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    Default Coolest Looking Laser Host for a Handheld?

    Hello, I am new to this hobby and need some suggestions.

    I am looking to put together a 2W 445nm laser. My driver requires at least 6v and 1.8A draw or less. I was thinking 2x18650 batteries meets this requirement the best.

    My question is: What is a good bang for the buck "Cool" looking host that makes people go wow? If you were to build a blue laser and could have any host for under $40 what would you get?

    Thanks, Sparkles
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    A tabletop lab housing so you could do proper experiments or laser shows with it and orient its polarization correctly, and then combine a second one with a polarizing cube.

    Then a proper 12 volt, 5 amp switching power supply running off 110 or 220 as needed, 18650 are not likely to last the length of a typical use session for me.

    I'd need a ILDA connector, too.

    You might get the PSU for 20$, the housing is going to cost more.

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    host??? cool??? 18650 batteries???

    i suspect you are building a pointer...


    first... you will never get 2w (at least not for a very long period of time, before you fry everything)

    second... you are trying to build something extremely dangerous, i am not very sure that you will find much help if you don't state in more detail what exactly it is you are building


    a cool host for a lab style laser under 40$ is any dead dpss module, that you can rip the internals and use the housing. (maybe a bonus tec and fan, or even better, a bonus psu, too)
    "its called character briggs..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaNeK779 View Post
    host??? cool??? 18650 batteries???

    i suspect you are building a pointer...
    Oh, wow! I didn't think about labbies. This is for a hand-held build running at 1.8 amps with copper heat sinking.
    I will change the title.

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    so, hand-held means single diode. so you can forget the 2w mark already. firstly because it will not handle the heat for more than a few seconds and secondly because 1.8 amps will not give you 2w

    and i don't even want to get started with the apparent safety hazards. with a 2w beam, even a wall can reflect the beam back at you.

    just don't do it, make a labbie instead. and then spend another 80-100usd to get a cheap pair of galvos (lda-dmx) with some effects stored in the onboard chip
    "its called character briggs..."

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    Its safe! All you need is a sticker and everything is just fine!

    But we digress, back to the topic at hand! What is the Coolest looking host for under $40?

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    I have surfed the entire internet and although this one is not my favorite the price is right and is right up the alley of discussion.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_KxT3bZCpsq...52520Dildo.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laserman532 View Post
    I have surfed the entire internet and although this one is not my favorite the price is right and is right up the alley of discussion.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_KxT3bZCpsq...52520Dildo.jpg
    You know, that might actually be a potential market. I wonder if porn valley might use this as a prop when it lases. hehehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laserman532 View Post
    I have surfed the entire internet and although this one is not my favorite the price is right and is right up the alley of discussion.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_KxT3bZCpsq...52520Dildo.jpg
    Nah, that one's been done before. It's been used by ProDJAllen's Laserscope.

    (Might explain the 'milky white' colouring in his dye water filter...)

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