Have sweet looking laser, desire to fire. How to figure out what voltage to apply without destroying it by mistake?
Anybody know what sort of laser is found inside a commercial laser copier/printer? I have a fairly chunky LD (housed in heavy brass shell w/ 3 leads coming out of the base) that I'm pretty sure came from a Konica-Minolta commercial laser copier. I know they can be pretty delicate so I really want to avoid experimenting with random voltages, and so I'm looking for any approach that isn't "shoot first and ask questions later. Can the forward voltage be determined safely? Any thoughts on this are appreciated; I've only just begun to understand LEDs at all...
The numbers printed on the circuit board were not helping me except to figure who may have made the machine it's from, but in case they tell you more, here they are: