Building an Arc Reactor: Part I: Failure!
Failure is actually an overstatement. But it's clear that the current approach won't meet my expectations, so I'm going to call it a failure and strive to do better. I've been designing an arc reactor that Julie can wear for cosplay or just when she wants to feel like a bad-ass . The initial design was based on a prop she ordered. It was just LEDs and a battery holder. I figured I could do the same thing, but miniaturize it and improve the construction. This is the original that served as inspiration for my design. Notice the big bulky LEDs. The main improvement was to replace the big chunky LEDs with Surface Mount Device (SMD) LEDs. See, LEDs are actually very, very, very small by nature. When you see the kind that most hobbyists use, most of their bulk is actually to make them easier to hold and solder. Miniaturizing them isn't really an issue. You just manufacture them normally and then leave out the bulk. The result is a little tiny light t