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Founded in 2012, we are Ants on a Melon, a Springfield, Oregon-based manufacturer of multi-color RGB LED flashlights (torches) and twist-on accessories such as flow prop toys and light painting tools. We work with performance artists, light painters, and high-tech fashion designers looking to enhance user experience, visual appeal, and 3D artistic displays.

A few years back, Ants on a Melon's founder, Joel Pinkham, came to the realization that Humans are not much different from our good friends we call Ants. Here's the story: At a music festival near Nelson, British Columbia, Joel found himself collecting rocks in a nearby riverbed. As clouds started to roll in, he began the hike back to his campsite in the Kootenay Mountains. On his way, a new friend named Tyson approached him and commented on the beauty that surrounded them in that exact moment. Joel then gave Tyson one of the rocks he had found. They began walking together, and Tyson dropped the rock three times. After the third time, Tyson smiled and gave the rock back to Joel, explaining that this particular rock wanted stay with its original owner. Near where the rock fell the third time there was a watermelon broken into several pieces. They crouched down to have a closer look at the melon and noticed it was covered in little black ants. The ants appeared to be in a state of timelessness as they sucked on the sweet nectar of the melon. In that moment, Joel and Tyson exchanged smiles as they looked over the valley of the Kootenay that was rumbling from the bass of the music festival. It was then that Joel realized that all of the beautiful people who were vibrating harmoniously with the frequencies of the music were no different than the beautiful ants near their feet, vibrating harmoniously with the frequency of the melon. We are all just "Ants on a Melon"!


Ants on a Melon was founded in 2012 by our Master Toy Maker Joel Pinkham because he realized the world was in dire need of a high-end and feature-loaded, color-changing flashlight. Eight years have passed since this realization, but the goal remains: Ants on a Melon will provide the highest quality, feature-loaded, color-changing flashlights found on Earth. In order to achieve this goal, we will continue to provide a nurturing and creative environment for our team of skilled and thoughtful employees. To ensure that all products are held to the highest standards, our in-house team of craftspeople hand-assemble and test our entire product line at our facilities in Springfield, Oregon, USA.

Based on 96 reviews
Nicole Martin

I’ve been using fiber optic whips for two years and the bitwhip by AOAM is hands down the most durable and bright whip out there. I love that you can custom program your own colors and it’s a great flow toy to impress any audience!! I love the versatility of the prop and can’t wait to add more tools to work play with. Thank you!

Sage Lucas
Bit Whip 1.0 to 2.0

I have been a fiber optics whipper for over two years. My first baby was a GloFX, but once I dove in I found AOAM (Ants on a melon). I saw how amazing the fibers, lighting, and accessories were. It’s worth the investment of a flow toy.
When I finally made the investment it paid off. I got 2 whips, 2 batteries and chargers, a connector piece to make 1 super long whip.
I even bought the bit whip with the 1.0 and due to the release time frame had it upgraded to 2.0 for free.
I also didn’t follow the instructions and left the cap out of the handle, bent the handle and had it replaced within less than a week for under $30.

I love this company and products. I heavily recommend AOAM if you are a flowmie.

Wow! Amazing!

The quality is amazing, really feels and works like a professional piece of kit. The light and computer are so powerful in the critter 2.0

Almost great

I have no complaints about the quality of the case. It seems like it will hold up and protect the critter, so that's great. My only complaint (and I'm only bringing it up as it seems like something that could be a product modification in the future) is that the key to open the critter doesn't fit inside the case. The key is such a small accessory and it just seems like something that she be kept with the critter. I like that there's a little pouch in the case that I can fit the charging cord in, and I'm just barely able to get the lanyard in there, but it seems there could be a way to configure a little pouch or extension to fit the key. Something for R&D to consider maybe? :)

So Bright!

We’re going to a rave later this month and I wanted to make a costume with fiber optic lights. I bought a few options and tested their brightness and quality and this light package was superb. I’m so excited to share the final product.


This critter is lovely and bright, totally the best for light painting.


Great blade thank you.

Great addition to my LP kit

After an initial problem with only part of my purchase being sent, I can't praise the AOAM team enough for putting my order right.
I played with the controls which are a little complicated but I went out last night and created a few images and am very happy!
The Critter offers a whole range of colours and modes in one quality torch and the screw on tools are if high quality and a perfect match to the Critter.
Back out tonight for more light painting fun, thank you Ants for a superb product.

Great product

I enjoy the Bitwhip package so much. I was fun to try out the movements and learn some new movements. I can't wait to practice with it more and learn all the cool moves and tricks with it.

Best whips in the game

These whips are so damn nice. I love how long they are and all the different colors. They’re also hella sturdy. Best whips you can get in my opinion :) absolutely worth the money

Awesome tool

I have the 140 fiber tool and it was perfect for what I wanted to do. They can be trimmed to the size you want which is great and the swivel keeps the curls facing the direction I want as I turn the hand holding the critter.

