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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22476

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Alrighty then. So, review time.

I picked up this saber, cause I thought to myself: "Hey, I live in Portland now. Saberforge is known here. I don't have anything but my Arbiter to carry around, and it's a stunt saber... I need something with sound that I can show off." So... Hero Exhalted came to be.

You guys probably don't want to know my wait time.

And um... yeeaah. So, the saber itself is extremely nice. This isn't my first Exhalted, and I love them all. I got this one in standard, and it's just beautiful and lovely. But there's 900 bajillion pictures of a standard Exhalted hilt out there, so that's not what this review is going to focus on.

First up, the operation of the saber.

When you first get the hero tier, it comes preset with 9 color profiles which are, honestly, pretty basic in setup. Blue, Artic Blue, Green, Cyan, Purple, Red, Amber, Blood Orange, and Yellow.

Some basic color shots:

Red:



Purple:



Blue:



Cyan:



But!! The wonderful, WONDERFUL part about the Spark Color 2 board is the AMAZING color editor on the board. You simply hold the blade pointing straight down, and hold down the Aux button, and you'll hear the saber boot into the color configuration menu. From here, it's really simple to navigate. You hit the aux button to cycle through your color profiles (named 1 - 9) and the main button to power it "on" and enter the editting mode. You start on the Red die, and hitting the aux button will increase that die's intensity by increments of 10, from 0 - 255. Hold the aux button down, and you'll enter decrease mode, and you can take away from the intensity. Give the hilt a twist when you're satisfied with that die (like you would to switch color profiles during normal saber operation) and bam, you're now editting the second die.

I did this with all my color profiles, and made some truly unique and awesome looking colors:

Very strong hot pink, or magenta:



Really nice "Ice Blue"



And just incase anyone wants to know what all four die at 255 intensity looks like (and yes, it's as bright as a normal 12W+ LED at this level):



And my customized purple:



So. It's SUPER simple to do, and hellafun, and it definitely is a conversation starter.

Some comparision pics of the RGBA+ vs 2 (not fully charged) Warrior 12W+ sabers:







It's not AS bright as they are, but it's still pretty damn bright. I'm pleased with the trade off of brightness for options. It's extremely fair, in my opinion.

ANYWAY... back to emails! :)
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22477

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You guys probably don't want to know my wait time.
Probably same day.
It's not AS bright as they are, but it's still pretty damn bright. I'm pleased with the trade off of brightness for options. It's extremely fair, in my opinion.
Interesting POV on the Hero tier, I've never considered them before.
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22478

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It was not same day! But it was um... not... 14 weeks... either... =/
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22479

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It was not same day! But it was um... not... 14 weeks... either... =/


... Well, I suppose we shouldn't begrudge you too much since you have to listen to us whine at you all the time. :P
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22480

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Dammit man, I keep telling myself I don't want to mess with the extra cost of the RGBA+ hero, and then you go and post a thing like this.

It was really nice to see some of the customizing you did, and how (relatively) simple the operation is! Thank you!

P.P.S: Thanks for the quick response on my Etsy question today. Really appreciate it!
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22482

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Fantastic saber man, and I don't begrudge you the shorter wait time. Working for the company that makes them SHOULD come with some perks! :woohoo:
Imagine what you will know tomorrow....
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22485

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Brax wrote:
Fantastic saber man, and I don't begrudge you the shorter wait time. Working for the company that makes them SHOULD come with some perks! :woohoo:[/quote
TRUTH! Sweet saber.]
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22486

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My reaction to the comparison pics:
"Holy shit the RGBA+ is bright! I can't even tell a difference between it and the saber above it! I need to get one now!"





Then I realize I'm looking at the arbiter :whistle:

Still a fantastic saber though. Congrats! Now the real question of the matter: did you machine it yourself?
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22487

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Haha, not yet. Tho, Justin is gonna teach me how to do some stuff, and I'm going to make as much as I can on my next saber, which will be a special and meaningful build for myself. :)
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22488

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Sweet choose for a saber.

Obi-wans last lightsaber have always been my favorite.

I plan to get an exhalted at one point.
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22701

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When I got my black lotus and was researching the RGBA option, I was like, hmm more money... Wait what was that? I couldn't hear that over the sound of RGBA!!!

Wallet = empty....
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22702

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Beautiful saber Knytiri!

Really love the look of the Exhalted, simple yet elegant. If I ever get a thin-neck saber for dueling purposes, this would be the one.

Personally, I think it looks best with a green LED, but blue, amber, and white seem like they would also be good choices. RGBA is a cool feature, especially with the color mixing option. On a thin neck, it would probably be a good option since the quick connects aren't compatible.

If only I had infinite money haha.
Fallen 12W Purple/12W+ Red
Epoch 6W Cyan
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Next Order: Parks/Korbanth Graflex 2.0
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22708

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Wow really cool sabre Knytiri. Thank you for the pics to was really good to see the rgba with the other sabres.
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #22805

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Superb photos and stunning saber!
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 5 months ago #23053

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Hey Knytiri,

I'm patiently (haha just kidding I'm dying here) waiting for my ASP Champion Mint Green lightsaber. Here's my plan, I'm getting mint green and want to buy Red, and Amber quick connect +LEDs do you think it's worth while to instead to just buy an RBGA+ board instead? I love brightness, but having any color I want without switching LEDs might be handy. I'm still on the fence about it.
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 2 months ago #39864

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Hi Knytiri,
Thanks for the review. This is on my list for 2016 in a Hero tier. Quick question. I also will get the RGBA option but do you get to request what the color of your primary and secondary AV switches are? Are they a permanent selection or do they also change color? Thanks for the response.
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 2 months ago #40181

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Knytiri, do you have to ask for the RGBA+? Is that an upgrade from the RGBA option similar to the 12W+ upgrade option? Thanks so much and love the saber, it's next on my list.
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 4 weeks ago #49016

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I am curious about this too. I was told by customer service they cant do + watts any two color hero tiers. I was told only the single color blades came in + watt but all leds were made brighter than the old ones. So is that RGBA definitely a + watt?
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Hero Exhalted RGBA+ 1 year 4 weeks ago #49143

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Knytiri's not going to answer, but I believe that they use the same type of LED for all their lightsabers, so they will switch to the newer LED type in the sabers. However, I don't know if they're calling it 12w+, nor the spacing of the LEDs in RGBA, but the effect should be similar.
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