Sorry for the noob question, but thanks I was just looking for a real opinion on it.Hey savage,
It's impossible to tell the output of a laser just by it's beam or dot. Most cheap "5mW" pens output around 25mW-50mW though, so be careful.
Good point I hadn't considered smoke.Looks like a lot of smoke in the room.
No one can guess the power of a laser. There are so many variables involved its impossible to get a good reading by looking at it.
What you can do is see if it will burn through a black plastic garbage bag. If it can it will be over 50mW. If it can light a blackened match its over 75mW. If it cant do either its anywhere between 10-50mW. In any event its not 5mW so be very careful where you point it. All it takes is a millisecond to burn your eye.
yeah DPSS is very shock sensitive due to the close tolerances on the alignment, one small drop can kill them.Well it's ruined so I'm looking for a replacement. I forgot it in my car the other day and now the divergence is insane.
The dot is around 6 inches at 10 ft.