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Author Topic: Using the AV switch (ACCENT 1) and the battery monitor.  (Read 315 times)
Sir_Horus
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« on: May 26, 2019, 04:03:46 PM »

OK, So the default config for my sabers has accents 2-4 turned off.  This makes sense as there are no LEDS attached to those headers.  However, if I turn on the battery monitor feature, it always wants to default to accent 4.  If I change it to accent one, it makes the AV switch led stay off until it starts to blink to tell you that the battery is getting low.  What are others doing here and am I missing something?  I was also under the impression that I could have the saber do something else when the battery is getting low, like give an audible warning?

What am I missing?  I am sorry if I am ignorant of this and I appreciate any help.

Many thanks in advance...
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2019, 12:30:39 PM »

The battery monitor function overrides any other setting on that Accent LED. So if you change it to your AV switch, any setting for Accent LED 1 (AV switch) will be overriden by the battery monitor - pulses, flashes, constant lighting etc. You're not missing anything, it's just how the function works.

The saber only gives optical warnings, but not acoustic. At least not now, it may be possible to implement that with a future update.
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2019, 08:24:35 PM »

Many thanks for the info.  This is what I feared was the case.  I guess I know why there are potentially four accent LED headers on the board, it's just too bad that only one is being used.  If at least one other was connected, then there would be an LED for the battery indicator.

I must admit my abject illiteracy when it comes to building or modding sabers, so I do not know what goes into the wiring or the building of one.

I have seen another reference in the board config related to something called a buckpuck but I have no clue what that does.  I suspect it might be related to a built in charging port, but thats a guess and I suspect a bad one.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2019, 08:40:47 AM »

The buck puck controls the power (voltage, current, etc.) delivered to the LED, and the other option is using a resistor to do the same. The resistor is going to be cheaper, and the buck puck delivers better results.


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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2019, 08:43:12 AM »

You can always add an indicator on your own when you know someone who has some knowledge of electronic stuff. I would only suggest that you do it once the saber is out of warranty (i.e. more than a year old). Any modification within the warranty period will void it!

As for the BuckPuck, it's a power regulator for the LED - far superior than a simple resistor. You won't see it on an Emerald or Diamond saber, though, as the power regulation is done by the Emerald or Diamond board itself. And it has absolutely nothing to do with the Recharge Port. The Port works on Li-Ion battery setups only, but a BuckPuck would also work on a simple AAA battery setup. In most cases, a BuckPuck will be combined with a Li-Ion battery setup, though, as this provides the best power supply to the LED.
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