** BLF LT1M-Mini Project - The little Lantern! ( PM's sent today June 21, 2022)**

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Add me in for 2 as well.

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Suggestion for the BLT1 mini. After using the BLT1 for a while now, I found that the USB C connection is too narrow (the aluminum space is very narrow) therefore most usb cables cannot fit in, which results, IMO, in a very limited ability to actually use the BLT1 as a powder bank. I don’t know what is going to be the design for the BLT 1 mini but I suggest making the USB slot wide enough to accommodate any cable size.

 

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Ramsidi wrote:

Suggestion for the BLT1 mini. After using the BLT1 for a while now, I found that the USB C connection is too narrow (the aluminum space is very narrow) therefore most usb cables cannot fit in, which results, IMO, in a very limited ability to actually use the BLT1 as a powder bank. I don’t know what is going to be the design for the BLT 1 mini but I suggest making the USB slot wide enough to accommodate any cable size.

 

That’s unlikely to change unless Sofirn adds a third, new port cover design to their parts bin. The LT1, LT1S and SP33S employ the larger, flatter cover, and the rest of the models the smaller one with more rounded contour.

They determine the dimensions of the port aperture in the designs, so if it is to be made larger, so would the cover. An alternative might be to change the orientation of the port within the existing dimensions of the cavity, but that would also entail changes to the internal driver components.

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I see the issue. Maybe a simple solution is to provide with the lantern a USB C to USB female cable that fits the port. That way you can connect any regular USB cable to use with the device. Just a thought (I believe most people will be willing to pay extra couple of bucks for such a cable to effectively use the lantern as a power bank when need be).

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It’s a shame that the designers didn’t consult, or seemingly, take into account the USB-C spec when they drafted the dimensions of the ports, at least for the larger one.

It specifies a maximum 12.35mm width / 6.5mm height for cable overmold dimensions.

I measure ~12mm width on my LT1, so a minor increase could have accommodated any spec-compliant cable, at least in theory.

But, there are no doubt plenty of cables that aren’t compliant, and the flashlight makers themselves have done a notably poor job of properly implementing USB-C ports on their products, by ignoring the need for termination pull-up resistors to identify their C-connections as downstream ports. Or, a battery charger maker employing a non-compliant proprietary power protocol on their products with USB-C power inputs, and not the standard protocol synonymous with the spec.

However, Sofirn does deserve credit for doing a better than average job with the covers, which aren’t as fussy, or flimsy as some out there, just a bit too small.

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Smile I wouldn’t go that far to say a shame. As you said, it’s a good product, I enjoy it very much and will buy it again for sure. Just trying to see if there is a way to improve it. I truly think providing a cable (something like the one that comes with the ThruNite TS2) will solve the problem.
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Please add me to the list for one, thanks!

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NightBrightguy wrote:
Please add me to the list for one, thanks!
Welcome to BLF. I added you and your name will show up on the updated lists sometime this Sunday.
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Interested in one

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1324 / 01/18/2022 / strayz
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Interested, please add me to the list

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Looks like a few weeks wait for Chinese New Year I guess, then hopefully some prototypres?

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I’m interested in one.

Thanks SIGShooter !

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Hi, Please sign me up for one as well!

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Two years yesterday from concept to almost ready?

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We’re waiting on Barry to get prototypes out for testing. They were supposed to be ready around the end of 2021 so hopefully they’ll be sent out soon.

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We’re waiting on Barry to get prototypes out for testing. They were supposed to be ready around the end of 2021 so hopefully they’ll be sent out soon.

agreed, Were just waiting for the prototype for testing.

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I will take one, a quick search shows I never signed up which is shocking since I have been following this one for a while.

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Please add me to the list for one.

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What does getting on the interest list do? Do the interested folks get first dibs when they are actually produced? Thanks!

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bigbuckdj wrote:
What does getting on the interest list do? Do the interested folks get first dibs when they are actually produced? Thanks!
When the original LT came out those on that interest list were emailed a discount code from Sofirn for purchasing the lantern. My guess is that this interest list will be used for the same purpose.

You just have to say you want to be put on the interest list in order to be added to it. There is no obligation to purchase for those on it.

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Cool! I am interested, please add me to the list.

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I’m interested!

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I’m in for 2, please add me to the list!

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DBSAR wrote:
SIGShooter wrote:
We’re waiting on Barry to get prototypes out for testing. They were supposed to be ready around the end of 2021 so hopefully they’ll be sent out soon.

agreed, Were just waiting for the prototype for testing.

You may want to be aware that it seems to be up for sale on the Sofirn website right now.

https://www.sofirnlight.com/products/sofirn-blf-lt1-mini-90-cri-super-br...

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Kakapo wrote:
DBSAR wrote:
SIGShooter wrote:
We’re waiting on Barry to get prototypes out for testing. They were supposed to be ready around the end of 2021 so hopefully they’ll be sent out soon.

agreed, Were just waiting for the prototype for testing.

You may want to be aware that it seems to be up for sale on the Sofirn website right now.

https://www.sofirnlight.com/products/sofirn-blf-lt1-mini-90-cri-super-br...


I believe that, more than the store link, Sofirn’s link should be added here: https://budgetlightforum.com/node/80902

I see that DBSAR and SIGShooter replies concerning the state of the processe were on the 6th February. Maybe there were some developments since that date?

The current version on Sofirn’s thread has no BLF logo. So, is that a final or just pre-final version?

Thanks in advance for any clarifying replies concerning this status Thumbs Up

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Well this is certainly a surprise to me. I sent Barry a message asking him about this and hopefully he’ll reply back.

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This link below to the LT1M Sofirn/BLF lantern is not the tested & evaluated production unit. It is not the production unit that has been tested by the development team. WARNING, do NOT buy it. The team has not received any prototypes of that unit to test, evaluate, and/or conform its what we worked on to the specs it was planned to be. We have no verification to that link’s authenticity. That is an un-tested variant from what we know, if its a real offer, then it has bypassed the development team without testing or evaluation. If its actually for sale to public, do not buy it as its not tested by the BLF LT1M team, and its a lantern they are pushing to sell untested.DBSARlight and the BLF LT1devlopement team.

link to questionable un-tested LT1M lantern; > https://budgetlightforum.com/node/80902#comment-1843141

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