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  1. On 8/12/2020 at 9:33 AM, Hesikaya said:

    How is the progress coming? I have another blaster project and am looking forward to this nifty innovation.

    i just tested the new pcb board where i replaced the led drivers with 3 small transistors and it was working fine if there wasn't an error on the original scheme (i used a differente transistor schematic) so i have to reprint another stock



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  2. the 1 kohm resistor is needed between Arduino TX and DFPlayer RX because the serial input is goign at 3.3 volts while arduino otuput is 5 volts.


    " 4.1 Serial Communication Connect Module's serial port is 3.3V TTL level, so the default interface level is 3.3V. If the MCU system is 5V. It is recommended connect a 1K resistor in series" http://www.picaxe.com/docs/spe033.pdf


    btw great work!

  3. On 5/22/2019 at 4:33 PM, joby619 said:

    Does anyone know where I can get the sound files?  I PM,d skyone last week but he hasn’t been on for awhile.

    just send me a PM and i will send you the link with the zip file to download


    (sent you)



    IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE PROJECT: i fixed the RESISTOR value between the MP3 Player (DF Player) and Arduino, it must be 1 KOHM instead of 10KOHM or the DF player (and clones) wont work fine or at all!

  4. just note i made an easy assembly board to make the work easier and better. Just succesfully completed its testing, the sound is loud and clear, no clipping or noise, thanks to PCB connections. With this board it will be easier to fit arduino and their components inside the PVC pipe, saves extra cables and work, no mistakes.




    Size WxLxH mm
    main unit: 91x29x21.8
    drivers module: 41.5x29x18.70
    bar leds module: 35.5x19.5x9.85





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  5. On 11/21/2018 at 3:04 PM, alejandro said:


    Hi, I will star soon with this project. Thanks to all guys.

    I find this place to download many blaster effects: http://www.plecterlabs.com/shop/article_info.php?articles_id=3

    (Core V5 have .wav files)

    Good Luck!

    that was a good find, by the way these sounds are streamed at 22.050 kHz / 16 bit because of the limitation of their board.


    In this project you can play MP3 files at 44.100 kHz (and over), that is much better quality. This is because here the limit is just the SD capacity (up 32GB!). For example, you can upload the best soundtracks from the saga or any background sounds (like the stormtrooper chatting radio from 501forum), playing them while your blaster is folded.


    If you need the mp3 sounds just send me a pm, i will send you the link and the password.

  6. just in case, i update the range limit of the power supply of the latest scheme with arduino pro mini, from 7,4v - 12v into 7,4v - 9v


    after some testing and reading around, i realized that these arduino pro mini chinese clones can't handle in this project 12 volts, it will burn their small voltage regulators.


    By the way, it is really unecessary 12 volts, the project just need around 7,4volts

  7. 18 hours ago, Jonelli said:

    In case anyone is interested... I'm trying to fit all this into a F-11D blaster.  I'm still in the beginning stages, but I think I've figured out a way to build a charging port into the end cap.
    I added a recessed port with threads to the white part, and mating threads into the grey D-Ring part so that it can be unscrewed and plugged in to charge my LiPo battery.

    love to see such works in this thread

    well done

  8. On 12/2/2018 at 9:36 AM, Jonelli said:

    Hey SkyOne,
    Your eBay link for the 5v regulator sends you to generic 5v regulators.  You might want to specify it to be a positive voltage regulator.  I ended up with some negative L7905's by accident and when they heated up real good, I realized what happened.

    you are right

    The voltage regulator should be positive

    i used the L7805CV


    edited first page

  9. On 1/1/2018 at 8:00 AM, Jonelli said:

    Hey All, 
    I am building a F-11D TFA blaster and would like to use this for the sounds/lights.  I won't be using the counter LED's, and I'm not sure if it even should have a reload function. 
    Can I just omit the multi-segment LED module without changing anything else, and is there a way to bypass the counting/reload function?  I'm not a programmer, and I can likely figure it out with some help, but I'm also brand new to Arduino.



    sure and it would be very easy

    it might be better to start a new code with the basic functions fire sound and led light when fire

  10. 24 minutes ago, roxiestrife said:

    So I've bought most of my parts already andI've started putting my stuff together to see it working. The link below is a video of what I have working so far.




    As I am installing it into an E22 Blaster I would like to use two of the tri colour LEDs on the shopping list. If I use three LED drivers to power both LEDs should I stick to the 350ma drivers or would three 700ma drivers be more appropriate?



    I'll be using 2 rgb LEDs as the E22 blaster has 2 barrels. The 350ma driver I linked doesnt appear to have an intergrated pt4115 circuit from what I can see. Is that a nessecity?

