- Jun 3, 2020
It really depends on the member. Some people here use them professionally or for research, many are electronics hobbyists who have accumulated knowledge from building lasers and taking them apart. Some are simply fascinated by them and collect different wavelengths. There are even laser photographers/artists here. And there are certain practical consumer uses like star pointing, welding, cutting, as well as lots of nerdy science experiments you can perform. The rabbit hole pretty much goes as deep as you wantJust out of curiosity, what do you guys use these lasers for? I've always wanted one, had the cheap store bought ones going back to the early 2000's Would have gotten into the higher powered ones sooner, but last it crossed my mind to look into it, a 1w was over a grand, so now as I'm older, want to settle back, use some of my spare time and admire some lasers out in the open wilderness at night. I own a white laser flashlight that's really cool too and have a color night vision viewer. I'm just into that type of stuff
Common misconception but pricing is affected by many variables including the brand, build quality, difficulty of obtaining parts, optics, supply and demand etc. Sometimes more wattage is expensive since it requires better heatsinking and a diode that can handle the current, but sometimes it's more expensive for a low powered laser too. It all depends.Okay, thanks! I just checked out the jetlaser you suggested. Man, that's even more money than the syriker 7.5w. How does pricing work? I thought the more watts, the more money?
Also not trying to be on you too much but I think it's appreciated on the forum if you can group a bunch of short thoughts inside a single post rather than posting one after the other, one of the mods might say it if I don't.
Glad you're interested and soaking up all the advice members are offering so far! Living in the country is a great place to use and admire lasers btw, I always take an opportunity to go somewhere more remote and mess around with them, you really want to avoid using them in populated areas for obvious reasons.