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Author Topic: The Unofficial UltraSaber buying guide  (Read 148836 times)
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« on: September 13, 2011, 10:49:31 AM »

I decided to make this thread (hopefully stickied) as a reference for newcomers to lightsabers for Ultrasabers and their products.  Like almost every first time buyer, I had a ton of questions, and a lot of time was spent on Google looking for the answers.  Well have no fear!  I will attempt to gather as many topics here to help you research and decide on your first lightsaber.

The Hilt

Choosing a hilt is completely personal preference and maybe a matter of money.  Do you prefer Style? Functionality? Value?  Will the saber be in heavy use? or will it adorn the wall or mantle?
If you are a looking to be a combat lightsaber enthusiast, the length of the hilt may come into consideration.  2-Handed? 1-Handed? Staff? Dual Wield?  Although there is no specific thread on hilt lengths you will be able to find some in the reviews section.
Saber Staves are essentially 2 smaller sabers connected by a coupler.

Height vs. Staff Length Topics
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=1132.0
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=1482.0
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=1041.0

The Sound

The good folks at Ultrasabers do their best to meet with the demands of a lightsaber enthusiast.  They opened up for suggestions on what people wanted out of a soundboard in their lightsaber.  The result was the Obsidian(TM) soundboard.

The Obsidian
http://www.ultrasabers.com/product-p/z-sound-obsidianusb.htm

Soundboards are available as an option on select hilts because they need the room to fit all the electronics into the saber.  Also if you choose to go with sound, it is strongly recommended you consider getting the Lithium-Ion setup.

Lithium Ion Topic
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=1581.0

Sound Topic
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=2718.0

The Blades

UltraSabers prides itself on being THE name among combat saber enthusiasts.  This is due largely to their blades.  They have 2 qualities that any saber enthusiast would want.

They are extremely durable
http://youtu.be/StB5wRy3KdI
http://youtu.be/TNpWnjiXwK8

Blade Comparisons
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=666.0

And they are really bright (also due to the LEDs ultrasabers uses)
There are LOTS of pics and vids in the review section to display that.

Education on Blade Types and Opinions by Deep Himself
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=3096.0

Some key questions to ask when choosing a blade.
Will it be for combat (sparring, dueling)? or will it be for display?
How long do i want it?  Ultrasabers offers 36" 32" 24".  They will also do a custom length for an additional charge.
Do I want a round tip or a pointed (bullet) tip? The bullet tip will increase lead, that is the build/processing time for the saber, hence also increasing the shipping time.

One last point here is that the blades are replaceable and/or interchangeable.  You can purchase multiple blades for different occasions.  

Also note that the blades when placed in the hilt lose about 1-2 inches so overall length of the saber will change.  Best way to test this is to buy a large dowel (not more than an inch thick and long enough).  Find the size of the hilt on the forums (usually in the reviews) and add blade length minus 1-2 inches.  Measure the result on the dowel and also mark the length of the hilt and cut the excess, and see how it feels.  You may want to cut a bit further up just in case you cut too short.  If that seems like too much work, you can invest in a yard stick. I would say average size of single saber floats above 36" unless you got the x-large 36" blade.
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2011, 10:50:14 AM »

The Color

It is highly a point of preference on what color you desire.  Depending on the color you choose also determines the amount of batteries you will require to power your saber.  This is due to mix colors such as SunRider's Destiny, Violet Amethyst, and Arctic Blue as they use more than one LED to achieve the color. Pictures of different colors are abundant in the reviews section.

Another option is when you purchase a saber in Adegan Silver, it will ship with color discs.  You can use these discs to alter the color of the light.  Here are some links to a topic and some pics of filters in action.  Remember that filters are subtractive of the brightness of the LEDs, so its a matter of preference.

Education on Blade Types and Opinions by Deep Himself
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=3096.0

Filter Topics
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=2761.0
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=1760.0

Filter Pics
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=2346.0
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=2748.0

Some hilts will have the option of having an RGB setup.  That is it will have 3 separate switches for Red, Blue, and Green.  You can have multiple switches on at the same time, so you can create 7 different combinations of colors.  Note that this will also increase the size of the hilt in some cases.

RGB demo
http://youtu.be/N3KmmbRO5kM

Another option is quick disconnects, which is available on select lightsabers.  This will allow you to change out LEDs.  Quick disconnects are a wonderful money saving option if you want multiple colors.  They set it up for you so its very easy.

Quick Disconnect Topic

Quick Disconnect Video
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=3381.0#msg41980

Please note the reviewer's comment on the different sizes of LED modules.  Here are the links for easy viewing

LED Module (small)
http://www.ultrasabers.com/product-p/led%20module.htm

This smaller unit is compatible with Aeon, All Prophecy Models, All Initiate v2 Models, All Dominix v2 Models, All Liberator Models, All Standard Issue Models, and the Redemption. It is important to note that all of these hilts do not have the option of quick disconnect on their product page.  This unit is mainly sold for DIY projects and the hilts listed are for reference.

