ELECTRONICS: Opto Components

The opto category includes marker eye systems and related hardware. Opto-electronic items come in a wide variety of characteristics, but those used in paintball markers seem fairly standard between platforms. Below are a few generic components that can be used in many different applications.

Note: soldering skills are required for virtually everything sold on this page. These eye elements ship bare and do not have wires attached. You will need to do this on your own!

3-mm Beam-Break Eye Elements:

Eyes of this type are used in the following markers:
AKALMP Viking and Excalibur
Dye DM3, Dye DM4/5/C
Proto Matrices (all years)
non-UL Proto SLG
non-UL Proto Rail
Diablo Wrath
ICD Freestyle Pro
System-X NME
Smart Parts Ion
Bob Long Defiant and Intimidator
Tippmann Crossover
Vanguard Creed and Demon
some aftermarket Angel board modifications
others

3-mm infrared emitter LED
$0.99 each
3-mm infrared emitter LED
3-mm infrared emitter LED
One pair of emitter/detector lenses that are invisible to the naked eye. The detector eye is black in appearance because it has a filter to prevent visible light from entering, thus it will only work with an infrared emitter eye.
Price includes one emitter and one detector. Eyes ship as shown, without wires attached.
Datasheet

3-mm infrared detector eye
$0.99 each
3-mm infrared detector eye
3-mm infrared detector
One pair of emitter/detector lenses that are invisible to the naked eye. The detector eye is black in appearance becuase it has a filter to prevent visible light from entering, thus it will only work with an infrared emitter eye.
Price includes one emitter and one detector. Eyes ship as shown, without wires attached.
Datasheet

3-mm superbright LED
$1.50 each
Color:
3-mm superbright LED
3-mm superbright LED
These clear-tinted "superbright" LEDs are suitable for use on most boards and markers, including LED relocations and visible/laser eye mods. These are significantly brighter in appearance compared to LEDs with colored lenses.
These 3mm LEDs require approximately 25-mA of current, which is very close to the amount of current used by surface mount LEDs and other parts. Therefore, you can probably skip installing any additional resistors.
Choose from any of the available colors. Each LED ships as shown, with bare solder leads and no wires attached.
Datasheet (this datasheet applies to the green LED, but is representative of the others too)

3-mm visible light detector eye
$0.99 each
3-mm visible light detector eye
3-mm visible light detector eye
This is a 3-mm phototransistor (detector eye) that will respond to a huge range of light; this will work with both infrared emitters as well as some visible LED emitter eyes.
Eye ships as shown, without wires attached.
Datasheet

5-mm Beam-Break Eye Elements:

These large 5mm eyes are used in the following markers:
FEP Quest
ICD Freestyle 2k7 and older
2k2-series Intimidators (Dragon/Ripper)
some other Intimidator electronics from over the years
These larger eye lenses are also useful when converting markers that have 4mm holes drilled in their breech, which are too small for typical 3mm eye components.

5-mm infrared emitter LED, 5-mm lens height
$3.99 each
5-mm infrared emitter LED, 5-mm height
5-mm infrared emitter LED, 5-mm height
Low-profile 5-mm emitter for anti-chop eye installs. This emitter is very powerful but still reasonable on batteries at the same time.
Eye ships as shown, without wires attached.
Datasheet

5-mm infrared emitter LED, 4-mm lens height
$3.99 each
5-mm infrared emitter LED, 4-mm height
5-mm infrared emitter LED, 4-mm height
Low-profile 5-mm emitter for anti-chop eye installs. This emitter is very powerful but still reasonable on batteries at the same time.
Eye ships as shown, without wires attached.
Datasheet

5-mm visible light detector eye
$2.99 each
5-mm visible light detector eye
5-mm visible light detector eye
This is a 5-mm "can-shaped" visible light detector, suitable for many eye installs. This detector will work with both infrared and visible LED emitter eyes. This particular style phototransistor has three terminals for soldering (emitter, base, and collector), but most paintball circuit boards ignore the middle "base" terminal, so it can be simply removed.
Eye ships as shown, without wires attached.
Datasheet

Side-looker Beam-Break Eye Elements:

These unique eye components are used on the following markers:
Dye DM6 and newer
Eclipse Egos and Geos (all years)
DLX Luxe
Smart Parts 09 Impulse
JT Impulse
J4 Torque
Empire Mini and Axe
BT TM7 and TM15

Side-looker infrared emitter LED
$1.29 each
Side-looker infrared emitter LED
Side-looker infrared emitter LED
Eye ships as shown, without wires attached.
Datasheet

Side-looker visible detector eye
$1.99 each
Side-looker visible detector eye
Side-looker visible detector eye
Eye ships as shown, without wires attached.
Datasheet

Reflective Eye Elements:

3x6-mm reflective eye
$3.99 each
3x6-mm reflective eye
3x6-mm reflective eye
After experimenting with different reflective eyes, I have found this to be the perfect eye to function with a Morlock board. It features a rectangular-shaped, measuring 3-mm wide by 6-mm tall, with a depth of 4.6-mm. It will "detect" objects as far as 2-3 millimeters away if the object is bright and smooth enough (this is for most "digital" eye boards).
Reflective eye ships as shown, without wires attached.
Datasheet


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