My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
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DUBB
09:48:18 Thu
Oct 6 2011
My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
(Previously codenamed "project death ray")
I am building the Phaser, as a host for my newest laser. This will be a 1.5 watt (yes, 1500mw) 445nm (real blue, not a 405nm "Blue Ray" diode) diode build. These new 1.5 watt blue diodes, come in standard 5.6mm cans, and are ONLY obtainable by harvesting one of those new Casio DLP projectors. They sell for about $50, for the diode (that's dirt cheap for any laser diode with that much power), appearantly, these projectors have more than 20 of these in each one, so what is happening is that people are buying them up just to harvest them, at $50 per diode, if they sell them on ebay, they can double their investment, and EVERYONE wants one. Mine will be here in a couple of days. In the meanwhile, there were some other details to see to: I got the phaser, but unfortunatly, I got the wrong kind. The one I got is the 2 piece, with the hand phaser being detachable from the phaser pistol, like Captain Kirks did. The Playschool phaser is one piece (there are about 3 different type 2 phasers licanced), and is the one (I find out after I bought mine, and was well underway with my build) that everyone else has used. My 2 piece replica will be a bit more difficult to use, but I'll manage. I made my own heatsink, by laminating the head of my standard Axsis 12x50 module casing, with copper pipe, copper sheet, and lots of solder. I think it'll be ok. It'll fit.

DUBB
09:50:09 Thu
Oct 6 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol


What I have so far.

camracer
10:06:21 Thu
Oct 6 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Cooooool!!! :tongue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EntFVPRKIKg

DUBB
11:21:33 Thu
Oct 6 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwz7vhKlQ_g&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6iiNs4J5VM&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_3rB7uyEMc&feature=related

Now, when the pigs jack me up, and demand any weapons on my person, I can present them the Phaser, since they aren't illegal (yet, only a matter of time), or anything. Then they'll ask me what it's for, and I can tell them "It's to wipe out the Klingons hanging around Uranus, of course". Then I'll add: "You know where Uranus is, don't you?"

I'll admit, that will probably be a difficult statement to make to the cops with a straight face. But I won't be able to help myself from doing it, it's just too damn funny not to, you know? Well, to me, that's funny as hell.

SONYtec
15:22:49 Thu
Oct 6 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER!!!

:lol:

radical
16:44:22 Thu
Oct 6 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
To quote Will Smith Independance Day: " I gottsda get me one of these!!"

brunell505
17:02:01 Thu
Oct 6 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
so when are we going to have the 100 watt lasers that cut through steel?

SONYtec
17:21:25 Thu
Oct 6 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: brunell505 at 17:02:01 Thu Oct 6 2011

so when are we going to have the 100 watt lasers that cut through steel?


How much money you got??? :rolleyes:

sawnoff
23:19:00 Thu
Oct 6 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I WANT ONE!!!!!!! :smash::smash:


camracer
00:33:15 Fri
Oct 7 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
OK DUBB, I'm SOOOOO Sold!!! I Have ALL the Phaser models ever sold by Diamond Select/Art asylum!

I just need to use the cheapest, most common model. Some are worth a good penny for the rarer ones.

Build it up, and keep posting results!! COOL!! ...Me wants one too!!!!

I also have the original model phaser from the Star Trek pilot episode. It has a LOT more room inside to work with. :rotflmao:

SONYtec
01:18:16 Fri
Oct 7 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
OH, you need to do it with a red laser, after all it is red in Star Trek. :rolleyes:

radical
03:02:35 Fri
Oct 7 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Am I wrong or in the original series were the hand phasers just snapped on the top like the mag on an PS90?

deuce217
03:43:16 Fri
Oct 7 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
You could do a retina scan on some taliban with that bad boy..

DUBB
06:57:19 Fri
Oct 7 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Yes, it does have the "hand phaser" that snaps into the top of the "phaser pistol", as in the original series. The Diamond Select has this feature, which made it tricky to install the laser into, although I did pull it off, and have been burning things and lighting matches with it all afternoon. Yeah, so what if the beams in the original series were red, there are no red diodes of any real power out there, not like thise 1.5 watt blue ones, this diode kicks ass and takes names!!
Use the Playschool phaser, and here are links to get you what you need to do it.
http://laserpointerforums.com/f64/fs-star-trek-phaser-hot-option-individual-parts-46946.html


This is the guy that makes the awsome parts, but they are a bit pricey for this project, but if you are into it, and want to do it right, they are well worth it. We are talking about $200 worth, not including the laser diode or the playschool phaser, but if you are determined, by all means, build yourself a phaser, I'm in love with mine, what can I say.

camracer
10:36:56 Fri
Oct 7 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Cool! Thanks DUBB.

BTW, that's "Playmates" not "playschool" ---Cam

DUBB
11:49:03 Fri
Oct 7 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Man, this this is really dangerous. Fun as all hell, but really dangerous. Good thing I got laser safety glasses, and broadbanded enough to cover blue pretty good. This laser is downright nasty, it's excessive overkill, BUILD YOURSELF ONE. If you collect phasers, anyway, you know you have to have one. Start small, diodes and their module cases are pretty interchangable, at least if you stick to the 5.6mm standard cans, so you can change diodes down the road, and you will, I can't count the number of diodes I have blown, and you will burn your fair share, too.
You know what? I have another SF-AW210 4x BRW sled on the way, since I really liked the 405nm diode in the first one I got, and it will include an equally robust 650nm red diode that I don't need. It's like a 250mw diode, a burner, not just a reader. It was easily enough to see the beam, anyway. You can have that if you want it, and I'll even extract it for you. You know what, I have a driver board and possibly a module casing I can part with, too. If not, those are inexpensive enough. An acrylic lens will suffice for that diode, and it doesn't need any more heatsink than the module casing head, great starter.

camracer
00:15:04 Sat
Oct 8 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
DUBB, I'll be building one of these Phaser's right with you, Pal! I GOTS ta do it! Very COOL!!

Just think, I could set off exploding targets from my treehouse shooting platform, 50+ feet away! WOW! That's gonna be a BLAST!!!! :rotflmao: ---Cam

P.S. How much heat sink do we really need? It's not like you will have it on constantly for over a minute......, or MAYBE we will, hhhmmmnnn.... :tongue:

radical
01:35:58 Sat
Oct 8 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Wow! Hmmm...but where is this going? Pre fried squirrel after you shoot it and keep the phaser firing on the critter?

SONYtec
04:14:18 Sat
Oct 8 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
The Drozd and Backbird are now obsolete.

Need to rip out the guts and put a laser in the shell now.

RPM? HA!!! no reloading, except for batteries.

Super quiet.

Glows in the dark too!!! :lol:

Daytime as well, depending what color laser you use.

Copyright SONYtec. :tongue:

Capt_Thomas
05:11:29 Sat
Oct 8 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Ok Dubb, lets say I wanted to build one of these that would burn through 1/8 plate at 20 or so ft. How much would the parts cost and would the power source fit in one these phaser cases?

Capt. Thomas

DUBB
07:21:11 Sat
Oct 8 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
It lights matches, and will get paper burning, although it works best on dark or black colors. It's not easy on the eyes, and I highly recomend good laser safety glasses if you are going to play with one. It won't do any real cutting, or anything, in the real world, you need a good, powerfull Co2 pump laser for that sort of thing (the glid makes 5000 watts......), that sort of havok is really outside the realm of diode lasers, even for DPSS lasers.
I used a one watt driver made by "O-Like". It was designed for these 445nm diodes, and even some of the 405nm "blue ray" diodes, although it is a bit under powered for this diode, I think, it feels like it can do a lot more if I had more current driving it. I did not think to run it with my test platform driver (home made, from an LM317) before I installed it. This would have liked a micro flex drive a lot better. But this driver is easy to use, there is no current adjustment, and it's a boost regulator, so it can run with surprisingly little power supplied, I am running from just 2 aaa nimh cells, they fit in the handle. That flex microdrive is a boost type as well. Either of these are easily consealed in the phaser.
Check out that site I linked to. You could invest as much as $300, which is what a finished hand laser built from the same drivers and diode would cost you, anyway. I spent cosiderably less, but it was around $120, at least. It was worth every bit of it, even though there is absolutely no practical use for class 4 laser phaser, or any class 4 hand laser, for that matter. It's just cool, that's all I can say.

