Create your own LED persistence-of-vision double staffs to spin and twirl and light up the night.  Based on the Adafruit Genesis Poi design and code, these double staffs take it to the next level with infrared remote control and more more MORE LED pixels, for bigger and brighter and sharper images, and a juicy 2200mAh battery that lets you outshine the brightest star in the sky.

For ONE short staff, you will need:

  • Pro Trinket 5v
  • LiPoly Backpack Charger
  • Tactile on/off switch
  • 1 meter of 144/m Dotstar LEDs
  • IR Sensor
  • Lithium Ion Cyclindrical battery (2200mah)
  • Mini Remote Control
  • 26 gauge wire in various colors

Double the parts for two staffs (except for the remote control — only one is required).

You'll also need:

  • 3 foot, 1" diameter polycarbonate tubes with end caps
  • 1/2" square wooden dowel
  • Glue, heat shrink & soldering accessories

I am using these ready-made tubes from, in size 7F.  They also sell wonderful caps (requires 2 per staff) that snap in place delightfully well even when you spin really fast.  Plastics stores will also sell tubing, but be sure to get polycarbonate — acrylic tubing will break.

The inner diameter of your tubes should be at least 7/8" to ensure that everything fits. And remember to get two of everything (except the remote) if you want two staffs to spin!

This guide was first published on Aug 25, 2015. It was last updated on Jul 20, 2024.

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