Can You Imagine Pocket Plasma with Clip, Green

Can You Imagine Pocket Plasma with Clip, Green

Wow! Lightening seems to flash and dance inside a clear glass disc. Luminglas transforms electric current into a stunning visual display. Nothing like this anywhere… and to add drama to the display, the accompanying sound response feature has the light pulsating in sync to music, voice, or hand clapping with no wires.
You can also create an interactive light show by simply touching the glass and gathering the light on your fingertiips.

Product Features

  • Flat panel disc of plasma light with built in battery compartment
  • Completely wireless; can take it anywhere and clip it anywhere; even in your car
  • On/off Sound responsive modes
  • Requires 2 AA batteries (not included)

3 thoughts on “Can You Imagine Pocket Plasma with Clip, Green

  1. Michael E. "Michael"
    Michael E. "Michael" says:

    Plasma Discs Here I’m showing off the two Plasma Discs I bought for set props. Hope this information fills in a little of the gaps.

  2. Stephen Mann
    Stephen Mann says:

    Wow! A Great Little Device and a Nice Price Too Just received and fired up the green “pocket plasma” device.I bought this as a test-drive for some SFX I’m needing for a steampunk prop, and wasn’t expecting much to be honest.Well, it blew me away. The display is bright and crisp, the patterns pretty much like what you see on the picture. I was completely surprised by just how impressive this inexpensive little gem is. The sound-to-light feature is especially neat (though I hadn’t intended to use that particular feature I am now feverishly wondering how to incorporate it into my prop).Admittedly it’s early days. If the device fails to live up to my first impressions of it I’ll come back and say so.[EDIT] I’ve obtained several of these items now and I’ve found that the “static” display can vary greatly, from a very attractive lightning effect to a less striking “hair-like” corona. The effect is focused on all of them by placing fingers on the glass of course, but when the display is too “busy” for your taste I suggest switching to sound-actuated mode, which gives a different and quite striking effect. The vagaries of the tolerances of the individual electronic components must play a large part in the final effect, I think. Having said that, only one out of the six I bought showed the “overly busy” display. [/EDIT]The device consists of a sandwich of glass discs enclosing a white gridwork, across which the green lightning-like discharges arc. These can be affected by placing your fingers on the disc to attract the streaks of “lightning”.The glass disc assembly is permanently mounted to a box of electronics, which is about 2.5 inches square and about an inch thick. You’ll need two triple A batteries to power it up, and a teeny Phillips-head screwdriver to open the battery compartment. Don’t over-tighten the screws when you put the lid back on. A switch on the top of the box turns the unit on and selects sound mode or continuous display.The box has a belt/pocket clip on the back. In my opinion the electronics box makes clipping this to a shirt pocket impractical.I intend some warranty-voiding shenanigans to incorporate this device into a larger prop, so I won’t be using that feature.[EDIT 1/18/13] I did indeed incorporate this device into the “Aethero-Galvanic Exciter” for my steampunk ray-gun “Colonel Moran’s Aetheric Neuralizer”, where its display is visual confirmation that the power-supply safety relay has actuated and the effects in the gun itself now have power (so if they aren’t working there’s a real problem and not just a flat battery).I display the prop with the disc in full, glorious action, and it never fails to draw positive comment, and I took first prize in the costume contest for which I built the prop. The visual impact of what is in reality a bunch of pipe fittings and a wooden box is solely due to the display of the Lumin Disc and that of the plasma effect in the raygun. My steampunk prop looks like it works, and that is worth every penny I paid for the disc.[/EDIT]I’m going to buy more of these.

  3. AmaZoned

    mini Borg charger! Ok, so I’m a Trek nerd. Years ago, I bought a larger cousin to this device (called a Lumin Disk), and when I saw this little beauty I had to have it — in green, of course!It’s important to remember that 2 of these units can perform very differently from one another. For example, unlike the one in the reviewer video, mine seems bent on creating a thick “whisk broom” outer end of the “lightning” bolts at all times (in constant-on mode), whereas the one in the video review is much cleaner looking, with the lightning presented in a more modest and random fashion.Unfortunately, there are no adjustments on the product (only a slide switch for off/on/sound modes). It’s possible that display behavior could be altered by modifying internal circuitry (e.g., output drive level), but I suspect variety is primarily due to tolerances in pellet phosphor coatings and thus behavior cannot be changed in a given unit.The sound mode is nicely implemented. I had a guinea pig.. er! I mean a relative sit about 4 feet away from the unit and speak in a normal voice. The device triggered appropriately, so it has a reasonably sensitive mic but isn’t overdone to the point where minute SPL’s (Sound Pressure Levels) trigger it.If one gently runs his/her fingernail over the relatively smooth case, the display is active pretty much the entire time the finger is in motion, so it’s likely the unit would be generating “lightning” most of the time it’s in motion and attached via its metal clip. I haven’t tried walking around with it attached to myself, as that wasn’t my purpose in buying it. Sensitivity drops markedly as batteries drain.I gave it 4 stars for durability because it’s a fairly thick chunk of glass which seems like it would handle a fall from a decent height onto carpet — hard surfaces like wood floors or concrete I have my doubts about. Also, the battery cover is held on by two screws (nice!). The manufacturer, however, doesn’t seem overly confident, as they provide a meager 45 day warranty.I rated it a 2 on educational value because, well, just looking at the thing doesn’t tell you much about the physics behind it, and the included manual doesn’t delve into theory, either.There’s definitely a fun factor associated with this item. The novelty wears off soon enough, but it can be mesmerizing if one is tired and stares at it too long.. tooo.. looonnggg… (((@@))) whoa! hey! ok, I’m back.I suppose one could hook it up to a 3VDC wall wart (AC adapter) and run it all night, if one were inclined to do so — unfortunately, there’s no adapter jack, so one would need to solder the adapter wires to the battery terminals or use small alligator clips (both of which would likely void the too-short warranty).As I mentioned, I have a larger disk and, basically, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. After the initial “wow, so cool, never-saw-it-before” factor wears off, size becomes the most impressive feature of these disks (be they huge or tiny ones like this model).For those who won’t be using it in artsy projects — the green one would be perfect for a Borg regeneration chamber diorama — its lasting value comes primarily from impressing people who haven’t seen a Lumin Disk up close and personal and/or those who haven’t seen it miniaturized to such a degree and made portable.I suppose these small ones would also look great near (or inside?) speaker cabinets — Boogie Borg? er.. yeah.. Anyway, I enjoy mine and will probably order more for various projects or to give as gifts.

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