NOTE: This Instructable WILL NOT WORK with any CD burner/player diodes or DVD player diodes!
See the FAQ on the last Step for common questions
GET THE BURNING LASER DIODE HERE!
GET THE MINI-MAG FLASHLIGHT HERE
UPDATE: If you want to use this as more than just a novelty item, a driver circuit is recommended. See the schematic for details.
Disclaimer: CAUTION! As you know...lasers can be dangerous. Never point them at any living object!T his is not a toy, and this should not be used like a conventional laser pointer. In other words, don't use it in presentations, or to play with pets, or allow children to use it. It should only be operated by responsible persons who understand and respect the potential laser safety hazards.
Step 1: What you need...
1. 16X DVD Burner. I used an LG burner I had as a spare.
You can buy the Red LASER DIODE HERE
Step 2: And...
3. An AixiZ Laser Module. You can get one HERE
4. Small jewelers screwdrivers, X-Acto knife, metal snips, drill, round file and other small tools.
Step 3: Extract the DVD Laser Diode
Step 4: Extract the Laser Diode..
Step 5: Continue extraction...
Step 6: The new DVD Laser Diode!
You can get the burning LASER DIODE HERE
Step 7: Preparing the AixiZ housing...
Step 8: Assembling the housing...
Step 9: Installing it in your MiniMag!
Step 10: Final Step!!
UPDATE: If you intend to use this as more than just a novelty item, a driver circuit is recommended. Here is a basic driver circuit that can be built for this project which will regulate the voltage going to the diode.
Step 11: Test it out!!
Step 12: FAQ
Q. Can I use a CD player/burner or DVD player Diode.
A. No. Only a DVD burner diode 16x or faster will work.
Q. Do I need the Aixiz Housing?
A. Yes. It serves as a heatsink for the high-power diode and also the focusing element is essential.
Q. What happens to the existing circuit board that is inside the Aixiz housing?
A. It is not used for this project. You can keep it for a lower mA diode like a standard red laser pointer diode or just discard it.
Q. What's with the 'pins' you used?
A. The 'pins' are snippings from old resistors. You can use any sturdy wire. They are soldered to the diode and then inserted in the mini-mag plastic fitting that original held the mini-mag lightbulb.
Q. Can I use a regular laser pointer from the dollar store as the housing.
A. See the previous Question/Answer
Q. Can I use another type of flashlight?
A. Not sure. This project is based on the mini-mag.
Q. My diode is not burning anything. What did I do wrong?
A. In order for the diode to 'burn' it needs to be focused to a fine point and also the object needs to be black or marked black with a Sharpie.
Q. Why can't I see the beam like I can see in the video?
A. I used smoke to make the beam visible.
Q. Should I use a driver circuit?
A. The basis for this project was to show that you could use a diode from a DVD burner and put it in a flashlight and make it 'burn'. Ths is a novelty item and not designed for long-term or regular use. If you want to do that, a driver circuit is highly recommended.
For answers to any laser related questions, check with one of the popular forums like www.laserpointerforums.com