Most everything else
is already on the way, so it's time to start the build log, so (hopefully) others can learn along with me. This is my second ever saber build. Though I may not be breaking new ground for the hobby, it's all new to me, and I am certainly raising the bar and upping my game. Feedback, critique, and discussion is welcome, and encouraged.
2010-09-29: I've been planning this saber for well over a month now, and the first package of parts arrived today:
RGBA 10 Watt Full Color RGBA PCB for 7.2V Li-ion battery pack
For reference, I indicated where each LED die is positioned on the star. According to the data sheet
, the white dot is mapped to the red die, and the colors (going clockwise) are: red, green, amber, blue. For my project, the red & amber are going to be wired in series. Blue and green are going to be wired in series as well. I'm not going to start on that project until my potentiometers arrive, and I have an appropriate power supply to test color mixing.
The supplies for my battery pack should be here in the next day or so, so that will be on the bench first.
2010-09-30: The lithium ion cells will be wired to this PCB, which will then regulate the current to and from the cells while in use or charging. If the cells get too low, this will cut power to the sound board, which will protect it from dangerous low voltage. It will also protect the cells from over charging.
2011-11-14: 7 months after 'finishing' this saber, I have retrofit it with a Plecter Labs Crystal Focus saber Core, version 5.1, with a power extender for Flash on Clash TM. The Petit Crouton soundboard has been set aside for another project. ;)
2013-04-27: What started as a faulty AV switch replacement turned into a complete overhaul:
Replaced short orange ring illuminated AV switch, with new 20mA DynaOhm
Installed a new Switchcraft recharge port
Replaced amber 3mm accent LED's with
-1 3mm Super Bright Piranha LED - RGB
Replaced the old style blade holder and copper heat sink slug with a updated blade holder with new style optics module and short copper heat sink
Swapped CF 5.1 & PEx for a CF 6.1 & CEx & R.I.C.E. ;D ;D ;D
Swapped the 10 watt LEDEngin for a Luxeon Tri-Star LED - Red (102 lm) / Green (125 lm) / Royal-Blue (840mW)
Swapped my custom 18650 stick battery pack for a prewired 7.4v Li-ion 1050mAh 14650 side by side Battery Pack from TCSS.New photos & video