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Default Planning on buying my first ~$100 laser - looking for guidance

As you can see, my list below all fall in my $100 budget. I've seen the most reviews of the 400mW blue and saw people with LPM's measure it at ~380mW so I am quite ready to purchase it.

What I want in a laser:
- visible beam in daylight, but if not, night is fine
- able to light matches
- pop balloons from a far
- burn paper
- quality manufacturer

$62.99, 100mW green
Silver chrome green laser 100mW/good finish [OLSGL100] - $62.99 : Welcome to O-Like.com, Your source for laser products

$92.00, 150mW green
Silver chrome green laser 150mW/good finish [OLSGL150] - $92.00 : Welcome to O-Like.com, Your source for laser products

$102.99, 400mW blue
400mW blu-ray 405nm laser torch /adjustable/waterproof [OL-405T-400] - $102.99 : Welcome to O-Like.com, Your source for laser products

Now, for my needs, 150mW green seems to fit, but for about $10 more, I get a 400mW blue.

I have received some recommendations from the user Prototype, who directed me to O-Like after I said that I would like something similar to the E3 series on Wicked Laser (who I have since found out are not a great seller).

Thanks again and I welcome multiple users to post and even give me alternative websites that they or others can vouch for.

PS> Sorry if this thread is similar to my previous one, but this is a narrowed down version with a new title.



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Default Re: Planning on buying my first ~$100 laser - looking for guidance

If you want to see the beam, you should get 532nm (green). You will have a hard time seeing even a 400mW 405nm beam as bluray is at the edge of the UV part of the spectrum that we can see.

If you want a good burning laser, you probably want to get something with adjustable focus and a large heat-sink.
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150mW transformable green laser/adjustable [OLV6100] - $100.00 : Welcome to O-Like.com, Your source for laser products
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I would recommend this laser it is good for burning and it is 200mw
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