- Oct 23, 2016
Forget that - you're going to blow up laser diodes left right and centre without a driver. The reason that lasers generally use one type of battery are that a driver is easier to design for a smaller input voltage range (i.e. 3-4.5V instead of 3-9V).
Edit: I'm pretty sure that these 510 thread mods did exist - Jnrpop has a big collection that he posted a thread of fairly recently. I believe the diode drivers were in the removable part - so you could have multiple threaded modules each with a diode module assembly /w lens and driver. Not sure where you'd get something like that now other than making it yourself...
I have had a 1w 520nm laser diode with a driver from DTR's shop for a while now and have been using 2x 18350's. I made a crummy heatsync out of a block of aluminum but it was not very great. I just connected the driver's leads to a switch and the batteries and it worked just fine. I was just looking for some recommendations for some good and sleek way I can have the laser diode, driver, heatsync, and battery compartment all in a nice portable package.
I don't know much about these vape mods so I appreciate the safety concerns and recommendations.