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Old 10-15-2012, 01:04 PM #1
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Default Star Trek "Boomerang" Phaser Build

Hey all,

I figure starting with a nifty build is a fine way to begin my life here

The laser module is a 2W, 445nm diode, Lazerer X-Drive driver, and 405-G-2 glass lense. Bought as a package from dtr-lpf on eBay.

While in the process of looking for a host, I was watching Star Trek: Voyager and had a sort of epiphany- "I'll make a phaser!" so I bought a resin cast of a phaser body partially hollowed out for electronics (also from eBay).

Electronics are pretty simple, batteries are stored in the phaser head, hidden in the grip is a master on/off switch which is linked to both the "fire" button and three blue LEDs which will be placed under the "power setting" indicator. This way, when the thing is powered on the lights will glow letting me know it's hot.

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I look forward to seeing the finished product....and pics, lots and lots of pics!
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I LIKE this idea!
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How about some link or pics of the "Phaser" you will
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Pictures!

These are all the major components (the only thing excluded being wire and some battery leads).

Note: I will be replacing the master power switch (located lower left of the "all the parts layout" picture) with one that has six prongs rather than three, allowing me to solder easier. The LEDs will be running off a secondary power source (most likely a cell battery in the handle) so that they aren't draining my main batteries. Originally I was going to add sound effects, but there isn't any room in the body for a sound chip/speaker
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That looks very nice. Good luck!
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Ruh-row...
I was trying to run my module at a lower power to make sure all the beam came out while adjusting it to fit properly, and I turned the "coarse" rather than the "fine" adjustment knob on my power supply. Now it won't work. I believe it went up to 15V... I tested to see if there was any power comming from the driver to the diode by conecting it to it's intended power source and touching the leads with a voltmeter but nothing showed up. Did my driver take the full force of the power and save my diode, or is the whole thing garbage?

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Hard to say without testing the diode on another driver.
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Default Re: Star Trek "Boomerang" Phaser Build

It's alive! Well, no, but it works splendidly. Just finished it up after getting the diode and driver back from fixing. Everything works as designed Sorry, no pictures right now. It's been a long day and I've still got other (non-laser) work to do. I'll try to post pics/video by the weekend
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Is the only heatsinking for this diode the copper module it is pressed into? I saw one of the pictures have the module wrapped in electrical tape which is just going to help to insulate it... I wouldn't run this for very long at all considering at that output power and just a copper module, you could overheat it very fast.
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You are correct, there isn't a true heat sink. Only the resin emitter body and some light epoxt to hold the copper module in place. I've taken that into account though. I dont run it any more than 10sec on/5sec off, really more like 3-5sec on/2-10sec off. Mind you, I don't have a need to run it much longer than that, so it works well

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Shown in the "armed" state in the first picture, green LEDs worked out well. I think I may (if there's room) hook up the batteries to a male/female chargeing setup then just shrink wrap them in that configuration so as to make charging much easier (getting them in and out is a VERY large pain)

I'll get some fireing shots up when I've got the time, batteries are currently recharging
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