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Old 12-14-2012, 12:52 AM #1
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Default Sharp looking 3-mode mini (pic heavy)

I have a review thread of a similar build that covers details on the host and driver, but this laser turned out so sharp I wanted to share a more in depth build thread. The other thread is here Cree Q5 Made into 3-mode 445nm



Here is the host I started with, has a nice silver finish. The pill with led just unscrews no breaking required.


The plastic lens pops out nice and easy.


The pill taken apart revealing the awesome "IMO" driver. Because I had chipped that driver I used an identical one from another light.



Onto the M140! I cut the aluminum back off the module to allow it to fit and to have better heat transfer from the copper modules threads to the heat sink, I'm a bit OCD about it I know.



I like to put arctic alumina epoxy on the backs of my diodes, I just don't like them to be open to air, I feel like they can be kept at a more stable temp this way. Anyways right or wrong of me I've done it to two M140's and a 9mm and they are all still running great.



This is the heat sink I pressed the module into, it was a nice press fit and I used arctic silver. (ty - flaminpyro and DTR)



Here I have the module partially pressed into the sink and began wiring the driver up. Afterwards I put the sink in with arctic alumina epoxy.



Finished! Triple trit focus ring with my personal touch of GITD applied to the inside.





Still puts out a good beam in a well lit night area.



Burn test video. It's got a 9mm stock lens and it was focused to a few inches away.


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Awesome little laser. I love these hosts for size.

It looks about the same as the one in my sales thread. FP does an amazing job on focus knobs.
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Sweet little Laser for sure. What current is the driver pushing?
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It's driving about 330ma on high and about 90ma on low.
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Very low power... nice

The MOAR power thing gets kind of old, sometimes it's nice to be able to just run a small laser for a long time.
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Thanks! I couldn't agree more, I've been having a lot more fun with this lower power laser then my +2W laser. Easy to carry, long run time, not insanely bright but bright enough. Just a nice EDC laser.
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Sweet build, I was looking at these hosts myself, they look pretty cool
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Thanks, it really is a great host and driver, durable and portable. If we could now just figure out how to adjust the driver currents, it would be the best "small" host ever.
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i'm sure there are drivers you could pop in there no problem
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Nice build, im jealous of the size
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