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Who makes the best, f the price, laser pointers?

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Screw the cheapest, I want quality. best diodes, best hosts and lenses.

Or in this forum, is this subject all opinion?

I am in the market for a 30mw green to replace the one that I actually burned out. (Yes I did the potentiometer mod on it, but, I did get 10+ years of a 25-30mw toy out of a 5mw laser.) I' also looking for a >100mw 405nm.

Like I said, who makes (THE BEST) laser pointers these days.

One other question, What is the highest powered green that <$1000.00 can buy. One important feature it needs a long on time. I'm not looking for a laser that you have to shut off after a minute. I want to try this for shooting property lines through the low sky at night so you can find the other corner pin.

Did I stress quality enough yet?

Eric

My current collection, 350mw green, 1Kw Blue, both have to be shut off after one minute to avoid burnouts. Plus a dead ScopeTronix 5mw green.
 

crazyspaz

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There are several forum members who make and sell lasers. If you want a 445nm (blue), then you will be able to get one that is 1-3 watts. If you want 405nm (purple/violet), you can get one up to about 800mW, if you really push the diode. As far as high powered greens go, expect to pay a dollar per milliwatt- TheJoker sells 300mW 532nm (green) on his site, SciFilasers. Or, if you really wanted, you could have someone build you a 1 watt green using the new 1watt 520nm diode that came out recently- you can get a diode for 850$. I am sure someone here would do it for you if you really wanted, I certainly won't, simply because I would NOT want to somehow damage a diode that expensive...


Also, you have a kilowatt blue laser? I think you mistyped something :p
 

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Laserglow has a selection of 532 handheld in the couple thousand dollars range. The Hercules comes to mind.
 

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CNI makes em, laserglow filters em. My answer would be laserglow.

In terms of individuals I would say lazeerer.
 
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Pictures of the 1kw blue please, and not just beam shots, please show it vaporizing something or blasting a hole in steel or concrete, etc.
 

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CNI as company, lazeerer as individual person (at least for me).
 
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For green lasers I'd say optotronics.
I would disagree.

LaserGlow's 532nm units go threw a battery of tests before even being put out on the market for purchase.
 

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So do optotronics'..
But have you seen their prices? In my opinion it's ridiculous :undecided:

They sell a portable 200mW for upwards of $500. That's just too much even if the quality is exceptional.

Edit: LaserGlow sells them for about the same price ;)
 
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For green lasers I'd say optotronics.
Of all my lasers, my Optotronics 150mW green pen is one of my favorites, and also the most widely used.
It gets almost daily use; it's been going strong for over a year, and still LPM's the same as when I bought it! :)

In my opinion, Optotronics is a company to consider; great quality, super customer service, and Optotronics is in the U.S.
 

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Agreed, Optotronics.
I have two of their 150mW's. They may look like cheap eBay pointers but don't be fooled.
The hosts are heavier & have better machine work on the grooves.
The beams are extremely tight & the brightness is ridiculous.
 




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