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Old 02-06-2009, 09:01 AM   #1
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DIY stylus

I was recently thinking about buying a bigger stylus for my iLiad v2 to replace the little toothstick. The cheapest one I found was ~30 euros excl. shipment, which is quiet heavy. I was wondering if I could build one for myself using an old pen or something. And as it's exam time here and I had to take my mind off learning...

Tada!!! Here's the new iLiad Executive CEO(-to-be) Stylus Limited Edition! I've taken an old Lamy tipo (€6.90 in the EU, $16 in the US SRP), removed the ink and the spring, did some little carving and put the original stylus in. Quite straight forward, only a matter of ~10 minutes. Carving was easy as the front of the pen is kind of a weak plastic (no rubber, solid but quiet processible). I used a little kitchen knife and a scissor to cut off ~3mm from the tip.

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1. The whole thingy, 2. a closer look at the tip, 3. even closer (I've curved a little too heavy at one point, but doesn't matter), 4. disassembled.

Just in case someone wants to do something similar.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:33 AM   #2
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Sehr cool Herr Director! Double check your pen before scribbling if you have more Lamy tipos...
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:40 AM   #3
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Sehr cool Herr Director! Double check your pen before scribbling if you have more Lamy tipos...
Hmm, maybe I can complain about permanent scribbles at iRex then and receive a new unit? Don't want to try
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:37 AM   #4
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Good idea and nice execution.

As a curiosity, did you noticed a significant reduction in battery duration as a consequence of keeping the stylus full time out of its place? IFAIK there is a switch that keeps the tablet off when the stylus is stored, reducing energy consumption.

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Old 02-08-2009, 11:03 AM   #5
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You're right, this switch exists. I thought of that before, especially as my battery isn't that good anymore. But some time ago jharker found out that pulling out the stylus doesn't significantly drain the battery. I didn't have any negative experience too, so that shouldn't be much of a problem.
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:05 PM   #6
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Just FYI, today I've created a second one in red for my girlfriend. She wanted one for her new Book edition, and well, I just couldn't say no See attached pictures...
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