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EL01 Light Saber handle
EL01: Electro-Luminescent Light Saber.

This light saber was created from an old camera flash attachment, similar to some of those used in the original Star Wars versions. The reflector and bulb holder were removed, leaving just the battery tube and tube extensions. A nickel silver band was added with a control box. The left side of the control box contains a on-off slide switch and the side-mounted activation button. On the right side on the control box is the recharge port for the transformer charging unit. Power is supplied to the sound effects circuit and Electro-Luminescent (EL) "blade" assembly by eight NiMh rechargeable batteries. The green EL blade slides into a 1/4" jack mounted in a plastic socket assembly in the tip of the handle. A 5mm flashing green LED is mounted just in front of the control box and lights when the power switch is in the on position.

Operating the unit without the blade installed will probably not harm the unit, it is not recommended. There are no exposed pins, wires or other connections that carry the high voltage to the blade base.

Key Features:

bulletChrome plated brass flash attachment handle
bulletGreen Electro-Luminescent "blade" (removable)
bulletFlashing green LED when power is on
bulletNickel-Metal-Hydride rechargeable batteries
bulletSound effects from Star Wars toy Lightsaber
bulletD-ring belt clip on base of saber

More Pictures:

EL01 with recharger EL01 Light Saber with blade active EL01 Light Saber with blade active in darkened room

 

LED9 Transparent Light Saber (click for larger image)
LED9: Transparent Light Saber.

Several different star wars novels describe Jedi Knights building their own Lightsaber. In one, the source of the Lightsaber body was taken from a speeder bike hand grip. Other novels touched on the diversity of designs that often reflected the culture of the Jedi's particular race. One of the more common materials used in these same novels is "transparisteel". I began thinking about what a light saber built from this material might look like.

This unique Light Saber is the result. All internal batteries, circuits and switches are plainly visible but also concealed by copper coils, scavenged model parts, ICs, and a red and green blinking LED. For an unusual energy glow effect below the blade emitter, I added a small ultraviolet lamp that glows when the saber is activated. An ultra-bright red LED shines out of the emitter tip of the light saber.

Key Features:

bulletPlexiglas and other plastic construction
bulletUltraviolet bulb in front end of saber, ultra bright red LED in tip.
bulletFlashing green and red LEDs when active
bulletNickel-Metal-Hydride rechargeable batteries
bulletSound effects from Star Wars toy Lightsaber
bulletD-ring belt clip on base of saber

More Pictures:

LED9 Transparent Light Saber (click for larger image)

LED9 Ultraviolet bulb (click for larger image)

LED9 Light Saber "blade" (click for larger image)

Pricing

Description SKU # Price
Electro-Luminescent Light Saber EL01 $250
Transparent Light Saber LED9 $125