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Sta

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So, are you looking to make the OP a full on directory of lasers and parts manufacturers, or just a simple do/don't buy list of strictly laser pointer companies? Because if it's the former, then there's a whole swath of different companies that produce everything from batteries to LBO that could be added.

It would certainly be a lot of work, but I'm sure there are members here who would be willing to help (myself included).

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You know, I've thought about both, but I think we should keep it to handhelds/pointers. Most beginners aren't going to want parts; they seem to prefer fully assembled units, at least in my experience. Perhaps we could eventually create another thread for parts. :)
 
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How about labs, a lot of us here (me included) buy lab lasers too.

Best to stick to pointers I think - once people get into lab modules they tend to know where to look for them. :p There aren't really a ton of shady companies selling them anyway - at least that I've seen.
 

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I suppose you are right. I got into labs once I became more experienced and understood the benefits. But I believe this thread should be for experienced individuals as well as new-comers.
 

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Best to leave this to pointers/portable lasers. Newbs don't usually come around looking for parts or lab lasers.
 

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What do you people think about adding 'recommended wavelengths' for each company; that is, wavelengths for which they offer the best deals?
 
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sounds good to me? Sanwu is good for blue, and so is jetlasers. Dragon lasers has good prices on 589.
 
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And if everything goes smoothly with XPL, then they'll probably take the spot for 532nm.
Definitely! At $300 for 1.5W 532 at TEM00 every other company better step up their game or be left in the dust! :)

-Alex
 
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Definitely! At $300 for 1.5W 532 at TEM00 every other company better step up their game or be left in the dust! :)

-Alex
Indeed. I think we need a little more info about the stability and quality of the lasers before we can say for sure though. Now that I think about it sanwu has good prices for all wavelengths. Bit lasers is also very affordable.
 
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I've made a significant update; I've added "Advantages", "Disadvantages", and "Best Prices on:" for each company along with the median shipping time. If I have put something down that is incorrect, please inform me. :)
 
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Looks good Sta. :beer: Reads honest and will be appreciated, maybe even by the companies themselves. A lot of companies pay a lot of money getting feedback and ideas for developing their products.
 

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Looks good Sta. :beer: Reads honest and will be appreciated, maybe even by the companies themselves. A lot of companies pay a lot of money getting feedback and ideas for developing their products.
Thanks Curtis. :)

Also, I still need some shipping times for BitLasers! So if you've bought from them before, please tell me how long your shipping took. :beer:
 

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Haven't read the whole thread, but I think you really should add under DragonLasers that they occasionally ship underspec lasers and will refuse dealing with it afterwards.
 

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Would it be easy to extract the diode and driver from a bit lasers host? I see they have a 800mW 520nm and I'd love to put it in a different host :D
 




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