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Author Topic: Optical PCB for Sanwa JLF (sold out already)  (Read 520 times)

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Optical PCB for Sanwa JLF (sold out already)
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:23:23 am »

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Re: Optical PCB for Sanwa JLF (sold out already)
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2018, 10:54:48 am »
Optical switch PCBs have been available for JLFs for years.
No one ever continues to manufacture them though, which must mean something.

I have modified Toodles Spark CEs in my joysticks.
It only took $150 worth of mods to make the JLFs feel the way I wanted.  :lol
(and I still wouldn't mind a slightly smaller throw)

FYI using optical switches might limit your choice of actuators.
I don't remember what size actuators are currently in mine, but I do remember reaching a point in testing where the actuator was too big to work.  These switches work by breaking a beam between an IR emitter and receiver.  The biggest actuators get in the way before the joystick is even moved.  Actuators made of white plastic also threw them off.

I don't like that the sensitivity isn't adjustable on these, but I guess the regular microswitches aren't adjustable either.




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Re: Optical PCB for Sanwa JLF (sold out already)
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2018, 02:12:14 am »
The Sanwa story is on the page. Others I have no idea about. I bet lack of continued supply was due to lack of demand. We'll see in this case. It's sold out again.

The unit looks the same thickness as the original, and I'm sure the designer thought of compatibility else they'd lose potential sales. Plus Sanwa, especially JLF, fans are a fussy bunch. Wouldn't want to irk them. Seems there aren't any of them here, though what other stick could be fitted with it? A bit less work than your circumstance I'm sure.

  
 

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