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Old 01-23-2017, 09:41 AM #1
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Default Where to buy high power 12mm module?

I've gone through three Dealextreme 200 mw modules and something has gone wrong with all three of them. I'm tired of these cheap things and I just want a good green laser module that is high power and maybe more reliable. If Dealextreme is the best deal going then I'll stick with them, but I was just wondering if there were any better options for $75 or lower. I need it to be a 12mm module because I already have a good C6 host for it. I know I most likely won't break 200mw but I would like to get as close as possible. I have heard the name Fasttech thrown around also, anybody have any thoughts on that?



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Hi Max,
I have one for you that would fit the bill for your C6 host. Its an A140 with an X Drive set to give you around 1500mW's. PM me if your interested.. It's prewired and ready to drop it your sink...
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Are you stuck on those 532 DPSS's greens? Going with Lifetimes A140 is whole new ballgame with a blue durable burning beam. Not as tight and sharp of course but will just about plop in your C6.
For $5 or $6 a shot those Fasttech's can't be beat and yes are overspec usually can hit 100mw average. Do get the 5V version as you need to run the 18650 battery.
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GSS is correct, Fasttech's modules are a great deal for the money, but they are similar to the Dealextreme modules, and probably every other 532nm module out there.
It looks as if Fasttech is rating everything at 5mW now, but as GSS said, you very well may see 100+ mW.
I've personally had pretty good success with my fasttech modules.
There are many other places that sell these, such as Laserlands, and others, but it's pretty much a gamble on what output you're going to get.

Another option If you want to stick with green, is to look at the 520nm diode/modules that DTR's store carries, that will get you the output you want, and higher quality too. With the 520nm diodes you'll get an output range from 50mW to nearly 1.5W depending on which one you pick, and your budget!
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Thanks for the reply before I broke it, my Dealextreme module could light matches with ease after being focused (some without dark marker). Do you think the Fasttech modules could do that? Also where would I find DTR's store? Would the 520nm modules look much different than the 532? And would they be compatible with my host and 12mm heatsink?

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I've put a link to DTR's store in my last post, just click on "DTR's store", either there or right here.
They are different, not much, but different. Many people prefer the color of the 520 to the 532's.
Yes, they are completely compatable, they can be purchased already mounted in a 12mm module, and if desired with the driver included also.
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Oh thank you, sorry didn't see the link, I'll check those out also saw a 12 mm module on CNI, don't know the price though, any thoughts?
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There are a lot of threads here that show the visual difference between 520 and 532, HERE is one that shows that difference pretty nicely.
If you want to see more of them, just use the white search bar at the bottom of the page and use "532 vs 520", or something similar.

You would have to get a quote from CNI, but I've got to believe it would be higher than the Fasttech/DTR alternatives.
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Is there any way to push more power out of a Fasttech module? Would they light matches? I'm also very tempted to go for the 520 but the change in colour kind of throws me off a bit haha.
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If your module has a potentiometer on it, it can be adjusted, but it can just as likely be killed.
Here is an older thread showing a Fasttech module being adjusted for more power.

You could try and contact member 'Pman' (Pete), as he's probably done more builds (and mods) with these modules than everybody else combined. You could send him a PM and I'd bet he'd be able to help you out with mods on these modules.
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Ok thanks for the help, think I'm just going to buy a few of those and hope I get lucky.
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Bowtie thanks for doing all the links, and like said I have quite of few Pmans Fasttech's that he pushed a little harder and still going strong. Pman has found 430mah seems to be best for full output.
The "pot" on these though are sensitive to the touch. Like Deal Extreme module's you most likely have to re solder the wires because they also tend to fall off the driver. Other than that they are kinda robust for the money..
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How do you measure current draw of the laser? I have a DMM I'm just wondering where I'd put it so I can adjust to that optimal 430ma.
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I do it the "wrong" way with a battery in a battery box using my DMM as the continuity connection as these are $5 modules and also don't have the proper test loads or experience. Just please wait for someone to chime in.
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Why is that wrong?
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Default Re: Where to buy high power 12mm module?

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Why is that wrong?
Measuring before the driver doesn't tell you the current through the LD, it tells you the current being pulled by the driver. It will give you a ballpark much of the time though.

Proper way to do it is to remove the diode from the driver and then use a test load in place of the diode.
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