Hilt Testing Rig 2.0– Now with HANDLE for easy removal. XD
With a way to connect to the hilt in place, I begun some very simple experiments to try to understand what each of the three wires did. As expected, there was Ground, Power, and Data. Spork used the multimeter and oscilloscope to figure out which was power, and also see what voltage was running down the line.
Using an LED, I learned that the savers are ALWAYS on– the power switch is just a reed switch (magnet) that triggers the hilt to pretend it’s “on” by lighting the blade and playing sounds fx. If I connected an LED to the power and ground lines, it would turn on regardless of the switch.
This explained why the saber would still display lights and play feedback sounds when “off” and changing kybers or blades.)
On my eternal quest for my #tealsaber, this discovery led to a test the easiest mod option: Just running an RGB strip (with IR remote support) directly to the two lines. I wouldn’t have sound fx or the ability to turn it on/off without removing the strip/blade, but hey, still would be teal. 😀