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Old 12-28-2011, 05:59 AM #1
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I just need someone to direct me to a driver for a red laser that reaches 600mA
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A resistor. They're only about $0.01 in quantity.

To be serious, you haven't provided some other key parameters: input voltage, portability, etc. that determine the price you'll pay.
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What BB said. It depends what laser build it will be. There is no driver that does it all. Every driver has it's strengths and weaknesses.
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I just need someone to direct me to a driver for a red laser that reaches 600mA
but is reasonably priced (less then $15).
I would build an LM317 Driver (DDL) for about <$5.00...




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600mA is pretty bold! But I agree with the above posts, a simple LM317 Driver works fantastically! you'd need a 2.08 ohm resistor. But if you found a 2.1 ohm it would run just a little under the 600mA mark. But again, 600mA is playing with fire (or photons) pretty dangerously for a red laser diode.... unless its 635nm
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For that LM317 driver would 2 14500 battries be a good power supply?
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For that LM317 driver would 2 14500 battries be a good power supply?
Absolutely! I have a build using 2 14500 batteries and an LM317 and I haven't had to recharge it yet (although I haven't put TOO much time into using it... maybe 30-40 minutes tops)
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