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I decided to try building a small red with one of my mini red diodes from a recent 12x harvest. I'm using a small 8 mm housing adapted to the 3.6 mm diode. The host is an old red colored something I got from DX long ago.



The heat sink is machined from copper and brass fittings to give some heat sinking for the tiny module.

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What did you use for the adapter? Did you have to machine it?
Looks very clean!

Edit: I haven't seen the 3.6mm diodes yet, so sorry if my question seems lame.
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Must've been hard to machine that copper heatsink, nice work, Mike!
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I decided to try building a small red with one of my mini red diodes from a recent 12x harvest. I'm using a small 8 mm housing adapted to the 3.6 mm diode. The host is an old red colored something I got from DX long ago.



The heat sink is machined from copper and brass fittings to give some heat sinking for the tiny module.

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Hubala hubala!

That sure does look like one heck of a nice build Mike!
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Very nice work Mike.

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Done I'm running a Dr Lava V5. I didn't measure current. Just cranked it to 300 mW! It gets warm fast but I'm a diode killer

The adapter is a tiny machoned piece of aluminum pressed into the 5.6 mm housing and the little diode pressed into that. Yes -- That is a trick to do but my little lathe made it easy.

Machining copper ??? It took 3 trys on that gummy metal. The 3rd time, I flooded it with WD40 to keep it from trashing the piece. Even a carbide bit wanted to dig into that crap. Light cuts and oil was the trick.

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QUOTE=Hemlock_Mike;643133] I didn't measure current. Just cranked it to 300 mW! It gets warm fast but I'm a diode killer[/QUOTE]

I'm the same way and I sure do like your style Mike!
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I did about the same thing with my 12X Blu. I was not going to let Dave be the only one with 600 mW of Blu! I just cranked it up to 620 mW !!!! Damn the torpedos I want mW!!!

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I did about the same thing with my 12X Blu. I was not going to let Dave be the only one with 600 mW of Blu! I just cranked it up to 620 mW !!!! Damn the torpedos I want mW!!!

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Because of a dumb mistake, I got 1.04 WATTS for a couple seconds. Three times because I couldn't believe the readings -- The diode survived and I got the power under control.
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Because of a dumb mistake, I got 1.04 WATTS for a couple seconds. Three times because I couldn't believe the readings -- The diode survived and I got the power under control.
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THREE times?

Whoa, makes me reconsider what those diodes are actually capable of...
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Don't risk a $200 diode. I did it by mistake for a three 2 second bursts because I didn't believe the readings. I found the series dropping diodes wasted inside. I then removed one LiIon cell and added a spacer.

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I did happen to to see your accidental 1+ watt BR post.

It sent a shiver down my spine. You are now my new hero Mike!
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Very nice little build you have there!
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