Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:How often to do upgrade or add size or weight to your poi?
I've done it several times over the past couple of years, and am fighting doing it again. I like the control I feel with heavier items but then in working with them, I become accustomed to the weight and need to add more.
If I am not careful I will soon be spinning basketball sizes heads. lol

How often do you upgrade?


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

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MikeIcon
MikeIcon

Pooh-Bah
Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA
Member Since: 27th Mar 2003
Total posts: 2109
Posted:I practice with poi which are lighter than my fire setup. I find this keeps me centered as I dont get so used to the weight of my fire poi that I need bigger ones. So far, I have yet to "upgrade" in terms of weight.

Let's turn those old bridges we crossed into ashes.
We'll blaze a new trail,
and torch the rough patches.

-Me

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anonomatos
anonomatos

enthusiast
Location: Utrecht [NL]
Member Since: 19th Jan 2005
Total posts: 389
Posted:I've been adding weight, changing design, swapping ropes/chains for several times... the half a year i've been poi'ing i've changed it at least 25 times smile
I'm one of those guys that needs perfect weight... then again, i have like 3 pair sock-poi, 3 pair of ledpoi, 2 pair of firepoi, 2 staffs, devilsticks, etc. all collected in the past half year. I got for each occassion a different poi... i like it that way biggrin


"Dont know how long, this ones gonna take;
I could fail, but Id rather be a fuckup, than a fake"

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*HyperLight
*HyperLight

old hand
Location: Great Malvern [UK]
Member Since: 9th Dec 2003
Total posts: 1174
Posted:I've never thought of it as upgrading, but I went from 1 to 2 to 3 wicks per hand.. and am back down to 2 now. 3 looked cool, but it was so heavy, it was unmanageable frown

I mostly use socks and my HyperLights now (which are roughly 180g each).


Cake or Death?

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linden rathen
linden rathen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 2nd Mar 2005
Total posts: 6942
Posted:i spin with very light socks been tempted to go a bit heavier just to make moveing to fire easier as the weight change can be a bit annoying

thinking of making another set of more heavily weighted poi for throws and such hmm....


back

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LazyAngel
LazyAngel

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Cambridge UK
Member Since: 29th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2895
Posted:I used to spin with tailed tennisballs, then light juggling balls in VERY short socks, now I use 250g juggling balls in socks. Fire poi wise, I have always used monkey fist, but with medium, short then long chains as I changed practise poi..

Because ActiveAngel sounds like a feminine deodorant

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tadpole
enthusiast
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Member Since: 19th Nov 2002
Total posts: 200
Posted:My poi have slowly climbed to 250g each, I am looking to upgrade them slightly, but am unsure what to put in them. My original ones were tennis balls filled with rice, with a bolt or two to get the weight up. Unsurprisingly, they hurt like hell when they hit because of the bolts. What else can you put in them that will make them heavier yet not break bones?

What weight are most of you spinning with at the moment out of interest?


Don't worry, be happy...

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Cody
Cody

That guy from Reno
Location: Reno, Nevada USA
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2003
Total posts: 556
Posted:Pele, I have reached Basketballs, and I still keep upgrading. smile Once I become comfortable with the weight I add more. It really helps with Isolations too. smile

The basketballs are for show but I'm upgrading my standard set to 8' of 4" wicking per head. :P


Cody Canon
Controlled Burn, Reno Nevada

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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:I found I got heavier and heavier the more I practices, but have definately plateaued (sp?) now at around 180 in the head and 66 in the handles.

I don't really understand this urge to increase weight all the time unless you can clearly see a benifit, or of course unless your arms are swelling so much with muscle you need a car wheel to give them a workout ubblol


Let's relight this forum ubblove

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coleman
coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay
Member Since: 29th Aug 2002
Total posts: 7330
Posted:i changed what type of poi i practice with over the years and the weight in the heads has varied over that time.

as for fire poi, i've only ever bought my first set and the rest were given to me so i don't really choose the size of my firepoi heads!

i have previously had up to 250g in the heads of my practice poi.
but then i have used glosticks on string that felt like about 30g.
i have no idea how heavy any of my firepoi weigh (dipped or not) shrug

practice poi are now 160g underfilled juggling balls on strings.

nighttime poi are 190g globalls on strings (with the same as handles for when i'm feeling special).

my shoulders don't seem to like much more weight than that anyway.


cole. x


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i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
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bluecat
bluecat

geek, level 1
Location: everywhere
Member Since: 15th Dec 2002
Total posts: 5300
Posted:i think upgrade is the wrong word here.

refine would be better.

i've refined the weight in my poi a hundred times. biggrin

i think i've found happiness with about 110g.


Holistic Spinner (I hope)

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flid
flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:Written by: bluecat
i think i've found happiness with about 110g.



I upgraded in the first couple of years, then downgraded. For me the emphesis was bigger is better, now i've gotten that out my system I've settled with a size I find the most enjoyable. smile


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Durbs
Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England
Member Since: 23rd Sep 2001
Total posts: 5688
Posted:Mine are kind of "Trigger" poi

I still think of them as my original, first set of fire poi I ever bought.
However, I've changed the cable for ball change, different handles and added more wick.

Am happy with them now though - they're not huge, but strangely seem to burn for a very long time biggrin


Burner of Toast
Spinner of poi
Slacker of enormous magnitude

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LazyAngel
LazyAngel

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Cambridge UK
Member Since: 29th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2895
Posted:Written by: Durbs

Mine are kind of "Trigger" poi




eh?


Because ActiveAngel sounds like a feminine deodorant

Like sex, I'm much more interesting in real life than online.

'Be the change you want to see in the world around you' - Ghandi

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UCOF
UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:Alright Dave?

wink

ubblol


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TheBovrilMonkey
TheBovrilMonkey

Liquid Cow
Location: High Wycombe, England
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2001
Total posts: 2629
Posted:Written by: Trigger

And that's what I've done. Maintained it for 20 years. This old broom's had 17 new heads and 14 new handles in its time.




I went from tennis balls on string up to tennis balls filled with metal nuts and bolts, then I dropped down to cone poi with a homemade juggling ball inside (about 100-110grams).
After spinning them for a while, I came to the conclusion that the increased drag from spinning cone poi compared to strings counts for a hell of a lot, and means that I don't need heavy weights in them to make them feel comfortable.


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

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[noodles]
[noodles]

*Property of Pigeon Wigeon*
Location: Locked In Pigeons Chimney
Member Since: 31st Jul 2005
Total posts: 893
Posted:Gotta love that Trigger

Could somebody stop the room please... I'd like to get off

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LazyAngel
LazyAngel

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Cambridge UK
Member Since: 29th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2895
Posted:Written by: Delboy

You plonker, Guy!



DOH! redface

should've got that reference! we even watched that on my course as an example of the varying definitions of 'authenticity'
biggrin


Because ActiveAngel sounds like a feminine deodorant

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