Laser pointer discussion. Read/write reviews of laser pointers and laser pointer companies. Learn about all types of laser pointers and lasers





Welcome to Laser Pointer Forums! If you are looking for a laser pointer or want to compare different laser pointer companies, you may want to check out the LPF Laser Pointer Company Database. The link will open in a new window for your convenience.








Green Laser Pointers by Category Blue Laser Pointers by Category Red Laser Pointers by Category
Yellow Laser Pointers by Category Violet Laser Pointers by Category Orange Laser Pointers by Category
Top Laser Pointers by Power - 1 Watt+ Top Laser Pointers by Power - 500mW+ Top Laser Pointers by Power - 250mW+
Laser Pointer Database High Power Laser Pointers Laser Pointer Diodes
Laser Technology Laser Pointer Parts Lasers by Wavelength
Top 10 Laser Pointer Companies Laser Pointer Company Database Visible Beam Laser Pointers


One laser store meets all your needs

























Go Back   Laser Pointer Forums - Discuss Laser Pointers > Lasers > Experiments & Modifications



LPF List of Laser Pointer Companies (link opens new window)



Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-28-2011, 08:15 PM #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 0
DanBee is on a distinguished road
DanBee DanBee is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 0
DanBee is on a distinguished road
Default Converting momentary switch to an on/off one....?

Hello all,

newbie here, so go easy on me please!

I have just very recently invested in one of these puppies from DX:


Very impressed with the beam and power of it, and am being super careful with not looking into the beam and or pointing it at anyone or any animals.

However, as a newbie to the world of laser pointers, I did not realise that you had to keep your finger on the switch to keep it on, I was expecting an on/off switch.

I have since learned that the switch installed I believe is called a momentary switch (?) and if this is correct, I would dearly like to know what I can do to convert it into an on/off switch.

ie do I need to replace the existing switch, or is there another way I can modify the existing setup?

I'm aware there is a risk of breakage when trying to dissasemble it, but as it is only 5, I'm willing to have a go.

I have not soldered for sometime, but could buy one and have a go if someone can give me some pointers, if that is the way to achieve what I'm after,

Many thanks

Dan


DanBee is offline   Reply With Quote







LPF List of Laser Pointer Companies (link opens new window)







Old 11-28-2011, 08:47 PM #2
sinner's Avatar
Class 3B Laser
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dubai, UAE
Posts: 2,567
Rep Power: 1156
sinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond repute
sinner sinner is offline
Class 3B Laser
sinner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dubai, UAE
Posts: 2,567
Rep Power: 1156
sinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Converting momentary switch to an on/off one....?

You cannot change the tiny switch by yourself, as you will need someone to do it for you if anybdy im quite sure will be generous enf to help you out..
the on/off switch (Or clicky switches) are much bigger in size i think that would be a main problem.. or you can just override the momentary switch and drill a hole in the back and put a tiny clicky in there.. there is a lot to try but you can also mess up the complete laser i mean there are pretty good chances to something to go wrong.. In that case stick to the first advice
__________________
Sinner's Custom Laser Hosts
The Cypreus-EDC Series - All Copper Custom Laser Hosts and Prebuilt Kits.
sinner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 09:31 PM #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 0
DanBee is on a distinguished road
DanBee DanBee is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 0
DanBee is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Converting momentary switch to an on/off one....?

Many thanks for your reply Sinner,

Is there no way I can modify the existing switch, so that one click leaves it on, and another click switches it off...?

That would be the ideal, but I do not know much about it, and subsequently whether it is possible!

Last edited by DanBee; 11-28-2011 at 09:32 PM.
DanBee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 10:14 PM #4
rocket689's Avatar
Class 3R Laser
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Oley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,149
Rep Power: 64
rocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond repute
rocket689 rocket689 is offline
Class 3R Laser
rocket689's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Oley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,149
Rep Power: 64
rocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond reputerocket689 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Converting momentary switch to an on/off one....?

The momentary switch in that pointer is tiny, and it is soldered to the driver board of the module.
I'm only guessing the dimensions, but I'd probably say that the switch is 1/4" x 1/4" square.

