I haven't posted any of my builds / installs for a while. That one is old too, but I thought I'd share as a customer recently asked about a pike install.
It was formally done with a CFv6 but I recently upgraded it with a CFv7.
I met Jonatan at FACTS12, we started talking about having his pike equipped with electronics. I don't have much time along the year for my own installs but I though it would be nice to help a fellow RL / 501 member.
His pike is a nice item (can't recall from who he got that, RPF or else), good machining, all powder coated, and electronics ready. Comes in 3 or 4 pieces that screw all together.
He wants a full power setup, no white FoC
, basically the goal is a bright blade for posing with visitors during conventions, not much interaction or duel or jedi-iscisms. Flicker though, will definitely add up and even if sound will always remain shy in a public space, he will enjoy that at home
There's not much room but fortunately, the designer has thought about a switch location and battery pack in the lower part, just below the emitter section. I initially thought about 18650
which were fitting but with no room for any wires and I'm definitely not equipped to bore a tube of 30cm long.
So I chose some non protected 16650, 2 cell pack, with 2 cell PCB
added separately. LEDengin RRRR seriallel, no FoC, to have the max brightness all the time.
The first step was to machine a nice and sturdy chassis. As the tube ID is like 18 something, such a small wall to bore is always difficult in plastic (at least for noobs like me and without creating a custom collet for it) so I adapted a few bits of 3/4" blades for the ends of the batt pack. The blade segment connects then to a chassis milled in a PVC rod, with wire channels and shouldered section to welcome the switches and the protection circuit board of the batt. pack.
still very WIP, here are some pics