The Wand Company TOS Phaser Upgrades??

Funky

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They have announced that no more phasers or communicators will be produced...ever.
That’s what I love about the Wand Co. they understand the value of collectors investment. When they are done with a run they are done. Check the secondary market like eBay. When the WC announced their tricorders that’s when it came out that the phasers and comms were done for goof. Within one hour of the announcement the prices doubled. If you didn’t get in early on these two wonderful pieces to go with the upcoming tricorder, prepare for a shock. When the tricorders start shipping, I guarantee the prices will double on top of their current astronomical prices.
 

JW Foust

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Here's a nice exploded view of the wand remote. I don't remember where I got this, maybe it was on their website once?
 

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Britcinescribe

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Does anyone know if Myron Stapleton is still making his Wand Company replacement phaser handles? I'd very much like to get one (or, if somebody else has one, please get in touch.) Are they better than the SD Studios version?
 

Caveneau

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Does anyone know if Myron Stapleton is still making his Wand Company replacement phaser handles? I'd very much like to get one (or, if somebody else has one, please get in touch.) Are they better than the SD Studios version?
Possibly, maybe just try shooting him a message on his FB page. I think he's fairly easy to reach.
 

tcbinaflash

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Hoping someone with more electronics skills / experience can help me out with a Wand phaser upgrade project that has me stumped.

I set out recently to upgrade my TOS Wand phaser with aluminum parts, a more accurate paint job, and a working blue LED added to the P1. Also, since I was going to have to disassemble the P1 in order to install the LED, I decided to take the opportunity to replace the soldered-in stock Wand 100mAh lithium ion polymer battery and microUSB charging port with more easily replaceable button cell / watch batteries (e.g. LR754). I’ve read that folks are starting to see their Wands’ rechargeable batteries fail so thought this was a nice way to “future proof” the build while I had it ripped apart.

This is where the frustration began.

I removed the microUSB port from the Wand’s P1 board and installed a 3-stack of LR754 button cell batteries (see pics). I then used a resistor to drop the voltage to 3.7v to match the Wand's original lithium ion battery. It seemed to me (admittedly an amateur) that this should have worked to power the unit (including the newly-installed LED), but the sound/light board just appears dead when everything is wired up. Everything works (the Wand board and new blue LED) when I reattach the original lithium ion battery, but unfortunately nothing works with the new button cells + resistor set up.

Soooo, I’m clearly missing something. Did I miscalculate the required power output? Should I try adding a 4th button cell or using a different model of button cell or other type of small replaceable battery? I considered installing a 1/2AA like a LS14250 but unfortunately it will not fit in the P1.

Thoughts?
 

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Macnmike

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Hoping someone with more electronics skills / experience can help me out with a Wand phaser upgrade project that has me stumped.

I set out recently to upgrade my TOS Wand phaser with aluminum parts, a more accurate paint job, and a working blue LED added to the P1. Also, since I was going to have to disassemble the P1 in order to install the LED, I decided to take the opportunity to replace the soldered-in stock Wand 100mAh lithium ion polymer battery and microUSB charging port with more easily replaceable button cell / watch batteries (e.g. LR754). I’ve read that folks are starting to see their Wands’ rechargeable batteries fail so thought this was a nice way to “future proof” the build while I had it ripped apart.

This is where the frustration began.

I removed the microUSB port from the Wand’s P1 board and installed a 3-stack of LR754 button cell batteries (see pics). I then used a resistor to drop the voltage to 3.7v to match the Wand's original lithium ion battery. It seemed to me (admittedly an amateur) that this should have worked to power the unit (including the newly-installed LED), but the sound/light board just appears dead when everything is wired up. Everything works (the Wand board and new blue LED) when I reattach the original lithium ion battery, but unfortunately nothing works with the new button cells + resistor set up.

Soooo, I’m clearly missing something. Did I miscalculate the required power output? Should I try adding a 4th button cell or using a different model of button cell or other type of small replaceable battery? I considered installing a 1/2AA like a LS14250 but unfortunately it will not fit in the P1.

Thoughts?
TCB: how did you make out? Did I miss a follow-up? I'm curious as to whether your approach to battery exchange will work for the inevitable day that one of mine goes belly-up. Best. Mike.

Hoping someone with more electronics skills / experience can help me out with a Wand phaser upgrade project that has me stumped.

I set out recently to upgrade my TOS Wand phaser with aluminum parts, a more accurate paint job, and a working blue LED added to the P1. Also, since I was going to have to disassemble the P1 in order to install the LED, I decided to take the opportunity to replace the soldered-in stock Wand 100mAh lithium ion polymer battery and microUSB charging port with more easily replaceable button cell / watch batteries (e.g. LR754). I’ve read that folks are starting to see their Wands’ rechargeable batteries fail so thought this was a nice way to “future proof” the build while I had it ripped apart.

This is where the frustration began.

I removed the microUSB port from the Wand’s P1 board and installed a 3-stack of LR754 button cell batteries (see pics). I then used a resistor to drop the voltage to 3.7v to match the Wand's original lithium ion battery. It seemed to me (admittedly an amateur) that this should have worked to power the unit (including the newly-installed LED), but the sound/light board just appears dead when everything is wired up. Everything works (the Wand board and new blue LED) when I reattach the original lithium ion battery, but unfortunately nothing works with the new button cells + resistor set up.

Soooo, I’m clearly missing something. Did I miscalculate the required power output? Should I try adding a 4th button cell or using a different model of button cell or other type of small replaceable battery? I considered installing a 1/2AA like a LS14250 but unfortunately it will not fit in the P1.

Thoughts?
TCB: this is a reply re-do as I didn't see it connected your original. I never saw a follow-up on this—how did you make out? I curious as I can see a day when I will have to do a battery replacement. Best. Mike.
 

kamandi

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What are the best options for blue/grey paints for Phaser 2? Every suggestion I've found is for discontinued krylon products.
 

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