Dalena T.
Feelin extra cool

It's the brightest whip on the market hands down. There's so many different color modes, and you can customize each mode and save it a bunch of times. So you can have multiple favorite modes saved. I literally don't have to choose just one for each mode, it's so cool. I love bringing it to shows too. So far I'm the only one I've met with this baby where I'm from and I must say, it makes me feel cool(er) :)

Zaelah Soulfire
In looove

This whip is my dream come true.its exactly what ive needed. Its like the FF and GloFx whip had a much more attractive and talented child. I've had nothing but problems with glofx and FF for the last year when i first got them: to the button clickers breaking so i cant even turn it on, unable to program, unable to shut off without unscrewing it and taking that battery out. Batteries dying and burning out, the chargers not working, the threads being really brittle, the grips rolling off, and the circuit board shorting out if I try to change between the modes too quickly. I must have had to replace The glofx at least 5 times and the FF whip twice. Ive only had 1 issue with the aoam programming but it was just because I suck at programming. I didn't even know glfx had 3 programmable colors bc it never said anywhere that it was possible. I learned it on accident trying to find comparison videos to learn which to better suit my videos. I'd still take this one in a heartbeat though. Imo the BRIGHTNESS alone is worth it since I dance in the dark.

This thing is THICK!!!

I've purchased a lot of blades and attempted to make my own blades. When i say that the 9" Digital Feather is the THICKEST blades I've ever seen, held, used....etc!! When I say this blade is bright and holds the REALLY holds the light!! When it's paired with the AOAM Critter....magic happens!!! If the rest of the blades are this thick, I'll eventually buy all of them.

Good things come in small packages

So I bought the 8" Sol Saber, and i have to admit, I kinda looked at sideways when i first opened it up.....but after I used it........I carry this tool EVERYWHERE with me now. I can bang out a quick piece in no time and be on to the next spot in minutes. It's size is very deceiving, but trust and believe I have produced images that look HUGE with this saber. It small but built tough, lightweight, and it's really bright. I definitely recommend you add the 8" saber to your light painting'll be glad you did.

Wonderful tool

I purchased the sol saber in 2 lengths, 8" and 24", and both go everywhere with me. They are fun to use on their own or with added materials inside or outside to make different effects. Making modifications to them has been a lot of fun!

Great for light painting

I really like the way the ants on a melon dusters move. Just the right amount of springiness. Better than the competition.

Icetre Normal

I purchased the Hive pattern 24" Lumi Sabre as a trial for my girlfriend who adores anything that lights up and blinks. She loved it! I found the sabre to be brighter than I expected. In terms of movement, I find it very refined and well balanced, yet light and maneuverable.

I liked it so much, I bought 2 more of them, in the 36" size to complete all her pattern set.

She finds them useful for light painting as well as prop work as a staff.

Pretty Cool Tool

I've used several different kinds of light tubes, and I have to say; initially i didnt see a difference between a regular tube and the Butterfly Lumi Saber.....that was until I looked at my images. I was completely blown away first and foremost at the texture of the light painting images I was able to create, the build quality and overall construction is top notch, I do have to work the threads a little to get the saber to attach to the Critter, but once it's on's ON THERE!!! The saber is really light....I mean REALLY light, like i almost threw it in a tree while i was swinging it around....I guess I was a little too! I definitely would recommend the AOAM tools to any and all levels of light painters and light dancers.


I purchased the Lumi Saber butterfly pattern. Let me start by saying the product is made with premium material. This is a great addition to my light painting tools. The size is perfect and I am very happy with my purchase. I highly recommend the Lumi Saber.

This thing is sweet!

The whip is INCREDIBLE! So eye-catching, and fibers are super smooth and bright. All of the modes of the critter make this thing really shine. The controls can be a little tricky to learn but that's not really a negative because it reflects the number of awesome features of the device. Definitely better than other brands by far!

Love it

I love this whip! I had another one from another company & this one is way better. It is so much brighter & more colorful. I am so happy with this whip. I even purchased the glitter bomb accessory. This whip is worth every penny.

Long Overdue Review

This review is long overdue, I've had my Critter for probably 3 months now and I've got to say that this has to be the BEST flashlight I've used in my short time as a light painter. It eliminates the need for attaching color filters in my plexi, the various colors and speed modes are easy to navigate once you learn how to do it. I'm actually about to buy another one as I'm writing this review. Big thanks to the AOAM crew for all that you do for the light painting community.

Double whip is so much fun!

I definitely enjoy whip with this double head, the connector is very stable and very easy to disconnect, it allow me easily switch from double to two hands whipping, really like it!

Lumi Saber

I love my Lumi Sabre - Its a great tool for light painting and works perfectly with my Critter! It is well built and a very versatile tool that fits into my AOAM collection of light painting tools. Thank you Ants on a Melon - I cant wait to see whats next!