Step 6: Where to get your diode
Different types of diodes:
Low power IR diodes are found in CD readers.
High power IR diodes are found in CD burners (CD/RW).
Low power red diodes are found in DVD readers.
High power red diodes are found in DVD burners.
Low power violet (blu-ray) diodes are found in blu-ray readers and HD DVD players.
High power violet (blu-ray) diodes are foind in blu-ray burners and HD DVD burners.
For example, I will be extracting a laser diode from a DVD burner. Take a look at all the pictures above here to see how to do it. Instructions are added with the yellow tags.
Note: Red DVD burner diodes are mostly used for laser burners because they are the best diodes that you can find most easely.
Don't expect to find a blu-ray burner diode somewhere
IR (infra-red) diodes are just as dangerous as other diodes, but the difference is that you can't see the danger!
It would be really stupid to think that when you see just a little light, that it can't burn your eyes!
Again: Wear protective glasses!