Sinner is right, clicky switches are bigger.

I do not believe that a momentary can be modded to be clicky.
Clickies can be modded to be momentary though.

Sorry, I think you would be better finding another laser with a on-off already equipped.

Or, the module can be stripped out and installed in a new host, DIY style, if you are confident with your building skills.

Oh yea, welcome to the forum and make sure you read the stickies, especially the safety section.
__________________
Would you like to purchase some M-140 445nm diodes (individual or pressed into Aixiz or pure copper module) at very reasonable prices? PM me if you are interested!

My laser list has become way too big; I'm listing some of my favorites out of my extensive collection.
615mw 405nm/12X Spiderfire X-03
148mw 405nm/GGW in my "Hotlight-Saber" host
1920mw 445nm River Rock custom
1530mw 445nm Yobresal
1360mw 445nm Qumefox Sipik
800mw 445nm WL Arctic Spyder S3
240mw 473nm CNI Labby
8mw 473nm CNI Labby
528mw 532nm Lazerer Cannon
310mw 532nm Firedragon III
300mw 532nm CNI Labby
180mw 532nm SKY Laser
4x 147-267mw 532nm Waterproof
900mw 635nm in Temporary Finned Labby Sink
Several 635nm diodes awaiting a build
500mw 650nm Dual LPC-826 Labby
251mw 650nm/LPC-815 Ultrafire U-501B
Several 685nm diodes awaiting a build
3W 808nm diode awaiting build

Kenometer w/ Coherent Thermopile 10W
LaserBee 2.5W USB LPM
Radiant Alpha 2W LPMSOLD=Now in Kuwait!
1.2W RGB Projector; JNM Wide Sky Galvos (Made in Germany); Laser Show Express; Arduino-based DAC
rocket689 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 10:49 PM #5
ShortyInCanada's Avatar
Class 2M Laser
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Beautiful British Columbia
Posts: 617
Rep Power: 552
ShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond repute
ShortyInCanada ShortyInCanada is offline
Class 2M Laser
ShortyInCanada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Beautiful British Columbia
Posts: 617
Rep Power: 552
ShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond reputeShortyInCanada has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Converting momentary switch to an on/off one....?

Momentary switches are also used to help limit the duty cycle of units. Your finger gets tired before overdoing it.
Mostly in these lower power units they are used because they are much cheaper.
You could always configure a switch between the end terminal of the battery and the contact point for the "case" then just put a hose clamp over the side switch to hold it down all the time. Then you just need to figure out how to mount your new switch.
There are small round ones available that would have a similar diametre that I suppose you could attach to the bottom end extending the length by the length of the switch but you might want to make sure that it can't be turned on too easily by accidental contact. (By pressing it into a pocket and turning it on, for example.)
That's all that comes to my mind sitting here at work right now.
Play safe, have fun, and welcome to LPF.
ShortyInCanada is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 10:57 PM #6
Ablaze's Avatar
Class 2 Laser
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 468
Rep Power: 22
Ablaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant future
Ablaze Ablaze is offline
Class 2 Laser
Ablaze's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 468
Rep Power: 22
Ablaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant futureAblaze has a brilliant future
Default Re: Converting momentary switch to an on/off one....?

Momentary switches are much more compact, simple, and cheap than on/off switches. I, too, would love to find a small, simple on/off switch but I have spent days looking at switches and have never found one.

A momentary switch can be made into an on/off switch using a relay but you could never fit a relay into that small of an enclosure and that tiny little push button is almost certainly smack dab in the middle of a non-optional circuit board.

I have heard tell that a mux can be used to turn a momentary into an on/off as well, but every time I try to look that up I end up at one extremely technical diagram or another.. things start to spin and I end up in the kitchen with no memory of what I was trying to do a second ago. Anyway, a mux also wouldn't fit into that little pen.
__________________
If your feet smell and your nose runs then you're probably put together upside down.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sigurthr View Post
(pun intended and quite cheesy)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ARGLaser View Post
Thats a bad joke.
Ablaze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2011, 11:35 PM #7
sinner's Avatar
Class 3B Laser
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dubai, UAE
Posts: 2,567
Rep Power: 1156
sinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond repute
sinner sinner is offline
Class 3B Laser
sinner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dubai, UAE
Posts: 2,567
Rep Power: 1156
sinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond reputesinner has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Converting momentary switch to an on/off one....?

