Battery Question for Lighting Costume

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Re: Battery Question for Lighting Costume

Postby FinBot » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:30 pm

RULE OF THUMB:

Converting electricity to light takes allot of energy to perform.


The more lights you have, the more power you consume. You don't need allot of lights to be seen in the dark.


1 amp will be sustained from 4xAA batteries for about an hour.
Half an amp, 2 hours.



Unsure how much power you thing uses? Bring more batteries.
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Re: Battery Question for Lighting Costume

Postby FinBot » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:25 pm

For any LED geeks, I have found using ONE 18650 (3.7v) will power an Arduino and 50 WS2801's on a blinking animation for the entire night if you are conservitive with the animations and brightness. The default color rainbow will last about 1.5 hours.

Charging 18650's from a ciggarett lights socket is easy going, and you can get battery holders for a dollar.

Note, these 18650's if short circuited can start a fire, or burn your hand. Don't mess with them if your not an electronics geek.



Otherwise a 4 x AA battery pack will run nicely for the night with a big string of WS2801s, and you realy only need them running on 1/4 brightness to be very effective.



My choice of Playa lighting:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-x-3800mAh-18 ... 2ec8073d0a
http://www.ebay.com/itm/18650-100-240V- ... 41577c8ff3
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-18650-17500 ... 35bd344412
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leonardo-Pro-Mi ... 4853468c6a
http://www.ebay.com/itm/50PCS-12mm-WS28 ... 4610473451
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