I bought a K40 laser recently, only to discover today that the water cooling jacket for the output mirror of the tube has broken off. Rather annoying as this is a relatively new tube and from what I have read is not really fixable.
So I need to get a new tube, but due to supply issues I can only find 40W tubes priced at pretty ridiculous prices. However VEVOR despite not having any 40W tubes in stock, has plenty of 50W tubes at a decent price. Currently I can buy a 50W VEVOR laser tube with a VEVOR 50W PSU for less than I can find a 40W laser tube for sale for anywhere else.
Would swapping the 40W laser tube and 40W PSU that comes with the standard K40 be a straight swap for the 50W tube and 50W PSU? The terminals are exactly the same on the 50W and 40W PSUs.
From the specifications on the PSU I can see no difference other than wattage:
As for the tube I understand that the length would required an extension on the case, as well as being slightly larger in diameter (50mm vs 55mm).
Outside of this I cant see any other differences, so I was wondering if anyone else attempted this and If so am I missing anything that would need to be considered and/or upgraded in the K40 to facilitate this?
it can be done and you will have a far far more powerful machine than you would have had with the stock tube. The K40s are so cheap partly because they install low grade tubes. Tube which degrade quickly if you even get close to driving them at full power and so MANY sites recommend to run the stock K40 tube at no more than 18ma( ~30-35W ). With a good 50W tube which allows you to run at 50W power without unusual tube wear you’ll have quite a nice little desktop machine.
There are guys here who know these Laser Power Supplies(LPS) very well and can steer you through the migration.
If the machine is new, contact the seller and ask for a new tube or a partial refund.
The two water cooling rings are just glued on and you can glue them back on if they come off. Just be super careful not to get any glue on the center of the output mirror and it will probably be okay. But definitely contact the seller first. They may ask for a bunch of pictures or demand that you smash the tube.