Burning Laser With Joule Thief

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Introduction: Burning Laser With Joule Thief

About: The flow of electrons fascinates me the same way it make a bulb glow.

Take care of Eyes since these lasers are lethal for eyes. It can blind you before your eye lid will close. --- I am Not responsible for any damage.

Please Go through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_safety before reading and come to any determination about the topic.

We can burn things specially black or dark colored stuff by simple 3V battery but this will heat up the diode after intensive use. In case we need to make a Laser engraver which needs to operate over long time, Requires assembly to cool the diode down. How ever by using Joule Thief we can increase its brightness and eventually draw the heat away from diode to the transistor used. In fact I was able to run a 12V 10 Watt LED with a single MOSFET , It was very bright , using a third winding.the video is


How ever the Mosfet got very heated and unnoticed by me . Died.....!!!

Anyway I am still finding such MOSFET for Laser Applications.

For High Voltage generation visit

https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-1-Inch-High...

Step 1: Setting Up Components

The basic requirement is any NPN transistor, a Laser Diode, a Ferrite ring,a resistance,A 3 V battery,Bread Board , Wires.etc.

The pin Configuration of BD139 is Front Facing E-C-B.

However any NPN transistor can be used.

Step 2: The Circuit of Joule Thief.

You may find this diagram every where throughout internet.The working principal is also as same as explained by others.

Step 3: The Laser Diode

This is specifically a Infra-Red Laser found inside a DVD Burner. I removed all optics and finally wanted to fix with the focusing lens. We can use any lens depending upon requirement and focusing length.

Step 4: The Toroid , the Heart......

This toroid was found from a CFL driver. 3 Turns each for each Winding. If the figure does not work out. Reverse the wire. i.e interchange the Blue and Violate wires.

Please try to understand the winding. If understood correctly, we can use any toroidal ring for the same purpose. Please Note that Torroidal Ring used in good SMPS have good performance against high frequency.

Step 5: All Connected and Its On

Connect every thing as per Circuit diagram.

IR laser from DVD/CD Burner connected to Joule Thief with BD139 and a 10K variable resistance. It can burn any black or dark color plastic,rubber etc. Take care of Eyes since these laser are lethal for eyes. It can blind you before your eye lid will close. --- I am Not responsible for any damage

You can take red laser or high power leds. Please also note to limit the supply voltage to 3 Volt Max else you will damage the diode. These diodes can bear 3.3V Max.

Step 6: Its Ready and Burning....................

Take care of Eyes since these lasers are lethal for eyes. It can blind you before your eye lid will close. --- I am Not responsible for any damage.

Hope you will Enjoy...... Take Care..

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    47 Discussions

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    t.rohner
    t.rohner

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This instructable seems to have started a fundamental discussion, about what information should be easily available.

    I used to work with laser cutters with IR-Sources up to 120W. These are really dangerous, if handled the wrong way. (High voltage, IR-Radiation) What is certainly underestimated by untrained personel, is stray radiation. The retina is serverely and permanently damaged, even by a stray ray of 0.01% of the laser energy. We lit a cloth with the laser during training. (With the unfocused half inch laser ray. Imagine what it does focused...)

    Until a couple of years ago, no country restricted the import of
    powerful laser pointers. These were about the same, as in this
    instructable. But ready out of the box, with a decent optic and usable by every idiot.

    But then, there are so many "dual use" tech products, which are very interesting to tinker around.

    You can't make them go away, by banning them from sites like instructables.

    If the stuff is available, there is information available about it nowadays. If not on instructables anymore, you can find it elsewhere.

    So the final question should be: Do you want freedom, or (a wrong sense of) security?

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    thaipham101
    thaipham101

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I also concern a lot about this. That's why I still do not want to try it. Is there any other ways to prevent the laser from reflect to unwanted objects rather than using safety glass, like some materials to make a case that absorb the energy?

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    t.rohner
    t.rohner

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Do yourself a favour and get protection goggles for the correct wavelength. Only this way you are on the safe side.

