The device came with 2x 3.6V cells, but the 18350s I got from the States today are 3.7V and they seem to fit more snugly in the chassis.
Could it be that the device shipped with slightly underpowered batteries?
And more importantly, if 3.6 is spec, could a mere extra 0.2V cause damage?
Grrr, I'm having trouble with purple balloons too!
So, I pointed the laser at the very top of the balloon where the material is at its thickest and something interesting happened... It quickly burnt a tiny hole, but cauterized the tear, causing the balloon to deflate gradually rather than pop...
@Blord: I guess mine isn't as 1000mW as it makes out to be. (A proper 1000mW should be able to ignite steel wool at point blank range, right?)
It actually gives only one "rating" on the device itself, but I won't repeat it here for fear of making my name ass. :eek:
I've been doing some experiments with range popping of balloons with a 1000mW 450nm blue and I've found blue balloons to be highly resistant, even at close range. This has been consistent, too. One of them took 37 SECONDS to pop!
Does this hold for lasers of different colous (ie, red...
@Infinitus: Thanks, I will definitely explore the 2x 18350 avenue. In the mean time, 1x 18650 sounds like a nice standby if I don't need maximum power. (The unit doesn't come with adjustable output.)
It's a serious No Name Brand Chinese one, which is all that I could get in South Africa. Come...
My 1W blue came with two feeble 880 mAh 3.6V 16340 batteries and other manufacturers don't seem to go much higher than that mAh rating.
I'm wondering if it's possible to swap the two 16340's for a single 18650, which has a higher mAh rating. My concern is that they're inserted end on end...