Use this Flexible tubing to create your own Foldable Collapsible LED Hoop.
The specified dimensions of this tubing is 0.814″x 1″ same as the standard
white tubing I use. And similar outside dimensions as the 3/4″ 160 PSI black
tubing you might find at a hardware store.
But this flexible tubing is more transparent than the standard white LED
hoop tubing, so the LEDs will shine brighter.
It is also more flexible than the standard 0.814″ x 1″ white LED tubing.
And a little more flexible than standard “3/4 160PSI” black hoop tubing.
Since the tubing is softer it automatically offers more grip, so you might
not even need to add tape. But if you do tape it be sure not to tape over
the seem at the connector.
Here are some good videos to show what it will look like when hooping.
How to fold your Hoop
To fold after assembly, simply stand the hoop vertically so that the
connector is on top. Place each hand on either side of the connector and
twist. As you twist push the connector down to the floor until the hoop is
in a figure 8. Then grab the two loops and join. Use a velcro strap, string,
or even your charger’s wire to keep the two loops together. Throw over
your shoulder or place in the trunk of your car. The final collapsed size
will be about 1/2 of your hoop diameter. Do not store the hoop in this
collapsed position as it may warp or overstress the tube near the connector.
Special assembly considerations
It will accept both non-rechargeable and rechargeable batteries.
You can follow the standard hoop assembly instructions for non-rechargeable batteries.
But if using standard rechargeable battery in this new flexible hoop tubing
you will need to make some changes to the rechargeable battery
The standard rechargeable battery will be a very tight fit!! So you will want to
first insert the battery into the other end of the tube, and solder the battery
connections later! Use a blunt object like a sharpie marker to help gently push
the battery into the tube about 1.5″ deep which is just enough to give room for
the connector. See photo.
Once installed the battery will be very very difficult to remove unless you heat
the tubing. You should not have any reason to remove the battery any time soon
since it will last for over 500 recharge cycles, which is about 4-5 years of moderate use.
Since you’ll fold the hoop in half when traveling, you will not need to file down the
connector but you should cut off the center nubs and protrusions of the plastic
connector so the tubing can twists easily.
After the battery is in place you can solder the connection to the rest of the wire
in the other end of the tubing where the LEDs and switch are.
Then follow the rest of the basic rechargeable battery instructions.
This tubing is available at the following suppliers
Available in 100 ft rolls at usplastics.com part number 58008.
Shorter lengths available at McMaster part number 5181K11.
The rest of the parts in your hoop are sold on this site in convenient Maker Kits
which include the power source, connector, switch, wire and LEDs.
To calculate how much tubing you need:
take the diameter of the hoop you would like to make
and multiply that by 3.14,
then divide by 12.
So 40 inches x 3.14 = 125.6 inches
126 inches /12 inches = 10.5 feet
Amanda of Hip Flick Hoops says:
Ccollapsible hoops are the BOMB at busy festivals like Shambhala!
Glad my LED hoop could fold small