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    Hey guys. Just opening my own thread to post some of my custom builds. Give me a shout if you like something. These are just some of my personal builds, and builds I've done for cpf friends
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    Zasers host.



    Hitting the clouds.

    Zasers. One of my all time favorite for performance and aesthetics.


    MS-ENVY 2.6W 445nm
    Great host with tripod mount and innovative heatsinking.




    Glow powder and epoxy. Turned out sick!
    MS-SSW 2.9w 445nm. An all-star of custom hosts. Just a monster!


    Maglite head

    Readout from a customers 1.7w Tmag. That is some very good stability, and a fantastic runtime. This laser did a 8 minute run, without getting hot.

    Little topless picture. Just a peek!


    C11, Zasers, Maglite beauties.

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    120mw 532nm in a sipik b68


    C8 with an extended focus adapter.


    Rebuilt wicked laser EVO. M140 1.7w pen!! Momentary side button.


    Matching set of MS-V3


    King if the maglite. Voltage monitor led. Key switch in the tail cap. Super long runtime!



    The cypress. 100% copper host with a interchangeable module design I co-designed.


    Grenade host. 2x18650
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    WOW amazing stuff they certainly kick a55 astonishing the green laser pic

    Once i have read up a little more on them i may want a laser,just need to be so careful and kept well away from the kids.So will need to think on everything ,very impressed Tmack,top work

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    That black Zaser looks classy! And that maglite is a beast ^_^

    Awesome builds, TMack!

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    I had no idea your talents included these mods. Very nice!

    Do you machine the body/heads yourself?

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    Subscribed earlier today. Will keep an eye on this, some interest.


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    Lasers are awesome. I got rid of mine when I had kids though lol
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    that black zaser looks familiar If anyone needs a second opinion, I can vouch for tmack. I now own the black zaser in the pics, it works great and burns through paper at nearly 10 feet away!!!
    No, I don't have enough flashlights! Do you have enough shoes?

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    I thought the purple one is cool but now that black is off the scale! I m saving up funds, slowly but surely.
    Quote Originally Posted by caddylover View Post
    that black zaser looks familiar If anyone needs a second opinion, I can vouch for tmack. I now own the black zaser in the pics, it works great and burns through paper at nearly 10 feet away!!!
    Lights were once incandescent. And halogen bulb were great

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEEJ View Post
    I had no idea your talents included these mods. Very nice!

    Do you machine the body/heads yourself?
    I wish I could take credit for machining these, but no. I have a couple very skilled machinist turning my hosts and heatsinks.

    I'm on the soldering iron with the shades B)


    Thanks caddylover. I'm happy you're happy. The list of cpf members with my lasers is growing.
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    Around 100mw


    500, 300 1000mw


    Diffraction fun!





    I promised my neighbors I'm not an alien. From what comes out of my windows, I don't think they believe me


    All shots are with 3 lasers and diffraction film.

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    My edc
    That's blade, light, signal/ fire starter.

    Knife and light rotate, but the laser stays in the cycle.
    2.6w MS-Envy.
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    I have no lasers that burn stuff, more like point at stuff.

    What kind of cutting can a souped up pocket laser DO?


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    Cutting? You can just about drop a laser in front of electrical tape and cut it haha.

    Will cut a cd case nicely. Making a hole in about a second, you can slowly move the dot and cut it.

    Anything dark and thin it will make short work of.

    Imagine what you can do with a very strong magnifying glass on a super sunny day, just from much further away.

    Scorch your name in a piece of wood from 5-10ft. Ignite materials in seconds. It's pretty amazing. I've accidentally lit many thing on fire testing the beams from across the room

    That laser above I keep in my pocket daily. 2.6w is capable of everything I stated.

    I smoke, and I rarely grab a lighter on my way out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmack View Post
    Cutting? You can just about drop a laser in front of electrical tape and cut it haha.

    Will cut a cd case nicely. Making a hole in about a second, you can slowly move the dot and cut it.

    Anything dark and thin it will make short work of.

    Imagine what you can do with a very strong magnifying glass on a super sunny day, just from much further away.

    Scorch your name in a piece of wood from 5-10ft. Ignite materials in seconds. It's pretty amazing. I've accidentally lit many thing on fire testing the beams

    That laser above I keep in my pocket daily. 2.6w is capable of everything I stated.

    I smoke, and I rarely grab a lighter on my way out


    Uh oh.

    My inner aspie is telling me I need to explore this.



    So, what's the most powerful pocket laser set up?

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    9mm blue in a host that's capable of handling the heat. There are small hosts, but your runtime suffers.
    That ms envy is the perfect pocket size with extreme power. It's about 6" long and 1" wide. Takes 2x 18350.
    Beautiful beam, and the entire body is the heatsink. A very smart design. I personally love the performance of this host.
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    If you have respect for sheer power, you do need to explore a high power laser. I use /build them every day, and I'm still blown away when I see a beam hit the clouds, or scorch a box 15ft away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmack View Post
    If you have respect for sheer power, you do need to explore a high power laser. I use /build them every day, and I'm still blown away when I see a beam hit the clouds, or scorch a box 15ft away.