LED MLS Unit (large)
http://www.ultrasabers.com/product-p/mls.htm

These larger units currently fit into the Bane, War Glaive, Dark War Glaive, Consular, Archon v2, Bellicose and Raven models.  All these hilts have the option of quick disconnect on their product pages.

http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=2144.0

It is also nice to note that, if you ask nicely, you can ask the good folks at UltraSabers to tweak some LEDs to get a desired color.  E.g. Violet amethyst with more blue to achieve an indigo/darker violet color.

Batteries

Lightsabers would not be lightsabers without light, and light needs energy.  Batteries play an important role in any lightsaber.  Just like you wouldnt put water in the gas tank, you want good batteries for a nice bright blade.  Each battery type has their pro's and con's.  Popular brands to use in lightsabers are:
Alkaline: Duracells, Energizers  NiMH: Sanyo eneloop, Tenergy  
Lith-Ion: Energizer or Lith-Ion setup from Ultrasabers

Lithium Ion
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=1727.0
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=1581.0

As you probably read Lithium Ion is the best of the best.  Your saber will be bright until it dies.
Note that Lithium Ion setup is available in select sabers.

Alkalines and NiMH
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=484.0
http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=1846.0

There's nothing wrong with Alkalines or NiMH.  Its just an option for some who cant get a Lith-Ion setup in smaller sabers, or those a little short of cash.

Some key Questions to ask when choosing batteries.

How often will i be using my saber?
Do i want a bright blade?
Do i have a custom color?

The End

Before you check out, there is a comments box before you checkout in the checkout process.  Here you can put in any requests about your order.

Any other questions can be directed to

info@ultrasabers.com
shipping@ultrasabers.com

Congratulations on your saber purchase. No matter what you chose, any worries will melt away once you pull it out of that UPS box, and swing (cut) around for the next week or 2 or months or years.

Once your saber ships, you will get reward points.  UltraSabers rewards customer loyalty and repeat customers.  For every dollar you spend you will get one point.  10 points = $1 in store credit which you can store up and use towards your next purchase.

Thank you for reading this thread. And if you sign up for this forum please thank all the authors of the threads linked here and the posters for their insight.

Whether you are Sith or Jedi...

May the Force Be With You

Note: I am not an employee nor am I affiliated with Ultrasabers operations.  I am just a humble newcomer to the world of combat-ready lightsabers and decided to help any other newcomers.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2011, 10:50:59 AM »

Very Nice!

You get a point for this brilliant Idea.
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2011, 10:52:02 AM »

Thanks i hope it's useful to any noobs like myself.  And maybe bring good fortune to Ultra.
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2011, 11:15:17 AM »

Also a point for the awesomeness of your idea! Keep up the great work with this thread! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2011, 11:16:27 AM »

I'm sure it will be useful. Great job! I'm throwing you some LS points.
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2011, 11:20:58 AM »

Also a point for the awesomeness of your idea! Keep up the great work with this thread! Grin

yea i will scour the board for useful threads and i'll add them to this
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2011, 11:28:18 AM »

Nice Job!! (LSP given).
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2011, 12:34:04 PM »

LS points given, and topic stickied.  Thanks for the contribution, I'm sure it will be a great help to new customers!
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2011, 12:38:24 PM »

LS points given, and topic stickied.  Thanks for the contribution, I'm sure it will be a great help to new customers!

wow. it feels like an honor, like the knighting ceremony of a jedi.  to have a topic that will stand the test of time.  yea i noticed some new comers today on the boards, and a customer who might not be buying sabers anymore.  i hope this thread will keep them coming.
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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2011, 02:57:56 PM »

Well done.  Now if we can get newcomers to use the search function this topic will get massive traffic.
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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2011, 03:08:07 PM »

Well done.  Now if we can get newcomers to use the search function this topic will get massive traffic.

Thats why i posted it in the first forum they see, the about Products and Services, hopefully this forum is the one they click first.
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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2011, 06:08:52 PM »

http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=2773.0

Thought I'd help ya out. I found this a moment ago, nice little dictionary of the basic terms we take for granted that noobs, being noobs, probably don't know. Smiley My Kudos to LaserRay for compiling it.
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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2011, 06:19:46 PM »

wow well done with this
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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2011, 09:08:45 AM »

Wait, waitwaitwaitwaitwaitwait a minute!

you mean to tell me that Adegan Silver sabers are supposed to come with colour discs? Because I sure did NOT get any colour discs with mine!
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