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Lazerer Mini (Or Chinese Clone?) Focusable 532nm 100mW Review

Aardvark777

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My first review on LPF, so go easy on me :wave:

INTRO

Now as the title says it is possibly a clone. There is a story behind this laser... I picked it up second hand at a carboot sale, without a battery for only £3 :D EPIC BARGAIN!?!?! It does however have a far brighter, more constant beam than my ebay pen which is around 20mW and is brighter than a genuine 50mW I once owned which has since died.

I've got a few night time beamshots taken at varying exposures on my Nikon D90, so I'll pop them into the review as eye candy at various points :D

THE HOST AND IT'S POTENTIAL ORIGIN

Here is a picture of it next to my Spartan.



It is about 11cm long, and made of aluminum. The laser weighs in without battery, at exactly 65g. It possess a simple matte black finish. The standard warning sticker reads "Tesoar". I'm clueless as to who or what "Teasoar" is. :can: enlighten me please as it may be a clue to it's origin? I've used a laundry marker to write plus on the tailcap to remind me of it's polarity (Please excuse my scrawl in the picture).

It strikes me as having the same host as the LZMN, which is odd as I am located in England, UK. HOWEVER the chequering on the focus wheel and the sticker are different to those found on the LZMN. I've also heard reports that the LZMN doesn't focus despite being advertised as "focusable". :confused:

I have no idea how the gent selling it came by it, or how long he had previously had it. It was obviously very near new, with no scratches, and the sticker still attached. My suspicion is that it may well be a cheap Chinese laser from ebay. Either way he only asked for £5, which I bashed down to £3 in my typical mercenary fashion. For what looked like a new laser which I was assured worked, I simply had to grab it.


PERFORMANCE

I got it home, grabbed a charged up 16340 and slapped it in, and let rip. Nothing. I had the wrong polarity. I soon discovered that the positive end goes toward the tailcap on this laser. I popped on a pair of safety glasses shortly after firing it up for the first time as immediately I realised it was fairly powerful. This mysterious laser lights matches from a few inches away and cuts through black polythene very easily. It has adjustable focus, via a threaded wheel near the front of the host, it can be tightly focused, or shone akin to a Green flashlight of sorts.

This burning ability leads me to believe it would be sold as a 100mW model. Here it is zapping away at a garden shed.



The dot appears well collimated, round and far tighter than that of a 445/447nm. Compared to my cheap 20mW 532nm pen it boasts a tighter, brighter dot. Divergence I've no idea of, as I'm still new to the hobby, and honestly I'm unsure of how exactly I calculate it. Feel free to educate me! Knowledge is power :eg:

At night it really comes into it's own. Here it is sat on a mini tripod.



The beam is prominent and far reaching. I've noticed that when the host's temperature drops it comes on at full strength, then almost instantly drops to a dimmer, less vibrant version of itself. This is rectified when you warm it back up by sticking it in your pocket to absorb the warmth of your crotch for a few minutes :crackup: I'm told that DPSS lasers are affected by temperature and this is normal, so hey ho. Warm up time on this model is around 5 to 10 seconds. Last night I was stood outside for 2 hours with it at 6 degrees C and it managed to work entirely as expected.

During daytime the beam is faintly visible and the dot is clearly spotted impacting targets, even out to 600 metres. The tailcap is the standard push button affair, identical to the LZMN tailcap.


SUMMING UP

Overall I am very happy I grabbed this gem!! :) It's capable of burning, it doesn't have an IR filter, and isn't the highest quality. It certainly warrants eye protection, and boasts a wonderful beam provided it is kept at a sensible operating temperature. It's heat sinking must be alright as it can endure a minute on and minute off duty cycle without feeling warm to the touch. It's focusable too! :D Undoubtedly the best purchase I've made so far at a carboot sale.

Here is exactly how it looks to me when I'm stood next to it.



Beam unfocused, camera's lens focused on the foreground as the beam zaps off into the night.




