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bhawk


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Location: MD, USA

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Posted:Hey,I was planning on buying a couple green or blue-green photon microlight II to use because glowsticks are kinda hard to get for me. Ive heard that although they are supposed to be very durable they can still break easily when being swung around on strings. I think Ive gotten to the point where the worst hits they would take is when Im doing wraps or the occasional hit with each other when doing a butterfly. Are they worth it?

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Posted:nope i had some they are not worth it. the smaalest hit can mess up the switch.

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alterego
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alterego

Warm beer is infinitely colder than no beer
Location: Boulder, Co

Total posts: 222
Posted:I have a whole bunch of photons. In my experience the switches break after about 2 months of constantly using them. Fortunately they sell a new switch and 4 screws for 3.00$ off of their website. The most expensive part is the batteries. If you have 2 photons the 4 small watch batteries are going to cost you 12.00$, 3 bucks a piece. I did however, find a deal on ebay for 25 2016 lithium watch batteries for only 13 bucks. The batteries last about 12 hours. I'm sure its still their, it was more of an advertisement for a battery selling site.Love always,Spanky

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Posted:i don't own them but i plan to in the near future(before electric daisy carnival june 30th HUGE MASSIVE!)anyways, i usually nd up "borrowing" them from my friends and i've never had 1 break on me yet even though they are fragile and will do so if repeatedly(i think that's spelled right)smacked ino each other but like they said in an earlier post, u can buy replacement switches and stuff on the website. plus the bulbs are guarenteed not to break by a lifetime warranty by the manufacturer peeps. aLSO try the rav'n party/ravelights. the bulbs are a bit bigger and have an incredible strobing feature that i observed last night at SANCTUARY(my first and best underground, held in an abandoned soap factory!!) the trails go perfectly into 1 another and u get a wonderful 3 or 4 color trail, but they are best used with more than 1. the best 1 i saw last night was about 4 on a string(if u know what i'm talkng about u'll agree when u see it). well that's all i could really think of right now, just stopping by and all but if you want some more tips or enjoy discussing photons/glowsticks go to the glowstringing section of the messageboards at www.iloveraving.com and if u wanna meet some nice ravers go to the location specific forums on the same page. hope i could help!

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Posted:the new photon3 lights use a different kind of switch that wont break, same as Rav'n Lights, which change color when you move them, *awsome*, and there is no switch, just press once to turn on, press again to turn off. the new photons will also strobe...
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bhawk


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Location: MD, USA

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Posted:hmmm... Im not sure If I should get them now. The idea was to get them to replace glowsticks, since I hate having to replace them, but if these lights break and I have to get replacements often, it would defeat the whole purpose. Photon 3 and Rav'n lights are cool (i really wanna get rav'n lights) but they are expensive, i can get photon 2s for about $11. Maybe Ill save up and buy a couple Rav'n ribbon lights. BTW, how do the trails on the photons compare to the trails on glowsticks? (a picture would be great)

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pyro_teknik


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Posted:what are rav'n ribbons? any websites or info would be greatly appreciatedcheers
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bhawk


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Location: MD, USA

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Posted:Rav'n lights are very cool high intesity LED lights that make cool patterns when moved around. There are 2 different types of Rav'n: strobe and ribbon. Go to http://www.photonlights.com/ravn/index.html
for more info


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pj


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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Posted:The Rav'n things look pretty the heck cool, but at nearly $80 for a pair they had better be as cool as they look! Anyone have any actual experience with them?-p.

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alterego
BRONZE Member since Jul 2001

alterego

Warm beer is infinitely colder than no beer
Location: Boulder, Co

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Posted:I have 2 rav'n ribbon lights. They look cool as hell, but for spinning they suck. Instead of the frame being screwed on they have a plastic circle that pops out of the back. Well, when you are spinning and they hit, the plastic thing comes off. I finally lost one of them, so I had to replace it with electrical tape. The only dissapointment I have is that they charge so much for the damned things and they cant even make them durable.Love always,Spanky

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tricky56


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Location: Austin

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Posted:ok, here is the deal, photon lights are amazing. don't worry bout them breaking, they probably will, but you can send them back to the company in almost all cases, and they will fix them for free. Also, don't buy them from a store, buy them from Botach Tactical cause they are like half the pricewww.Botachtactical.com

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bhawk


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Location: MD, USA

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Posted:Tricky56 you are god! That website sells rav'n lights for $20! Thats cheaper than eBay!! Arg! now I dont know if I should get 4 photon II or 2 Rav'n...

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Posted:If your looking to spin light's, I have been using cool neon wire wrapped around various things, and have been spinning them for month's, two AA's powers about 6.6 ft ove the noen wire, it comes in nine colors and some in various thickneses,, check out http://www.coolneon.com
it's cheap and looks cool wrapped in spirals,,[This message has been edited by flash fire (edited 27 June 2001).]


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pyro_teknik


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Location: england wiltshire under stoneh...

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Posted:sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!only problem is i live in the uk and dont have a credit card but will find a way to get round that !!!phil 'pyro_teknik'
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bhawk


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Location: MD, USA

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Posted:I just thought of something! Ill just wrap the Rav'n lights (and maybe the crystal too) with some clear bubble wrap and hold it together with a little tape. How could I have not thought of this before!? (Im sure Im not the first to think of this anyways) That should hopefully protect them some.BTW, tricsk8, that wire looks very cool. Do you by any chance have pictures of the wire spinning?

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pj


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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Posted:Some ideas just make good sense... I've got my homebrew LED poi wrapped with bubble wrap, which was conveniently shipped *with* my LED order. ;-)Another thing about a bubblewrap wrap - it will increase air drag w/o increasing weight, thereby slowing down their speed and making them a little easier to control.-p.

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tricky56


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Location: Austin

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Posted:ok, another really cool thing to do is get glow in the dark sponge balls, and attach the photon lights to your chains so that they rest on the balls when you are spinning. sorry, I'm sure this is really confussing. The balls ar about an 1/8 of an inch thick, and look like they are made up of little pellets. That's wht I use for most performances indoors, and they are also really good for practice cause they don't hurt at all.

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TaiGuy


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Location: Yorktown, VA, USA

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Posted:Which Rav'n lights would look better for spinning? the ribbon or strobe?

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