Originally Posted by Double F
Maybe the police heard about all the "bombs" Singlepower produced. There is a thread about one almost blowing up. Send them to Colorado to apprehend this bomb building rip-off artist!
Imagine them reading this thread and realizing, "Wait... So it actually COULD have blown up!" Lol.
This incident reminds me of a far less dramatic experience of mine. I brought my ipod+cmoy combo to the airport. Let me describe my setup. This cmoy was my first attempt at DIY - there's input, output, and a potentiometer that also acts as a power switch. I didn't leave enough room to be able to attach the volume knob I had. So just the bare metal of the potentiometer was exposed. I put scotch tape on the inside of the lid to prevent some of the contacts above the board from shorting from the metal surface of the altoids tin, and I used regular office printer paper to prevent contacts of the bottom of the board from shorting with the tin. I used other pieces of scotch tape to hold some of the wires down, including one that kept the LED in the hole I drilled. I didn't even use epoxy. A Cross Roads line out dock was connected to a 1 ft. long interconnect from Radioshack, which was coiled up and tied with a velcro band to shorten the length of the cable. And to top it all off, I used one of those purple rubber bands (that are used to hold broccoli at the grocery store) to hold an ipod photo to the cmoy.
This thing looked like a homemade bomb.
The airport security personnel weren't too pleased. "What is this?" I tried explaining to them what a headphone amplifier was. Since I was with my family, and I was just in high school, they seemed to give me an easier time. They still had to swab the cmoy and put the sample in a machine to test for explosive materials. After it tested negative, they let me go. And they let me keep my cmoy! And then board the plane!