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Old 03-28-2012, 08:42 AM #1
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Question how to configure a DIY

Hi,
i was just wondering about the setup of DIY handhelds. With modules in the attached configuration can you, assuming you have an appropriate host, connect this array strait to the battery/s?
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Don't connect it straight to a power source or you'll burn the diode. Current needs to be regulated, so it needs a driver. Depending on how many batteries you'll use, you decide if you need a boost or linear driver, perhaps a buck. Check out this thread for more info.

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hi, thanks for your reply ok so the 'chip' protruding out of the module with the + and - input leads is not the driver?
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The driver is attached, so yes, it could be attached straight to a power supply and it will work.

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hi, thanks, thats good to hear
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Oops, right...

I've never worked with greens b4, they come with drivers eh.
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i have read the thread on driver types, along with many others on the beginning stages and concepts of DIY, i still have a lot to learn tho
if the module is a 3-3.5V input can you have a power supply of either 3 or 3.5V? does the driver make either safe for the diode?
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i have read the thread on driver types, along with many others on the beginning stages and concepts of DIY, i still have a lot to learn tho
if the module is a 3-3.5V input can you have a power supply of either 3 or 3.5V? does the driver make either safe for the diode?
Yes you could. I believe the driver will make sure the appropriate amount of volts are going to it, not too much, not too less (if applicable).

Somebody please correct me if I am wrong.
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i have read the thread on driver types, along with many others on the beginning stages and concepts of DIY, i still have a lot to learn tho
if the module is a 3-3.5V input can you have a power supply of either 3 or 3.5V? does the driver make either safe for the diode?
Those are standard DPSS 532nm Laser Modules.
They require (as you stated for yours) 3.0V to 3.5V
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Just connect two AA batteries in series to the input
of the Driver PCB. The 2 AA bateries will give you the
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Make sure you heatsink that laser before you start using it. Even if it is only a 5mW green, it has a 250mW or larger IR pump diode that needs to be properly cooled.
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Yes you could. I believe the driver will make sure the appropriate amount of volts are going to it, not too much, not too less (if applicable).

Somebody please correct me if I am wrong.
its the appropiate amperage as well
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AA batteries can supply the amps for a green module of that power
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thanks everyone for the advice, it is much appreciated
about the heat sink and cooling would the attached host provide adequate cooling? or should i invest in something more substantial? this host also fits a 18650 battery (3.7v), am i able to use this, or would AA's in series be a better option?
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That would be fine for a host....

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thanks everyone for the advice, it is much appreciated
about the heat sink and cooling would the attached host provide adequate cooling? or should i invest in something more substantial? this host also fits a 18650 battery (3.7v), am i able to use this, or would AA's in series be a better option?
That host should be good enough, what is the power of the module?

Yes I believe a 18650 battery is fine.
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ok thanks the module is a 50mw violet
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