Despite my greatest fascination around it and the joy that I felt watching the colourful light show, there was something disappointing.
I tried to figure out how to set the sensitivity of the Apollo Jammer and struggled to figure out how the indicator light related to the actual performance ... so I had to surrender and read the manual.
And I decided to change that once and for ever!
Redesign the new toy! Sounds interesting. Let the hardrawe hacking start now!
Step 1: The Problem
- Power - can be RED
- Level Status - can be OFF, GREEN, YELLOW or RED
After fixing it is obvious what colour we see! The colours are deeper now also.
Step 2: Open It Up
Simply unscrew the 4 screws on the bottom and the 2 on the side.
Step 3: Explore
In my case this conductive material is just a tiny plastic channel- one for each LED.
As these channels are transparent - light exits from the sides of the channels and mixes between the two sources. So we see mixed colour.
We have to physically separate both channels one from another - something like building a wall between them.
Step 4: Fix It
- Cut a piece of heat shrink tube (non-trnsparent one)
- Place the tube on a screw driver that has the same diameter as the plastic channels that we will be covering and shrink one end of the tube
- Put the shrunk ends on the transparent channels - it should fit tightly
- Trim off the other side to a height that it is just reaching the PCB when you close the Jammer box back
Step 5: Close Your Improved Apollo Jammer
Not only that, but you'll see the indicators being brighter as less light exits from the sides of the plastic channels.
Step 6: Enjoy
And next time when you're having a smashing party you can simply tell your friend to change the sensitivity level to green, instead of ""H-m-m-m-m put it somewhere between the very red and the yellow, but more like to the less red, just before you see it orange....."
Thanks for watching!