Introduction: Floppy Disk Bag Retrofit: EL Wire

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Since many of my classes this term will be at night and after seeing how cheap EL wire is, I decided to add some to my bag, since many of my classes this term will be at night. This will also increase visibility when using it as a bike bag.
What You Will Need:
EL Wire: To illuminate the edges of the standard matrix you will need 10' of 2.2mm wire
DC-AC Inverter: the EL wire I ordered came with an 3V (2AA battery) inverter but you can build
your own using the wonderfully written instructable How to Add EL Wire to a Coat or Other Garment
Screws: see the third step for more info.

Step 1: Thread the EL Wire

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The EL wire fits snugly under the knots around the outside corners, I went around the edges, to illuminate the general shape; However you can easily thread it however you want or create your own designs.

Step 2: Attaching the Inverter.

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Because I am using the included inverter, I am going to attach it to the bag using its own assembly screw. Since the screw is too short, I bought a few of different lengths to try out, I also bought a washer to prevent the screw punching through the disk when pulled.
If you are building your own inverter, then you can attach it using nuts and bolts, duct tape or any other method, including this one. I'm sure you can figure it out, you're smart people.

Step 3: Drill

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Drill a hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the screw

Step 4: Unscrew

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Remove the existing screw from the Inverter housing.

Step 5: Rescrew

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Using the new, slightly longer screw attach the inverter to the inside of your bag (don't forget the washer) The too-long-cord problem can easily be remedied with a simple chain stitch or complicated soldering.

Step 6: Show Me

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Show me what you guys come up with!


MaruaderFox (author)2008-09-21

Which ebay seller do i buy the wire and inverter from???

Bid Online 777 is the person I got mine from

Sandisk1duo (author)2008-09-03

Awesome! how much was that inverter?

It came with the wire from that particular seller (eBay) but it is really no great shakes to build your own

what output voltage?

That depends on the length and diameter of the EL wire you are using. Contact whomever is selling the EL wire. (I had a hard time finding a 3V DC-AC inverter so I just got the one the seller offered.)

you could have made this one.

=SMART= (author)2008-09-04

Where can i get relatively cheap EL wire ??

imanalchemist (author)=SMART=2008-09-05

$25 for 10' of 2.2mm wire and an inverter on eBay (including shipping)

=SMART= (author)imanalchemist2008-09-05

awesome i can think of loads of cool projects to do !

fegundez1 (author)2008-09-04

where did you get the wire?

imanalchemist (author)fegundez12008-09-05

eBay, but there are plenty of sellers out there

noahh (author)2008-09-03

I wish this had come out earlier. I JUST finished my bag last weekend after a week of hard work.

jongscx (author)noahh2008-09-04

that's the beauty of it... the EL wire just slips between the strings... it's a "RetroFit"...

FreshPineSent (author)jongscx2008-09-04

The whole goddam thing is a retrofit!

jongscx (author)FreshPineSent2008-09-04

not exactly. You're not Retrofitting the disks into a bag. You're Repurposing them because you are creating a new purpose for the items. You are However, Retrofitting the EL wire into the disk-bag because you're fitting a component into a pre-existing object.

thermoelectric (author)2008-09-03

That looks so cool

aliceownsj00 (author)2008-09-03

That is so cute haha in that geeky way. I'd so use it on a daily basis!

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