This laser is basically BudgetGadget's version of the new style
dilda. It is a great improvement over the original dilda and the
cost is almost the same. This is a great pocket burner that you
couldn't DIY for the same price.
Shipping took about ten days from China, but they ship their stuff
for free so I couldn't really expect any faster. This company does
ship to the US unlike DX/KD, which makes this laser a great
alternative to those sites. It came in a small padded envelope in a
black padded box:
The case is padded with black foam which is oh so tempting to scorch
with the laser.
The box has a cutout for the laser and two CR2 batteries. It came
with two different primary CR2s, one rated at 600mAh and the other
at 1000mAh, which worked fine in the laser. For the review I used
rechargeables because of the power boost we get with the
rechargeables over the primaries. I'm not sure how good the
batteries that came with the laser are, but they are free and
anybody who buys a laser like this would also buy rechargeables.
The overall appearance of this laser looks good, it actually looks
like a high powered laser unlike the dilda.
The focusing mechanism on this laser is solid because the whole head
turns, not just the lens ring. To focus it just rotate the knurled
part of the laser and the whole head will turn. A big pro about this
laser is that the lens will not get knocked out of focus very
easily, so when doing long distance burning tricks a small bump to
the laser won't ruin the trick being preformed. Here is a close-up
of the focusing head:
This laser is not as easy to completely disassemble as the first
version of this laser, but some parts are still easy to get to.
This laser's lens looks to be an acrylic lens coated for 650nm. I
couldn't get a good picture of the whole lens nut but you can still
see the coating in this picture:
When the lens cap is removed the diode inside is easily visible. It
is the LCC that you see in a lot of lasers like this.
Visibility is what you would expect for a 200mW, almost painfully
bright without goggles. Goggles are necessary for doing burning
tricks or for just looking at the dot from somewhat up close, your
seeing balls will appreciate it if you wear goggles.
Here is an aperture shot of the laser while running:
One negative of this laser is that it emits a halo of red light,
this is only noticeable when the laser is close to the object it is
pointing at. My guess is that this has something to do with an
internal reflection from inside the lens cap. Here is a pic of the
halo from up close, sorry for the bad picture:
The beam on a dry night is definitely visible, but it isn't very
bright. A little bit of humidity can really bring out the beam
though. Here are some shots I took of the laser on a humid evening
with higher exposure times to get good beam shots:
The whole reason why 99% of people buy this laser is for burning,
and this laser is perfect for that. Being 200mW this laser can do
any of the classic burning tricks, plus a little more. It can light
matches and pop balloons with ease, the max I have tried so far is
10ft for matches and 25ft for balloons, I'm sure I could get even
further with patience and careful focusing. Dark plastics are just
asking to be engraved with my name on it. Very fine steel wool is
also possible to ignite with a little bit of time and luck. To see
the burning capabilities of this laser watch the video that I made
of this laser (it will be posted in a couple of days).
Compared to the DX Dilda
I know I have been comparing this laser to the DX dilda throughout
the whole review, but I still figured I needed a section for
Here is a picture of this laser next to the DX dilda, sorry for the
The key differences in construction are that this laser is a little
shorter than the dilda, the tailcap is a little shorter on this
laser, and the focusing head is way different on this laser. Most
people would agree that this design is better than the old style,
this laser is a huge improvement over the old style. The extra
couple of bucks is easily worth it for the better focusing
Overall: Good Laser at good price. Definitely recommended.
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