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Laser Contest #1 - Best Laser under $100

Who has the best laser under $100?

  • Pman

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • scumbagatheist

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • jayrob

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Atomicrox

    Votes: 3 8.3%
  • wannaburnstuff

    Votes: 3 8.3%
  • wheedy

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • grainde

    Votes: 19 52.8%
  • styropyro

    Votes: 12 33.3%
  • bloompyle

    Votes: 1 2.8%
  • Speedy78

    Votes: 2 5.6%

  • Total voters
    36
  • Poll closed .

norbyx

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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

^^^ It doesn't necessarily have to be a laser you are building since laser pens most often are just modified. But it has to be the real value of the laser. If I buy a used laser for say $100 because I found a bargain and the real value of the laser os $300 than that doesn't count.

If I buy a $100 laser brand new in a store, and I can proof that is the value of the laser, than it should be a valid entry.

Here we are trying to determine the best UNDER $100 laser, that you can ether build for $100 (all the parts needed to have a functional laser) or BUY for $100...

It's stated on the OP that obviously you need to have the laser.

I consider that a stock laser won't have a chance, a modified laser is the way to go here. But let's not fool the contest on proposing costy lasers and saying they are under $100 since we are all well aware of the costs of the parts...
 
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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

I thought it had to be $100 total cost of parts to make? Not what you got it for? In that case i have a 2.8W that i technically got for free?? lol well a trade.. But the original item that i swapped i got for free.. so that means i am the winner with a $zero 2.8W 445.... ! :)
 
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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Agreed on the value Norbyx, but I think Mods should count as a build. Most of the handhelds are modded flashlights of one kind or another, and sometimes a lot of work goes into making a mod turn out right. You may be right though, that's just my opinion.

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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Agreed on the value Norbyx, but I think Mods should count as a build. Most of the handhelds are modded flashlights of one kind or another, and sometimes a lot of work goes into making a mod turn out right. You may be right though, that's just my opinion.

~ LB
Yeah .... well what I ment is that if I post a stock laser like the one you purchase on a store without even one slight mod it would probably not win the contest, even though it should be allowed to be in the contest if it meets the requirements.

Let's face it ... we don't build lasers we assemble parts, there might be some of us that do more than that by making a custom host or a custom driver but the vast mayority here just assembles lasers.

I agree that modifying a laser is a great job, and I am about to modify one of my lasers to be able to have a slight chance here.
 

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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Sounds fair Norbyx, when I saw your Kryton DJNY, I was like wut? Congrats on the great deal you got, but most would have a hard time matching that beautiful polished host and 2W diode you got there.

Can't wait to see your submission Norbyx ;)

~ LB
 
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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Overspec Fasttech 50mW 532nm module and a Survival Lasers stainless steel unmarked host.

This is, in my opinion, the most elegant host ever. With one of the best colors, to boot. I want to put a 520nm in it soon!





Beamshot taken with no smoke, etc. and with regular exposure.
 
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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Overspec Fasttech 50mW 532nm module and a Survival Lasers stainless steel unmarked host.

This is, in my opinion, the most elegant host ever. With one of the best colors, to boot. I want to put a 520nm in it soon!





Beamshot taken with no smoke, etc. and with regular exposure.
Good luck to you, Weedy. Perhaps you could edit your post with the prices of parts, including the module, host, heatsink, and any extras? Just to make it easy on folks.
 

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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Ok, how about this (in fairness)?

We did not make it clear that the laser's parts had to be less than $100.

Perhaps we allow DJNY's submission with an asterisk stating it was bought used. That would give the voting public the option to make an informed decision on what they chose. I doubt many veteran members would give much credence to a bought-used laser that's worth well over $100 in total parts.

I don't like the idea of a used, bought-cheap laser being in this contest either, but I don't want to kick someone out of the competition because the rules weren't clear.

Call this scumbag a diplomat!
No need to kick out anyone... but it was quite obvious (to me) how the contest was going to work . I believe that a veteran like DJNY can submit another laser with the required specs.... if you allow one you allow anyone... So for me it shouldn't be allowed to offer "that" specific laser to the contest.

Easy, just edit the post and put another laser .... no one gets offended...
 

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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

DJNY's submission could have been less than 100...

Host: 25 Dollars via moh's GB
Diode: 45 Dollars via DTR
Module: 2 Dollars via moh's module GB
Driver: 10 dollar linear
Lens: 8 Dollars
2 x 16340's @ 2.30 ea off eBay.

That is 94.60 Dollars. Seems doable, I would give the man the benefit of the doubt.
 

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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Please let's be serious, a 2w laser with an 8 dollar lens...hahahha I hope it was irony...
 

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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Ok I have a blord laser that I got used for $100 but the cost of the laser is way over that...
In my opinion that doesn't count....

What counts in this is the value of the laser not if you bought it used, had it as a gift or any other possibility....
Host was $30, diode $35, lense $5, driver $10

Ok, wasn´t build by myself cause I´m not able to build a laser :)


Personal value of this laser: >$550 (that would be an offer I would consider selling it)
It was the first laser host ever made here at LPF
 
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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Forget about it, I´ll come up with another within the next days.
 

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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

The people will decide :) When vote time comes around... *

Nice clean build Wheedy :gj:

Expecting some greatness from down South Norbyx :cool:

~ LB
 

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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Custom Mag build

Making your own custom parts is your time, but not any money out of pocket other than the material...

This build can use a C or D Mag, with an X-Drive to put out over 3 Watts if wanted...

My proof of concept is a C Mag with a Jib driver at 2 Watts output: (1.8 with cheaper lens listed)




http://laserpointerforums.com/f42/c-mag-custom-445-build-65622.html


* Host - $20
* 445 diode - $45
* AixiZ 445 lens - $10
* AixiZ module - $3
* Driver - $14
* Custom parts - Made at cost of material - $7

Total - $99 dollars.

With a D Mag, other options can fit. Such as a voltage monitor, key switch, or both! :cool: (that will of course take you over the $100 bucks though)

P.S. I do hope you guys know that there is no way that I can sell this for $100 bucks! This is just to show what can be done with that money if you have the tools and so forth...
 
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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Well I got a host for a cheap deal, so are we going real value, or what it should normally cost? Since Norbyx is saying we shouldn't count deals...
 

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Re: Competition #1 - Best Laser under $100

Sweeet build Jayrob :gj: If you built it or modified it, it should be allowed with the condition that there is some transparency. Let the voters know what went into it. Time and creativity, skill level should all be apparent. A custom build like Jayrob's should have an equal chance against Pman's Viagra laser :D

~ LB
 




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