A neopixel lightsaber, sometimes called a Plecter Pixel lightsaber, Pixel saber, or Neo saber, is a type of custom saber equipped with flexible LED strips inside the lightsaber blade. Neopixel lightsabers feature bright blade illumination, RGB color changing customization, and extensive, customizable visual effects. The neopixel lightsaber blade is removable from the hilt.
Some custom saber companies and individuals do not use the term “neopixel lightsaber” since “neopixel” is a trademarked term owned by Adafruit. Calling the saber a “Pixel” is a popular, colloquial way of referring to the technology.
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Features of a Neopixel Lightsaber
Neopixel lightsabers are brighter than lightsabers with an in-hilt LED configuration and neopixel lightsabers feature more complex and customizable visual effects (e.g. blade scrolling effects, blade animations, blaster bolt deflect, unstable blade effects, etc.). A neopixel lightsaber equipped with heavy grade/thick walled blade stock may be used for light to medium lightsaber dueling. Ask the specific lightsaber manufacturer for details regarding the durability of their specific product.
Limitations of a Neopixel Lightsaber
Neopixel lightsabers generally cost more than in-hilt LED lightsabers. Neopixel lightsabers also drain their batteries faster than in-hilt LED lightsabers. Neopixel lightsaber blades cost a lot more than standard tube blades as well.
Neopixel Lightsaber Blades and Blade Plugs
Neopixel lightsabers only use neopixel lightsaber blades and neopixel lightsaber blade plugs. Blades designed for in-hilt LED sabers, which are simple polycarbonate tube blades without any in-blade illumination, are NOT compatible with neopixel lightsabers. Neopixel blade plug adapters are available and may be used to convert many types of standard blade plugs (designs for an in-hilt LED saber) into neopixel blade plugs.
List of Neopixel Lightsaber Companies
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AC Lightsabers (Etsy) Malaysia
ArgentumSabers Germany [also on Etsy]
Bendu Armory United States
Dark Force Custom Sabers United States [also on eBay/ also on Etsy]
eBay (various sellers)
Electrum Sabercrafts Canada
Evolution Arms United States
Genesis Custom Sabers Canada
JQ Sabers United Kingdom
RGVCustomSabers (Etsy) United States
RogueArsenal (Etsy) United States
Sabermach Singapore [also on Etsy]
Sabertrio Malaysia [also on Etsy]
Vader’s Vault United States