An update, thank you all for the help :)
You'll probably laugh your asses off when you read this, but because I didn't have a vise, I decided to use a rubber mallet to the back half of the module pressing it into place. Now, this did end in success, because I ended up buying a 700mw Oclaro...
Hey there, thanks for chiming in! Yep, tried with 2 123s I had laying around, no dice. Yeah, it could just be working fine, but it does seem a bit faint. Is there any way else I could test it besides visibility? It can't burn anything whereas with my ebay greenie I can burn dark things.
I'm going to pick some up on Amazon and report back :)
Thanks for the help thus far, I don't think the diode would be damaged because the driver never even got a negative of the battery so it should be fine (hopefully?!)
Well, I've gotten it to work! The issue was that I had completely forgotten to solder the brass ring so one end of the battery wasn't connected to the driver. Silly mistake! A new problem has arose though: the power of the laser is incredibly low, with no visible beam in the dark. Same problem...
Hey there LPF!
I recently purchased a kit from survival laser (I can't link but it was a "Bargain No Diode Host Bundle) and got to assembling it today. My diode of choice was a Mitsubishi 500mW 638nm Diode, with the included 1.0A driver in the kit. After pressing the diode, I soldered the diode...
Hey there! Was wondering if you happened to have another pair of those goggles? Been wanting to get into building lasers for a long time, but I'm not going to do anything without the proper protection. It's not worth losing an eye over, lol.