Soldering to Laser Diodes

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Soldering a Laser Diode is a easy way to kill it!

  • The diode is very fragile.
  • Don't bend the pins, subject the diode to shock or static electricity.
  • Make sure to use a heatsink when soldering and use very thin wire for the connections.
  • Use very fine wire as the stiffness of the wire can bend a pin and break an internal wire.
  • Keep the leads from the driver to the diode short.
  • Shield as much of the wire as possible.