View Full Version : Identifying lightsaber light unit for a custom build

09-23-2016, 10:29 PM
To my custom lightsaber building friends, hopefully you guys can help me with an issue I'm having. I purchased a batch of lightsaber parts from a member on here and was provided with this which I was told was a lighted unit for a custom saber. The wiring is torn from the soldered point at the end of the main body, but when I plug in the 9v battery and connect the soldered point, then power it on, it emits a loud squealing sound. I can solder and fix wiring but not even sure what this is to work with. Any help identifying it would be great. The wiring goes to this black block, looks to be encased in resin. Someone told me this was an EL setup though I wanted to make sure. While its outdated, I would love to still build this up (was basically given free to me). I had it temporarily wired up with a 9v and could hear it buzz when plugged in (read this was normal) but could not find photos of the setup.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o69/shenphong/IMG_8853_zpsb0kadx8e.jpg (http://s117.photobucket.com/user/shenphong/media/IMG_8853_zpsb0kadx8e.jpg.html)
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http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o69/shenphong/IMG_8855_zpscr19zyh8.jpg (http://s117.photobucket.com/user/shenphong/media/IMG_8855_zpscr19zyh8.jpg.html)
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http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o69/shenphong/IMG_8857_zpshub6dozs.jpg (http://s117.photobucket.com/user/shenphong/media/IMG_8857_zpshub6dozs.jpg.html)
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o69/shenphong/IMG_8858_zpsoneatinw.jpg (http://s117.photobucket.com/user/shenphong/media/IMG_8858_zpsoneatinw.jpg.html)
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o69/shenphong/IMG_8861_zpswc2lea5d.jpg (http://s117.photobucket.com/user/shenphong/media/IMG_8861_zpswc2lea5d.jpg.html)
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o69/shenphong/IMG_8863_zpsapuecoao.jpg (http://s117.photobucket.com/user/shenphong/media/IMG_8863_zpsapuecoao.jpg.html)
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o69/shenphong/IMG_8867_zps46iyeqkz.jpg (http://s117.photobucket.com/user/shenphong/media/IMG_8867_zps46iyeqkz.jpg.html)

Silver Serpent
09-24-2016, 08:08 AM
I came to this hobby after the EL tech was replaced by high powered LEDs, but I'm inclined to agree. That definitely looks like an EL setup. 9v battery, the blade socket, your inverter (your mysterious black box).

I don't know that you'd be able to get the electronics working again. It would be easier (and much brighter) to scrap the internals and use LEDs instead.

09-24-2016, 09:22 PM
I'm coming to realize that. Heck for the price of the blade setup, I could start looking at "grab bag" sabers from others. Just wanted to play with things, it buzzes when I have the battery wired up and I was told that means its working, but of course can't test it without the blade.

Silver Serpent
09-25-2016, 07:40 AM
I would do some research before buying a "grab bag" saber. Several of the manufacturers that offer grab bag sabers are less than reputable. Most times you're better off building your own with parts from TCSS.

Jay-gon Jinn
09-25-2016, 01:16 PM
FYI, this is about how bright an EL saber is:

That's the blade in the dark.

Same saber a few years later running a single LED style blade taken in daylight:

No one uses EL anymore for a reason. :)

09-26-2016, 01:01 AM
Pretty massive difference Jay-Gon. Thanks for the tip as well guys.