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Slim 18650 lantern

I ordered one blf lt1 lantern but seems to big for traveling. If there a solid single 18650 lantern a sizes of a flashlight?

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Good question!

I'm interested as well because I like smaller lights than the LT1.

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BLF LT Mini would be an interesting idea, similar to Fenix 1×18650 lantern maybe

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Maybe more like a Zanflare T1 (but with better heat management).

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I have a goal zero lantern that is great, the button is right next to the light on the end though and it’s not the toughest.they have a a lantern only model. Mine is the flashlight /lantern. Then mine plus ability to be a charger. I like it though.https://www.rei.com/product/107466/goal-zero-lighthouse-micro-flash-elec...

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Lexel wrote:
BLF LT Mini would be an interesting idea, similar to Fenix 1×18650 lantern maybe

Or BLF LT1 Micro, like Fenix CL09. Some high CRI LED, ramping UI, 200lm max, and with sliding diffuser like in Nitecore LA10.
WOW that would be good…

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Mocarny wrote:
Lexel wrote:
BLF LT Mini would be an interesting idea, similar to Fenix 1×18650 lantern maybe
Or BLF LT1 Micro, like Fenix CL09. Some high CRI LED, ramping UI, 200lm max, and with sliding diffuser like in Nitecore LA10. WOW that would be good…

I think first Mini, maybe Micro later
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Is there a flashlight that can pull up to become a lantern? I remembered seeing it on eBay.

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You can view all sorts of lanterns at the batteryjunction site. They have two flashlights that you pull to make into a lantern, called the Wagan Brite-Nite Pop-Up and the Nite Ize 3-in-1. Oh, and the Nitecore LA10 is super small; I guess it can be used as a very diffuse-flood flashlight in addition to serving as a lantern.
For compact (strictly) lanterns, also have a look at Princeton Tec Helix, Streamlight Siege AA (I have the larger Siege for D cells and I like it), and the Brite-Nite Dome.

(edit) Oops, I forgot you wanted something that runs on 18650. Well, the site has some of those, too. Nitecore LR12 might be worth a look.

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dealgrabber2002 wrote:
Is there a flashlight that can pull up to become a lantern? I remembered seeing it on eBay.

I bought one of those single 18650 light/lanterns years ago, and modded it to a three-way light for backpacking. its a flashlight, pulls out to be a table lantern, or the end/sleeve removes so its a hanging light. (i can take some photos or do a quick video of it.

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DBSAR wrote:
dealgrabber2002 wrote:
Is there a flashlight that can pull up to become a lantern? I remembered seeing it on eBay.

I bought one of those single 18650 light/lanterns years ago, and modded it to a three-way light for backpacking. its a flashlight, pulls out to be a table lantern, or the end/sleeve removes so its a hanging light. (i can take some photos or do a quick video of it.

That would be great!

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I don’t know if it’s still available but Solarforce made a pretty good lantern head assembly and tripod stand that fit all of their 18650 sized flashlights that had P60 drop-ins. One has been in my kitchen since about 2012.

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I was considering this Solarforce lantern head, it looks pretty good. I’d love to have something very small, something 21700 battery size, maybe rechargable, with high CRI, and it’d be great to have it like DBSAR mentioned, convertable to standard flashlight…

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There’s always this one. I have one and have given several of them away as gifts.

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Stereodude wrote:
There’s always this one. I have one and have given several of them away as gifts.

Oh, that is nice! But almost $100 on eBay…

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Couldn’t you take almost any tail standing 18650 and put a diffuser on it? And if you want to restrict upward pathway of light, just take a wide plastic lid & either affix with poster tac or cut a small hole to seat it over the top of the diffuser. And, for hanging, just use an 18650 with magnetic tail cap and attach to metal fixture above.

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raccoon city wrote:

Good question!


I’m interested as well because I like smaller lights than the LT1.

i’m not ordered LT1 because its bigger than EDC.

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What about designing a head similar to the Solarforce lantern head but with an average diameter compared to the most popular flashlights. It would then need a selection of adapter collars that enable this to thread on to a range of those lights. Pretty much a universal lantern head with adapters. Probably not as desirable or efficient as a purpose made one but certain useful if you have nothing else?
I’ve got an LT1 on its way and already use the Solarforce lantern head, it does the job and you have the ability to put any type of p60 light engine underneath it for whatever tint or lumens or battery config you want.

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For some reason I don’t like adapter, I have a Fenix lantern adapter and a few aftermarkets. Don’t like the idea of forgetting to bring it or misplace it.

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I need that small lantern most for tent use – hanging from the ceiling. Small, to not bother me, only ramping and maybe beacon 1Hz to attach to my backpack when travelling next to the road.

So something between LT1 and that 18650 size light would be useless for me.

And that universal lantern diffusors are just…meh

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If only my 4AA Sylvania lantern can take a 18650 or 22650.. that would be nice.. It’s compact and quite bright.

Anyone know if that’s possible if it fits 18650/22650? It’s currently running a 4 AA in a carrier.

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Why don’t use guys buy a plastic/ rubber thing is for like $4 that can be pulled over the end of a regular small flashlight to make it into a lantern ? They sell bigger pieces for larger lights too. Then you won’t need a lantern. Like this for example:

https://yadi.sk/i/R4TeAaYrGxlegA

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Pretty obvious: since the beam is directed upwards, the diffuser will make lots of glare, and doesn’t have any good firmware.

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Maybe get a Lumintop EDC18. It comes with a handy diffuser.

And if you don’t like how with the diffuser too much light comes out the top, no problem…. just get some aluminum foil, fold it into a cone and stick it in the top of the diffuser. Fold the foil to reflect the light output into the sides of the diffuser.

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BlueSwordM wrote:
Pretty obvious: since the beam is directed upwards, the diffuser will make lots of glare, and doesn’t have any good firmware.

The beam will go upwards and to the sides. Mostly upwards. So just elevate it and lay your light on something so it’s directed where you need or better yet hang a rope above and tie the by lanyard to shine down – best kind of lantern light – from the top down. If you have a magnet tail in the light ( or willing to glue one on) that’s another way to mount it and have the light directed where you want. Also like the poster above said. Put the foil behind where you don’t want to light to go either inside or outside of the diffuser….

I mean, before I was into flashlights I was into lanterns for like half a year, I have about 30 different lanterns, even nodded / combined them. There is a lot I can recommend but right now. A diffuser in a regular flashlight especially if the light is Dimmable seems like the simplest 2 in one solution.,,,,

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really, for backpacking camping/travelling even the Zanflare T1 was too bulky. You probably have a flashlight or two with you anyway. I just use a regular flashlight with a hard plastic or silicone diffusor or anything I find around the house and hang it inside the tent. A piece of paper or tissue and a rubber band will work fine. Or a plastic cup in a nice color when standing upright on the light.

To minimize glare but reflect the light back down, just get something opaque but reflective and put it on top of your diffusor.

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The Nitecore LR50 is not too big, there was a code on BLF to lower it at a decent price, not sure if the code is still available.

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I prefer to use a diffuser on a flashlight.

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But sofirn does think about use polymer battery on the botton of LT1 to make it light weight and shorter.

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Barry0892 wrote:
But sofirn does think about use polymer battery on the botton of LT1 to make it light weight and shorter.

Interesting idea Barry, as in a smaller (lower capacity) battery pack than can thread into the base of the LT1 to shorten it? I remember someone mentioning in the LT1 main thread about an idea of a short, 18350 cell size battery tube.

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