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Elliptic Strobe, retail $9.99 (www.partycity.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Gemmy Industries Corp. (www.gemmy.com)
Last updated 01-09-13

The Elliptic Strobe is a remarkable device that “plays” any of six “canned” (preprogrammed) light shows in response to sounds or music.
It appears very much to be the 'baby brother' of the Geo Strobe.

It comes in an elliptical (egg-shaped) body, and has 15 LEDs (6 red 6 green, 3 blue) that put on a rather nice “light show” whenever you actuate it and then play your favourite song out of your “hi-fi” (stereo system) or when it's actuated in manual mode.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

The Elliptic Strobe comes with batteries already installed; but they're there to allow customers to demo the unit in-store and it is recommended that they be swapped out with some new alkaline cells at your earliest convenience...actually, mine was loaded with Duracell brand alkalines, so I may in fact not do this.

To use your shiny new (or dull old) Elliptic Strobe, just follow the instructions pictured directly below (since I do not feel like writing a mini-novella this morning).

To feed your Elliptic Strobe, turn it over so that the battery compartment & switches face up. Loosen the screw holding the battery door in place (this screw is “captive”, so you can't lose it in the rug and then later have it fall prey to the hungry, hungry vacuum cleaner), remove the battery door, buy yourself an airline ticket and fly yourself plus the battery door to Hollywood (put it in checked baggage if necessary), bring it to the set of the new movie, “Halloween V: Season of the Bitch”, have the special effects crew grind it into microscopic bits to have those itty bitty bits implanted into millions of Kotex and Tampax tampons, and...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So save your airfare & just set it aside instead.

Tip the used AA cells out of the Elliptic Strobe (use the green ribbon you'll see in the battery compartment to pull them out if necessary) and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.
Do not use your foot to push them under the Lazy-Boy where the dog might find them, do not attempt to flush them down the loo, and for God sakes please do not throw them over the side of a dock where they might hit a flounder on the way down to the sea bottom.

Install three new AA cells into the compartment, placing the cell in the lowermost chamber so that it's nipple-end (+) positive faces the same way as the spring in the chamber immediately over it. Place the other two cells in their chambers so that their flat-end (-) negative ends face the springs for them.

Place the battery door back on, and while firmly holding it in place near the screw, screw the screw snugly in.

Aren't you glad that you didn't fly that battery door to Hollywood where it would get ground into microscopic bits for the sake of some phoney-bologna fake Halloween movie now?

This is a decorative light, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a carport in effort to try and expose the bare Metalguilmon - er - the bare Metalguardramon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalterriermon...mmm...the bare Metalkyubimon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!!)...O WAIT!!! WHERE'S THE METAL?!?, let my mother's big dog's ghost, her kitties, my kitty or my sister's kitty cat piddle (uranate) on it, hose it down with my mother's gun, run over it with a 450lb Quickie Pulse 6 motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a large carpenter's hammer (claw hammer) in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (now I guess I've been watching ***WAAAAAAYYYYY*** too much of the TV program “Viva Piñata” again!!! - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata 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 cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata 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. Therefore, this section of the Elliptic Strobe's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight that was born to be a flashlight and nothing but a flashlight.

The packaging materials advise that people with photosensitive epilepsy (flashing light-induced seizures) should not use this product.

Beam photograph (blue) on the test target at 12".

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the red LEDs in this light.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the red LEDs in this light; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 620nm and 640nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is 632.488nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the green LEDs in this light.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the green LEDs in this light; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 500nm and 530nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is 515.007nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the blue LEDs in this light.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the blue LEDs in this light; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 450nm and 480nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is 464.780nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of all three LED colors being displayed simultaneously (at the same time) in this light.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

This video on YourTube shows the Elliptic Strobe running through some its "canned" light show patterns.

That music you hear is zax from the Abyss Commodore 64 computer demo from late-August 1988, "It's No Secret".
This product isn't sound-sensitive; the zax may be ignored or even muted if it pisses you off.

This is the computer demo with some strange scroll text that I frequently use as my "Foto del Día".
The scroll text at the bottom of page 2 reads (in part):


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Test unit was purchased at the Party City store in Federal Way WA. USA on 12-26-12.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Puts on very nice light shows for you
Extremely colorful and gay
Audio- (sound)-sensitive
Fully self-contained (no cords)
Uses LEDs, not fragile & hot incandescent bubs

It's called a, “strobe” but the flash duration is far too long to give a true stroboscopic effect


* Gay = bright & lively, ***NOT*** homosexual.

    MANUFACTURER: (Unknown) for Gemmy Industries Corp.
    PRODUCT TYPE: Decorative multimode/multicolor flashing light
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 15 (6 red 6 green, 3 blue)
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide on/mode change/off (x2) on back; momentary pushbutton on front
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDS recessed into reflector for them
    BATTERY: 4x AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND DIET MOUNTAIN DEW-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 4x AA cells
    SIZE: 97mm on all axes
    WEIGHT: 249.40g (8.880 oz)
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

Elliptic Strobe * www.partycity.com...

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