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nearly_all_gone
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Pooh-Bah
Location: Southampton
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2004
Total posts: 1626
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 Sauce
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Location: Lancs England
Member Since: 7th Sep 2003
Total posts: 1453
Posted:Aerotech's

before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

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peles_paynim
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Location: the fascist states of amerika
Member Since: 12th Dec 2004
Total posts: 80
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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Amanita
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Location: Halifax, NS
Member Since: 22nd Mar 2004
Total posts: 157
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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Spacecow00x
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Posted:u left out streetlights too

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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Austin, Texas
Member Since: 21st Aug 2001
Total posts: 3899
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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tadpole
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Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Member Since: 19th Nov 2002
Total posts: 200
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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cainebaby
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Location: nottingham, uk
Member Since: 1st Oct 2004
Total posts: 32
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 Fairy
The Tea Fairy

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Member Since: 2nd Jul 2004
Total posts: 853
Posted:bjbhvgcgf

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The Tea Fairy
The Tea Fairy

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Posted:Ooops! Sorry.

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Location: Austin, Texas
Member Since: 21st Aug 2001
Total posts: 3899
Posted:you can delete posts you know... wink

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linden rathen
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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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onewheeldave
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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



Try these-

http://www.geocities.com/combatunicycle/electrosock/electrosock.html


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polarity
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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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mtbeer
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Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
Member Since: 11th Aug 2004
Total posts: 529
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_mill
house_of_mill

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Location: Manchester England
Member Since: 20th Jul 2004
Total posts: 896
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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JayKitty
JayKitty

Mission: Ignition
Location: Central New Jersey
Member Since: 7th Nov 2004
Total posts: 534
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.

Don't mind me, just passing through.

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Aryth
Aryth

in a beautiful daze....
Location: Liverpool, England
Member Since: 25th May 2005
Total posts: 134
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!

Whatever happened to my green and pleasant land?

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house_of_mill
house_of_mill

old hand
Location: Manchester England
Member Since: 20th Jul 2004
Total posts: 896
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,*

Roman, Trippie Hippie,On the way back from Play Festival

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b3x
b3x

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Member Since: 2nd Jul 2005
Total posts: 9
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!


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newgabe
newgabe

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Location: Bali
Member Since: 3rd Mar 2005
Total posts: 4030
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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mysticred
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Location: Cornwall
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Total posts: 32
Posted:don't get globalz, theres a thread on here about them lots of complaints . 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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Igirisujin
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Location: Preston
Member Since: 10th Jul 2005
Total posts: 2666
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 http://enjoypoi.co.uk/shop/product_info.php/cPath/21_30/products_id/54
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I think there a reasonable price, hope they are worth it ^_^


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LazyAngel
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Location: Cambridge UK
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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_Poi
Helen_of_Poi

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Location: Dublin, Ireland
Member Since: 28th Apr 2004
Total posts: 412
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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Skulduggery
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Location: Wales
Member Since: 12th Aug 2004
Total posts: 8428
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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Igirisujin
Igirisujin

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Location: Preston
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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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Mynci
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Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8737
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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