Thank you for reading my first ever LPF review
, I wish I could narrow down exactly what make it was, but it's enjoyable, and that's the main thing. Hopefully one of you owns a genuine LZMN and can confirm whether or not it is the real thing. Thank you again everyone :thanks:
 



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Great review! Looks like a nice one to add to the collection at a great price none the less.
 

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Great deal on such a laser, I really enjoyed the many pictures you took along with providing a much detail as you could :) +rep

A simple way to measure divergence is to use a tape measure or a ruler and shine the dot at it from 2 different distances and this will tell you what it's divergence is like. I know there is a formula you must use to calculate it but I can't remember it haha.

-Alex
 
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Thank you everyone. Cheers Ian, dustmite :D

Greenlander/Alex I'm also named Alex! There are many of us!! Soon we shall take over and people will worship the Alex dynasty :bowdown: haha :) I saw your Rigel on YouTube the other day btw, it looks great. I will try to measure divergence soon, though I imagine it varies hugely with a focusable laser depending ofc on setting. I will learn it. I'm sure I can read up on it here.

Btw, I am still unsure exactly how the rep system works, I understand the rep bar, colour and length, but not how the points system works :D thank you for the rep though guys, just noticed I've been getting rep :D much appreciated.

I still need to review the others I own, and I've got 2 new additions in the mail to me. Hopefully I'll find time soon :beer:
 

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Thank you everyone. Cheers Ian, dustmite :D

Greenlander/Alex I'm also named Alex! There are many of us!! Soon we shall take over and people will worship the Alex dynasty :bowdown: haha :) I saw your Rigel on YouTube the other day btw, it looks great. I will try to measure divergence soon, though I imagine it varies hugely with a focusable laser depending ofc on setting. I will learn it. I'm sure I can read up on it here.

Btw, I am still unsure exactly how the rep system works, I understand the rep bar, colour and length, but not how the points system works :D thank you for the rep though guys, just noticed I've been getting rep :D much appreciated.

I still need to review the others I own, and I've got 2 new additions in the mail to me. Hopefully I'll find time soon :beer:
We sure will! :D

About my video, that's awesome others are watching it! Were you the one that left a comment on it? Someone did at least haha :)

-Alex
 

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Haha yes that was me. I run a YT channel which shares my Avatar on here. I'm all about the Ant Eaters, Tamanduas, Pangolins and Aardvarks. They are my favourite creatures. I'm very odd but don't let anyone find out :shhh: haha!
 

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too bad u bought a junk laser from a junk company but atleast u got a working laser lala..
 

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Haha ohhh!!! Thanks :D that clarifies the maker then ha! Not too bad for £3 I guess :D It works :D Soon I'll have a 200-300mW 520nm :D it is on it's way from Sci Fi muhaha :D far classier bit of kit :drool:
 

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Seems one of the Chinese lasers sold everywhere, my mother have one like this, but is purple 405nm, is really very small.

For the price is very good, should be close to 100mW (IR+Green).
 
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Hey Aard, nice laser you got here. There's something awesome about green & how bright it is to our eyes. LAZERER has basically this same host for their 532s also:

LZMN - Mini 532nm 100mW Focusable Green Laser Pointer

I've bought 2 LAZERER lasers and they're pretty decent. I'm looking at that same 520nm from Sci-Fi...the 200-300mW. It looks AWESOME and for such a good price. Definitely do a review on it when you get it! I have the Sci Fi 445nm 501B 1.5W, it's so sweet.
 

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Hey, I'll make sure I review the 520nm from SF when it arrives :yh: hopefully it'll be here soon postal services permitting as it is sent :D
 

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the lazerer host lasers u can buy those from ebay and aliexpress cheaper too nothing unique really. I have a red in same host more or less that i got from gearbest less then 10$ or something and is strong enough to burn black stuf and that so to me lazerer is junk since they charge way too much for what u get, really shity company i hope u stay away from them unless u like to get ripped and throw money to shitty chinese sellers fine by me but dont come here and say they ripped u off later lol...
 
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Haha no Mortuus that is why it cost me £3 at a car boot sale :D I'll have my SF purchases soon, so that'll put some quality into my collection to go with my DL Spartan.
 







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