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Hardware Support => IR Pens => Topic started by: lanthus20 on July 02, 2009, 05:01:40 PM

Title: [Solved] Help! How can i make? I have just IR. [Solved] (with picture of pen)
Post by: lanthus20 on July 02, 2009, 05:01:40 PM
Hey I cant get my light pen to work. I bought an infrared light and now am trying to make a pen. I dont have any experience with wiring or anything, but I thought it looked simple enough. Can somebody post a complete explanation of how to do this?

i now have my pen working, heres some photos of it. Its not anything too good but it works fine and is very comfortable. The battery compartment actually doesnt get in the way at all!

(http://i43.tinypic.com/30wtv0o.jpg)
(http://i40.tinypic.com/1249ggj.jpg)
(http://i43.tinypic.com/2vlscpk.jpg)
(http://i40.tinypic.com/2i9lczm.jpg)
Title: Re: Help! How can i make? I have just IR.
Post by: benpaddlejones on July 02, 2009, 07:38:17 PM
lanthus20
It will be easier if you post link to your IR-Light so we know what you are starting with.

benpaddlejones :)
Title: Re: Help! How can i make? I have just IR.
Post by: lanthus20 on July 03, 2009, 12:54:04 AM
lanthus20
It will be easier if you post link to your IR-Light so we know what you are starting with.

benpaddlejones :)

ok i bought it at my local The Source store. I found it (i think) on their website. Heres the link: http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=Misc_Parts&product=2760142
Title: Re: Help! How can i make? I have just IR.
Post by: katutxakur on July 03, 2009, 04:49:22 AM
You could follow this diagram: http://www.terracode.com/IR_Pen/images/IR_pen_parts.JPG

The long leg of the LED is the positive one.

The best IR LED is Vishay TSAL6400, I had poor results with others.
Title: Re: Help! How can i make? I have just IR.
Post by: lanthus20 on July 03, 2009, 02:43:29 PM
ok thanks. Ill be going to the store to get more parts i guess!

edit: heres the pieces i want. Will they work?

Switch
http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=Switches+Switches&product=2751547

Battery Holder
http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=BatteryAccessories&product=2700401
Title: Re: Help! How can i make? I have just IR.
Post by: katutxakur on July 03, 2009, 03:34:57 PM
Hi,

The switch is OK because it is a "normally open" switch.

That battery holder is for AA battery, I use a single AAA battery (1,5v or 1,2v if it is rechargable, doesn't matter). I think most people use AAA batteries, but that's depending the space you have in your pen.
Title: Re: Help! How can i make? I have just IR.
Post by: lanthus20 on July 03, 2009, 03:41:39 PM
ok thanks. Ill see whats there!
Title: Re: Help! How can i make? I have just IR.
Post by: lanthus20 on July 03, 2009, 05:48:48 PM
It works! Thanks very much!!