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Old 07-19-2017, 04:23 PM #1
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Default Odicforce Boost Driver?

So I've been scouring around for drivers for the new 475nm and 505nm diodes... anyone have any experience with these?

Variable Boost Driver Board for 515nm and 520nm Green Laser Diodes - OdicForce

And if they're good, I'm also looking around for 488nm diodes which have very similar power requirements (6-7.5Vin 110ish mA). I would dare feed the 502 the nano's 275mA, but not a super expensive 488.

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Are these drivers known to be good, bad, or unknown? If unknown, would anyone be able to test them for stability?


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Default Re: Odicforce Boost Driver?

I've seen them on eBay lately. They sell for under $10.00 there. I believe the current range on the ones on eBay are 1.3 to 1.5 amps, so it would not work for this diode if it is the same driver.
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Default Re: Odicforce Boost Driver?

Not so sure about that. From their description:

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Looks just like the eBay one. Can't say for sure what current output of this one is. It might work out if that is the range.

Edit: I was scanning their other drivers and found some others that could work well for this diode.
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We need to make sure that those driver are current regulated instead of voltage regulated.
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Ordered a couple of these, i'm in the EU so should be here soon and ill do a test.
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You can always contact by phone or email - Jonathan Slater/Odic Force and ask him which if any of the 20 or so drivers he offers he would suggest based on your requirements. He can answer any questions you have about them as well.

Phone: +44 (0) 777 5785574 Contact person: Jonathan Slater Email: ofl@odicforce.com

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I hope to get the one I ordered in the next week. I'll post the results as soon as I do.
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Thanks for the info
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They are all claimed to be laser diode drivers. It would be very impractical
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Just got notified that my driver is in Stamford, CT. Hopefully, I'll get it soon now.
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So..good news, I received the drivers today,
Super fast shipping to Germany, 4 days total.
Packaged really well, all drivers came with a Spec sheet and in Static bags.

First thing i notices is that this "515-520nm" boost driver is identical to the 1800mA boost driver they also sell, except one smd Resistor, its a different value.

I can also say the specs for the 515-520nm boost driver from the Spec sheet provided by Odicforce are:
Vin: 3-5V (1x3.7v cell)
Vout: 7.5V
Iout: 50-300mA


I should have time this weekend to do some testing, just got my Fluke scopemeter back so i can test the ripple on startup too

Cheers for the fast delivery Odicforce

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That's great news. I am still waiting for my driver from China, so I won't know anything until it gets here. I hope these turn out to be good drivers as the price is very reasonable.


Edit: I got my driver from China that I paid $8.00 for that is the same driver as the Odicforce ones. I'm hoping to test it very soon.
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Just as i thought so, those driver are using IC from Feeling tech, which is good.
Still, it's quite mindblowing that they're able to sell it at about ~$10.

Just seeing from the boards, it looks like they're not directly controlling the current by taking the feedback from sense resistor, but instead giving a constant voltage (5.5V or 7.5V) while current control done by adjusting the overcurrent trip using resistor.
I could be wrong though, but that's what i could say by tracing the PCB trace from the online photos.

This is a good news actually, I never thought this method would work for controlling output current, this will omit the needs of sense resistor and current sense IC.
I always thought that those "overcurrent trip point" set by resistor meant for turning off the IC should the inductor current reach that "trip point". The only downside is that those current trip meant for inductor switch current, not for the output current.
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Great Paul
let's use this thread for the results

Yr right, the case positive 505 diodes will have to use custom hosts isolating the module if used with this driver, unless the oriantation of the driver components can be changed

But for the case neutral 505nm diodes and the 473nm diode it should be fine, also for the 520nm diodes that are available with I<300mA
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So...preliminary results are up!! and its looking very positive

Testload set to 10 Diodes = (~7V drop @ 100mA from the scale),
All Fluke meters zero'ed out,
Benchtop P/S set to 1.5A @ 3.7V (1cell)



First run: 280mA, absolutley NO Voltage Spike on startup




Second run: i set the driver to 150mA using the fluke, NO Voltage spike again




And here the Voltage output from the driver with No Load = ~8V



Anyone want any more info or tests done let me know here
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