Sometimes people don't want solutions at all, but they just post to see how
far a topic will go. I haven't even looked at this topic until now because
I figured the original poster didn't want to simply return the shoes.
The benevolent side of my brain is thinking dad is trying to keep
peace in the family. Mom meant well, so let's just fix the problem
[the lights] without hurting any feelings.
The other side of my brain is saying dad is a cheap lazy bastard who
doesn't want to spend the time and big bucks it would take to replace
Nothing like felony shoes with a blinking beacon.
Never fear, the battery will wear out about the time the shoes lose thier
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
My middle-school kid is embarrassed by the lights on the sneakers him mom
bought him for the start of school.
See picture here:
I told my boy that I'd 'fix' it.
Now I need YOUR help!
How do you turn OFF the lights to a kid's pair of sneakers?
I assume that they are battery operated/powered.
If so, maybe try placing the sneakers in a bucket of clean water with a
weight on top to keep them submerged. My guess is that the water will find
its way into the battery area and short out the battery in each sneaker.
Or, if you can figure out what type of pressure (how much, where, etc) will
cause the sneakers to light up, maybe you can place weights or a chair leg
(with weights on the chair) in a position to keep the lights on 24/7 and
wait for the batteries to die out.
I don't know if either idea will work, but those are things that I would try
before trying to take apart the sneakers etc.
I, too, was in the piezo generator vs battery camp... but it appear
that the lighted shoe tech depends on battery, LED and either pressure
or inertial switch.
So it appears that one needs to:
1) disable the swtich
2) use up the battery (figure out how to repeated fire the LEDs or
keep them on)
3) scramble the controller.
I also found a link (lost it) that says 5 seconds in the microwave
will kill them.
The 5 sec in the microwave works!
I had promised my wife I woukd disable the lights of a pair of cute sneakers my
7 year daughter wanted.
The sneakers arrived from Amazon and I couldn't figure out hiw to disable the
very annoying blinking LEDs.
Tried the microwave, and in 3 or 4 seconds, the LEDs were fried and there was no
other visible damage :-)
Might cut down on distractions. More time for books and
"Like, uh, well, you know, like, and he went... and
then she went.... uh, like, rad, kewl, uh... and then
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
On 9/19/2013 8:54 PM, The Daring Dufas wrote:
When my kids were in elementary school 20 years ago I used to use
shoes like that to threaten them when they were misbehaving. I would
threaten to buy a pair and wear them to school when I went to pick
them up. They knew I would do it; although I don't think I could have
found a pair that fit. But they didn't know that.
That got their attention.
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