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Lil Kuni


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Location: Stateside, Pennsylvania

Total posts: 11
Posted:

Was wondering if anyone has the Ultima Swinging Tubes from the shop....seems that the parental units are asking what is on the menu for Xmas and greedy little me was kinda thinking about them tubies. I'm not sure about some stuff though:

How bright?
How flexible? (still possible to wrap with them)?
How durable?

Was also thinking about snagging some of those nice beaming balls too. Can anyone give me some comparative reviews please? Searched the forums but I can't seem to find anything concrete! (brightness is probably the most important factor)

Thanks and much love!


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Malcolm
SAPPHIRE Member since Nov 2003

Malcolm

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Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Total posts: 1017
Posted:How bright?
Half as bright as electroglo poi or staff.
Nice function is that it can change colours
strobe etc.
How flexible? (still possible to wrap with them)? Not meant to flex. So they are not possible to wrap at all.
How durable
Do not know of one breaking as yet. The tube does get cracks in it, however if you leave in the sun all the cracks magically dissapear (self healing).

Beaming Balls
Good: Nice and bright, 12 month warranty.
Bad: Very hard and heavy. You will suffer major injuries when (not if) you hit yourself.


"May your balls always burn"

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Zoltar
BRONZE Member since Nov 2002

Zoltar

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Location: Beyond Time, South of Melbourn...

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Posted:A little off track, but how would you compare the beaming balls and electroglo poi.

Which is brighter?


So much fire, so little body hair...

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Malcolm
SAPPHIRE Member since Nov 2003

Malcolm

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Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Total posts: 1017
Posted:Zoltar,

Beaming poi have 4 LEDs in each ball
Electroglo poi have one LED in each poi tube.
Each have a different effect but I belive the beaming poi are a lot brighter overall and more robust.


"May your balls always burn"

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FireSpirit
SILVER Member since Mar 2001

FireSpirit

Classic 90's Fire Dancer... Poi, Staff, Doubles, and Breathing
Location: South Lake Tahoe

Total posts: 743
Posted:I love my Beaming poi!!
Although watch out! They sting if you get hit!!
They where given to me by a student, she hated them B/C she kept hitting herself, being new to poi and all. I gave her a lot of insight in the art of poi, and she got good, but she didn't want them back. O-Well I LOVE THEM!!!!

~Fire Spirit


FIRE IS ALIVE!
IT LIVES AND BREATHS!
IT CONSUMES, AND DISTROYS!
BUT WE CONTROL IT,
AND DANCE WITH FIRE!!

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SaggyD


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Location: United States, WA

Total posts: 56
Posted:I don't know about the tubes but i can tell you about my beaming balls! I swing my balls all the time! They so bright and red, i can't even look at them! They hurt REALLY bad when u hit yerself! But mine had a connector problem! The power supply didn't connect very well with the whole unit! My balls flash on and off ! Oh well, i still like to spin my balls, maybe i just need some viagra... i mean screwdriver!!!!!!!!

Saggy


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FireSpirit
SILVER Member since Mar 2001

FireSpirit

Classic 90's Fire Dancer... Poi, Staff, Doubles, and Breathing
Location: South Lake Tahoe

Total posts: 743
Posted:ShaggyD
Try a bit if Tin foil between your batteries and the lid. Its probebly just a bad connection. The same happened to mine, they flashed after a while, and I just filled the gap with tin.

~Fire Spirit


FIRE IS ALIVE!
IT LIVES AND BREATHS!
IT CONSUMES, AND DISTROYS!
BUT WE CONTROL IT,
AND DANCE WITH FIRE!!

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Zoltar
BRONZE Member since Nov 2002

Zoltar

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Posted:Has anyone tried to put a second LED unit into the electroglo poi (in the opposite end to the existing LED unit)?

Could it be done?

Sorry, ask lots of questions dont I.....


So much fire, so little body hair...

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Lil Kuni


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Location: Stateside, Pennsylvania

Total posts: 11
Posted:Niiiice, thanks for the the info, Malcolm!

Anyone else actually own the ultima tubes?


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FireSpirit
SILVER Member since Mar 2001

FireSpirit

Classic 90's Fire Dancer... Poi, Staff, Doubles, and Breathing
Location: South Lake Tahoe

Total posts: 743
Posted:I don't know about those tubes?
I thought they where something elts. For $200 though, I would buy a pair of beamming poi, that cool glowing staff, and a few fire videos!
I just don't like wire poi, I am a big fan of the chain poi my self.

I know Just have your parents get a HOP Gift Cert. (hehehe) Malcolm you need to get on the ball with them.


FIRE IS ALIVE!
IT LIVES AND BREATHS!
IT CONSUMES, AND DISTROYS!
BUT WE CONTROL IT,
AND DANCE WITH FIRE!!

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TheBovrilMonkey
SILVER Member since Sep 2001

TheBovrilMonkey

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Location: High Wycombe, England

Total posts: 2629
Posted:quote:Originally posted by Zoltar:
Has anyone tried to put a second LED unit into the electroglo poi (in the opposite end to the existing LED unit)?

Could it be done?
It can indeed be done, quite easily in fact, it's just a case of popping the plastic end off and stuffing them in - I did it with mine and now have a pair with blue leds on one end and green on the other, they give really, really nice trails.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures yet


But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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Zoltar
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Zoltar

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Posted:Sounds excellent. Look forward to seeing some photos when you have some BovrilMonkey.

So, if ya put an extra red LED in the other end of a blue electroglo would ya get red/purple/blue trails? Or I am I just taking this too far?


So much fire, so little body hair...

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TheBovrilMonkey
SILVER Member since Sep 2001

TheBovrilMonkey

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Location: High Wycombe, England

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Posted:Yep, in theory that's how it'd work.
I'm not too hot on how mixing light works though and you could end up with it more pink than purple


But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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Paddy


back from the dead...sort of
Location: 4341'N 7938'W

Total posts: 884
Posted:I've done some testing (ie. I made them, but they weren't swingable) with two coloured lights. I put blue led in one end of a used glowstick and a green one in the other. I creates a *beautiful* fade from one colour to the other. When you swing them, it would create a gorgeous gradient band of light.

This was supposed to be a suprise for all of you when I finished, but I guess now the secret's out. Just to tempted to be helpful.

I plan to build them over the christmas break and will send in pictures when they're done.


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Urban_Culture


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Location: coventry, midlands, uk

Total posts: 89
Posted:Go with the beaming balls, there phat, i love mine too, even if they are resposible for alot of bruies! they are heavy at first but you get used to them and everthing else feels light. there really bright aswell, so bright it hurts your eyes wehn you look at the lights directly, i have never seen the yellow ones in action, but the red ones produce real nice trails and have a good effect.
Si


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