I have a green laser pointer just like you, maybe bit different but a pen style .. I was at the 4th level of my house which is the highest i can get to , i forgot the greenie there, and its been 4 days i just remembered after reading your post :P
I will try doing some modifications and will let you know..

ShortyInCanada is right, because it really sucks when the fingers get a bit of strain pushing the momentary button.. i mean what the hell , i dont need finger-ceps :P
__________________
Sinner's Custom Laser Hosts
The Cypreus-EDC Series - All Copper Custom Laser Hosts and Prebuilt Kits.
sinner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2011, 02:45 AM #8
Bionic-Badger's Avatar
Class 4 Laser
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 5,478
Rep Power: 3157
Bionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond repute
Bionic-Badger Bionic-Badger is offline
Class 4 Laser
Bionic-Badger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 5,478
Rep Power: 3157
Bionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Converting momentary switch to an on/off one....?

A piece of tape and a penny. Tape the penny down over the switch.

Otherwise you'll need to take the pointer apart, buy a toggle switch, desolder the old switch, and resolder on the new one. Probably not worth the effort: those hosts are hard enough to take apart without some hardwood block grips, a vice, and some clamps.
Bionic-Badger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2011, 05:40 AM #9
vk2fro's Avatar
Class 3R Laser
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 1,154
Rep Power: 160
vk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond repute
vk2fro vk2fro is offline
Class 3R Laser
vk2fro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 1,154
Rep Power: 160
vk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond reputevk2fro has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Converting momentary switch to an on/off one....?

A zip tie is even better, and it can be reused over and over or slid completly off the laser pointer to work stock. No sticky residue and no modifications.

Place a zip tie on the pen and pull it tight enough so that it holds the button down, but not so tight it rips the rubber button cover out of the laser when you slide it off the switch to turn off the laser. Cut off the tail of the zip tie.

To remove the zip tie, just slide it all the way down the end and off the laser. Or cut it with a pair of diagonal pliers.
__________________
Taipan Projector: 3.5-4 W B(445nm)1.5W, G(532nm)1.5W R(637nm)1W DT30 Still building!
All solid state PJ: 1W B(462)400mw G(520)200mw R(638) 400mw DT40W (collecting bits)
Pointers: 1.0 watt "Z-Lase" - 520 nm diode by DTR attached to segelei zmax V5 Vaporizer
Gassers: Omnichrome 643 Multi Line AR/KR+ ION!!!! doing ~190mW Low hours too!
Siemens 3 mw 632nm helium neon

Last edited by vk2fro; 12-02-2011 at 05:40 AM.
vk2fro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2011, 10:33 AM #10
Bionic-Badger's Avatar
Class 4 Laser
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 5,478
Rep Power: 3157
Bionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond repute
Bionic-Badger Bionic-Badger is offline
Class 4 Laser
Bionic-Badger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 5,478
Rep Power: 3157
Bionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond reputeBionic-Badger has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Converting momentary switch to an on/off one....?

Or even just a rubber band and a Popsicle stick. I've used that on one of my side-button lasers.
Bionic-Badger is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply





Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On











Loading








Green Laser Pointers by Category Blue Laser Pointers by Category Red Laser Pointers by Category
Yellow Laser Pointers by Category Violet Laser Pointers by Category Orange Laser Pointers by Category
Top Laser Pointers by Power - 1 Watt+ Top Laser Pointers by Power - 500mW+ Top Laser Pointers by Power - 250mW+
Laser Pointer Database High Power Laser Pointers Laser Pointer Diodes






Privacy Policy | Advertising Disclaimer | Terms of Use


 


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:22 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO
Privacy Policy | Advertising Disclaimer | Terms of Use
Copyright (C) 2017 Laser Pointer Forums, LLC