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panlives
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Hi All,

In the past I have posted about Dube Lighted Clubs and illuminated juggle “flowtoys”:

http://www.dube.com/club/lighted-juggling-clubs.php

http://www.flowtoys.com/home.php?cat=58

My latest set of the Dube Lighted Clubs is disappointing. The lights are clustered at the tops and bottoms of the clubs, leaving a distinctly unimpressive dead zone along the main body.

By contract, I have always had great experiences with the Dube Lighted Balls. The 4" stage balls are outstanding!

“aerotech”?:

Someone emailed me recently with high raise for the aerotech "glo juggling" props: http://www.aerotechprojects.com/index.htm

Has anyone used these or others?

Recommendations?

Thanks in advance!
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You're going to spend about $400 a club, for the aerotechs, but from what I have seen of them, once in person and a few times on video, they are programmable and you can do some amazing stuff with them. It will take time to get everything right as far as the programming but if you are willing to do it right, you'll have something that not many people offer.

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http://www.jugglingstore.com/store/detail.aspx?ID=815

The k8 Prophesy, for the money ($99.00 a club) is the best club available, as far as LED club products go, on the market today. I have owned/used pretty much most of the ones on the market these days, except for the Aerotechs (too darn expensive and no Mac OS compatibility w/programming). I have a set of the earlier generation of K8s and I love them. And supposedly these are improved over the ones I have. I suggest these as your next purchase.
Al aka Steve

PS: a video showcasing some of my LED tpys...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmURvP0Vdyg
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Wow – thank you!

The k8 Prophesy clubs look great. In your demo video, which other lighted products are you using?
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They are all named at the end of the video...
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Thank you, fettucinibrother.

You put on an awesome display of lighted juggling! Amazing variety!
Here is the list:

1) Neon Husky Illuminated Poi Set

2) K8 Intellstick Programmable LED Devil Stick

3) Finesse Diabolo with Babache LED Kits

4) Aerotech Color Changing Pro Balls

5) Aerotech Single Color LED Balls

6) Neon Husky Color Changing LED Rings

7) K8 Prophecy Programmable LED Clubs

A few questions:

How durable are the K8 Clubs? Battery lifespan?

Where did you get your Aerotech Color Changing Pro Balls? I can’t find them – the Aerotech site lists a product called, “Ultimate Globall.” Is it the one you reference on the video?

Thank you once again!
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The K8s that I have are an older generation. They are quite durable and have a decent battery lifespan, but I hear that the newer ones are even better.
Aerotech no longer sells the solid color of simple 2 color changing ball any more. Those are from the 1st generation of props that they made. I have not purchased any of the new programmable equipment (Ulitmate). I have 3 reasons for this. Firstly... I feel it is way overpriced. Secondly, I am a serious Mac OS user and they do not offer a way to program the equipment with Mac OS yet.Lastly, I had a lot of problems with Aerotech's equipment in the past. I ended up with lots of repairs, returns, etc. It was quite a pain, and to this day, after purchasing $1000 of equipment from them, I still do not have a full functioning set of 3 color changing balls, after having bought 5 or 6 of them over the years. For the money that they were charging for the equipment back then, I felt that the consistency and reliability, was not up to par at all. I hope that they have made some serious leaps and bounds in their quality realm, because what they are charging now for stuff is totally outrageous... programmable, or not. The Gandinis are doing some cool stuff with the clubs...
http://www.fettucinibrothers.com
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That was pretty cool.
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On 2011-07-28 08:11, fettucinibrother wrote:
The K8s that I have are an older generation. They are quite durable and have a decent battery lifespan, but I hear that the newer ones are even better.
Aerotech no longer sells the solid color of simple 2 color changing ball any more. Those are from the 1st generation of props that they made. I have not purchased any of the new programmable equipment (Ulitmate). I have 3 reasons for this. Firstly... I feel it is way overpriced. Secondly, I am a serious Mac OS user and they do not offer a way to program the equipment with Mac OS yet.Lastly, I had a lot of problems with Aerotech's equipment in the past. I ended up with lots of repairs, returns, etc. It was quite a pain, and to this day, after purchasing $1000 of equipment from them, I still do not have a full functioning set of 3 color changing balls, after having bought 5 or 6 of them over the years. For the money that they were charging for the equipment back then, I felt that the consistency and reliability, was not up to par at all. I hope that they have made some serious leaps and bounds in their quality realm, because what they are charging now for stuff is totally outrageous... programmable, or not. The Gandinis are doing some cool stuff with the clubs...


