BLF LT-MAXX?

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BLF LT-MAXX?

Was looking at the mini BLF Lumintop makes and was thinking what really would be useful would be a BLF LT-MAXX lantern. Something like, oh, I don’t know..

Lantern built around the battery compartment (Not like a flashlight with a diffuser on top)
Lots of batteries.. Maybe 16 21700 batteries, can run from any amount 1-16 — Can run very bright for a very long time
Removable carriers for 4× 21700 or drop ins with caps
Can light full 360 degrees, 180 degrees, or 90 degrees
Downlight in the bottom
Hangs or can be tripod mounted
Has red, maybe even RGB
Anduril

Hmm yeah that would be something the world has not seen. I imagine a high capacity high output lantern that could run all night would be pretty popular.

Hmmmm. Let your imaginations run wild… Just an idea I was thinking about that would be cool.

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Perhaps not what you’re after, but take a look at the Milwaukee Tool site lighting products if you’re interested in higher output and longer runtimes. They are based on 18650 and 21700 cells in various configurations up to 20S2P. The Milwaukee M12/M18/MX systems are not completely waterproof (IPx7) but are supposed to be rain tight. In my experience they perform well in practice.

The BLF LT1 succeeds because it is portable, water resistant, reasonably priced for what it does, and because it requires no auxiliary equipment (other than a USB-C charger which everyone with a modern phone already has).

For a larger product it would be important to identify the target use cases. The LT1, in my opinion, appeals particularly to people who need area lighting while camping in a tent, traveling in a boat or RV, living in an off-grid structure, or dealing with an electrical power outage. The cost, runtime, brightness, high CRI, and mounting features appeal to these uses.

Adding more/larger cells gets you a heavier and more expensive light, and for what? Lumen output is limited by heat dissipation and by the size of the shade, not by the batteries. More batteries would give you longer runtime and not much else.

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The problem is that it wouldn’t be very popular. 16× 21700 cells is a big heavy unit. There needs to be an interest list of roughly 1000pcs for it to even be considered.

A 4× 21700 LT1 is on the cards though

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Funtastic wrote:
The problem is that it wouldn’t be very popular. 16× 21700 cells is a big heavy unit. There needs to be an interest list of roughly 1000pcs for it to even be considered.

A 4× 21700 LT1 is on the cards though

Ill buy 2 right now. PLEASE include a red led!!!!!!!!!!
Also a firefly low red and white. Maybe .25 lumen as a night light.

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jimF wrote:
Lantern built around the battery compartment (Not like a flashlight with a diffuser on top)
Lots of batteries.. Maybe 16 21700 batteries, can run from any amount 1-16 — Can run very bright for a very long time
Removable carriers for 4× 21700 or drop ins with caps
Just plug an Powerstation to the BLF LT1 (via USB-C cable) and you have the capacity you want/need.
Powerstations are available with up to 6000 Wh (Goal Zero Yeti 6000).
https://www.goalzero.com/shop/portable-power/goal-zero-yeti-6000x-portab...