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Can anyone recommend a good 5mw IR laser pointer to be shipped to US.

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I have no clue where to get a 5mw IR laser, you can take a normal 532nm DPSS laser pointer and remove the crystals to get IR very cheaply, if you want. However, when you ask for 5 milliwatts, now you are making it a tough job to find.
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Buy one from laserbtb. They sell 5mw pens. Hap was considering getting one a while back. No guarantees though that it will be 5mw or less.
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Why would you want a 5mw IR pointer? You cannot see the beam/dot, and it cannot burn things. I guess you could look at it through an IR camera....
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I think he wants to use it with night vision as a designator.
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Correct, using with NVGs. I want to try out something low power, and perhaps build something stronger from there. I'm worried about blooming out my goggles while using it. I had the experience of medical Personel doing their thing in the back of a helicopter using an IR light, don't know the specs of it but holy cow it was bright! Couldn't even look in that direction.
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If you just want to try out something low power why not get
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5mw seems a little low for NVG illumination.

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Exactly... He better also buy some appropriate Laser
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Exactly... He better also buy some appropriate Laser
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It all seems fun and games until you turn it on, and you can't seem the beam. I find my 800mw infrared laser terrifying, this is because even though it has a key switch and shutter (thank goodness) you still don't know what it's reflecting off of.

It is terrifying because it seems safe cause you can't see it but I rarely use it because of this.

I literally do use it without goggles on UNLESS it is in a clamp pointing at something within 6 inches and I have tested the surface with a visible laser to be matte and the light is not reflecting. I can see this with my Jakks Pacific NVG. And I never turn it on whatsoever without laser goggles.
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I use an adjustable water cooled 40 Watt IR Laser
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I see nothing wrong with high power IR lasers. With proper protection. Goggles and goggles for bystanders. I would love to have a CO2 laser but that's someday. I am much more afraid of microwaves much more as they can cook you and stuff. Xrays scare me even more. why some people want them I have no idea why.
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I see nothing wrong with high power IR lasers. With proper protection. Goggles and goggles for bystanders. I would love to have a CO2 laser but that's someday. I am much more afraid of microwaves much more as they can cook you and stuff. Xrays scare me even more. why some people want them I have no idea why.
X-rays are definitely scary! However, anything below ~355nm is pretty dangerous too and that's well into the UV spectrum. If you aren't careful with these wavelengths the chances of eye damage or burns is very real.

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Originally Posted by Euphonious Nonsense View Post
Just a follow up on the 980nm 5mW Laser Pointer....

I bought one on eBay for just under $9 USD on Jan 01/17.
It just arrived and the output was measured at 31mW with
fresh Alkaline AAAs.

Jerry
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