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Asherz

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Hey guys,

I've been viewing the forums for the past coupe of days now and believe this would be a good place to start as I'm serious about getting into lasers.

Currently I ripped out a 16X dvd diode from an old computer and made the classic nooby mistake of slapping it straight up into some double AA batteries :( Currently it is still giving out a red beem but no where near as powerfull as it was, for a lense I am using an old lense cover from a cheap laser I bought somehwere a while ago. I also have the IR diode but don't feel comfotable using that yet as I have herd they are pretty dangerouse as they are near invisible.

So, I decided to join here as I require some help :) I am looking to build a laser running at around 150 - 200mw using a X16 dvd red diode, I think the best route for me to take would be buying a pre-made aixiz housing unit with the diode in place, as I dont have a vice to press it into the casing, So do you think it would be worth purchasing two of these just incase something goes wrong with the first? I guess that this would also mean I have to purchase two drivers?:(

And I will also purchase a AMC7135 driver or a driver from here stonetek which is pre assembled. (How do you go about adjusting the ma output? and what output will I need to run the 16X diode from that site? ) which is what I would prefer to do as its from stonetek which is where I would be buying my pre-made diode and aixiz modules from.

And I was wandering if these drivers suitbly match the diode and module I will be using, OR is there another suitable driver I can buy preferably from stonetek as I would prefer to purchase all the items I need from one site as that way I can keep track of them a little better and I know when it arrives I can start building straight away :D, and will the AMC7135 fit into the back of the aixiz module, or will I need to purchase something that goes around the aixiz module or can I just use the laser straight from there? with out the need for like a torch casing or something.

Another quick question is once the driver has been solderd to the diode, from there is there a way to use a double, AA battry holder with + and - wires coming out as a power source? or am I missing something that you need to buy to use as a power source.

Also, I am going to purchase some goggles as I value my eyes and don't want to screw them up lol, can someone suggest a decent pair I can purchase that will protect my eyes from the kind of diode I will be using?

I'm sorry about there being alot of questions but I just want to make sure I get it done correct way to minimilze cost and also so I get the best results I can :)
 

lasersbee

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Welcome to the Forum....

As to your questions.... you can find most of the answers here on the Forum...
but you need to read... read.... and read some more.... :cool:

The Search link is your friend....

Jerry
 

phoenix77

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Single cell 3.6 Volt batteries AA's can be purchased from DX or DEAL EXTREME. Goggles can be purchased from StoneTech Electronics. Welcome to LPF, rob
 

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thanks guys for the swift replies and welcome :) I will look into those goggles and also do some more reading :p But just quickly, what do you mean by single cell 3.6 volt battries? are they another option to AA's? I have AA's here but if I need to purchase the single cell ones I will
 

Asherz

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ahh, cheers mate

And I guess that I can find some posts on this forum on how to connect those up to the driver?
 

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All I can say is that I haven't found an question that didn't have an answer on here, there's loads and loads of information here. You just need to look around and use the neglected search button lol. LPF has seriously given me the bug at lasers and drained my wallet lol.

Welcome to LPF!
 




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