DUBB
07:26:42 Sat
Oct 8 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: camracer at 00:15:04 Sat Oct 8 2011

DUBB, I'll be building one of these Phaser's right with you, Pal! I GOTS ta do it! Very COOL!!

Just think, I could set off exploding targets from my treehouse shooting platform, 50+ feet away! WOW! That's gonna be a BLAST!!!! :rotflmao: ---Cam

P.S. How much heat sink do we really need? It's not like you will have it on constantly for over a minute......, or MAYBE we will, hhhmmmnnn.... :tongue:
It occurs to me that you could probably just solder together a stack of flat washers, and solder the module head inside that. I built mine up with copper and solder, but I haven't ever gotten it hot, yet. It sucks down my batteries too fast to go really apeshit with it. You might be able to get by with just the module head, like most diodes do. But then again, I am only driving mine with one watt.

DUBB
13:53:06 Sat
Oct 8 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I stitched together some pix I snapped with my phone, to avoid the flash that my camera does. There is this clear plastic cone on the nose, I drilled it out, so it can stay on there, it makes a cool looking glow when the laser goes through it. You can certainly see the beam with this baby.....


camracer
14:03:19 Sat
Oct 8 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
It'll be a little while before I build one. Got lots of chores to do first. But I WILL make one! VERY COOL!! ---Cam

radical
20:01:51 Sat
Oct 8 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: camracer at 14:03:19 Sat Oct 8 2011

It'll be a little while before I build one. Got lots of chores to do first. But I WILL make one! VERY COOL!! ---Cam


I claim dibbs on first to order one!

DUBB
07:54:56 Sun
Oct 9 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
In the first pictures, there was some really annoying reflection in the beam pattern, caused by the plastic cone thing I drilled out. I also grafted that to a plastic cap, and cut out the plastic bulkheads that supported it, so that I can push it onto the lens, and it serves as the focus adjuster (twist the cone). I worked it out, and get about the same beam pattern with it on, as without it. No more reflection, tight, round, beam pattern, and even in focus.
The wierdest thing is that it used to feel like a toy, which it still is, but it feels dangerous, now. I have to be careful of where I point it, don't want to beam any airplanes, or traffic or whatnot. I kinda like beaming the crackheads, when they aren't looking, just a flash, then I hide, it freaks them all out, they drop their stems, and scatter like cockroaches.

camracer
13:42:08 Sun
Oct 9 2011
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Heh, heh, heh... Nice!!

radical
20:05:20 Sun
Oct 9 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
man! Are we going to have such weapons caliber rays in the future !??

deuce217
20:13:13 Sun
Oct 9 2011
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Yes tormenting crackheads is good for the soul. But watch out they might strip the copper from your death-ray.

radical
20:19:15 Sun
Oct 9 2011
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Quote: deuce217 at 20:13:13 Sun Oct 9 2011

Yes tormenting crackheads is good for the soul. But watch out they might strip the copper from your death-ray.


Ahahahahah Can you picture crackheads shaking tweaking hands and certain personals getting burned or clipped! Like the sound or army ants frying under a magnifying glass :rotflmao:

DUBB
01:35:36 Mon
Oct 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 20:19:15 Sun Oct 9 2011

Quote: deuce217 at 20:13:13 Sun Oct 9 2011

Yes tormenting crackheads is good for the soul. But watch out they might strip the copper from your death-ray.


Ahahahahah Can you picture crackheads shaking tweaking hands and certain personals getting burned or clipped! Like the sound or army ants frying under a magnifying glass :rotflmao:
Soooo much more fun to fry bugs with this laser.........
"insecto-cinerator"


These new 445nm blue diods are awsome, I just can't get over how strong they are. This is the best laser I have ever built, so far. I just finished integrating some of those miniature 20C lipo's (50mAh each, I bridged four, for 200mAh), and one of those protection pcb's that came on the protected 18650's that wouldn't work in the Drozd, since I have been killing batteries with it. It's working great, now. The color is awsome, 450nm is considered to be dead-center of blue, these are close enough, it's very blue, unlike the 405nm used for blue ray, that's only just on the blue side of purple, lavender, I guess. I have one out of a sled called SF-AW210 ($20, 4x burner), that is a really tough diode, but the PHR-805T is garbage, those are readers. Still, this is still only a 250mw diode, they aren't in the same leauge as the monster 445nm DLP diodes (well worth $50, I think, no complaints, here), at all.

radical
01:48:39 Mon
Oct 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
What would you charge me if you would make one for me?

For so long ive wanted something like that.

I really hope you could.

Radical

DUBB
02:15:19 Mon
Oct 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 01:48:39 Mon Oct 10 2011

What would you charge me if you would make one for me?

For so long ive wanted something like that.

I really hope you could.

Radical
It wouldn't be cheap, and I had a hard time fabricating the cone like thing that I made into the adjuster. Now there is a guy who makes and sells parts to do the Playmates phaser, very nicely, but not very cheaply. The main thing that he does for that is that nose cone, I could get the rest for cheaper, I think. There are 3 different phasers (at least for the original one), I used the Art Assylum/Diamond Select phaser, I don't want to do another one, it has removable "hand phaser", 2 piece design, like the actual stage prop, and was too complicated. As for the other 2, the Playmates which would be the preferabe to use, those are hard to find, and cost a lot more, about $50. Then there is a cheaper one, unkown make, but it's blue and orange. Nothing a can of primer couldn't fix, though.
Still, all in all, the best guess I could make is I could do it for about $250, $300 if I get jayrob's machined metal nose cone. I can get a workable heatsink and coated lens for a lot cheaper than he has. Read down his thread on it:
http://laserpointerforums.com/f64/fs-star-trek-phaser-hot-option-individual-parts-46946.html

deuce217
03:30:51 Mon
Oct 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Maybe I could make a few cones... Do you have any detailed drawings you could send?

radical
03:34:17 Mon
Oct 10 2011
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Quote:

It wouldn't be cheap, and I had a hard time fabricating the cone like thing that I made into the adjuster. Now there is a guy who makes and sells parts to do the Playmates phaser, very nicely, but not very cheaply. The main thing that he does for that is that nose cone, I could get the rest for cheaper, I think. There are 3 different phasers (at least for the original one), I used the Art Assylum/Diamond Select phaser, I don't want to do another one, it has removable "hand phaser", 2 piece design, like the actual stage prop, and was too complicated. As for the other 2, the Playmates which would be the preferabe to use, those are hard to find, and cost a lot more, about $50. Then there is a cheaper one, unkown make, but it's blue and orange. Nothing a can of primer couldn't fix, though.
Still, all in all, the best guess I could make is I could do it for about $250, $300 if I get jayrob's machined metal nose cone. I can get a workable heatsink and coated lens for a lot cheaper than he has. Read down his thread on it:
http://laserpointerforums.com/f64/fs-star-trek-phaser-hot-option-individual-parts-46946.html


Any ballpark figures. Mainly though, would you be inclined to do this favor for me. I certainly understand if not. I would take no disappointment if you decline.-Rad

ETA: Idea. If I bought one of the most powerful ones available, could you mod it? Again, thanks.

deuce217
04:00:19 Mon
Oct 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
For something like this yes. Assuming I can build it. I have no idea what the part even looks like, but I would like to find out.

radical
04:58:57 Mon
Oct 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: deuce217 at 04:00:19 Mon Oct 10 2011

For something like this yes. Assuming I can build it. I have no idea what the part even looks like, but I would like to find out.


You could make one for me? How may AKs or other guns will I have to sell?

DUBB
09:08:16 Mon
Oct 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: deuce217 at 04:00:19 Mon Oct 10 2011

For something like this yes. Assuming I can build it. I have no idea what the part even looks like, but I would like to find out.
http://laserpointerforums.com/f64/fs-star-trek-phaser-hot-option-individual-parts-46946.html
Scroll down the page a little ways, he puts up pictures and even made up a price list for anyone who really, really, wants to build one. the part I refer to as being the hardest part to fabricate is that cone looking thing, I grafted mine together from the plastic one that was on there, it was tricky, and mine requires adjustment all the time. If it isn't straight, it'll burn. What he calls a "hot option" is everything but the diode, assembled, more or less. I'd be happy to build the thing just for fun, but it still won't be very cheap. I probably put close to $200 into mine, and I made everything I didn't already have around in my little laser lab, from scratch. Admittedly, spending more money would have got better resaults, but I am happy with it as it is.

Damn, I just pointed it at my palm at 3" and in about 3 seconds, it burned the shit out of me. I won't do that agian.

