Proffie vs Neopixel: Which Lightsaber Core is Best for You

When talking about lightsabers, have to pay attention to the various versions and configurations of light sabers, many fans for the reality of the saber is actually not particularly understand, especially for the Neopixel and proffie lightsaber confusion, this article will be detailed about the Neopixel and proffie saber connection and difference between the light sabers, in order to facilitate the saber and a clearer understanding of the sabers and make it easier to choose to buy one.

Table of Contents

1. What are Neopixel and proffie lightsabers?
2. Difference between Proffie and Neopixel Lightsabers
3. Proffie vs Neopixel: Differences in Soundboard 
4. Proffie vs Neopixel: Difference in Blades
5. Proffie vs Neopixel: The Dueling Experience Difference
6. SNV4 Pro VS Proffie, Which one is better?
    (1) SNV4 Pro is great for a first-time buyer
    (2) Proffie is suitable for professionals with programming skills
7. Conclusion

1. What are Neopixel and proffie lightsabers?

Before figuring out the difference between the two, we must first figure out what is Neopixel and proffie lightsaber, after knowing what these two are, it is easy to distinguish between Neopixel and proffie saber.

The key feature of the Neopixel lightsaber is its use of a Neopixel blade. This differs significantly from the RGB blade design. The Neopixel blade employs a strip of LEDs connected in parallel, with multiple LEDs distributed across the length of the blade. This results in an ignition effect that is quite distinct from the RGB saber design.

The proffie saber is a unique saber configuration that distinguishes itself from the RGB and SN V4 versions. It differs from the Neopixel lightsaber in certain aspects, although it can be considered a type of Neopixel since it utilizes Neopixel blades. In essence, the proffie saber encompasses all the functionalities of Neopixel sabers, but not all Neopixel sabers possess the capabilities of a proffie saber. Therefore, this article primarily focuses on the disparities between the proffie version of the Neopixel saber and its standard variant.

2. Difference between Proffie and Neopixel Lightsabers

Figuring out the difference between a Neopixel and a Proffie lightsaber is the most important step, simply put, Neopixel is an advanced illumination technology, and sabers with Neopixel technology are known as Neopexel lightsabers, which must be used in conjunction with a Neopixel blade. A Proffie is a type of lightsaber core, Proffie lightsaber blades are all Neopixel blades, and any saber equipped with a Neopixel blade can be considered a Neopixel lightsaber. However, only lightsabers with a Proffie core (Proffie Soundboard) are Proffie lightsabers.

SNV4 Pro lightsaber core

The Neopixel blade is a top of the line blade that is differentiated from the RGB by a series of internal LEDs that allow for more complex and varied lighting effects. The Proffie is the heart of the saber and can be customized beyond its current functionality to personalize the sound and color of the saber's blades, as well as featuring a top-of-the-line soundboard for a distinctive sound effect.

3. Proffie vs Neopixel: Differences in Soundboard

Proffie is a customizable lightsaber. As an open source platform, the Proffie can be adjusted to change fonts, blade styles, and other effects.

In contrast, the regular Neopixel comes with pre-installed sounds and cannot be edited on its own, but for those who don't know how to program, Neopixel may be a better choice.

Lightsaber Combo Series

4. Proffie vs Neopixel: Difference in Blades

In terms of blade effects, the regular Neopixel lightsaber comes in a wide range of colors; the Neopixel can be transformed from one color to another, and the different colors of the blades provide a variety of visual effects; sabers forms such as Djem So or Juyo can be rendered in a smooth motion, which, when combined with the various colors of the blades, makes for a fantastic visual experience.

In contrast, the Proffie saber can be customized with a wider variety of blade styles. Blades such as Flame and Unstable are suited to more aggressive styles, and Proffie owners can completely personalize the look of their blades to sync with their unique combat form.

RGB vs neopixel lightsaber differences in blades

5. Proffie vs Neopixel: The Dueling Experience Difference

The Neopixel lightsaber offers a great dueling experience, with changing colors and intricate styles that will dazzle you in battle. When performing moves such as Soresu or Ataru, the Neopixel emits a brilliant light at the same time as if it were emanating from your fingertips, making it an extremely comfortable dueling experience.

However, while the Neopixel saber shines visually, the Proffie is even better in terms of an intense combat experience. Advanced features make dueling extremely realistic, with impact sensors that realistically simulate the crackling sound of swords clashing. Intricate touch effects throughout the blade further enhance the dueling experience. The clash detection feature prevents lock-ups when swords clash, avoiding injuries, just like in a real duel. Proffie lightsabers are unparalleled combat weapons for those looking to master more aggressive forms such as Juyo or Vaapa, and they are programmed to deliver a higher level of immersion.

