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Default 488nm diodes price

Well, it seems to me that the prices of these 488nm diodes are going down quickly. The lowest price I can find at the moment is around $1050 for 60mW which is quite reasonable compared to $7k just few years ago.

After I've seen that price, an idea of making a pen build popped in my mind but still it's too expensive for me.

I wonder if someone seen a lower price on these. Also PM me if you need the link.


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Well, it seems to me that the prices of these 488nm diodes are going down quickly. The lowest price I can find at the moment is around $1050 for 60mW which is quite reasonable compared to $7k just few years ago.

After I've seen that price, an idea of making a pen build popped in my mind but still it's too expensive for me.

I wonder if someone seen a lower price on these. Also PM me if you need the link.

A pen 488 would be absolutely awesome. Hopefully the price continues to drop.


What products are 488 diodes used in that could be a source, or reason for them to be mass produced?
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That would be an amazing sight to see. You could be the first person in the world to make a 488nm pointer.
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Here's a little cheaper I asked a few days ago.

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They are 1000 USD/unit.
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They are still $7800 at beamq
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$1000 a pop sure ain't too bad for a 488nm diode. Hopefully we shall have them in our hands soon enough

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they're commonly use in medical devices ( DNA sequencer) and AAS machines...(lab grade stuff).
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That would be an amazing sight to see. You could be the first person in the world to make a 488nm pointer.
Technically, I won't be doing such an expensive build by my own hands but hopefully this will come down to $500. I'm still waiting for a response from other sellers.
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I got the quotation from many different resellers. It seems the official price for the Osram Plt5-488 is ~1000$ and it's unlikely to go down further unless there is an application that requires mass production of these.
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I got the quotation from many different resellers. It seems the official price for the Osram Plt5-488 is ~1000$ and it's unlikely to go down further unless there is an application that requires mass production of these.

Probably no mass production in the future then? Seems like those are mostly uses that would replace a single line argon? I guess even at $1000 it would be much less than a new gas laser.
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Probably no mass production in the future then? Seems like those are mostly uses that would replace a single line argon? I guess even at $1000 it would be much less than a new gas laser.

~$1000 is much cheaper than a new OPSL laser too. Only thing is you're not going to get the same beam quality as with gas an OPSL.

But yes, as far as I know replacing argon lasers in their applications is the only application just now.
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I like the "I dun goofed" diachi I've got a small bag of diodes that I should label that way. Most were blown from pushing too hard so my fault.
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I like the "I dun goofed" diachi I've got a small bag of diodes that I should label that way. Most were blown from pushing too hard so my fault.

I actually have a feeling the diode may still be alive - My thinking is that the glue I used to attach the driver and button board to the plastic holder offgassed and gummed up either the conductor inside of the button - or some other connection. Problem is I glued it in there too good and now I can't get it out to replace the driver/button. I'll be using a different glue next time, and less of it too. It worked for a short while at least ... Oh well - those PL515s weren't particularly expensive anyway. I did kill one of my PL515s for sure though - pin snapped off that one.


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I hope the prices continue to fall on these.

Hopefully someone will start coating InGaP diodes for 608nm in the near future too, then we'd just need yellow.
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Here are my thoughts, the 488 is an amazing wavelength and is by far my favorite. For that reason I have my JDSU argon. At full blast it cranks out 120+ mW IIRC.
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SO for 800 more dollars are you willing to buy 8-9more nanometers? A question every rare WL collector asks him/herself.
Personally I'd like to see the 488 diode push 80-100mW before I'd even consider. Who would risk the murder though!
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this is why LPF have a long traditon of Murder Fund GB.... we only need mr RHD to start the thread or any member with both a lpm and spectrometer..
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