SONYtec
04:24:54 Tue
Oct 11 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: DUBB at 09:08:16 Mon Oct 10 2011


Damn, I just pointed it at my palm at 3" and in about 3 seconds, it burned the shit out of me. I won't do that agian.


Hey what's that hole in your hand???

:lol:

radical
04:52:53 Tue
Oct 11 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Any taker on my request? Willing to pay cash or trade. if you like powder burners or air. I have it. Lists private on request.-Rad

DUBB
05:37:24 Tue
Oct 11 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 04:52:53 Tue Oct 11 2011

Any taker on my request? Willing to pay cash or trade. if you like powder burners or air. I have it. Lists private on request.-Rad
I tell you what, I couldnd't resist buying another phaser, one of the blue and orange ones, because I can spray paint it. So I guess I'm building another one, I'll keep a running tab on what goes into this one, and I'll let you have it for whatever it cost for all the stuff. Be prepared to take a bite, Jayrob sells his completed except for the laser diode, for $405. The good diode is another $50. I figure I can do it for half of that, or less. I guess this time I'll find out how much it can be done for, huh? For what it's worth, a regular hand laser (laser "pointer"), in a host that resembles a small flashlight, with this diode goes for over $300, and they aren't that easy to find. Ebay won't allow the sale of complete working lasers over 5mw (that would be the legal limit in a lot of countries, fortunately, the U.S. seems to be behind on outlawing lasers), and there seems to be some kind of stigma amoung enthusiests, who are in no hurry to see it get made illegal by the masses of idiots with too much money, and not enough brains. This, I believe, is why Jayrob won't sell diodes, just kits without them, it excludes idiots who just want to buy it and abuse it. Anyway, the consensus amoung the laser community, is that these 445nm dlp diodes can make over 1.5 watts, which is just an insane ammount of power for a "laser pointer", and to get them, someone has to buy a new dlp projector, just to harvest the diodes out of it. There is a lot of smurfing going on to make this all possible. Jayrob's phaser thread goes on and on for pages, like Sergey's board thread, with kits going out, and testimonials from happy customers who bought his "hot kit" for $405, then went on and bought their own diodes, too. If I build another one, it's going to have to have that diode, or it just won't be any fun.

radical
06:19:00 Tue
Oct 11 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Im with ya. If you decide that you dont want to sell either the old or one your building next, its all cool-Rad

DUBB
07:21:24 Sun
Oct 16 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Beam Shot:


camracer
14:10:51 Sun
Oct 16 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I cant WAIT to build mine! DUBB, you have the phaser sound hooked up to, right?

SONYtec
16:32:51 Sun
Oct 16 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
:rolleyes:

deuce217
18:43:20 Sun
Oct 16 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 04:58:57 Mon Oct 10 2011

Quote: deuce217 at 04:00:19 Mon Oct 10 2011

For something like this yes. Assuming I can build it. I have no idea what the part even looks like, but I would like to find out.


You could make one for me? How may AKs or other guns will I have to sell?


Your talking about me making a single component of this right? Just send me some pics or drawing on what you want made and also the material that I need to make if from and I will see what I can do.

SONYtec
19:09:30 Sun
Oct 16 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
:smash:

radical
19:56:35 Sun
Oct 16 2011
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Quote:

Your talking about me making a single component of this right? Just send me some pics or drawing on what you want made and also the material that I need to make if from and I will see what I can do.


Really dont need any specific design. Just a hand held unit with the highest reasonable power to burn through paper or the highest power possible if you can. Ive already got DUBB building one now. Would you be able to make one much higher. Let me know-Rad

SONYtec
20:11:37 Sun
Oct 16 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 19:56:35 Sun Oct 16 2011


Quote:

Your talking about me making a single component of this right? Just send me some pics or drawing on what you want made and also the material that I need to make if from and I will see what I can do.


Really dont need any specific design. Just a hand held unit with the highest reasonable power to burn through paper or the highest power possible if you can. Ive already got DUBB building one now. Would you be able to make one much higher. Let me know-Rad


What about a stun setting??? :lol:

radical
21:44:47 Sun
Oct 16 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol

Quote:

What about a stun setting??? :lol:


Even better. A HORRENDOUS Flatulensce sound followed by a numbing, vomit reaction! Now theres an option for you:tongue:

ETA:One discharged the dischargee must IMMEDIATELY run.

SONYtec
22:59:26 Sun
Oct 16 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 21:44:47 Sun Oct 16 2011


Quote:

What about a stun setting??? :lol:


Even better. A HORRENDOUS Flatulensce sound followed by a numbing, vomit reaction! Now theres an option for you

[ Too Many Emoticons In Post; Maximum 3 ]



ETA:One discharged the dischargee must IMMEDIATELY run.


:rolleyes:

:rotflmao:

DUBB
04:41:05 Mon
Oct 17 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: camracer at 14:10:51 Sun Oct 16 2011

I cant WAIT to build mine! DUBB, you have the phaser sound hooked up to, right?
I did for awhile, but that was really hard to do with this Diamond Select phaser, and I think I ended up burning the soundboard with the lithium batteries. There just isn't room in this thing for everything. The Playmates phaser is better by far for this sort of thing.

DUBB
04:54:27 Mon
Oct 17 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 19:56:35 Sun Oct 16 2011


Quote:

Your talking about me making a single component of this right? Just send me some pics or drawing on what you want made and also the material that I need to make if from and I will see what I can do.


Really dont need any specific design. Just a hand held unit with the highest reasonable power to burn through paper or the highest power possible if you can. Ive already got DUBB building one now. Would you be able to make one much higher. Let me know-Rad
I don't know about "higher". These diodes are the most powerful 5.6mm diodes I know of, and all of the runners up are infrared. In addition, I'm going to feed it with the 1.5A micro flex drive, which is the most powerful driver out there, and perfectly suited, these diodes should take all of that. I suppose I could coax more out of a driver of my own building, but it would only shorten the life of the diode. The diode I got has the lens from the projector included, which I believe to be a far superior lens to the one I am using (it's a one piece, not a 3 piece), it just doesn't have the ubiquitous frame. But I went with this 1" heatsink that has the module, and I intend to swap the lens out with the projector lens.
This will be a really nasty diode laser, no matter what.

DUBB
12:39:15 Mon
Oct 17 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: deuce217 at 18:43:20 Sun Oct 16 2011

Quote: radical at 04:58:57 Mon Oct 10 2011

Quote: deuce217 at 04:00:19 Mon Oct 10 2011

For something like this yes. Assuming I can build it. I have no idea what the part even looks like, but I would like to find out.


You could make one for me? How may AKs or other guns will I have to sell?


Your talking about me making a single component of this right? Just send me some pics or drawing on what you want made and also the material that I need to make if from and I will see what I can do.
This is the part in question, this one is carved from a billet, I made one by grafting plastic bits together with lots of ca glue. Not the best way to do it, but mine glows blue from the laser.....

And I don't have a lathe or cnc machine, so it was within what I could do, but far from perfect like this one is. That's a 10mm laser lens screwed into the bottom.

SONYtec
17:57:55 Mon
Oct 17 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Dubb, you may want to machine some fins in the heat sink, more surface area to dissipate heat. Or drill holes.

DUBB
08:30:32 Tue
Oct 18 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Look at this. I should be able to get the same resaults, same diode and driver, not sure what lens this has.
http://vimeo.com/30398360
burn, baby, burn.......... here are more interesting lasers...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVktrhh7JUI&feature=player_embedded

camracer
02:06:08 Wed
Oct 19 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Ya certainly "sparked" a whole new interest for me DUBB. That guy was setting off flash powder with the laser. COOL! I wonder how far away you could do that??

What's the farthest distance you can light a match with your phaser? ---Cam

SONYtec
04:19:36 Wed
Oct 19 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMO5HSSlf8Q&feature=related

SONYtec
04:22:41 Wed
Oct 19 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I'm hungry, pizza!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rSWr19xKQk&feature=related

camracer
10:12:59 Wed
Oct 19 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
That was cool!

SONYtec
14:35:05 Wed
Oct 19 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Yup, and I like acurately cut pizza slice's too. :lol:

DUBB
19:19:57 Wed
Oct 19 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: camracer at 02:06:08 Wed Oct 19 2011

Ya certainly "sparked" a whole new interest for me DUBB. That guy was setting off flash powder with the laser. COOL! I wonder how far away you could do that??

