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Laser Contest #1 - 3rd Place Tiebreaker!

Who has the best laser under $100?

  • Atomicrox

    Votes: 10 43.5%
  • wannaburnstuff

    Votes: 8 34.8%
  • TheDukeAnumber1

    Votes: 5 21.7%

  • Total voters
    23
  • Poll closed .

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Hello,

So as most of you know, in the current laser contest there is a tie for 3rd place between Atomicrox, wannaburnstuff and TheDukeAnumber1. The entries of the 3 contestants have been edited into this thread. We are voting on who has the best laser under $100, 'best' is classified by your own opinion of what you classify as 'best'.

You can only vote for one person to avoid another tie, the poll will close on 06-18-2013 at 06:41 PM, Australian time (24 hours from when the poll was created).

Atomicrox

Here is.... The Green Box!
It was modded from a "300mW" pen that fell and broke.
The pen costed me $50 on DX. I also had to swap the broken lens, the new one was from a $8 10mW module. I already had the box + switch + battery holder but I'm pretty sure they didn't cost another $42 :p






I'm quite sure I can't compete with the builders around here but I really like this laser because:
-It's a freaking box. It can stand on the "tail" or any other side. You can even use it as a room illuminator if you want to :)
-It's still small enough to use as a pointer. Not unconfortable to hold, either.
-It has a double switch and you can leave the batts in without fear of discharge. You also don't have to keep pressing it and it doesn't look like a clicky XD
-It did 145.3mW peak, 135.6mW avg on my Ophir yesterday. Not quite the 300mW the pen was announced as but surely bright enough to show off.
-Last but not least - I built it out of very cheap stuff!


As a side note, I really think we should have more non-round hosts - besides the labbies that need external power.

Edit: better beamshot and added lens cost.
wannaburnstuff

Here is my entry, just made it tonight :) It is a 160mW Single Mode 638nm Laser in a Stainless Steel Aurora Host w/ Gold Plated Copper Heatsink and Aluminum Focus Adapter.

Parts List:
Host/Heatsink/Focus Adapter = 30 Dollars via Cheech226
Diode/Module/Lens = 45 Dollarsm Dollars via DTR (2x for 90)
Driver = 20 Dollars via Cajunlasers (a little less when coupon is taken into account)
Total Cost: 95 Dollars

If you count batteries, it puts me up to $99.60.....cutting it close :D

HERE is the thread for this build for those who wish to see more :)

TheDukeAnumber1

3-Mode M140 builds

These little beasts are great EDC lasers. Pushing 330am on high, 90am on low, and strobe.

Cost of the black one-
$54 - diode in module w/ lens
$15 copper heat sink
$5 host + driver
$1 for flux & epoxy

$75 - Total

- The silver one comes in a little higher with the tricked out lenses on it.

Build threads for both lasers are here.

http://laserpointerforums.com/f65/sharp-looking-3-mode-mini-pic-heavy-79016.html
http://laserpointerforums.com/f52/cree-q5-made-into-3-mode-445nm-78739.html



Vote away ! :wave:
 
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Hey Gun do you think we could have pictures of all 3 lasers in this thread? It might help people voting, as they can have them in front of them for a direct comparison. Just a suggestion!;) :beer:
 
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I guess I could just to make it easier. However, the photos and description of Dukeanumber's laser was still in the first thread :)
 

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Yeah noticed that sorry! Edited my thread above..;) :beer:
 

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They've been edited in :beer:

I voted for wannaburnstuff, I love both the shiny host and that wavelength :D
 

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Damn, thats really a hard tie breaker, As much as i love wbs's SS build im really liking those 3-mode mini m140 and you cant deny the ingenuity of atomicrox portagreenie plastic cooled labby..
Its so cool looking n 140mW damn its hard..

I think im going to go with... Voted, only because i like the color..
 
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^ You're allowed to tell us who you voted for :)

This better not be another tie...
 

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I love them all ;) but I cant over that single mode colour and that shiny host :)

voted!!!! :D congratulations to all the members who submitted such great builds :gj:
+1 to all :D
 
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Voted Atomicrox's BOXY laser.
I think its growing on me lol
Not in a herpes kinda way , but more of a fungus gently crawling its way into my skin kinda way lol
But seriously, its awesome
 
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Voted Atomicrox's BOXY laser.
I think its growing on me lol
Not in a herpes kinda way , but more of a fungus gently crawling its way into my skin kinda way lol
But seriously, its awesome
Thanks for putting that image in our minds...
 

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So what happens when it ties again? :yh: lol

Aww its closed! Wow that was quick.. I missed it.

ALSO you should probably have put Australian Time EST! You do know not all of Australia has the same time yeah?
 
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Congratulations to Atomicrox on claiming 3rd prize in Laser Contest #1 - Best Laser Under $100! :wave:

Yes I do realize this Tony, however next to the poll it does say when it will close in that particular users timezone, so I have no need to tell people what time it closes in my time.
 

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Also, remember to post suggestions for the next contest in the Contest Support and Suggestions thread! :)
 

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It would be great if you link to the related threads , in your sig either or in related to postings. This would help more viewrship and result in more voters
 




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