Introduction: Light Saber Under $5. No Tools.

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I needed to make a light saber to take it to the Light Saber Battle in San Francisco and had about a night to make one. The following really worked out for me since it didn't need any tools and all I had to do was assemble two parts -- a PVC pipe and a flashlight. The outcome was a really durable and bright light saber.

It is made with PVC pipes from Home Depot and a flashlight that fits in it. Following steps detail my experience. If you experiment with other pipes/ flashlights, please do leave a note.

Step 1: Parts

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I bought the 3/4-inch red and blue PVC pipes and had the Home Depot associate cut the 5' pipe into two. If you need longer or shorter, you can specify the desired length.

Next, I bought pen flashlights as shown. They have a diameter of 0.61" and are easy to fit in the pipe. If you are experimenting with other pipes and flashlights, you may want to pay attention to the fitment of flashlight in the pipe.

The PVC pipe costed about $3.5 per 5' and the flashlights were ~$4.5 per 2-pack.

Step 2: Assembling

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Put the flashlight in the pipe. In my case, the the flashlight fit the pipe snuggly. I used some tape as a good measure.

Step 3: Almost Done

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Cut a small piece paper to cover the other end of the "light saber". The flashlight I used is really bright and it was annoying when the "light saber" is pointed at somebody. A little piece of paper helps soften the light.

And you are done.


Beaver Boy (author)2016-10-15

I really LOVE it

doo da do (author)2016-08-12

Have not seen them in different colors, will look into it, could use it if your auto breaks down at night save that $100.00 battery.

TheGoddamnBatman (author)2016-01-08

Can you please suggest an alternative to the pipes? Something easily available in the neighbourhood?

GymnasticsGirl (author)2016-01-07

Where did you get the red and blue pvc?

r3t2 (author)GymnasticsGirl2016-01-07

I was told it is actually a PEX pipe. I got it from Home Depot.

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ImanuelEzra82 (author)2015-12-31

I Can't found Blue/Red PVC at my country.....

EToft (author)2015-12-31

I'm not sure but I think it is not PVC, but instead pex plumbing tubing. PVC is fairly opaque and usually white or gray.

tallemertes (author)2015-12-31

One suggestion, tape aluminum foil to the top so it reflects light back into the light saber and makes it brighter

r3t2 (author)tallemertes2015-12-31

thanks for the tip. I actually tried it but didn't like the weird reflection pattern since the foil was not super straight. Somebody else suggested I use a coin or something shiny and sturdy.

XSimpleHacksX (author)2015-12-31


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