What's the farthest distance you can light a match with your phaser? ---Cam
With this diode, it has to be pretty close. Unfortunately, these 445nm diodes don't collumate very well, the resault is a pretty substantial beam divergance. That means it spreads out a bit. I think that this might just be because of the power, but I don't know. If you really want a nice, tight, beam at long range for lighting stuff on fire, a 12x blue ray diode (405nm, blue-violet) would be a lot better. Unfortunately, the only way to aquire one is to buy a new 12x blue ray burner, and harvest the diode out of it. That tends to be an expensive way to get a diode. But I'm not complaining, mine is intensely bright, and I'm having a blast with it. There are much more affordable one watt diodes at 808nm, infrared, although invisable (but still dangerous, wear the glasses!!), those are probably better for outright pyromania, I mean, if that's what gets you off, right?
You know, it's funny, I had the same thing. It started with my nightscope project for the BB, and next thing you know, I have this whole laser lab thing going on, and I just can't help myself. I wasn't into it specificly, or anything, but once bitten, thus smitten. Lasers, as it turns out, are very cool.

DUBB
19:29:02 Wed
Oct 19 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
If you are going to do the laser lab thing, I highly recomend that you start with
1. THE SAFETY GLASSES, with an optical density of at least 4 in the band you intend to mess with. REMEMBER, (and this one confuses idiots) that RED laser safety glasses, that is that protect against red, are BLUE.
2. Build your own "test jig" laser diode driver, out of an LM317 or similar regulator, and a variable resistor, or pot. I am building a more complex one, now, out of an 110 ohm switch pot (pot with a switch, this forces it to start at the lowest level), vintage Mallory, a big sucker.
3. Build your own dummy load, you need that, too. Can be made from a half dozen shotkey diodes, and a one ohm resistor.

Now you are properly prepared to (how should I put this) understand how and why you blow diodes, since you can expect to blow up lots of diodes, I sure as hell did.

camracer
23:23:26 Wed
Oct 19 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: DUBB at 19:29:02 Wed Oct 19 2011


Now you are properly prepared to (how should I put this) understand how and why you blow diodes, since you can expect to blow up lots of diodes, I sure as hell did.


You are the leading "Test Monkey" DUBB. (I'm waiting in the shadows for ya' to get it perfect!) ---Cam

SONYtec
03:32:22 Thu
Oct 20 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Toys...

http://unitednuclear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=94


For the big boys...

http://unitednuclear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=27_82&products_id=534


'Nuff said. :smash:



camracer
01:28:19 Fri
Oct 21 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
ZZZZZZZZZAP!!! ...Owww! :lol: ...Actually, lasers don't make that much noise.... :rolleyes:

radical
01:59:35 Fri
Oct 21 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: camracer at 01:28:19 Fri Oct 21 2011

ZZZZZZZZZAP!!! ...Owww! :lol: ...Actually, lasers don't make that much noise.... :rolleyes:


Unless youve had a high protein meal.

DUBB
09:31:17 Fri
Oct 21 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
This was someones avatar on the laser forum. But I wish I had thought of it, it's priceless.


I settled for this nicely toasted retina as an avatar, best I could come up with.


Beaker is better.

camracer
10:08:30 Fri
Oct 21 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I wonder if that retinal damage was caused by only a 5mW laser pointer?? ...or...?

DUBB
12:14:57 Fri
Oct 21 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Beamshot: I went outside and took this shot of the laser pointing into the night sky. I did this in the wee hours, when air traffic is stopped, so there were no aircraft around. the picture really doesn't do it justice, though, it looks much brighter.


DUBB
12:21:58 Fri
Oct 21 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: camracer at 10:08:30 Fri Oct 21 2011

I wonder if that retinal damage was caused by only a 5mW laser pointer?? ...or...?
Was caused by an Nd:YAG rangefinder, and resaulted in nearly complete (though completely permanent) vision loss.

SONYtec
14:50:13 Fri
Oct 21 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: DUBB at 12:21:58 Fri Oct 21 2011

Quote: camracer at 10:08:30 Fri Oct 21 2011

I wonder if that retinal damage was caused by only a 5mW laser pointer?? ...or...?
Was caused by an Nd:YAG rangefinder, and resaulted in nearly complete (though completely permanent) vision loss.


Ouch.

DUBB
04:24:17 Sat
Dec 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
BUMP....
I have rebuilt the phaser, now, using a Playmates phaser, which has enough room inside it to work with comfortably. I also used this cool heatsink I found that takes a standard 12mm module case.



http://www.ebay.com/itm/220783578400?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

DUBB
04:26:26 Sat
Dec 10 2011
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DUBB
04:27:41 Sat
Dec 10 2011
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DUBB
04:45:24 Sat
Dec 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol

Just for the record, aiming both my phone and the phaser at the same time is really tricky, so the matches take longer to light, as do the balloons longer to pop, when I have to make shots like this. Without that, then they are immediate gratification, when I can aim straight, that is. The video is always a lot less impressive than it is in person. Rad knows, now.

radical
07:37:19 Sat
Dec 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Phaser looks awesome! And it looks right. Hope to get those power cell you have lying around. Used to light a
match and cut electrical tape. Ready to get the power supply up so it will do that again and maybe even as far as DUBB shows in the video-very cool!

DUBB
11:28:26 Sat
Dec 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 07:37:19 Sat Dec 10 2011

Phaser looks awesome! And it looks right. Hope to get those power cell you have lying around. Used to light a
match and cut electrical tape. Ready to get the power supply up so it will do that again and maybe even as far as DUBB shows in the video-very cool!

Have a couple of those out in the mail going out today, for you. Fully charged and ready. Those 10440 cells will be better for that host, though. I was thinking on some kinda way to give you a plug in power supply, but that seemed too complicated.

SONYtec
15:02:52 Sat
Dec 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Captain Kirk: "Set Phasers to Lase."

:lol:

DUBB
16:03:06 Sat
Dec 10 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I heard that there might be KLINGONS around URANUS......

radical
00:21:21 Sun
Dec 11 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Better wipe them out with the Charminton torpedos!

AUTO_XX
10:06:48 Sun
Dec 11 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I built my 1.6W 445 a while back, the diode is an amazing piece of engineering...
The reason for the divergence is the 445 diode is a multimode emitter, basically it is a bar of multiple emitters instead of just one.
Great for close up burning and raw power but not so good for efficient collimation.
The 405 diode you spoke of earlier is able to pop balloons (offhand shooting, with some of the accompanied wiggle) at around 40-50 feet.
The farthest I have popped black balloons with the 445 is only ~20'.
The 405 is also better for "charging" glow in the dark stuff, paint a will in GITD paint and you can have a lot of fun, drawing on the walls. ^_^
I made a custom tapered heatsink for the 445 that can handle continuous duty as long as you are holding it.
A lot of tight fits, pressfit driver heatsink, pressfit module, etc.
I also made it modular so I can pull it out as a complete unit if the fuzz shows up and drop in the original blue flashlight innards.
The flashlight color just happens to match the 445 diode color as well, hmm... What a coincidence :rolleyes:
Yet another spendy hobby, why are all of the good things that way?

camracer
01:04:31 Mon
Dec 12 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
DUBB, How far away on a dry day could you light a match with your phaser?? I can see having a LOT of fun setting off some of my 'sploding targets!! ---Cam

radical
03:28:40 Mon
Dec 12 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Good question, but fromy learning and understanding, not very far. maybe 5-10 feet max, depending on the laser qualities.

Give new meanin to "Hey buddy, got a light?"

radical
03:31:32 Mon
Dec 12 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Thats going to freak people out. Imagine a thug approaching you as you shoot a blast into the air? :lol:

DUBB
12:06:29 Mon
Dec 12 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: camracer at 01:04:31 Mon Dec 12 2011

DUBB, How far away on a dry day could you light a match with your phaser?? I can see having a LOT of fun setting off some of my 'sploding targets!! ---Cam
If you really want to light stuff at any kind of range, a single mode diode is better, providing you can find one with enough power. Multimode diodes like these are basicly multple cavities stuck together, so they will always tend to spread out a little bit. It's the easiest way to get lots of power out of them.

camracer
15:10:04 Mon
Dec 12 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Ok cool. I'd love to be able to set off fireworks at 45 feet!

radical
04:04:08 Tue
Dec 13 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
or have a bunch of blind tree rats bumping into stumps and of the end of limbs. LOL!

camracer
01:51:53 Wed
Dec 14 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 04:04:08 Tue Dec 13 2011

or have a bunch of blind tree rats bumping into stumps and of the end of limbs. LOL!


