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custom indicator led idea?

Discussion in 'Cosmetic Mods' started by Andy867, Jul 1, 2009.

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  1. Andy867

    Andy867 Full Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    I am new to the e-cig lifestyle and one thing I would enjoy is having a customizeable operation indicator. Yea its good to replicate the analog, but having it being customized allows people to "personalize" THEIR e-cig.
  2. framitz

    framitz Moved On

    May 24, 2009
    RSM, CA
    It's not too difficult to change out the LED in many, if not most e-cigs.
  3. happily

    happily Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 25, 2009
    anchorage, ak
    so what exactly is your idea?
  4. Andy867

    Andy867 Full Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    i noticed that some e-cigs come with blue indicator lights and I was thinking something like that would be cool to have instead of the traditional fire-orange. I have the Smoking Everywhere red iCig, and the led is VERY VERY VERY small and soldered onto a small circuit board so someone would have to talk me step through step on removing the current led and soldering a new one on. (some even suggested using the indicator light as a battery life indicator... (different colors for different powers)
  5. Scubabatdan

    Scubabatdan Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 14, 2009
    Dothan, AL
    Yes the LED's are micro LED's and to desolder them would take a low powered very pointy soldering iron and a magnifier. I would suggest buying a new battery with the colors you want. Or changing out the circuit board with one from a faulty battery in the colors you want.
  6. Ralph Hilton

    Ralph Hilton Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 2, 2009
    Semmering, Austria
    A relatively high powered iron is needed to deliver heat to a fine tip. I use an 80 watt iron for small chips.
  7. doots

    doots Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 22, 2009
    Like scub said, That owuld be a lot easier than to try and solder one with magnifier on.. Better have a small pointy iron and a lot of patience.. lol
  8. Anad the Juice hog

    Anad the Juice hog Full Member

    Nov 20, 2009
    east longmeadow,ma
    Thsi might sound kinda cave amnish.What about useing a permanent marker and color the tip. I have done this in the past on deployments when we did not have red lenses. It does work. On my old sportster I drill out the eyes on skullinsert and put in led lights.The problem they were whit. I took the SHARPIE red of course and PREsto a skull with red eyes. Just my 2 cents. Great Vapeing.
  9. joshua_95602

    joshua_95602 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 8, 2009
    auburn california
    actually i was wondering the same thing, you always see blue, green, red, ect, ect but i was thinking something a little different like a multi colored led. any ideas on this? or would it even be possible
  10. zapped

    zapped Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Depending on how patient you are.....if you can actually see the might be able to scratch the coating off with an exacto knife blade...will likely take some time...but after that they sell a gel to coat lights your local theatre and ask what they use to color spotlights with. would be a LOT easier than changing out the led
  11. darkmatter22

    darkmatter22 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 28, 2009
    in the MEDIUm
    only if the led were white to start with....... if it were a blue led and you wanted to make it red by placing a red gel screen over top of the led, then NO light will come out.... blue and red are exact opposites, and will negate each other.
  12. idoesmoking

    idoesmoking Full Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 9, 2009
    @darkmatter22 : right
  13. j0ker

    j0ker Classifieds Manager Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Sep 24, 2009
    MS Gulf Coast
    There's normally not a coating on LEDs, sometimes it is, the color is determined otherwise. See below:

    "The LED is based on the semiconductor diode. When a diode is forward biased (switched on), electrons are able to recombine with holes within the device, releasing energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence and the color of the light (corresponding to the energy of the photon) is determined by the energy gap of the semiconductor."

    Taken from HERE
  14. cpcp68

    cpcp68 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 29, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Yep, the color of an LED is a property of the LED, not an artifact. Not all colors exist, however, and to obtain the color spectrum several LEDs are packaged together and their intensity is varied to obtain the desired color. White and blue were the most difficult to fabricate for a long time. Now they are common.
    Having an arbitrary custom color is more involved than just changing the LED. It can be done, but it is not straightforward.
  15. idoesmoking

    idoesmoking Full Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 9, 2009
    @cpcp68: yep, I can remember when these LED lights came to market came;they all were red ,not that they all were externally red,some of them were white but remitted red light (also available now),then came orange,green and just few years ago these blue and white has become popular. now there are color changing and blinking LED s are also available...
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