A glow-in-the-dark petanque ball solved the night game problem for a French inventor

an irreducible petanque came up with an innovative idea to extend playing hours: a glow-in-the-dark ball for late-night games.

Toulouse’s Raphaël Paesa had the invention after bad light put an end to a match between friends.

“One night when we were playing petanqueI fixed the barbecue and when I came back to the game it was too dark to see,” he said.

The ‘cochonnet’ must withstand significant shocks

An electronics consultant since 2019, he spotted an opportunity to create a jack – the small ball that players try to hit or cover with their balls, like a lawn bowling jack – lit by LEDs.

“I wanted to produce something eco-friendly, so early models had rechargeable batteries that could be connected via USB.

“However, a jack can withstand heavy shocks, especially on hard ground, and there was a small safety risk.

So now they contain non-rechargeable button cells, which can be changed when they run out.

Most batteries will last four hours, but Mr Paesa says that can be extended by using good quality batteries.

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Customers urged to recycle batteries

His invention, called ‘cocholed’, is made from recyclable plastic and the company sells replacement outer shells if damaged.

“It’s another way to avoid waste. We also hope that people will recycle the batteries, putting them in recycling bins placed in supermarkets, rather than throwing them away. »

The cocholeds are made in France and the company is moving towards sourcing all the components here too.

The traditional ‘cochonnets’ are made of boxwood

There is only one manufacturer of traditional piglets in France. Monneret, in the Haut-Jura, produces about a million a year.

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Traditionally made of boxwood, they are now increasingly made of hard plastic.

In official competitions, the jack is called a but.

However, it has various other regional names, including cork, small, head, gari, pig Where pitchoune in Provence, and bowling in Brittany.

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