My understanding is that the reason thermal regulation was not included in the first BLF Lantern was because it could never work properly due to the LEDs being at the top of the lantern but the temperature sensor was in the body of the lantern so the microprocessor was unable to make any timely meaningful temperature interpretations and corrections due to this separation.
My assumption is that this is not the case with the Mini, where it could work well and easily be included using the thermal regulation code already available and implemented in Anduril.
Thermal regulation might be especially useful in hot environments or when someone decides to use the Mini upside down because they prefer the light pattern from that orientation (assuming this orientation causes more heat retention).
That’s a major downside for outdoor use. Even just sitting outside in the evening (not even taking camping into account) might be problematic. I have 0 flat surfaces outside and often tables and chairs are not standing straight. The LT1 has been relatively stable in these situations, but I’m worried the mini will not work well with this. That leaves hanging it up somewhere, but that’s not always an option either.
That’s a shame, was hoping to swap this one with a IF25A one, so I can tell the 2 I have better apart. Maybe there’s a good reason for it, but it just leaves me wondering why there can’t be any consistency in this. It’s annoying (and not limited to Sofirn).
Oh that’s a good suggestion for on a table! 3D printing just doesn’t do it for me, but a nice wooden stand I can totally imagine. Have some pieces of oak lying around that might be suitable. Bit more outdoor proof as well than plywood.
I’ve grown into the look of the LT1, maybe back then I thought it looked boring, but never ugly, in fact by comparison to literally every single lantern type light I think it was the best looking, even if it was just a Q8 with a piece of plastic on top.