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Halloween Pirate Ball, retail $2.99 (www.halloweenexpress.com**)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 10-31-10

The Halloween Pirate Ball is a hard plastic, liquid-filled ball that emits a brief light show anytime it is struck.

I bought it because I was attracted to the red, green, and blue LEDs in it. This is after all, a website about things that emit light, so it seemed only fair.


** I was not able to find this product on the Halloween Express website, so this URL simply leads to their front door.

The Halloween Pirate Ball is ready to use as soon as you remove the price tag from it.

Anytime the ball strikes a hard surface (such as it would if it were rolled into a wall, struck rather sharply against a carpeted floor, or struck rather sharply into your other hand or even your shoe), the ball flashes its LEDs for 23 seconds (timed on a clock with a second hand on it).

There is no power switch to forget about.

This appears to be a disposable product, so I don't have to tell you which part to remove and chuck into an open grave so that zombies become angry at it and subsequently uranate on it - then rather emphatically tell you not to.

Unable to measure current due to how the product was constructed and how it functions.

This product is meant to be used as a child's toy (designed to be rolled and/or slid across a carpeted surface), and not a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused, I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a front porch in effort to try and break it, let my mother's big dog's ghost or my sister's kitty cats spring a leak (uranate) on it, hose it down with a gun, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a medium ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The Halloween Pirate Ball appears water-resistant; possily even submersible to shallow depths as well. So you need not be concerned to hand it to the kids and let them use it outdoors in rainy weather.

Photograph of the ball, illuminated of course (red LED was on in this instance).

Photograph of the ball, illuminated (red & green LEDs were on in this instance).

Photograph of the ball, illuminated (red, green, and blue LEDs were on in this instance).

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (red) in this ball.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (green) in this ball.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED (blue) in this ball.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (all three: red, green, and blue) in this ball.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Video clip on YourTube allowing you to see the product flashing & pulsating.

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Test unit was purchased at a Halloween Express in Federal Way WA. USA sometime in October 2009.
I could have sworn that I saw it on this website in the not-so-distant past, but darn-diddly-arned if I can find it now.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    PRODUCT TYPE: LED-lighted seasonal (Halloween) toy ball
    No. OF LAMPS: 3 (1 each red, green, blue)
    SWITCH TYPE: Impact-sensitive switch; auto shutoff
    CASE MATERIAL: Hard plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: Unknown type/number of cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SUBMERSIBLE: Probably yes, to shallow depths anyway
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    This is a seasonal novelty product and will not be assigned a "star" rating for that reason.

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