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Default cheapest way to make a burning laser?

title says it all.i I also want the easiest way too. it can be a red or green laser. and it must be AT LEAST 150 mw. and please dont tell me to buy one. thank you



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Default Re: cheapest way to make a burning laser?

LOC diode 10$
driver 25$
aixiz module 5$
lens 10$
batteries 5-10$
charger 15$
Those are the basics, but you will also need a heatsink, and a host. Those prices can vary alot.
Also you will need goggles for red lasers. 15$. Before you ask. Yes, you will need them.
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A LOC can put out 250+mw with a normal lens, so they are very dangerous. Be careful, and wear goggles.

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i was actually thinking about this video:

YouTube - DIY: How to Modify a Green Laser Pointer into a Burning Laser

it seems EXTREMELY easy to do and cost not much. but i want to hear from you guys to, please post
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Default Re: cheapest way to make a burning laser?

Buy a green one. They cannot be built by amateur hobbyists.

Read the stickies. The commonly used techniques around here ARE the cheapest way.

I suggest you read A LOT more before you call yourself ready to own such a device.

Be looking for the best place to find safety goggles first.
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LOC diode 10$
driver 25$
aixiz module 5$
lens 10$
batteries 5-10$
charger 15$
Those are the basics, but you will also need a heatsink, and a host. Those prices can vary alot.
Also you will need goggles for red lasers. 15$. Before you ask. Yes, you will need them.
www.rayfoss.com
A LOC can put out 250+mw with a normal lens, so they are very dangerous. Be careful, and wear goggles.
You can knock around $19 off that price if you build your own DDL driver. The Aixis module comes with a "standard" lens, so there is another $10 off.
My average cost to build a 650nm burner is around $26. But that is buying parts in bulk and lots of practice.
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it seems EXTREMELY easy to do and cost not much. but i want to hear from you guys to, please post
By the time you buy the 5mW pointer and the burning module, you would have paid as much as just buying a higher powered one in the first place.
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You can knock around $19 off that price if you build your own DDL driver. The Aixis module comes with a "standard" lens, so there is another $10 off.
My average cost to build a 650nm burner is around $26. But that is buying parts in bulk and lots of practice.

By the time you buy the 5mW pointer and the burning module, you would have paid as much as just buying a higher powered one in the first place.
well i would buy one but customs are getting more and more strict every day so id rather no take a chance. so i think this video is the best iv heard so far because its basically very easy. i dont know shit about saughtering or building your own drivers or anything like that. in the video you only have to desaughter a little and saughter a bit.u dont even need experience to do what he did in the video. so thats why i think the video i found is better than all your responses. no offence though I still want to hear some ideas
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Default Re: cheapest way to make a burning laser?

1. Doing what is done in the video will cost alot more, wont have heatsinking, and wont burn as good as what we've suggested.
2. If you want a high powered green you can buy from reputable companies, like nova, that guarantee your laser will get through customs, and they will be much higher quality than any module from DX.
3. It's spelled solder.
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well i would buy one but customs are getting more and more strict every day so id rather no take a chance. so i think this video is the best iv heard so far because its basically very easy. i dont know shit about saughtering or building your own drivers or anything like that. in the video you only have to desaughter a little and saughter a bit.u dont even need experience to do what he did in the video. so thats why i think the video i found is better than all your responses. no offence though I still want to hear some ideas
Unless you live in Australia, the chances of customs getting your one laser are almost nothing. Order from O-like or Rayfoss and you will get the laser.
I have bought (and received) over 100 without any problems.
BTW: poor soldering skills are how most noob's kill their lasers.
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Unless you live in Australia, the chances of customs getting your one laser are almost nothing. Order from O-like or Rayfoss and you will get the laser.
I have bought (and received) over 100 without any problems.
BTW: poor soldering skills are how most noob's kill their lasers.
I actually bought from o like 8 months ago with no problem. But are you guys sure Ill get another one from them without customs checking?

I was thinking about buying this: New Style red laser 200mW /adjustable [OLNRL200] - $44.99 : Welcome to O-Like.com, Your source for laser products

or is there a better one for no more than 50 bucks? also does anyone have a discount coupon for o like? thanks
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Hello I"m selling a green and red 5 mw laser.They are both new from radioshack. I dont really want lasers so Im selling them.
Couldn't stay away, eh?

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i meant i didnt want THOSE specific lasers. but a b urning laser hell yes i want another one. cause i sold my old one.
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