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nearly_all_goneSILVER Member
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Location: Southampton, United Kingdom


Posted:
Well, I'm just looking for a general opinion here really. I've looked into the various types available in the HoP show and the balls-u-like ones, and came to the following conclusions:
Beaming Balls are really good to spin, have a long battery time and take AA batteries which is really cheap and convenient. However, they are very dangerous and can cause injury if they hit you in the wrong place.
Globugs are cheap, cheerful and light, too light for some. They take batteries which aren't so easy to get hold off (well, you have to send away) and can break fairly easily when they impact at higher speeds.
Balls-U-Like Raibow Strobes smell really nice and leave cool - if a little bit gimmicky - trails. They can turn themselves off a bit too easily on impact and occasionally even spill their batteries in a bag or pocket (personal experience!). Again, you have to send away fro batteries (generally).
If you disagree with anything I've said, please correct me! But I'd really love to invest in some and to be honest, these are the only ones I can find enough info about to consider. My budget isn't massive and these all seem to have pretty much equal pros and cons. What's your opinion, and why? You'll save me millions in glowstick funds wink biggrin

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Mint SauceBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Aerotech's

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peles_paynimSILVER Member
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Posted:
wow...synchronicity...ummm..i really like the quantum leashes on www.neonhusky.com...if you get the deflectors, they are reasonably durable....they're not for doing anything you're not confident with, but the effect is amazing...

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AmanitaSILVER Member
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Location: Halifax, NS, Canada


Posted:
I've found the glowbugs to be pretty durable little beasts..I've hit them against eachother, and even bounced one off of a hard wooden chair once, and they're still intact. I hesitate to take them out in cold weather, though. And if you want to add weight, some people here have attached shorter cord loops and hung them off of their chains instead if using the long cord leashes that come standard.

Neon husky also offers glowballs- I don't own a set of these yet, but I've heard good things..they're similar to beaming poi, but softer for pain free spinning. They do take a funny battery though, but you can order more through their site, or if you're willing to pay more, buy locally. I believe they use some kind of watch-type battery or something like that.

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Spacecow00xSILVER Member
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Posted:
u left out streetlights too

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vanizeSILVER Member
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Posted:
glo-toobs are a winner as far as I am concerned. you can take a hammer to those little beasts and they don't care at all. they are also quite cmpact, very bright, and run for a long time off of cheap batteries.

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tadpoleGOLD Member
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Location: Harare, Zimbabwe, United Kingdom


Posted:
I've got the beaming poi from HOP, and they were great originally, but fairly soon ( +- 10 hours spinning time ) a couple of the lights stopped working. I took them apart, and the solder had come undone, which is simple to fix if you have a soldering gun, but nearly impossible if you dont. Sigh, maybe one day...

Oh, and you are right, they hurt like all hell when they hit you.

I'm curious as to the rainbow things that smell nice?? Is that an actual sales point, or just a happy coincidence?

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cainebabymember
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Location: nottingham, uk


Posted:
i think i'm gonna try and make some led poi myself, i have no clue how, but i'm gonna reaserch it and learn different types. maybe use some xmas tree lights or something, well, thats the kind of effect i want to creat if you know what i mean...

...any hints from others well appreciated, what was, oh, nevermind! doesn't matter!
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The Tea FairySILVER Member
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Posted:
bjbhvgcgf

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The Tea FairySILVER Member
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Posted:
Ooops! Sorry.

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vanizeSILVER Member
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Posted:
you can delete posts you know... wink

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linden rathenGOLD Member
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Posted:
just bought some streetlights from flowtoys as they come w/ extra shielding etc... ptreyy big but tough smile and you can replace the streetlights fairly cheaply biggrin

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onewheeldaveGOLD Member
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Posted:
Written by: cainebaby


i think i'm gonna try and make some led poi myself, i have no clue how, but i'm gonna reaserch it and learn different types. maybe use some xmas tree lights or something, well, thats the kind of effect i want to creat if you know what i mean...

...any hints from others well appreciated, what was, oh, nevermind! doesn't matter!
confused confused confused confused




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polaritySILVER Member
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Posted:
Gone the DIY route. It's cheaper, and they can do a lot more, depending how much time you can put into designing and building them.

