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Sanwu RGB review

ArcticDude

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Sanwu RGB Hand held

Hi folks!

This is my first day impressions of Sanwu RGB unit. I will update this thread, as I will gather more experience with unit.
My first impressions are: Well machined and incredibly small RGB unit!









RGB Laser controls & functions:​
Laser can be controlled via four control rings. From top : Red, Green, Blue and the Mode selector ring.



Mode ring controls different modes:

- SOS Mode / flashing on currently selected RGB color
- Color cycle mode (RGB selection values doesn't affect this mode if you have green set to 0% it will still show up on cycle mode), NOTE! Speed of color cycle mode is NOT adjustable!
- Speed / color adjustable flashing
- Solid color mode on using RGB selectors rings





RGB White balance
White balance is great for on my eye, not too blue tinted as I thought it would be..
520nm Green is around 100mw, 635nm red is 180mw, 455nm blue is around 200mw, providing well balanced RGB white beam. All diodes are single mode diodes.



Bluetooth control

Not included. Sanwu decided to abandon the bluetooth control.



RGB beam alignment:


The unit I received has pretty decent alignment. Alignment is good on 50-100 meters or below.
Over longer distance 200m or more red dot was not overlapping the green & blue and its notable with binoculars but hardly with bare eye.

For size of the Sanwu RGB unit, I think it’s pretty remarkable well aligned considering unit size, as I think how small dichro’s must be inside the host.

-Every one who has ever aligned RGB beams are knowing how small and gentle the adjustments are when aligning beams.



Dot shots on various distances

I picked an old Gravel Pit for a “Dot shot” test site, providing enough empty space and long flat bottom for long distance shots.






50 Meters
Opt unit on left - Sanwu RGB on right side










150 meters







200 meters










250 meters










Some thoughts regarding Sanwu RGB unit:

Great RGB laser gadget with decent beam alignment for using 100m or below.
RGB dimming PWM / TTL is really high and I didn't notice any "dashing" when moved the beam.

I think Sanwu RGB unit will shine on it's incredibly small size and is on it’s best in medium size spaces and with
Auto-rotating starcap, which makes it really cool small sized portable laser show gadget / hand held laser.







-Much will depend which RGB unit you will receive, because there will be variation in beam alignment.
Some units will be better aligned and my biggest concern is that; you can't do much about it.

-Final judgement is up to person and how well aligned unit he will get and if he is happy for it.

I think that you will not find any better RGB product considering of this size unit.

Personal note:
-If you are looking beam quality of Opt unit, you'll have to make compromises: Double the price and triple the size... You can't get everything this small packet.



PROS:
- Small size, can fit to your pocket.
- Sturdy and well machined body
- Decent runtime with 1x 18650 Li-Ion cell
- Will accept Auto-rotating starcap and *Sanwu 3X Beam Expander (not included)
- Host control rings and tailcap does have small grooves for Tritium vials


CONS:

- can't align / re-align RGB beams by yourself



MANUFACTURER: Sanwu
PRODUCT TYPE: Small RGB White portable laser
LAMP TYPE: Directly-injected R/G/B laser diodes
No. OF Laser Diodes: 3
DIODE output: 520nm 100mw, 635nm 180mw, 455nm around 200mw. All diodes are single modes.
BEAM TYPE: Non Adjustable
BLUETOOTH CONTROL: No
SWITCH TYPE: Stainless "clicky" on/off button on tailcap, 4pcs control rings on Head
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
BEZEL: Metal, AR-coated window
RECOMMEND RUNTIME: 3 minutes at once
BATTERY: 1x 18650 or 1x 183650 *Li-Ion rechargeable battery
WATER-RESISTANT: Yes (splash-resistant)
UNIT SIZE: (with 18650 battery tube) 214mm L x 29.0mm Dia.
WEIGHT: Will add later
COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: China
WARRANTY: 1 year ?





PRODUCT SHOTS




















































































SANWU RGB BEAMSHOTS​

149 HI-RES Beamshots added to Flickr Gallery.
Lots of beamshots as I tried to document beams and dial as many colors as I could.
Also my natural fog machine didn't let me down.

>> Sanwu RGB Beam Shot Gallery @ Flickr <<











SANWU RGB BEAMSHOTS 2
















SANWU RGB BEAMSHOTS 3















 
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BowtieGuy

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Nice AD, I'll be looking forward to it also! :yh:

I hope this means that they're getting closer to being available to us!
 

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Great choice, I'm looking forward to what you provide, as everything you do, it will certainly be a very nicely done review.
Nice AD, I'll be looking forward to it also! :yh:

I hope this means that they're getting closer to being available to us!
Yes, I believe they're getting closer for RGB release!

I'm looking forward for going to long hikes to forest with Sanwu RGB and take some enchanted beamshots!
:p
 

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I'll bet there are more than a few envious members here since you got one of these to review. They couldn't have picked a better member to do this as you have a great deal of experience with RGB lasers. I doubt I would ever pay what I think they will ask for these, so my interest is purely academic. Would it be prying to ask what you had to pay for this one? I am looking forward to your review :D
 

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WOW, Tero! Congratulations for being selected as an official reviewer of the long awaited HH RGB!! :drool: Kudos to Sanwu and Podo for making a truly inspired choice! I’m sure that many eyeballs will be glued to this link for future information. Is there any chance of making this thread a Sticky?! Have Fun and Take Care! :D

-cd
 
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I was offered to get one to review with him too, but sending pointers through the APO, AE mail system, it would be confiscated, couldn't do it, happy Tero could do so though.
Sorry to hear you couldn’t get one through the Gestapo, that’s a real bummer, sounds like such a great unit.
I was offered also. Took them up on the sale, (when they’re ready), but seeing how I’m gone from the house so much, the review would have to wait. Glad Arctic’s going to be doing a review. Sounds like a awesome build, one more for my collection.
 
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Tero is a great choice, having already built a RGB pointer using an Optlasers single mode module, as well as his photography skills, I don't even have a real camera!
 

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Tero is a great choice, having already built a RGB pointer using an Optlasers single mode module, as well as his photography skills, I don't even have a real camera!
Yes he has experience with the RGB units. I managed to buy one off him. Still need to do a review on it, just been so busy lately. So many coals in the fire. Just bought a Goldwing, haven’t had much of a chance to ride it. But hoping to shorty. This laser I’ve been chomping at the bit for. :)
 
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Hey, Chris. Was there a purchase involved or did they just want to send you one free of charge? I'm curious what price, if any, they wanted for one.
 




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