Author Topic: Vishay TSAL6200 - Can it be used  (Read 10776 times)

Offline Skyes

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on: February 20, 2009, 08:28:04 AM
Dear experts,

I was not able to find the TSAL6400 in Germany. Also no OSRAM (even though they are german :D ). So I ended up with a shop offering the TSAL6200. Can it be used to make a pen? I know the angle is smaller than the 6400... But are there experiences?

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Reply #1 on: February 20, 2009, 01:34:16 PM
Skyes
It will work but will have poor tracking, very narrow ray of intensity. Or buy online at farnell germany: http://de.farnell.com/vishay/tsal6400/ir-emitter-5mm-940nm/dp/3152868.

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Reply #2 on: February 20, 2009, 05:07:43 PM
Hi Ben,

how did you find this address? ??? I just ordered there, thanks!

Have a nice weekend,
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Reply #3 on: February 20, 2009, 06:21:24 PM
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Farnell is an international company (I buy from them here is Aus), I just went to their german site, typed in Vishay TSAL6400 and found the right picture.

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Reply #4 on: February 20, 2009, 06:24:02 PM
Dear experts,

I was not able to find the TSAL6400 in Germany. Also no OSRAM (even though they are german :D ). So I ended up with a shop offering the TSAL6200. Can it be used to make a pen? I know the angle is smaller than the 6400... But are there experiences?

Skyes

I agree with Ben.  You will have poor tracking on the 6200s.  I have ordered online for 6400s from mouser.com.  Shipping to the Philippines is a bit pricey ( 40USD ), but I ordered a bunch to make it available locally.  Buying a lot compensates for the pricey shipment because you will get it cheaper that way.  What I suggest is you buy in the 100s and introduce the project to your community.  You can supply hobbyists in your area so that you can recoup your investment, at the same time, make the part readily available to them without them having to go through the hassle of ordering online.  Mouser uses FedEx, so you can track where you package is at any time.



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Reply #5 on: February 21, 2009, 03:09:55 AM
Hi broorb,

with the links from benpaddlejones it was easy to order - they charged my 8 EUR for shipping and 0,18 EUR for the LEDs. I just ordered 10 TSAL6400 and 5 TSAL5300 and it was 13,- EUR altogether. You need to run a company though to order there.

But in your situation it is a good idea to order a bunch of those and distribute it to the community. I will report when my pen is ready...

Skyes



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Reply #6 on: March 01, 2009, 01:09:29 AM
Dear experts,

finally I've built my 1st working pen (2nd pen is about to be ready this weekend). I have to say that the TSAL6400 work excellent. I've ordered also some TSAL5300 and will use one for the 2nd pen. :D

One more question: The pen I've made is using an AAA battery (1.5V) without resistor. Any ideas how long the battery will last? I searched the forum but couldn't find any pros/cons whether to have 2x1.5V plus resistor or just one (well, I might set up the pen to work with 2 1.5V batteries in parallel which should double the runtime...)

Skyes



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Reply #7 on: March 01, 2009, 05:18:06 AM
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You will find some discussion on this in my 101 electronics post from memory. There is no straight answer, depends on battery type (alkaline, NiMh, NiCad, Lithium, copper etc) and how you use it. You could run a straight drain test but this is not relivant to actual use.

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Reply #8 on: March 01, 2009, 05:22:39 AM
Hi Ben,

my pens are complete now, one 1xAAA one 2xAAA in parallel (saves a resistor). Both work very nice (I compared to the old IR LED - it's like comparing day and night).

From your answer I got that I should not be worried that the battery will survive a couple of days of presentation (with an overall "ON" time of maybe 30mins).

Skyes



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Reply #9 on: March 12, 2009, 03:02:25 AM
Dear experts,

I was not able to find the TSAL6400 in Germany. Also no OSRAM (even though they are german :D ). So I ended up with a shop offering the TSAL6200. Can it be used to make a pen? I know the angle is smaller than the 6400... But are there experiences?

Skyes

Hello,
I am in Mongolia and could only find tsal6200 LEDs and made a couple pens with them. I borrowed a wiimote from one of my students and got it to work just fine with the TSAL6200. I then decided to order a wiimote for myself and found them on sale through ebay based in Hong Kong... they assured me that they were genuine Nintendo remotes.

So I got the remote and hooked it up but now the pen doesn't see the LED pen until it is virtually pointing at the remote. So it is basically useless at this point. The other remote worked perfectly and is from a wii console that has all the menus in Japanese... so it must be original!

Is this what you mean by "trouble tracking"??/ It barely sees it at all. I am using smoothboard and have the sensitivity at maximum... a very dark room. Could the IR camera on this new remote be THAT different?? I don't have any TSAL6400 LEDs to even try.

Does anyone have any ideas??

Darren



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Reply #10 on: March 12, 2009, 05:00:05 AM
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Yep, you've got a fack Wiimote!

Sadly due to the demand for Wii hardware a number of faux have hit the market.

Your not alone I got duped last week too!

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