Obi Wan Ep1 Saber - Green

6. SNV4 Pro VS Proffie, Which one is better?

Now here's how you can understand it, the Proffie lightsaber is a chip open source Neopixel lightsaber that has the highest degree of freedom in lightsaber customization. With the development of Neopxiel technology, the customization of sound fonts and blade styles has become easier, Star Wars fans can now make custom changes to lightsaber colors and music through an app, and currently, this new Neopixel board is called SN Pixel V4 Pro (SNV4 Pro for short).

(1) SNV4 Pro is great for a first-time buyer

SNV4 Pro does all the things you would expect from a neopixel, with various clash, block, and melt effects, plus smooth swing and motion controls.

The SNN4 Pro Bluetooth app can turn fonts on/off, change the color of the blade, select from dozens of different hum light effects, create/add custom hum effects, alter various settings such as blade length, and separately control the volume of the hums and swings. Adding and removing fonts is super easy, just drag and drop onto the SD card.

ForcePark V2 app

When it comes to customizing the effects, SNV4 Pro has the ability to make custom blade hum light effects, using the exact same code for the hums as Proffie. The Advanced Editor for both is identical. SNV4 Pro also has a simple hum editor built into the app, making it a great way to ease into learning how to code Proffie without having to mess with Arduino.

The downside of SNV4 Pro is the lack of cool clash, block, and melt effects. Instead, it uses a very basic effect where a section of the blade randomly strobes white, which is quite generic and currently can't be edited. SNV4 includes a handful of ignition effects, but you currently can't create custom versions.

(2) Proffie is suitable for professionals with programming skills

Out of the box, all of the various effects on the Proffie will look much better. The included styles will have a wide selection of unique hum, clash, melt, and other effects. The lock-up effect can move up and down the blade depending on the angle. However, the effects on the saber can't be changed unless you edit the firmware. Bizarrely, there is no easy way to change the blade length.

You should be able to find an installed blade style on the Proffie that you can live with, and you can just swap the WAV files around to match your favorite saber sounds. You don't NEED to program the Proffie if you don't want to.

SNV4 Pro VS Proffie

While the effects on Proffie are better, it is typically not recommended for a first saber since the learning curve is huge, and the price difference is often $100 more.

Bluetooth is not a standard feature on Proffie, although some vendors (89sabers) sell a Proffie with Bluetooth. From videos, it seems the app can't do much beyond changing blade color and volume. The app doesn't allow you to turn fonts on/off, change the motion controls, or even adjust the blade length.

Setting up Proffie for the first time takes about two hours. You have to install Arduino, install the Proffie OS into it, and then find/create a config. Proffie doesn't save copies of the configs or button setups onto the SD card, so you can't go back unless you have saved a backup. Anytime you want to change the blade length or add/remove a font, you have to reinstall the OS onto the saber's firmware via a cable. My Proffie requires the saber to be disassembled to access the USB port on the Proffie board (different than the charger USB), so it can't be plugged in while testing styles.


In conclusion, the proffie lightsaber is a type of Neopixel saber, but as a buyer, it is important to understand the difference between the two. The proffie saber supports customization and programming settings, which is very important for those who love to design their own lightsaber effects.


1.What is a Proffie lightsaber?

A Proffie lightsaber is a type of custom saber that utilizes the Proffieboard, an open-source sound and motion controller board specifically designed for enthusiasts. It provides advanced customization options for sound effects, blade profiles, and more.

2.What are Neopixel lightsabers?

Neopixel sabers are sabers equipped with Neopixel blade technology. Neopixel blades feature a string of individually addressable LEDs inside the blade, which allows for more vibrant and customizable blade effects, including scrolling patterns and realistic ignition and retraction effects.

3.Can Proffie lightsabers utilize Neopixel blades?

Yes, Proffie lightsabers can be compatible with Neopixel blades. The Proffieboard supports Neopixel technology and allows for the customization of various blade effects, such as color, intensity, flicker, and more.

4.Can I change the sound fonts on a Proffie lightsaber?

Yes, one of the advantages of Proffie sabers is their ability to change sound fonts. Sound fonts are collections of audio files that contain different saber sound effects. With the Proffieboard, you can switch between different sound fonts to personalize your lightsaber's sound effects and create a unique experience.

5.How do Neopixel blades differ from traditional lightsaber blades?

Neopixel blades differ from traditional lightsaber blades in that they utilize a strip of individual LEDs inside the blade itself. This allows for more advanced and customizable lighting effects, including smooth color transitions, animated patterns, and the ability to display different colors along the blade.

6.Can Neopixel blades be removed from the hilt?

In most cases, Neopixel blades can be removed from the hilt of a lightsaber by unscrewing or detaching them, depending on the specific design and attachment mechanism. This allows for easier transportation and storage of the saber.

7.Are Proffie and Neopixel lightsabers suitable for dueling?

Proffie and Neopixel lightsabers can be suitable for dueling depending on their construction and durability. Some models are designed specifically for dueling purposes and are built with reinforced materials to withstand the impact of combat. However, it is important to check the specifications and recommendations from the manufacturer before engaging in vigorous dueling.