May the 4th be with you!

It’s International Star Wars Day and what better way to celebrate than to have a Star Wars moviemarathon, whilst dressed head to toe in Stormtrooper gear.

The weapon of the Jedi may be one of the coolest in the galaxy, but how much would it cost to run a lightsaber?

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In earlier lightsaber’s, Jedi’s had to carry battery packs around their waists to keep the lightsaber powered, so if you cut the cord, there would be no more lightsaber. Thankfully technology has come a long way since then.

Let’s do the maths:

Modern industrial lasers can use up to 6000 watts to cut through thick materials, but a lightsaber can cut through almost anything, from Stormtroopers to doors. It is estimated that a lightsaber would use anywhere between 28,000 to 30,000 watts, costing 7.19p per minute to use and with Jedi’s constantly fighting off the dark side we imagine it would run up a hefty bill. The far, far away galaxy isn’t cheap.

Did you know? Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi was supposed to be blue to match the lightsaber he lost in the previous film but creator George Lucas was worried it would confuse audiences and thought a green lightsaber would work better.

May the Fourth is immediately followed by ‘Revenge of the Fifth’ on May 5th. On this day, fans join the dark side by celebrating the Sith lords from the Star Wars series.

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