"BOP IT! TWIST IT! PULL IT! TWIST IT! TWIST IT! TWIST IT! TWIST IT!"
"IMMA COME TAKE THAT BOP IT AND DESTROY IT IF I HEAR ONE MORE PEEP FROM IT!"
Bop It had no "silent mode," no way to plug in headphones or make it such that one person, alone, could play it without the whole room knowing that he was about to twist it again. As a small child this didn't bother me at all, but as a 22 year old with a recent Black Friday $10 Bop It, living in a college dorm has necessitated a more subtle Bop It. That is why I felt it necessary to install a headphone jack and devise a way to mute the primary speaker.
What you start with
Bop It with
- no headphone jack
- Twist It, Pull It, Bop It, Shout It
What you end up with after mod
Bop it with
- headphone jack that always outputs Bop It instructions
- Twist It, Pull It, Bop It, and NO Shout It
- Shout It slider turns primary speaker On/Off
NOTE - This mod disables Shout It mode by re-purposing it to turn on/off the primary speaker. This is ok because a) Shout It mode is stupid and b) if you're concerned with making your Bop It quieter by including a headphone jack, Shout It mode is probably not something you're interested in.
Step 1: What You'll Need
- Bop It - $20.47 on Amazon
- 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo headphone jack - $2.99 for two at RadioShack
- 1 kOhm resistor - $0.99 for five at RadioShack
- Soldering iron/solder
- Wire strippers
- High gauge braided wire
- Small phillips screwdriver
- Drill with 1/4" bit
- Pliers (or fingertips of steel)
- Fine tipped tweezers for wire management and holding wires while soldering
- Electrical tape/hot glue to insulate solder joints