…and our exclusive 5th Block LED longboard light kits are in-stock and ready to go.
Kits are $49.95, and include two strips of BLUE, RED, or GREEN high-density LEDs, a rechargeable Lithium-Polymer power pack, and a charger!
Yes, Li-Po ain’t just for the heavy-set no more! A fully-charged power pack will typically drive these kits for about 3 to 4 hours – depending on the color, length of strips (you cut them to size), outdoor temperature, etc. For example, our in-shop prototype board has a pair of 23-inch blue strips, and has tested out at 4 hours and 25 minutes; more than enough for a good evening session. Haven’t tried it at -5F yet; but would expect the battery duration would drop off a bit, if it’s anything like a cell phone. Too dang cold to longboard, anyway. A full charge takes about 10 hours; so just plug it in when you’re done with your night-sesh, and it will be ready for the next one.
Kits include instructions and are very easy to install!
You do need to have a hot melt glue gun (like the one we use, from the Target scrap-booking aisle), some masking tape, and a utility knife or wire cutters to snip the strips to length – they each come 35″ long, which should be more than enough to fit between the trucks of the longest boards. The shop board is a fairly long 43.5″ pintail, and as noted, we cut the strips off at 23″ for a good fit on that one.
You use the masking tape to temporarily hold the strips and power pack in place while you lay them out where you want them; then cut the strips to length. Peel off the backing paper from the self-stick LED strips, and rub them into place. Do the same for the power pack, which has some heavy-duty adhesive strips on the bottom. Finally, hit the ends of the strips with dabs of hot-melt glue, to seal them and help keep them from snagging on things; and run a dab along the strip wires to keep them from drooping below the board. Done!
We will also be glad to install a kit on a board that you buy from us!
It only takes maybe 10 minutes or so, but depending on who is manning or womanning the shop (and how busy things are), you may need to make an appointment to come back for the installation. Unfortunately, we can’t do installations on boards not purchased at 5B; just too much hassle and liability if somehow something goes horribly, gruesomely wrong. Which isn’t very likely, but Jesse figuring out the ricin cigarette thing wasn’t very likely, either.
We usually also have some boards on hand with kits already installed – these sell for a little less than the cost of the board plus kit, and can be a good deal…