What is a Saber Configuration?
The saber configuration essentially determines the electronic setup within the custom saber itself. We are currently offering three configurations which are CFX, Proffie and Stunt.
As the name suggests, the CFX Saber Configuration is powered by the Crystal Focus X soundboard. It is the advanced configuration that features the latest saber technology by Plecter Labs to deliver the most realistic saber experience. Effects are highly customizable through a more user-friendly process.
The Proffie Saber Configuration on the other hand is powered by the ProffieBoard version 2.2 soundboard. It is the advanced programmable alternative configuration that features the latest open-source saber technology for also delivering the most realistic saber experience. Effects customization requires adequate programming knowledge.
And finally, we have the Stunt Saber Configuration which does not feature a soundboard. It is the basic configuration that has all the essentials required for saber combat classes or cosplay photoshoots. It does not have any sound effects.
What does ‘Neo’ mean in a Saber Configuration?
Any saber configuration that has the name ‘Neo’ at the start of it (eg. Neo CFX Saber) basically means that the saber is illuminated by a Neo Blade instead of regular in-hilt CREE LEDs.
A Neo Blade is a custom saber blade type that features hundreds of individually addressable LEDs inside of it that allows for complex and realistic blade effects. Effects such as scrolling ignitions & retractions, locational blaster blocks and blade tip drag are only possible with this blade type.
Is there a quick way to compare all Saber Configurations?
Yes, there certainly is and here is the link:View the Feature Comparison List
CFX or Proffie; which is better?
First off, neither of these saber configurations or soundboards are superior to one another. Both have been thoroughly preconfigured and optimized so that it works amazingly well from the moment you receive the saber. The main difference only occurs if you ever decide to start tweaking or customizing the saber’s settings.
When deciding on which to choose, the determining factor, apart from stock availability, should be based on these points:
- Do you require on-the-go setting adjustments?
- How deep do you wish to customize your saber’s effects and controls?
- Are you familiar with programming?
The CFX Saber Configuration supports on-the-go setting adjustments via a menu function that is accessible on the saber itself. Adding sound fonts is done through following a series of steps that involves a supporting computer and adjusting values in config files. It is generally more user friendly and does NOT require any programming knowledge. Customization options for blade effects and saber controls are decent.
The Proffie Saber Configuration allows for extensive customizations of blade effects, saber controls and more. Each time a modification is made, or a new sound font is added, the firmware on the soundboard needs to be recompiled and reflashed. This requires a supporting computer to be initially set up and changes are all made through programming codes. On-the-go setting adjustments is lesser.
Can I order an empty custom saber hilt?
We unfortunately do not offer such a saber configuration however our stunt sabers are a popular choice amongst third-party installers. You may specify which internal chassis you want installed; CFX or Proffie.
Why is Sabertrio always sold out? Are you guys closing?
That could not be any further from the truth. We are very much in full operation however due to demand exceeding our current capacity, we can only accept new orders at specific dates in a year. This is to ensure that we do NOT take in more than we could possibly handle, which no doubt would lead to a compromise of quality and service.
For updates on when we will be taking in new orders, do follow us on Facebook or Instagram where we post regularly weekly updates.
What is the process for ordering a Custom Acid Etched saber?
To begin, you will need to place an order for a saber hilt of your choice that has custom acid etch selected as its finish. Once done, we will reach out to you via email to discuss the etching designs that you want. We do NOT have any pre-designed templates to provide however there are plenty of examples of our previous work that can be found on our Instagram page.
We will need you to share with us on what you envision your saber's etching to be. An overall concept is sufficient however any additional details and graphics that you can provide will make things easier and more accurate. With all these information, our designer will then create a visual for your approval. You will be able to request for adjustments however once we commence the etching process, changes are no longer possible.
Alternatively, if you wish to take etching designs into your own hands, we can provide you a blank template to draw on.
As every custom acid etch saber is bespoke, it requires an extended lead time to be completed and that ultimately is influenced by how soon the design concept can be finalized.
Can I request for the saber hilt to be finished in a unique way?
At Sabertrio, we always love to be as accommodating as we can. The best would be for you to drop us a message and share with us what you have in mind. If it is possible to be done, you can be assured that we will do it for you.
Can I order a saber without the Covertec Wheel?
Unfortunately, that will not be possible simply because our chassis system uses the Covertec Wheel’s screw to align itself inside the hilt. However, there is a work around; the Covertec Wheel can be replaced with the provided spare retention screw to achieve a flushed external surface area. Always ensure that the chassis is fully removed from the saber before tightening the screw to minimize the risk of stripping the threads.
