Introduction: Neon Glow Ripstick Using LEDs!
Step 1: Components and Tools
For this mod you will need a few tools and some electrical supplies.
Philips Screw driver
Allen wrench for the bolts on the bottom of the ripstick.
5mm Drill bit or 3/16ths inch drill bit.
Simple wire colored wire is good to keep organized.
A simple on off switch or toggle switch. (ripped one out of a nerf gun attachment)
17 (70 -100 ohm) resistors.
Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
wire strippers or scissors.
Step 2: Opening
Take every screw out of the bottom of your ripstik.
1. take it all apart
Step 3: Drilling
Drill holes where the image notes point out.
If I say "drill through the side." that means to drill through the wall with the note over it.
Step 4: Power Supply
Since I am using Blue LEDs you need a 4.5 volt power supply. True Green and white would also use 4.5V i.e. 3 triple aaa
If you use Green red yellow orange you'll need only 3 volts. i.e. 2 triple aaa
LED wizard shows voltage of LEDs if you go with the 3 volt power supply you'll need to make your own schematic for your wiring and possibly use resistors.
Step 5: Wire Work.
You'll need to take it apart to do this, If it isn't already.
after you follow the image not.s you gotta put the torsion bar back together. Be careful not to get the wires caught in the screws.
Step 6: Cutting the Wire Coating Off.
1.follow the notes.
2. Once you finish stripping all the wire it's time to connect the wires t the power supply and switch.
Step 7: Installing Leds!
1.you need to "frost" the lLEDs before adding them by rubbing the led on sandpaper until it turns white allover, this will be the part of the step that takes the majority of the time.
It would be a good idea to frost them all (17) before you start soldering.
I put together a gif on how to solder in the LEDs into each hole.
you'll need one 100 ohm resistor to one 68 ohm resistor for each led meaning you can use 100 ohms to 68 ohms no lower anything inbetween is fine. I wouldn't go over 150 or it might be too dim.
I don't know how many ohms you'd need with red LEDs. Use an led calculator. big help with things like this.
After you complete the soldering Hot glue every open wire so no short circuits happen,
Follow the same process for each led you may have to lay it out a little differently due to lack of space ,anyway repeat 17 times.
Step 8: Put It Back Together.
put all the screws back on and ride away!