Thanks for the candid feedback about the balls.

Which lighted balls might you recommend?
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I bought five two colour strobe balls from Aerotech about eight years ago. Three are still going strong, very reliable and look stunning. The other two are erratic but I would expect that after this time.
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Hi there,

Just based on seeing them in performance and having a little play with them at conventions, I would definitely recommend K8 Prophesy clubs! They're amazing, and pretty good value for the price - a set of 6 is going to be my next investment!

Blessings,

Mark

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These clubs are great, I have not used any other glow clubs but I am quite picky when it comes to equipment and I found them to be amazing. I recently worked on a show where we had 25 of them used them pretty hard and had no problems at all.

The light unit can be easy replaced if you manage to break one or if you want to clean the clubs. The light unit is also standard across all of the equipment that they make which I think is really nice if you use other glow props.

They are not completely programmable, like from a computer or any thing. But you can program an order of pasterns that you want to use, from heaps of preprogrammed settings.

As far as how they juggle, I found them quite easy to juggle, a bit heavy for me but I am use to juggling henry classics which are really light, they feel a bit like fatboys by weight, but the flip is quite nice. We were doing lots of complicated passing patterns and it took us almost no time to adjust to the clubs.

Worth taking a look at.

Blue
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On 2011-10-26 07:57, ElectricBlue wrote:
http://www.concentrate.com.au/
These clubs are great, I have not used any other glow clubs but I am quite picky when it comes to equipment and I found them to be amazing. I recently worked on a show where we had 25 of them used them pretty hard and had no problems at all.

The light unit can be easy replaced if you manage to break one or if you want to clean the clubs. The light unit is also standard across all of the equipment that they make which I think is really nice if you use other glow props.

They are not completely programmable, like from a computer or any thing. But you can program an order of pasterns that you want to use, from heaps of preprogrammed settings.

As far as how they juggle, I found them quite easy to juggle, a bit heavy for me but I am use to juggling henry classics which are really light, they feel a bit like fatboys by weight, but the flip is quite nice. We were doing lots of complicated passing patterns and it took us almost no time to adjust to the clubs.

Worth taking a look at.

Blue


Hi Jugglers,

High-end lit props can sometimes be expensive. I have been posting questions about lit clubs and after some deliberation, decided to purchase a set of three “Concentrate Aurora” juggling clubs. These are made in Australia.

The ingenious folks at Concentrate have done something that is both amazing and very practical: they have created a completely self-contained, multi-display and fully programmable lit club.

Regular or rechargeable Triple A batteries are the power source, one in each club.

By utilizing a very user-friendly single push-button interface, you can choose from a factory default list of 15 LED flash sequences. The unit has a "learn" mode that allows the 15 different modes to be put in order of preference.
These are:
1.Fast alternating: red, green, blue, white
2.Medium alternating: red, green, blue, white
3.Slow alternating: red, green, blue
4.Fast strobe: white
5.Medium strobe: white
6.Solid: red
7.Solid: blue
8.Solid: green
9.Solid: red, blue
10.Solid: green, blue
11.Solid: white
12.Overlapping fades: red, green, blue
13.Fade in, fade out: white
14.Alternating fades: red, green, blue
15.Random cop sirens: red, green, blue

In addition, up to 50 LED flash sequences can be created and stored – again, using the single push-button interface. There are clear instructions on how to enter and save your custom sequence and also how to return to the factory default programmable list. This enables you to have unique sequences that display RGB and CMYK colours, 7 colour blink effects, etc., etc.


Specs:
Weight: 285 grams (10 ounces)
Length: 510mm ( 20.70")
The clubs have a silicone top and knob for durability and extra light distribution.

I use disposable batteries and after approx. 7 hours of intermittent juggling, the clubs are still at full illumination.

The clubs are top-heavy, which takes some adjustment in spin dynamics. They can be a tad hard on your wrists.

All in all, a solid 7.5/8 out of 10.

This rating may rise or fall based on longer-term durability/fragility.
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"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
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