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12142007, 07:08 PM  #33  
 
Class 1M Laser 
ok so i guess that pp3 was used up. so i have a new one here. now how will i know when to stop turning the pot down?
 
12142007, 07:41 PM  #34  
 
Class 2M Laser Join Date: Aug 2007
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Start with the pot at max. That should only source 10mA. Slowly adjust the pot to reduce the resistance thus increasing the current until the LD suddenly gets brighter. Stop there. Mark the position of the pot, and disconnect the battery. measure the resistance across the resistor and pot. figure out what current it is set at. now figure what resistance is required to get about 10mA higher. Example: Measured resistance is 45 Ohms. 1.25V/37.75Ohms = ~33mA. So 1.25V/0.043A (0.043A = 43mA) = 29 Ohms So set the resistance to 29 Ohms, and you're good to BluRay all day. I'm signing off for today. I hope all goes well for you. Post some pics/vids in the Multimedia board if you can.  
12142007, 11:04 PM  #35  
 
Class 3B Laser Join Date: Jun 2007 Location: Dallas Tx
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There really is nothing magical about the way the 317 works. Let's keep all of this simple. The voltage between the output and adjust should always be 1.25 volts, provided the input voltage is high enough to keep the regulator from dropping out. The 1.25 volts is known as the sense voltage. The more current/voltage the device we are powering requires, the more voltage we need to supply to the regulator. Using the following formulas it is easy to calculate the resistor needed for the current we want to use. Take the sense voltage and divide it by the current to calculate for the resistor needed. For example, lets assume the bluray diode will need 40ma's to lase. I believe this is a comfortable amount of current to supply it with. 1.25 divided by .040 = 31.25 ohms. Since no one makes a resistor that is exactly 31.25 ohms, we will choose the next highest value which is commonly available even at Radio Shack....a 33 ohm resistor. Now we can calculate the current we will be driving the diode with, using the 33 ohm resistor: Take the sense voltage and divide it by the resistor: 1.25 divided by 33 = .038ma's. Next we need to calculate the wattage of the resistor needed. This is done by taking the sense voltage and multiplying it times the current: 1.25 times .038 = .0475 watts. As you can see the power we are using is very low so a 1/4 watt resistor will be ample. Now I do realize that many will want to drive their bluray to the limit. I have taken mine as high a 55ma's...do this at your own risk. The thing with using pots is they can get dirty over time which will cause a spike possibly destroying your diode. Therefore use a resistor in series with the pot that will not cause the current to go high enough to damage the diode if it spikes. Also unless you are using a precision multi turn pot, it is easy to mistakenly turn it too high. So for the bluray calculate the resistor needed for 50ma's (for example) and put the pot in series with it. I use the same ideas and formulas for driving red diodes. All I have done here is expand on what a_pyro_is has been explaining. I hope between his explanations and mine everything will begin to make sense..  
12152007, 05:54 AM  #36  
 
Class 1M Laser 
Thanks A LOT for your help guys. You've helped me so much. Thanks :P So i take it there is not really a way to do it off of 6v (2x cr123's)?  
12152007, 07:52 AM  #37  
 
Class 3B Laser Join Date: Jun 2007 Location: Dallas Tx
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Sorry but no...you would need to use three. However an alkaline 9 volt transistor radio battery would be good. It would run the laser a long time since it is only talking around 40ma's.
 
12162007, 04:44 AM  #38  
 
Class 2M Laser Join Date: Aug 2007
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busterhax, I'm just wondering how it all turned out.  
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