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Old 04-09-2010, 09:06 AM #1
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Hey All,
My name is dave and i have just started learning about lasers.
My only experience with lasers is one i had as a kid.
I'm looking to buy my first high powered laser but i don't want to spend big money on one. I would also like to be able to modify it at some point and increase the strength/change colour etc.
If anyone can reccomend a good CHEAP site then i would much appreciate it.
I am looking at the focal price 100mW 650nm Red Laser Pointer (Black) sku:LP215B and also chinavasion.com Ultra Power 200mW Green Laser Pointer + LED Torch Light.
If anyone has had any experience with any of these could you please comment on quality etc.
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Davey, Recently there's been some talk of a decent ~50mW laser on focalprice.com for about $14; (Note, usually Focalprice isn't very good but this is one of those rare situations...) I can show you that link (or you can search for it) -- Or you can look at o-like.com, a very well rated vendor around here.

But, just before going forward; You are aware of the dangers involved in high powered lasers, right?
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808nm:OLIKE 200mW ∙ JETL PLC 600mW(682pk)
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685nm:18650 47mW
671nm:PGL3M 281mW DPSS ∙ PGL3C 278mW
655nm:LOC 254mW ∙ OLIKE 221mW ∙ Yob 320mW
638nm:Sanyo 40mW ∙ HL63133 200mW ∙ PGL3C 463mWpk ∙ ML520 700mW
633nm:JDS1145 HeNe 28mW ∙ JDS1145 HeNe 26mW
612nm:MG 05LOR151 HeNe 3mW ∙ REO LSTP 3mW
609nm:REO LHOR 1mW
604nm:REO LSTP 2mW
594nm:Rigel 3mW ∙ LG PGL3C 15mWpk ∙ Lasos 7512 3mW ∙ CNI MGL3 58mWpk
589nm:CNI PGL3C 106mW ∙ CNI PGL3C 85mW
561nm:CNI PGL3C 30mW(41pk)
556nm:CNI PGL3C 20mW(22pk)
544nm:JDS1675P HeNe 2mW ∙ REO LHGR 2mW ∙ Lasos 7786 2mW
532nm:PGL3C 150mW(180pk) ∙ PGL3C 578mWpk ∙ PLC 440mWpk
515nm:JDS 221420GL ArI 30mW
510nm:52mW DG#2 ∙ 50mW 26650 DG
488nm:Nlx DPSS 7mW ∙ JDS 2214 ArI 40mW ∙ JDS FCD488 DPSS 25mW
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473nm:PGL3A 45mW(80pk) ∙ PGL3C 110mWpk ∙ PGL3C 95mWpk ∙ RPLB-25 60mWpk
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458nm:JDS 2214VL ArI 8mW ∙ JDS 2214VL ArI 12mW ∙ RHD Diode 1.7W
452nm:Osram SM 47mW
445nm:Yob 1410mW ∙ Polaris 156mW ∙ PGL3C 1200mW ∙ DTR-EHG 32650 2136mW
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Hey davey696 and welcome to LPF!

I'm in the UK too!

There are plenty of reviews in the aptly named, 'Reviews', section that may cover those specific models. Also look in the, 'Companies', section, (I think I remember seeing a chinavision thread recently). As HIMNL9 mentions, you should also be including safety googles in your budget as you will NEED them for those power lasers.

The cheapest way to go is often to build your own so if you're looking for parts then there are plenty of people available to help on the site, myself included.

Do some, "searching", and have a good read of other info too. (Apparently a google search can be quite an efficient way to find things on this site.) It might save you having to ask!

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hi,
Thanks aryntha that link would be good, I have done a fair bit of searching on google and from that have found various companies selling massively expensive lasers. I am looking to spend around 40ish on a laser/kit.
Morgan, how much would you sell me a kit for?(inc p+p) i don't know exactly what parts i'd need i know i'd need host,driver,heatsynch and diode and a power source but i don't know how to go about finding the individual bits that would work well together. I am quite a competent solderer(if that's a word lol) as i did electronics at school.
I am well aware of the dangers involved with lasers and how to/not to operate them. I have looked at the suggested sellers list, that is where i got the focal site from.
Thanks for all your replies and help so far,
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BTW, aryntha i have looked on the focal price website for the one you have mentioned and there is 3 or 4 that look exactly the same but are priced a few cents apart, if you could supply the link or exact price that would be great.
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Welcome to the forum.
Go with O-like, for 40 GBP, you almost could buy a red and green hi-power.
I have a GREAT! FP laser, but it is a crap-shoot with them.
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