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Assembled a M140 in a C6 (pic heavy)

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I have recently assembled my first laser and it is my first 445nm blue. It is an M140 in a C6 host. Some of the photos aren't real good, I guess I was more interested in assembling the laser than taking photos, anyway here it is. I purchased an M140 diode already pressed in a copper module with leads attached from DTR's Laser Shop here: https://sites.google.com/site/dtrlpf/home/diodes/445-m140-didoes
Top right for $54. Here is a photo:


I then purchased from Survival Laser one of their no-diode host bundles, specifically this one:
Survival Laser 1.4 Host Bundle - Components Only- No Diode
and using a discount code I found here on LPF the total price shipped was $98.39 bringing the total cost of this laser to $152.39 not counting batteries. Not much of a DIY project, the driver and pill module is already put together and getting the diode already in a module then most of the work is already done for you. If you are assembling your first laser and don't want it to be too complicated then you can't go wrong doing it like this. Its just a matter of soldering together two pairs of wires and assembling a few parts. Its almost idiot proof, almost but not quite. For anyone handling a C6 host for the first time be aware that it is possible to assemble parts in the wrong order and twist your wires when screwing it together. Also it has the tail cap switch, when you first insert your batteries + side first and screw on the tail cap you don't know if it is on or off so please remember to point it in a safe direction first, and use your safety glasses.

If you are buying or building your first powerful laser I have to say that all the endless hundreds of photos and videos don't quite prepare you for what to expect when you see it in person the first time. I had a green laser that I thought was impressive because you could easily see the beam in dim lighting. Well that was nothing and I really mean nothing compared to this. I won't repeat here what I shouted when I first turned this on.

Here is a charger and batteries I found on Amazon:


They are protected 16340s.


The charger only fits 16340s, now that I think about it I should have got a better charger that fits multiple sizes.


Opening the box of the SL host bundle.


Well worth the price in my opinion.


The 1.5 Amp driver and pill assembly. SL also sells these separately for $34.99 or $19.99 for just the driver.



This kit also comes with: one 3-element 445nm AR coated glass lens, a blue anodized extended length focusing ring, an external lens spring, a glow-in-the-dark silicone rubber lens cap, an Allen wrench for tightening the heat sink set screw, and a small amount of heat shrink tubing.


Here are some more photos of the host and parts.





The M140 in the copper module from DTR.



Notice that DTR is generous with the wire leads, be aware that there isn't much room in a C6, if your wires are too long they might not even fit.


Lens and focus ring and spring added to the module.


Module placed in the copper heat sink.


Ready to put it all together.


Wires soldered.


Almost done.



Ready to put the batteries in.


Finished.


If you have never seen a C6 before, it really is quite small, I took some photos next to some things for scale so you can tell just how small it really is.





I tried to get some beam shots but didn't have much success. I tried with an older Nikon cool pix 800 and that just doesn't work well, so I tried my LG Optimus V and it still didn't work very well. I will have to experiment with a different location and lighting or maybe another camera. Here is what the beam is shaped like when unfocused. This was taken with the Nikon, the others are taken with the LG. You can see the color is wrong in the photo.


Two more also unfocused.



I don't know for sure what is going on in these three but there was no wings or line there, just a small dot. I suspect it was just too bright for the camera and maybe light is reflecting off the camera lens.




That's all. Thanks for looking.

Alan
 

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Awesome job Pi :gj: She looks great! Very exciting, I'm still collecting parts for my first "real" build :beer:

~ LB
 

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Very nice! There is only 1 thing i hate about lasers... the price :p I too still need to do a "real" build. My first "real" build will be a labby i am going to sell (starting a business :D). Anyway, it's great to hear you love your new laser and i hope you enjoy it for many years to come :)

Have a good one :beer:
 

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lol the C-6 is pretty small. it causes my friends t underestimate how crazy strong it really is, at least with my "lazerer laser stick" the thing was so big people figured it was strong too lol
 
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Li-ion (16340 2000mAh Not - of poor quality ) - Wiki = Real 800 -1000mAh 16340 or RCR123A
 

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Nice work.
There should be No guessing if the switch is on or off when putting the batteries in. Use your dmm to check continuity of the switch before inserting batteries ;-)
 

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+3 for you.

Great work on your new baby. The C6 remains one of my favorite hosts.

Survival Lasers (Garoq) and DTR will see you right every time.
 

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Nice first build Pi:beer: and ive seen those wings on the dot before in other pictures or vids its nothing to worry about:) many cameras display the dot weird
 
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Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

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Li-ion (16340 2000mAh Not - of poor quality ) - Wiki = Real 800 -1000mAh 16340 or RCR123A
Yes I can already verify that these batteries are of poor quality or at least not able to put out so much power for long. I didn't really expect long battery life between charging but these need charging after only a few minutes of use.

Nice work.
There should be No guessing if the switch is on or off when putting the batteries in. Use your dmm to check continuity of the switch before inserting batteries ;-)
cheech thanks very much for that, I hadn't thought of that, that's a great safety tip that everyone needs to know.

+3 for you.

Great work on your new baby. The C6 remains one of my favorite hosts.

Survival Lasers (Garoq) and DTR will see you right every time.
Thanks ped, I agree and I think I'll be building more than one laser in a C6.

Alan
 

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Pi,

Great post! Awesome level of detail and it really looks like you did your homework before you bought your supplies.

+1 rep :beer:
 
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Good job and great documentation! +1 :wave:
Thanks Garoq, I would recommend your host bundles to anyone, they are so complete with everything included. I would especially say they are an excellent choice for someone assembling their first laser.

And thanks to everyone else am glad you like it.

One thing is missing however from the photos, I had forgot to buy any stickers. I have since bought a sheet of 16 and have them right here now so I can keep my lasers properly labeled. I feel this is extra important with powerful lasers that are a potential hazard, it could help prevent an accident if someone gets their hands on your laser and doesn't know what it is.

Alan
 
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