@mike808 The led strip will show progressive fading in brightness along its length regardless of battery charge. For example, the top portion will be dead, the middle portion will be just dim and the very bottom will illuminate fully. No idea what the mechanics might be, I just know that this is what happens:
@sparkle_motion Not mechanics. Basic electrical properties and non-existent circuit design fail. Now that you’ve explained it (great picture btw).
I guess the idea was to light up the entire length, but with no actual understanding of basic electrical circuitry, you wind up with this. Calling this of ‘mediocre’ caliber is really an upgrade and honor.
It fades because the voltage across the LED material (acting as a ‘wire’) decreases as the resistance increases along the length of the circuit. The solution is to have short segments and circuitry to boost the voltage down the length of the wire back up to levels high enough to drive the LEDs. And that costs more than doing nothing at all or extra parts. However, cheap LED strip lights have figured this out, so its only laziness and extreme cheapness that are likely to be at work here for the results we see on display here today.
My vote: Save your money, and DIY with the bajillions of feet of ‘fairy lights’ you can buy on spools and some duct tape. Presto, ‘maker light up dog leash’ and a project for your inquiring science-minded kids.
I got a leash in the last fuko bag. Since I don’t have a dog, I gave it to my furry niece (sister’s dog) for Christmas. My brother-in-law (designated dog walker) really likes it for night time walks. No idea how well it holds up, but out of the box it’s a nice leash.
I’m looking for the VMP program (or something similar as had been promised by Jon several months ago) without the Casemate strings attached. Meh’s $5 shipping on a $10 product is not a sustainable business model. (or maybe it is because they haven’t gone belly-up yet)
Bought these a while back in the Large Size - Oh yeah!
Gave them as stocking stuffers to the children and spouses who all have big dark colored dogs. Main purpose is to see the devils in the yard at night. We have collars with flashlights that shine down but that is pretty useless.
These are great. Really.
Don’t care how long they last. The first week was worth it. Hope they last a while though. Its very cool watching the black German Shepherd and the chocolate Lab and the black Rottweiler mix run around at night. Little glowing collars bouncing in the dark across the field.
My order page still says processing but I just got an alert from the post office saying that a package has arrived there and will be delivered tomorrow. When I check the tracking number they provide and look it up on FedEx, I see that the order “number” referenced is for this. That was crazy fast.
Bought my second one of this on Jan 7, 2018. The first leash was good for about 5-6 months, which isn’t great but wasn’t worth making a fuss over. The second leash died this week, so I got about three months and change out of it. Unacceptable. Called customer support today and was unable to get a person so I left a message. We’ll see how this turns out.
@huja Update: Left a message with 4ID on Wednesday. Got a call back on Friday with a promise to send me a new leash. New leash arrived today (Monday). Of note is that the new leash is not a USB rechargeable version, rather it’s a coin battery type.