    Engraving with 400-500 mW? This will be a very slow process. So keep the Dremel close ;-)

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    Samiran
    Samiran

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Use black covering , non reflective type cartboard. U can use web cam as an eye inside such closure.

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    Woodco
    Woodco

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! Takes place one on my projects list!

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    aquif1990
    aquif1990

    3 years ago

    made it ,the circuit is simple and works,done some tinkering and 12 volt smd led is working ,but i dont know how to use 7805 voltage regulator for mobile charging.

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    Samiran
    Samiran

    Reply 2 years ago

    I hope you had already figured out how to use 7805 for mobile charging. Use a capacitor before the Input to 7805 about 10000uf/250V and arounf 250uF/6V in the output . so as to charge it and then it will make a 5V for the mobile phone

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    PaulF88
    PaulF88

    4 years ago

    I just want someone to build a laser mower. improbable?

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    MakerMichaelB
    MakerMichaelB

    5 years ago

    Good stuff!

    You might want to consider putting the warning about it burning an eye as the first bit of text. It'd be a shame to have someone injure themselves or their cat because they're too impatient to read to the end prior to building.

    Thanks for putting this up! :-)

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    Samiran
    Samiran

    Reply 5 years ago

    Thanks for your valueable comment. Agreed on your view.

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    mihir.sahu.355
    mihir.sahu.355

    5 years ago

    output power of burning laser depend on what ??? can i. make a burning laser from keychaiaser diode !!

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    LaserByte
    LaserByte

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I am confused as to how the ferrite ring has these induction properties. I can't seem to find a good explanation as to how this works.

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    aamott
    aamott

    5 years ago on Introduction

    What if you used this for a (very weak and slow) laser cutter with recycled computer parts? With this (https://sites.google.com/site/0miker0/home) as the body. Someone already made a 3d printer based on this. I wanted to, but don't have enough to spend. I do, on the other hand, have computer parts.

    If you wanted to (he recycled 2 dvd or cd drives) you could probably just use multiple lasers and angle them so they all focused on the same point.

    Here's another guy who used the same type of body: http://builders.reprap.org/2010/08/selective-laser-sintering-part-8.html

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    dpatterson13
    dpatterson13

    5 years ago

    And the odds of anyone building this without already having basic knowledge of lasers is..?
    But, yeah, somebody sued McDonald's for offering-up hot coffee

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    aamott
    aamott

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    What has this world come to...

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    GeraldTrost
    GeraldTrost

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi All!

    I dont want to be limited in spreading technical knowledge just because
    of security reasons - this is mainly because "security reasons" are
    often used as an excuse for some other intentions behind that ...

    But I need to ask you all:
    Do you really think that a smart kid who understands this instructions
    will sneak into father's electronic lab to do some experiments and
    do you think that he will apply all the safety guidelines ?

    My concerns are about the young people and about the silly
    people who are phsically adult but are not mentally adult.

    I really dont know a solution to this problems and I have no idea how
    to deal with it so that common knowledge flow will still be possible in future.

    But if any one knows the solution on how to share information freely
    amongst "trustworthy" and "rationally thinking" persons then I will
    be glad to read it here and I will be glad to spread this idea wherever I can.

    Gerald Trost
    PS: can kids access the instuctables pages ?

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    hvela-fauson
    hvela-fauson

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Gerald,

    I think your concerns are valid.

    The author incorporated safety precautions into this project. There is no reason for the site or the author of this instructable to nanny readers given most individuals are capable of managing themselves.

    Yes, I believe Instructables is an all ages site. While very few things in life are 100% guaranteed, young persons and persons of diminished capacity typically have care-givers that help in decision making. From a parents perspective: The best thing I can do is review prospective projects and work through the decision making process and then, if we agree to move move forward, work with my child on the project.

    Warm wishes,

    honeylieg V.

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    ridalyn
    ridalyn

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! Now I can make my Death Star model functional!

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