There are lots of reasons why Star Wars fans love replica lightsabers. Firstly, they are tangible reminders of the franchise they love so much. They can also serve as valuable and eye-catching display pieces, and for fans who love sparring and cosplay, these replicas are the most interactive props out there. Their highly realistic and immersive features (blade lights, visual effects, motion-sensitive sound effects) make wielding them fun and thrilling.
Regardless of what you use it for (display, cosplay, dueling), your replica lightsaber is valuable memorabilia, and you should treat it as such. In this piece, we shall be taking a look at some of the rituals and techniques you can use to care for your star wars lightsaber so it stays in good condition for a long time.
Storing Your Lightsaber
One of the leading causes of scratches and dirt accumulating on the surface of a lightsaber is improper storage. To avoid this and any other saber-damaging accidents, it is crucial that you have a dedicated storage solution (preferably a protective case) for your replica lightsaber when it is not in use. The place where you store your lightsaber should be relaxed, dry, and not directly exposed to sunlight or extreme temperatures.
There are several different types of lightsaber storage cases, wall mounts, and display cases that you can purchase for your lightsaber. A storage case will protect your lightsaber against dirt, scratches, and dings. When storing your lightsaber for an extended period of time, make sure to remove its batteries so they don’t leak or corrode.
Cleaning Your Lightsaber
Dirt can gradually accumulate on the surface of your lightsaber after usage. Luckily, the process of removing dirt from your saber’s blade is straightforward and doesn’t require the use of any particular type of cleaning agent. All you need is some water or mild (non-abrasive) cleaning product and a soft cloth. To clean the blade, wet the cloth with water or the cleaning agent and wipe the surface of the blade with the cloth. Never try to clean your lightsaber by submerging it in water, as this will only damage its electronics and void its warranty.
If your lightsaber has scuff marks either from clashing with other sabers or scratches from hard surfaces, you can try using an all-purpose eraser sponge to get the scuff marks out.
Caring for Your Lightsaber’s Battery
If you don’t make use of your lightsaber very often, then it is essential that you routinely check on the state of its batteries. Routine battery checks are what protect your lightsaber’s battery and, by extension, its electronics from damage.
For sabers that use AA (alkaline) batteries, it is recommended that you remove the battery from the battery holder whenever you plan on not using it for a long time. This way, the battery acid doesn’t leak into the battery holder and gets on other electronics.
For sabers that use rechargeable Li-ion batteries, it is recommended that you charge them once a month, as their batteries can continue to discharge even when not in use.
Other lightsaber maintenance tips you can add to your routine include;
- Regularly check your lightsaber for loose parts (bolts, nuts, and screws). If you do find any loose saber parts, tighten them immediately.
- Lubricate all moving parts (especially with a retractable blade) regularly to prevent them from seizing.
- Always use the correct type of battery for your lightsaber. You can check the saber’s manual for information on the right type of battery to operate.
- Promptly replacing worn-out saber parts to avoid further damage and getting professional repairs when needed.
A replica lightsaber is one of the most valuable pieces of memorabilia a Star Wars fan can own. Wielding one can provide fans with a lot of thrill and fun. It is also a must-have for any Star Wars collection, cosplay, and dueling.
If you want to enjoy your replica lightsaber for a very long period of time, proper maintenance and care will be necessary. Following the above lightsaber care and maintenance tips will ensure your replica lightsaber stays in the best condition possible.