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Old 09-15-2016, 04:47 AM #1
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Default How far can I pop a balloon?

Assuming a single diode laser and "off the shelf" optics, what diode would pop a flat black balloon at the longest range?

I'm debating a Phaser build.

My guess is a NUBM06E

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Well when I was into burning I had a blue ray 16x diode build I liked. With a tripod and proper focus I think I made to over 80 feet!
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My guess would have been the NUBM44 just because it has the highest power.
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My guess would have been the NUBM44 just because it has the highest power.
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The 6W NUBM06E puts that six watts on a 20% smaller spot than the NUBM44
Oh yeah then that should be better. How about versus the size of the NUBM08 spot?
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Oh yeah then that should be better. How about versus the size of the NUBM08 spot?
Following that logic is why even at just 3 watts a NDB7975 might be even better.

I'm just wondering if anyone knows for sure.
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Following that logic is why even at just 3 watts a NDB7975 might be even better.

I'm just wondering if anyone knows for sure.
Is that size of the spot for the NUBM06 with the ball lens or G2 lens? Where are you finding the sizes of the spots at?
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Is that size of the spot for the NUBM06 with the ball lens or G2 lens? Where are you finding the sizes of the spots at?
DTR and the pics he takes comparing divergence of bare diodes.
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With only an off the shelf lens the BDR-209 would be your best long range balloon popper, with fast axis correction and an expander the 44 can out range it.

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DTR and the pics he takes comparing divergence of bare diodes.
I looked but I didnt see any pics of the comparisons from his website. I did see that he this about the NUBM08
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With only an off the shelf lens the BDR-209 would be your best long range balloon popper, with fast axis correction and an expander the 44 can out range it.

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Hands down, the BDR wins. Though the 44 will pop them much faster at close range.
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Hmm looks like I need to get me one of these BDR-209s put it in a micro pen build and whip it out just in case I see some balloons in the distance
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