Handheld Laser Source
- 635 nm Typical Center Wavelength
- Ideal as a Portable Alignment Laser
- 3 Selectable Power Levels
- Internal NiMH Rechargeable Battery
Handheld Laser Source
with Fiber and FiberPort
- Output Wavelength: 635 nm (Typical)
- FC/PC Fiber Connector
- Selectable Low (~1 mW), High (≥2.5 mW), and Pulse (≥2.5 mW at 2 Hz, 50% Duty Cycle) Output Power Levels
- Universal Power Supply Included
- Red Rubber Cover Boot with Kickstand
- Compact Design for Easy Handling: 5.33" x 2.74" x 0.94"
This compact, handheld fiber-coupled laser source is intended to be used as a portable alignment laser. The laser output of the HLS635 may be set in 3 modes: low power (~1 mW), high power (≥2.5 mW), and a pulse mode that switches the laser from high power to off at 2 Hz. The selected mode is indicated by indicator lights on the front panel of the HLS635. The output is FC/PC coupled using the standard SM600 single mode fiber pigtail, which provides true single mode output at 635 nm. The unit includes an internal 3.6 V NiMH rechargeable battery and charger. A removable red rubber cover boot with a kickstand is also included.
The universal DC power supply will work with line voltages between 100 and 240 VAC from 50 to 60 Hz. To charge this device, the HLS635 must not be lasing and be within the battery charge temperature range (see the Specs tab). Additionally, Thorlabs also offers other Fiber-Coupled Laser Sources.
Note: The laser must be off when connecting or disconnecting fibers from the device.
|Center Wavelength (Min / Typical / Max)
|625 nm / 635 nm / 640 nm
|Low, High, Pulse
|CW Output Power (High/Low)
|>2.5 mW/1 mW
|Pulsed Output Power (High/Low)
|>2.5 mW/~0 mW
|2 Hz, 50% Duty Cycle
|DC Input Voltage
|9 VDC, 2 A (9.2 VDC Max)
|NiMH, 3.6 V
|12 Hours Max (In High Power Mode)
~45 Days (On Standby)
|Battery Temperature Limits
|-20 to 60 °C
|Maximum Charge Time
|Battery Charge Temperature Range
|10 to 38 °C
|5.33" x 2.74" x 0.94"
(135.4 mm x 69.6 mm x 24 mm)
|HLS635 Power Supply
|AC Adapter Input
|100 - 240 VAC, 0.48 A, 50 - 60 Hz
|9 VDC, 2.2 A
Laser Safety and Classification
Safe practices and proper usage of safety equipment should be taken into consideration when operating lasers. The eye is susceptible to injury, even from very low levels of laser light. Thorlabs offers a range of laser safety accessories that can be used to reduce the risk of accidents or injuries. Laser emission in the visible and near infrared spectral ranges has the greatest potential for retinal injury, as the cornea and lens are transparent to those wavelengths, and the lens can focus the laser energy onto the retina.
Safe Practices and Light Safety Accessories
- Laser safety eyewear must be worn whenever working with Class 3 or 4 lasers.
- Regardless of laser class, Thorlabs recommends the use of laser safety eyewear whenever working with laser beams with non-negligible powers, since metallic tools such as screwdrivers can accidentally redirect a beam.
- Laser goggles designed for specific wavelengths should be clearly available near laser setups to protect the wearer from unintentional laser reflections.
- Goggles are marked with the wavelength range over which protection is afforded and the minimum optical density within that range.
- Laser Safety Curtains and Laser Safety Fabric shield other parts of the lab from high energy lasers.
- Blackout Materials can prevent direct or reflected light from leaving the experimental setup area.
- Thorlabs' Enclosure Systems can be used to contain optical setups to isolate or minimize laser hazards.
- A fiber-pigtailed laser should always be turned off before connecting it to or disconnecting it from another fiber, especially when the laser is at power levels above 10 mW.
- All beams should be terminated at the edge of the table, and laboratory doors should be closed whenever a laser is in use.
- Do not place laser beams at eye level.
- Carry out experiments on an optical table such that all laser beams travel horizontally.
- Remove unnecessary reflective items such as reflective jewelry (e.g., rings, watches, etc.) while working near the beam path.
- Be aware that lenses and other optical devices may reflect a portion of the incident beam from the front or rear surface.
- Operate a laser at the minimum power necessary for any operation.
- If possible, reduce the output power of a laser during alignment procedures.
- Use beam shutters and filters to reduce the beam power.
- Post appropriate warning signs or labels near laser setups or rooms.
- Use a laser sign with a lightbox if operating Class 3R or 4 lasers (i.e., lasers requiring the use of a safety interlock).
- Do not use Laser Viewing Cards in place of a proper Beam Trap.
Lasers are categorized into different classes according to their ability to cause eye and other damage. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies. The IEC document 60825-1 outlines the safety of laser products. A description of each class of laser is given below:
|This class of laser is safe under all conditions of normal use, including use with optical instruments for intrabeam viewing. Lasers in this class do not emit radiation at levels that may cause injury during normal operation, and therefore the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) cannot be exceeded. Class 1 lasers can also include enclosed, high-power lasers where exposure to the radiation is not possible without opening or shutting down the laser.
|Class 1M lasers are safe except when used in conjunction with optical components such as telescopes and microscopes. Lasers belonging to this class emit large-diameter or divergent beams, and the MPE cannot normally be exceeded unless focusing or imaging optics are used to narrow the beam. However, if the beam is refocused, the hazard may be increased and the class may be changed accordingly.
|Class 2 lasers, which are limited to 1 mW of visible continuous-wave radiation, are safe because the blink reflex will limit the exposure in the eye to 0.25 seconds. This category only applies to visible radiation (400 - 700 nm).
|Because of the blink reflex, this class of laser is classified as safe as long as the beam is not viewed through optical instruments. This laser class also applies to larger-diameter or diverging laser beams.
|Class 3R lasers produce visible and invisible light that is hazardous under direct and specular-reflection viewing conditions. Eye injuries may occur if you directly view the beam, especially when using optical instruments. Lasers in this class are considered safe as long as they are handled with restricted beam viewing. The MPE can be exceeded with this class of laser; however, this presents a low risk level to injury. Visible, continuous-wave lasers in this class are limited to 5 mW of output power.
|Class 3B lasers are hazardous to the eye if exposed directly. Diffuse reflections are usually not harmful, but may be when using higher-power Class 3B lasers. Safe handling of devices in this class includes wearing protective eyewear where direct viewing of the laser beam may occur. Lasers of this class must be equipped with a key switch and a safety interlock; moreover, laser safety signs should be used, such that the laser cannot be used without the safety light turning on. Laser products with power output near the upper range of Class 3B may also cause skin burns.
|This class of laser may cause damage to the skin, and also to the eye, even from the viewing of diffuse reflections. These hazards may also apply to indirect or non-specular reflections of the beam, even from apparently matte surfaces. Great care must be taken when handling these lasers. They also represent a fire risk, because they may ignite combustible material. Class 4 lasers must be equipped with a key switch and a safety interlock.
|All class 2 lasers (and higher) must display, in addition to the corresponding sign above, this triangular warning sign.