Green LED Badge (2), retail $18.00
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 02-04-11

The Green LED Badge was purchased on Ebay, after my other Green LED Badge pooped out.

The Green LED Badge seems remarkably easy to use at first, but looks can be deceiving. It should be comparable in ease to entering your initials after reaching a high score on a coin-op arcade video game like they had in the 1980s and 1990s - and probably the early-2000s too; though I have not played one of the coin-op arcade video games from this decade so I cannot confirm how high score monitoring is performed on modern equipment. But the buttons are so difficult to press, that its apparent ease soon turns into a painful lesson in patience.

It has 5 rows of 17 columns of small green LEDs (85 lamps total); these little LEDs are remarkably bright for chip-type LEDs with no lenses over them.

You can store up to six messages of 255 bytes each (characters, numerals, punctuation, symbols, and spaces) in this badge.


This badge is so darn diddly-arn difficult to program that the best thing I can do is to refer you to the instructional materials printed on the back of the package.

Not only are the buttons hard to press, this badge requires a modicum of precision in button presses to change modes.
2-2=0 I guess.

Use the included magnet to affix the Green LED Badge to a shirt, apron, jacket, or other fabric as you wish.
The magnet is surprisingly potent; please be careful when handling it ie. when affixing the badge to a shirt.

The badge can display uppercase letters A-Z, the numerals 0-9, most symbols & punctuation characters, and special characters like a heart and a smiley face.

To remove the batteries, use a ballpoint pen or similar instrument, and push the cell out from the magnet side of each battery carriage. Once it's out enough, grasp the cell at the edge of the badge and pull it straight out; dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

To insert the batteries into your badge, turn the unit upside-down so the circuitry faces up. Turn the unit so the magnet faces forward. Slide a CR2032 lithium coin cell into each carriage, (from the edge closest to each battery carriage) flat side (+) positive up.
There, that's it. No really, it is.

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

This is a digital scrolling badge, not a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused, so I won't try to drown it in the toilet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a patio, let my housemate's citty kats go to the litterbox on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a large claw hammer in order to smash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata (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, with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannoņata is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque 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.

One of the first things I do when I test a programmable message thing is to see if there's an onboard censor, and this badge is so darn diddly-arn difficult to program that I did not do this.

Photograph of the badge affixed to a shirt, as it might normally be used.

Because this device has a fairly strong magnet, you should excersize exteme caution when you use the badge near a heart pacemaker if you have a pacemaker implanted in your chest.

This evaluation resemble the one I made for the original Green LED Badge?
Thought you'd say so. It's because I used it as a template for this one.

This badge has four display modes:
  • Right-to-left scrolling (as you might expect)
  • Flicker of four letters
  • Up-to-down scrolling of four letters
  • Down-to-up scrolling of four letters
And it has space to input six messages of 255 bytes (letters, numbers, symbols, and spaces) each.

This badge is so darn diddly-arn difficult to program that if you purchase one, please be certain to purchase a gun and some bullets for it too so you can hose yourself down with it after being frustrated with dealing with the very difficult-to-press buttons.

I tried to take a photograph of the Green LED Badge while a message was scrolling, but the scrolling speed was
fast enough and the camera's shutter speed was slow enough that the photograph did not come out well at all.

The tail-end of the message below ("TIME FOR YUR MEDS AND VITES, ANGIE! :-)")
was being displayed when this photograph was taken.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this badge.
Plot is a little lower than usual because this spectrometer is not as sensitive as the USB2000 I had borrowed earlier.

Spectrographic analysis
Same as above; different spectrometer & software used.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the Green LED Badge in action.
It reads "TIME FOR YUR MEDS AND VITES, ANGIE! :-)" in reference to my sister's medications.
The word "YOUR" is misspelled; this badge is difficult to program so I just left the misspelling in place.

This is ~3.52 megabytes (3,563,820 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than eighteen minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

That sound you might hear is an episode of Friends playing on the boob tube.
This product is not sound-sensitive; the sound may be ignored or muted if desired.

This video on YourTube shows this product malfunctioning after a surprisingly loud "POW!" was heard while changing its batteries the other day.
Note that the entire lowermost row of LEDs no longer functions; it is supposed to be displaying the message "TIME FOR YUR MEDS & VITES, ANGIE! :-)" {the word "YOUR" was unintentionally misspelled}.

That sound that you may hear is music from the pee-cee computer demo "Unreal" by Future Crew. This product is not sound-sensitive; the music may be safely ignored or even muted if it pisses you off.

This video is 12.177564569321 megabytes (12,377,878 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than sixty one minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

I cannot provide this video in other formats, so please do not ask.

Sample of the Green LED Badge was purchased on Ebay on 01-14-08 and was received on 01-17-08.
I purchased it primarily because my other Green LED Badge pooped out, and I really did like it.

I see now that I made the incorrect decision (it's so darn diddly-arn difficult to use that I just want to throw it on the floor, pile some of those pink uranator deodouriser mints on it, and {spoken like Beavis} THTOMP ON IT!!!).

I believe this 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.

UPDATE: 01-26-08
One of the magnetic discs has come out of the flat rectangular clip assembly; I was going to use super glue (cyanoacrylate) to mount it back in, but I was not able to find the glue.

UPDATE: 01-26-08
No, you aren't seeing things.
Yes, a same-day update.
I found the cyanoacrylate, and used it to reattach the magnet to the clip assembly.

UPDATE: 02-03-11
I was changing the batteries, and as the second cell was slid into place, I heard a remarkably loud "POP!" and shortly thereafter, the odour of burnt circuitry was evident. The bottom row of LEDs is now nonoperational.
Therefore, that dreadful "Failed or was destroyed during/after testing" icon will now be appended to its listings on this website.

No onboard censor
LEDs are bright enough to see in room light - they're really bright, actually
Enough space to input large sized messages
Batteries it needs are a bit odd, but not unreasonably so. Should be easy to find

Much more difficult to use than any other badge tested to date
No onboard censor

    PRODUCT TYPE: Magnetic scrolling LED badge
    LAMP TYPE: Small green LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 85
    SWITCH TYPE: Small rubber pushbutton on/off, character up/down
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic
    BATTERY: 2xCR2032 lithium coin cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Light sprinkle-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 2xCR2032 cells, thin bar magnet
    WARRANTY: 30 days


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