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Hey guys,

I am new to this site but not to the laser world ! ( actually I only have a 10mW green pointer) and I am a physicist so I know a little bit about lab laser !

here s my question: I want to buy my first burning laser at a reasonable price. from what I read on the site rayfoss seems to be very good for the quality/price, So i would go with them unless someone propose me something else.
what output power should I choose to be able to light matches and burn black plastic bad ? is 100mW enough ? because I would like it small (pointer size if possible)

Also are red pointer better at burning than green ?

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anyone willing to help ?
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Hello and welcome.

For the best price to power ratio a 200mw red would be the best option.

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ok cool,

thanks for your info I will read those link carefully !
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Yes, safety goggles are mandatory for burning or lighting matches, and you want a "focusable" laser for burning.
The 200mW 655nm (red) from o-like is many peoples first laser:
New Style red laser 200mW /adjustable [OLNRL200] - $44.99 : O-Like, Quality Products, Great Prices

Rayfoss has a 200mW that is slightly more expensive (~$5), but it is waterproof to 5 meters and also focusable:
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Welcome to the forums!

Well all the lasers are the same according to the MW but colors just make the beam brighter. For example if u compare a 200mw red and a 200mw green i believe (correct me if im wrong)that the green 1 will be brighter but they have the exact same burning ability/power
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ok, thanks
So I finally made my choice, after seeing a review, I ordered a 150mw blu-ray pointer from o-like
405nm 150mW blu-ray pen /adjustable [OLBVL150] - $95.99 : O-Like, Quality Products, Great Prices

and these pair of protective goggles,
532nm,473nm,405nm laser goggles [OLSG532] - $19.99 : O-Like, Quality Products, Great Prices

there is not a lot of info on the o-like website so I sent an email to customer service to get more detail about them, still waiting on this email ! 20 dollars is kind of cheap but to protect my eyes from reflection I think it will be ok, what do you guys think ?
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Recommend these Laser Glasses - UV to Green Lasers Protection 190-548nm :: Laser Safety :: Dragon Lasers

there OD4(which is good ) and only 5 bucks more than o-like ones plus they protect u from violet too :P
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Why did you go for the bluray?

I'd say a red laser still gives more bang for the buck when it comes to burning power, and its a lot more visible than the bluray too.

One advantage of bluray is that they can burn white fluorescent materials like common paper too - the power lost in the stokes shift is often enough to get it hot and charred a bit, after which it starts absorbing light and you can burn through.
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Default Re: rayfoss burning laser ?

I know but I decided I was willing to pay more to get a green or blue laser, red is too common and I wanted it quite small, I know it will dissipate heat less efficiently but it,s ok with me .
So you think I will be able to burn normal sheets of paper? that would be nice !!
will I see the beam or just the point ?

and shockwave88 thanks for the recommendation but I wanted something from the same site to avoid paying 2 shipping and for it to arrive at the same time! from what I read dragonlaser is only good for their goggle or are their laser good too ?
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The lasers are also good but i find them a little expensive
but thats just me :P

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