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Exclamation Labby Driver Options? Please Help :D

Hey guys i am in prgress in building a labby style laser for prolonged duty cycle. However, i have run into an issue, which is power source and a driver. I want to use a power supply that can be plugged into a wall. Like a 12v power supply on ebay or something like that. What are my driver options for this build (DIY is OK) and for those options, what kind of power supplies would i have to use?

BTW guys i need to get AT LEAST 2.4 amps.

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you could run 2 of any of our current(meaning the ones we have now, not A) drivers in parallel to get the added total. and just get a wall wart that = their combined necessary input
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you could run 2 of any of our current(meaning the ones we have now, not A) drivers in parallel to get the added total. and just get a wall wart that = their combined necessary input
Well thats the thing, im looking at $40 plus with that setup. Are there any other options, like DIY or something? Or a super x-boost?

Also, how can i figure out the input if all i know is the output i want (2.4 amps)?

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A DIY LM317 driver with a beefy heatsink will do.

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Ok great, how does an LM317 driver work, does anyone have a schematic? Where can i get those lm317 chips in the 3-prong version? Sorry, looked at digikey and i couldn't find the square 3-pronged one
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Read this: Laser driver - It can be done

Also, I checked and there are no LM317's that can do 2.4A, user an LM1085 then.
Such as digikey P/N LM1085IT-ADJ/NOPB-ND

Don't mess around with pots either, just use a set resistor.
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Awesome, thanks for the helps m8s. I'm guessing the LM1085 work sin the exact same way. What about the math? is is the same?
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Not sure about the math, pinouts may be different as well, best to check the datasheet.
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Default Re: Labby Driver Options? Please Help :D

The pinout is the same, but how can i find out the math and resistors

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Also, i plan on using a fan with this build, that can i use to get the right 12 output for the fan?
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The formula is voltage divided by ohms = Amps.

The chip has a constant regulation of 1.25 volts between the sense pins.

To get 2.5 Amps, you can use 2 X 1 Ohm resistors together, which would be the same as .5 ohms.

1.25 divided by .5 = 2.5 Amps. (you will need 2 X 1 ohm resistors rated at 3 Watts)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-OHM-3-WATT...994#vi-content

Getting to 2.4 Amps can be done with a 1.1 ohm (if available) resistor together with a 1 ohm.

If you can find a 1.1 with a 1, that will be about 2.4 Amps. They need to be rated at 3 Amps...

1.1 and 1 will be .5238 ohms.

1.25V / .5238 = 2.38 Amps...

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It should work yes, but I'm thinking that since the C-mount diode is asking for around 3 volts, you may be ok with a 6 volt supply as long as you can find one that can put out 3 Amps...
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Whats a C-Mount diode. I am planning to use a 9mm is the understanding right? Sorry if i dont know this stuff
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Oh... I had red C- Mount in mind...

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Default Re: Labby Driver Options? Please Help :D

Last questions, will i be able to test this driver with Jufran's test load?

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Last questions, will i be able to test this driver with Jufran's test load?

2) is it smart to heatsink the resistors to prevent them from heating up and lowering resistance?


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Any 445 test load that can handle the current.

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