- Dec 30, 2006
[quote author=lasermaster link=1171341177/0#0 date=1171341177] If i am going to start off with my first laser what power should i get?
I agree.... it just fits my personality to get what I want and be done with it...
I hate to have anything laying around I'm not gonna use... I suggest not to buy a laser so weak that you "know" you will be upgradeing anyway. Why waste your money if your going to outgrow it in 2 weeks?
If your an adult you can just learn how to play with it safely and just don't let your kids play with it.
YOu have to decide what best for you.
But I will say get one thats good enough to cover most of your bases rather than buyihg 5 before you finally get what you want.
1. Portability... will it fit in a pocket... do you want it to?
2. Power..... What do you really want to be able to do?.... see the beam in a lighted room?... be able to show off and burn etc or just as a pointer for looking at the stars at night?
3. Quality.....generally the more portable, the more fragile... the body has less mass to absorb heat and so runtimes will be less..... batteries are smaller too.
4. Elusiveness...... Do you want to be able to take it to work, church.. or anywhere without suspicion of having a high powered laser in your pocket?
5. Warranty...... don't buy from ebay..... I"ve learned that everybody knows what the quality cost.... just pay the money and be happy. Quick ebay lasers will almost always bite you.
6. Price... do some reading on these forums... some are overated... some are a good value for the money....
Just how bullet proof do you need it to be?
The only other thing I would add to that is....
7. Looks.... How pleasing is it to behold?.. What's the "wow factor?"... does it look like several hundred dollars worth of quality?.. whether it be a " supposed pen" or laser?.. or does it look like something you bought in a 7 - 11 somewhere and that you got ripped off?... LOL!... you may want that... if you want to look even more inconspicuous!!!
I personally like the look of fine quality and class.. whether it be the "pen look" or a machined piece of art and sophistication.
I'm inclined to say... and 125mw will do the job for most everything.... any less, you will suffer in the burn department, any more is just glory and excess.. and you will most likely be forced to buy a larger less portable unit.... but if you have the money.. go for it!
You have to factor in your values and how many bucks your willing to cough up!