Introduction: LED Glow Poi - Make Your Own

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This LED Glow Poi design is sturdy, can be used over and over again, utilizes reused materials, and is beautiful to see in action!  With about $9 worth of parts and 40min of work, you can be on your way spinning light with your very own glow poi. Young children can have fun even with just one. 


Step 1: Materials

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This project requires the following Materials:

2     1L plastic bottles
2     9 V batteries
2     9 V snap-on battery connector
10   LED's (shown here: 3mm ultrabright slow color changing LED's 20mA  3V)
10   resistors which are calculated to meet the needs of your LED (shown here:  330 Ohm)
Duct tape
wire strippers
several feet of strong string 
small bubble wrap
solder

Tools:
Soldering Iron
Scissors 

Step 2: Create the LED Star

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Step 3: Cut the Bottle

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Step 4: Battery Holder, String, and Handle

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Step 5: Install the Lights

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Step 6: Close It Up

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Connect the battery, push the top of the bottle inside the bottom (pushing one side all the way in first helps), and either tape or velcro the tabs on the bottle bottom to the top to secure. 

Step 7: Take Them for a SPIN!

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If you are new to poi spinning, here are the easiest moves:

-- Spin both poi, on on each side of your body, in a forward direction synchronously. Try to make most of the movement with your wrists.
-- Alternate arms while spinning in the same direction

Remember to unplug your battery when you are done, so that it lasts as long as possible.

It really looks beautiful, even with simple moves. 

Enjoy your creation!

Comments

shavone23 (author)2013-08-05

Hi my name is shavone and I wanted to know a little bit more on the led glow make your own and I'm planning to this as a project for school I bought A few thing I need but the led I can't find i went to radio shake and called frys electronic and they dont have them and the resistors the Instructions Say 330ohm and your steps of the picture show a different so. So I need your help thank u

samalert (author)2013-07-08

if you really looking for the light trails which should have been captured in last few images then increase the shutter speed a bit ranging more than 3secs.
eg:http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Fall08/Downs/images/poi2.jpg

hopefox (author)samalert2013-07-08

Thanks for the tip, I will try it and update the action pics soon :)

hopefox (author)hopefox2013-07-10

Added new action pics :) My friend's kids had a fantastic time being photographed with the LED poi

samalert (author)hopefox2013-07-10

That looks great ! Thumbs up.

Xanthe Matychak (author)2013-07-10

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