How to make your own lightsaber

The lightsaber is inex­tri­ca­bly linked to the fan­ta­sy world of the Jedi Knights and their oppo­nents, the Sith. Craft­ing a sword is one of the most dif­fi­cult tasks for begin­ner Jedi. You can try to do it for real.
How to make your own lightsaber


Buy a reg­u­lar flash­light from a store or mar­ket, pow­ered by two or three “A” bat­ter­ies. Use this flash­light as a lightsaber han­dle, in addi­tion, it will serve as a pow­er source for a future design. The body of the flash­light must be steel, the size depends on the desired size of the lightsaber itself and the size of your hand, choose the col­or to match the col­or of the lumi­nous ele­ment of the future sword.
Order cool neon, also known as flex­i­ble neon, online or from a spe­cial­ized store. This prod­uct is used as dec­o­ra­tive light­ing and is an elec­tro­lu­mi­nes­cent cord. The cost of flex­i­ble neon is on aver­age 300 rubles per 1 meter. Cold neon allows you to achieve a bright and con­stant glow, even­ly dis­trib­uted along the entire length of the cord at a fair­ly low pow­er con­sump­tion.
Do not con­fuse cold neon with dura­light, a chain of LEDs under plas­tic. Choose cool neon depend­ing on per­son­al pref­er­ences: the col­or of the glow does not affect the oper­a­tion of the struc­ture, the thick­ness should be cho­sen as large as pos­si­ble, ide­al­ly up to 10 mm, the length of the cord depends on the desired size of the lightsaber.
Pur­chase a pow­er sup­ply (invert­er). For the cord to glow (ignite the elec­tro­lu­mi­nes­cent sub­stance), a high-fre­quen­cy cur­rent is required, which is sup­plied through a pow­er sup­ply unit with an out­put fre­quen­cy of up to 2000 Hz and a volt­age of 110V. The pow­er sup­ply you need is pow­ered by 1.5V bat­ter­ies (12V invert­ers also exist) and is most often used to demon­strate and test the glow of cold neon.
Attach the pow­er sup­ply to the cold neon and attach it to the flash­light — lightsaber hilt. If the lightsaber works and the cold neon glows, then your sword is ready. For reli­a­bil­i­ty of a design, care­ful­ly fas­ten all details and insu­late con­nec­tions.
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