Anyone got a zanflare T1 lantern?

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My T1 is still in full working order, probably run it 12-16 hours a week at a medium brightness and ‘medium’ CCT since I received it. Makes a good travel bed-side lamp.

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My wife uses mine every day instead of the overhead light in our bedroom. I bet its on for at least 3 hours a day. I have dropped it down my stairs and accidently kicked it. Its defiantly passed my torture tests. Only thing I do no like is that I cant adjust the brightness when I ramp the tint to where I want it.

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I have dropped it down my stairs and accidently kicked it. Its defiantly passed my torture tests.

That’s what I like, a light with attitude! “Thank you, sir! May I have another?”

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From the looks of what it took to open one up I think what I’ve done to it is moderate.

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I got 3 back the end of July….. I gave one to my 92 yo mother who lives alone in another city. I told her when she gets lonely just look at her lamp and know that I am thinking of her and I do the same with her in mind. Both have been running on Low/WW- 24/7 since the end of July only re-charging every couple of weeks. No problems at all…….. I love em.

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Yep … awesome little lanterns. I bought these when they were first offered. I’ve been extremely pleased with my pair. They both are used often and are very rugged. Highly recommended.

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Yep … awesome little lanterns. I bought these when they were first offered. I’ve been extremely pleased with my pair. They both are used often and are very rugged. Highly recommended.

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Mine is working perfectly and I have ordered more. I removed the cell supplied and swapped it for a 30-Q and tested it. I also swapped it for both VTC5 and VTC6. Finally I intend to run a 18650GA or 35E long term.
The cell got moderately warm after 1 hour of operation on full power with the stock cell. ‘Just uninformed suspicion it is a combination or proximity of the LEDs to the cell and the cell warming during discharge.
It DID NOT get as warm with any of the three test cells.
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My wife uses them in her homemade photo box to take pictures of her creations

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I bought one during the december sale (at about $15)

From what i can read from the oldest reports the UI as been changed somewhat :

Top switch :

  • first short tap : Cool white with level memory
  • second short tap : Warm white with level memory
  • third short tap : OFF
  • While in CW or WW mode a long press will ramp the ligth level down, a second long press press will ramp it up. The "ennoying high step" at low level (described in early reports) is still there.
  • While in CW or WW mode two quick taps will select the color mix mode at maximum light level where a long press will ramp the color from cold to warm and the next long press will ramp it from warm to cold. I have not found a way to set any other light level but the maximum !
  • While in color mix mode a short tap will set the light OFF

Bottom switch :

  • First press/release : Red light
  • Second press/release : Red SOS (very slow !)
  • Third press/release : OFF

Current drawn :

  • CW max : 1.1A
  • CW min : 12mA
  • WW max : 1.0A
  • WW min 12mA
  • Color ramp : from 1.1A (CW) going down to about 0.7A at mid ramp and up to 1A (WW)
  • Red : 0.22A
  • Standby : 22uA

That's more than 10 days 24/24 at minimum level and the standby consumption is lower than the cell self-discharge !

 

For me this lantern is a mixed bag :

I love the WW ... but there's no way to put it on without going through the CW wich i feel is a "very angry blue" one.

The color mix mode is interesting ... but the "always max level" totally kills it for me.

 

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Anyone seen any viable competitors to the T1? I’d love one from a company like emisar, with a nice eswitch and tailcap lock-out.

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gravelmonkey wrote:
Anyone seen any viable competitors to the T1? I’d love one from a company like emisar, with a nice eswitch and tailcap lock-out.

Maybe the Fenix CL25R or their newer models?

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I just got my second T1 lantern. I didn’t realize the UI has changed since the original version. This new one allows you to turn it off with a touch of the top button. I like that. In the old one, you have to press and hold the bottom button to turn it off.

Now the negative: This new one does not allow you to dim the light as much as the old version. Maybe it’s just sample to sample variation?

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I just got my second T1 lantern. I didn’t realize the UI has changed since the original version. This new one allows you to turn it off with a touch of the top button. I like that. In the old one, you have to press and hold the bottom button to turn it off.

Huh… that was pretty much my only gripe about the T1. Had I known they fixed the UI, I wouldda gotten a couple more.

Wonder if they still got any more…

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Kame Sennin wrote:
  • third short tap : OFF

Aha, now I see this…

Now to find me one… LOL

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Kame Sennin wrote:

I love the WW … but there’s no way to put it on without going through the CW

So that’s another difference between the original and the new design. With the original, if you had it on WW and turned it off and back on, it would be on WW again.
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Pete7874 wrote:
This new one does not allow you to dim the light as much as the old version. Maybe it’s just sample to sample variation?

I noticed the same thing with my newest T1 but I dont see it as a negative. IMO it is perfect for a night light on low WW…… on high mine seems ‘just a bit’ brighter but that may be, as you said, sample variation. Like you, I really like being able to turn it off w/top button.

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T1 on gearbest was out of stock again.

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T1 on gearbest was out of stock again.

I noticed these are available again………. not for the original $16 though, they are now $25…. still a good deal
https://us.gearbest.com/outdoor-lanterns/pp_1823563.html

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Coscar wrote:
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T1 on gearbest was out of stock again.

I noticed these are available again………. not for the original $16 though, they are now $25…. still a good deal
https://us.gearbest.com/outdoor-lanterns/pp_1823563.html


Your link shows “Discontinued” for me.
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Facepalm I missed it …… sorry about that

This is something new
https://www.amazon.com/Zanflare-Rechargeable-Brightness-Including-Flashi...
and less than $16 w/coupon. Would be great for backpacking.

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Has anybody been able to find something similar to the T1?

I love that it has WW and has ramping brightness. Also my T1 went for like 14 days straight at the lowest setting with the stock battery, great for emergency situations that last a couple of days.

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GB (re)released it under a non-Zanflare name, but I can’t recall specifically what name that was.

Slightly different UI, and I think the lowest setting was not quite as low.

Maybe someone’ll jump in to fill in the details…

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Lightbringer wrote:
GB (re)released it under a non-Zanflare name, but I can’t recall specifically what name that was.

Slightly different UI, and I think the lowest setting was not quite as low.

Maybe someone’ll jump in to fill in the details…

Beamday. I think that one is discontinued as well.

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I went ahead and ordered the one above but havent received it yet. I ordered it mainly because it is compact, has its own solar charger and is just $16.

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The Zanflare T1 lantern is still quite popular, if people can find a place to buy.

ZanFlare appears to be a house brand of Gearbest, and Zanflare flashlights appear to be well constructed

(eg. other ZanFlare models that I tested:

ZanFlare F1 may not be the brightest EDC flashlight now, and size is slightly big, but it remains a very good newbie EDC flashlight.

Zanflare F2 is also good for 2xAA flashlights, other than the tailswitch can sometimes be a bit difficult to change modes; but other than this issue, it’s a great 2x AA flashlight, much better in terms of regulation and runtime than another similar 2xAA flashlight like the Nicron N4 which heats up faster, brightness not regulated, and has shorter runtime with the same batteries)

ZanFlare F3 is also another good 1xAAA tail-switch-operated flashlight — many 1xAAA flashlights are twisty-operated to lessen cost. The F3 had a somewhat low price for a tailswitch-operated 1xAAA flashlight back when it was available)

Maybe if there is enough demand, Zanflare (or whatever the same OEM) can still continue producing the “T1” lantern? (maybe an interest list to show there is still demand for it?)

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