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  1. Aaand a midnight test run: ...

    Aaand a midnight test run:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_fLvUYDwOo
  2. Malefactor - A Darkside CF8 Saber (Version III)

    Hope I'm posting this in the right place...

    Greetings, saber fans!

    I've been trying to finish my second saber for literally years, and it's been delay after embarrassing delay. To my infinite...
  3. I will try that. Thanks for the suggestion. ^_^

    I will try that. Thanks for the suggestion. ^_^
  4. Actually...I think I might know what's wrong with...

    Actually...I think I might know what's wrong with the CEx.

    As I look at it under a magnifier, I see that there are some bridged pins on the offending channel's bottom-side components. I will...
  5. Thanks for popping in, FJK. I seriously don't...

    Thanks for popping in, FJK.

    I seriously don't know what I did to it, but at least the problem was resolved. I'm honestly very impressed with the CF8 and CEx color mixing. Now comes the long,...
  6. CF v8 CEx Malfunction - Channel 2 Not Lighting

    Hey, guys.

    I am returning to the hobby after a long hiatus, having finally worked out some of the general construction issues that were stopping me during my rebuild of my second saber. Before I...
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    Well... Originally, the segment did light up...

    Well...

    Originally, the segment did light up evenly. I drove them at 40mA, under the advisement of the CF LS 6.5 manual. But then I encountered the heat problem, shortly before the dimming...
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    I am actually having this problem as well, now...

    I am actually having this problem as well, now that I've begun building a CF LS saber. I read the section about drive adjustments, did Class III Seriallel, etc, etc, and bench-tested one segment of...
  9. 16mm Short-Style AV Switch - Solder or Screw?

    I'm looking to replace my switches, due to clearance issues between the terminals and battery pack. I seem to remember the original switches having a choice between short and long, but the current...
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    Lighting is very important. I totally agree. I've...

    Lighting is very important. I totally agree. I've got a 60W LED bulb with reflector positioned ~12" above my soldering station. Direct light, no shadows. I also use the helping hands with attached...
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    I was thinking that too, until I realized that...

    I was thinking that too, until I realized that some conduit is metal. That might be the type he's using.

    If it's plastic, threading is a non-issue. I've made PVC knot-tying tools which rely on...
  12. Thanks, JD, but I trust FJK as much as I trust...

    Thanks, JD, but I trust FJK as much as I trust anyone. Rats. I really hoped I'd gotten the right one. May be a moot point, since I might have figured out a way to use the original pack I had in there...
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    I love my Hakko iron. It's ESD-safe, with digital...

    I love my Hakko iron. It's ESD-safe, with digital temp control, and does the job perfectly every time. I spent over a hundred on it, though, so that may not be the most accessible option.

    I second...
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    If you have access to a threading kit, then you...

    If you have access to a threading kit, then you probably have a thread gauge. Look in your kit and see if you can find it. You should be able to get the right threads. If you don't have one, check an...
  15. PCB Confusion - Request Clarification

    Greetings,

    A long, long time ago (but not very far away at all), I purchased a PCB from the shop. I never used it, because I ended up going with TCSS pre-made packs. Now I'm in a position where I...
  16. Always use a resistor for accent LEDs. There are...

    Always use a resistor for accent LEDs. There are online calculators available.
  17. If I understand correctly, you don't use all...

    If I understand correctly, you don't use all eight pins. Two leads connect to the Accent LED pads (with appropriate resistor) to light the switch, and two leads connect to the switch pads. I don't...
  18. I do not have specific knowledge about scavenging...

    I do not have specific knowledge about scavenging boards, but there are many threads on this forum on that subject. The only advice I can give you is to look up the masters and figure out how it...
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    Thanks. It's been a while, and there's plenty of...

    Thanks. It's been a while, and there's plenty of catching up to do.
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    Not New, Just Returning

    Greetings, fellow saber lovers.

    After a long hiatus (due mostly to having absolutely no liquid assets with which to buy saber parts), I am looking to re-enter the saber-building game. I've been a...
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    I have also read that voltage gaps between the...

    I have also read that voltage gaps between the LEDs and the pack voltage can cause heating issues. It might have been from the CF LS manual (I don't remember). If you're using a 7.4v pack, but the...
  22. My research into component blades leads me to...

    My research into component blades leads me to believe ~$50US is the price you're looking at. For the connections, you may want to research 7-pin audio connectors. They (again, from my limited...
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    I balanced my most recent saber in the design...

    I balanced my most recent saber in the design phase. I knew a grip near the emitter would be necessary if I wanted lower blade-weight, so I incorporated the ribbed/choke combo into the hilt. It...
  24. This actually happened to me on my first saber,...

    This actually happened to me on my first saber, because of two key errors I made in securing my blade:

    1) Overtightening. It seems self-evident, but, being a total newcomer to the hobby, I did not...
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    Two things: -Some retaining ring pliers are...

    Two things:

    -Some retaining ring pliers are not long enough to adequately serve for installing/removing the retaining rings in MHS pommels. I use Round Nose jewelers' pliers to get around this,...
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