HEH! That's funny you brought that up. My buddy who is an arborist uses a powerful green laser pointer to point out to his clients what he is going to do to their trees when he climbs up there to do his "tree work". We were playing around with it, and I pointed that sucker dead into the eye of a squirrel 30 feet away that was staring at us. I held it in it's eye for about 30 seconds! It didn't flinch. Did I fry it's retina, ...or not!! hhhmmmnnn....

radical
02:57:23 Wed
Dec 14 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Possibility, but many animals have an extra "Filter" in their eyes for protection.

DUBB
05:57:02 Wed
Dec 14 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 02:57:23 Wed Dec 14 2011

Possibility, but many animals have an extra "Filter" in their eyes for protection.

I wouldn't bet on that against my 1-1/2 blazing blue watts. Let's see that green lazer light matches, or pop balloons, or cut black tape, or any of that good stuff.

camracer
13:49:43 Wed
Dec 14 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: DUBB at 05:57:02 Wed Dec 14 2011

Quote: radical at 02:57:23 Wed Dec 14 2011

Possibility, but many animals have an extra "Filter" in their eyes for protection.

I wouldn't bet on that against my 1-1/2 blazing blue watts. Let's see that green lazer light matches, or pop balloons, or cut black tape, or any of that good stuff.


True, that laser probably was 10mW.

TheWolf
15:09:17 Wed
Dec 14 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
The retina burning is made mostly by IR rays.

The green lasers are often equipped with an IR filter, same with nearly every "Laserpointer", which reduces the danger quite alot.

Blue 1W+ Diodes don't possess that filter, if it isnt added separately by the optics/lens. So they'll not only burn it by the pure blue/violet power but also emit alot of IR light, invisible for human eyes, which burns retinas like no tomorrow.

That is also one of the main risks of those lasers if handled without eye protection / laser shade goggles.

Even if its hold so the visible light will not reflect to your eye, you can't tell if the same goes for the IR emittance.. but like I said, usual certified pointers are filtered while asia toys or very powerful lasers (like wicked laser lasers) are partly not, making them more dangerous even on same output levels (the permanent damage increases alot).

The blue 1W lasers are unfiltered and can lead to cell mutations if skin is exposed to the bundled light beam, resulting in cancer, aside from the dangers to the eye.

Aside from all the dangers they're still very cool "toys" for grownups. :lol:

radical
20:29:47 Wed
Dec 14 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote:

So they'll not only burn it by the pure blue/violet power but also emit alot of IR light, invisible for human eyes, which burns retinas like no tomorrow.

The blue 1W lasers are unfiltered and can lead to cell mutations if skin is exposed to the bundled light beam, resulting in cancer, aside from the dangers to the eye.


Thats some scary sh*t! Wonder if the the environmental exposure in the testing facilities place the techs at a higher skin cancer probability?

AUTO_XX
20:42:54 Wed
Dec 14 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
There is no "IR light" emitted by a blue diode laser.
The reason cheap greens emit infrared radiation is because they are a DPSS laser.
Diode Pumped Solid State lasers use a frequency doubling (wavelength halving) "crystal" to take 1064nm (infrared) light and drop in half to 532.
That is why DPSS lasers are so temperature sensitive, if the space between the emitter and the crystal changes, it loses optimum focus.
Diode lasers like most reds (660nm), blues (445nm), violets (405nm) emit ZERO infrared radiation because they are designed to lase in one wavelength only. There are variations of a few nanometers win the cheaper ones but even a red (660nm) emitting infrared (starts at 808nm) is literally impossible.
They are safer because you can get a wavelength specific set of shades and you will be safe.
With a green that is leaking 1064nm light, you have to have a set of shades that protect against 532nm green as well as 1064nm infrared.
There are green diode lasers, they just cost a fortune even for something as low as 5mW.

*EDIT*
The cancer causing lasers would have to be well below 300nm (ultraviolet is 280nm) and then it is the same daage as we would get from the sun (just more focused so more intense)
The damage caused by lasers is basically "mechanical", if you put your hand on a stove element, you get burned. The only difference with a laser is that it tends to penetrate a few layers of tissue.
Blues and ultraviolets will penetrate deeper because there is less to stop them (think of trying to pop a white balloon, it doesn't pop as easily because the light is reflected or passed through without as much being absorbed).
There have been a couple of people on the laser forums that have "carved" into their skin. The wound is just a "sear injury" at first and heals over quite quickly but then erupts later as the deeper tissues are healed and the newly replaced outside tissues are softened and eroded by the pressure underneath.
If you took an infinitely fine rod, inserted it into the flesh about a 1/4" to 3/8" and heated it well beyond boiling point for a few seconds, you would have EXACTLY the same injury as with a laser.
The tissues boil and break their cellular walls. They then have to be replaced the same as any burn.


DUBB
22:15:19 Wed
Dec 14 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: TheWolf at 15:09:17 Wed Dec 14 2011

The retina burning is made mostly by IR rays.

The green lasers are often equipped with an IR filter, same with nearly every "Laserpointer", which reduces the danger quite alot.

Blue 1W+ Diodes don't possess that filter, if it isnt added separately by the optics/lens. So they'll not only burn it by the pure blue/violet power but also emit alot of IR light, invisible for human eyes, which burns retinas like no tomorrow.

That is also one of the main risks of those lasers if handled without eye protection / laser shade goggles.

Even if its hold so the visible light will not reflect to your eye, you can't tell if the same goes for the IR emittance.. but like I said, usual certified pointers are filtered while asia toys or very powerful lasers (like wicked laser lasers) are partly not, making them more dangerous even on same output levels (the permanent damage increases alot).

The blue 1W lasers are unfiltered and can lead to cell mutations if skin is exposed to the bundled light beam, resulting in cancer, aside from the dangers to the eye.

Aside from all the dangers they're still very cool "toys" for grownups. :lol:

Green lasers have ir filters, because there are no such thing as green diode lasers, rather green lasers are DPSS lasers, with a seperate laser cavity being pumped by an IR laser diode.

DUBB
22:19:09 Wed
Dec 14 2011
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AUTO_XX
22:36:01 Wed
Dec 14 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/07/green-diode-lasers-a-big-breakthrough-for-laser-display-tech.ars

You keep saying it but they do exist.
Just not practical...

SONYtec
22:49:12 Wed
Dec 14 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: AUTO_XX at 22:36:01 Wed Dec 14 2011

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/07/green-diode-lasers-a-big-breakthrough-for-laser-display-tech.ars

You keep saying it but they do exist.
Just not practical...


interesting read, from 2 years ago.

TheWolf
00:07:24 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: DUBB at 22:15:19 Wed Dec 14 2011


Green lasers have ir filters, because there are no such thing as green diode lasers, rather green lasers are DPSS lasers, with a seperate laser cavity being pumped by an IR laser diode.


Yes, but the filter is not only used on green lasers, there are IR filtering lenses used for alot of lasers. But in chinese cheap "laserpointers" they are NOT always there, making the retina damage even worse if looked into (even reflections can cause damage).

Quote: AUTO_XX at 20:42:54 Wed Dec 14 2011

There is no "IR light" emitted by a blue diode laser.


Hm, last time I checked the blue diodes were emitting IR light.

And yes, laserlight is "just like the sunlight" but like you said ways more bundled to one point and deeper penetrating (in high power applications several thousand to tenthousand times more energetic than the sun on the same surface area), so I wouldn't want to try it out if it really can result in skin cancer.. (sunlight can, as we all know).

There are alot of (not only green unfiltered which exists too) laser diodes on the market which emit IR and UV light, especially in the higher power applications.

Not trying to be a smartass but a friend bought a 150mW green unfiltered laser 4 years ago and is still having blind spots in one eye caused by "playing around" and getting reflection (not even bundled green) to his unprotected eye, so its not wrong to handle them with care. :lol:

AUTO_XX
00:56:03 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol

Hm, last time I checked the blue diodes were emitting IR light.



