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    Luminous Woggle Battery Packs

    Hello all. I'm considering using smaller battery packs with my Luminescent Woggles. Can I get people's thoughts on this?

    Currently the battery packs are pretty bulky and take 2x AA batteries however I've recently found much smaller battery packs that take 1x AAA battery.

    Pros of smaller battery pack
    • It's of course smaller and easier to fit in top pocket
    • Doesn't weight as much
    • Less noise
    • Near enough the same cost to me as the larger battery pack


    Cons of smaller battery pack
    • Woggles don't glow as bright
    • The on/off switch is potentially easier to break as it stick out slightly from the pack whereas the larger pack has a button which is flush with the pack.




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    Not seen these before. What about using lithium batteries?
    http://www.poundland.co.uk/leisure-a...um-cell-8-pack

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnmcmahon View Post
    Not seen these before. What about using lithium batteries?
    http://www.poundland.co.uk/leisure-a...um-cell-8-pack
    I tried Lithium Cells a long time ago as I actually managed to get my hands on some battery packs that could take CR2032 Lithium Cells (I believe those are those in the link, hard to read the writing on the cells) but unfortunately the woggles didn't glow very bright and the battery packs themselves were more expensive but felt very cheap.

    Since then I've stuck with the large 2x AA battery packs.

    The tests I've done so far with the 2x AA pack and the 1x AAA pack were both done with Duracell Alkaline batteries.
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    Why don't you have a battery pack with 2x AAA batteries? This will give you the same brightness(voltage) but weigh much less.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AA-AAA-9V-...TERc5fcpbXpJtg

    You would need a separate EL driver like these, although this website is in the USA so you would need a UK supplier.
    https://www.coolight.com/category-s/27.htm

    Adrian
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    What you probably want is https://www.adafruit.com/product/1350 and i'm sure there must be a uk supplier or supply via ebay.

    found a uk supply http://elwirecraft.co.uk/el-products...-hair-or-mask/ but must be cheaper somewhere

    I do wonder with LED being so bight now whether you could use a LED and "Light Pipe" rather than the EL wire

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianeaton View Post
    Why don't you have a battery pack with 2x AAA batteries? This will give you the same brightness(voltage) but weigh much less.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AA-AAA-9V-...TERc5fcpbXpJtg

    You would need a separate EL driver like these, although this website is in the USA so you would need a UK supplier.
    https://www.coolight.com/category-s/27.htm

    Adrian
    Ideally a 2x AAA pack/driver would be perfect but unfortunately the cheapest I can find from China is double what I currently pay for the EL Wire with 2xAA battery pack/driver.

    The main reason why I personally wouldn't go along the route of separate battery pack and EL driver like your links is purely for convenience and ease for both myself and my customers - An all-in-one battery pack, switch and inverter/driver just keeps all the wires to a minimum but also keeps it all in the one nice and tidy package. Just my personal preference as I want customers to have as little hassle as possible.

    But thanks for the suggestion, it wasn't actually something I'd ever thought about until you mentioned it


    Quote Originally Posted by dralphs View Post
    What you probably want is https://www.adafruit.com/product/1350 and i'm sure there must be a uk supplier or supply via ebay.

    found a uk supply http://elwirecraft.co.uk/el-products...-hair-or-mask/ but must be cheaper somewhere

    I do wonder with LED being so bight now whether you could use a LED and "Light Pipe" rather than the EL wire
    I've tried that one in the past and I found a cheaper supplier than that website but unfortunately it just wasn't that bright plus as it currently stands, the EL Wire and 2x AA battery pack/driver/inverter only cost approx. 1.10 - 1.50 (depending on exchange rate) from china with free delivery whereas buying those coin cell inverters separately add approx an extra 2 to the purchase price for me.

    There are UK suppliers but the price is unfortunately more than double what I'd be paying to get the item from China and most of the UK suppliers are getting their stock from China anyways.

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