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Wanted / Re: Storm Trooper Lightsaber!
« Last post by GusManB on Today at 01:19:15 PM »
Thanks for the info, Much appreciated!
It will vary wildly based on the color, the draw will be between 2 and 8 amps most likely. It's not a straight math calculation, but you should get 20 minutes at least.
I never officially clocked it, but I have build a lot of pixel sabers and always use the Sony 15a 18650 from TCSS and definitely get more than 5 minutes. Guessing usually 10-15.
LED SABERS / Re: Lighting Quartz CCs
« Last post by scott on Today at 09:26:41 AM »
I picked up a load of them on Amazon and they are largely pretty raw and banged up.  Being my first go at it, I actually purposely picked the clearest one, and sanded and polished it up!  Funny that my instinct led me in the exact opposite direction from where I needed to be...always learning!
LED SABERS / Re: Lighting Quartz CCs
« Last post by SirRawThunderMan on Today at 06:38:32 AM »
No worries man, sharing info is what the forums are here for. Pay it forwards to the newbies down the line.

Also, one other tip for future builds: don't buy overly polished/hippie jewelry-grade quartz crystals if you can. They always look too nice and clean, and for some reason, a quartz crystal with flaws and fractures just looks more natural and gives a crystal chamber character. buy a couple of packs of raw, unpolished quartz crystals on ebay.

Unless, of course, you're going with an Old Canon explanation and want something that looks like a Synthetic lightsaber crystal. In which case, the clean look works really nicely for that, IMO.
*waves hand wisely* That is the battery you're looking for.  :wink:

it's the one I've got in my only pixel saber, at least. You should get 5 min run time out of it easily enough, and a recharge port is pretty much mandatory on a modern saber.
Alright. Thanks for the info!

So I guess this battery will do? JQ Sabers | Jedi Quartermaster Ľ Keeppower 3.7v 18650 3120mah Battery

This particular lightsaber won't be used for duelling and most likely won't be lit for more than 5 minutes at a time, as its main purpose will be as a display piece, with the actual blade and sound functionality as a very expensive added bonus, so I hope the 3.7V should be fine if I provide a recharge port.
Wanted / Re: NeoPixel
« Last post by scott on Today at 05:12:07 AM »
You rock dude...I wonít be able to contribute back what I have learned from the community, but share what I am able to from my prior hurdles and mistakes!  I have also been lurking and then participating here for well over a year and donít see much, if any of that negativity you mention...this seems like a great group!
You definitely need the 15a high drain 18650. I initially used the TCSS standard 10a cell and it did not properly power my neo blade (red specifically pulls more and with a full charge, ref blades caused the speaker to go crazy. )

I picked up the 15a also from TCSS and when I swapped them all was well. With 3.7v, you will definitely drain the battery in short order...I always wore to a recharge port but know others prefer the removable batteries given the shorter run time.
LED SABERS / Re: Lighting Quartz CCs
« Last post by scott on Today at 05:03:56 AM »
I think I actually managed 2 cracks, but yes, that made all the difference! 

The acrylic crystals are certainly brighter, but the quartz looks less like a toy!

Thanks again for the guidance!