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First Green Build - Cool Host! & Pic Heavy

sassafrass686

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Hey everyone! This is my first green build. Ive been building lasers pretty frequently recently and I finally decided that I needed a sweet 532 in a custom host. I went shopping around and I found this!



Its a nice green color that I figured would compliment the beam. :D
Here's another. The flashlight is called the Icon Rogue; if it wasn't obvious.




I was able to remove the LED by myself, but the pill was heavily glued in there... So I asked Lazeerer if he would make me a heatsink to fit the cap. Sure enough, his lathe skills took care of this with no problem. He even drilled out as much of the pill as possible without damaging the host. Here are three pics that he took of the head and heatsink.







I asked for a copper heatsink because I was comparing one from the FandyFire host with this one and the copper and green look AMAZING together, as you can clearly see.

If you look at the first of those three pictures you can see a tiny lip that the sink screws into. It screws in at an angle as seen in the 3rd pic there. Lazeerer did a fantastic job making this sink for me. I believe that it was a good challenge for him (although I may be wrong) because there isn't anything on the cap that can hold the sink in place.
Once I got the cap and heatsink back the only modification that I made was drilling a small notch for the set screw to fit into.



Works like a charm!

So as for the module... It is a 100mW O-like 532nm. It came with the driver installed and a momentary on/off switch already attached. Of course the host had a nice clicky on the back so I just removed the switch and replaced it with some wire to avoid using a different driver.



Several different factors came into play when choosing the battery.
1. The input voltage for the driver is 3-4.2V
2. The host is made for AA's
3. The module would protrude far past the edge of the heatsink with two AA's

So I decided to go with one 3.7V 14500.
I just had to make up for the extra bit of room between the battery and driver. If I had some small PVC lying around I would have used that but surprisingly enough, the cheapie ebay pens are the exact size of a AA... So this should look familiar. Haha




I wrapped all of the metal contacts of the driver with one layer of electrical tape, then put another two layers on the top portion to keep the "fake battery" in a good position for contact.



The black plastic on the end of the ex-pen-laser barrel just has a contact point for the negative side of the battery leading to the drivers spring and keeping the barrel from shorting.



And here is how it all fits together.





Added a bit of teflon because the front lens on the module was a bit loose.
(I need a custom focus adapter to make this perfect, but it still looks great without it. So thats for another day.)




Here is the completed laser



And with the power on



Finally! Some beamshots...
1. In the dark with no smoke.




2. In the light with some smoke.



3. In the dark with some smoke.



4. A nifty little carpet shot.



5. & 6. Sweet smoke fractals!





Thats all for now! Hope y'all enjoyed checking this out! Please feel free to leave any suggestions for next time. Im always open to some criticism.

And thanks again to Lazeerer who made the heatsink!

Peace!


EDIT: Here is a graph of the power output.

It's way over spec and holds a solid 130mW for a good 30 seconds. Even after that it sits right at 80mW.
 

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Hiemal

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Wow, that is a sexy host. You did a really good job on it!

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SeNNHeISeR

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Does the beam come out straight uout of the module? Does the beam come out of the center of the front lens.Nice build btw, it looks great
 

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Great build. Its nice to see it finally complete.:beer:

When and if you need a heatsink done next time its Much easier just to send the who Light to me with no prior modification to it as the Pill was very hard to drill threw because of it being Ruffed up with your dermal. It was catching on the bit and scared the crap out of me a few times as I dint want to damage the host at all. But it worked out Great and I board out enough room for you it looks like.:)

They really glued that sucker in. I tried everything to get the pill out with no luck.:(

Yeah the heatsink Had Nothing to hold onto so adding a set screw to press ageist the host was the only way. The Tolerance had to be a tight fit or the heatsink would become off set when you tightened the set screw.

Its a Great Host. I was going to pick one up myself but man are they expensive. But its very nice and futuristic. I might hve to polish one up.:D

What cell brand is that 14500.? Got a link.?


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sassafrass686

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The batteries are not the best. I got them off eBay hahaha
eBay 14500's
I will most likely get some 3.6V tenergy ones soon.
These look nice too. 3.6V Saft 14500's

Yeah sorry about destroying the inside of the pill before sending it to you. I legitimately froze and boiled it 4 times over as well to weaken the glue. We both tried just about everything to get the glue to break. I actually broke the metal in the bottom of the pill with pliers from torquing it so much.

I'm still in bed. Haha. When I wake up fully, I'll post a LPM graph for this baby.
 
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sassafrass686

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Does the beam come out straight uout of the module? Does the beam come out of the center of the front lens.Nice build btw, it looks great
Yes, Yes, and Thank you!

Just updated the thread with a LPM graph at the end.
 




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