DIY Controller v7


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*** This unfinished product listing is for some eager customers who’ve already been in contact ***
— Photos needed, and probably more and less technical detail…
LEDitor information is way out of date…

Building your own pixel props?? We’re now selling our control boards for anyone to make use of!!

Handles lithium battery charging – 1 amp max to charge 1 or 2 cells in parallel, such as 18650/16650/13650 Li-Ion or any 3.7V Li-Polymer pouch
6 amp max discharge via a temperature controlled power management IC
Soft on/off – Blue button controls this; push to turn on, hold to turn off
Brightness control – Hold red to turn up, hold green to turn down
File/Folder selection – 20 folders max, 99 files per folder. Red button twice enters folder selection, red button once moves to next file
Repeat – press green once to toggle file repeat, lights indicate which mode is currently selected
Battery life remaining – press green twice, lights indicate the battery voltage
Auto Off – when battery falls below 5% the circuit board will shut itself and LEDs down to a ~6 micro amp drain

Comes programmed for whatever pixel count you want, reads .LED files from a 4GB microSD card (LEDitor software included on the card)
— 72 suits half metre lengths of WS2812B or APA102
— Shorter plays SD files faster, minimum ~30 recommended for sufficient resolution
— Can be reprogrammed if you’re into that sort of thing.
— Firmware isn’t open source but we’ll happily give you the pinouts to all the peripherals
— Can be reprogrammed as an arduino via a 6 pin unpopulated ICSP header
— Breakout for gyro and wireless, not populated and not programmed

6 pin interface:
Optional, included for you to use, adapt or ignore. Without this 4 or 5 wires need to be soldered to pads, with it tube ID must be 20mm or more
— Battery Positive
— Ground, common to LED strips and Battery negative
— Switched Positive, goes to LED strips
— LED Data
— LED Clock (only needed for APA102 style LEDs)
— Not Connected (could be wired to a spare pin on the ATMEGA328 (arduino) microcontroller for an extra switch, firework igniter, mechanical something…. 😉

Comes with:
— 4GB microSD card with 250+ sample images and the LEDitor software to edit (easy mode) and choreograph (advanced) images and sequences
— USB card reader
— Micro USB cable
— 240v 2A USB adaptor – Australian sales only, international customers must supply their own 1 Amp or faster USB adaptor

Board Dimensions:
— 98mm L x 19mm W x 8mm H, or…. 4″ x 3/4″ x 5/16″, not including the 6 pin interface
— Buttons are 10.4mm, 17mm and 23.6mm from the interface end of the board. If you have a 3D Printer we can send the .STL of a suitable template

Photos needed – the interface board is a round 19mm diameter board with a 6pin female IDC socket, board has a 6pin male IDC plug on the end
The microUSB and microSD card are at the far end of the board facing outwards
We use these boards in the end of a CNC milled carbon fibre tube, 20mm ID and 1mm wall for doubles, 1.5mm wall for swords and staves
– Dragon staff boards are completely different


LED Direction: Are you going to put the controller near the START or the END of the LED Strip  — see description

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Additional information

Pixel Count

32px (~22cm), 36px (~25cm), 40px (~28cm), 72px (~50cm), 90px (~63cm), 110px (~76cm), 120px (~83cm), 130px (~90cm), 144px (~100cm)

LED Strip Direction

Controller will be near the START of the LED strip, Controller will be near the END of the LED Strip

Driver (LED Type)

WS2812B (3 wires, cheaper and easier to wire up), APA102 (4 wires, more expensive but faster refresh rate)


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