My favorite two lasers are in Perkin Elmer FTIR and UV/Vis spectrometers. The former was used to measure combustion products in diesel engine oil and the latter for identifying and quantifying pharmaceutical drugs and nutritional ingredients.
Hope to have my own UV/Vis one day!
Laser lighter sounds good. Zippo host? I have seen a red build with that here on the forum, but not the bluray one I think.
That is one hella usefull applications for a laser! No need to buy lighter fuel ever again... just recharge the batt and ready to roll.
I have been thinking about it myself, I figured it would be cool to use those thin, flat cellphone li-ion batteries, you can stack two in parralel in a zippo, you would get capacity of a 18650... well almost.
Keep us updated! :wave:
Something like a pen style?
Or in a real lighter case?
Anyhow... You would need some current to power it up. I would not use 10440, you won't get an hour runtime nohow.
For a real lighter you can always use a 1W IR diode, use AMC7135 driver for 1.05 A, and one 18650 lithium ion.
You can pick up 9mm diode housings from O-like, just ask Susie, they have them for
$4 housing, + $2 shipping, + $4 glass ARC lens.
You should be able to kick a neat 800+mW from it, no need for FAC lens or anyything, close range burner up-front-an'-personal!
I build one of those and hot damn, it will go through a CD case in seconds.
Make sure you get a massive heatsink, if you want to use it longer than 15 seconds and let it to cool for 30.
Fantasy light saber. C'mon guys, that's about it really. That's why there are NO women interested in lasers per say. It's a Star Wars fantasy toy. All the practical applications mentioned can be done with very low powers. The fantasy light saber is the only application that requires more than 10 mW.
Ohhh!That will be different.
I built the Rog811 (Zippo style) lighter.
It works, but as stated takes around 3 X of a "normal" lighter.
It almost looks as if you could squeeze 2 CR2's in there. (It's hard to judge size from a picture although)
That would give you power + for your 8X. Nice idea and very nice, unusual host for a L/lighter.
An added bonus, you already have a lens cap built-in:wave:
I like it. Good find, T_J Let's see some pics. when done, please