- Apr 11, 2019
I came up with this wiring scheme.
It's a way to use two converters and connect them in parallel.
If I do it this way, can't I use a small 250W boost converter to light it up?
If I use one converter in series, I would need a higher voltage.
I thought this would work with a lower voltage.
What do you think?
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Do you have a link to the boost converter? It's very important that it has current control, but I'm sure you know that by now. ;P
I'm no expert. But since you are in parallel, I believe the voltage should be around 20-22v. The current should be roughly 5-6 amps, and 7 amps if you have good cooling for the laser array. Speaking of cooling, what are you using for cooling your laser array? Do you have a good heat sync? I would recommend using a computer CPU heat sync. You cannot run that laser without a heat sync.I think it will light up this way, but the problem is
How many settings should I set for the voltage and current?
So I already explained this in my previous posts but here's a TLDR of why parallel is better for a multitude of reasons:
Due to the mentioned extreme output capacitance of the Chinese "drivers" If ANY laser dies in the array fail close suddenly all of the other dies will get overcurrented because the output cap will be charged at a bigger voltage that what they are collectively dropping leading to them all drawing a few dozen more amps in a very short pulse from the output cap than their nominal. As you can imagine quite a devastating scenario leading to the loss of the entire array.
If you have the array in parallel, in case of a failure all strings will effectively take the current that the die that died took leading to a marginal current increase among all of them which is much more survivable than the current loop failing altogether and ending up delivering a short but ultra-high current pulse. Also, it would be safer overall since you decrease the risk of electric shock from very possible to 0(24v vs 92v) and making a reliable lower voltage but higher current supply is much more easy and cost-effective than a low current high voltage one. (Forgot to add, The opamps typically used in said Chinese "drivers" are too slow to correct in time for the first mode of failure(series))
I have a host for 100W that I purchased from trinh.I'm no expert. But since you are in parallel, I believe the voltage should be around 20-22v. The current should be roughly 5-6 amps, and 7 amps if you have good cooling for the laser array. Speaking of cooling, what are you using for cooling your laser array? Do you have a good heat sync? I would recommend using a computer CPU heat sync. You cannot run that laser without a heat sync.
I am not sure how this will affect things in the long run,
Here is a test when I connected the output side of a 1200W DC boost converter that is set to 1A constant current.
*The boost converter is already ON and resting at 48V input.
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As you can see here, even when set to 1A output, the voltage spikes to around 100V.
For an example, if it is set to 10A, it may overshoot to even higher voltages. I don't have a picture, but it got up to 128V when I was playing around at 5~6A if I remember correctly.
On another thing that could be tested is powering on the driver while the laser is already connected on the output. It may lead to even higher voltage spikes.
These DC boost converters would be perfect if they had slower ramp. Are there some resistors or capacitors we can swap to slow the voltage ramp so we don't have so much overshooting maybe?
People have been using DC boost converters for quite a long time and as far as I know, no one has has their diode array fail because of a DC boost converter. I'm beginning to think these high powered 450nm laser diodes are just as robust as high powered LEDs.