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Hypnotic10

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Plasma ball box construction
« on: April 06, 2018, 07:43:14 am »
Hi.
I’m constructing a wooden box for a plasma ball I am swapping out the plastic holder it comes with. I have a free questions.
1. How can I swap the generic on and off switch from the mother board to a toggle switch outside the box.
2. I also want to etch out a design on the box I am making a see through design on the box and will add led lights inside the box. How can I attach led lights to the plasma ball ac adapter. 9v.
The led lights I have are 5v is this possible to use the same current?
In all I want to make a box that has the plasma ball with led lights that is powered by one source and one on and off switch. Thanks

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Re: Plasma ball box construction
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2018, 11:50:23 am »
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Re: Plasma ball box construction
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2018, 12:01:08 pm »
You clip the wires, replace the switch, add paralleled LEDs (with matching resistors for 9V), shrink-tube the connections, and done.

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Re: Plasma ball box construction
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2018, 08:52:23 pm »
Replacing the switch should be fairly straightforward, just solder the leads that go to the old switch to the posts on the new one and you should be fine.

Be aware that even the desktop Plasma globes use a fair amount of current to run, and there may be some components inside that could give you a good jolt. Do your homework- some electronics have capacitors that can hold a potent charge even when the item isn't powered. I don't know if the Plasma Ball has anything like that, but it's best to get familiar with what's inside before you go too far.

This video might be helpful (although admittedly I haven't watched it yet, Adafruit usually does a nice job explaining things).
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/12/01/usb-plasma-ball-teardown-with-rf-energy-demo/

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Re: Plasma ball box construction
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2018, 09:03:50 pm »
As long as its just the switch, it should be alright.
Adding LEDs means connecting them to the switch as well, so no reason to mess with anything else.