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EASY TRACER MOD for GEL BLASTER SURGE Using UV LED To Make Gel Balls Glow In The Dark | DIY STARFIRE

How to add an ALMOST FREE tracer module to light up glow gel balls for your Gel Blaster Surge. Make your own GelBlaster STARFIRE. Very simple to DIY and uses inexpensive UV LEDs.


▼ WHERE TO BUY PARTS:

▶ Gel Blaster STARFIRE (includes tracer, no modding necessary) Get 10% off at GelBlaster's website when you use coupon code DANIEL50302 -

▶ Gel Blaster SURGE - Get 10% off at GelBlaster's website when you use coupon code DANIEL50302 https://gelblaster.com/products/gel-blaster-surge-x

▶ Newest Gel Blaster Surge Version (Amazon) - (V3) https://amzn.to/3BtXUBx or (V2) https://amzn.to/3aMynZd

▶ Thick Super Glue: (Starbond Premium) https://amzn.to/39QpwW9 or (Gorilla Brand) https://amzn.to/3FADCqA

▶ 3mm UV LEDs: https://amzn.to/3uEoT8I

▶ 220 Ohm Resistor: https://amzn.to/3IPAp6l

▶ Heat Shrink Tubing: https://amzn.to/3vXD4HP

▶ Glow In The Dark Gel Balls: https://amzn.to/3LnqTZT

▶ Lipo Battery Bag 240x190x60mm Size - https://amzn.to/3NzCZju

▶ SentrySafe Fire and Water Resistant Bag for Documents, 5" x 11" x 15" - https://amzn.to/38X6BbX


▼ WHERE TO BUY TOOLS:

▶ Cheap, but good enough for this soldering iron - https://amzn.to/3xVHjna

▶ Nice, but more expensive 75 Watt Soldering Iron Station - https://amzn.to/3fPuXTd - Watch my video about this soldering iron - https://youtu.be/m8bCM7X88BU


▼ WHERE TO BUY GEL BLASTER AMMO:

▶ Ammo (Gellets) 5 pack (50,000 rounds) - https://amzn.to/3zFdzKz

▶ Ammo 5 pack (50,000 rounds - 3rd Party - Cheaper) - https://amzn.to/3l9L6sp

▶ Ammo Orange 10 pack (100,000 rounds - 3rd Party - Cheaper) - https://amzn.to/3BOu0pK

▶ Ammo Blue 10 pack (100,000 rounds - 3rd Party - Cheaper) - https://amzn.to/3aMyZxZ


In this video, I take apart the Gel Blaster SURGE to see how it is made inside. The SURGE uses a gearbox-driven piston that is a typical design of gel blasters and airsoft. All the gears, piston, piston housing, and inner barrel are plastic. The motor is not a standard size that I could find. The motor is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Although this battery is not easily accessible, it uses a common connector, so it could be easily changed if it died completely. The circuit board charges the Li-ion battery through a USB C connector. Power to the motor is directly controlled by a micro switch.


The battery dimensions are 46.5 x 21.3 x 11.7 mm. The connector appears to be a JST-PH2 which are 2mm pitch vs the commonly used in RC Hobby JST-XH which are 2.54mm pitch (0.1"). JST-PH2 connectors can be identified by the single straight guide on the front, vs the JST-XH connectors have 2 barb-shaped guides on the front. A battery like this with the JST-PH2 connectors is less common. Also most 500mah 2s Lipo batteries for RC seem to be ~55mm x 30mm x 14mm which is a little bit larger, and will be a tight squeeze or require some trimming of plastic between the PCB and motor to fit. That makes me wonder if the 500mah rating on the Gel Blaster battery is true. The size appears to be more similar to 400mah batteries.

This is the closest battery I've found with the same size JST-PH2 (E-flite micro connector) connector. Dimensions: 48x29x11mm The wire looks shorter though, so not sure how well it will reach.

Turnigy nano-tech 450mAh 2S 65C Lipo (E-flite Compatible - Blade 130X EFLB3002S35)


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