The reactor is attached to an old heart rate monitor strap and it's powered by a 3 volt battery pack that just slips in my jeans pocket. It's light weight and is comfortable to wear for several hours at a time. In the photos below you can see how bright it is- it easily shines through my t-shirt under normal office lighting conditions and is very bright at night.
Follow along and see how it's made.....
Update: see page six for the new style reactor!
Another update! Many people have asked for a kit and a fellow RPF board member has produced a fantastic kit and said I could post a link. This is a very nice kit for anyone wanting to build a wearable arc reactor-
Step 1: Tools and materials
jeweler's saw (or some kind of saw to cut metal and plastic)
needle nose pliers
And for materials:
thin brass sheet
plastic sheet ( I used Delrin- you can buy Delrin and acrylic sheet from Colorado Plastics)
clear acrylic sheet
copper wire- 22ga and 24ga thickness solid wire
sheet metal- 22ga thickness (.025in or about .5mm thickness)
PCB (printed circuit board)- at least 4" square (Radio Shack sells some that measures around 4.5" x 6")
several small bolts - I used 10ea 2.5mm bolts and 3ea 3mm bolts w/nuts
3 volt battery
11 ea NTE30027 surface mount LED's - I bought them from a local supplier but you can order them here: http://www.cablesandconnectors.com/30000-30.HTM
battery hook up wire
As an option for LEDs and making a circuit board you could use these instead-
I'll make specific notes about the materials used and possible substitutes/workarounds on the specific construction pages.
Please note: be careful cutting sheet metal as the edges can be very sharp and it's pretty easy to cut yourself.