As the title asks, is soft start important in a 1W 525? I'm looking to buy another 1W laser for our tours we do here in Myrtle Beach. The first one has worked fine, but is not soft start. Does soft start add longevity to the diode? We use the laser to point out wildlife and fauna, avoiding wildlife eyes of course. How long can one expect a laser to last under those circumstances? The laser is on for no longer then 15 seconds at a time.