- Sep 5, 2013
-Duty Cycle: 100%
-Laser Class: IIIa
-Power Supply: 2 CR2's
-Required Ouput Power: 2.0mW-4.9mW|My Model(Avg.3.6mW/Peak.4.0mW)
-Mode: Near TEM 00
What is a LaserGlow Electra? Is that a car? A plane? It's none of those. The LaserGlow Electra is laser pointer which produces laser light at a wavelength of 405nm, and produces a maximum of 5mW of that particular laser light, so right at the edge of what us humans can see! 405nm is quite different from other wavelengths due to it's special fluorecent abilities. I.e: If a 405nm laser is aimed at white paper it's color will turn blue instead of it's usual violet color.
I didn't have a CR2 battery originally so I also purchased one and it arrived at the same time as the Electra, which is awesome! Now, let me say LaserGlow's packaging is great! The box itself is very strong and took me quite awhile to get it open, once inside I was relieved to find the laser completely protected with a good layer of bubble wrap. Along with that, the laser itself is tucked inside the box by a whole other layer of foam! Inside the box was also a few papers concerning the information about the particular laser.
Inside the box we find the all-mighty laser. On the box itself is the power output this particular laser puts out, as you can mine puts out about 3.6mW-4mW of 405nm light. The box itself feels sturdy and even has slots inside to store your batteries(just realized that a few mins ago)
Let me just say, this is one of the ***iest lasers I have owned. The black finish fits just right with the gold touches. The host itself feels quite heavy and has a glossy finish, which not only brings out it's beauty but in my opinion makes it just truly stunning! One thing I would like to mention, this CR2 host(along with the 447 & 589) feature the 593.5 host momentary button instead of the 473nm's button. This isn't a big deal but a good amount of force needs to be applied to have it switched on! This particular laser takes 2 CR2's, not realizing this I took my CR2 out of my 473 pointer, so I apologize for it not appearing in the rainbow shot
Did Someone Say Dim?/Fluorecent:
I used to have a 100mW 405nm pointer and that appeared slightly bright. On the other hand, this(as mentioned before) is as far from the human peak brightness as you can get, meaning the dot is barely noticeable. At a distance all I see is fuzz, if I get closer I can see a dot but if waved around it disappears completely. It isn't a big deal, just makes it more interesting to me! As mentioned previously, this laser also has the ability to appear blue on white surfaces. Below is a shot of it on white paper, be aware this makes it appear brighter then it truly is
Overall, I liked the Electra I really do. Even thought the dot itself isn't anything amazing I find it fascinating how different wavelengths have their own properties and brightness, which is the reason I picked this up due to it being eye safe. That being said, I would like to mention $240 is quite steep of a price when you can get 500mW of the same wavelength for about the same price, but if you aren't interested in power and want something which is eye safe, and have the funds!! This might be worth checking out. LaserGlow also took great care of me and shipped this unit a few hours after sending the payment which is super! The shipping time was 1 week on the dot which isn't too bad comming from Canada using UPS Standard shipping method
I hope you enjoyed this review of the 405nm Electra LaserGlow laser and if you would like more information about it, or beamshots just let me know!