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Old 08-07-2011, 11:54 AM #1
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Default Looking to buy or build 1W+ laser

So a few years ago I bought a 105mW green laser from Nova Lasers for almost $300 if I remember correctly. Since then I've had some fun with the laser every now and then. So today I was browsing around looking at lasers because I was bored, and I was astonished at how cheap a 1W 445nm laser is these days. So, I want one

Basically I'm interested in the highest quality/power in the $200 range for a 1W+ laser. I'm pretty handy with a soldering iron and know a good bit about electronics (ohms law and the likes), so building one is definitely within my means, if it's worth it. So.. Should I build one? Or, should I buy one? Either way, what are your suggestions?


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Default Re: Looking to buy or build 1W+ laser

Look a the sections "Buy, Sell, & Trade" and "Laser Pro Shop"

You'll find greats kits made ​​by various forum members, and really at good prices.
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^^would also mention the "Laser Pro Shop" section!
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^ The "Laser Pro Shop" was mentioned in my previous message
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Default Re: Looking to buy or build 1W+ laser

Make your own! It's much more gratifying and not to hard.
All the information and parts that you will need are here.
Search the forums for any questions that you might have, there are MANY build tutorials here!
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Default Re: Looking to buy or build 1W+ laser

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^ The "Laser Pro Shop" was mentioned in my previous message
Right...overread that *ops*

btw.: if i could i would also build one myself, but i think it will be better for me to buy well build lasers instead of killing alot of electronics
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660nm >> 300mW Jayrob Chrome pen built by RA_pierce from DJNY

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Default Re: Looking to buy or build 1W+ laser

Thanks for the advice guys. I think I'm going to give building one a go. Although I'm also going to look at the offers on the forums. Gonna do some research on the forums now...

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