The folks over at SKYlaser Laser Pointers sent me a 125mW powerful green laser to review. So that's what I did. And let me tell you: there was plenty of pews to be had. That picture I actually made writing with the laser on an 8-foot privacy fence, I just edited the pic of the unit in. Now hit the jump for the pew pew review.
Lasers, provided they're not being wielded by robots, are fundamentally awesome. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on something more powerful than a 1mW red laser pointer. I got the 125mW green model, and let me tell you -- ZOMG. You just can't believe how awesome a powerful laser is until you're playing with one. And by playing with I mean lasers are not a toy. Not for kids anyway. They're an adult toy. Just not as big and floppy as the one on your nightstand.
Things I did:
- burned through electrical tape
- etched one of my leather sandals
- made my skin tingle
- made other people's skin tingle
- burnt a black trash bag
- pretended it was a lightsaber
- Lasik eye surgeried my brother
- pew pew pew'ed!
By far the awesomest thing to do is just swing the beam around in the sky at night (NOT AT AIRPLANES). I tried to get some pictures (none of them turned out) BUT THE BEAM LOOKS LIKE IT GOES OFF TO INFINITY. You actually see the whole beam too. It's amazing. I know several people that read Geekologie got to play with it too so feel free to chime in if you want. I can't express how cool it feels to hold. It really is like a giant green
penis lightsaber. Back me up here, guys.
This is obviously Photoshopped, but it's not far from the truth (at least not with the 125mW).
The laser itself:
Wavelength 532 nm (Green)
Dimensions 13mm x 171mm
Beam Diameter < 1.2 mm
Duty Cycle 100 seconds on, 30 seconds off
Power Source 2 x AAA batteries (not included)
Operating Temperature 0C ~ 40C
Battery Lifetime 45 min
Expected Diode Lifetime >5000 hours
Warranty 6 months
One of the cool things about this particular model is the adjustable strength beam. It can be set on high power (for serious pews, this is the only setting I used after making sure low worked) or low power (for use as presentation laser pointer, etc) with the turn of a key that inserts into the rear of the unit.
Laser in the smoke of a fire. Suck it, cavemen, you don't know what you were missing!
I could go on and on about how fun a laser is. It's one of those things that you don't know how you lived without once you actually have one. I seriously refer to my life now in terms of pre and post-laser. Now the unit I got is on special now for $200, and I know, that's expensive. But you really do need a laser in your life. So I emailed my contact at the company to see if the lower powered lasers were equally as fun at night. Per his response:
Yes, the weaker models do emit a visible laser beam, however, it will not be as bright as the 125mW green laser pointer. The 5mW green laser pointer emits only a faintly visible beam, while it can be seen at night, it is quite dim. Starting at 15mW, the laser beam becomes quite clear and as you increase in power, the brightness also increases.Bottom line: go get a powerful laser. Look around, do your research, figure out what you want/can afford, and then start pewing. You owe it to yourself. And remember: when the robots rise, will you be able to burn their eyes out?
SAFETY NOTICE: DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE LASER OR AT THE DOT IF IT IS ANYWHERE NEAR YOU OR ON A REFLECTIVE SURFACE. LASER SAFETY GOGGLES ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. GEEKOLOGIE IS IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR BLINDNESS OR SEVERED LIMBS. USE LASER WITH GOOD JUDGMENT (NO POINTING AT AIRPLANES, DRIVERS, ROOMMATES, STRANGERS OR PETS). DON'T BE A JACKASS, AND HAVE FUN.