I'll try one more time...
Your friend had a DPSS LASER!
It is an infrared (IR) diode pumping a crystal that magically makes "IR" light "GREEN" light.
A laser unless it is specifically designed to will not, has not, and will NEVER make more than the wavelength it was designed for.
I have built custom lasers. I have built a 445nm (blue) over 1.5Watts (1500mW) there is no way with the technology of all that is human could that diode produce even 0.00001mW of infrared light. that is like saying that the color blue is the color red, it just isn't.
I have gone over this quite a few times trying not to be rude but you don't seem to get it.
I got into lasers because I was researching the effects of various wavelenghts of light on various structures within different cells.
Then I started learning about visual acuity and the way we see light how we do.
THEN I started learning about lasers, as with any of these subjects I have a reasonable well versed working knowledge of it so believe me when I say I'm not blowing smoke.

IR lasers produce IR light (when they are on :P )
Dubb's phaser is pretty sweet and very professionally done by the way, forgot to mention that earlier.

TheWolf
01:34:42 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I got what you're trying to tell me, but there are DPSS blue lasers out there as well, working with IR diodes and crystals.

So whats wrong if I state that different laser colors emit IR light and are not always filtered and therefore produce even more dangerous invisible (for human eyes) light.

Might be that the laser pico projector diodes don't do that, no idea, I don't use those, we got several laboratory lasers which are indeed emitting IR light.

Sure, a IR diode emits more of it, but on that one anyone buying it should KNOW it, why would he buy it otherwise..

[Maybe the confusion comes from the term diode, as I don't mean just the diode but also the optics, so the outcome, not the basewavelength which is indeed not blue on DPSS blue lasers.]

AUTO_XX
01:51:30 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Yup, that was the confuzzling part.
I think of a diode as just that, the rest of the module houses the optics, crystal, etc.
I couldn't figure how we could be having such a failure of communication :lol:

DUBB
02:00:08 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: TheWolf at 01:34:42 Thu Dec 15 2011

I got what you're trying to tell me, but there are DPSS blue lasers out there as well, working with IR diodes and crystals.

So whats wrong if I state that different laser colors emit IR light and are not always filtered and therefore produce even more dangerous invisible (for human eyes) light.

Might be that the laser pico projector diodes don't do that, no idea, I don't use those, we got several laboratory lasers which are indeed emitting IR light.

Sure, a IR diode emits more of it, but on that one anyone buying it should KNOW it, why would he buy it otherwise..

[Maybe the confusion comes from the term diode, as I don't mean just the diode but also the optics, so the outcome, not the basewavelength which is indeed not blue on DPSS blue lasers.]

NO, you're right, although diode lasers don't give off any IR, they are very narrow banded, but DPSS lasers do, and they come in all the same colors that diode lasers do, and more (green, for one), and they can make DPSS lasers small enough for a laser pointer, so you never can tell. And furthermore, reflected light is another matter entirely, and that radiation can mess up your eyes, too. I have decent broad banded laser safety glasses I use when I mess with mine. Although they don't protect against green or red, they do have good protection from blue, ultraviolet, and IR lasers. They are rated for 2 bands: 200-450nm, and 800-2000nm. Highly recomend laser safety glasses, particularly with those 1-1/2 watt 445nm diodes.

TheWolf
02:01:22 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
No problem..

I am not native english so I don't know what a CO² Laser as a example would be called formwise in english, in german its like Glasröhrenlaser (Glass tube laser) or Stickstoffröhrenlaser (CO² tube laser) something like that but for sure its more than just the "laser"tube which is used, depending on the usage.

The blue laser "diodes" I talk about are not those tiny "diodes" from Laser Pico Projectors/Beamers but pretty big blocks with probably alot of optics and cooling fins, electronics and so on.

Those are used with 1-10W (as far as I know) for laboratory purposes and (but filtered from IR light for sure) as laser show projectors, which are indeed blue (Output after optics) but not CW lasers.

I think the Pico Beamer Diodes are a bit more violet than those DPSS "blue" systems, coming from the slightly different wavelength?!

@DUBB:

Yes thats what I meant.. safety goggles are a must on those levels and even as they're fun to play with, one should be cautionous as lost sight or black spots are not so funny afterwards.

Its just that those lasers nearly always pass through customs as "laserpointers" no matter if DPSS, filtered, which laser class and so on.. at least there in germany.

They are even legally allowed (we don't have laser,"forbids" there, you can buy a 1000W CO² laser on eBay if anyone would sell them), but alot of kids think they're cool and order them without safety goggles and such..

And I know that unlike as example Wickedlasers who offer laser shade/filter goggles, most asian sellers ship them without even any detialled warning or manual about the dangers, so I don't wonder about accidents..

DUBB
02:05:16 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
But let me reiterate: Laser induced eye damage (fried retinas) are caused by ANY band of laser, that has enough power. The danger of IR lasers isn't any more than with any other laser, except for the fact that IR bands are invisable to the naked eye, despite being harmful to the eyes, anyway. In fact, I read someplace that blue is the worst, for some reason having to do with the recovery time, that same mechanism by which our eyes adjust to changing light is somehow adversely affected.

AUTO_XX
02:09:13 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
There is a really nice color that can only be achieved by DPSS, it is basically a turquoise. Kind of a blue green.
VERY expensive but what a nice color...
I'm setting up to put a 160mW 660 (red) on the blackbird, dpss lasers like green are nice for the visual prominence but they suck during the winter.
I started a thread about it here:
http://laserpointerforums.com/f42/effect-temperature-dpss-laser-image-heavy-58525.html

The red laser is a bit long for what I would like but it will show up in daylight. A lot better than the available laser sights anyway.

TheWolf
02:16:04 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: DUBB at 02:05:16 Thu Dec 15 2011

But let me reiterate: Laser induced eye damage (fried retinas) are caused by ANY band of laser, that has enough power. The danger of IR lasers isn't any more than with any other laser, except for the fact that IR bands are invisable to the naked eye, despite being harmful to the eyes, anyway. In fact, I read someplace that blue is the worst, for some reason having to do with the recovery time, that same mechanism by which our eyes adjust to changing light is somehow adversely affected.


Yes, thats true for sure, the danger of IR (and UV?) is mostly based on the invisible appearance for human eyes.

I am not sure (never tried, hehe) but would your eyes even have a shut close reflex on invisible light, aside from the pain of burning if the power is ways too high?

AUTO_XX
02:19:24 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Nope, depending on the power, the first sensation you would have is a crackling sound in the back of your head.
That would be the ocular fluid boiling against the back of your eye...
We are designed to take a tiny amount of light and process it effectively, such a huge concentration makes short work of such a sensitive device.
It'll do a number on the CCD of your digital camera as well :wink:

TheWolf
02:26:42 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Hmm, thats like another fact dangerous about the invisible light frequencys.

If you look in a 1mW filtered red laser you'll close your eye pretty quick (most will), won't save you from damage with higher outputs but might still reduce the damage.

If you don't close the eye because you don't notice IR lasers light, you're blind after a while (after the cells died, which can, depending on the power and length take some hours if I remember correctly).

Thats one of the dangers of solar eclipses, too, I read about people getting partly blind by looking into the eclipse which, unlike the full normal sun would, don't force your eyes to shut but the corona around the darkness still can cause damage to the eyes.

Last solar eclipse there was alot of warning and eye shade goggles given around because of this.

AUTO_XX
02:30:53 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
There have been a few kids that do the "test of manhood" thing with their high powered lasers...
"I'm tough enough, it won't hurt me"
Yeah, some massive damage to a few people.
Apparently the multimode diodes have a bad enough divergence that they are pretty safe from ~270 feet away but I personally wouldn't risk it without my good safety goggles.

*Always wear protection kids* ^_^

DUBB
05:10:10 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
If you are looking for a laser to go with nightvision, that also works during the day, join me in my search for the dvd burner that has both ir and red in the same can. I know that they exist, and there is one that works in the PHR-803t sled, but those are just readers, and they burn up real quick. I made it switch back and forth, the spots collumate identically.

AUTO_XX
05:15:07 Thu
Dec 15 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I think it is from the same sled as the 600mW 405 I pulled already.
Or is that the one that burns up?
I don't have the sled name anymore, I pulled the board off of this one a long time ago.
The diode I am talking about should pump about 300mW of red but it is a screwy rectangular shape.... Looks like open can.
It has been a while since I messed with it, I just went rummaging through my electronic parts ^_^

DUBB
00:23:32 Sat
Dec 17 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
All the ones that just burn out are from read-only drives. Reading doesn't require a fraction of what it takes to burn a disc, and the faster you want to burn, the more power it requires. Anything with a 6x bluray diode was a burner, that would be a hell of a diode. I just got another PHR-803t and extracted the diode out of it, I don't have it all the way finished yet, though. I got away from the driver I built for that project out of an LM317, and went with one of those red buck drivers from Aixiz, though. I think my 317 was probably too much for these. The 317 doesn't put out like that micro flex drive, though. So far all the dual wave diodes I find in the new burners don't have cans at all, per se, they have side emitting pcb diodes sliced into the heatsinks, sideways, for lack of a better way to describe them. These are much harder to use.