How long does it take to fully charge the battery?
Typically, it would require 5 to 7 hours to fully charge the battery inside the saber with our Custom Saber Smart Charger. The reason for the slow charge is because the charger only has a 0.5A output which is intended to preserve the longevity of the saber’s 18650 lithium-ion battery.
Is there any warranty on a Sabertrio saber?
Every Sabertrio custom saber is covered by a one-year limited warranty against any form of manufacturing defects. In the unlikely event your saber has an issue, simply drop us a message and our customer service team will be with you soon. Our Warranty & Return policy can be viewed here.
PLACING AN ORDER
How are payments handled?
At Sabertrio, all transactions are handled in US Dollars through two available payment methods which are:
- PayPal (includes PayPal’s Buyers Protection).
- Credit / Debit card via Stripes.
How are shipping fees calculated?
Our website automatically calculates the shipping fees based on the volumetric weight of the items in your shopping cart and the delivery address that you have provided. The fees are then factored into the final billing amount of your order.
Generally, ordering several items in a single order will yield lower shipping fees as compared to numerous orders of single items.
How soon will my order ship?
Normally custom sabers will requires up to 16 weeks from ordering date to ship as each piece is made to order. It is possible orders may ship sooner than that, but the commitment is that lead time will not exceed 16 weeks. Accessories that are ordered individually have a shorter lead time. Details are found in each product page.
When there are multiple items in a single order, these will all be ship together and the lead time is based on the item with the longest one.
Can I make changes to my order?
Yes, you definitely can, and we won’t be charging for this. As long as your order has not been marked “Fulfilled”, changes are still possible. However, please note that our manufacturing system requires new work orders to be generated even for the simplest order modification, and that will reset your order’s position in the build queue. This may potentially extend your order's lead time.
As such, we do hope that you can carefully check your selected options before proceeding to place your order.
Do you accept order cancellations?
Saber orders that are marked as “Unfulfilled” can be cancelled however, there will be a USD25 administrative charge and the PayPal transaction fee is not refundable. There is no administrative charge for accessories-only orders however deduction of PayPal transaction fees still do apply.
Who are your delivery partners and how long is shipping?
The availability of shipping options is dependent on the items in your shopping cart as well as your delivery location. In general, there are two options which are:
- Express Shipping. This is the faster option and is fully insured. Our delivery partners are DHL Express & FedEX, and the selection of who handle your shipment is automatically set based on the delivery location. Shipping time is approximately 4 – 7 working days, not including any delays caused by local customs.
- Standard Shipping. This is the economical option and mainly available for accessories. It is handled by DHL E-commerce and shipping time is typically 5 – 18 working days, not including any delays caused by local customs.
How do I track the shipment of my order?
As soon as your order is shipped, you will receive an email notification together with a tracking number. You may then end-to-end track the shipment via DHL Express OR FedEX’s tracking website.
How are local import duties & taxes handled?
All import duties and taxes (if applicable) will be covered by the recipient of the shipment. That person will receive a notification from DHL Express or FedEX if the shipment has been held by customs. Full payment for any imposed duties or taxes will be required before the shipment can be released.
Does my shipment have insurance?
All Express Shipping shipments are fully insured with the same value as shown in the order’s invoice.
CFX Firmware Update Guide
A Sabertrio CFX Saber features the Plecter Labs Crystal Focus X ; a very powerful and advanced soundboard that has all the latest technology for custom sabers. Much like every other modern electronic device, periodically an updated firmware is released and with it are various enhancements, additional features and bug fixes. This page will guide you through the steps required for updating your CFX Saber.
To begin, you will need a Windows PC and a micro SD card reader. Using the computer, download the following files:Docklight V2.3 Sabertrio CFX Preconfiguration 5.2.1
- This file is password protected due to distribution rights of the included sound fonts. To get access, please message or email us with your saber's order number.
- Pulsing activation switch support for Neo CFX Sabers made on December 1st onward. For older Neo CFX Sabers, illuminated activation switch will behave as normal.
- Special ignition sounds for the Krossguard soundfont has been included. These are meant ONLY for Krosgaards and allows the 'power on' sounds to sync with the trident staggered ignition effect. To enable it, simply unzip the folder and overwrite the files.
- Instructions on how to reconfigure this CFX Preconfiguration to support in-hilt LEDS or single switch operation has been included in the config.txt file.
- All soundfonts are now smoothswing ENABLED and optimized!
- Blaster block effect has been enhanced. Bolts will now dissipate on the blade instead of a simple fade away effect.
