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Hi guys. A few years ago I realized there were few to no options for internal tracer units on airsoft guns. The only option was the Madbull setups, which required an M4 hop unit. So I decided on developing a circuit for a hop up tracer unit that could run right off the motor in your gun so as to avoid needing switches and extra batteries. I eventually published a guide for a basic unit. I used that circuit for quite awhile, but didn't innovate on it much aside from some reliability tweaks.


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The last couple years I've been dealing with health problems which gave me a lot of time to work on the design. Looking around, no one really made HUTU's still and to get a decent tracer unit you needed to fork out $100 for a suppressor unit. I was studying Electrical Engineering and wanted to try SMD building, so I came up with a design to use a more professional PCB and have been developing ways to make a drop in kit that is much more affordable and easy to install.

 

This is an install video I did not too long ago of putting on in an AK. Super simple to put in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNAFNMiUlwQ

 

 

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This is what I came up with. I'm thinking of calling them 'Beam' tracer units. It's a kit that splices right on to your motor leads, routes the unit to another part of the gun, and then connects two UV LED's to you hop up unit. They work very nicely and, so far, the PCB designs hold up, but are sensitive to being wired backwards.

 

 

I've got 20 of them right now and am thinking about calling a few CQB fields to see if they're interested in purchasing a few to either sell or put in rental guns.

 

My question to you guys is are these something that there is a market for? What is a fair price for one of these and, considering I've never sold anything on a larger scale , what are some pitfalls I need to watch out for?

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I just bought a since single blue LED and hooked it up to a 1S lipo. Then I taped the LED to "clear" hop-up. Worked for me...

 

However as noted you need a clear hop-up. Are you mounting yours on an opaque hop-up?

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Don't need a clear hop up for mine. You drill two 1/8" holes in the chamber ( where the nozzle fits into and glue the led harness into place. I shortened them so they shouldn't get in the way of the nozzle. Works very well on semi like this.

 

The resistor-battery method works, but you have to deal with your battery draining flat and being able to get it in and out. It also won't run the led's at full power as the battery voltage drops. Mine is a current source that will rum the leds at full down to about 7v, yhen taper down. The capacitor helps compebsate for the motor drawing down your main battery.

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Don't need a clear hop up for mine. You drill two 1/8" holes in the chamber ( where the nozzle fits into and glue the led harness into place. I shortened them so they shouldn't get in the way of the nozzle. Works very well on semi like this.

 

The resistor-battery method works, but you have to deal with your battery draining flat and being able to get it in and out. It also won't run the led's at full power as the battery voltage drops. Mine is a current source that will rum the leds at full down to about 7v, yhen taper down. The capacitor helps compebsate for the motor drawing down your main battery.

I want to buy one, how much?

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