Introduction: How to Make a Collapsible LED Light-up Bo Staff for Under $30

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I had about 15 people come up to me over the weekend (at Electric Forest // Rothbury) and ask me where I got my LED staff and how much I paid for it. It seems I'm not the only one frustrated that there's only really one LED staff on the market and it costs about $180!

So, here are instructions to make your own collapsible LED bo staff for about $25!

Building requires about 15 minutes time, a trip to Home Depot, and the custom translucent pieces I made (you can buy them with the button below and you will get them in 2-3 days).

Step 1: Gather the Following Supplies:

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(from top to bottom, left to right)
2x 2' long 3/4" thick PVC pipe (pre-cut at Home Depot) - $1.39 ea/
3x Glow Wands (can find at Sears, Home Depot, Amazon, etc) - $2-5 ea/
Electrical tape (whatever colors you prefer) - $3 ea/
Translucent endcaps, middle, & connectors - $10 - I made these myself, you can buy them on my blog and I will ship out USPS priority (so you will get them in 2-3 days :)

Step 2: Prepare the LEDs

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Remove the LED + battery assembly from the glow wands, and secure the batteries in place with electrical tape:

Step 3: Assemble Connectors

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Place the LED inside my translucent connector pieces and assemble them like this:

Step 4: Decorate

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Wrap the PVC in whatever tape you'd like, or paint it whatever color(s) you wish:

Step 5: Finish

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Now pop in the endcaps and connect the two PVC pieces with the middle piece!

Congratulations! You now have a lightweight, collapsible, awesome-looking LED staff you made yourself for under $30 :)

Comments

Triskite (author)2012-12-27

you can also buy one on my blog: http://uselesspuzzles.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-make-led-light-up-bo-staff-for.html

technodude458 (author)2015-10-27

the question is can it be used as an effective method of self-defense or would it break easily

Triskite (author)technodude4582015-10-27

It took me about 30 iterations but the current version is designed to be battle-ready - here's a video of me smacking it against a tile floor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFftzOhKLXM

lol I just noticed (for the first time) my girlfriend starting to yell at the end of the video, presumably to find out what the loud banging noise was

Numbuh1Nerd (author)2012-11-05

Are there any alternative ways to make the connectors if we don't want it to light up?

forge35 (author)2012-08-05

Hi Triskite,
Can you tell me what you made the translucent connectors out of? I like to try making them myself. Also, Thanks for the great tutorial. Thanks again, Brandon

Triskite (author)forge352012-08-05

hey, brandon,

I designed them on the computer and print them with my 3d printer. the material I use is called pla plastic

check out the link to my blog for more info, the only alternative I've found is to use transparent PVC, but that is more brittle and will cost more than the $10 I ask for :)

lmk if you have other questions and thanks for the thanks!

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