Hi! I'm kind of young, and new to Saber-building, so I need some help/advice on my first saberbuild.
It will be fairly simple, just a stunt saber, no sound. Probably going to be used for dueling, and costuming.
I don't want to make construction insanely difficult on myself, but I also want it to be a learning experience, and to try something new.
Hilt Style 5 (7" Fluted double female threaded connector): http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Hi...90864&Kits=804
Machined for a recessed 16mm AV Switch
MPS Pommel style 8: http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MP...?ItemId=291634
MHS choke style 1 short: http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MH...?ItemId=291704
MHS Gear: http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MH...?ItemId=291705
MHSV1 Blade Holder Style 4: http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MH...42650&Kits=932
Electronics: Here's where I become unsure.
I am undecided between the Cree Star and the Rebel Star LED's. I know I want to buy both the Red/Orange, and the Amber of whichever I choose. What is the difference between the two? Which is more powerful, and which would be best for my simple saber.
Also, heatsink V3 or V4? Is there an effect on the output, or the effectiveness on one vs the other, or is V3 just older, and thus bulkier?
I'd like to use a 16mm AV switch (with a red ring LED) but again, am unsure where to go after that. Should I use Momentary or latching? Regardless of which I start with, I'd like it to be latching, so I don't have to keep pressure on it to keep it lit. So should I just buy a latching switch from the start, or get a momentary switch and use a converter?
And long vs. short switch: which would I need? From my understanding longer switches are used more in activation boxes, which I don't plan on having, so get a short one?
Can JST wiring be used for "Quick Disconnect". Like I mentioned I'd like to be able to switch out between the Red/Orange and Amber LED's.
Also, will that create a problem. I know red LED's can have a different output than others, so what type of driver would I need? I'd like to use a BuckPuck, so which would be best?
And the subject I am probably most helpless on: Batteries. What type of battery will be best? I'd prefer not to use AA batteries if I can avoid it, for the sake of A) not going bankrupt in the cost of them and B) Effectiveness. I've looked into Lithium Ion batteries, but I will admit, I know near nothing about electronics, and wiring, and powering them. Even after research, and studying Ohm's Law I can't seem to wrap my head around it all, and makes things quite work out.
So to summarize;
1. Cree vs. Rebel Star LED and which version of heatsink?
2. Switches: Momentary or latching? Long or short?
3. Quick Disconnect for LED's and how I would go about doing that.
4. Battery type
5. BuckPuck (is it needed and what type)?
6. This is more of a personal thing, but I'm still a bit of a N00B, and although I've searched through the forums for the subject, I haven't found it yet, so I'll just ask;
How do I get rid of the title "Board Lurker". Is it about post count? I've kind of refrained from posting out of some kind of naive principle, but I will stop that and start chiming in if I have questions or a valid opinion if it means getting rid of that blasted title.
Sorry for the fact this post is a little on the long side.
But ANY help anyone can offer is INCREDIBLY appreciated, and thank you in advance.
Also I've attached what I've designed it to look like in the MHS Builder.