    Ops didnt know of double barrel. If they fire at the same time you might try to use 3 drivers of 700mA for both RGB Leds, the PWM control from arduino should works for both. In that case the 2 RGB leds should be connected between them in parallel to double the amperage needed.

    Otherwise you still need the 350mA for each color with pt4115 and pwm output.

  11. 9 minutes ago, RankAndFileTrooper said:

    If someone wants to use an OLED display in his/her blaster, I made a font using the iconic Star Wars characters which can be used together with the Adafruit GFX library:

    // to include libs and font:
    #include <Adafruit_GFX.h>
    #include <Adafruit_SSD1306.h>
    #include <Fonts/Aurebesh_6pt.h>
    // initialize the OLED:
    * SSD_1306 based 128x64 I2C OLED monochrome display
    * Adafruit_SSD1306.h reconfigured to use only 128x32 pixels, otherwise sketch runs out of RAM
    #define OLED_RESET 4
    Adafruit_SSD1306 display(OLED_RESET);
    // to set the font as active font later in the code:
    // to switch back to default characters
    // to dislay something with the currently activ font:
      display.println("Trooper: TK-83607");


    Have fun!

    please when you post in this topic add more specific information how to add that feature in this project, such as the updated scheme, the link of the module (datasheet), otherwise is quite unuseful. Thanks.

  12. 17 hours ago, roxiestrife said:

    So I've bought most of my parts already andI've started putting my stuff together to see it working. The link below is a video of what I have working so far.




    not sure what leds you are going to use

    as fire effect, are you going to use an RGB led or standards led as in the video? or you want to use 2 sets of RGB led? why should you need 2 in that case?





    drivers are needed in the RGB led because high amperage. In that case you need a 350mA driver for each color.  But if you use standard led as the second picture (they rated about 20ma) you don-t need the driver, you can use a resistor as the blue pulse led (around 100ohm).

  13. 19 hours ago, RankAndFileTrooper said:

    I'm glad you discovered the DFPlayer!!! It just happens to be exactly the same chipset I use in all of my DIYino boards, including the new Stardust v2:

    Stardust V2 Introduction


    The module is superb, definitely the loudest I've tested so far, especially coupled with a premium bass 2W speaker from VECO.


    It took me quite a time and effort to find out what chipset this module uses, and I had to even ask some Chinese colleagues to translate to me from Chinese to understand it. Those guys building the DFPlayer protected it like a holy secret. But finally I even managed to source these chips I now build into my DIYino boards.


    The Prime used the same YX5200-24SS chipset assembled on the MP3-tf-16p, now for the Stardust I use a more advanced chipset YX-6300-24SS because it can read the wav/mp3 files both from an SD card and an SPI-flash. For blasters due to the short duration of the sound file the SPI-flash is perfect, that is why I decided to put a 16MByte flash on the Stardust v2 instead of the cumbersome SD-card holder.


    On my GitHub you can also find the library for the DFPlayer:



    BTW, it is one of those rare chipset which can do gapless playback, essential for lightsaber probs. But later on I plan to add the possibility of a humming sound to my blaster software, and there this feature will come in handy :)


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    Updated scheme, link, info and code working with the new DFPlyer mp3 sound board.




  14. big improvements today! got the new led drivers 1watt each with PT4115 integrated circuit and they work great powering with arduino a super bight 3 watt RGB led! now it is very easy the assembly, thanks to the pins ready to solders.




    Moreover, i also tested a new Mp3 player board, even smaller and cheaper to the previous one. It is called DFPlayer mp3 mini (also know as Mp3-TF-16P), it communicates with arduino via serial ports, has its own library (very easy to program), it is 3watt mono (who care if it is not stereo) and we can connect to 2 speakers via the small mini amp (3w+3w). Just tested with arduino, a 8GB MiniSD card, RGB led and button and it works great! :) what else for just 1,20euro?




    you can watch  both succesfull video test on my facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/fxblasterarduino/


    very soon i will update the first page with everythings needed associated to this upgrade. And a new project is coming..


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  15. i am studing a pcb board ready to assembly diy kit, in the meantime i have found another set of led driver suitable to this project

    it  has the same  PT4115 IC of the led driver linked in the first post, resistors to give 350mA 1W, but it is better because:


    DC 7-30V to 1.2-28V 350MA 1W




    - no unecessary diods

    - PWM pin is ready, no need to solder wire straigh to the IC pad


    so, as before, we need 3 of this, one for each colured led (RGB)

    it is untested yet, i will order, if ok i will update the first page replacing the old one.



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