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How to Buy a Neopixel Lightsaber

The neopixel lightsaber, often referred to as the Plecter Pixel lightsaber Pixel saber, Neo saber, is kind of saber with a custom design with flexible LED strips within the blade of the lightsaber. Neopixel lightsabers come with glowing blades with bright light, RGB color changing customization and a wide range of custom visual effects. The Neopixel lightsaber blade can be easily removed off the blade.

Be aware that some customized saber manufacturers and individuals do not employ”neopixel” as a term “neopixel lightsaber” as “neopixel” is an official trademark which is owned by Adafruit. The term “neopixel” for the saber “Pixel” can be a common and informal way to refer about the technology.

The custom-saber manufacturers Genesis Custom Sabers and Vader’s Vault introduce neopixel lighting technology in their sabers. In 2020, a majority of the more established and larger custom saber firms will have Pixel sabers at their stores. From 2023 onwards more budget-friendly Xenopixel swords, made of components manufactured in China are accessible from a variety of retailers.

Capabilities and Features of the Neopixel Lightsaber

Neopixel lightsabers are more bright than other lightsabers that have an inside-hilt LED/baselit configuration. Neopixel lightsabers also have more advanced with customizable and controllable visual effects, including:

Blade scrolling effects (realistic ignition and retraction effects)
blaster bolt deflect
flame blade or unstable Blade effects (channel you into Kylo Ren! ), rainbow blade effect, etc.
tip drag effect
blade lockup effect
Additional blade animations (and custom ones as well, if you’d prefer to have hands-on access!)

Because of the sharp blade and the complex visually appealing effects, pixels swords are thought to be the most realistic customized sabers available to date.

Do you have the ability to duel using the neonpixel lightsaber?

A Neopixel lightsaber with a thick walled, heavy grade blade stock can be employed for light to medium dueling. Contact the manufacturer of the particular lightsaber for more information on the longevity of their specific model. Certain hilt designs that have sharp edges, small necks, or bulky or clunky components may not be appropriate for dueling. Some hilts that have been slimmed down such as Vader’s Vault Combat Class series of lightsabers, are better suited for dueling.

If you’re part the The Saber Legion (TSL) or any other saber dueling association Contact your local chapter to find out more. They’ll give you good guidelines on what’s permitted in the organization, and what to be looking for in the hilt’s design.

Budget Neopixel Lightsabers vs Standard Neopixel Lightsabers

The “guts” of a pixel saber particularly its soundboard play an important impact on the price and quality of an Pixel saber.

Budget-friendly Pixel Sabers

A low-cost pixelsaber might be an ideal first lightsaber option for buyers who desire a genuine well-equipped saber at the right price. Businesses that sell cheaper Pixel sabers market products that have names that include (but not only):

Eco Neo

If you can see eco in the title the saber could be employing a budget-friendly board. Budget friendly sabers are less expensive as compared to standard pixels however they are not as good in terms of quality, too. You pay for what you get for, at least to a certain extent.

A majority of the manufactured in China OEM lightabers made by companies such as LGT TXQ and YDD use cheap soundboards. However, sometimes companies may provide the option of a expensive soundboard, such as Proffieboard.

Selecting the best budget Pixel Saber Company

There are many businesses selling exactly the same sabers with the same price. Some companies even utilize the exact same stock image. How do you determine which company to select when there are so many companies selling identical products? Here are some buying suggestions:

Check out the reputation of the seller paying attention to negative feedback as well as the seller’s reaction to negative feedback. The way the seller responds to negative feedback can tell you the character of their persona and how they might behave towards you as buyer. Does the seller keep their comments respectful, non-judgmental and professional? Or does the seller call out and criticize the buyer?

Find custom saber-related groups such as the subreddit r/lightsabers or Facebook groups such as The Vault, Elite Lightsaber Society or others to find out more about the business and their track record and reviews from customers. Look for threads that have already been posted and then create an original post in case you require more information.

Compare prices since certain sellers may offer the EXACT same lightsaber but at different prices.

Learn more about the return policy as well as order cancellation policies if there’s an issue with your order.

Locate where the seller’s. Is the seller in your country of residence or in a different one? International shipping is very popular and is usually easy (assuming the seller is well-known). But, be aware that with international purchases, you are more likely to encounter some issues like delays in import, more expensive costs for shipping as well as currency conversion fees import taxes (in certain cases) or a barriers to communication, etc.

Standard Pixel Sabers

Pixel sabers that are standard make use of high-end electronics and feature more customizable and feature-rich soundboards than budget Pixel sabers. The three most popular soundboards for pixel sabers that are standard:

Proffieboard (open-source)
Plecter Labs Crystal Focus 10 (CFX)
Sabertec Golden Harvest V3

Its KR Sabers Verso soundboard is quite common and slightly more affordable and simple to use within the category. In addition, Electrum Sabercrafts developed their own exclusive Diatium 3 (D3) soundboard and is the only one to offer or use the soundboard on their pixel-sabers. Ultrasabers use their own Obsidian soundboard for the UltraPixel Sabers.

Important note that both in-hilt LED Sabers and Neopixel Sabers typically use similar soundboards. Be sure to confirm with the seller that the saber is a pixels sword prior to making the purchase.

Drawbacks and Limitations of the Neopixel Lightsaber

Neopixel lightsabers typically cost more than the in-hilt LED lightsabers however there are a few low-cost pixel sabers too. They also deplete their batteries more quickly than in-hilt LED lightsabers. If the saber has batteries that are removable, many fans of lightsabers will carry an uncharged spare battery on hand, in case they realize they’ll be spinning dueling, or using the saber over longer durations. Neopixel blades for lightsabers cost much higher than regular tube blades too usually around $100 or less.

The Pogo pins inside the blade holders could be damaged or misaligned as a result of an improper installation of electronics or rough installation of the blade in the hilt. The electronic components within the pixel blade may also be damaged and require repair.

Neopixel Lightsaber Blades and Blade Plugs

Neopixel lightsabers use only the neopixel lightsaber blades as well as the neopixel light-saber plugs. If you wish to utilize blades made specifically for use with in-hilt LED sabers that are essentially polycarbonate tube blades that do not have any illumination in the blade, you’ll require a tiny device called a neopixel inside-hilt converter for LEDs. Similar to neopixel, blade plug adapters are readily available and are able to convert various types of in-hilt LED blade plugs that have open tubing at the bottom to the neopixel plugs for blades.

Sometimes, people don’t care whether the blade plug is lit up. If the lighting of the blade plug isn’t a concern you can simply connect an unlit blade plug to the hilt of the pixel saber to show off the aesthetics or display purposes.