Razor Ripstik LED's




Here's a cool idea if you like to skate at night.

Step 1: The Items

What you will need:

two 3v LED's
one on/off switch
two AAA battery holder's
A philips and a flat head type screw driver plus alan key
A Dremel or a Chisel.
You'll need drill and some wiring at about 4ft long should be enough. 14 to 18 gauge will do fine.

Cost: about $15 U.S.
Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Step 2: Battery Holder

Here's the pic of the AAA battery holder.

Step 3: Torsion Bar Exposed!!

And here's what the torsion looks like taken apart.
Its fairly simple to unscrew, it's just two regular hex nuts that holds the spring together.

Step 4: OK So Lets Get That Switch Mounted.

first of all just start hacking away at the bottom right corner of the front portion of the Ripstick. I used a common chisel but you probably might want to use a Dremel type tool as it will cut more precisely and clean. I also want you to know that the areas that I choose to cut should not in any way comprimse the integrity of the board.

Step 5: Switch Underneath LOOK

this is what happens when you place the swicth a little to close.....Well I got lucky that it worked but if I could do it again I would move it down slightly.

Step 6: The LED Front Portion

Well it's basicly laid out for you. When you look under the board by the front wheel there is a circle. Drill it out right in the center and led should look like it belongs there after your done. NOTE: Led holders will give a more proffesional appearance.

Step 7: Battey Holder Placement

So just like the switch, now just hack away at the top right corner of the front portion of the Ripstick.

Step 8: Battery Holder Complete

So here's it completely in and glued down.

Step 9: The Rear Portion

OK so lets start on the cuts for the wiring to fit.
just a small cut should be good enough to fit.

Step 10: The Two Holes in the Back

the wires should be fed through here.....

Step 11: The Feed

Just pass the two wires from the back in through the torsion tube.

Step 12: Rear LED

This time the hole will be cut according to the circle located on the inside of the board.

Step 13: Rear LED Wiring

So simply connect two wires to the led and follow it through to the two tiny holes found by the end of the torsion bars housing.

Step 14: Rear Battery Placement and Wiring

It should look something like this when your done.

Step 15: The Feed Part 2

The front portion of the Ripstick does not have any holes for the wires to feed through so just drill and make some......

Step 16: Front Portion Complete and Ready

I'm going to tell you that if you have got this far then all this should just be pretty straight forward and easy.

Step 17: Night Lite for Saftey

Well check out the video for a closer look at things.....

Step 18: Wiring Guide So Simple

Hope this helps.....



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    3 years ago on Introduction

    i used strip lighting and added a battery hatch on the bottom that screws on i stole it from a old rc battery cover worked great


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Now...how could we implement this on a ripstik air? ;)

    AWESOME!!!! Yeah that's way sick! I like to imagine that I'm on a hover board when I riding it. Soooo whats your power source??? and voltage???

    well its a little complex but if you know basic circuitry you could make it. I used 2 2AAA battery holders with a source selection switch (a kind of homade battery backup system) and then the main power source. So the source is 3v's and unfortunatly i thought the leds wer 3v also...but they werent...theyr 2.4. So i had to buy resistors :/ ahaha


    9 years ago on Introduction

     Hey can you please post a picture of the whole board with the plates off and do you have a battery pack at the back and at the front near the torsion bar? Good instructable

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hey there Sorry to REPLY SOoooo Late but, - I have been busy drawing Cubee's for awhile and have not looked at this site until now..... But if your still interested in the battery pack location. (the first version) SHOWN has 1 pack in the front only. My new version uses two UV L.E.D.'s and requires about 9 volts two run so I added four more batteries in the rear.....Using a AAA battery holder from Radio Shack.-----This set up is AWESOME!!!! Super Bright. Note: Using a straight 9V battery will not last long. So going with six AAA batteries is the way to go. (This was an experimental board so I kept adding battery packs ) So the way to go is to buy the "4 AAA battery pack holder from Radio Shack Then put the 2 battery pack up front." _ THAT'S WHAT I RECOMMEND FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS MAXIMUM BRIGHTNESS -- Then add the clear wheels to the bottom. :)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Hey thanks for the comment, I think your board looks dope!!!!! how'd you fit 9v in the board? mine is now currently running UV leds and 6 AAA batteries for power -it's way better than my original post but I didn't see the need to change the Instructable as your like the only other person who thought that this was a cool idea.....Ps are you running grip tape on your board? I have the stencil if your interested! -I'm using Black Magic Brand


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    i took off the face plates wired it up and used my dremel and a grinding drum to slowly borrow out a pit for the 9v deep enough so i could put the plates back on. and no i don't run Grip tape i just painted the panels.


    9 years ago on Step 18

    Guide looks good, except for the schematics, you have both poles of the LED's going to positive, and you have the switch jumping the positive and the negative. For anyone not sure, you would want to connect positive to positive and negative to negative on the battery holders, run one wire from positive, and one to negative (a complete circuit) and put the switch in line, do not jump the line between polarities.


    10 years ago on Step 2

    I done this except i used a 9v and wired up a total of 8 flashing leds.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I just started a new job and one of the mechanics "claims" his brother was the one that invented these boards. He said he also invented gloves with bearings in them that you can use as skates. They are supposed to be cool in sewer drainage pipes. Hey, he could be right. I'm not callin him a liar.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for all the great advise I'll be shure to update my instructable as soon as possible.....As it is my first time to do something like this. Maybe you can help me MAKE it better!!!!! -I'm working on a front light for the board at the moment but don't know if I should go Lamp or LED. THANKS for taking a look a my insrtuctable --RandyFiveSix


    10 years ago on Introduction

    That's really awesome, I might actually do this to my waveboard(When I finally get around to taking the deckplate off for no reason) Couple pointers though, 1. You don't mention soldering anywhere in the guide(I think, I'm half asleep atm) 2. I HIGHLY recommend using resistors on your LED's unless you plan on swapping em out as often as the batteries and 3. Don't buy electronic parts from Radio Shack, sure the stores are everywhere, but you can buy all the parts in higher quality from an independent component retailer for a third of the price(~$5 for everything if you have the Soldering iron, solder and chisel)