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Evgeniuz

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I'm new to this hobby, recently assembled my first red laser from old DVD burner.

Now I want to buy another laser, but this time assembled by someone more experienced or even factory-assembled. I imagine this thing as
  • 532nm,
  • focusable,
  • burning (don't know how much power do I need for this, my green cheapo pointer won't burn and DIY red burn when focused, running at 190mA),
  • sturdy (so it won't break with rough use),
  • under $50 including shipping to Europe (the most tough one, no compromises on this one, possible for others).

Does such thing even exist? What compromises should I make for it to fit requirements? Could you suggest shops, sellers, maybe forum members with good reputation? I'm counting on your experience :) Thanks in advance.
 

Atomicrox

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You can get everything besides sturdy. According to my experience DPSS lasers tend to break/misalign a lot more easily than direct diodes (and getting 532nm out of a direct diode is gonna cost a lot more today). They also tend to mode hop and generally... degrade with rough use.

Anything over 100mW will burn but not easily. I believe you can get a 100-200mW under $50 from Lazerer.


If you're willing to consider other colors then 405nm will meet the other stuff a lot easier. I got my 405mW 200mW from DX (when it used to sell lasers), it burns quite well, is very sturdy, focusable and costed about 25-30 usd :)
 
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If you're willing to consider other colors then 405nm will meet the other stuff a lot easier. I got my 405mW 200mW from DX (when it used to sell lasers), it burns quite well, is very sturdy, focusable and costed about 25-30 usd :)
Yes, color doesn't mean much, It's just that I like green :) Unfortunately DX is not selling them and O-Like/Lazerer have prices for 405nm 200mw well over $50, excluding shipping :(
 

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Someone posted a link to this site some time ago, it appears to be selling the same lasers DX used to sell:
Focusable 200mW 405nm Burns Match + Money Detector Blue-Violet/Royal Purple Laser Pen (2*CR2) - Free Shipping

I can't guarantee it's the same laser but it sure looks the same. Might be worth a try if you don't mind the risk of buying from an unknown company. If you do please let us know if all went well :)

This one will also do the job, it's a better pointer than the above but the 405nm is a slightly better burner and has a (barely) visible beam, while this one's is hardly visible:
High-Power 200mW Red Laser Pen (Burns Match + Visible Beam Daytime) - Free Shipping
 




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