DUBB
23:57:37 Thu
Dec 29 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Bump, just some more clips of the phaser doing it's thing.... I just love to look at it.......


AUTO_XX
00:55:47 Fri
Dec 30 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol

The icicles look better in the original picture but I can't seem to find it right now.
I also have another pic through the snow curl off of a tin roof (looks like the pipe in a "surfing wave") but it is missing as well.

camracer
01:04:15 Fri
Dec 30 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Very cool!! I still wanna make one of those this winter!!

camracer
01:09:04 Fri
Dec 30 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: DUBB at 23:57:37 Thu Dec 29 2011

Bump, just some more clips of the phaser doing it's thing.... I just love to look at it.......

<embed width="600" height="361" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" allowNetworking="all" wmode="transparent" src="http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf" flashvars="file=http%3A%2F%2Fvid1234.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff412%2FClayStation2%2Fphaser.mp4">
http://s1234.photobucket.com/albums/ff412/ClayStation2/?action=view&current=phaser.mp4
Let's see which one of these works the best (if at all.....)


Nice DUBB. I thought the most interesting thing in your video was at exactly 2:15 into it. Home video DUBB????!!!!



Tbkahuna
01:25:45 Fri
Dec 30 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Too cool!!!

SONYtec
03:34:20 Fri
Dec 30 2011
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Holy burning eyeballs. :lol:

DUBB
04:02:36 Tue
Jan 10 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I did some work, and by using a different switch for the trigger, I was able to fit another 18650 cell in the phaser, and I think it got even brighter! It's got 2 3000mAh cells in it, in 1S2P, for a total of 6000mAh, but the big thing is that it doubles the available current. It also adds weight, but I have added weights to it, just so that it feels and balances right in my hand. It's got a bunch of those .180 lead balls ca glued inside it, at the rear, and some in the bottom of nthe handle, so it doesn't feel like a toy.

radical
04:07:50 Tue
Jan 10 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Only thing missing is the classic phaser sound!

SONYtec
04:47:31 Tue
Jan 10 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
:rolleyes:

radical
05:19:18 Tue
Jan 10 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Made with practiced whistling sound.

camracer
16:56:05 Tue
Jan 10 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 04:07:50 Tue Jan 10 2012

Only thing missing is the classic phaser sound!


I can make that happen! :tongue:

radical
23:29:05 Tue
Jan 10 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Just drink a 12 pack and we'll have some great phaser sounds :P

SONYtec
02:07:32 Thu
Jan 12 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
:rolleyes:

radical
07:15:12 Thu
Jan 12 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
major Ohura!

DUBB
12:19:29 Fri
Jan 13 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I have the sound. I have a switch hidden in the handle to disable the sound if I want to, since it gets annoying, and draws a lot of power. A protected 18650 can run the laser alone, but with the sound the pcb trips off. I don't have a pcb for that reason. But the sound is part of the effect. Admittedly, though, I used a sound board from a different phaser, and gutted mostly everything that was in mine to make room for 2 18650 cells, but that was just convenient for me at the time. The main objection I had with that was that the switch was onboard, super cheapy, and made so it has to be right behind the "trigger". I did away with all that and used a proper, standard push button type momentary "bulkhead" I got from radio shack.

On another note, I have been lighting matches from up to 20 feet away, or as far as I can, and hold it steady enough to hit the head of the match for long enough to light it. It takes a second to light at any range. One second is a long time for a match head across the room..........

camracer
14:27:36 Fri
Jan 13 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: DUBB at 12:19:29 Fri Jan 13 2012

I have the sound. I have a switch hidden in the handle to disable the sound if I want to, since it gets annoying, and draws a lot of power. A protected 18650 can run the laser alone, but with the sound the pcb trips off. I don't have a pcb for that reason. But the sound is part of the effect. Admittedly, though, I used a sound board from a different phaser, and gutted mostly everything that was in mine to make room for 2 18650 cells, but that was just convenient for me at the time. The main objection I had with that was that the switch was onboard, super cheapy, and made so it has to be right behind the "trigger". I did away with all that and used a proper, standard push button type momentary "bulkhead" I got from radio shack.

On another note, I have been lighting matches from up to 20 feet away, or as far as I can, and hold it steady enough to hit the head of the match for long enough to light it. It takes a second to light at any range. One second is a long time for a match head across the room..........


Cool!

How 'bout a photo of how you installed the TWO 18650's??

SONYtec
16:51:20 Fri
Jan 13 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Even better, video.

Today's day in age, VIDEO!!!!


:lol:

radical
00:37:37 Sat
Jan 14 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I posted some of the first Drozd vids ever! Including the first bulk adapter for co2 by Major Smackdow. His allowed screwing the bottle right into the handle extension. I also posted the first full auto vid of Vic20's prototype he made. Still have it and sure it still works. Will be in the future Drozd Museum!

camracer
01:33:13 Sat
Jan 14 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 00:37:37 Sat Jan 14 2012

I posted some of the first Drozd vids ever! Including the first bulk adapter for co2 by Major Smackdow. His allowed screwing the bottle right into the handle extension. I also posted the first full auto vid of Vic20's prototype he made. Still have it and sure it still works. Will be in the future Drozd Museum!


I'd LOVE to see them old videos! Still got 'em Rad?? It'll be like watching a 50's "proper hygiene etiquette" movie clip! :lol:

radical
02:26:31 Sat
Jan 14 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Ill post a vid of what I believe seriously sparked the revolution as I have been told and seen from responses to my vids.

Pick of Compiled it was called. U can prolly google it before I post it. It from 2005.

Looks like Ill have to repost it due to age. Tonight or tomorrow.





SONYtec
02:53:43 Sat
Jan 14 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
What are you waiting for??? :rolleyes:

radical
04:49:31 Sat
Jan 14 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
$$$ Incase everyone doesnt know Im disabled.

SONYtec
05:03:30 Sat
Jan 14 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
No, no, no, talking about what are you waiting for, posting the video. :rolleyes:

POST THE VIDEO!!!!

radical
07:53:10 Sat
Jan 14 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: camracer at 01:33:13 Sat Jan 14 2012

Quote: radical at 00:37:37 Sat Jan 14 2012

I posted some of the first Drozd vids ever! Including the first bulk adapter for co2 by Major Smackdow. His allowed screwing the bottle right into the handle extension. I also posted the first full auto vid of Vic20's prototype he made. Still have it and sure it still works. Will be in the future Drozd Museum!


I'd LOVE to see them old videos! Still got 'em Rad?? It'll be like watching a 50's "proper hygiene etiquette" movie clip! :lol:


Heheheh, a lot for those days as far as true life fact. Ill spend time Sat with them. Hope I move faster than pondering on them!

camracer
15:03:27 Sun
Jan 15 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Git' Crackin', Mister!

radical
23:21:23 Sun
Jan 15 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: camracer at 15:03:27 Sun Jan 15 2012

Git' Crackin', Mister!


Nah, nah, I leave that for the hood.

SONYtec
04:47:45 Mon
Jan 16 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Stop whoring and get teh video's posted.

Just DO IT!!!

radical
23:29:55 Mon
Jan 16 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Found it! In my old backup drive. Going up tonight Pick of Compiled. The vid that started it all!

DUBB
09:02:22 Wed
Jan 25 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
In addition to doubling up the 18650 cells, I went a bit farther and added a one farrad, 5v "supercap" capacitor to the phaser, since I had a couple just sitting around. Not much difference, except that the power indicator led I put in doesn't get nearly as dim when the trigger is pushed, and the laser comes on. The way the driver board works is by "boost", as opposed to "buck", where it attains the regulated current by boosting the voltage from a lower voltage source, as opposed to reducing it from a higher voltage source. This is convenient for running a diode that wants 5v (these diodes can take 6v, I'm told) from a 3-4.2v lithium battery. A "buck" regulator (like the "test jig" adjustable regulator I made for testing diodes out of an LM317) needs 2 lithium cells in series (I am running 2 cells, but in paralell, to make it 1S2P @ 6000mAh) to run these. I found out the hard way that alkeline batteries just don't cut it for these lasers at all. One thing I can say that I'm glad I used the phaser as a host, it has room to exparament with batteries and such. The only other host that will really do is a flashlight made for a 18650 cell, or similar lithium ion battery that has a sufficiently high discharge capacity. The pickins, as they say, are slim, in the laser host department.

camracer
16:44:50 Wed
Jan 25 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 23:29:55 Mon Jan 16 2012

Found it! In my old backup drive. Going up tonight Pick of Compiled. The vid that started it all!


