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Default will these parts work for a burning laser?

If I follow this tutorial by styropyro Build a Burning Red Laser from an Old PC | Hack N Mod

will this driver work? : Amazon.com: AixiZ 2 pack red and IR laser diode driver 80-500mA w/TTL: Everything Else

would the laser work? not work? burn up?
sorry for not making the links attached to a word, I am new and don't know how to do so yet.



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Default Re: will these parts work for a burning laser?

Hi Gabedini and welcome to the forum.
Make sure you get hold of some safety glasses first.

The driver would work, but note that you have to set the current correctly as that driver can supply 500mA and that may be enough to kill the laser diode (depending on what type it is).

The safe current that the laser diode can take varies depending on what type it is, but I would stick to 200mA or 300mA to start with. If you drive it too hard it will pop.

Make sure you have the diode in a heat sink and make sure you get the polarity right as well.

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Default Re: will these parts work for a burning laser?

thanks andrew, I'll make sure to get a pair of safety glasses before I actually turn anything on.
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