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After reading many of the novels I've gotten a little confused over lightsabers. In some books they are recharged, but in other books they will keep working after a few decades without being charged. Do they or don't they need to be recharged? --VadersFist666 00:10, October 8, 2009 (UTC)VadersFist666
Lightsabers are powered by power cells. These cells, although they last a long time, need to be replaced or recharged eventually. I think the decades thing is only if the lightsaber is left off and therefore consumes next to no energy. SoresuMakashi(Everything I tell you is the truth) 13:45, October 12, 2009 (UTC)
In one of the books of the Thrawn Trilogy (I can't remember which one), Luke and Mara were running through the jungle on Mykir. She had his saber, and when she needed to slash off a few vines she examined them carefully. Luke said something like, "What are you waiting for. It's not like the lightsabers going to run out of power." She replied with something along the lines of, "I'm just looking for the most efficient way to do this." User:mdrew93
In shatterpoint, Mace Windu's lightsaber runs out of energy due to test run using it when he was captured by the local militia.
The thing you have to remember is that lightsabers aren't just a 'stick' of energy. It's actually a loop. The power goes out, loops at the tip, and returns to the hilt. Even with the blade on, it's using practically no energy as the returning blade is recharging the cell. The only time the blade uses any real energy is when that loop is interrupted, like when it's hitting or cutting something.AdmiralKnight 13:32, October 28, 2009 (UTC)