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Old 10-23-2010, 07:33 AM #1
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Default im new and looking for my first laser (above 5mW)

hey, i have a newbie question to ask before i get started..

but, if i buy a a too powerful of a laser (above 5mW). from an out of country source..

wouldnt it be confiscated before entering the US?.. or are there conditions to whether or not it does?..


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Default Re: im new and looking for my first laser (above 5mW)

From what Ive read it can be a crap shoot. Most make it through but some websites have problems with being seized (wicked lasers for one). If you say order from o-like you can get the tail cap and batteries shipped separately so it wont be seized.
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oh okay, so laser parts are good-to-go as long as the laser is still inoperable?.. okay thanks, because i was worried about maybe a 40mW laser being seized.. not necessarily a 100-200mW wlaser.. so that wouldve been disappointing.. thanks for letting me know
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Default Re: im new and looking for my first laser (above 5mW)

Yeah anything sub 100mw should make it through no problem. If your looking at something with that power check out this thread in the reviews area Ebay $9 blu-ray pens: GREAT! You can get a "5mw" laser that is averaging 40-60mw. There is a good link on one of the last pages to a person who ships from califonia, they have 405nm (violet) and I believe green as well. Its a great begining laser, and the blue ones if focused (gotta rip off the top cap, takes a TON of force) can burn stuff. Mine will cut electrical tape slowly and light a match in 5 secs with fresh batteries. I suggest getting a green for the wow factor of seeing the beam and the overall brightness of the dot.

Also welcome to the forums, lasers can be quite addicting. Started with a 5mw green about 7 years ago and finally have gotten a 30mw green (more like 50-60mw) have a 5mw 405nm (more like 40-60mw) and have a 200mw red on the way.
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Default Re: im new and looking for my first laser (above 5mW)

wow, thanks for the help! just bought two violet "5mw" lasers from the ebay link (5mw Blue Violet Purple Laser Pointer Fast USA Shipping - eBay (item 110526896347 end time Oct-28-10 02:02:34 PDT)).

and now im curious to see where i can buy the "meters" in order to measure the actual outputs of lasers. what are they called and how much do they usually go for?

Thanks Again.
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Default Re: im new and looking for my first laser (above 5mW)

Well the cheapest way would be this: Simple Laser Power Meter Using IR Thermometer

Another choice is this for Introducing Radiant Electronics and the Radiant Alpha Power Meter

Meters typically run into the hundreds of dollars. Theres one around here that simply plugs into a multimeter for around 60 or so but Im having trouble finding it at the moment. Most people hold off on getting a meter until they have a collection of more powerful lasers (and the extra loot too). One real popular one is a "Laserbee" which goes for 2-300 from what Ive seen. There are also members on the forum that would be willing to test a lasers output for you but the whole mailing thing is kinda a pain in the arse.

EDIT: Here is the cheaper one I was thinking of: http://laserpointerforums.com/f64/fs...unt-46575.html
Only thing is, you need at least one rep point. So once you get your lasers write up a detailed review on em and someone might give ya a point :P. I plan on grabbing one once I have more than 3-4 lasers.

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hey, i have a newbie question to ask before i get started..

but, if i buy a a too powerful of a laser (above 5mW). from an out of country source..

wouldnt it be confiscated before entering the US?.. or are there conditions to whether or not it does?..
Well if all your questions haven't been answered; buy from O-like, they have the best quality, customer service, and products for the price. Their products make it through customs too. But the best place to buy 5mW pointers is definitely eBay as you already found out. But I would definitely say go to O-like if you want something over 5mW for the best price.
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