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Matty_B
Matty_B

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Posted:I have recently invested in a set of mood balls from Maplin's for only 15 quid. When put in tights they make really quite cool poi , they slowly change colour as they spin . . . and as they come in a set of three you can also juggle with them, they aren't weighted very well but they do the job. Whats more is they are rechargable and last for upto six hours.

There is a couple of Photos in my gallery
http://www.homeofpoi.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=4191
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also here is a link to where to buy
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=44465&TabID=1&source=21&doy=19m5
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Hope this helps some people

Laters Matt weavesmiley



Vixen
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Posted:Ive seen these before and had a bit of a play in the shop, wasnt sure tho... glad you posted this as am now getting them this afternoon! xxx

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Matty_B
Matty_B

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Posted:As I said they are a bit funny to juggle as they are slightly weighted to one side but they seem to do the trick....

Hope you enjoy them ....
two of my house mates have them as well so we have nine in our house, though how cool would it be to have a whole ball pit made of them, very trippy peace



munkypunks
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Location: Los Angeles, California
Member Since: 21st Jan 2005
Total posts: 367
Posted:cool!! I've been looking to replace a broken glowball and am now thinking of trying my first 'sock-style' poi. (And I juggle, very slightly, so a 'two-fer' would be great.) Are the mood balls UV reactive? I've been eyeing the red/blue/purple sock poi here at HoP, but the description suggests they're not UV reactive.

ball pit....oooh yeah!!


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Kombi guy
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Posted:I just tested the Rainbow sock poi set and the white sock poi set that we sell here under UV. They glow extremely well due to the white lycra sock poi fabric having a white/silvery shine to it.
http://www.homeofpoi.com/shop/productDetails.php/fire/216/poi/18
br>However the Blue and Purple that we sell dont react at all under the UV.
juggle weavesmiley juggle weavesmiley juggle weavesmiley



onewheeldave
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Posted:I got a set of the Maplin balls as a christmas present.

They are, in their original form, juggle-able- but the weight is drastically off due to the power/battery set-up being on one side of the ball.

Visually, they're excellent, better, IMO, than any of the non-aerotech budget electric juggling balls; so I was keen to find a good way to modify the weighting.

After various experiments involving putting slits in the side and trying stuff like silicone sealent, I realised that simple was best and came up with something that sounds like a bit of a 'botch', but which actually works really well.

Three ten-pence pieces, arranged in a triangle formation on the opposite side of the ball to the battery/charging unit, held on with strips of cellotape, will pretty much eliminate the weighting problem.

I should say, concerning durability, that Liam Tempest (who bought me the original set) has gone through a lot of these- he's found that if they're dropped and the battery/charging side hits, it pretty much wrecks them.

However, my original three are still fine; i suspect that this is because

a) I'm a good enough juggler that I don't drop much
b) possibly the fact that I've modified the weighting on mine, means that when they do drop, there's much less chance that the heavy battery/chargeing side will hit the ground first.

Lastly, at the moment, Maplin has a special offer on these balls- they've down to 15 for three (plus charging unit), and, in the Sheffield store, they also have single balls (with charger) for 5.

I believe (but not totally sure) that the offers on till 21 May.

IMO, these are the best looking balls available for this kind of price.


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munkypunks
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Posted:Dave, thanks very much for the review! very helpful for me, as droppage and smackage (in poi form) are significant aspects of my repertoire.....

kombi guy, thanks for the info. I'll look specifically at those.


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pricklyleaf
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Posted:Hey guys, you can get this style of ball from Au Naturale in britain, see page two of this thread Near the bottom for describtion and further up for shop deatails. Hope that helps!

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Seb
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Posted:I've been thinking of getting some of those spiky rubber led raver toys to use as poi and glow juggling balls, teted some out in the glow tunnel of one of my fave shops the other day and they're not s bright as I'd hoped but they still work ok for juggling. I hope you guys actually know what things I'm talking about, otherwise I sound even more confusing than usual. :P

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