- Mar 17, 2015
Well, last year I got myself a 2W 445nm and took it outside with a friend. Right at that moment police were checking highways and several other roads near me for people speeding, which of course I didn't know about. Then when we we're walking home, I turned the laser back on for a moment, and right at that moment a police car passed by and saw the beam. It really was a coincidence as they told me then didn't spot it until they were near me. So, they asked me to come to their car and show me what I had. Luckily I thought of unfocusing the laser so much, that it was more like a bright blue flashlight rather than a laser. The policemen we're quite damn stupid though, and they would've likely blinded themselves if I hadn't unfocused it. He pointed it on his highly reflective car and even on his pants. If I had unfocused it the other way around, then he would've likely burned a hole in his pants.Sorry to derail, More info please?
Well, our law says we cannot own anything higher than a class IIIB laser. And anything above class IIIR can officially not be sold to consumers. However, there are many different websites, even based in our country, sell >100mW lasers. It are mostly cheap shitty chinese lasers, but as you know, these cheap lasers tend to surpass class IV already with their 445nm's. I believe using anything over class II is illegal to be used outside, but it's rather hard to find accurate information on what's allowed and what's not.I don't think that police officer had the authority to tell you not to use it outside, yea, not to distract drivers on the road or point it at people, but to tell you you can't use it outside doesn't have any basis in law, unless you were too close to an airport.
Not sure on that one. All I know is that the laws here are quite different from the US.There is a limit to the amount of power we can point into the sky with a visible laser for private citizens? Aside from the regulatory laws for the sale of the laser itself? I don't think there is any law against owning or building your own at any power level, just the sale is regulated.