- The Force Clash effect has been properly implemented into all sound fonts. To trigger this; while the saber is ignited, press the aux switch just before a clash. The blade will flash once while the saber plays the sound effect.
- The Force Push effect has been properly implemented into all sound fonts. To trigger this; while the saber is ignited and stationary, make a sudden movement with the saber and at the same time press & hold the aux switch. Ideally, this should be performed with one hand holding the saber while the other free hand stretches out forcefully during the saber's sudden movement. If done right, it mimics the Force Push gesture like in the movies. The blade will flash once while the saber plays the sound effect.
- The Flaming Blade Profile has been optimized. The flames will now flicker more naturally and the secondary color is now automatically selected based on the active blade color. Ignition and retraction effects has been set to 'crumble'.
- The Trident feature is now configured to seperate the effects between the main blade and quillons.
- Stab, drag and flicker effects have been further optimized and tweaked.
- Various minor improvements and fixes.
- The files inside the zip file are no longer is stored in a folder. Therefore, you can place the zip file directly into the SD card's root directory and unzip it.
- There are 2 additional sound fonts; Sabertrio and Dark Edition, both created by KSith Saber Fonts exclusively for Sabertrio.
- The saber no longer delays ignition to prompt that the battery is low. Instead, it now ignites the saber immediately while simultaneously prompting.
- The maximum volume of the saber has been capped to 70% to preserve the lifespan of the speaker. This is the same default volume level that all sabers have been shipping with before this. Only difference now is, it is no longer possible to go louder without modifying the special.txt file.
- The Spectrum color changing feature now detects movements better and responds smoother.
- Unstable blade profile has been adjusted to flicker at a faster rate.
- This preconfiguration has been optimized to work with an OLED display and features several custom UI graphics by Sabertrio.
- The battery meter for all Neo sabers now properly detects the blade length and shows green at the top of the blade when battery is fully charged. This includes sabers with OLED display.
- The battery meter feature for single-switch Neo sabers has been implemented and can be triggered by pressing the activation switch while hitting the attached blade.
- The spectrum feature for single-switch Neo sabers has been implemented and can be triggered by pressing the activation switch while making a twisting motion with the saber.
- You will now need to press and hold the switch to awaken the saber from deep sleep. This prevents phantom activations.
- You can now play a variety of classical games on your saber if it has an OLED display.
- Changed iSaber menu sound to something a little more recognizable.
- You can now permanently modify color profiles through the system menu. Remember, after selecting a color profile AND the modifying one parameter (eg. flash-on-clash color), you MUST select ‘previous menu’ to permanently save the changes. DO NOT modify multiple parameters at one go as only the last change will be saved. This function is a lot easier to use with an OLED screen. If you intend to make numerous changes, it is much better to directly access the SD card through a computer instead.
- Fixed a bug that crashes the saber when modifying color profiles.
- The htemp parameter has been increased from 40 to 80. With this, the ‘Focus Path Temperature Critical’ audio warning will only trigger when the board reaches 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Various minor improvements and fixes.
- New blade ignition and retraction effects! To ensure the Neo Saber V2 behaves like in the movies, most soundfonts were only upgraded to use the base flare ignition (type 3) and remained with legacy retraction. Exception to this is the Crystal Focus and Nebula soundfonts which now features the mercury ignition and retraction effect.
- Ignition and retraction timings (‘qon’ and ‘qoff’ parameters) are now associated with the soundfont instead of blade profile. These parameters can now be found in the ‘font_config.txt’ file of each soundfont.
- ‘Blade Power’ in the system menu now works and will adjust the brightness of your Neo Blade…though why would anyone want a dimmer blade in the first place!?
- Unstable blade effect has been slightly tweaked to look closer to what is seen in the movies.
- Mute mode has been implemented and can be triggered by pressing the aux + main switch when the blade is off.
- The Stab effect and sound now triggers when the saber is horizontal (previously only works vertically).
- It is now a lot easier to trigger the blade drag effect.
- The Neo Saber V2 can now have 32 color profiles and 32 blade profiles (previously 16 for both).
- [BUG FIX] On previous firmware versions, in an attempt to make the boot time as quick as possible, the boot up sequence was a little too aggressive. This caused certain Neo Saber V2s to not properly initialize the motion sensor and as a result causes phantom swings, smoothswings or clashes. This firmware addresses and solves this issue.
- Various minor improvements and fixes.
- There are 2 additional sound fonts by KSith Saber Font; The Light and The Darkness.
- The Balance sound font has been further optimized for CFX.
- All smooth swing sound fonts have the smooth swing parameters further optimized.
- You can now access the files on your SD card via USB. Once the update is done, you will no longer need the micro USB reader unless for troubleshooting purposes.
