As much fun as the 1.0 hoodie was, realized could take it up a notch by adding a
That way it would flash along with the beat when you wear it to a concert or on stage.
We stock a 6v and a 12v. To drive one length of EL Wire you need to use the 6V.
Before soldering anything, it's a good idea to make sure the circuit works with alligator clips.
From Left : EL Wire adapter to sound activated inverter to 4xAA battery pack.
The dashed white lines on the inverter go to the RED lead on the battery pack.
Then I cut some heat shrink tubing. Important to slide this on the wire BEFORE you solder it.
At this point realized I needed to strip the ends of the battery pack a bit more to get a good connection.
Attempted to do it 'old school' by rolling a boxcutter along the wire. Then found out it was Stranded Core and gave up to go find the excellent set of Hakko wire strippers.
If your wire is solid core you can get away with rolling it under a boxcutter, stranded core you end up cutting through half the strands & won't work.
Once you have the insulation cut, for stranded core, roll it off with your two fingers. This will twist the wire to make it easier to solder.
Tin both the leads
If I have very fine wire, rather than trying to horizontally solder them,
I will sometimes twist them together with needle nose & then solder that connection. Especially for clothing which will have more movement and torque on the joint.
Don't hold the heat source in one spot or you may get smoke & eventually possibly fire.
Also the tube will only shrink so much, so use the right guage.
The hoodie being modded is a BetaBrand Reversible Disco Hoodie from San Fransisco.
For larger (non-hoodie) projects, If you want to drive 3+ meters of EL Wire, you would need to use
For the x8 you would have to cut off the barrel jack adapter & strip the leads a bit.
For a good sewing starter project, I decided to replicate Adafruit's Tron Hoodie.
You only need a hoodie, needle & thread, & some EL Wire with a battery pack. No soldering involved.
Relatively straight forward, sew thread loops around the EL wire about every 3 inches.
To get a nice curve along the hood, use a tighter spacing of stitch.
Good idea to measure the inner length of your hoodie first as I ended up having enough EL wire to do half the back too.
A second consideration is if you want it inside the zipper or outside.
Inside you won't see half the EL if you zip it up.
I chose a reversible hoodie, so could wear it inside or out.
Sew the battery connector close to a pocket, so that can sit in there undisturbed.
Completed Hoodie :
The standard EL Inverter has 3 modes for the EL Wire.
Fully lit, flashing & seizure mode.