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- Oct 14, 2012
SOLARFORCE S.S. 488nm
Hi guys, I've been wanting to build something in one of these "Solarforce L2T S.S. Edition[/U]" hosts for a couple of years now, but I've never had the right combination of diode power & wavelength to satisfy what I thought this finished build should look like, till now. :yh:
A while back, I got lucky enough purchase this low wavelength Sharp (GH04850B2G) diode from Paul 1598419.
He spectro'd it at 487nm, so I feel pretty confident that at my fairly conservative setting of 230mA, it's sitting at around 488nm, using Pauls calculations of approximately 1nm gain per 100mW.
Not a lot more to say, as there have been quite a few of these (+,-) 488nm diodes used in builds recently.
So, without any further rambling, here are the particulars of my Sharp 488nm build. :yh:
Components Used For This Build:
- Solarforce L2T Stainless Steel Edition Host.
- Sharp GH04850B2G Diode @487nm (Paul1598419).
- 12mm Copper Module (DTR).
- "Pico" Driver set at 230mA (Astralist).
- Custom Focus Adapter, and Copper Heatsink.
- (1) 18650 4..3V Li-Ion Battery.
Dimensions & Weight:
- Length = 147.5mm (5.8")
- Diameter = 32mm (1.25") Head, 25mm (1.0") Body
- Weight w/Battery = 367g (13.0 oz)
- Weight w/o Battery = 320g (11.28 oz)
- Weight of Copper Heatsink = 124g (4.37 oz)
Measured Power Output:
- 3 Element Lens = 106mW
- G-2 Lens = 131mW
Now for some "in progress" build photos followed by some beautiful 488nm Photons!
Great packaging, a nice sturdy box, with matching sleeve! :yh:
An exploded view of all of the pieces that came in the Solarforce D.I.Y. flashlight kit.
A couple of pics showing the overall high quality of the Solarforce products.
Front end & battery tube. Notice the high quality threads, heavy duty "O" rings, and thick walled construction throughout.
Tailcap w/heavy gold plated spring and nice screw in removable switch.
Initial turning of the 1/4 + pound copper heatsink.
Finished H.S., pre polish.
All shined up and ready to be filled up with 488nm photons! :yh:
Module, heatsink and battery board all coming together.
First light, .....it lives!
Talk about a fingerprint magnet!
Beam through a fan grating.
Heavy fog, swirls of 488nm!
Here are two photos of patterns made through some wavy glass that I got from Hakzaw in one of his "care" packages.
That's it for now, thank you all for making it this far, also a special thanks to Paul for allowing me to purchase this beautiful wavelength diode from him! :yh: