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Old 01-13-2012, 07:55 PM #1
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Thumbs up Lazerer 1W 445 Rifle

Over Christmas, I had a relative approach me and ask, "Hey, you know about lasers and stuff, right?" I nodded a quiet yes, and subsequently had a credit card in my hand with the instructions "I want a blue one. Make it burn stuff. Oh, and can it look like a lightsaber?"

Well, the last part made it easy. I hit up Lazerer and chose the Rifle 1 Watt, no special anything. Not having access to an LPM, I ordered their power certification for the value of having. I placed my order on December 24th, for $171 all together.

Here we are, January 13th, and I've got the laser! It spent a damn long time in a customs office, so I was worried, but hey! The laser gods smiled upon me!

I tore open the package, and was elated that my new...

Green Laser Pointer was here... This better be a mistake. Or just lazyness. At any rate, I popped open the box and found that everything was just kinda rammed wherever it fit. Somehow, it all does fit in one box. It took me a few minutes to get it all in there, but it does fit.

Note to self: get new case.

Inside, you can see that the diode appears to be glued in place, then wrapped with foam of some kind. I poked it a few times, and it seems to be set in there decently, so I won't bother with it.


A problem I DO have, however, is how poorly the batteries fit. It's like this host is designed for some other kind entirely! It's supposed to use 16340's, but my 18350's fit much better. Of course, that's ~800mAh extra current, so I didn't actually try using it. You can see (somewhat) what I mean:


Once I stopped dicking around and put it all together, I placed it on my mat (as usual, with a 1" grid) and really started to appreciate the host. It's very lightsaber-y, feels solid, and is a nice size in your hand.



The beam it self is... stunning. For those of you who have never seen a 1 watt 445 beam in person... pictures can not do it justice. But, beamshots are ***y, so here's two:

In a well-lit room, still flaring heavily in the camera lens.


A darkened room, the beam is just beautiful.

I mentioned that I got their "Power Certificate" out of curiosity, and it is only QUESTIONABLY worth the $5 they tack on for it. But, if it's accurate, and I don't see why they'd just make these up, this particular laser has a peak of 1002mw after a warm up of 25 seconds from cold.



As a conclusionary thought, I'm pretty depressed that I have to let this thing end up with someone else, and I might just be getting one for myself in the future.

Here's an album with all the pictures.


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Nice pics, I don't see any mention of protection goggles though. There are protection goggles, right?
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That isn't the diode that is glued in place, it is the spring contact for the module. I'm sure the rest of the internals are nice and secure.
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Nice pics, I don't see any mention of protection goggles though. There are protection goggles, right?
Yes, it did come with some orange-tinted goggles. Forgot to mention them, but I suppose it would have been a good thing to note!


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That isn't the diode that is glued in place, it is the spring contact for the module. I'm sure the rest of the internals are nice and secure.
I did say diode. Crap. Well, you're right!
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Yes, it did come with some orange-tinted goggles. Forgot to mention them, but I suppose it would have been a good thing to note!
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have you looked at the dot without the goggles? not that you should or anything
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have you looked at the dot without the goggles? not that you should or anything
Only from a moderate distance, or outside. Unfortunately, I've already delivered this to its new owner, so I can't get a picture, but the dot was quite clean, with a slight rectangular artifact off to the side if you were looking for it. I think I was pretty lucky with it.
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