    Massive respect.

    Tell me about them.


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    You have different wavelength that hit the visual spectrum. The brightest lasers fall in the middle around 550nm which is in the green range. So a green 532nm is the brightest per strength. Now brightness and power are totally different. A 445nm is blue and further from the middle of the spectrum, so it's not as bright as a 532nm of the same strength. But, 445nm can be built in the thousands of mw, making it the best for burning.
    The 445nm diode is also what's called a mutimode diode. Meaning it's output is from a series of lines producing the photons. This results in a rectangular beam that will diverge, or expand faster than a single mode diode ( round tight dot). All this means, the greens are for distance, and the blues are for extreme power, and mid range.
    The 405nm (violet) being even further from the middle of the spectrum, is even dimmer, but it does burn well, while keeping a nice round dot because of its single mode characteristics. However this diode can only be had at 1000mw (1w) so the 3000mw(3w) 445nm (blue) still reigns supreme for sheer power.
    On the other end of the spectrum is 638m(light red). This is further away from 532nm making it not as bright, and it's a multimode diode, giving it the rectangular dot, and this wavelength has a very poor divergence.
    The most common wavelength is definitely the 445nm in the custom world. It's beautiful beam, is massively bright and stretches into the sky like a huge light saber, and at a range of about 15ft it capable of serous burning.
    It's also capable of serous damage to your eyes if not careful.
    I could go on forever here lol.
    This is just the tip of the iceberg. But anything you'd like to know I'll be happy to answer to the best of my ability
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    While burning is a cool feature about these, the real beauty is in the beam. At the right power, the beam is so defined, and bright. It's just astonishing the beauty of a pure wavelength that is piercing the sky. The color and brilliance is stunning.
    I guarantee your jaw will drop the first time you click on a real laser and see the beam in a fully lit room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmack View Post
    While burning is a cool feature about these, the real beauty is in the beam. At the right power, the beam is so defined, and bright. It's just astonishing the beauty of a pure wavelength that is piercing the sky. The color and brilliance is stunning.
    I guarantee your jaw will drop the first time you click on a real laser and see the beam in a fully lit room.
    I believe you. If the beam hits a window, can it reflect back and blind you, etc?

    and

    What do these things COST?


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    A window will bounce back a percentage of the beam that could potentially do damage yes. You learn to be very careful with your surroundings.
    You definitely need to give them the proper respect. Eye protection is highly recommended for up close use. But just viewing the beam, or star pointing, just be aware of dangerous practices, and you'll save those eyes.
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    A fully built maglite with the best lens possible is $350 for a 3w maglite build.

    An envy is about 300 ready to go.



    I can build some flashlight host for a bit cheaper, but the performance suffers.

    Fully custom hosts like a anodized zaser of course will cost more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmack View Post
    A window will bounce back a percentage of the beam that could potentially do damage yes. You learn to be very careful with your surroundings.
    You definitely need to give them the proper respect. Eye protection is highly recommended for up close use. But just viewing the beam, or star pointing, just be aware of dangerous practices, and you'll save those eyes.
    I figured. I do a lot of work with other wavelengths (UV, etc) so I have a lot of respect for eye damage, and am pretty much paranoid about my environment when operating things that can ricochet in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmack View Post
    A fully built maglite with the best lens possible is $350 for a 3w maglite build.

    A custom host can run more or less depending on host price.
    The ms envy is about $300 ready to go.

    I can build some flashlight host for a bit cheaper, but the performance suffers.

    Fully custom hosts like a anodized zaser of course will cost more.
    A pocket sized version, with function as priority one, rather than form....I suppose like your MS Envy, would be about the least expensive w/o compromising performance?

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    Yes sir. The ms envy has exceptional performance..
    Most small hosts just have the heatsink in the head. The envy uses the entire host as a huge heatsink. Very thick sidewall for great runtime. I can get almost the same runtime as a MUCH larger host.
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    Hmmm, you sold me on the 445 nm wavelength and the envy....

    Yours is 2.6 watt....is there a reason it could not be 3 watt or 5 watt, etc? What are the limiting factors? (Cells/amp draw? Heat dissipation?) HOW powerful can that go? (In that host)

    How much of a difference would there be between say 2.6 w and 3.0 w in use?

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    It can go 3.5w but that's effecting the diode life at 2.5a
    I drive mine at 2.4a for around 3w depending on diode efficiency (some are better than others) the ms envy I have now is driven at 2.2a and I'm getting 2.6w which is the best of all world's. You will not notice a couple hundred mw at that power.
    The best setup is a 9mm diode at 2.4a. Tons of power, without sacrificing the life of the diode, or the runtime.
    3min is a long time to run a high power laser, and the envy does that fine. A laser us not like a flashlight. If it's hot, your running it too long. I recommend 2-3 min on a envy or until it's too warm. A host that size normally only a min is recommended, but the envy is that good.
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    I can make it 6w with the new $500 9mm diode. But that would be a very short runtime, and a bunch of cash
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