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Posted: It seems there are a few of us who over the course of much time have managed to loosen the switches on our LED systems in the Electroglo tools. I am beyond tech-minded into the realm of idiot in that arena. How do you tighten up the switch or fix the system please? Many thanks. Pele
Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir "Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall "And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK
Ok, first off take the end off your electroglo poi/staff, then take the unit out (using pliers, teeth or whatever). Undo the screw holding the unit closed and take out the batteries. Now slide the PCB board with the switch and LED on out of the plastic casing and put it on your desk.
When you open one of these up the profit margin really hits home - other than the batteries the components cost only a few pence. They are made from 2 3 volt batteries, a resistor, a switch and an LED.
There's not a lot to go wrong with these units. The lights themselves are LEDs, which when placed on a piece of concrete and hit with a hammer repeatedly will probably survive.
The resistor is in the casing and not exposed and so is therefore unlikely to be the problem.
Our best candidate is the switch, as these are exposed and constantly rub against the wire, string of whatever else maybe inside the tube with them.
These switches are SPDT switches, with 2 of the pins soldered together to make a SPST switch (ie on and off). If they have internal damaged then they can be replaced easily, from a decent electronics shop shouldn't cost more than 10p.
In my case after careful observation under a strong light, one of the pins solder joint had come undone. It was only by a millimeter or so, but it was enough to stop them from working:
I'm not going to try to explain to you how to solder, on the basis that if you own a soldering iron then you should know what you are doing already! (and if you don't burn your desk whilst doing this then you know more/have more coordination than me).
My sodlering iron wasn't hot enough to melt the solder already on the board, so i added a bit of my own.
And that was that. Then we all went home and had tea and went to bed.