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How to hardwire a disco ball motor to be controlled by an external switch!

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Ever had a time with a battery powered disco ball motor, where you had to reach up and fumble for the switch?
Those times are over!

Level: Novice

WARNING! IF YOU DO THIS INCORRECTLY, YOUR MOTOR WILL BREAK!!! DO NOT ATTEMPT IF YOU ARE INEXPERIENCED!!!








 
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Step 1: Step 1: Getting Stuff

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Get your motor controlled by an ON/OFF switch, battery powered. Link: http://www.ebay.com/bhp/8-mirror-ball

U WILL NEED
1x D-Ball Motor (described above)
1x Audio wire (speaker wire) however long you want your control to be away from the D-Ball
1x ON/OFF Switch
1x Soldering Iron W/ Solder
1x Wire Strippers (or use your teeth)

















Step 2: Step 2: Open the D-Ball Motor

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Take out these screws.
Remove the switch. (If it comes out intact, great! You can use it in a hack! If it doesn't, oh well, you don't need it anymore...)
Solder the wires that were previously connected to the switch to the audio wires.

Step 3: Step 3: Soldering!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Now solder the other ends to the switch you procured. (not the one you tore out of the motor)



Step 4: You're Done!

Enjoy your new motor!
blue-ice8 months ago

Looks great! If you don't mind a little advice, I would recommend against stripping wires with your teeth. You can hurt your teeth badly if you do it (and you probably shouldn't put wire in your mouth anyway- it can contain certain harmful chemicals).

Jack The Hacker (author)  blue-ice8 months ago

Thanks, and I guess you're right about the wire. But thanks for the comment, and the advice!

No problem! See ya around the site :)