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200mW Green Pen from FocalPrice $74.61

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Allright - I know I promised this review a while ago, but my access to an LPM seems to be limited right now as I can't get ahold of the guy, so I'm going to do a simple, rudimentary review and add the actual specs to the thread as soon as I can get accurate measurements. The laser I used in the photos for comparison is a LED Shoppe 50mW that has been confirmed with an LPM at 44mW.

First off, FocalPrice as a company really let me down - it took over a month to get a partial order out of them (even though all items ordered were listed as "in stock") and the ship time was over 11 days even with the optional EMS express. That said, read the other posts of mine in the "Companies" thread, this is all about the LASER!

Construction is about the same as all low-buck greenies from China, I prefer the non-coated barrel like the LED Shoppe pens but with the exception of the coating and about a quarter inch at the head end, this is basically the exact pen. Solid feel, switch works well but has that "gonna let go one day" feel to it, pocket clip probably has a limited lifespan too, but with care this should hold up fairly well for basic lazing.

The beam is quite a bit wider than the LED Shoppe 50, and as the photos show, considerably brighter. Daylight visibility is far superior to the 50, yet nighttime sky shots only seem to go marginally farther (although the beam is MUCH more visible due to it's considerable girth).

Sharpied matches, 2-3 seconds at 6 inches, 4-6 seconds at a foot or so. Unsharpied red matches 8-10 seconds at 6 inches, no go at a foot. Black balloons at 4ft POW, at 8ft it takes a few seconds and a REALLY steady hand but they go BANG, 12ft no go (or at least my shaky hands couldn't do it, even braced!)

SO - for $75ish, I'm definitely not disappointed in the purchase, it is what it is - a cheap Chinese green pen. As soon as I get ahold of my buddy and his LPM I'll post the specs, until then perhaps those here on the forum with more experience might be able to give a round estimate based on beamshots and the burning specs I've listed.

PRO's: Cheap, Burning ability (which for what it is, amazed me), WIIIDE beam so really really visible in all conditions.

CON's: Cheap (needs to be taken care of IMHO), WIIIDE beam that cannot be focused so limited capabilities for burning

BIGGEST CON (Almost but not quite a deal-breaker) - FocalPrice. "Nuff said.

I'm not sure how to insert multiple pix so sorry but the'll all be in seperate posts. LPM results soon, also I have a KD 200mW 18650 laser on it's way so another review soon as well as comparisons...
 

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those are somtimes focusable i have recieved some that had 2.5 mrad
and focused down to about 1.5 ;D
 

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john_lawson said:
those are sometimes focusable  i have received some that had 2.5 mrad
and focused down to about 1.5  ;D
I know there's a knob on the lens, but how would i put a flat tip screwdriver without damaging the lens ?
 

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hello!..good laser for 74 dollars. but this is the same laser sold at dealextreme at 60...or not? i think yes. they should begenuine newish. i received a 100mw red, that is underspec.. about 30/20... i request a change. the new item should arrive me between 2 weeks.. i hope it will be good. howewer i tied to focur better the outputlaser... with a screwdriver to cut. but in the diote is ALL with glue. i can'n turn the output hole..... to adjust the size of the beam. if there isn't a strong lgue... i think i could adjust the mrad of the laser.
 
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Well, I finally got my laser back this morning from my buddy with access at school to an LPM...

Drum roll please.....

144mW peak, 132mW average.

WAY more than I had expected from FocalPrice, even though this was listed as a 200mW pointer (which I never thought for a second would be the case) I am impressed as hell getting this kind of reading out of a $75 greenie.

Thinking about trying to adjust the beam now, I'm just a little scared about damaging the lens - I think I'll wait til my 200mW from KD gets here before I start getting too bold (thanks for the tip though, John!).
 

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That's an awesome price for 144 mW... I'd buy it but I'm not in the mood to wait a month to get it. Also I'm sure the pens of higher power are very inconsistent in power and not to mention the quality.
 
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L@z3r said:
[quote author=john_lawson link=1232386763/0#7 date=1232407784]those are sometimes focusable  i have received some that had 2.5 mrad
and focused down to about 1.5  ;D
I know there's a knob on the lens, but how would i put a flat tip screwdriver without damaging the lens ?[/quote]

i know on my cheapie green the bottom of the notches were still slightly above the lens, so if you were careful you coud still adjust it without scratching it.......although i had to rip off the end of the point just to get to the lens ::)
 




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