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2 mode 10x Blu-Ray build in a Maglite

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Hi Guys

This is my first laser build. It has a BDR-S06J 10x laser diode driven at 400-410ma. It has an AixiZ 405nm, three element glass lens meaning it should output around 500mw.
The host is a 4C Maglite sawn in half :) it offers amazing heatsinking and it is large enough to fit everything in it.
It is powered by two protected AW rcr123a batterys (750mah) and a homemade driver.

The main red switch turns it on and off and the key switch selects high or low mode.

I machined out the battery holder and heatsink out of aluminium using my schools lathe. I managed to scratch the body in the process :(

Here are some pics taken by my camera phone (sony K800i)

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I designed and built the driver myself, it is a liniar driver and it has a low voltage drop out of 0.2v and it is adjustable. I wanted my laser to have two modes controlled by a key switch, one at max power and a safer one at around 25mw. In order to accurately achive 25mw you have to use PWM as you are very close to the threshold current. I used a 555 timer to pulse the laser diode at 1300hz and with a 5% duity cycle so the low beam has an average power output of 25mw (assuming it is normally 500mw).

When burning stuff with the low mode the object emits a quiet, high pitched squeal!

I have also added a low battery light above the key switch in order to avoid overdischarging and damaging the batterys. The main latching switch has an LED that tells me if it is in high even if the laser is switched off in order to remind me to return it to low.

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I am very pleased with the result and it was worth the diode I managed to kill in the process.
The divergance of the beam is great and the beam is a nice round dot, I was burning the bushes in some of the pictures (about 8-10m away).

I have the eagle pair laser goggles (190-540nm) for protection, they work very well and are worth the money.

Thanks for reading
 
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Meatball

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Re: 10x Blu-Ray build in a Maglite

Hey that's a really nice driver! Thanks for sharing your work here!

:gj:
 

jayrob

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Re: 10x Blu-Ray build in a Maglite

First build!?

Wow nice job... :gj:
 

Helios

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Very nice job! +rep

I love the sawn off maglite! Looks better than a full maglite. For a moment I thought it was a real OEM laser host that you swapped diodes in.
 

Wolfman29

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Yeah... that driver is beautiful o_O Especially that you managed to fit it all on such a small board. Mind showing us the design schematic (a picture of the bottom/top side of your board)?
 

LtKernelPanic

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Welcome to LPF! Holy hell if that's your first build I want to see your tenth. Nicely done.
 

Tech_Junkie

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Very good first project. I hope you stick with it, I can see you doing really well in the near future. :beer:
 

DJNY

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Great to have you here. I´m looking for more of your builts / ideas soon :cool:
 
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Xtrm2Rick

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This looks really well for a first build:wave:

For a moment I thought it was a real OEM laser host that you swapped diodes in.

that is what i was thinking to the first moment i saw it:p
 
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set

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Thanks for the kudos everyone, I have had some experience modifying maglites and building torches but this is my first laser:)
Yeah... that driver is beautiful o_O Especially that you managed to fit it all on such a small board. Mind showing us the design schematic (a picture of the bottom/top side of your board)?

Do you want a picture of the backside of the board with all the components on it (means taking the laser apart)? The pcb is just a disc of prototyping board with no tracks on it. The low voltage circuit isn't actually on the main pcb, It is just a few components soldered together and insulated. It is positioned right behind the main board.
 

Kevlar

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Nice work!! :beer: I. Look toward to your future. Builds.
 

Wolfman29

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What I meant was just a drawing in paint or something of how it was all wired together (not a schematic, but a picture of which holes connected where, etc.).
 

Isoleucine

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This makes KIPKAY look suckish with his krap maglite build.

A driver with low power indicator. You sir, are one hell of a killer.

Well done.
 




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