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LOL, another one! *

I picked one up from Glenn, and he shipped it out this morning - Keep your eyes peeled for a nice, detailed review come tuesday. *


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PL-III ?

What's the link to the product page?
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Yeah, PL-III. that's the technical name for them, as it seems. They're CNI PGL-IIIB's, or Aries-equivalents.
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Rated at 100mWs, but it averages at 152 and peaks at 208 on a Kenometer.
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Oh, this is the same model that daguin got, where he got like a mega powered one.

Seems you did too. Wow, what a deal
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Default Re: OEM Laser Systems PL-III review! *UPDATE*

Alright - review time!

I received the unit in the mail this morning... Glenn shipped it out Friday afternoon - USPS Priority fails to disappoint once again!

Build Quality - EXCELLENT! It was constructed very well... the only gripe I have is that there was some residue in the threads leftover from the machining process... but that came off in just a few seconds with a rag. The button is just a tad lopsided also, but it doesn't affect anything. 9/10

Performance - BEYOND excellent! This thing is incredible. It's rated at 100mWs. The graph from OEM shows a 134mW average, and a 174.5mW peak... Glenn measured it on a Kenometer at 156mW average, 208mW peak... I did a quick 1-minute test, and it showed 167mW average, 171mW peak. It runs in PERFECT TEM00 for as long as you keep it on. Loveliest circle I've seen in a while. Divergence is 1.08mRad. 10/10

Aesthetics - WTC? ;D I swear, this thing looks like a baton. the kind of thing you do relays with... In other words, not very smexy. It certainly is functional, though. I like the black anodized finish. It's 9.2" long, and 1.5" at the widest point. (to hell with those metric units. I like inches. ) 7/10

Overall, 9/10. Don't even hesitate to get one. Best laser I've ever had, hands down.
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Your unit is very much over spec, far more then mine. Good buy. *8-)

About the machine residue in the thread: that's what probably damaged the thread on my laser. Looking back I was probably better off cleaning that thread with a rag as well. Small tip: lube the threads a bit so you decrease the chance of the threads "eating" each other. (sorry, don't know how to translate that properly)

I actually like the baton style. Gives you the feeling you're holding something rugged and durable when compared to a small pointer. The button on my laser is lopsided as well btw, but just like in your case it's not causing any problems.
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About the machine residue in the thread: that's what probably damaged the thread on my laser. Looking back I was probably better off cleaning that thread with a rag as well. Small tip: lube the threads a bit so you decrease the chance of the threads "eating" each other. (sorry, don't know how to translate that properly)
Too late! :-[

I didn't clean it thoroughly enough... and guess what? one of the threads on the cap is damaged. ugh. Well, at least it's light enough on the batteries that I won't have to open it all that much. :P

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I am still on the 1st set of batteries in mine. I can't believe how frugal this laser is with batteries! I will be sure to take great care the next time the cap comes off.
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Too late! *:-[

I didn't clean it thoroughly enough... and guess what? one of the threads on the cap is damaged. ugh. Well, at least it's light enough on the batteries that I won't have to open it all that much. *:P

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Ouch. Too bad yours got a bit damaged as well. The good news: it can be repaired with the proper gear.
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Thanks for the review Chad! Sorry to hear of the thread damage, should be able to be cleaned up though. The bad news is, I only got the great discount on the first 2 of these, if I want more the cost is $425 for >100 mW and $800 for >200 mW before shipping! (Although these are still very good prices for new full warranty, professional quality CNI lasers!) BTW, if the threads are too much bother you can do a warranty return, or I'll fix them for you! -Glenn
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