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- Mar 4, 2019
Overall personal rating: 5/5. WOULD recommend this laser to any user.
SHIPPING: This laser took about 11 days to show up on my doorstep from the time I placed the order. This time around, JetLasers never sent me any "shipped" indication nor did they update my order info within their user portal. But its here! It was shipped via FedEx for the standard $38. It came well padded, tightly packed in a cardboard box, in anti-static bags. Seems pretty safe from product damages in shipment.
CASE: This laser does not come with a carrying case, but will fit in it's supplied cardboard box fully assembled, with room to spare for accessories. A case can be bought from JetLasers for extra cost.
UNIT: This unit is of rugged design and construction and perfectly sized. It fits well in the hand and is decently portable. The focusing mechanism is less loose than on my Pro host, and has a nice feel to it. The rubber beam-stop cap on the aperture is a nice upgrade from the recessed threaded one on the Pro host in my opinion.
BATTERY: Two 16340 cells. It will turn on using a 18650 cell but runs at about 10% power. I made the mistake of installing this battery first and ran it for a total of about 8 seconds before I realized what was going on. Hopefully no driver damage occurred.
PERFORMANCE: The 520nm wavelength is a nice green, with a hint of mint. But to the naked eye there is very little difference from 532. The beam is much thicker than a DPSS would be, which I actually like. It compares nicely in brightness with the 3.5W 465 pro, which you can see in my photos and videos.
Burn characteristics are as follows:
- it WILL burn through neat white paper in about 2-3 seconds, and WILL NOT set the paper on fire.
- it WILL cut electrical tape in about 2 seconds and 1 stroke across
- it DOES produce a briliant solid beam of 520, which is beautiful! Mildly visible in daylit rooms and barely/not outside, but highly visible in dim or dark.
CONCLUSION: This is an excellent unit! The price is a bit steep at $290 shipped, however still cheaper than building your own unless you have a cheap host and driver. It is also by far the cheapest 1W 520nm unit I could find on the market. If youre looking for a high quality and high power portable green, this is the laser for you!
See my other review of the "Sage 3W" https://laserpointerforums.com/threads/bestlaserpointers-com-3w-review-5stars.104221/
See my other review of the PLE-Pro 3.5W 465nm https://laserpointerforums.com/threads/465nm-3-5w-pl-e-pro-3-5-stars.104301/
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