As neopixel lightsabers and blades continue to gain popularity among lightsaber enthusiasts, what’s the future of in-hilt LED lightsabers? Custom saber manufacturers like Vader’s Vault and Sabertrio unveiled their first neopixel lightsabers in 2018. Although Ultrasabers and Saberforge don’t yet offer neopixel lightsabers, the two companies, along with many other custom saber companies, will likely add neopixel lightsabers to their stores in the near future in order to keep up with the trend.
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Up to this point, using in-hilt LEDs has been the predominate method of illuminating a lightsaber, but neopixel lightsabers are quickly becoming a popular alternative.
The primary alternative of in-hilt LEDs has been string blades. String blades contain a string of LEDs within a non-detachable blade and are used mostly in plastic toy lightsabers, lower end metal lightsabers (like several YDD Saber products), and the officially licensed Star Wars: The Black Series Force FX lightsabers. String blades are fragile, however, and are NOT duel worthy.
Like string blades, Neopixel blades also contain LEDs with the blade itself. Unlike string blades, Neopixel blades can be removed from the hilt. Neopixel blades are also more resilient than string brings, more expensive, and offer more customizing options with different lighting effects (i.e. a blaster bolt deflection effect). Neopixel blades are a lot brighter than many alternatives as well.
One of the main disadvantages of neopixel lightsabers and blades is the high price point. neopixel lightsabers often cost at least $100 to $200 more than in-hilt LED lightsabers. Another disadvantage is the battery drain. Neopixel lightsabers drain the battery much more rapidly than in-hilt LED lightsabers.
In-hilt LED lightsabers will likely stick around for a while simply due to the lower price. Many buyers, especially new lightsaber enthusiasts purchasing a first saber, are price conscious and may be deterred by the higher price point of neopixel lightsabers.
Considering the growing popularity of neopixel lightsabers, what do you think about the future of in-hilt LED lightsabers?