Can I adjust the modes?
Yes, each mode has one aspect that can be adjusted. Depending on the mode, the color/color palette OR the speed OR the brightness can be adjusted. There is also a presets mode where you can select from 10 preset patterns; a nocturnal mode where you can access all the base patterns, all set to run for over 15 hours; and a favorites mode where you can find your 10 most recently saved modes/adjustments.
How bright are they?
They are very bright, sometimes too bright! But not so bright that you wouldn’t want to spin with them, or blind your friends. There are 4 super-bright RGB LEDs, that’s 12 LEDs total being driven to their max. The pod is designed for optimum light dispersion.
How long does it last?
Most modes last 6 hours or more! Nocturnal mode has all the main modes set to run for a minimum of 15 hours. In our tests, some modes lasted over 24 hours. And they appeared plenty bright.
How can I tell how much charge is left?
There is an easy-to-use charge indicator! When off, press and hold the button. The light will blink a color indicating your charge level – ranging from red to green – and fade out.
Red = really low, less than 10% left
Orange = okay, about 50% left
Yellow = should last a while, 50-90%
Green = good to go! 90% or more
Note Colors are approximate. Runtimes vary greatly with different modes.
How do I charge it?
Podpoi are micro-USB rechargeable. You can plug them into any USB power source with a micro-USB cable. We provide cables, but you also use any standard micro-USB cable. Common USB sources include:
- computers and laptops with built-in USB jacks
- wall charging usb outlets
- portable charging outlets
- solar USB chargers
- cell phone/mobile device charging stations commonly found in airports, malls and events
How long does it take to charge?
It takes about 2-3 hours to fully charge, though the batteries are 90% charged within the first hour.
How long does it hold its charge?
Well over a year!
Is the battery replaceable?
Yes, the battery will probably last you many years, but if you ever need to replace it you can do so with basic soldering skills, or by sending in to Flowtoys to be replaced for a small service fee. The internal battery is soldered in place to ensure a reliable and impact-proof electrical connection.
“To us the perfect universal poi head was streamline and tear-drop shaped, where all the weight was towards the end of the poi head. It had to be durable with no exposed electronics, yet be cushy-on-impact and not hurt, so people were invited to learn to spin and motivated to practice. It had to have an intuitive user interface, be easily rechargeable, and of course be beautiful on or off, inside and out.
The podpoi’s organic design evolved out of an engineering challenge. After exploring all the mechanical solutions to our various requirements, we found the design had evolved into something much like a seed pod. Tapping into nature’s wisdom for the final details, we found that we were essentially creating a fruit to contain the seed of light to propagate the artform that we love. We needed a vessel to carry and protect this seed, it had to have a way of opening, protecting its cargo, attracting its propagator and delivering its message.
The design didn’t come out of us trying to make it imitate a plant. Every attribute pretty much came out of solving some structural challenge, and resulted in the same sort of solutions that plants have evolved overtime. It’s like the fundamental fractal flow nature of the universe expressing itself in poi.
When you spin podpoi, you’re not just a poi spinner. You carry the seed of the beauty and joy of movement and light.”