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Old 01-01-2008, 12:51 AM #1
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Default help with buying a host for dvd burner laser

im planing on getting one of the pre-installed diodes from stonetek. but i don't know what kind of housing i should use. ive been looking alot and i cant make up my mind.

i want a good one thats cheap and easy to install. like for under $20 maybe. but not one that might burn out the laser like a maglight.

any suggestions like maybe from DX or something?


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Default Re: help with buying a host for dvd burner laser

Try this thread,there are some mods/housings too
http://www.laserpointerforums.com/fo...num=1190456606
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yah, i figured i would get one of those but i was just wondering if there were any cheaper ones that were still good.
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Well, if you don't mind having to drill a couple of holes, get one of these:
http://www.radioshack.com/search/ind...20box&sr=1
I'm planning on making a laser soon and I'm going to get one.
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thats exactly what i used, chido! they are actually pretty cool... they make ur laser look like a lab laser!
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Yeah, I think I'll get the one that measures (4x2x1) since I want the laser to be as small as possible.
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Default Re: help with buying a host for dvd burner laser

if i get one of those i have to make a driver and stuff right? and its not very pocket sized. but if it was easier to do that then a flashlight one then i might do it.
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Default Re: help with buying a host for dvd burner laser

Well, if you want something easy to do I would suggest you look into these threads:
For dorcy laser:
http://www.laserpointerforums.com/fo...num=1181635652
For flashlight laser from dx:
http://www.laserpointerforums.com/fo...num=1186966870
If you don't like any of those you can always buy another flashlight and build a ddl driver. But I think if you were going to do that you'd be better off buying one of the boxes from radioshack.

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Default Re: help with buying a host for dvd burner laser

yah, those are pretty good. i think the easiest and cheapest would be the mini mag one but it might break.
what are the chances of it breaking? and is there any way of reducing the chances without using a driver?
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When you say breaking, you mean killing your diode, right? If so then I think you could fit a capacitor and a resistor in there. That should give you better protection than just running it straight from the battery.
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buy one of my drivers. safely power ur diode. and its tiny :P
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Default Re: help with buying a host for dvd burner laser

a capacitor and a resister would be pretty good. and would one of those drivers fit in a mini mag?
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Default Re: help with buying a host for dvd burner laser

Bottom line - you aren't gonna get good insurance for your expensive diode if u put it in a maglite. No my driver won't fit, but neither will anything that actually protects your diode.

If you want a good laser that lasts more than a week, don't do the maglite mod.
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