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Old 09-09-2010, 06:53 AM #1
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Exclamation Help a noob please.

Well first of all what a great way to get started here. Having quite a few questions that will probably make you all think I'm a complete dumb ass. I have tried to find some answers but I cant seem to get what I'm looking for. So here I go....

What exactly do I need to build a hand held laser pointer?
A diode, heatsink, module, driver, and housing. Anything else?

I was thinking of starting off with buying a 445nm diode from daguin
http://laserpointerforums.com/f39/44...140-52076.html

a basic combo kit from jayrob
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then a driver from this website
http://hacylon.case.edu/ebay/laser_d...BoostDrive.php

my last question.
with the 445nm diode from daguin what should i set as the current on the driver?

Any help would be great so I can get started and build my first laser pointer and for everyone that helps I thank you.

Once I build it I will be sure to take some pictures and post them. That is... if it works.


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I have a question do You have Laser safety glasses? You can order a HOT option from Jay, and He will set the current for You. You would only have to solder the diode on. Drop Jay a message and He will hook You up.
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Default Re: Help a noob please.

Of course I do I've had them for a while as I've just been waiting to build a laser.
and cool i'll probably end up getting the HOT option soon and thanks for the help.
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Welcome to LPF.....Glad to Help
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Lol surprised you didn't get totally ass reamed like me.
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^He didn't because he clearly has done some reading and didn't just ask, "What laser should I build?". We tried to help you Toaster but you wouldn't listen and that last post would be trolling wouldn't it?



To be honest vivalabam24 I would start with a lesser power diode and work up to the 445s. I know you can turn them down low but low is still 2-300mW. You'll also miss out on the high power reds that will only go up to 2-300mW! It kind of spoils the fun a little I think.

We don't know your skill or experience level of course but you will risk less dealing with cheaper diodes too. By all means get a 445, but do some practice runs before jumping to that.

Check the links in my sig for other useful links and info.

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Lol surprised you didn't get totally ass reamed like me.
He has showed he has done some reading!!!

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