4th of July Flashing Bouncy Ball, retail $1.99 (www.7-eleven.com)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for EJ Toys & Gifts
Last updated 09-22-10

The 4th of July Flashing Bouncy Ball is a fairly large rubber ball that bounces when thrown or dropped on a hard surface. It is colored red, white, and blue; and has at least four LEDs (at least 2 each red & blue) that flash when the ball is struck, dropped, or thrown and subsequently strikes a hard surface.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

The 4th of July Flashing Bouncy Ball comes ready to use as soon as soon as you get it home from the store.

Just throw the ball at a hard surface to activate the light show; it turns itself off 29 seconds (timed on a clock with a second hand on it) after its last impact.

This appears to be a disposable product; there's no readily apparent way to change the batteries in it when they poop out.

This is designed to be a novelty product, not a flashlight designed to be thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toylet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, use a 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), 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 {In the episode "Les Saves the Day...Again", Paulie Preztail says "Hey, ever wonder why this park's called 'Mount Erupto' anyway?", then Franklin Fizzlybear says "I think its an old native term. Means 'very safe.'"}), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that flashlights may have inflicted upon them.

So this section of the 4th of July Flashing Bouncy Ball'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.

Photograph of the 4th of July Flashing Bouncy Ball in it's "ON" phase.

Screen dump (yes, that's really what it's called) of the video below showing the 4th of July Flashing Bouncy Ball in one of it's "ON" phases - blue LEDs in this case.

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

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs (red) in this ball.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Video on YourTube showing the product flashing after being struck.

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Test unit was purchased in a 7-Eleven store in Federal Way WA. USA on 06-30-09.

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: 00-00-00

Uses LEDs for a unique "look"

Disposable; yet uses LEDs - that's what nocked the most off its rating

    PRODUCT TYPE: Novelty flashing bouncing ball
    No. OF LAMPS: Possibly four (2 ea. red & blue)
    SWITCH TYPE: Impact-sensitive on; automatic off
    CASE MATERIAL: Rubbery substance
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: Unknown type/number of button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    SUBMERSIBLE: No way Hozay!!!
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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