Mine are well past the stage of making aerotechs look pants. Everything is under wraps till Falmouth though wink

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mtbeerGOLD Member
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Posted:
Now I REALLY want to go to Falmouth. Take lots of LED pics out there for those of us unable to attend.

I'm not so sure the DIY route is cheaper, I probably could have purchased multiple LED poi sets for the cost of the parts I used. Still, it was well worth it to get the intensity I wanted, not to mention the experience.

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house_of_millGOLD Member
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896 posts
Location: Manchester England


Posted:
If I had the money I would buy three Aerotech juggling balls and use nets to swing two as poi that way you cal alternate colours and also have quality juggling balls

*Thats one of my favourite Nurseries over there,*

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JayKittyGOLD Member
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Location: Central New Jersey, USA


Posted:
i haven't seen them around in a while, but I got the rainbow glowbugs a while back. Not bad, durable, but not all to bright. The rainbow version and the normal ones are different, but mayber im just prejudiced aginst them.

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ArythSILVER Member
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134 posts
Location: Liverpool, England


Posted:
I've got Globalz and they're ok but a bit long so i've had to chop and change a bit, search LED poi on ebay and quite a few come up cheap!

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house_of_millGOLD Member
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896 posts
Location: Manchester England


Posted:
I like Tobi's Torch poi

Sock poi with Led torches shining up towards your hands its like having lil white sticks to spin plus you always have a torch!!

*Thats one of my favourite Nurseries over there,*

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b3xBRONZE Member
newbie
9 posts
Location: United Kingdom


Posted:
Aryth, I've found some glowbalz on e-bay and concidering getting them. Other than the fact they were long were there any other major problems with them?
Thanks!

newgabeSILVER Member
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Posted:
I've had globugs ( about 5" long) for years and never needed to change the batteries.
I also have longer ones (glotubes?).. about 10" with different colour lights each end. Nice, heavier. All globugs are durable and of course hurt if you wack yourself whilst spinning fast. I've just avbout taken out teeth! (That's what pracitce poi are for!)

My current faves are double decker rainbow ones from Nocturnal Sunshine in Melbourne (they have a website but don't mention products.. they only make a few)
There's some photos in Gita's gallery; one has both a Gooble Warming glotube AND Nocturnal's amazing rainbows: bargain!)

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mysticredBRONZE Member
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Location: Cornwall, United Kingdom


Posted:
don't get globalz, theres a thread on here about them [Old link] . we bought some and they break easily, looked ok but they aren't very well designed...just a warning to anyone thinking of buying some smile
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IgirisujinSILVER Member
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Location: Preston, United Kingdom


Posted:
Well enjoypoi.co.uk has a reasonable shop, Ive just orderd some glow poi not 10 mins ago they arrive in 2 to 5 working days so I can see what there like when I get them.

heres a link https://enjoypoi.co.uk/shop/product_info.php/cPath/21_30/products_id/54

I think there a reasonable price, hope they are worth it ^_^

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LazyAngelGOLD Member
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Posted:
Woolworths mood balls in net sacks as soon as I find some net sacks

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Helen_of_PoiSILVER Member
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Location: Dublin, Ireland


Posted:
Written by: LazyAngel


...as soon as I find some net sacks




Just use those net bags that you put washing detergent tablets in. Does the job nicely i find.

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SkulduggeryGOLD Member
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Location: Wales


Posted:
ditto Or you can now get fishnet ankle socks...... take a look around markets. You'll find them on the sock stalls.

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IgirisujinSILVER Member
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Posted:
hmmm well I said ide say what they where like...

there pretty good, only one of the nets is fraying (and thats only slightly) I have strobing ones (red green blue) and there white with the led's inside the balls things surrounded in little beads things... there a good weight but abit long but thats completly down to the bags there put in, why cant they just attach to the string *sigh*

There ok, biggest failing is everyone elses seemed to brake lol, oh and they are invisible during day light so...im ognna have to get a different kind for day use :P

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MynciBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Aerotechs are my personal fave. but they are heavy and the glow section quite long (and expensive)...all a matter of choice really. and what colours / effects your after.

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.


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