That'll be fun to watch!

radical
18:26:59 Wed
Jan 25 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: camracer at 16:44:50 Wed Jan 25 2012

Quote: radical at 23:29:55 Mon Jan 16 2012

Found it! In my old backup drive. Going up tonight Pick of Compiled. The vid that started it all!


That'll be fun to watch!


Didnt I already post it?

SONYtec
22:22:52 Wed
Jan 25 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
You did.

Tbkahuna
23:32:02 Wed
Jan 25 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I saw it.

camracer
23:53:15 Wed
Jan 25 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Ooops! I thought that was another "old" video you were posting Rad. ....Darn! :sad: I was watching the "Three Stooges" this morning. Old videos always make me laugh!! :lol:

radical
02:36:52 Thu
Jan 26 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Do the "Curly Shuffle" oh well a nya nya nya and a wwoowoowoo woo and a nuck knuck nya - hey moe hey moe..

SONYtec
03:15:16 Thu
Jan 26 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Oh, wise guy!!!

radical
03:55:42 Thu
Jan 26 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
The Stooges are as classic as they come!

DUBB
17:16:58 Fri
Jan 27 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Stoogequiz: Of all of the stooges, that is of all 5 in total, which 3 were brothers? I was going to add and which 2 weren't, but that's sort of a given if you know who were.

radical
19:01:29 Fri
Jan 27 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I know Moe and Shemp. And Curly?

SONYtec
19:08:43 Fri
Jan 27 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Yup, Moe, Curly, and Shemp.

Larry Fine, Joe Besser.

Couple others later on too.

radical
01:15:11 Sat
Jan 28 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
All Howards I believe.

SONYtec
04:12:50 Sat
Jan 28 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: radical at 01:15:11 Sat Jan 28 2012

All Howards I believe.


:rolleyes:

DUBB
16:32:20 Sat
Jan 28 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Very good, Moe, Curly, and Shemp. But the 3 brothers never worked together at once. They always had bounce-off guy Larry. Go figure.

radical
01:47:20 Sun
Jan 29 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I IIRC Curly had a stroke. He no longer wourked with the brothers but did make cameo shows on ensuing Stooge shows and some movies. Moe Larry Cheese...no limberger, whew....+

DUBB
01:01:51 Tue
Jan 31 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Someone asked how I stuffed 2, 18650 cells into the phaser, this is how:

It aint pretty inside, but it works. This is then a 6000mAh 1S2P "pack". I put in that 1 farrad 5v "supercap", too.

radical
01:47:02 Tue
Jan 31 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
As the project moves on it get more and more interesting DUBB! Definitely a 1 of a kind!

green_dots
02:04:21 Tue
Jan 31 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
DUBB. how powerfull is this laser? Will it light paper on fire or a match tip? GD.

DUBB
03:20:51 Tue
Jan 31 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
About 1.6 watts, so yes, yes, and yes. It's rediculous, actually. That was the whole point, after all. I cheat a little, i color the matchheads with a black magic marker so they light faster. White has immunity to lasers, but it really does a number on anything black. It pops black baloons good, too.

If you look at the ends of the thing, you'll see a bunch of that otherwise worthless #BB chilled lead shot glued in to make it balance, and so that it feels right: it has some weight to it, now. That was deliberate, i didn't like that it still felt like a toy. With all the extra weight added, it doesn't feel like a toy anymore, when you pick it up, you can tell that something is up.

AUTO_XX
04:14:13 Tue
Jan 31 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I have no problem lighting matches (of any color) with my 1.6W 445.
Burns white paper as well but you will do immediate damage to your eyes without OD4+ laser glasses.

DUBB
07:56:57 Tue
Jan 31 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Quote: AUTO_XX at 04:14:13 Tue Jan 31 2012

I have no problem lighting matches (of any color) with my 1.6W 445.
Burns white paper as well but you will do immediate damage to your eyes without OD4+ laser glasses.

Ahhh, familiar numbers. There is only one 445nm diode that can do that, and only "Dr. Lava's" Micro Boost/Micro Flex drives can supply it with that much current. hell, even an LM317 wide open is only 1.5A. So regardless of your laser's host, you HAVE to have exactly the same laser that I built.
I have trusty tried and true laser safety glasses that I have had all along, those are rated for an OD4 in 2 bands: 200-450nm, and 800-2000nm. I have another (allbeit much cheaper) pair I got to go with this laser, that are rated for OD7 for about 400-500nm. I never use those, though, I prefer my old ones. I just have the other pair so I can show off safely, basicly, they serve mostly as the "guests" glasses.
The only source (regardless of where yours came from) for the diodes: they must be harvested from the new Casio "pico" DLP projectors, period. They have like 22 diodes each, so an unknown (but I think, huge) portion of those that they sell just get harvested, from what I understand, as DLP projector performance is concerned, they suck ass, compared to the traditional "light bulb" projectors. that is really funny to me, for some reason.

SONYtec
20:23:03 Wed
Feb 1 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Dubb, that's stuffed in there!!!

radical
02:08:48 Thu
Feb 2 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
If it works it works...

AUTO_XX
04:01:37 Thu
Feb 2 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
24 diodes, and it is the Ca.si.o xj a140 (word filter so google doesn't come snooping) I think
I made another driver that is 1/3 the price and lets me regulate the voltage as well as the current.
My original lasers all had Lava's flexv5 in 'em but the new project (if I ever get around to finishing it) will use this new driver, there is just no excuse for $30+ for $2-4 in parts.
I guess he found a way to pay for his schooling :sad:
The fact that he doesn't respond to customers or answer emails pisses me off too.

Dick move man, dick move...

radical
05:28:27 Thu
Feb 2 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Agreed that its good to have on the side for when the time is best to begin a project and see it through!

DUBB
06:08:10 Thu
Feb 2 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I have a couple of diy adjustable "test jig" laser diode drivers I constructed from scratch using LM317's that work great. Also, you MUST have a dummy load to go with. I'm considering building one out of an LM350, or possibly an LM338 to get more power, if I want it.

AUTO_XX
07:42:07 Thu
Feb 2 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
I made this one a LONG time ago, works well as a dummy load to mimic any diode type, just select the jumper to put more or less diodes in line for voltage drop.


And yeah, the flexv5 pretty much can't be beat for the size.


radical
16:56:47 Thu
Feb 2 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Very nice Auto XX! Soldering is a PITA for my hands. Otherwise it doesnt look that hard to do.

DUBB
17:43:29 Thu
Feb 2 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
HA!! That is almost exactly how mine looks. I used one of those big, white, ceramic resistors, that's good for 5 watts, or something, but that's beautiful, bro! I learned the hard way what the dummy load is for. I guess I was the dummy load (or the loaded dummy, take your pick) before, huh?

AUTO_XX
17:53:03 Thu
Feb 2 2012
Re: My current weapon build: Type 2 Phaser Pistol
Thanks, the soldering is the quickest part for me. I'm a self-taught piss poor electrical engineer so that is MY difficulty :wink:
I killed one nichia diode when my lm350 (same specs as the lm317, just handles more current) circuit shorted on the table from a hastily discarded capacitor lead off-cut. That one pissed me off for a while...
I killed another from a faulty micro flex driver, the laser worked for about a week. Lava didn't respond to ANYTHING from emails to pm's. That is when I contemplated coming down to the states and letting him taste my 4-fingered knuckle sammich.
Since then I haven't killed any other diodes but my builds were *ahem* less hasty.
I used those cheapie resistors because that is what I had laying around.
All said and done I have probably spent ~$1500 on lasers and electronics but I was pretty liberal with THAT money because I needed to get under a tax bracket before the end of the year.
You mentioned your laser safety glasses, are those ones the wide wavelength "eagle pair"? I have 2 pairs of them too, best thing for lasers in my opinion. The other 2 pair I have are just for 405 and 445nm but they are not nearly as comfy.



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