Wearable Pocket Plasma™ Clip-On, retail $19.95 (www.cyi.net...)
Manufactured by Can You Imagine (www.cyi.net)
Last updated 04-21-13
"WE ARE THE FLASHAHOLICS. YOU WILL BE ASSLAMINATED. RESISTORS ARE FERTILE."
O wait...wrong phrases. They belong on Candlepower Forums, not on a page about a portable Borg "lite". :-/
"WE ARE THE BORG. YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE."
There, that's better.
This is a small (wearable) plasma lamp, much like this product, except a WHOLE LOT smaller. It features blue sparks inside a thin glass disk, it is powered with two AAA cells, and it has two operating modes: continuous and sound-sensitive - which really does work!!!
You can either set it someplace flat, or clip it to your pants or shirt pocket, pants wasteband, or even to your car visor.
To use your Wearable Pocket Plasma™, feed it first (see directly below), and THEN you can go clubbing.
As the glass disk is facing away from you, slide the swich on the top one "click" to the left (so it is now in the center position where it reads "SOUND RESPONSE") to turn the unit on in sound-sensitive mode.
Slide the switch to the left another "click" to activate it in continuous mode - that is - the display inside the disk will be in maximum intensity mode regardless of the amount of sound there is in the room at the time.
Slide the switch all the way to the right (as the glass disk is facing away from you) to turn the unit completely off.
There is a generous spring steel clip on the back of the unit; this allows you to clip the unit to pants or shirt pockets, pants belts or wastebands, baseball hat bills, car visors, and similar locations.
Turn the unit upside-down (so the glass disk faces the floor), and use a small phillips screwdriver to unscrew & remove the two screws located at the edge of the bottom, below the clip. Set the screws aside.
Slide the battery door off, and set that aside too.
If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the two used AAA cells from the chambers.
Install two new AAA cells in the unit, orienting them so their flat ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in each chamber.
Slide the battery door back on, and install & gently but firmly tighten the two screws you removed earlier. Assuming of course, you did not throw or flush them away.
Current usage measures 0.05mA in sound-sensitive mode with no display to 112.4mA at full power.
The lamp is bright enough to be viewable in virtually any household or club lighting, so you can wear it just about anywhere and have it be seen.
According to somebody who has a similar plasma lamp: Warning: if you have any implanted electronics, pacemaker, insulin pump, TENS unit, etc. DON'T go near or wear the the unit while it is operating.
Try not to drop it on a hard surface like a bare floor, outdoor patio, sidewalk, street, etc. because if you do, the glass disk will crack or become broken, rendering the lamp inoperative and therefore, useless.
This lamp also uses high voltage - and water + electricity seldom play well together. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of Kodiak bear pee, glasses of milk, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, root beer floats, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, cups of coffee, fishtanks, dog water dishes, old yucky wet mops, wall-mounted porcelain urinators, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found.
If it fell in water, disassemble it as you would for a battery change, dump out the water if necessary, and set the parts in a warm dry place for at least several days just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.
If it fell into seawater, got thrown into a glass of milk, fell in a root beer float, or if somebody or something peed on it, douche all the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry. You don't want your Wearable Pocket Plasma™ to smell like seaweed, sour milk, or piss when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or urination), lactic acid (from moo juice), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.
I found the sound-sensitive feature to be sensitive enough that it really ***DOES*** work!!! There is a movie clip farther down this web page that proves it!!!
The "sparks" glow a bright blue because of a phosphor on the inner surface of the disk; the actual electrical discharge is a very faint violet color.
Photograph of the product - illuminated of course.
Photograph of the product clipped to my pants wasteband.
Another photograph of the product clipped to my pants wasteband.
Photograph showing the phosphorescence (afterglow) of its phosphor.
The "Auto-levels" button in Photoshop was used to enhance this photograph
so that the phosphorescence would be visible; as it is quite weak (dim).
Photograph showing the phosphorescence (afterglow) of its phosphor; Photoshop was *NOT* used.
Spectrographic analysis of the plasma "sparks" in this product.
Same as above; newer spectrometer software & settings used.
Same as above; yet newer spectrometer software & settings used.
Same as above; newest (01-13-13) spectrometer software & settings used.
This shows that the phosphor's peak wavelength is 451.180nm.
Video on YourTube showing the continuous-on mode.
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Video on YourTube showing the sound-sensitive mode.
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Video on YourTube showing the sound-sensitive mode.
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One of the tunes from the Sega coin-op arcade video game "Afterburner II" from 1987 was used here.
Another video on YourTube showing the sound-sensitive mode.
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Unit rocking out to the metal song "Thunder on the Tundra" by Thor.
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Unit in audio-sensitive ("sound-sensitive") mode responding to music that my father was making in the adjacent room on his synthesizer.
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I cannot provide any of these videos in other formats, so please do not ask.
Test unit was purchased on the Zero Toys website on 12-11-06, and was received at 7:16pm PST 12-19-06 - making it the latest I've ever received a shipment of *ANY* type. Yes, it even beat the Sentina, which came at 7:10pm on 09-14-05, which had held the "latest shipment" record until now.
Product was made in China. A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.
I have decided to rate this product 4˝ stars and place it in The Trophy Case on this website.
Product has failed.
Therefore, that dreadful "" icon now appears next to its listings on this website. It will also be derated ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** and yanked from The Trophy Case on this website.
Product has mysteriously started functioning again; allowing me to perform spectroscopy of it using newer spectrometer software & settings and shoot another video of it responding to music (more in focus this time!!!).
In light of this development, the dreadful "" icon will be removed from its listings on this website -- its rating will also be increased again to what it was before.
All I did to restore operation is take the battery door off, remove the center protective (insulating) piece, and then replace them -- not all that different than what I did with this plasma product several days earlier.
The product has begun to malfunction again -- but this time it didn't outright quit -- this time, the "sound sensitive" function appears to have gone tits-up. It comes on at more than 80% intensity even in dead silence. At this time, I'll check for low batteries...BBS...ok, with my lab PSU's voltage set to +3.180 volts, no change was noted in the product's behaviour.
Therefore, that new (but still somewhat dreadful) "" icon will now appear appended to its listings on this website.
The product has begun to function properly again (the "sound sensitive" function began to work correctly with no help from me), so the "" icon will now vanish from its listings on this website.
Video on YourTube that shows how this product can be restarted if it goes to pot -- with the aid of another plasma disk.
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Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpensive
Screwed-on battery door means that the unit can take quite a beating without losing its batteries
Sound-sensitive feature really *DOES* work
Glass display will become broken if the unit is dropped
MANUFACTURER: Can You Imagine
PRODUCT TYPE: "Wearable" plasma disk
LAMP TYPE: Glass plasma disk
No. OF LAMPS: 1
BEAM TYPE: N/A
SWITCH TYPE: Slide off/sound-sensitive/on on upper rear of product
CASE MATERIAL: Glass & plastic
BATTERY: 2xAAA cells
CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 0.05mA to 112.4mA
WATER RESISTANT: No
SUBMERSIBLE: NO WAY HOZAY!!!
SIZE: 2.75" dia., 0.90" deep
WEIGHT: ~4.8oz (~136.1g)
WARRANTY: 45 days
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