- You can now view the battery level of your saber by pressing the aux switch while the saber’s blade is not powered on. This feature only works with Neo blades.
- You can now adjust the main volume, beep volume and voice volume through the system menu on the saber itself.
- Audio Player blade effects have been improved and is now multicolored. This only works with Neo blades.
- Firmware is more stable.
What's New in CFX Preconfiguration Version 5.2.1?
Crystal Focus X Firmware Version : 10.006E
CFX Preconfiguration Version 5.1 (previous version)
Crystal Focus X Firmware Version : 10.006E
CFX Preconfiguration Version 4.2 (previous version)
Crystal Focus X Firmware Version : 10.005D
CFX Preconfiguration Version 3.1 (previous version)
Crystal Focus X Firmware Version : 10.004B
CFX Preconfiguration Version 2.0 (previous version)
Crystal Focus X Firmware Version : 10.001
Install Docklight V2.3 to your computer. You may skip this step if your computer already has it installed.
Remove the micro SD card from your CFX Saber and insert it into the micro SD card reader that is connected to your computer. The new firmware may rely on files that are not found in previous releases, so a clean install is highly recommended.
Back up the files on the micro SD card then format it. Ensure the file system is set to FAT32. Once done, transfer all the files of the Sabertrio CFX Preconfiguration into the micro SD card (remember to unzip the downloaded file). The ROOT directory of your micro SD card should look like this:
Open the ‘config.txt’ file found in the root directory of your SD card with a text editor. Locate the ‘ledstrip’ parameter and modify its value to the following based on your Neo Blade’s length:
- 36.7″ Neo Blade – 135
- 32″ Neo Blade – 125
- 30″ Neo Blade – 110
- 24″ Neo Blade – 90
- Stunt Blade of any length (In-hilt LED) – 0
Locate the ‘strippower’ parameter and modify this value to the following based on your blade type.
- Neo Blade of any length – 1111
- Stunt Blade of any length – 0000
Save the file and close the text editor.
Safely remove the micro SD card from the reader and insert it back into your CFX Saber.
Using the provided micro-USB to USB cable that came with your CFX Saber, connect one end to your saber’s micro USB port and the other to a USB port on your computer.
Cut power to the board by removing the battery from its holder. Pull the white tab carefully to dislodge the battery itself.
Press and HOLD both primary & auxiliary switch on your CFX Saber. Re-insert the battery back while continue holding both switches until the small LED on the CFX soundboard stops blinking.
If done correctly, the small LED on the CFX soundboard will start pulsing. With the saber still connected to your computer, launch Docklight V2.3. This is what you should see on your computer’s screen:
Click OK. In the next screen, choose “Start with a black project/blank script” and click Continue:
Now that the new project is created, go to “Tools” and click “Project Settings…”
The Project Settings window will pop up. Here, select the correct “Send/Receive on Comm.” that is your saber. It is recommended to have minimal other USB devices connected to your PC at the moment so that you can easily identify which COM port number is the correct one.
After that, make sure the “COM Port Settings” are the same as below:
Once the settings are adjusted, click OK to close the window.
Back in the main interface, click on the play button (Start Communication) at the top left corne
Docklight should now start displaying characters in the “Communication” area like shown below:
Press the main activiation switch of your CFX Saber and DO NOT interrupt the process. You should see a similar screen on Docklight as the images below; this indicates that your saber is being updated.
Once that is done, your CFX Saber has been successfully updated to the latest Sabertrio CFX Preconfiguration. You may now close Docklight and unplug the cable from your saber.
Enjoy your updated CFX Saber! As always, if there is anything that you are not sure about, please feel free to reach out to us via Facebook Messenger, Instagram DM or Email. We are always ready to assist. 🙂
Proffie Firmware Update Guide
A Sabertrio Neo Proffie Saber features the ProffieBoard v2.2; an advanced programmable soundboard that has the latest open-source technology for custom sabers. Much like every other modern electronic device, periodically an updated firmware is released and with it are various enhancements, additional features and bug fixes. This page will guide you through the steps required for you to update your Proffie Saber.
To begin you will need a Windows PC and a micro SD card reader. Using the computer, download the file below:Sabertrio Proffie Preconfiguration 2.0
- This file is password protected due to distribution rights of the included sound fonts. To get access, please message or email us with your saber's order number. Open-sourced files contained within are available to anyone upon request.
What’s New in Proffie Preconfig 2.0
ProffieBoard v2.2 Firmware Version : 6.7
- OLED screen is now supported. Pixel art for every sound font has been added.
- New feature: Track Player. Each sound font can be assigned a single track. To play, first navigate to the sound font that has a track. Then, HOLD activation switch + PRESS & RELEASE auxiliary switch to play the track. Repeat to stop playing. Instructions on how to assign a track to a sound font is found in the tracks folder of the Proffie Preconfiguration file.
- New feature: Volume Menu. To access, HOLD auxiliary switch + PRESS & RELEASE activation switch while the saber’s blade is off. When in volume menu, pressing the auxiliary switch increases the volume while pressing the acitvation switch reduces the voume. Holding any switch will save and exit the volume menu.
- New feature: Gesture Controls. Twist rotate the saber to ignite the blade. Repeat the same gesture to power off. Gesture control will not work when the saber is in sleep mode and will require manual activation with the activation switch for the first time upon waking up.
- Blade styles have been updated to be compatible with ProffieOS 6.7’s new format.
- Flash on Clash sensitivity has been reduced to prevent phantom clashes.
- Stab effect has been removed.
- Removed mute mode as it has been replaced with the volume menu.
- It is now easier to activate the saber. Prior to this, blade activation was only possible with a quick press and release of the activation switch. Now the blade can be ignited through a longer press and release.
- Code has been optimized to reduce battery consumption for non-OLED sabers.
- Config files have been separated for single blade saber, OLED saber and Krosgaard. Through this, no programming is needed for selecting the correct settings.
Follow the instructions of the ‘Setting Up Your Computer’ section in the Proffie User Guide. You may skip this step if your computer has already been setup.
Unzip the downloaded Sabertrio Proffie Preconfiguration file into a folder in your computer. The contents of the folder should look like this:
If your Neo Proffie Saber is a Krosgaard, navigate to ‘7-KROSGAARD’ folder and delete the ‘out’ folder. Next, rename the ‘out_krosgaard’ folder to ‘out’.
Navigate into the extra > ProffieOS > config folder and open the correct s3config file with Notepad++ depending on your Neo Proffie Saber:
- s3config.h for regular single blade Neo Proffie Sabers
- s3config_kros.h for Neo Proffie Krosgaards.
- S3config_oled for Neo Proffie Senzas with OLED screen.
In Notepad++, locate the WS281XBladePt function and modify the highlighted parameter based on the value that matches to your Neo Blade’s length:
- 36.7” Neo Blade – 133
- 32” Neo Blade – 115
- 30” Neo Blade – 107
- 24” Neo Blade – 87
Save the file and close Notepad++.
Remove the micro SD card on your Neo Proffie Saber and insert it into the micro SD card reader that is connected to your computer.
The new firmware relies on files that are not found in the previous releases, so a clean install is required.
Back up the files on the micro SD card then format it. Ensure the file system is set to FAT32. Once done, copy all files in the Preconfiguration folder into the micro SD card. The ROOT directory of your micro SD card should look like this:
Safely remove the micro SD card from the reader and insert it back into your Neo Proffie Saber. Ensure the kill switch is switched off (towards the battery).
Using the provided micro USB to USB cable that came with your Neo Proffie Saber, connect one end to your saber’s micro USB port and the other to a USB port on your computer.
Your computer should now detect your Neo Proffie Saber. On your computer, navigate to the extra > ProffieOS folder and open the ProffieOS.ino file. Arduino IDE should automatically launch with the file loaded.
In Arduino, select the Tools drop down menu and ensure USB Type is selected to “Serial + Mass Storage” as shown below:
Similarly, ensure Port is selected to “COM4 (Proffieboard)” as shown below:
If your Neo Proffie Saber is a Senza with OLED or a Krosgaard, locate #define CONFIG_FILE "config/s3config.h" and add “//” before #define CONFIG_FILE "config/s3config.h". Then:
- For Senza with OLED, delete “//” before #define CONFIG_FILE "config/s3config.h"
- For Krosgaard, delete “//” before #define CONFIG_FILE "config/s3config_kros.h"
You are now ready to reflash your Neo Proffie Saber’s firmware. Click the upload button shown below to begin the flashing process.
Red texts should begin showing in the lower terminal screen and eventually a progress bar should be displayed. If the progress bar does not show, click the upload button again.
Once flashing process is completed, your Neo Proffie Saber will emit a distorted sound. This is normal and your saber now has the latest Sabertrio Proffie Preconfiguration. Unplug the cable and toggle the kill switch towards the speaker to power it.
Enjoy your updated Neo Proffie Saber! As always, if there is anything that you are not sure about, please feel free to reach out to us via Facebook Messenger, Instagram DM or Email. We are always ready to assist. 🙂